Southampton kick-off their FA Cup campaign with a third-round tie at home to Shrewsbury on Tuesday at 8:00pm (UK time).
The South Coast side are looking to end a 45-year wait for a major trophy since winning the FA Cup in 1976 while Shrewsbury are aiming to reach the fourth round for a third consecutive season.
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Where to watch Southampton vs Shrewsbury on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Southampton 2-0 Shrewsbury<
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Southampton vs Shrewsbury build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Despite sitting eighth in the Premier League, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are enduring a tough run of form, winning just one of their last six games. That said, their only two defeats during that time have come against Manchester City (1-0) and Leicester City (2-0), but the fact they have scored just two goals since beating Sheffield United 3-0 in mid-December is extremely worrying.
Shrewsbury, meanwhile, are battling at the wrong end of the League One table, taking 24 points from their opening 20 games to leave them 17th, just three points clear of the relegation places. However, the Shrews are heading in the right direction, losing just one of their last 10 games across all competitions, and will be quietly confident of troubling a hugely depleted Southampton side.
- Southampton (vs Leicester): McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand; Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Smallbone*; Walcott, Adams.
- Shrewsbury (vs Blackpool): Sarkic; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre; Tracey, Norburn, Vela, Daniels; Zamburek*; Whalley, Udoh.
Southampton have a long list of absentees with Moussa Djnepo, Michael Obafemi, Nathan Redmond, Nathan Tella, Jannik Vestergaard and Will Smallbone all injured. Danny Ings is also absent, while Oriol Romeu and Mohammed Salisu are doubtful. With that in mind, Hasenhuttl is likely to field a number of youngsters in this one.
This is Shrewsbury’s first match of the year. Manager Steve Cotterill will still be absent, but it’s unclear which players have emerged unscathed from their long break. However, from their last XI, Jan Zamburek has left, signing for Brentford.
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Player to watch: Daniel N’Lundulu (Southampton)
Daniel N’Lundulu came off the bench for the seventh time this season against Leicester City last time out, getting 29 minutes on the pitch — his longest senior appearance of the season so far. Given the injury crisis ripping through the Southampton squad right now, he’s likely to get the start here.
N’Lundulu has been in superb form for Southampton’s development side this season, notching five goals and one assist in seven Premier League 2 appearances, while his total of 13 goals in 32 games across all youth levels for the Saints is not to be underestimated.
As alluded to by Hasenhuttl, the French-born England U-16 international offers a very different option to the likes of Ings and Che Adams, relying more on physicality than pace and holding the ball up to great effect.
“He’s a type of striker we don’t have in our side so far. He gives us physical options, can keep the ball very well,” said the Saints boss recently.
“He’s also learned to work hard in front. This was something our youth have to learn and in the past month, we were working a lot with the under-23s and with these teams.
“They are more and more adapted to what we are doing here in the first team and it is nice to see when they are coming out, they are now on a different level.”
We’ll have the chance to see just how well-adapted he is to Hasenhuttl’s high-octane style against Shrewsbury.
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