Saints v Wolves – Preview

By SFC Media time Fri 03 Aug Club

Saints will have the perfect opportunity to assess their readiness for life in the Barclays Premier League when they host recently-relegated Wolves this weekend.

The Black Country outfit ended a three-year stint in the top flight in May, but they have so far managed to keep hold of their star players ahead of the coming season.

The likes of highly-rated goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, goalscoring full-back Stephen Ward, winger Matt Jarvis plus midfielders Jamie O'Hara and Stephen Hunt have stuck with the club.

Much-coveted strikers Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher have yet to be tempted away from the Midlands, while new boss Ståle Solbakken has added Frank Nouble and Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson to his attacking options.

Mali international Tongo Doumbia, a regular in Ligue 1 with Rennes last season, has also joined the club this week on a season-long loan deal.

Our visitors this weekend are, therefore, arguably stronger now than they were last season, so should provide Nigel Adkins with a good test of his side's ability two weeks before the start of the Premier League campaign.

Saints will look to continue the progress made in their five pre-season matches to date, with tomorrow's game forming the first part of a double-header against tough Championship opposition ahead of next Tuesday's trip to Bristol City.

Saturday's encounter will give fans another chance to take a look at the Club's four summer signings, with there being a chance that Jay Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Nathaniel Clyne and Paulo Gazzaniga could all be involved.

It is more than three years since we last faced Wolves, with relegation-bound Saints finding themselves losing twice to the Championship winners-in-waiting twice in 2008-09.

Our last victory over the Midlanders came in March 2007 as Saints won 6-0 at Molineux in a match you can relive on Saints Player now.

Match Information

Tickets for Saturday's match are the cheapest of those for our home friendly fixtures this pre-season, with adults priced at just £15 and concessions only £10. Furthermore, under-11s can come along for FREE if accompanied by a paying adult.

This is Saints' final 3pm kick-off before the season's big kick-off at the Etihad Stadium on 19th August, so don't miss your chance to see them pit their wits against tough domestic opponents this weekend.

You can buy tickets via our Online Ticketing Site or from the St Mary's Ticket Office, where Season Ticket Holders can also now secure their place for Saints' opening-day trip to Manchester City.

Tomorrow's referee is Andy Davies, with Adrian Tranter and Colin Lymer acting as his assistants.

We will provide in-game updates live via our official Twitter feed and Facebook page, while Saints Player will have post-match reaction and highlights.

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