·1 December 2021
·1 December 2021
Southampton really need to start picking up points, and capitalising on a Norwich vs Newcastle draw should be Ralph Hasenhuttl’s goal tonight by earning three points and pulling further away from the relegation zone into a safer position in the Premier League.
Hasenhuttl will have a challenge on his hands when it comes to beating Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side, but with only one player out with an injury, the Saints manager has the pick of the bunch to build a team and offer a tactical masterclass against the Foxes.
Saints had an awful first half against Liverpool last weekend, conceding three goals before the interval after Hasenhuttl set up the team all out for attack, which fell flat very fast when Jota scored in the second minute of the game.
The Austrian quickly changed the formation to the back four and made two substitutions at the break that were integral to stumping Liverpool from putting more than one goal past them in the second half of the game.
We expect that Hasenhuttl will play it a little safer with his formation and tactics against Leicester, after the chaos of the first half against Liverpool, with a Ralph classic 4-2-2-2 formation, adding Nathan Redmond and Nathan Tella, whilst axing Jan Bednarak and Che Adams from the starting side.
The £74k-per-week star, Redmond, and young winger, Nathan Tella, can be introduced into the starting team to help with building play and finding space to move the ball forward to assist both Adam Armstrong and Armando Broja in goal scoring opportunities that won’t come easy creating.
Redmond offers experience, high-quality dribbling skills and a strong attacking presence that will help Saints break down the Leicester defence to hopefully score and gain control of the game very early on.
Tella, who has scored two goals and offered one assist so far this term, we expect to come back into the team after being out of favour for the starting line up over the last few weeks. The wide man proved himself useful whilst playing a part in the damage control half of the heavy defeat at Anfield last weekend, so the manager may well deem him worthy of a starting position.
Southampton really need to take a win from the Foxes this evening and Saints fans will surely be hoping Hasenhuttl has learned from his mistakes last weekend.
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