Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals by advancing past Southampton at Molineux.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have managed to get back on track in recent weeks, taking five points in the Premier League from games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City.
In those games, just one goal was conceded which was very encouraging given the alarming lack of clean sheets towards the end of 2020 and very beginning of 2021.
Tonight in the FA Cup, Wolves face a Southampton side who have been in a real rut themselves lately.
The Saints started 2020/21 on fire, but have lost their last five matches in the Premier League, which included a 9-0 battering at the hands of Manchester United.
They’ll be hoping to reach the quarter-finals in the FA Cup, and follow that up with victory on Sunday when the sides meet again in the league.
Nuno has named his starting XI for tonight’s game, and John Ruddy is protected by a back five of Ki-Jana Hoever, Leander Dendoncker, Romain Saiss, Max Kilman and Jonny, with captain Conor Coady and Nelson Semedo dropping to the bench
The midfield consists of Ruben Neves – who assumes the captaincy – and Joao Moutinho, and in attack youngster Fabio Silva leads the line with support coming out wide from Vitinha and Morgan Gibbs-White.
It is certainly a bold lineup from the manager, especially the frontline which has an average age of just 19.6 years.
On social media, fans have been giving their reactions to the lineup and some are a little concerned:
Do we not want to win?
— Laurence Baker (@Loz_Baker_13) February 11, 2021
— Tom (@tomlikeswolves) February 11, 2021
looking forward to us not scoring today
— LastGenFinsabu (@Finsabu) February 11, 2021
— Adam (@Topoftheshop40) February 11, 2021
That line up is a big risk hope it comes off if not questions need to be asked let’s hope it’s not the charge of the light brigade second half to try and rescue the game.
— Roger Lane (@RogerLa63835713) February 11, 2021
I don’t think Nuno wants a cup run looking at this team 😢😢
— David Arrowsmith (@DavidAr10667542) February 11, 2021
Well that’s us out then
— Martin White (@footballcoachMK) February 11, 2021
oh no this is not a strong team
— benlin joseph (@benlin11) February 11, 2021