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Southampton predicted lineup vs West Ham

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Southampton’s quest for a first Premier League win of the season continues on Saturday against high-flying West Ham.

The Saints have drawn successive games – against Manchester United and Newcastle – after losing to Everton on the opening day of the season, but their performances have been a lot brighter than those results suggest.

Mohammed Elyounoussi has looked sharp on the left-hand side and there’s been plenty of encouraging signs from new boy Adam Armstrong up front. Both will need to be at their best against a Hammers side who lie second in the table after winning two of their first three.

Here’s the side Ralph Hasenhuttl may pick to get the job done.

Romain Perraud could be recalled at left back / Robin Jones/Getty Images

Alex McCarthy (GK) – Southampton’s number one will be tasked with keeping out a West Ham side who have scored 10 goals in three games.

Tino Livramento (RB) – There was plenty of hype and excitement about the signing of Livramento and for good reason – he looks superb.

Lyanco (CB) – Arrived just before the transfer deadline and may be thrown in for a first start ahead of Jack Stephens.

Mohammed Salisu (CB) – Needed a season to settle at St Mary’s but Salisu is now looking like the real deal.

Romain Perraud (LB) –

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Kyle Walker-Peters got the nod against Newcastle but wasn’t overly convincing in a position that isn’t familiar to him. Perraud may get back in as a result.

James Ward-Prowse showed nerves of steel against Newcastle / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Moussa Djenepo (RM) – Is either blisteringly brilliant or completely anonymous. Southampton’s supporters will hope the former version of Djenepo turns up.

Oriol Romeu (CM) – Don’t expect Romeu to cross the halfway line at any stage but do expect him to get stuck into the likes of Fornals and Benrahma.

James Ward-Prowse (CM) – One of the most loyal and consistent players in the Premier League. A major threat from any set piece and a real leader.

Mohammed Elyounoussi (LM) – Back from a loan spell at Celtic and back in favour it would seem. Elyounoussi scored against Newcastle last time out and was a real handful on the left.

Adam Armstrong hit the ground running with a goal on the opening day / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Adam Armstrong (ST) – Looks at ease in the Premier League and will be a reliable goal source if he stays fit.

Che Adams (ST) – A successful front two pairing usually run hard, work for each other and have great understanding. Adams will also be buoyed by a good international break with Scotland.



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