Raul Jimenez

Southampton vs Wolves betting tips: Premier League match preview and predictions

Southampton vs Wolves prediction: Southampton 1-1 Wolves

Can Southampton climb away from danger?

Despite markedly better performances under Ralph Hasenhüttl, they’re not clear of danger yet but a win here would really boost their cause.

Meanwhile, it’ll be interesting to see how Wolves bounce back from their collapse at Wembley.

Nuno Espírito Santo could face a tough task galvanising his squad as they aim for seventh spot in the Premier League.

Will there be a winner at St Mary’s?

James Ward-Prowse

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium on March 09, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Southampton vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Who will win?

This is a tough game to call.

Southampton are 6/4 to make it 3 home wins in 4.

Wolves meanwhile are 19/10 to repeat September’s victory over the Saints.

A draw is 21/10.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Both teams to score though is 10/11.

Draw and both teams to score is 10/3.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Raúl Jiménez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates a goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux on January 29, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

James Ward-Prowse has been in fine form since the change of manager at St Mary’s. He’s 11/2 to score first and 12/5 to register his seventh goal of the season.

Raúl Jiménez is Wolves’ top scorer with 16 goals. The Mexican is 9/2 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime.

Diogo Jota, his strike partner, is also dangerous. He’s 6/1 to score first and 13/5 to score anytime.

Both Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings to score is 9/1.

Both Diogo Jota and Raúl Jiménez to score is 11/1.

Southampton vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Match preview

Southampton will be fine, won’t they?

Last time out 8 days ago, they were beaten 3-1 at home by league leaders Liverpool despite taking a 10th minute lead in that one.

That result ended a run of back to back wins and back to back home wins too.

Hasenhüttl has won 6 of his 18 games in charge which is a massive improvement on the one win in 15 they managed under Hughes.

Nevertheless, they are fourth bottom with just a 5 point gap on Cardiff who are just below the dreaded dotted line.

Can they claim a win which could prove vital in their fight against relegation?

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Rui Patrício of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton FC at Molineux on September 29, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

As for Wolves, what a heartbreaking day that was for them.

Goals from Matt Doherty and Raúl Jiménez saw them 2-0 up on Watford in last Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

With 11 minutes to go, Watford pulled one back.

2-1.

Then, Leander Dendoncker conceded a 94th minute penalty which was converted to send the match into extra time.

Buoyed by their comeback, Watford then scored again midway through the first period of extra time and held on for a famous win.

Such disappointment for Wolverhampton though.

Where do they go from here?

Well, they can still qualify for next season’s UEFA Europa League and what an achievement that would be.

To stand any chance of doing that, they must finish seventh and a victory here would really help their cause.

Will they be able to motivate themselves after such a soul-destroying day last weekend?

Southampton team news vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg of Southampton (2R) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

For 17 of his 18 matches in charge, Hasenhüttl has deployed a 3-4-2-1 formation and is expected to do the same here.

There may well be a change in goal though.

Angus Gunn made an error for the second goal against Liverpool last weekend so may well come out the side.

Interestingly, since the change of manager, the games Gunn has played have been against Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Man United, Tottenham, Brighton and Liverpool.

He usually plays against the big boys.

Thus, Alex McCarthy may well come back in.

At the back, Vestergaard, Yoshida and Bednarek are a very solid and settled back trio.

The midfield quartet including captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg also very rarely changes.

Ahead of them are the two players who’ve benefited most from the new manager’s arrival.

Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse’s have both scored 6 goals under Hasenhüttl.

Neither had a single goal to their name prior to his arrival this season.

Up front, he has a decision to make.

Shane Long’s goal against Liverpool made him the fourth Irishman to register 50 Premier League goals.

However, Danny Ings, who was ineligible for that one, will come back in.

Can Southampton make Wolves fans’ lives that bit more miserable?

Wolverhampton Wanderers team news vs Southampton

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 07: Wolverhampton Wanderers fans show their support prior to the FA Cup Semi Final match between Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on April 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

As for Wolves, it will be interesting to see what side Nuno Espírito Santo puts out for this one.

Wolves have used just 19 players in the Premier League this season which would be a new record if that stays the same.

His starting XI is settled but he may be temped to tinker.

Rui Patrício will return in goal replacing cup-keeper John Ruddy.

At the back, mysteriously, Romain Saïss got the nod at Wembley but Ryan Bennett is expected to return.

Leander Dendoncker did give away the penalty last weekend but, on the whole, he’s been very impressive this season.

Nuno substituting off both Rúben Neves and then João Moutinho has been touted as one of the reasons they collapsed.

At right wing-back Matt Doherty scored his fourth FA Cup goal of the season in the semi-final meaning he’s now been directly involved in 6 goals in 6 games in that competition.

Another man who loved the FA Cup is Raúl Jiménez.

His goal last weekend meant he scored in the third round, fourth round, sixth round and the semi-final.

Only one player had scored in more different rounds this season.

If there is any alterations made to this XI, there are a few prime candidates who could get a game.

Rúben Vinagre at left wing-back or 19 year old midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, who has looked so classy in his few cameos.

Hopefully he’ll see more action between now and the end of the season.

This team obviously has the quality but does it have the mentality to win this one?

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Predicted Wolverhampton Wanderers line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Wolverhampton Wanderers line-up vs Southampton.

The latest tweets from Southampton pre Wolves

The latest tweets from Wolves pre Southampton

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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