Norwich City travel away to face Southampton in a huge game at the bottom of the Premier League table.
A win for Norwich would send them above the Saints and potentially level on points with Everton – who are 17th – if they fail to pick up any points against Liverpool.
The Canaries are unbeaten in their last two outings, with a draw against Arsenal and a win against Everton coinciding with Christoph Zimmermann’s return to the team. Norwich have two fully fit centre-backs for the first time this season and are currently unbeaten since this was the case.
However, Southampton do pose a threat and have some top players in their team in attack. The likes of Moussa Djenepo, Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal and Danny Ings are all capable of scoring goals at this level and need to be watched out for.
So, we have compiled a combined Southampton and Norwich starting XI…
Southampton have had their goalkeeping issues with Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy this season, but Tim Krul has been superbly consistent and pulled off some sensational saves.
This was a tough one as I almost went with Sam Byram but, with the former West Ham man playing left-back at the moment, Aarons gets the nod.
Another difficult decision. Ben Godfrey has had some good performances this season, but Bednarek just edges him out of this combined XI.
Zimmermann has made a huge difference to Norwich’s entire team, not just the defence, since his return. His defensive ability and leadership at the back is why he is the best centre-back out of the two sides.
Jamal Lewis and Sam Byram are both good options at left-back, but Bertrand has been a consistent Premier League defender year-on-year and gets in this side.
Amadou was finally given the chance to play in holding midfield last weekend, having played at centre-back so far, and was excellent against Arsenal. He gets in over Oriol Romeu for the holding role.
There is some stiff competition for this place, with the likes of Ward-Prowse, McLean and Trybull up there, but we have gone with Hojbjerg. The Dane is Southampton’s club captain and adds steel to the back line.
Who else on the right? Whilst Nathan Redmond is a very good player in his own right, Cantwell has been superb this season and rightly takes his place in this team.
The talented Mali international has had his season disrupted by injuries, but has impressed when he has been able to play. The forward has scored a couple of crucial goals and set-up Ings’ equaliser against Watford over the weekend.
Pukki has contributed to 10 goals (seven goals three assists) in 14 Premier League appearances this season. What more can you say about the GOAT?
Ings has scored nine times for Southampton in all competitions, seven in the league, and has been a talisman for the Saints this season. He takes up the last place in this side.