Picking the Best Potential Southampton Lineup to Face Crystal Palace on Tuesday

Southampton welcome ​Crystal Palace to St Mary's ​on Tuesday night, where the Saints will be hoping to record their first win in nine games having gone eight without one, although their quest for three points won't be easy against an inspired Eagles side who just became the first side to shut out ​Manchester City this season. 


Mauricio Pellegrino desperately needs to find a way to win games or else he will see his side slip into the relegation dogfight, something that no fan of the south coast side will want to be involved in this season, especially given the amount of sides already embroiled in it. 

Goalkeeper

  • McCarthy
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​Former Palace man Alex McCarthy should start again in goal ahead of Fraser Forster. 

Defence

  • Stephens
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  • Yoshida
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  • Hoedt
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  • Targett
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​Jack Stephens and Matt Targett are expected to line up in the full back positions once again in Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand's absence. 


Japanese international Maya Yoshida and summer signing Wesley Hoedt should start alongside each other, with their places in the starting eleven made more concrete by Virgil van Dijk's departure to Liverpool. 

Midfield

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  • Höjbjerg
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  • Redmond
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  • Tadic
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  • Boufal
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​Oriol Romeu and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg will start as a deep-lying midfield two where they'll hope to combat Palace's two of Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic; the game could be decided in the middle. 


Ahead of them, Nathan Redmond, Dusan Tadic and Sofiane Boufal will be tasked with supplying the creativity for the Saints going forward, with the hope of posing a makeshift Palace back four some problems. 

Forwards

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​Irish forward Shane Long is cutting a lonely figure up front of late, and it seems that his pressing and runs into the channels are his only selling points at the minute; Long hasn't scored since February of last year. 


In Charlie Austin's absence through injury, ​Southampton really need Long to step up and finally break his duck. 

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