Things seem to be slowly looking up for Scott Parker in recent weeks with three successive draws heading into this one.
Parker also seems to be finally nailing down his best starting XI but he will have a few enforced changes to make for this one.
Joachim Andersen serves a one-game ban with Dennis Odoi set to slot in for him at the back.
But injuries to Tom Cairney and Ivan Cavaleiro present a bigger problem for Parker with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bobby Reid the most likely replacements.
Southampton’s own form has dipped a bit in December with a draw at Arsenal and defeat to Manchester City.
And Ralph Hasenhuttl’s concerns will be deepened further by the absences of Oriol Romeu and Danny Ings for the trip to the capital.
Romeu has hit his five bookings limit for the campaign with Ings out for a month with a hamstring strain.
The Austrian does have options to shake things up at the Cottage, with Stuart Armstrong, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond amongst the possible returning faces.
Kick Off in this one is 3pm on Boxing Day at Craven Cottage