Southampton will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five matches when they host Brighton on Thursday evening.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have been one of the best teams in the division since the restart and they continued their impressive run with a 2-2 draw at in-form Manchester United on Monday night.
The Saints currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League on 45 points and still harbour ambitions of a top-half finish with the side just five points being Burnley in 10th with three games left to play.
Despite this form, the manager may opt to make a number of changes for this clash due to Saints having to play three games in just seven days this week.
Brighton have had a difficult couple of home games, losing 3-1 to Liverpool and 5-0 against Manchester City prior to this clash, but they did win their last away match 1-0 at Norwich.
In regards to team news, both Sofiane Boufal and Moussa Djenepo remain out with their respective injuries but Jannik Vestergaard and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are both options for the bench.
Here’s how we predict the Saints to line up:
GK: Alex McCarthy
McCarthy is full of confidence at the moment following two impressive showings against both Manchester teams.
The 30-year old made a number of impressive saves against United, most notably a 1-on-1 stop to deny Marcus Rashford, continuing where he left off against City where he was also in inspired form.
RB: Kyle Walker-Peters
The on-loan Spurs right-back struggled at times against United’s lethal attack, most notably for their second goal.
However, he improved after hallf-time and was even Saints’ biggest threat going forward at times with some dangerous crosses into the box.
It’s no coincidence that Southampton have looked more solid since he came into the side so we predict Walker-Peters to keep his place.
CB: Jack Stephens
Despite Stephens maybe thinking he could’ve done more for Manchester United’s first goal on Monday, it was still another competent outing.
When both fully fit, the centre-back partnership has been untouched for a few months, and with good reason, so we predict another start for Stephens.
CB: Jan Bednarek
Bednarek provided the crucial assist for Saints’ late equaliser on Monday.
His defensive performance was also rather assured for the most part so we anticipate another start.
LB: Ryan Bertrand
Quite often, Bertrand’s performances go under the radar and you could say the same about his outing at Old Trafford.
The biggest compliment you can give the left-back is that Mason Greenwood barely had an impact on proceedings, with Bertrand playing a big part in keeping the in-form youngster quiet.
CM: Oriol Romeu
Romeu may have been fortunate to stay on the pitch on Monday but that didn’t detract from another solid match for the midfielder.
Since being given a reprieve in the side, largely down to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s knock, Romeu has taken his chance through a better understanding of the system which he seemed to struggle to grasp previously.
He’s doing everything he can to show the manager that he can be the replacement for Hojbjerg, should the ex-skipper depart the club this summer.
CM: James Ward-Prowse
Ward-Prowse is one of the first names on the teamsheet and is even more so now that he is the Saints’ skipper.
RW: Stuart Armstrong
Since the restart, Armstrong has been playing more centrally which has led to him having a bigger impact on Southampton’s attacking play.
This has been able to occur due to Walker-Peters being a more solid left-back and not needing as much support, and the side has reaped its rewards after Armstrong scored the opener against United and got the assists against both Everton and Manchester City.
LW: Nathan Redmond
One player that could need a rest is Redmond.
Although his build-up play has still been strong, the winger is far from at his sharpest at the moment when he gets presented with an opportunity to shoot.
However, the absence of Sofiane Boufal and Moussa Djenepo means that it’s likely that Redmond will keep his place.
ST: Che Adams
This is arguably the toughest prediction to make.
Che Adams has started the previous three games and impressed at times, Shane Long was the preferred choice prior to the lockdown while Michael Obafemi was the late hero at Old Trafford.
We predict Hasenhuttl to stick with Adams with this game being a great opportunity for him to double his Saints tally.
ST: Danny Ings
Time is quickly running out for Ings if he wants to make a late push for the golden boot.
He is currently four goals shy of Jamie Vardy with just three matches remaining.
However, he’ll fancy his chances against a Brighton side who have shipped 11 goals in their previous four matches.