Nuno makes 2 changes, midfielder dropped: Wolves predicted XI vs Southampton – opinion

Wolves return to Premier League action this afternoon as they look to get back on track following several weeks of disappointment.

The west Midlanders crashed out of the FA Cup in midweek after Juan Mata’s second-half strike was enough to secure a victory for Manchester United.

It means Nuno Santo’s side are now on a run of five straight games without a win in all competitions, stretching back to their Christmas triumph over the blue side of Manchester.

Here’s how we predict Wolves will line up today…

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Nuno could make two changes as he looks for an improvement to their fortunes, although, his hands are somewhat tied with injuries to players and a lack of options to step up to the plate.

He named a full-strength side on Wednesday evening and the majority of those players will remain.

One change is between the sticks as first-choice goalkeeper Rui Patricio takes the gloves from John Ruddy while a defensive reshuffle may be in order.

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Ruben Vinagre came on as a substitute and picked up a hamstring injury, which has resulted in Ryan Giles being recalled from Shrewsbury Town, he’s expected to be named on the bench.

Both Romain Saiss and Conor Coady keep their places in the back three while central midfielder Leander Dendoncker is dropped from his centre-back role with Max Kilman coming in to deputise.

The two wing-backs, Jonny and Matt Doherty remain as there are no suitable alternatives to replace them, and likewise in midfield, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho keep their places.

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In attack, Wolves’ only senior striker in Raul Jimenez continues to lead the line alongside Pedro Neto and Adama Traore.

The Portuguese winger will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form, he should have three goals in his last four matches but two have been ruled out through VAR intervention.

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