A rare win for Southampton over Swansea City could propel Nigel Adkins' side off the foot of the Premier League table.
With just one victory all season leaving the Saints on just four points, and on the back of a three match losing streak, they face an uphill battle against a Swans side happily occupying 11 place with 12 points.
Southampton last recorded a point in their 2-2 draw with Fulham in September while Swansea earned a morale-boosting 1-1 draw with Chelsea in their last outing.
Adkins has welcomed the news he can call on goalkeeper Artur Boruc after the Polish keeper missed Monday's defeat at West Brom.
It was alleged he threw a bottle at home fans and swore at them but an investigation has seemingly cleared him of any wrongdoing.
Jack Cork makes his return from a knee injury, but Frazer Richardson remain sidelined despite coming through development game at Tottenham, having overcome a groin problem.
Michael Laudrup will be without Chico Flores after he picked up a dead leg in the Capital One Cup win over Liverpool with Michel Vorm (groin), Kyle Bartley (thigh) and Neil Taylor (broken ankle) also all out of contention of this weekend's tie.