The bottom two of the Premier League meet on Saturday, with Queens Park Rangers looking for their first win of the season at the 12th time of asking.
Mark Hughes’ side have picked up four draws so far, but have to go back 6 months for their last league win, at home to Stoke at the beginning of May. All is not lost just yet for R’s fans – one win would put them two points behind 17th place Aston Villa.
Southampton are sticking by the manager that led them to successive promotions, regardless of Premier League performances, yet Nigel Adkins will be desperately disappointed to have picked up just one solitary victory – now seven games back. Defeats to West Brom, Spurs and West Ham in recent weeks have kept the Saints at the foot of the table.
This weekend QPR will have their squad depth tested – Stephane M’Bia is out suspended, while Fabio (hamstring), will miss the tie. The club await fitness news on Jamie Mackie, Kieron Dyer, Ryan Nelson and Park Ji-Sung. Djibril Cisse will start up-front, preferred to Bobby Zamora.
Southampton have most of their first team members available, with just Frazer Richardson out with a thigh injury.
“I have confidence in the players to turn this round, but it needs to happen next week.”
“It’s still early in the season but the longer that it goes on, it becomes more difficult for us to have the season that we hoped to have.
“The chairman was at Stoke and at Arsenal and he saw positive things in our play and that encouraged him, it encourages us.”
“All I can do is control the controllables and that means concentrating on my squad. It has been a good week’s training and there is a focus about the place.
“The players know we are very close and that is the biggest thing because they have to cross the white line and perform. You can see it in their eyes. You can see the way they are. They believe.”