Southampton will be looking for their first home win of the season in a crunch match against fellow strugglers Everton on Saturday.
Despite an improved showing at Manchester City last time out, Saints were ultimately beaten 2-1 late on which made it six league games without a win.
The last match at St Mary’s was one that fans, players and staff will have wanted to forget as they were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester City – a Premier League record.
Everton have also had a disappointing season so far as they sit one place and three points above Southampton as they are either side of the dotted relegation line.
The Toffees are without an away league win all season as they take on a Saints side who are without a home win – so both will see Saturday as an ideal chance to change that.
Saints now have a fully fit squad again with both Moussa Djenepo and Cedric Soares back from their respective injuries, although Ryan Bertrand remains suspended.
Here’s how we predict the side to line up…
GK: Alex McCarthy
I think McCarthy did enough to keep his place for the foreseeable future in his two starts against Manchester City last week.
RWB: Cedric Soares
This is a difficult one. Cedric is finally back from his injury that he sustained in the warm-up to the Spurs game in September. In his absence, Yan Valery had a shocker against Leicester but looked much better last time out. We’ve predicted the experience of Cedric to get the nod.
CB: Jan Bednarek
Bednarek has been a rare constant in a make-shift defence and we predict him to start again.
CB: Jack Stephens
I thought Stephens had one of his best games in a Saints shirt against City after Maya Yoshida had one of his worst against Leicester. We predict Stephens to be rewarded with another start.
CB: Jannik Vestergaard
After restricting Manchester City to only four shots on target, none of which came in the first 70 minutes, it would be harsh to drop any of the centre-backs. We predict Vestergaard to start on the left of a back three again.
LWB: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Since Bertrand’s dismissal, the manager has played Hojbjerg at left wing-back in both games and he had one of his best performances of the season last Saturday. We predict him to fill in at this position once more.
CM: Oriol Romeu
Romeu also had a good game against City and is unlikely to be dropped.
CM: James Ward-Prowse
Ward-Prowse has had his fair share of critics this season but answered some of them with a striker-like goal last Saturday. He also played a big part in keeping City out for so long and is likely to start again.
RW: Nathan Redmond
Redmond has been one of the first names on the team sheet for a while now and could be vital in securing a result against Everton.
LW: Moussa Djenepo
It’s fair to that Saints have missed Djenepo but he’s now back after coming on as a substitute last Saturday. It may seem harsh to drop Stuart Armstrong and keep Sofiane Boufal out of the side but if fully fit, the Mali international should come back in.
ST: Danny Ings
In what has been a tough few weeks for Saints, Ings has been a high point. The ex-Liverpool player will be relishing the chance to score against their Merseyside rivals Everton.