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Predicted Southampton XI vs Wolves

After the drama of deadline day and the summer transfer window, Southampton return to the meat and drink of the Premier League as they face Wolves at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side produced a superb performance in midweek to defeat Chelsea 2-1 at St Mary’s, with Adam Armstrong and Romeo Lavia earning the Saints their second win of the new Premier League season.

Wolves, meanwhile, have endured a difficult start to the new campaign and remain winless after a draw against Bournemouth in midweek, so the Saints will be targeting back-to-back wins with another three points against Bruno Lage’s side.

Here is how Football FanCast expects Southampton to line up on Saturday afternoon.

After some eye-catching performances in between the sticks, summer signing Gavin Bazunu keeps his place in goal at Molineux.

Will Southampton beat Wolves?

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Deadline day signing Duje Caleta-Car is unlikely to feature after his paperwork wasn’t signed in time, so it seems likely that Hasenhuttl will select the same defence, with Kyle Walker-Peters and Romain Perraud at full-back, while Armel Bella-Kotchap and Mohammed Salisu will continue their blossoming partnership in the heart of Southampton’s defence.

There are two changes in the middle of the park, as new signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was dubbed a “huge talent” by Mikel Arteta, makes his first start after signing on deadline day, with the injured Romeo Lavia dropping out.

The more defensive-minded Ibrahima Diallo could also drop out with James Ward-Prowse dropping deeper to accommodate Joe Aribo in an attacking-midfield role.

Adam Armstrong should keep his place out wide after a rare goal against Chelsea, while Mohammed Elyounoussi should also keep his place after an impressive display against the Blues, which saw him ranked as the Saints’ best player according to SofaScore.

Finally, after scoring four goals already this season, Che Adams will keep his place up front, in the hope that he can cause problems for Wolves’ defence, with new attacking signings Sekou Mara and Samuel Edozie likely to start on the bench.

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