Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino says it will be a tough task to pick up anything from Sunday’s home game against Arsenal.
The Saints have only managed one victory in their last six matches in the Premier League, scoring just seven goals along the way.
The Gunners have been a bit more lethal in front of goal, netting 15 times from their last half a dozen matches, including hitting Huddersfield for five and Bate Borisov for six.
Despite striker Charlie Austin bagging two in his last three games, Pellegrino is not expecting much from this weekend’s clash.
The Spaniard said: “We have a massive game on Sunday and it will be a big challenge for us. Arsenal are a really good team and it will be very difficult for us to beat them this weekend.
“I hope Charlie Austin will keep his good form going and keep scoring us goals. His confidence is really high at the moment after scoring in the win over Everton and draw with Bournemouth.
“He is very important to the team because we have to create more and take our chances.”
The Southampton boss also said he wants the English players at the club to perform until the end of the season, and if they do, they could force their way onto the plane for Russia.
Pellegrino said: “We have some good English players at the club and if they continue to play well over the next six months, I can see them going to the World Cup.
“I am Spanish of course but I still want them to be in the England squad, because for them to be picked by Gareth Southgate, it would mean they have played well here.”