Confirmed Southampton line-up vs Sparta Prague

Southampton manager Claude Puel

Southampton take on Sparta Prague tonight in their crucial Europa League group stage game.

Southampton manager Claude PuelSouthampton manager Claude Puel

Southampton line-up: Forster, McQueen, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Martina, Clasie, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Rodriguez, Long.

Southampton substitutes: Lewis, Davis, Austin, Romeu, Boufal, Bertrand, Stephens.

The Saints head to the Czech Republic this evening to take on Sparta Prague for their vitally important Group K encounter.

The hosts currently top the group, and hold a two point lead over second placed Southampton- who have travelled to Prague without an array of first-team players due to injuries.

Jose Fonte, Dusan Tadic, Matt Targett and Jeremy Pied are all unavailable for selection for Claude Puel this evening, and the Frenchman will have to fully utilise his squad.

The south coast outfit can book their place in the knock-out stages of the competition with a win, as long as Hapoel Be'er Sheva fail to beat Inter Milan in Israel.

Southampton's Jose Fonte arrives for trainingSouthampton's Jose Fonte misses out through injury

Southampton head into the game on the back of an inconsistent run of form that has seen them win just three games from their last 10 outings, whilst the hosts have been impressive of late, losing just twice in their last 11 games.

Qualification through to the next phases of the tournament would represent a wonderful achievement for the Saints, who won 3-0 in the corresponding fixture against Sparta in September.

Southampton manager Claude PuelSouthampton manager Claude Puel

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