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4-2-3-1 Southampton Predicted Lineup To Face Stoke City: No Van Dijk Yet?

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Southampton lost their last match in the Premier League at the hands of Manchester United, with their defence having a turbulent day facing the fierce attack of the Red Devils. However, they are looking to get back to winning ways in the competition and will do everything for a victory in their next match against Stoke City this weekend.

The Saints have looked out of sorts so far this season, making it a mixed start for them. They have won two, lost two and drawn two of their first six matches this season and are looking to make the seventh a memorable one with a win. However, it will not be an easy job for them as they will be facing one of the most resilient teams in the tournament this season in the form of Stoke City, who will also look for nothing less than three points after their defeat against Chelsea last weekend.

Defence-

The defence of the Saints have been one of the best in the last couple of terms in the Premier League and they have three clean sheets to their name this season so far. However, they have not been able to turn the performances into wins consistently and will look to get their team back to winning ways with a solid performance in the next match against the Potters.

The four-man defence consisting of Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Wesley Hoedt and Ryan Bertrand will be giving their side strength in the backline. Fraser Forster will play in the goal for them.

Midfield-

The midfield of the Saints has not been performing as expected in the last few matches, with energetic players like Oriol Romeu and Mario Lemina at the heart of it. However, they will look to turn the tables in their favour in the next match with Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond marshalling the midfield to make it a successful outing for their side. Attacking midfielder and captain Steven Davis will also feature for them.

Attack-

With Shane Long spearheading their attack, as he did in their last match against Manchester United, the South Coast club will hope that he can lead them to a much-needed win in the Premier League. However, his performances have been nothing worth mentioning so far this season and Long will look to change that in the next match against Stoke.

Predicted Lineup-

Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Tadic, Davis, Redmond, Long.

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