Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has said that he will field a strong starting line-up against Stoke City.
The Saints will take on the Potters in the fourth round of the League Cup tie at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.
Koeman has shown in the second and third rounds of the competition that he is not inclined to make too many chances.
The Dutchman is taking the League Cup seriously and has assured the club’s fans that they will get to watch first-team regulars in action against Stoke on Wednesday.
‘It’s always serious because we’d like to win every game’, Southampton’s official website quotes Koeman as saying.
‘Like before, I won’t change a lot because I believe in bringing automatics in the team’, added the 51-year-old. ‘Okay, if we have some injured players or players who are not fresh then that may be a reason to change something.
‘I can understand [that] if you play European football or in the Champions League because the programme is tougher than we have. Now we are in a good way, so why should I change? We know what we have to do’.
If Koeman fields most of his best players against Stoke, then they will certainly be favourites against Stoke.
Southampton have been one of the most impressive teams in the Premier League so far this season and are on a great run of form.
The Saints’ football has been exciting to watch too, and Koeman and his players will be determined to continue their League Cup adventure.
Stoke have been warned.