Southampton vs Wolves: Nuno Espirito Santo's Best Available Wanderers Lineup

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Wolves travel to St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon to take on Southampton, looking to keep alive their Europa League aspirations.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been sensational all season, but their confidence will be dented after throwing a two-goal lead away against Watford in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final.

They have generally been good on the road this season, but will need to be at their best to get anything out of the game against an ever improving Southampton.

Here’s how they could lineup.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Rui Patricio

Rui Patricio (GK) – Patricio has been a revelation, establishing himself as a top level Premier League goalkeeper. The Portuguese stopper was left out for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford, but should be restored for league action.

Matt Doherty (RWB) – Doherty has had a fantastic season for Wolves and is an outside bet to feature in the PFA Team of the Year. Has boundless energy, which is necessary for Wolves’ style of play.

Conor Coady (CB) – Wolves operate using a back three, with Coady acting as captain supremo for Nuno’s side. Committed at all times, he’s a guaranteed starter when fit.

Willy Boly (CB) – Boly has had a great season at Wolves, impressing with his dominant displays. Is great in the air and has a deceptively quick turn of pace. 

Ryan Bennett (CB) – Another experienced member of this Wanderers side, Bennett is often relied upon to instil calmness and composure in defence. Has been a steady operator this season.

Ruben Vinagre (LWB) – Has had to watch for the majority of the season, with former Atletico full-back Jonny operating as first choice. Vinagre has impressed of late, though, and may oust his more experienced teammate to earn a starting berth.

2. Midfielders

Philip Billing,Raul Jimenez,Ruben Neves

Leander Dendoncker (CM) – The Belgian international has not settled as quickly as he would have liked, failing to break into the starting lineup for a number of months. Now, with Nuno’s system slightly reshuffled, Dendoncker is flourishing in a central midfield three.

Joao Moutinho (CM) – Moutinho is the old head of the Wolves midfield. Offering experience and vision in place of pace and agility, he offers something different to a youthful, exuberant side. One of the signings of the season.

Ruben Neves (CM) – Is going from strength to strength in Wolves’ midfield, and surely it’s only a matter of time before the big clubs come calling. A standout performer who has the ability to succeed at the very top of the game.

3. Forwards

Raul Jimenez,Heurelho Gomes,Romain Saiss,Conor Coady,Willy Boly

Raul Jimenez (ST) – Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have formed a deadly partnership this season, with the Mexican flourishing in his first season in England. Will be relied upon to set the tone up front. 

Diogo Jota (ST) – Jota offers width in the channels, and will consistently offer Wolves a ball out from the back. Has boundless energy, coupled with a sharp eye for goal. Can only get better under Nuno’s guidance.

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