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Pick And Share Your Southampton Side To Beat Wigan

 • by Football Whispers
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It’s not often a manager has an opportunity to secure an FA Cup semi-final berth in their first game in charge, yet that’s exactly what Mark Hughes can do this weekend with Southampton.

The Saints finally ended the miserable tenure of Mauricio Pellegrino this week and swiftly appointed the Welshman, who was sacked by Stoke City earlier in the campaign.

Hughes’ remit will, first and foremost, be to keep Southampton in the Premier League. However, given their quarter-final clash is against League One Wigan Athletic – who knocked Manchester City out in the last round – there’s a realistic chance the Saints can go marching on to Wembley.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Southampton side it believes Hughes will pick.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game.You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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