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Lambert in line for starting spot?
Rickie Lambert is hoping for a first team recall after his controversial dropping for the season opener at Manchester City.
The prolific striker answered his demotion to the bench in the best way possible – by scoring just moments after being introduced as a second half sub at the Etihad Stadium.
Lambert is now expected to feature in the Saints starting line-up to face Wigan at St Mary’s tomorrow.
If recalled he would play as the main striker through the middle so the big question for Nigel Adkins would be whether to drop Guly do Prado , or move him back to one of the support roles, probably at the expense of Jason Puncheon .
He also faces a dilemma in midfield.
Like Lambert, new signing Steve Davis came off the bench to score last weekend and is fully fit and pushing for a first Saints start.
However, Adkins was full of praise for James Ward-Prowse in the central midfield three, Adam Lallana played well and is now team captain and Morgan Schneiderlin is seen as the ideal figure to screen the back four.
Adkins is relishing the game against Wigan tomorrow, which will be only the second time the teams have ever met, and the first in the league.
The Saints boss played for Wigan as a goalkeeper and said: “We can take confidence and belief from that (the Manchester City game).
“We’re back at St Mary’s now and we do well here. We have done very well over the past two seasons.
“But like Sun Tzu in The Art of War, you never ever, ever underestimate your opposition.
“Wigan have done magnificently over the years. Roberto Martinez is a very intelligent manager, they play a very good way and they have survived in the Premier League against all the odds.
“It is a club I was at myself as a player so to see them in the Premier League consistently over the last several years is amazing and great credit should go to them.
“We’re under no illusions. It will be a tough, tough game for us.
“Probably the Manchester City game you’re not expecting us to get anything from.
“The game against Wigan Athletic, we’ve got to look to get the three points from.”