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After a dull 1-1 draw against Brighton, Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton side are back in action this weekend as they welcome Sean Dyche’s high flying Burnley to the St. Mary’s. The Saints have 12 points from 10 games this season and will have to start finding some consistency but the Clarets are sure to make it a tough night for the Saints.
Burnley beat Newcastle United in the previous round and will be fairly confident of taking something from this game.
Saints could welcome back Charlie Austin, who had to sit out the draw with Brighton with a knock. Mario Lemina missed that game as well but is set for a return to first-team duties.
The first choice shot-stopper for Pellegrino, Forster has been in decent form and will keep his place for this weekend.
The Portuguese full-back is a regular for the Saints and there’s no reason why he would not start this game.
Van Dijk is still Southampton’s best defender and he has gradually been integrated into the side. Should start at the heart of Saints’ defence.
Partnering Van Dijk should be Yoshida, who has played more games than any other Southampton CB this season.
The English ace has been effective on the left flank and deserves to start for the Saints in this game.
Acting as the only defensive midfielder should be Romeu, whose industry in the middle of the park could be crucial for the Saints.
Pellegrino has used Tadic in different positions but he has been effective on the right flank and should continue to keep his place in the attack.
Adding more stability to the midfield should be Ward-Prowse, who is a regular under Pellegrino.
Davis, playing in a midfield role, will be responsible for breaking down the Burnley defence, which has been resistant so far this season.
Another player who has found some form playing on the flank, Boufal did a decent job in this role in the previous game and is expected to start there, yet again.
Gabbiadini adds variety and versatility to Southampton’s attack and should lead the line against the Clarets.