SAINTS welcome Birmingham City to St Mary’s looking to make it six matches unbeaten in Championship action.

Manager Russell Martin has hinted at changes with this fixture the culmination of another three-game week, following a 2-2 draw with Preston North End on Wednesday.

Saints were beaten in four successive matches before this run but have taken 11 points from 15 available since defeating Leeds United at St Mary’s.

Birmingham have lost both of their first two games under new boss Wayne Rooney, who replaced sacked John Eustace with his side in the top six.

Here is how we think Saints will line up to face the Blues today…


Gavin Bazunu marked his 50th appearance for Saints with a stunning save before half-time and a match-saving action up for a corner kick in the dying seconds at Deepdale.


Martin will hope to have Taylor Harwood-Bellis available after he missed out on Wednesday, with Ryan Manning also suspended that evening.

The duo will join Kyle Walker-Peters and Jan Bednarek to recreate the settled back four we had previously seen during this unbeaten run.


Flynn Downes has settled fully into his holding midfield role and is unlikely to be pushed out of there by any of the competition at Saints.

The former Swansea City man will anchor for Will Smallbone and Stuart Armstrong to create and get supporters out of their seats on home turf.


Adam Armstrong has played the second-most minutes of the outfield players and, with the armband, will certainly start in the front three again.

Kamaldeen Sulemana and Charly Alcaraz could be welcomed back to the starting lineup after a midweek rest, with Ryan Fraser making a difference from the bench.

Full predicted team:

Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Harwood-Bellis, Bednarek, Manning; Downes, Smallbone, S Armstrong; A Armstrong, Kamaldeen, Alcaraz.