In their bid to avoid the drop, Southampton have a huge run in towards the end of the Premier League season. Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl knows just how important it is to get a result against an in-form Wolves later today.
Only five points above safety and Cardiff looking to push on all the way to the end of the season, Southampton MUST pick up all three points against Wolves to ensure that they keep the gap from Cardiff at a safe distance.
The 1-3 home defeat to Liverpool, however, will have shown the 51-year-old manager who is up for the fight and who may need a rest towards the end of what has been a difficult season.
Drop Nathan Redmond
Usually one of the more reliable players in the Southampton side, however against Liverpool, Redmond put in what was one of his worst Premier League performances to date for the Saints. His lack of creativity during the previous game and the most part of this season has shown manager and fans alike that maybe a relegation fight is just too much for the 25-year-old.
A rest for Redmond would no doubt show the player that he must step up and that his place in the side isn’t set in stone, he will know that he has to perform up to the standard everyone in the league knows he can.
Start Charlie Austin
Another player who yet again hasn’t shown his true potential for Southampton this season, however, when brought on against Liverpool last week, the game had a slight shift in Southampton’s favour. The 29-year-old target man proves to be too strong for most defenders in the league on one of his good days.
His positive turn on the game last week will have only encouraged Hasenhüttl to use the English striker from the off against a Wolves side who threw away the chance to get into the FA Cup final last weekend.