Outcast who's played just 32 mins this season starts: Predicted Saints XI vs Wolves – opinion
Southampton travel to Molineux on Monday night hoping to continue their excellent start to the 2020/21 season by picking up three points against Wolves.
Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to have an almost entirely fit squad available to him for the game against the Old Gold, with only Danny Ings missing through injury.
It seems likely therefore that Ryan Bertrand will be restored at left-back in place of Jack Stephens, who deputised there in the 2-0 win against Newcastle United before the international break.
Here’s how Football FanCast thinks Hasenhuttl will line his side up to face Wolves on Monday night…
Other than restoring Bertrand to his side, we feel that the Austrian manager should keep faith in his defence that earned their fourth clean sheet of the season in the win against Newcastle.
Kyle Walker-Peters has impressed since joining the club permanently from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and he should keep his place, although he could be in for a tough game against Wolves’ pacey attackers.
James Ward-Prowse was confirmed to be fit for this game, after recovering from the slight knock that kept him out of England duty recently, so he is almost guaranteed to start when you consider his superb start to the season for the Saints.
Oriol Romeu should start alongside him in central midfield, with the former Chelsea man having committed to a new deal with the South Coast club earlier this week.
Stuart Armstrong keeps his place on the right-hand side but we feel that Theo Walcott could be switched to the left-hand side for this game, in order to accommodate Shane Long in the starting 11, in what would be Hasenhuttl’s only other change from the team that faced Newcastle.
The Irishman caused Wolves all sorts of problems in this fixture last season, scoring in a game which the Saints would end up losing 3-2 and although he has managed just 32 minutes of Premier League action this season, he can provide an aerial and counter-attacking threat on Monday night if selected.
It will be interesting to see if Southampton can continue their excellent start to the season with another win on Monday night.
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