Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson predicts Southampton v FC Midtjylland

Paul Merson believes Southampton should coast past Midtjylland this evening.

Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that, whilst Southampton were 'terrible' against Everton on Saturday, they should see off Midtjylland tonight.

The Saints coasted past Vitesse Arnhem in the last round of the Europa League, but now face Danish outfit Midtjylland this evening after a torrid weekend.

Ronald Koeman's men were hammered 3-0 at home by Everton, meaning they must bounce back quickly - and tonight would be the ideal time to do it against one of the more progressive sides in Europe.

Midtjylland won the Danish Superliga last season using a moneyball system, and will now be looking to prove that their method works when they take on Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium this evening.

Despite Southampton's struggles against Everton last weekend, pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that the Saints should be able to recover with a comfortable victory over Midtjylland.

"FC Midtjylland have got the same owner as Brentford and the formula is clearly working for them," said Merson. "This will be a hard game for Southampton, who were terrible against Everton. None of the lads predicted that result and they'll have to take this one seriously. Saints were very good in the last round and I don't see why they shouldn't have a go at trying to win the Europa League. I'm going for them to bounce back with a comfortable win," he added.

Koeman may have lost Toby Alderweireld, Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, but there is still plenty of quality in his squad, and pacey forward Sadio Mane will be looking to find the back of the net again having scored against Vitesse in the last round.

With a trip to Watford coming up in the Premier League this weekend, Southampton fans need something to cheer about - and a win over Midtjylland would go a long way to achieving that.

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