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Predicted Wolves XI to face Southampton today

Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to put the disappointment of midweek behind them, by beating Southampton today.

Bruno Lage’s side are back in Premier League action at St. Mary’s Stadium at 2pm, and the pressure is on for a good result.

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It’s just two wins in seven games so far this season.

The recent win over Watford had provided a bit of optimism.

But the defeat to Brentford, followed by going out of the Carabao Cup on penalties to Tottenham Hotspur have left some concerned.

Without doubt, today is a big game and Wolves could really do with a victory. Before things start turning quite sour.

Jose Sa should come back into the team, despite a good showing from John Ruddy against Spurs.

Conor Coady was not great in midweek, but he might get the chance to make amends today, and play in the middle of a back three with Willy Boly and Max Kilman either side.

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The big debate is whether he needs to be dropped, and the system changed.

But Lage hasn’t messed around with his defence too much this season and it’d be no surprise if he again showed loyalty to Coady.

Nelson Semedo is likely to replace Ki-Jana Hoever even though the Dutchman did well against Tottenham.

Ait-Nouri has been ruled out today after going off gingerly in midweek, meaning Fernando Marcal should come back in at left wing-back.

Leander Dendoncker arguably deserves to keep his place in the team after a good performance against Tottenham, with Ruben Neves his partner.

Up top, Hwang Hee-chan surely has to come in for a first league start now.

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The South Korean, 26, has said in an interview that Lage sees him playing mostly on the left this season, so he could play there with Adama Traore back on the right.

Raul Jimenez is still searching for his first goal of the season, and will no doubt be given another chance to get it.

Fabio Silva unfortunately just didn’t do enough to stake a claim to start.

Wolves must dust themselves down after the Carabao Cup disappointment, and hopefully, Lage can grind out that victory he and the team really need.