Southampton head to Bramall Lane on Tuesday night for their Capital One Cup quarter-final looking to end a run of four successive league defeats. Ronald Koeman’s men are struggling at the minute but the Cup will give them a good chance to regain their form and prolong their chances of winning silverware this season.
They head into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat at Turfmoor on Saturday when Ashley Barnes’ late deflected strike ensured they left with nothing for the fourth successive game. The Saints will be missing Jake Hesketh who limped off after half an hour on Saturday. Jack Ward-Prowse is set to return to the start on Tuesday for the first time in two months after his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.
When asked about his thoughts on Tuesday’s games, Ward-Prowse said, “It’ll be similar to the game against Burnley. They’ll want to battle and fight so we’ll have to battle first and hope the technicality shines through.We know what’s required and we’re desperate to turn our form around and get back on track.”
For Sheffield United, they enter the game having secured a hard-earned point at Fleetwood Town on Saturday. For the hosts they have no new injury concerns and are set to start with the same 11 that took the field at Highbury on Saturday. They will be looking to extend their fine run in Cup competitions following their impressive run to the semi finals of last years FA Cup where they were beaten by Hull at Wembley.
Southampton are due to be backed by a big away following of at least 5,000 and the game is close to being completely sold out.