Sunderland manager David Moyes is desperate to get his club's season back on track and hopes a good run in the EFL Cup will spark improved performances.
Moyes' charges have yet to register a win in the league this season, but the Scot has high hopes for the EFL Cup.
When asked if he thought a cup run could give Sunderland's season a shot in the arm, Moyes said: "Yes, I think it can.
"Look, I genuinely want to go and get through. It's a tough game, a tough draw for us to go away to Southampton. I think if we were at home we would be saying 'We'll have a bit of that'.
"But going to Southampton, the form they are in at the moment… I don't know what they'll do, but they have had a really busy schedule with being in Milan, being at Manchester City.
"They have got a good squad, they have got good players, but my feeling is they will probably change their team as well."
The former Manchester United boss faces some selection issues, with full-back Patrick van Aanholt and midfielder Jack Rodwell likely to miss out through injury, and the Scotsman is eager to rest some of his older players.
"I want to get through in the cup, I really do, but if possible I'd like to probably leave out John O'Shea, Jermain Defoe and Steven Pienaar depending on what availability I've got. They are all in their mid-30s, so I have to consider that with those three as well," he added.