Southampton v Norwich Team News
Southampton could climb out of the relegation zone if they earn a victory over Norwich at St Mary’s on Wednesday.
The south-coast club picked up their first win since September 14 last time out, beating Watford 2-1 on Saturday, and Ralph Hasenhuttl will be eager to build some momentum.
It was their first home victory since March 13 and could prove to be a catalyst as they attempt to pull away from relegation danger.
Southampton are actually three points better off than they were at this stage last season, although they have only won three of their 14 games.
A loss at home to Norwich, who are one place and one point below, would put Hasenhuttl under serious pressure ahead of a busy festive period.
The Austrian is hoping to have Sofiane Boufal in the matchday squad despite aggravating a freak toe injury against Watford.
Defender Jannik Vestergaard is also set to come back in after missing the last two games due to illness.
Stuart Armstrong will miss out once again with a hamstring injury and is not expected to be back in action until later this month.
Norwich head to Southampton unbeaten in two, their best form of the season so far, and will see this match as a must-win to boost their survival hopes.
The Canaries scored their first away goal for five games in their last game on the road and will be hoping Todd Cantwell, who has netted in his last two outings, can continue to cause problems.
Midfielder Alex Tettey should come back into contention after missing out on Sunday’s draw with Arsenal due to personal reasons.
Grant Hanely and Josip Drmic are injury concerns for Daniel Farke, with groin and thigh problems respectively.
Southampton boast an impressive record against Norwich, losing just one of their past 13 home games across all competitions.