Friday, November 15, 2019

Prediction: Wolves vs Southampton

Verdict: Wolves win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to extend on their impressive run prior to the international break, Wolves will welcome Southampton to Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

Wolves

Starting with the hosts, while Wolves might have endured a sluggish start to the new Premier League campaign, they find the confidence in their camp at a season-high. Picking up a famous 2-0 win away at defending champions Manchester City prior to the international break, the Oranges are enjoying a four-match winning run across all competitions, a run that also saw them pick up a 1-0 win away at Besiktas earlier in the month. With their sights set on now climbing into the top half of the standings, Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo will undoubtedly be most impressed by his side’s newfound defensive resolve. Saturday’s hosts have now recorded three clean sheets on the bounce, including back-to-back Premier League clean sheets. Much like last season, any European charge in the Midlands will come down to their form on home soil. Despite recording just one victory at Molineux this season, Wolves have also lost just one top-flight match in front of their own supporters since the 2nd of January.

Team News

Wolves will be boosted by the news that forward Diogo Jota is set to return to Saturday’s squad after overcoming injury.

Matt Doherty could be recalled at wing-back, but Morgan Gibbs-White, Romain Saiss and Pedro Neto remain injury doubts for Saturday’s hosts.

Southampton

As for the visitors, despite appearing to show some much-needed stability at the end of last month, it appears that Southampton have slumped back to their old ways. Entering the international break with a 4-1 hammering at home against Chelsea last time, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have lost their last three Premier League matches on the bounce and have once again slipped into the relegation zone. Continuing to show some glaring issues at the back and conceding nine goals on their three-match losing run, the former RB Leipzig boss has also seen his men record just a pair of top-flight victories since the 13th of April. If the Saints are to refined a similar level that helped them pick up a 3-1 win the last time Wolves made the trip to St. Mary’s, then Hasenhüttl will be looking for Danny Ings to extend on his recent run. The former Liverpool marksman has found the net in back-to-back Premier League appearances and also has four in his last three across all formats.

Team News

Southampton, meanwhile, are still without Moussa Djenepo despite the summer arrival stepping up his recovery, while Cedric Soares is also expected to be sidelined until the early stages of next month.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Southampton striker Danny Ings has four goals in his last three matches across all competitions.
  • Wolves have kept three clean sheets on the bounce across all formats.
  • Wolves have also lost just one Premier League matches at Molineux since the 2nd of January.
  • The Saints have lost their last three matches on the bounce.
  • Only one of the last four matches between the two sides have seen both teams find the net at full-time.

Conclusion

Putting in a season-best display and snatching three points off of Manchester City prior to the international break, Wolves should see this as a golden opportunity to extend on their recent purple patch. Enjoying a four-match winning run across all formats and also picking up a 2-0 win the last time Southampton came to town, we’re backing a similar outcome this weekend.

Verdict: Wolves win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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