By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 28th September 2018
Wolverhampton Wanderers will welcome Southampton to the Molineux on Saturday as part of the afternoon scheduled kick-offs. The home side will be buoyant after picking up a priceless point against Manchester United last week but will have to graft to overcome the Saints.
Wolves vs Southampton: Odds and predictions
The Wanderers have been tipped at 17/20 as part of William Hill’s Wolves vs Southampton odds, with Mark Hughes side 10/3 favourites and a potential draw trading at 13/5.
Yet after impressive performances against top six sides, Nuno Espirito Santos’s team will be confident in taking all three points against the Saints. They possess a star-studded line-up featuring the likes of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, but the shining star has been Raul Jiminez.
The Mexican international has been prolific in front of goal by linking up with Neves, and we’ve made him our pick to score as part of our Wolves vs Southampton predictions, betting at 4/1.
Yet Southampton also possess attacking players, and it would be foolish to rule them out, despite last week’s heavy defeat to Liverpool that exposed some of their defensive frailties.
Ex-Liverpool striker Danny Ings has impressed after his move from Merseyside. Ings is looking to score in three consecutive league appearances for the first time since January 2015, when he was at Burnley, and with odds of 14/2, he’ll be their main man in terms of converting goal-scoring chances.
Wolves vs Southampton predictions: Head to head
Southampton have failed to win against Wolves in their last five meetings, and pre-match verdicts suggest that this encounter could go the same way.
Just as in previous performances, Wolves’ defensive setup has earned them victories against the Saints, and Willy Boly and co will be handed a difficult task in nullifying their counter in order for players further up the pitch to convert chances.
Wolves vs Southampton: predictions, best bet, scorer
Predicted score: Wolves to win 2-0, with odds at a 13/2 pick
We’ve tipped Wolves to win comfortably as they provide many different assets: pace on the counter with the eager Doherty, wonderful passing ability in the midfield through Neves, and a sturdy defensive setup in Boly and co.
The combination of these three attributes, plus their resilience on home turf confirms our Wolves vs Southampton predictions, where we’ve picked the Wanderers to win.
Yet given that both sides are capable of defending deep, this may result in the total number of goals being scored tipped to under 2.5.
Nuno’s defensive record at home turf is on to marvel at, and if the Saints apply pressure, they could just hold out on a single goal, to ensure a narrow victory is achieved,
Predicted scorer: Charlie Austin to score first, trading @ 7/1
Pitted against Wolves’s wily attacking and sturdy defence, Hughes will need to utilise every asset he possesses, and leading the charge is Charlie Austin.
Austin has scored in both of his previous league appearances against Wolves, with both strikes coming in the Championship (with Burnley in 2012 and QPR in 2015).
Known for his aerial prowess, we’ve tipped Austin to score first as part of our Wolves vs Southampton predictions because his hold-up play is brilliant and striking ability impeccable in front of goal.
Wolves vs Southampton stats: Opta
- Southampton have scored six Premier League goals this season, but according to Opta’s xG model, based on the quality of their chances they should have scored nine. A difference of -3 between xG and actual goals is the biggest in the competition so far this season.
- Wolves are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games. They’ve not gone five without defeat in the top-flight since November 1981.
- Only the current top three sides have fired more shots on goal than Wolves so far in the Premier League this season (89).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.