Predicted Southampton XI v West Brom: Florin Gardos to make debut

Southampton Football Club

Southampton host West Brom this weekend, and we predict the Saints starting XI for their first home game of the season.

Ronald Koeman and his new-look Southampton side were unlucky not to leave Anfield with at least a point last weekend as they performed well against Liverpool despite losing 2-1.

They will hope to seal all three points this weekend when they entertain West Brom on Saturday afternoon, and although the starting lineup will likely remain much the same, Florian Gardos could be set to make his debut in defence.

Here is our predicted Southampton lineup for the game against the Baggies:

Fraser Forster

Forster will keep his place in goal as Artur Boruc looks set for a regular role on the bench unless he moves elsewhere. The English keeper performed well at Anfield, but will be hoping for a clean-sheet against West Brom this weekend.

Nathaniel Clyne

Clyne was excellent at Anfield going forwards and was a constant threat down the right for the Saints as he bagged the goal after some good play with Dusan Tadic. He will keep his place in the lineup and will hope to build on an encouraging display against Liverpool.

Jose Fonte

Fonte will start in defence once again and will hope to keep West Brom at bay this weekend. He won four tackles at Anfield and made six interceptions in a solid display.

Florin Gardos

Maya Yoshida started alongside Fonte last week but Florin Gardos could come in to make his debut this weekend if he is deemed fit to start. Gardos has been recovering from a hamstring injury but after being involved in full training this week, he will hope to make his debut in front of the Saints fans.

Ryan Bertrand

Bertrand should keep his place at left-back and will hope to provide a threat down the left side of attack as he and Clyne will be responsible for offering support down either flank. The Chelsea loanee has a chance to play regular football at Southampton, and could thrive as a result.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Despite ongoing speculation surrounding the Frenchman's future, Schneiderlin is expected to keep his place in the side after playing a full game at Anfield. He is a vital part of the squad and Saints fans will hope that he will stays and continues to battle for the team.

Victor Wanyama

Wanyama should also keep his place in the side and he is another who offers plenty of defensive solidity in the Saints midfield. He made an impressive seven tackles at Liverpool last week, and if he can stay fit he will be a key player this season.

Steven Davis

Davis will surely keep his place in the midfield as well and the same three should start against West Brom. Davis is the most attacking of the three midfield men and he will hope to create a spark that can inspire the Saints to a win against the Baggies.

James Ward-Prowse

Ward-Prowse started on the right of the front three against Liverpool, and although it is not his usual position he should remain there for this weekend's game. Koeman will want to get his players playing his style and if that involves Ward-Prowse playing wide then he will have to adapt to the position.

Graziano Pelle

Pelle will lead the attack once again as Shane Long spurned a great opportunity at the end of the game against Liverpool. The powerful forward will hope to get his first Premier League goal in front of the home fans at St Mary's on Saturday and Koeman will give him that opportunity from the off once more.

Dusan Tadic

Tadic was the most impressive Saints player on the pitch against Liverpool and he will hope to build on that display against West Brom this week. He created numerous problems at Anfield and he looks like a really good signing.

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