Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton meet in the FA Cup fifth round on Thursday at 5:30pm (UK time) with both sides looking to add some joy to their seasons.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men will be hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the second time in three seasons, while Southampton last reached the final eight in 2017/18.
Wolves XI: Ruddy; Dendoncker, Saiss, Kilman; Hoever, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Gibbs-White, Silva, Vitinha.
Southampton XI: Forster; Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bednarek, Bertrand; Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Djnepo, Ings, Redmond.
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Where to watch Wolves vs Southampton on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Wolves 1-0 Southampton
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Wolves vs Southampton build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Wolves have been excellent since their return to the Premier League in 2018, sticking to the guns that got them promoted in the first place to secure back-to-back seventh-placed finishes. However, 2020/21 has been a largely miserable campaign for Espirito Santo’s side, who find themselves in 14th, some way off the battle for European football.
They have won just one of their past 10 Premier League matches but have found some fortune in the FA Cup. Crystal Palace were the first to fall in an all-Premier League tie, before non-league Chorley were cast aside in the fourth round, both 1-0 wins for Wolves.
The new year was looking bright for Southampton when they started with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool, ending a four-game winless run that had seen them drop down the table. However, since then, the wheels have well and truly fallen off in the Premier League.
Saints have lost their past five league games including another 9-0 defeat, this time away at Manchester United, and a 3-2 loss to Newcastle United at the weekend. But, like Wolves, they have found solace in the FA Cup, beating Shrewsbury Town and Arsenal en route to the fifth round.
- Wolves (vs Leicester): Patricio; Dendoncker, Kilman, Coady; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Willian Jose, Neto.
- Southampton (vs Newcastle): McCarthy; Stephens, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Minamino*; Ings, Adams.
Wolves remain without Raul Jimenez, Marcal, Daniel Podence, Willy Boly and Rayan Ait Nouri for the visit of Southampton on Thursday.
Takumi Minamino is cup-tied for Southampton having already featured in the FA Cup for Liverpool and joins a host of players out for Ralph Hasenhuttl. Also missing are Alexandre Jankewitz (suspended), Stuart Armstrong, Ibrahima Diallo, Theo Walcott, Michael Obafemi and William Smallbone, while Kyle Walker-Peters is a doubt.
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Players to watch:
- Wolves: With Raul Jimenez still absent, Wolves looked to the transfer market to fix their goalscoring problems and brought in Willian Jose on loan from Real Sociedad. The Spanish striker has played four games for Wolves so far, starting their past three and though he is yet to find the net, Jose has made a positive impact on his new side. Jose has already built a good understanding with the rest of the Wolves squad, providing good link-up play in the final third and also proving capable of holding onto the ball to help relieve some pressure. It’s only a matter of time before he starts scoring.
- Southampton: Like Espirito Santo, Hasenhuttl also has a striker he could really do with scoring and that’s Danny Ings. The Englishman was one of the Premier League’s top scorers last season, with his 22 goals only bettered by Jamie Vardy (23) in the race for the Golden Boot, and he looked to be in the running again this year with six goals in his opening eight games. But Ings is in poor form. Since scoring in a 2-1 win over Brighton at the start of December, Ings has found the net just once in his past 10 games across all competitions, on a run of five without a goal. Southampton need him to get up and running again.
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