Southampton will be looking to put their FA Cup semi-final disappointment behind them as they return to London to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side produced a shocking display in the 1-0 defeat against Leicester City which saw them fail to register a single shot on target against the Foxes.
Whilst there is still a slim chance that Southampton could be relegated this season, it seems as if the Saints will have very little to play for on Wednesday evening against Spurs, and Hasenhuttl should perhaps be starting to plan his side for next season and work on amending some of the aspects of their game that has let them down at times this campaign.
Spurs may well be rejuvenated by the sacking of Jose Mourinho earlier this week, although whether the players will be fully focussed following The Super League announcement remains to be seen.
Here’s how we think Hasenhuttl will set his Southampton side up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with three changes from the side that started in the FA Cup…
Fraser Forster keeps his place in goal despite some awful passes out from the back at Wembley, as he couldn’t do anything about Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal.
The defenders are perhaps fortunate that there is a serious lack of depth at the South Coast club this season, which means that the Austrian is likely to stick with the same back four.
There are two changes in midfield, as Takumi Minamino comes back in for Moussa Djenepo after being cup-tied at the weekend, whilst Jack Stephens replaces Ibrahima Diallo in midfield after the Frenchman produced one of his worst displays in a Southampton shirt in the semi-final.
Finally, Che Adams is restored to the starting lineup in place of the “quality” Nathan Redmond, who was another who seriously underperformed at Wembley, and the Scottish international partners Danny Ings in attack.