Fulham v Southampton team news
Southampton face Fulham in the Carabao Cup second round on Tuesday evening, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl insisting he will take the competition seriously.
Nevertheless there will be some changes from the side that beat Brighton 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, with one eye on resting players key to Saints’ hopes of avoiding a relegation battle.
Much will centre on whether Sofiane Boufal is given his first start of the campaign after the 25-year-old Morocco international impressed during two appearances from the bench.
Hasenhuttl has hinted that he is still unsure whether to start the man who spent last season on loan with Celta Vigo, but he remains an option.
Debate continues over whether the African should stay at the club but the boss seems content to give him a run this term to see what he can do after he enjoyed an excellent stint in Spain.
Moussa Djenepo has played just 50 minutes of top-flight football this term and the EFL Cup seems the ideal platform to give the 21-year-old Mali international a chance to shine.
He scored just a couple of minutes after replacing Yan Valery in the 2-0 victory over Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday and will be hungry for more action.
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The winger has been tipped for a big future after joining in the summer from Belgian giants Standard Liege and a run-put against the Cottagers seems likely.
Angus Gunn may be given the night off between the posts, with Alex McCarthy in line to deputise in goal.
The 29-year-old certainly has plenty of experience having featured in 43 Premier League games for Saints over the past two seasons but he now finds himself on the bench, with former England Under-21 ace Gunn the club’s number one.
Defender Maya Yoshida has made one top-flight appearance in 2019-2020 and could add to his playing time in west London tonight.
The 31-year-old Japan international played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool and needs to get some playing time into his legs in the cup.
Midfielder Stuart Armstrong has been used sparingly this term, with just 28 minutes of action and the 27-year-old Scotland international is an option to take on Scott Parker’s men.