Southampton have a fully-fit squad for their trip to Brighton later, with summer signing Kevin Danso hoping to make his debut for the Premier League outfit in East Sussex, via Sky Sports.
Saints have got off to a poor start after losing their opening two games against Burnley and Liverpool, and face a Brighton side who are yet to lose either of their two games thus far.
Graham Potter’s men kicked-off the campaign with a resounding 3-0 victory over Watford away from home, before sharing the spoils against West Ham last weekend on home soil.
The Seagulls head into this clash as slight favourites based on recent form, though after showing real signs of improvement against Jurgen Klopp’s men last weekend, Saints do stand a great chance of taking something from their south coast rivals at the Amex.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was the only absentee for Southampton against the Reds last Saturday, but he has now returned to training with the club so will most likely be included in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s matchday squad tomorrow, especially after the recent departure of Fraser Forster to Celtic.
Elsewhere, new signing Kevin Danso will be hopeful of a start for his new employers. The Austria international signed on a season-long loan from Augsburg on deadline day but has yet to feature for the Saints. Indeed, with the defence having leaked four goals in two games, it would hardly be surprising to see him given a chance, even at this early stage. For example, last season he averaged more tackles, blocks and clearances per game than Jack Stephens, as well as being dribbled past fewer times (0.2 per game) than any of the Saints’ current options.
The 20-year-old was an unused substitute against Liverpool, but could line up in the heart of Southampton’s defence this weekend considering they’ve conceded five goals in their opening two fixtures.
Meanwhile, last weekend’s goalscorer, Danny Ings, is predicted to start alongside Che Adams up front. The 27-year-old came off the bench to find the net against his former side at St Mary’s, but was guilty of squandering a late gilt-edged opportunity which would have rescued a point for Saints at the death.
The last time these two sides met at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, it ended in a narrow 1-0 victory for the visitors. However, with recent form considered, another win for Southampton against the Seagulls does seem ambitious.
Before that victory for Saints, the two most southern sides in this season’s Premier League drew their previous three league encounters, so another draw could well be on the cards in this one.
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