Watford predicted lineup vs Southampton - Premier League

Craig Vickers
Ranieri salutes Josh King after his hat-trick against Everton
Ranieri salutes Josh King after his hat-trick against Everton / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Watford welcome Southampton to Vicarage Road this weekend as the Hornets go in search of consecutive victories for the first time in the Premier League this season.

Life under Claudio Ranieri began miserably with a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, but Watford recovered to score five of their own in a romping win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Josh King grabbed a hat-trick against his former employers that afternoon, and the Italian will back the Norwegian to fire Watford to victory against a Southampton side counting the cost of their missed chances this season.

Here's how Watford could line up.

Watford predicted lineup vs Southampton - Premier League

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Ben Foster
Foster celebrates after Watford triumphed on Merseyside last weekend / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Ben Foster (GK) - A dependable presence between the sticks, Foster remains Watford's number one.

Jeremy Ngakia (RB) - The 21-year-old was drafted into starting lineup by Ranieri last weekend and made a good impression.

William Troost-Ekong (CB) - The Nigeria international is improving each week after a sluggish start to the season.

Craig Cathcart (CB) - A veteran at 32, Watford look considerably more resolute with him at the heart of their defence.

Adam Masina (LB) - His deliveries from the left will be key this weekend.

2. Midfielders

Juraj Kucka
Kucka impressed at Goodison Park last weekend / Alex Morton/GettyImages

Moussa Sissoko (DM) - His energy in midfield was instrumental in Watford's success last weekend.

Juraj Kucka (CM) - Flattered to deceive in the opening weekends, but Ranieri could get the best out of him.

Ozan Tufan (CM) - Made only his second league start against Everton and his performance will have given Ranieri food for thought.

3. Forwards

Joshua King
King netted a hat-trick against Everton last weekend / Jan Kruger/GettyImages

Ismaila Sarr (RW) - His counter-attacking threat could be the difference for Watford this weekend.

Josh King (ST) - Hat-trick hero at Goodison Park last weekend, Ranieri will be keen to unlock the player which terrorised defences while at Bournemouth.

Cucho Hernandez (LW) - Will need to be diligent defensively against the threat of Tino Livramento for Southampton.