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Stuart Armstrong can be the key for Southampton against Wolves

Southampton return to Premier League action following the international break with a tough game against Wolves at Molineux on Monday night, and while Theo Walcott and Che Adams may start up top, it is Stuart Armstrong who could be the man to make the difference.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be in confident form, having briefly gone top of the league after beating Newcastle United 2-0 in their last game before the international break (per BBC Sport).

The Scottish international has enjoyed an excellent start to the season with the Saints, having contributed one goal and two assists in six top-flight appearances, resulting in a solid 6.97 rating (per WhoScored).

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However, Wolves have also started the season in decent form, having won four of their opening eight matches and they have also lost just once at home this season, which came against Manchester City (per Sky Sports).

The Saints can exploit one weakness in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on Monday night however as the Old Gold are without first-choice left-back Jonny Otto, whilst Rayan Ait-Nouri is also a doubt for the game after he picked up an injury on France U-21 duty (per Hampshire Live).

Meanwhile, 31-year-old Fernando Marcal has been used sparingly by Wolves as he recovered from a calf injury, so he may not be fully fit to face the Saints on Monday.

This could leave the Portuguese manager without a fit natural left-back in his squad, meaning Armstrong could be the key man for the Saints, if he features on the right-wing.

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The former Celtic man can be a threat with his pace and ability to take on a man, so he will fancy his chances if he is up against someone who is an unnatural left-back, on in the case of Marcal, someone who is perhaps not fully match fit.

Hasenhuttl was full of praise for the 28-year-old earlier this year, saying:

“That is one of the reasons why we have been better because he is very hard-working and is now scoring by coming more often in the position to score.

“This was a fantastic turnaround and he’s also something of a role model for our transformation.” (per Daily Echo)

It will be interesting to see if the Saints can continue their impressive start to the season by picking up points at Molineux on Monday night and whether Armstrong can be the man to make the difference.

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