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Journalist thinks Lage will name unchanged team against Southampton

The Express and Star’s Digital Sports Editor Nathan Judah has predicted Bruno Lage’s team selection against Southampton.

Wolves travel to St Mary’s looking to improve on a record of one win in five Premier League games so far.

Lage has named an unchanged side in every Premier League game this season, and Judah expects him to do the same.

But he suggested it will be the last time Lage does that if he doesn’t get the result and that he won’t be shy about making early changes if the system doesn’t work.

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Judah told Wolves Radio: “If it was up to me, I would make changes if I was in Lage’s shoes. If he was going to change to 4-4-2, I think he would have done it on Wednesday night.

“For me, Trincao’s place is in jeopardy the most out of the front three. I think he’ll probably go with the same team which played against Brentford.

“He’ll give them a chance to redeem themselves and if they don’t, they’ll be off pretty quickly.

“He’ll go with the same side and ask them to right some wrongs, but I would bring Hwang [Hee-Chan] instead of Trincao, but I think he will go with the same team that played Brentford.”

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The pressure will build for Lage to shake things up after a disappointing week, especially with the likes of Hwang and Daniel Podence in reserve and playing well in the EFL Cup.

Perhaps the formation won’t change, and the principles in terms of dominating the ball and playing a high line definitely won’t.

But Lage needs the players to repay his trust if he does go with the same eleven, because Wolves have started their past two games very sluggishly indeed.

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