Wolves are on the south coast for their fifth Premier League game of 2022/23, as they seek to take three points against Bournemouth.
Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United was very disappointing given how late the Magpies equalised.
Three points would have been huge against a very competitive team.
But Bruno Lage now finds himself under a bit of pressure.
But the 46-year-old has seen a lot of positives from this players in the first four games.
The positives signs must now be turned into results – and Bournemouth is a great opportunity for a first win of the campaign.
The Cherries have just sacked Scott Parker. And they’ve lost their last three games and conceded 16 goals.
A managerial change could potentially prompt a fiery response. But it’s definitely a game Wolves should be winning. Failure to do so would be cause for concern.
Here’s a line up Lage could go with…
Predicted Wolves XI to face Bournemouth – Adama Traore comes in for first Premier League start.
Jose Sa will retain his place between the sticks, and if any changes are to be made to the defence it will be at left-back.
Nelson Semedo was excellent against Newcastle, and Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman continue to look good as a pairing.
Jonny Castro Otto was also decent against the Magpies. But the Spaniard has started all four of Wolves’ Premier League games so far, playing 90 minutes in three.
It would be no surprise if Rayan Ait-Nouri came back into the starting XI for this one.
In midfield, Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes are pretty nailed on to start, with the former absolutely imperious against Newcastle.
Joao Moutinho will probably get the nod as the third midfielder, with Lage a big fan of the veteran. Daniel Podence is also an option to operate as a number 10.
In attack, it could be that Adama Traore gets his first Premier League start of the season. Pedro Neto has, arguably, disappointed slightly so far.
Traore would likely feature on the right if he did get the nod, with Goncalo Guedes to play from the left.
Guedes has looked quite lively for Wolves so far, and has been more of a threat than Neto.
Leading the line should be Raul Jimenez.
The Mexican will need a strong showing following the club’s move to sign Sasa Kalajdzic from Stuttgart.
The Austrian will be unavailable tonight, so Jimenez could do with a goal if he is to keep his starting berth against Southampton.
Wolves (4-3-3): Sa/Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Ait-Nouri/Neves, Nunes, Moutinho/Traore, Jimenez, Guedes.