Saints will be looking to recover strongly from consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats as we travel to Norwich this Saturday.
Recent losses to Newcastle and QPR have somewhat tempered the progress made by the team in recent months, but victory at Carrow Road this weekend would put Mauricio Pochettino’s men right back on track.
The 13th-placed Canaries are currently just five points ahead of Saints in the top-flight standings, and are on a run that has seen them win just one of their last 11 league games.
Chris Hughton’s side were seventh in the Premier League table in mid-December, but their recent sequence of results has left them looking over their shoulders at the relegation picture.
Norwich come into this game on the back of a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United last weekend, though their last home fixture saw them pull off an impressive 2-1 win over Everton.
These two teams played out a one-all draw at St Mary’s last November, with Rickie Lambert’s opener being cancelled out by a Robert Snodgrass free-kick just before the break.
Southampton will check on Adam Lallana (neck) and Danny Fox (quadriceps), who had to be substituted during last Saturday’s defeat to QPR.
First Team Manager Pochettino will hope that Luke Shaw is fit enough to start after a recent thigh problem limited him to a substitute appearance in that game.
Vegard Forren stated his case for inclusion in the squad that travels to East Anglia with a goal on his first appearance for Saints’ Under-21 side in their draw with Liverpool at St Mary’s on Monday.
Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman – who started his career at Southampton and made 157 appearances before joining Wolves in 2009 – is likely to miss out.
The 26-year-old has been troubled by a persistent knee injury all season, and is now expected to be out for the rest of the campaign after a recent operation.
Norwegian midfielder Alexander Tettey, an international teammate of Forren's, is also ruled out with a knee injury.
Southampton last visited Norwich in February 2010, when both sides were competing at the top end of the League 1 standings.
The table-topping Canaries went into that match unbeaten in 14 home fixtures, but Saints humbled their hosts courtesy of a Lee Barnard double either side of Darel Russell’s red card.
Of the 22 players that started that day, 12 are still with their respective clubs despite both going on to record back-to-back promotions to climb from the third tier to the Premier League.
Overall, Saints have a good recent record at Carrow Road with only one of our last four visits ending in defeat. We are also unbeaten in our last six matches against the Canaries.
In total, the two teams have faced-off competitively on 96 occasions. 37 of those have gone Southampton’s way, while 31 have ended in Norwich victories and 28 in draws.
Saturday’s match will be refereed by Mark Clattenburg. He will be assisted by Simon Beck and Dave Bryan, while Phil Dowd will act as the fourth official.
Tickets for this fixture remain on sale to Saints fans from the St Mary’s Ticket Office until midday today, and will then be available at Carrow Road from 1.30pm tomorrow. Click here for more information.
The best way of getting to this game is with our official away travel partner, Coliseum Coaches. Tickets are now on sale via their website – coliseumcoaches.co.uk – or over the telephone on 02380 472 377.
If you’re planning on driving, Carrow Road’s postcode is NR1 1JE. The club recommend the pay-and-display car park at the nearby County Hall (NR1 2DH), which is around 10 minutes’ walk from the stadium with spaces priced at £6 per car.
The nearest railway station to the ground is Norwich, with the journey between the two taking around 10 minutes on foot. Turn left out of the station and follow Koblenz Avenue to reach the stadium, or alternatively walk straight over at the traffic lights and straight through the Riverside Leisure complex.
If you are joining us as we head to East Anglia, we’d love to see your photographs from your journey and throughout your afternoon at Carrow Road.
If you can’t make it to Norwich, you can listen to live audio commentary from BBC Radio Solent via Saints Player throughout the afternoon.