Southampton travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday, and the Saints can exploit a key weakness in the Blades’ team by starting Jannik Vestergaard.
The Danish defender scored his third goal of the season in the Saints’ 2-1 win against Brighton last time out, powering home a header from James Ward-Prowse’s excellent delivery.
Ralph Hasenuhuttl’s side have now scored seven goals from a set-piece situation in the Premier League so far this season, which ranks them as the joint-best alongside Chelsea in the league.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, have conceded five goals from set-pieces in their Premier League fixtures thus far, which is the joint-second worst of any side in the top-flight.
Therefore, this certainly seems an area where Southampton can take advantage on Sunday, especially if they can make the most of Vestergaard’s aerial threat.
The six-foot-six defender has averaged a superb 7.24 rating for his performances in the Premier League so far this season and is clearly appreciated by Hasenhuttl, with the Austrian manager full of praise for the 28-year-old earlier this season, saying:
“He is a role model for never giving up and for developing your game.
“I am very happy to see a performance like this at the moment. It shows more and more the qualities we need at the moment.
“He is very calm and has good decision making and is definitely getting better and better.”
Considering Sheffield United are still without a win in the top-flight this season and currently sit bottom of the Premier League, this represents a real opportunity for the Saints to continue their superb start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Therefore, it seems likely that the centre-back will start against Sheffield United this weekend, and considering the quality of Ward-Prowse’s delivery so far this season, it would not be a surprise to see the former Borussia Monchengladbach defender on the scoresheet once again on Sunday.
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