Wolves face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium in their next Premier League match on April 13 at 15:00.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side need to bounce back from their FA Cup misery by claiming 3 points.
Speaking ahead of the match (via the Express & Star), Nuno acknowledged that Southampton is a “Very, very tough game.”
“Very good team, organised,” said Nuno. “They have good players and a good manager. They have changed clearly.”
Aware that Southampton is a difficult fixture, Nuno has put his faith in the pack.
“Our pack is always present, so we hope Southampton is another full house with our pack behind us,” said Nuno.
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“It is amazing what they are giving us. We want to do it together.”
Wolves’ predicted starting XI Vs. Southampton
Although Wolves were the catalysts of their demise against Watford in the FA Cup semi-final, don’t expect Nuno to tinker with his squad.
John Ruddy wasn’t at fault for any of Watford’s goals in the FA Cup semi-final, but Nuno has made it obvious that Patrício is the first-choice goalkeeper for the Premier League.
Doherty has been a surprisingly key and consistent superstar this season with 7 goals and 7 assists. He’ll be looking to add to his tally against the Saints tomorrow.
Ryan Bennett hasn’t put a foot wrong all season, so he’s unfortunate to have been usurped by Saïss. That being said, Saïss is better at passing and is more than capable at the back.
Coady didn’t have his greatest match against Watford, but he’s been fundamental to the club’s success since Nuno’s arrival.
Fans and pundits justifiably marvel about Diogo Jota, Raúl Jimenez, Rúben Neves, and João Moutinho, yet Willy Boly has arguably been Wolves’ player of the season with his persistently excellent defending.
Finishing off the back five, expect to see Jonny sprinting up and down his wing.
While Neves hasn’t grabbed the headlines as much as he did in the Championship, he’s still a special player and his partnership with Moutinho is the best in the Premier League.
Dendoncker’s reckless challenge was ultimately to blame for Wolves’ loss against Watford. However, fans shouldn’t forget how he’s improved the team with his physicality and simple passing.
It’s still impossible to believe that Wolves bought Moutinho for a measly £5M. He’s easily been the signing of the summer.
While Jota’s only managed 2,072 minutes this season thanks to niggling injuries, he still has 8 goals and 6 assists. His ability to press, successfully dribble, and hold-up the ball is crucial to Wolves’ style of play. The match against Watford changed for the worse the second Nuno substituted him for Ivan Cavaleiro.
Wanderers’ number 9.
Jimenez won’t be rattled by Troy Deeney’s unsportsmanlike comments about the mask gifted to him by Sin Cara.