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Key Stat: Wolves have conceded just once in their last five matches in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: A draw at Old Trafford last weekend continued Wolves’ strong start to the Premier League season and, back on home soil, they will hope to have too much for out-of-form Southampton. The Saints only just stayed up last season and have lacked rhythm again this year. With Wolves difficult to break down at the back, and impressing with their football, the hosts should claim the win.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton Prediction & Betting Tips
Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News, Updates, and Facts
Wolves Team News
Ivan Cavaleiro returned for the Carabao Cup match against Leicester in mid-week, which Wolves lost on penalties, meaning Nuno Espirito Santo has a full squad to choose from. Leander Dendoncker played in that game, but Ryan Bennett has been preferred in the league on the right of the back three. Adama Traore has also had to make do with appearances from the bench, and could be restricted to just that again after spurning a glorious chance to score a late winner against Man United last weekend.
Wolves Key Players
Raul Jimenez – Scored the winner against Burnley and set up the equaliser against Manchester United in his last two league appearances.
Ruben Neves – Orchestrates play in the middle of the Wolves’ midfield alongside his more senior compatriot Joao Moutinho.
Rui Patricio – While the whole defence is responsible for Wolves’ good defensive record, the Portuguese stopper’s form and experience has also been key.
Wolves Team Form
Wolves have won three of their last five matches, but have drawn the last two – including the penalty shoot-out defeat to Leicester in the Carabao Cup after a goalless draw on Tuesday. Last weekend, they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford thanks to Joao Moutinho’s goal, while their previous home league game saw them beat Burnley 1-0 thanks to Raul Jimenez’s strike.
Wolves Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 3-4-3
Wolverhampton Wanderers likely XI
Defenders:Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady, Willy Boly
Midfielders:Matt Doherty, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Jonny
Forwards:Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez, Helder Costa
Southampton Team News, Updates, and Facts
Southampton Team News
Manolo Gabbiadini and Mohamed Elyounoussi are definitely out, but Danny Ings is available again up front after being ineligible to face parent club Liverpool last time out. Southampton went with one up front for that game, but Ings’ return could see them switch back to 4-4-2. Stuart Armstrong could come in for Matt Targett on the left, having replaced him from the bench at Anfield.
Southampton Key Players
Danny Ings – Leading the way with three goals in five games so far this season as he seizes his chance to impress on loan from Liverpool.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Has scored twice from midfield to bounce back from a red card in his first appearance of the season.
Nathan Redmond – The winger has supplied one assist so far this season but remains one of Southampton’s biggest sources of creativity.
Southampton Team Form
Southampton have won two of their last five matches, but one of those wins came in the Carabao Cup at Brighton with a much-changed team. They did follow it by beating Crystal Palace 2-0, however, with Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scoring and the same two players scored again in the next match as the Saints took a two-goal lead against Brighton only to draw 2-2. Last time out, Liverpool hit three first-half goals to win 3-0 at Anfield.
Southampton Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-4-2
Southampton likely XI
Defenders:Cedric Soares, Jannik Vestergaard, Wesley Hoedt, Ryan Bertrand
Midfielders:Nathan Redmond, Mario Lemina, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Stuart Armstrong
Forwards:Shane Long, Danny Ings
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first league match between Wolves and Southampton since the 2008/09 EFL Championship season. Their only other fixture since then was in the Carabao Cup last season, and saw Wolves win 2-0 at St Mary’s thanks to Danny Batth and Donovan Wilson’s second-half goals.
WOLVES vs SOU FC Betting Tips
Where Wolves have been excellent defensively lately, Southampton’s issues have been there for all to see, blowing a two-goal lead against Brighton before the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last time out.
Wolves’ defensive record counted for nothing when they lost on penalties to Leicester in mid-week but Raul Jimenez’s goals and assists have meant no such issues in the league after two wins and a draw in their last three matches.
The draw at Old Trafford earned more plaudits, having also held Manchester City this season, while they have beaten Burnley and West Ham in between.
They players that excelled in the Championship have continued to shine in the Premier League, with the experience of Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho added to the mix over the summer too.
For Southampton, the loan acquisition of Danny Ings has supplied the goals that were missing last season but defensively they have not impressed.
If Patricio and Wolves’ back three can keep Ings quiet, then Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Helder Costa can break down Southampton’s shaky defence at the other end.
Put simply, Wolves are in good form and Southampton are not and the hosts can continue their strong start to life back in the Premier League with another win.
Southampton vs Wolves Recommended bets with odds
Wolves are favourites to beat Southampton at 5/6 with Betfair, Betway and 10Bet. Having impressed defensively lately too – just one goal conceded in five games – it is worth backing them to win to nil at 15/8 with Bet365, meanwhile.
They are yet to translate their possession into goals, however – scoring one apiece in their last four league games – and under 1.5 goals will return 23/10 with 888sport. That is a gamble with Southampton poor at the back, however. Under 2.5 goals is 7/10 with Bet365 and 10Bet and may be a safer bet.
Raul Jimenez is the focal point of their attacking play, and he is 17/10 to score at any time with Betfair and Paddy Power.
Wolves vs Southampton Prediction
Wolves have been tight at the back and have controlled possession – just as they did on their way to the Championship title last season. With Southampton suspect in defence, Wolves should record another home win.