Predicted Wolves XI to face Southampton
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Predicted Wolves XI to face Southampton

Wolves are taking on Southampton in the Premier League today – and it’s a great chance for another three points.

Wanderers go into the game having just beaten Liverpool 3-0.

Wolves were excellent last weekend and were full value for their victory at Molineux.

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Julen Lopetegui will be hoping for more of the same down on the south coast, where struggling Saints side lie in wait.

Like Wolves, Southampton made a new managerial appointment in November. Nathan Jones replaced Ralph Hasenhuttl but it hasn’t gone well for the former Luton Town manager so far.

And this week there have been reports about senior players having reservations about him.

So Wolves really must be targeting another win, and here’s a team Lopetegui could go with at St. Mary’s Stadium…

Predicted Wolves XI to face Southampton – Lopetegui makes just one change as Traore replaces injured Hwang

Jose Sa is likely to have the same back four in front of him as last weekend.

Craig Dawson was superb on his debut against Liverpool, as he grabbed a goal and produced a solid defensive display.

It would be a big shock if the £3.3 million January signing did not retain his place alongside Max Kilman, who said after the game that Dawson helped guide him against the Reds.

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Nelson Semedo will surely start again, and Rayan Ait-Nouri may also retain his place.

Wolves’ midfield against Liverpool was very interesting.

Ruben Neves and Mario Lemina played as a two, with Matheus Nunes operating more from the left.

It is something we have not seen before. But it worked an absolute treat against Liverpool, who had absolutely no answer to the curveball.

Lopetegui may mix it up against Southampton. But it’s difficult to see how he can go against something that worked so well last time out.

Hwang Hee-chan will play no part today after limping out against Liverpool.

He’s picked up a hamstring injury, and so it might be that Adama Traore gets the nod to play on that side, if Nunes is going to play on the left again. Traore, 27, is more effective on that side than Daniel Podence.

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And then in attack, we could see the Matheus Cunha and Pablo Sarabia pairing we did last weekend.

Although neither is an out-and-out striker, the partnership help to yield three goals.

That has not happened all season, so it will be a surprise not to see it once more.

Wolves (4-4-2): Sa/Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Ait-Nouri/A.Traore, Neves, Lemina, Nunes/Sarabia, Cunha.