Southampton v Watford Team News
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will have to do without midfielder Sofiane Boufal for Saturday crunch encounter with Watford at St Mary’s Stadium.
The Morocco international is set to miss out on the weekend’s match on the south coast with the Hornets after hitting his toe on the kitchen table.
That freak accident has left Hasenhuttl shorter on options in the middle of the park and the Austrian coach will have to look for alternatives.
Meanwhile, midfielder Stuart Armstrong picked up a hamstring problem during the closing stages of the 2-2 draw against Arsenal last time out, so will not be fit to face Watford.
Defender Jannik Vestergaard has been able to resume training following illness but it remains to be seen if he can play a role this weekend.
As for Watford, defender Craig Dawson is the latest player in the club’s packed treatment room, having needed stitches in a head wound which forced him off at half-time against Burnley.
Christian Kabasele (hamstring) and Daryl Janmaat (knee) are also not available.
Roberto Pereyra is stepping up his recovery from a thigh strain but will not be rushed back to face Saints.
Striker Troy Deeney, who came off the bench to feature in the second-half of the 3-0 defeat to the Clarets, could be handed a long-awaited started role.
Only one point separates these two teams in the Premier League table, with Watford rock bottom and Southampton just a place ahead.
This fixture finished 1-1 in both games at St Mary’s and Vicarage Road last season and it’s expected to be another cagey affair once again.
Pressure has been mounting on both Hasenhuttl and Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores and victory for either manager on Saturday would go a long way in ensuring a stay of execution.