LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  Stuart Armstrong of Southampton shakes hands with Angus Gunn of Southampton after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Southampton FC at Stamford Bridge on January 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Southampton Lineup to Face Derby in the FA Cup

Southampton travel to Pride Park to take on Derby in the FA Cup on Saturday. Ralph Hasenhuttl's side sit in the bottom three in the Premier League, and solid cup run could do wonders to raise the moral around St. Mary's. 


Derby will be no pushovers though, as Manchester United found out in the Carabao Cup. Southampton will have to be at their best to progress to round four, so they should set up their team accordingly. 


Here's how Southampton could line up on Saturday. 

3. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Angus Gunn (GK) - The young stopper looked assured in Southampton's draw away at Stamford Bridge. The clean sheet would do his confidence the world of good, and another good showing against Derby could be good for his development. 


Yan Valery (RB) - The young Frenchman has worked his way into the first team picture at Southampton. A test against the likes of Harry Wilson would be a good indicator of how far he's come. 


Jack Stephens (CB) - The centre half was a key figure for Mark Hughes, but has found game time hard to come by under the new regime. A solid outing could leave Hassenhuttl with a tough decision to make when the next league game comes around. 


Jan Bednarek (CB) - On the other side of the coin, Bednarek couldn't get a game under Hughes but is now thriving. If he's in good form then it makes sense to keep playing him at the moment. 


Cedric Soares (LB) - Soares has been almost ever present for Southampton throughout the season. His experience could be needed to contain a dangerous Derby attacking line. 

2. Midfielders

Nathan Redmond (RM) - The winger is always capable of causing problems. His improvement under Hassenhuttl has been evident, and a strong performance against Derby will only boost his confidence. 


James Ward-Prowse (CM) - The midfielder has only recently broke back into the team, and will be hoping to stay there. His accuracy from set pieces also adds another dimension to Southampton's attack. 


Oriel Romeu (CM) - The Spaniard provides the defensive solidity in midfield, and is adept at winning the ball back and recycling possession quickly. 


Stuart Armstrong (LM) - One of the few players who has seen their stock rise since playing for Southampton this season. The Scot has shown he has an eye for goal, which helps take a bit of pressure off of Southampton's strikers. 

1. Forwards

Shane Long (ST) - You know exactly what you're getting from Shane Long; pace, energy and unwavering work rate. He's a great outlet for the team, and a willing strike partner for whoever plays beside him. 


Michael Obafemi (ST) - The young Irishman recently scored his first Premier League goal, and is enjoying a breakthrough year with the club. A start and maybe a goal against Derby will show people why he's so highly thought of on the south coast.