Southampton host Leicester City this evening and will be looking to make an impression against a side they have already lost twice to this season.
After last season’s home meeting with the Foxes, Ralph Hasenhuttl and his players will be keen to put any talk of that famous 9-0 loss to bed with a win of their own.
That will, of course, be easier said than done against a Leicester team who have been hugely impressive and very consistent in all competitions in 2020/21.
With just six games remaining, Saints really need to build some momentum to ensure their own campaign does not finish with a wimper.
Both teams with players out of this clash
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that he was to be without Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand for a fair chunk of the run-in.
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Ings picked up a thigh injury against Spurs last time out and Ryan Bertrand was ruled out of that game with a calf complaint, with both players not training with the rest of the team before facing Leicester.
There was some positive news though as Hasenhuttl provided updates on Oriol Romeu and Michael Obafemi. The former has returned to training on grass but has not joined his teammates yet, whereas Obafemi has come back from surgery and could potentially be back in matchday squads between now and the end of May.
For Leicester, James Justin is said to be making good progress after his knee injury, but Wes Morgan and Harvey Barnes are unavailable. Barnes has been ruled out until next season after an operation on his knee.
Ahead of today’s game, English football has united in a social media boycott to try and force a change to the sickening levels of abuse directed at players and to hopefully make social media companies change their own rules.
Confirmed Saints line-up (4-2-2-2)
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Stephens; Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Minamino, Tella; Adams, Redmond
Subs: Forster, Salisu, Ramsay, Ferry, Jankewitz, Diallo, Djenepo, Walcott, N’Lundulu
Confirmed Leicester City line-up (3-4-1-2)
Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu; Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Thomas; Maddison; Iheanacho, Vardy
Subs: Ward, Amartey, Ricardo, Mendy, Praet, Choudhury, Under, Albrighton, Perez