Southampton earned a well-deserved point against Manchester United before the international break, which has now catapulted them to mid-table on four points ahead of the trip to Sheffield United.
The Saints carried on the great form they showed in the 2-0 victory over Brighton, during their draw against United at St. Mary’s. Jannik Vestergaard scored a thumping header to cancel out Daniel James’ strike, putting more misery on the Red Devils, as Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to march on.
Up next for the Austrian is the trip to Sheffield United, where the two will meet in the Premier League for the first time since 26th March 1994; a game which ended 0-0.
So, how will the Saints line up against the Blades today?
Che Adams has not continued the excellent form he showed for Birmingham City last season, but with the injury to Nathan Redmond, Adams could start again. Alongside him, Danny Ings has a goal and an assist to his name this season and should keep his spot.
In midfield, James Ward-Prowse is still one of Hasenhuttl’s most valuable assets. The Englishman has averaged 2.5 crosses, 1.5 long balls and one key pass per game (as per WhoScored).
Sofiane Boufal may have only played 98 minutes in three games, but the Moroccan international has registered an assist and averaged 1.7 dribbles per match (as per WhoScored). Boufal should come in, despite Moussa Djenepo possibly being involved.
Behind the two, Oriol Romeu has been one of Southampton’s best players this season with his defensive stability. The ex-Chelsea man has averaged 3.5 tackles and 2.3 long balls [WhoScored] and put in a Man of the Match display against United. Alongside the Spaniard, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has averaged 45 passes per game with a success rate of 77.5%. [WhoScored]
Jan Bednarek and Jannik Vestergaard should continue to build their strong partnership. Bednarek has averaged 6.8 clearances per game so far [WhoScored], whilst Vestergaard scored the equaliser against Manchester United, claiming an 8/10 for his inspiring performance (as per Saints Marching).
Cedric Soares should keep his spot over Yan Valery, as the Portuguese international completed three tackles, three clearances and three long balls against the Red Devils in what was his first start of the season (as per WhoScored).
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