4-2-3-1 Southampton Predicted Lineup Vs Watford: Shane Long To Start Up Front?

Southampton will travel to Hertfordshire to take on Watford in what could potentially be a ‘relegation six-pointer’ on Saturday. Both teams have struggled recently in the Premier League and will look to earn all three points during the match in their quest to save themselves from a potential relegation at the end of the season. The Saints have not tasted victory in their last 9 encounters in the league and are in real danger of slipping down to the drop zone over the weekend. They are desperate to get the victory against Marco Silva’s men who have also fallen off the pace of late after a decent start to the campaign.

The Hornets are currently in 10th place in the league standings and are just 5 points above the relegation zone. They have suffered back to back losses in their last two league matches and are in need of a result to get themselves out of trouble. Both teams progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup last weekend which would give them some confidence going into this contest. The recent history of the fixture makes a grim reading for the Hornets fans with the Hertfordshire club tasting only one victory in their last seven encounters with the Saints. Although, that victory came in their last meeting in the Premier League earlier this season when Marco Silva’s men secured an impressive 2-0 win at the St. Mary’s Stadium.

Mauricio Pellegrino is expected to opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation versus Watford on Saturday and will hope that his team can do enough to grab the three vital points.

4-2-3-1 Southampton Predicted Lineup To Face Watford

Defence

Alex McCarthy will start in goal for the Saints and might be protected by a back four of Maya Yoshida and Wesley Hoedt in central defence along with Ryan Bertrand taking his place at left-back and Jack Stephens starting on the right side of the backline.

Mauricio Pellegrino will be hoping that his defenders can keep a rare clean sheet away at Vicarage Road in what could prove to be a season-defining game for the Saints.

Midfield

Oriel Romeu and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg will start as the holding midfielders for the Saints and the trio of Sofiane Boufal on the left flank, James Ward-Prowse on the right side of the midfield and Steven Davis playing in the shoulders of forward, Shane Long will feature just ahead of them.

Attack

Shane Long scored the opener in his last Premier League start versus Crystal Palace and will be looking to get his name on the scoresheet once again when he laces up to face the Hornets on Saturday.

The following two tabs change content below.

Abhinab Ghosh

A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Share This Article

West Ham United Target Gets Tougher To Land: 3 Possible Replacements Moyes Can Target

Next Story »

Arsenal Rekindle Their Interest In Barcelona Outcast: Good Fit For Arsene Wenger?

T40 SCOUTING

  • Brighton And Hove Albion Can Be Really Successful Next Season If They Follow The Burnley Route!

    4 days ago

    Brighton & Hove Albion are a month away from kicking off their second season in the Premier League and will be looking to improve on last season’s ...

    Read More
  • Off The Radar: Liverpool Should Sign This 22 Y/O Prodigy To Solve The Karius Conundrum!

    5 days ago

    Liverpool’s incredible 2017-18 season ended in a heartbreak when they suffered a 3-1 defeat to reigning champions Real Madrid in the Champions League final and a couple of howlers ...

    Read More
  • The Inclusion Of Young Blood Can Provide The Premier League A Much Better Impetus: An Analysis!

    3 weeks ago

    With the Premier League providing more revenue to clubs competing in it year on year from TV deals and where they finish in the league table etc, ...

    Read More
  • Brighton And Hove Albion’s Youth Development Up And Running In The Last Few Years: An Analysis!

    3 weeks ago

    Brighton And Hove Albion have spent big on their youth products in the last four years. One of the big steps in this was the £29 million ...

    Read More
  • West Ham United On The Verge Of Securing £7m Move For Swansea City Ace: Astute Move By Pellegrini?

    1 month ago

    Manuel Pellegrini is on the move to challenge the big boys of the Premier League with West Ham United and they are close to securing the signature of ...

    Read More