With seven games still to play, sadly for Southampton, the South Coast side will struggle to finish any higher than eighth this season.

West Bromwich Albion are just four points ahead, but Arsenal in seventh and 17 points adrift will be too big an ask for Claude Puel’s team, with just 21 points up for grabs.

A three game unbeaten run was ended on Sunday April 15 when they were soundly dispatched 3-0 by Manchester City.

Saints’ run isn’t an easy one, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all still to come after Tuesday’s encounter with the Blues.

Midfielder Oriel Romeu, a transfer target for Barcelona, is available again after completing a two-game ban. The Spaniard has played 28 games and leads the team in tackles made. He will likely slot into the team in place of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg or Jordy Clasie, depending on what formation Puel picks.

Recently, the Frenchman has played 4-2-3-1 and that could continue at the Bridge. Sam McQueen, who played at left-back against Crystal Palace, will miss the game with a groin strain.

Long-term absentees Matt Target and Charlie Austin will return to training later this week, with this game coming too soon.

Manolo Gabbiani, with four goals in five games since joining in January made his return against City and Puel will have to decide between the Italian and Irish forward Shane Long.

Who would you pick if you were in Puel’s shoes?

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