Preview: Southampton v Middlesbrough

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Southampton will be looking to bounce back from a dreadful week when they welcome Middlesbrough to St Mary's in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Saints were thrashed 3-0 in their last league fixture, while a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva on Thursday saw them relegated from the Europa League.

The Saints will see the match against the Boro as must-win fixture, but the visitors come in the match in decent form having claimed two wins and two draws from their last five matches.

They sit in an impressive 13th place in the Premier League standings and will overtake Southampton if they can claim the three points this weekend.

The home side received another blow ahead of the game with the news that striker Charlie Austin will miss out with a shoulder injury.

"I don't know how long he will be out but he's important for us," said Saints manager Claude Puel. 

"I'm not sure if it's dislocated. I don't know about that but he cannot play for the next game of course."

Midfielder Dusan Tadic is in line to make a return to the starting lineup after coming on as a second half substitute against Hapoel following a spell out with a broken nose.

For Middlesborough, there are doubts over the fitness of Gaston Ramirez, Alvaro Negredo and Jordan Rhodes.