MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  Mark Hughes, Manager of Southampton reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton FC at Etihad Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Southampton Lineup to Face Leicester in the EFL Cup on Tuesday

​​Leicester play host to ​Southampton on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup, with the fixture having been postponed nearly a month ago following the helicopter crash that claimed the life of Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.


The last 16 clash is an all ​Premier League affair and will take place at the King Power Stadium - with both sides knowing that a victory will grant them a home quarter-final tie against Manchester City.


Here's how Southampton could line up on Tuesday night.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Angus Gunn (GK) - A £13.5 summer signing, Gunn is yet to make a Premier League appearance due to the form of Alex McCarthy. However, he has looked impressive in the cup competitions and is likely to start again on Tuesday night.


Cedric Soares (RB) -  A reliable performer for the Saints, the ex-Sporting CP defender will have to be on his game to stop the flying Demarai Gray.


Jannik Vestergaard (CB) - The Saints persuaded the giant Dane to join in the summer for around £18m. It hasn't really worked out for the 6ft 6in defender though due to form and injuries - he will be hoping to impress Hughes on Tuesday.


Jack Stephens (CB) - The young Englishman started the Saints' previous EFL Cup fixture and is likely to retain his place in the heart of a, currently, shaky defence.


Ryan Bertrand (LB) - The English left-back was suspended for the Saints' 3-2 loss to Fulham at the weekend so should come back into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game, will be looking to return with a captain's performance.

2. Midfielders

Mohamed Elyounoussi (LM) - The 24 year-old Moroccan-born Norway international had a stellar campaign with Basel last season, persuading the Saints to part with £16m. He is yet to score for the club but will be hoping that changes on Tuesday night. 


Pierre Emile Højbjerg (CM) - The ex-Bayern man has become a regular performer in the heart of Saints midfield. Højbjerg has great passing ability and technique and will need to be at his best on Tuesday.


Mario Lemina (CM) - Probably Southampton's best player last season, the Gabon international is a powerful midfielder who clearly has quality - having played 29 times for Juventus.


Nathan Redmond (RM) - Hard to believe that Redmond is still only 24 - having started playing regular football age 16. He is lightening quick and has enough experience to help  Southampton to a much needed win.

3. Forwards

Charlie Austin (ST) - The Englishman will be doing all he can up front to help the Saints to a win. The frustration felt by Austin was clear to see in his post-match interview a couple of weeks ago - he will be hoping to face the media next time out having scored.


Manolo Gabbiadini (ST) - After his £15m transfer from Napoli the Italian looked like a world-beater scoring four goals in his opening three matches. However, he has had a real slump in form and needs a confidence boosting goal.