Southampton - Stoke combined XI: Saints dominate but which Potters make the cut?

Southampton Huddle

Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle all understandably feature...

GK - Foster

Like most Premier League sides, both Southampton and Stoke City have very good goalkeepers. Fraser Forster edges into this combined XI based on this season's form, though. On experience, it's Asmir Begovic.

RB - Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne continues the Southampton theme at right-back, following a very impressive start to the campaign indeed.

CB - Fonte

At centre-back, the experienced Jose Fonte has also impressed considerably.

CB - Shawcross

Despite Toby Alderweireld's strong start for the Saints, experience is being favoured once again with Ryan Shawcross, despite his tendency to get booked.

LB - Bertrand

It is back to St Mary's for the left-back position, though, with Chelsea loanee Ryan Bertrand also flying high for Southampton. Ronald Koeman's full-backs are simply irresistible at the moment.

CM - Davis

In midfield, Steven Davis has been a rock for the Saints, working brilliantly with Morgan Schneiderlin.

CM - Schneiderlin

Which means the Frenchman, who has been utterly superb, also makes this XI.

CM - Adam

But the second man to feature from the Potters completes a midfield triumvirate, with Charlie Adam capable of being a game-changer at his best. Southampton have quality midfielders in abundance but Adam showed just what he is capable of against Swansea City last Sunday. 

CAM - Tadic

No one can really compare to Dusan Tadic right now, though, meaning another member of Koeman's squad makes the combined XI. Very few attacking midfielders can match the 25-year-old for creativity.

ST - Pelle

The same goes for Graziano Pelle up front, who has been a revelation since moving to the South Coast.

ST - Crouch

Siding with experience again, however, Peter Crouch has scored goals year after year in the Premier League and would form an intriguing partnership alongside the Italian.

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