STREAM HERE >>> Norwich City vs Southampton free stream online EPL Full HD
Daniel Farke‘s reward for leading Norwich to their first victory of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign was the sack, with the German relieved of his duties just hours after the 2-1 success over Brentford.
Smith, who was dismissed by Aston Villa on November 7, has taken on the role at Carrow Road, penning a two-and-a-half-year deal, and the 50-year-old will be determined to get off to the best possible start this weekend.
First-half goals from Mathias Normann and Teemu Pukki proved to be enough for Norwich to win at Brentford before the international break, but the promoted outfit are still bottom of the table, picking up just five points from their opening 11 matches, suffering eight defeats in the process.
The Canaries have not been able to secure back-to-back seasons of top-flight football since 2012-13 and 2013-14, having dropped straight back into the Championship following their last two promotions, and Smith has a huge job on his hands to secure Premier League football for next term.
Norwich have lost their last three matches against Southampton in all competitions but did beat the Saints 1-0 at Carrow Road during the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
Norwich will be without the services of Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley though injury, but Ozan Kabak, Sam Byram, Andrew Omobamidele and Todd Cantwell could all be involved.
Billy Gilmour struggled for action under Farke but is expected to be given plenty of chances under Smith, with the on-loan Chelsea midfielder set to come into the starting XI on Saturday.
Cantwell could also be brought back into the side after a spell out of favour, but Pukki and Milot Rashica are both likely to retain their spots in the team.
As for Southampton, Jack Stephens is still out with a long-term knee injury, but the Saints are otherwise in excellent shape, with Nathan Redmond available after recovering from coronavirus.
The club also did not suffer any injury concerns with their international players, meanwhile, so it would not be a surprise to see the same XI that featured against Watford last time out.
STREAM LINKS >>> Stream 1 Stream 2 Stream 3
Adam Armstrong is expected to join Che Adams in a front two, meaning that Armando Broja might have to accept a spot on the bench.
Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Omobamidele, Gibson, Williams; Normann, Gilmour; Cantwell, Lees-Melou, Rashica; Pukki
Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Elyounoussi, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond; A Armstrong, Adams