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If you had told Brentford at the start of the season that they would have reached the 40-point mark before the start of May and that they could go into their final three games without the worry of relegation hanging over their heads, they would have snapped it up.

It has been a hugely impressive first season back in the top flight since 1946-47 for the Bees and, while survival is not mathematically secure just yet, it would take a remarkable turnaround in form for a number of teams for their eight-point buffer to the relegation zone to be eradicated now.

Instead, Thomas Frank and his players can afford to be looking up the table; a best finish since 1937-38 already looks secure, but a top-half finish is also still possible.

A number of other clubs are also in the mix for that top-10 finish, but should Brentford win on Saturday – and Aston Villa and Crystal Palace both fail to win their games – then the West London outfit would move up to 10th place.

Frank will have to ensure that an end-of-season malaise does not creep into his side after they saw their good run of form ended on Monday night, losing 3-0 at Manchester United to end a four-game unbeaten streak which included wins over Chelsea, West Ham United and Watford, as well as a draw with Tottenham Hotspur

Brentford will be without both Ethan Pinnock and Sergi Canos for this match, although both players are closing in on a return from thigh injuries and could be fit for the Everton clash.

Frank Onyeka and Mathias Jorgensen have both been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign, though, while Saman Ghoddos could join them after suffering a sprained ankle against Tottenham.

Thomas Frank has switched between four and five-man defences in recent weeks, but the latter has generally been reserved for the games against top-six opponents and so he could switch back to four in defence for this one.

Christian Eriksen is again expected to be among the starters, as is striker Ivan Toney as he looks to add to his tally of 12 goals this season.

Southampton will be without Valentino Livramento for the rest of the campaign and possibly the rest of the year after he suffered a serious knee injury against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Saints’ last away game.

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is the only other injury doubt for Hasenhuttl, though, and he is closing in on a return after featuring for the Under-23s side in midweek.

The likes of Armando BrojaStuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi will be pushing for recalls to the starting lineup after all coming off the bench last time out.

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Midfield talisman James Ward-Prowse is almost certain to start, meanwhile, and one more direct goal involvement would see him equal his best-ever return in a Premier League season.

Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Sorensen, Henry; Dasilva, Jensen, Eriksen; Mbeumo, Toney, Wissa

Southampton possible starting lineup:
Forster; Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bednarek, Perraud; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Elyounoussi; Broja, Adams

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