Football preview: Southampton v Brighton

A view of Southampton signage outside St Mary's Stadium on 25 August 2018 Credit: Steven Paston/PA Wire/PA Images

Southampton host Brighton on Monday evening looking for back-to-back victories against the Seagulls in all competitions this season.

Saints edged out Monday’s opponents in the Carabao Cup thanks to a late Charlie Austin strike, though both sides made wholesale changes to their starting line-ups for that tie.

Austin (hamstring) is a doubt for Brighton’s visit as is fellow forward Shane Long who is struggling with a toe problem, both could feature if passed fit, however.

Danny Ings had been struggling with a blister on his ankle and required painkillers prior to the international break, though the striker looks set to feature for Saints.

Chris Hughton has Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone both available following their respective injuries, with summer signing Andone in line to make his debut for the Seagulls, while Pascal Groß (ankle) faces a late fitness test ahead of the tie.

Glenn Murray scored twice as Brighton came from two goals behind to rescue a point in their last league outing against Fulham, and the striker has an impressive record against Saints; scoring four goals in five starts against them in the league.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Glenn Murray (right) celebrates scoring a goal with Solly March during a Premier League match on 1st September 2018 Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Southampton are yet to taste victory when playing on a Monday in the Premier League, losing seven and drawing three, and have won just one of their last 13 league matches at home.

The Seagulls are the only side yet to pick up a point away from home in the league, and Cardiff’s goal away against Chelsea on Saturday means they are also the only side yet to score away from home in the Premier League this season.

Austin’s winner in the Carabao Cup was his seventh in all competitions against Brighton, meaning the striker has now scored more goals against Monday’s opponents than any other side.

Hughton has won just one of his previous nine fixtures against Southampton, while the Saints have only lost one of their previous eight encounters with Brighton.

Kick Off: 20:00, 17/09/2018Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton