Wolverhampton Wanderers will look to get over the disappointment of losing the FA Cup semi-final to Watford last weekend when they head to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, with Nuno Espirito Santo expected to recall a couple of first-team players for the trip, according to BBC Sport.
Wolves may still be hurting from events at Wembley Stadium, but it is important that they pick themselves up and look to find a win which would put them back in command in the race to finish seventh, which could yet yield European football next term.
To help them in that quest, they have already seen main challengers Leicester City lose this weekend, so a victory at St Mary’s Stadium would see Wolverhampton taking a huge step towards securing their place as the best of the rest outside the top six.
Wolves boss Santo rested goalkeeper Rui Patricio for the cup semi last weekend, with regular stopper in the knockout matches, John Ruddy, once again chosen between the sticks. The Portugal international is expected to be recalled for the trip to Hampshire however.
Wanderers also went into the Wembley showdown without Ryan Bennett, with Romain Saiss deputising for him, but after the disaster of the last 15 minutes and extra time, the defender is likely to regain his place in the starting XI for the contest.
Wolves head into the clash with troubled Southampton unbeaten in six matches against them, with the Molineux outfit winning the last four, including the reverse meeting between the two.
Goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny secured a 2-0 win for Wanderers back in September, and Santo and his men would love something similar at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Wolves do not have the best record against the bottom half sides this term, although with that being a criticism aimed at them for much of the campaign, that should act as further motivation to put last week behind them and set about winning in Hampshire.