View on the opposition: These Saints don’t march - they charge

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana

to say Southampton are attack minded is something of an understatement.

Nigel Adkins’ Championship leaders have scored seven more goals than their nearest rivals, almost three times as many as Rovers have managed – a statistic as frightening as their attacking waves.

Adkins often goes against current convential wisdom by sending his side out without a holding midfielder.

Morgan Schneiderlin fills in that role occasionally but is hardly the most reserved of midfield men.

Regular central pair Dean Hammond and Jack Cork will both look to get forward, though the latter does like to drop deep for possession before releasing team mates.

One of those is Adam Lallana, whose surging runs from out wide make him one of the most exciting players in the second tier.

Full backs Frazer Richardson and Dan Harding are hardly reserved in their attacking intentions either.

Leading the line is powerhouse Rickie Lambert, who has passed the 20 goal mark in each of the last three seasons and looks like doing the same this term with 14 goals under his belt already.

Already juggling plenty of balls, Rovers must also keep an eye on Guly Do Prado who operates just behind Lambert and will look to go unnoticed by the centre halves.

The Saints concede an average a goal a game but the hard yards must first be put in at the other end by the opposition.

Last line-up: (4-4-2) Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Harding, Schneiderlin, Hammond, Cork, Lallana, Guly, Lambert.

One to watch: Adam Lallana

Midfielder Adam Lallana is the creative heart of the Southampton attacking machine.

The 23-year-old provides surging runs from the wide areas and shows superb vision to supply his Saints team mates.

But Lallana – who has recovered from an irregular heartbeat – also has a keen eye for goal himself and has netted six already this term.

Fantastic touches and excellent movement off the ball ensure Lallana is a nightmare prospect for the opposition.

Head to head:

Played: 16

Rovers wins: 4

Saints wins: 7

Draws: 5