Claude Puel feels his side can take confidence from a strong performance against Leicester City earlier in the season, ahead of their St Mary’s meeting.
The reverse fixture between the two sides was a 0-0 draw, and Southampton head into this one looking to arrest a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats against the reigning champions, who currently sit 15th and without a win since April on the road themselves.
Puel said: “That was in the first part of the season and it was a good game which we dominated.
“It was a shame in that moment but I hope we can perform the same again for the second game against this team but with goals.”
Shane Long netted his second goal of the campaign in the 1-0 success over Norwich City on Wednesday, with Saints looking to be more potent in front of goal.
That is something Puel is keen to address, in order to turn positive performances into points.
He added: “I think it’s important that strikers score and Shane has had the opportunity. I think it’s important for his confidence and for the squad.
“I hope we can make progress about this situation. It’s important to have many chances in all of the games.
“Step by step we need to find a good efficiency and be clinical about our games to reward all our good work.”