Southampton v Wolves: History & Overview

By Adam Carr

 

After the hurt of Sunday’s FA Cup Semi Final against Watford, Wolves have a chance to bounce back with their next Premier League fixture against Southampton away at St. Mary’s Stadium.

 

Brief History

After the hurt of Sunday’s FA Cup Semi Final against Watford, Wolves have a chance to bounce back with their next Premier League fixture against Southampton away at St. Mary’s Stadium.

The first game between Wolves and Southampton was an FA Cup fixture on 18th February 1905, at home where Wolves fell to a 3-2 defeat.

Since then, Wolves and Southampton have played numerous times, but the game with the most goals was in 1965, when on the 18th September the two teams faced off in a Division 2 game.  In that fixture, Southampton ran out with an emphatic 9-3 victory.  The other game with the same goal difference between the two teams was in 2007, when Southampton beat Wolves 6-0 in a Championship fixture.

Wolves have met the Saints in the modern Premier League on three occasions, two of those in the 2003/2004 season where Southampton beat us twice, 2-0 (A) and 1-4 (H).

In the previous meeting between the sides at Molineux, on 29th September last year, Southampton fell to a 2-0 defeat to Wolves, with goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny giving us the victory.

 

Southampton Form

 

 

Southampton’s form in their last five games has seen them get 3 victories, with wins over Brighton, Spurs and Fulham and 2 defeats to Liverpool and Man Utd.  Brighton are the only team that Southampton managed to keep a cleansheet against – and that must give Wolves confidence with Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez in stunning form as of late.

Danny Ings is the top scorer for Southampton this season with 8 goals and will look to be the biggest threat for Wolves if he starts on Saturday.

 

Wolves Form

 

 

As we all know, Wolves fell to a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat against Watford in their last game, and it’s going to be hard for Nuno to pick the boys up with the manner in which they lost.  Their form in the last 5 is up and down, with 2 victories (both against Manchester United) and a draw with Chelsea.  They have lost to both Burnley and Watford.  Wolves surely have the firepower and the ability to beat Southampton, but haven’t performed well against the teams in the lower positions this season, and with the defeat from last Sunday still hanging over their heads, this game can only go one of two ways.

Raul Jimenez is one of the top scorers in the League this season with 12 goals, equalling the records of Firmino (Liverpool), Son (Spurs), Sigurdsson (Everton), Richarlison (Everton) and Lukaku (Man Utd).  Being amongst such company shows just how well Raul is doing in his first season in England’s top flight, so expect him to bag another goal this Saturday.

 

Overview

Looking at the stats above, Southampton tend to only win a game by one goal when they win as do Wolves.  We have had an ability to lose to teams around Southampton’s position in the league, and they have claimed a victory recently against Spurs so their confidence is high while the confidence of Nuno’s team has taken a knock after that 3-2 loss to Watford.  

However, you have to believe that they will want to set things right, and this fixture is the perfect opportunity for Wolves to do that. It’s been announced that Wolves will be off to Marbella again for a second round of warm weather training, so with the current state of mind at Wolves, we have to hope that Nuno has the magic words that the players need to hear and that they aren’t already thinking about the sun before Saturday’s fixture.

This game could go either way, but for me as much as I like to be positive, I think we can probably only bring back a point from St Mary’s.  I’d go for a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

 

Adam Carr is a Talking Wolves blogger. You can follow him on Twitter here.

 

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