England Premier League
Saturday 15th January 2022
Kick off at 3pm GMT
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Wolves come into this game fresh from beating Sheffield United 3-0 in last weekend’s FA Cup tie and indeed the club have been in good form in the league too.
Bruno Lage’s side are unbeaten in their last three games and in their last league encounter they inflicted Ralf Rangnick’s first defeat as they beat Manchester United 1-0 away. It was an assured performance so much so that it would be a pity if the club failed to qualify for Europe this season. Currently that won’t happen as they are in 8th place and are 3 points behind Manchester United in seventh.
At home Wolves haven’t performed so well with just 11 of their 27 points coming in front of their fans. The majority of their results at home have been defeats with four so far and the club has the 5th to worst home record in the league. However that could be changing and it should be noted that the clubs only defeat at home in their past five games came against Liverpool- the clubs last home game ended 0-0 against Chelsea.
Southampton beat Swansea in last week’s FA Cup 3rd round tie and it has been a busy week for the club because earlier in the week they had to play a rearranged game. That was against Brentford and the Saints shined in a 4-1 battering of the Bees. This is a good moment for the club who have gone their last 4 games undefeated picking up 8 points in that time.
The Saints are in 11th place and are four points behind their hosts because of goal difference the club would only climb one place with victory but it would continue their good form of course. On the road Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have struggled at times and have lost 50% of their games although they have gone their last two without defeat and in their last away game were able to win just their 2nd of the season as they beat West Ham 3-2.
Wolves: Willy Boly is out with a calf injury which could be long term. Hwang Hee-Chan is not due back for another month with a muscle injury. Jonny could be assessed and return but there hasn’t been much updated on him. Yerson Mosquera and Pedro Neto are still 2 and 5 weeks away respectively from a possible return. Romain Saiss is on international duty.
Southampton: Armando Borja is being tipped to return for this game after his head injury but will have to be assessed first. Moussa Djenepo is on international duty. Mohammed Elyounoussi is out with Covid-19, Theo Walcott is also out with the same virus. Alex McCarthy has a 50/50 chance to return after his hamstring injury.
Wolves vs Southampton Head to Head:
The last league game between the two teams here ended 1-1.
The clubs met in the FA Cup at Wolves almost a year ago and Southampton won 2-0.
In the reverse fixture earlier in the season Wolves won 1-0.
There is a 60% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Wolves vs Southampton Prediction:
Wolves need to remain calm, they are playing good football and just look at their last two league fixtures having to play Manchester United and Chelsea, not many would have predicted that the club would walk away with 4 points and keep a clean sheet, that is impressive.
There is no real pattern to these games history wise but this should be entertaining as both clubs come into this one on good form but we will opt to see the home side keep up a solid run. A loss here could well ruin some work and the last thing Wolves want is to finish outside the top 10.
There is a lot of interest on bookings in this game and one player who has been mentioned is Ruben Neves, this isn’t a market we touch on much but he is good value to receive a card and this could well be quite a physical encounter.
Wolves vs Southampton Betting Tips:
Wolves to beat Southampton at 2.25
Player to be booked: Ruben Neves at 5.00