Match Preview Wolverhampton vs Southampton – prediction, team news, lineups
Wolverhampton Wanderers remain in contention for a European finish and they’ll feel confident of moving one step closer to that goal if they can record a fifth straight unbeaten outing in this matchup. After not conceding in 384 minutes of play, their current four-game unbeaten run has been built on solid foundations.
It may not take much to settle this clash, as each of Wolves’ last eight Premier League (PL) games have featured one goal or fewer. Only two sides in PL history can claim longer runs of consecutive games featuring under 1.5 goals and none since 2016, although Wolves fans would definitely take another 1-0 success to secure their first top-flight league double over Southampton since 1971/72.
Ill-disciplined Southampton have received a red card in the 20 minute period preceding half-time in two of their last three games, but remain a side full of confidence as they come into this match defending a five-game unbeaten run across all competitions (90 minutes). With 42% of their PL goals this campaign arriving from set pieces, that could again prove the route to success for Southampton even if Wolves are the only PL side yet to concede such a goal (exc. penalties).
The ‘Saints’ backline have been more like sinners on their travels though, evidenced by conceding at least twice in 13 of their last 15 PL away games. Combine that with the fact that Wolves have kept six shutouts across their last eight PL games, and the visitors could be in for another long afternoon at Molineux.
Players to watch: Wolves’ Daniel Podence already has more goals this term (G4) than he scored in the entirety of last season, though he’s yet to score in the league this season. After announcing his return from injury by scoring last time out, Southampton’s Ché Adams now has a goal in seven of his last 11 appearances for club & country.
Hot stat: Fifteen of Wolves’ last 16 PL victories were settled by a single-goal margin.
Referee: Salisbury M. (Eng)
Venue: Molineux Stadium (Wolverhampton)