Picking the Best Potential Southampton Lineup To Face Chelsea on Saturday

​Southampton host Chelsea looking for a crucial win to keep their survival hopes alive. With the two sides meeting at Wembley next weekend for a place in the FA Cup final, this is a chance to put down a marker and build momentum for the rest of the season.

With the Saints 18th holding a game in hand, it is now or never for Mark Hughes' men who have only beaten bottom club ​West Brom in their past 19 league matches.

Here's who the Welshman could pick for the visit of Chelsea: 


  • McCarthy

​Alex McCarthy will keep his spot in goal.


  • Soares
  • Hoedt
  • Yoshida
  • Bertrand

​After Jack Stephens' red card against ​Arsenal, the youngster is suspended and begins the first match of a three-game ban here.

Maya Yoshida comes into the team to partner Wesley Hoedt, with the Dutchman having a shot cleared off the line late on in ​Southampton's efforts to find an equaliser last weekend.

Ex-​Chelsea man Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares will continue on the flanks.


  • Ward-Prowse
  • Höjbjerg
  • Romeu
  • Tadic

​With Steven Davis nursing a knock, the Northern Irishman is a doubt for Saturday's game and will be assessed. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could deputise, with the Dane not setting the world alight since last season's move from ​Bayern Munich.

Oriol Romeu should start against his former club, with Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse looking to provide attacking threat on the wings


  • Austin
  • Gabbiadini

​Having scored last weekend, Charlie Austin could be nearing a return to form just when Southampton need him most, with the Englishman spending a lot of time on the sidelines this season.

Goal-shy Manolo Gabbiadini possesses the quality to drag the Saints out of the relegation battle and will be crucial if they are to take anything from Saturday's game.