CONFIRMED: Southampton and Stoke line-ups

Here is how Southampton and Stoke City will line-up for this afternoon’s match:

Southampton starting XI: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Mane, Tadic, Pelle

Southampton subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Gardos, Long, Wanyama, Mayuka, Reed

Stoke City starting XI: Begovic, Bardsley, Shacross, Wilson, Pieters, Cameron, Nzonzi, Walters, Adam, Moses, Crouch

Stoke City subs: Sorensen, Huth, Arnautovic, Diouf, Sidwell, Assaidi, Bojan

Southampton will go into their game against Stoke city on Saturday afternoon with their confidence sky-high. An 8-0 win against Sunderland last time out sent an emphatic message to those people who thought the Saints position near the top of the Premier League table was more down to luck than talent.

Quite simply, Ronald Koeman’s side are the real deal and it will be fascinating to see how they perform a week after their record-breaking victory.

Stoke will not relish a trip to St Mary’s but they are likely to put on a far better rear-guard action than the Black Cats managed. A Mark Hughes side does not ship many goals and currently 10th in the table, the Potters have lofty aspirations of their own.

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