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FA Cup
Thursday, 11th February 2021 Kick-off 17:30
Southampton At Wolverhampton Wanderers The Preview FA Cup 5th Round
Thursday, 11th Feb 2021 14:44

Saints travel to Molyneux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 5th round of the FA Cup and Ralph Hasenhuttl will be making several changes in his line up, some will be forced, some will be tactical and all will be very interesting.

There will be some changes to the Saints team tonight rom the one that faced Newcastle United on Saturday and Ralph Hasenhuttl will just be glad to have some different options.

The first one is likely to be in goal were Fraser Forster has been the preferred keeper in the FA Cup, in the previous rounds Ralph has said that Alex McCarthy remains his number 1, but McCarthy's performance at Newcastle was not up to standard and in truth he has been error prone since the turn of the year, this gives Forster a great opportunity to regain the Goalkeepers jersey on a permanent basis.

At right back Kyle Walker Peters is Likely to return, but the biggest change could be in the centre of defence, Jannik Vestergaard returned on Saturday but had only just returned to full training, meaning Saints wont want to risk him playing 3 games in 8 days, so he is likely to step down.

Jack Stephens could return to the centre of defence in the starting line up, but he like McCarthy has been error prone and so it is likely that we will see the first ever appearance in a Saints shirt of Mohammed Salisu and this will be the biggest interest of the night, he will likely play alongside Jan Bednarek.

At right back Ryan Bertrand will keep his place.

In midfield James Ward Prowse and Oriol Romeu will hold the centre and I expect a the wide men to be Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo with Danny Ings and Che Adams up front.

LIkely to be out are Ibrahima Diallo & Theo Walcott through injury and Takumi Minamino being cup tied, although I have the feeling that Stuart Armstrong having trained during the week might return on the bench.

That will leave a bench of Alex McCarthy/Harry Lewis, Jack Stephens, Jannik Vestergaard, Stuart Armstrong, Dan N'Lundulu, Kayne Ramsey, Will Ferry, Caleb Watts & Kgagelo Chauke.

This is a big week for Saints, firstly they need to get back to winning ways and this would be a great night to do it, the FA Cup will open up now and this is a great chance to turn this season into something to remember other than Covid 19.

The problem will be what we have off the bench though, the starting XI is good enough to win the game, but we have little options to change the game coming off it.

It is what it is though, ideally we win tonight and then go on to win against the same opposition this time at St Mary's on Sunday, if we won both then our problems would look far behind us, but one step at a time lets try and win each game as it comes.

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ElSanto added 15:46 - Feb 11
Let's really go for this cup! Come on.

We will not be relegated this year, so I'd rather lose a game in the premiership than in the FA cup. Let's play the players to win it.

Therefore, my team:

Frazer Foster

Walker Peters Vestergard Bednarek Bertrand

Armstrong Ward Prowse Romeu Redmond

Adams Ings


bigmart added 16:24 - Feb 11
I really don't understand why everyone has to have a dig at Jack Stephens,in the last two games Bednarek has scored two own goals, got sent off, nearly got sent off against Newcastle and got turned inside out by the Newcastle winger for their first goal, what stand out cockups by Stephens were there.
Don't get me wrong, Bednarek is a great player but the last couple of weeks, he's had a mare.

Maybe I'm just old school, but in my mind, if they wear our shirt, I'll support them.

TimSaint added 17:11 - Feb 11
it is spelt MOLINEUX !! :-)

Decent enough team, Wolves have a weaker starting XI and a strong bench.

FF, KWP, Bed, SALISU, Bert, Arm, JWP, OR, MJ, Red, Ings

Lewis, Vest, Jack, Adams, Tella, N'Lundulu, Watts, Chauke, Finnigan


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