Southampton v Charlton preview
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gordon Strachan's troops are enduring a miserable time in front of goal and have netted in just one of their last eight Premiership fixtures.
The Saints boss was bitterly upset with his side's first half performance in the defeat at Aston Villa last week and admitted afterwards changes will be made for the visit of Charlton.
Anders Svensson was a victim of the axe for the Carling Cup win over South Coast rivals Portsmouth and he is unlikely to force his way back into the side.
Jason Dodd and Chris Marsden both impressed Strachan at Villa Park as second half substitutes and should retain their places after starting against Pompey.
Strachan's biggest selection headache is in attack as Kevin Phillips is still struggling to shake off the effects of a virus.
Brett Ormerod and the fit-again duo of Marian Pahars and Agustin Delgado are vying for the right to partner James Beattie up front.
Former Blackpool forward Ormerod is favourite for the role after playing against Portsmouth while Strachan is also waiting to see if Graeme Le Saux has recovered from a hamstring injury.
Charlton travel to St Mary's looking for their first goal at the stadium after drawing a blank in two previous visits.
The Addicks' seven-match unbeaten run was ended at home to struggling Leeds last week but Alan Curbishley's men do boast one of the best away records in The Premiership.
The London club have won three of their last four matches on the road and have suffered defeat just once away from The Valley.
Curbishley's main selection dilemma, like Strachan, revolves around his attack as he has three forwards who must pass fitness tests.
Paolo Di Canio (groin), Kevin Lisbie (back) and Jonatan Johansson (thigh) are all striving to shrug off knocks to face The Saints.
Charlton started against Leeds last week with Jason Euell and Matthias Svensson in attack but Carlton Cole is pressing for a recall after a second half substitute appearance.