After two games without a win, Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy could have found easier places than St Mary's to look to see his team try to get back on course tonight.
But his seventh-placed Wolves side are five rungs above Southampton in the Championship table. And, with the home side likely to be deprived of the services of centre forward Grzegorz Rasiak, there is no reason why McCarthy's men should not head south full of hope.
Leon Clarke is full of confidence after his two goals in Saturday's 2-2 draw with managerless Sheffield Wednesday. And the way he linked up with Carl Cort for three quarters of the game (following the early loss of Jay Bothroyd with a shoulder injury which again keeps him out tonight) suggests that McCarthy might be tempted to start with the pair.
He does have the option of bringing back Jemal Johnson, rested on Saturday after two months without a goal. But McCarthy admitted: "Having watched the video of the game again, I thought Leon and Carl did even better together than I first thought."
While he is bound to have to make one change to replace top scorer Bothroyd, he is forced into another by the loss of skipper Jody Craddock with a knee injury, ensuring that 19-year-old David Wheater makes his first appearance since arriving on loan from Middlesbrough.
"David knew when he came here that he'd have to wait for his chance," said McCarthy. "He thought he'd got one when Gary Breen got sent off at Cardiff. Then that was rescinded and he didn't get suspended after all. But this is a great game for him to come in and, although it's going to be a test, he'll benefit from having Breeny's experience alongside."