Wolves return to the Molineux this weekend to face Southampton having slain Manchester City in their previous Premier League outing.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side ran out 2-0 victors at the Etihad a fortnight ago thanks to an unlikely brace from Adama Traore, who will be hoping to add to his tally on Saturday.
The Saints weren’t quite able to pull off a giant killing of their own prior to the international break as they fell victim to a 4-1 reversal against Chelsea, but Ralph Hasenhuttl will be eager to bounce back with three points in the West Midlands.
Read on for Wolves vs Southampton predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Wolves vs Southampton and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019
Kick-off: 3:00 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Wolves vs Southampton
13 Apr 2019: Southampton 3-1 Wolves (Premier League)
29 Sep 2018: Wolves 2-0 Southampton (Premier League)
23 Aug 2017: Southampton 0-2 Wolves (League Cup)
10 Apr 2009: Wolves 3-0 Southampton (Championship)
15 Nov 2008: Southampton 1-2 Wolves (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Wolves (LWWWW) 10-4 Southampton (WLLLL)
Ones to watch
Wolves: Adama Traore
Traore may not always be a guaranteed starter for Wolves – in fact, 23 of his 36 Premier League appearances for the club have come from the bench – but he has shown signs of progression this season and could develop into one of Espirito Santo’s more prominent players.
The hulking pace-merchant put Man City to the sword last time out with an emphatic double, and he could now use that moment as the catalyst for a shift in his goalscoring output; prior to his exploits at the Etihad, he had only netted one goal for the club across all competitions.
A lack of consistency has been Traore’s main problem, but if he can follow up on the Man City demolition, then his explosive wide play could prove too much for an exceptionally leaky Southampton defence.
Key stat: Traore has completed more take-ons than any Wolves player in the Premier League this season (20).
Southampton: Danny Ings
Ings has netted in each of his last three outings, including in the last two Premier League matches against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Both goals counted for little as the Saints came up short in each of those matches, but it shows just how clinical the forward has been in recent times.
If Southampton are to drag themselves out of the relegation trouble they currently find themselves in, then goals from their forwards will be essential, and Ings is so far stepping up to the task where others are falling short, providing the goods with three to his name – more than any other Southampton player.
Key stat: No Southampton player has taken on more shots in the Premier League this season than Ings (16).
Diogo Jota was absent for the trip to Man City a fortnight ago after picking up a foot injury in the Europa League, and he could once again miss out this weekend as he has not yet fully recovered from the agitation.
Elsewhere, Romain Saiss was taken off in the 13th minute against Man City with a thigh problem and, like Jota, he is being assessed for Saturday’s match, though both remain a doubt for the fixture.
Finally, Morgan Gibbs-White was forced to withdraw from international duty with a lower back injury but is expected to return for this match, while Pedro Neto is unlikely to recover in time from a calf issue.
Predicted XI: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Jimenez.
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Southampton duo Cedric and Moussa Djenepo have stepped up their recovery and are being assessed for this weekend’s trip to Wolves.
Djenepo, who clinched the Premier League’s Goal of the Month award for September, has missed the previous four outings with a thigh injury but would provide Hasenhuttl a significant boost if he is available on Saturday.
Predicted XI: Gunn; Valery, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg; Redmond, Ings, Adams.
After a tentative start to the campaign – possibly a side effect from the gruelling Europa League schedule – Wolves have started to come into their own and demonstrate the kind of form that catapulted them to seventh last term.
Southampton on the other hand are lagging behind, and have looked shaky in recent weeks, with Hasenhuttl struggling to truly get the best out of the players at his disposal. With Wolves on a high after their shock Man City triumph, this should be a routine win on home turf for Espirito Santo.
Scoreline prediction: Wolves 2-0 Southampton