Southampton will be looking to move out of the relegation zone this weekend when they travel to Leicester City.
The Saints have been in mixed form of late and head into this game on the back of two draws. They held Chelsea to a 0-0 stalemate in their last Premier League outing before coming away from Derby with a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup third round.
Nevertheless, full focus will be turned back to the team’s ventures in the top flight and a testing visit to the King Power Stadium awaits Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Southampton will have some absentees to deal with for this clash, making their lives far harder.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg remains suspended and Charlie Austin will begin his two-match ban. Meanwhile, Michael Obafemi, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Ings and Mario Lemina will miss out with respective injuries. Maya Yoshida will be unavailable as he represents Japan at the Asian Cup.
Here is how we think the Saints will line up against Leicester.
Gunn has impressed since coming into the team. There’s no reason to drop him.
On the right-hand side of the back three, Bednarek will start. He’s a crucial player for Hasenhuttl.
Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Stephens will come into the team in place of Yoshida. He’ll be looking to seize his chance in the starting line-up.
On the left of the back three, Vestergaard is poised to keep his place. He struggled against Derby but was imperious against Chelsea.
Hasenhuttl could opt to play Yan Valery against Leicester but he is likely to call on Cedric to operate as a right wing-back.
With Hojbjerg and Lemina ruled out, Ward-Prowse will keep his place. He captained the side against Derby.
Romeu has been excellent since Hasenhuttl’s appointment. He’ll come into the team and could wear the captain’s armband.
At left wing-back, Targett is poised to play. He has failed to convince this season but with Bertrand still working his way back to fitness, the youngster is set to start.
Armstong is set to return to the side. He’ll operate between the midfield and the attack.
Redmond is in outstanding form. After scoring four goals in his last three games, he’ll get the nod in a free role up front.
Long is Southampton’s only available senior striker. He’ll start.