Southampton will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins they host Arsenal on Thursday.
After a slightly sluggish start, the Saints quickly got back into the rhythm of things with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Norwich on Friday.
The Southampton attack was spearheaded superbly by the likes of Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong, who all got on the scoresheet.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have had a nightmare return with two defeats from two games, losing 3-0 at Manchester City last Wednesday and 2-1 at Brighton on Sunday thanks to a last-minute winner for the Seagulls.
The Gunners have also been hit hard with injuries after Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka came off in Manchester, while Bernd Leno was stretchered off with a nasty looking knee issue at Brighton.
This will give Ralph Hasenhuttl some hope of beating Mikel Arteta’s side and drawing level on points with their opponents who currently have 40, three clear of Saints’ tally of 37.
This was the fixture that secured Hasenhuttl’s first victory in charge of Southampton with a memorable 3-2 triumph last season.
In his pre-match press conference, the Austrian revealed a clean bill of health ahead of Thursday’s clash with Moussa Djenepo the only absentee through suspension.
Here’s how we predict the side to line up:
GK: Alex McCarthy
McCarthy’s kicking could have done with some work against Norwich but he’s still firmly the number one and is set to start once more.
RB: Kyle Walker-Peters
The right-back position seems to be the most difficult one to predict on a regular basis with both options seemingly having struggled to impress Hasenhuttl.
Yan Valery was the most error-prone player on Friday having escaped punishment from a couple of mistakes, we predict Walker-Peters to get his chance this time around.
CB: Jack Stephens
Stephens seemed to continue from where he left off with regards to a more than competent defensive performance.
The centre-back pairing has been a reliably consistent one for a good few months now and we don’t expect that to change.
CB: Jan Bednarek
Bednarek has become known for his last-ditch challenges to prevent likely goals.
While Arsenal seem to be struggling, they still have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pépé at their disposal and the Polish defender could prove crucial in frustrating them.
LB: Ryan Bertrand
With 20-year old Jake Vokins the only other recognised left-back to have started this season, Bertrand’s place in the team tends to be quite secure.
We predict another start at St Mary’s on Thursday.
CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Hojbjerg’s attitude was superb on Friday given that he could’ve easily downed tools after being stripped of the captaincy.
He still put a shift in and his imposing presence could prove important in getting a result against Arsenal.
CM: James Ward-Prowse
The new skipper led by example at Carrow Road with his energy and tenacity infectious.
Prowsey is one of the first names on the teamsheet and will start again.
RW: Stuart Armstrong
Armstrong has always been very neat and tidy and effectively contributed to attacks but more recently he’s added a goal threat to his game.
His strike against Norwich meant that he’s now scored more Premier League goals in his last seven appearances (four) than he scored in his first 44 outings (three) and has become an incredibly important player.
LW: Nathan Redmond
Redmond’s return was an extremely welcome one on Friday with the 26-year old putting in an excellent performance that saw him rewarded with a super goal.
He must be one of many Saints attackers relishing the opportunity at playing against Arsenal’s usual leaky defence and is a certainty to start.
ST: Shane Long
Our 2nd and final change that we predict Hasenhuttl to make is the returning Long who we think will come straight back in for Michael Obafemi.
Although the young striker had a decent evening against Norwich, including an improved second-half, Long offers many of the same qualities plus better decision making and more of an aerial threat.
ST: Danny Ings
After moving onto 16 league goals for the season with a trademark finish against Norwich, Ings is very much in the race for the golden boot.
You would think that the 27-year old may be targeting this match as a chance to further enhance his odds of claiming the prize.