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: 

Goalkeeper

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​Alex McCarthy will keep his spot in goal.

Defence

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  • Hoedt
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  • Yoshida
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  • Bertrand
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​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.

Midfield

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  • Höjbjerg
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  • Romeu
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  • Tadic
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​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

Forwards

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  • Gabbiadini
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​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.

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