Southampton vs Brentford: Will Saints take first step in cup run?

Southampton will take on Championship side Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and Hasenhuttl has promised a strong side for the match.

Southampton have not made any deep runs in domestic cups since they reached the finals of this competition a few years ago. Now, they face a team that narrowly missed promotion into the Premier League last season.

So, the Bees will be no pushovers and it will be a tough match for the Saints but luckily they will be at home. How this match plays out will depend on who starts for each side. Will Brentford give the Premier League side all they have? Does Southampton think they can rest some of their starters for Tottenham?

Let us take a look at how both teams can win.

How Southampton Will Win

The Saints will have to learn from their match over the weekend if they hope to win games against teams who sit back and invite pressure. They lacked creativity and only had a few clear-cut chances to score.

They will undoubtedly have the majority of the possession again and cannot be afraid to take on defenders and try to make one miss to open up space and chances in the final third. I would also like to see a few shots from outside the box to give Brentford something to think about.

Southampton will be the favourties in this match and they will have to act like it. They will need to be brave in attack and really force the issue. If they are successful in this they can win this match easily.

How Brentford Will Win

The Bees will undoubtedly have looked at the Crystal Palace match as a blueprint as how to beat the Saints. They will force Southampton to pass the ball around and force them to breakdown their defense.

Brentford, have enough attacking talent to score on limited chances like Palace did and could easily win this match 1-0.

The Championship side started their season off with a loss and would see a chance at beating a Premier League team as a way to kick start their season and parlay that into a promotion into the Premier League next season.

Predicted Lineups: 

Southampton: 4-2-2-2

Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster

Defenders: Yan Valery, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Jake Vokins

Midfielders: Will Smallbone, Oriol Romeu

Attacking Midfielders: Moussa Djenepo, Nathan Redmond

Strikers: Shane Long, Michael Obafemi

Brentford: 4-5-1

Goalkeeper: Luke Daniels

Defenders: Rico Henry, Ethan Pinnock, Pontus Jansson, Henrik Dalsgaard

Midfielders: Sergi Canos, Mathias Jensen, Christian Norgaard, Josua Dasilva, Bryan Mbeumo

Striker: Ivan Toney

Predicted Score

Southampton 3-1 Brentford