Southampton and Wolves resume hostilities less than 72 hours after meeting in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Thursday evening. It’s back to Premier League action in Sunday’s midday kick-off, with both teams in need of the three points.
Where and when: St Mary’s Stadium – 14 February, kick-off 12:00
Where you can see Southampton vs. Wolves: Amazon Prime
Last time: Theo Walcott gave Southampton the lead just before the hour mark when the teams met at Molineux in November, but Pedro Neto struck with 15 minutes remaining to earn Wolves a 1-1 draw.
Southampton v Wolves Predictions and Preview
There’s little turnaround between this week’s two meetings featuring Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with neither Ralph Hasenhuttl or Nuno Espirito Santo having much time on the training pitches to make any adjustments based on what they saw on Thursday. The result of this game could come down to which manager makes the best tweaks, and which squad is better coping with the high demand on its players.
Southampton’s squad has been taking something of a battering in recent weeks, both physically and mentally. The home team could be missing a clutch of players through injury on Sunday, while the scars of their 9-0 annihilation at the hands of Manchester United remain.
The Saints followed up that dispiriting defeat with a 3-2 loss at Newcastle United. There’s little shame in that on the face of it, but Newcastle went down to 10 men in the early stages of the first half and then nine soon after. The loss condemned Southampton to their fifth straight defeat in the Premier League, with only one win from their last 10.
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Wolves to win to nil
Wolves to win 1-0
Willian Jose to score first
That run of form has seen the previously impressive Saints slip to 12th in the table. Worryingly for Hasenhuttl, his team have only scored five goals in that 10-match spell, after rattling in 24 across their first 12 games of the season.
However, Southampton did beat Liverpool in the midst of that run, and they can’t be discounted in this game. The home team will return to form at some point, and they are 6/4 with William Hill to do so with a victory in these Southampton v Wolves predictions. Either way, under 2.5 goals could be a good bet, priced at 4/6 in the latest odds for this match.
The visitors are 21/10, while the draw on Sunday is 23/10. A stalemate would take Wolves to three games unbeaten in the league, following a 2-1 victory over Arsenal and a goalless draw against Leicester. Those results were particularly impressive given the Wanderers had previously been on a disastrous run of only one win in the 11 games since key man Raul Jimenez suffered his appalling head injury.
Wolves lost seven of those matches, and after drawing with Chelsea in Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge in late January, they look to have turned a corner in the last couple of weeks. Nuno’s side had only lost one of their last 10 games against Southampton, prior to Thursday and going back to their days in the Championship, winning five and drawing the other four.
One to watch for Southampton: The form of Danny Ings is intrinsic to Southampton’s fortunes this season. The English striker hasn’t quite enjoyed the rub of the green during his team’s poor run, but he’s always a threat and is the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring on Sunday.
One to watch for Wolves: Willian Jose was brought in to compensate for the absence of Jimenez. The Brazilian striker has looked pretty sharp in his first four Premier League games for Wolves, but is yet to hit the back of the net. He probably would’ve done had he not been fouled by David Luiz when clean through against Arsenal last week, and is 13/2 to put that right by netting the opener here.
Long shot: Although both teams have some fine attacking talent in their ranks, this game could be a tight and cagey affair between two teams who’ve been struggling of late and are desperate for a win. Wolves are 18/5 to win by one goal, with a 1-0 away win priced at 15/2. If you add Willian Jose as the goalscorer, you can get odds of 63/1.