With the Wanderers unbeaten at home so far this campaign and coming off the back of a performance at Old Trafford that gave them widespread praise from pundits and supporters alike, the current mood at Molineux is certainly a positive one. The 1-1 draw at Manchester United was a well-deserved result and perhaps they felt they should have come away from the “Theatre of Dreams” with a little bit more.

In recent years with the Saints, things never seem to run smoothly. Struggling for any sort of consistent form and the inability to string back to back three points together, the supporters never know what type of team they will see come out for each game.

With the last game a 3-0 defeat at Anfield, there has been a lot of talk about possible changes in the Southampton defence for the next fixture after the manner of the goals conceded on Merseyside. With mental vulnerability certainly existing amongst the Southampton ranks, it is clear to see you cannot trust the side to put in a dogged, away performance. But this Saturday, can they do just that?

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Team News:

In terms of team news, Wolves maintain their excellent fitness record under Nuno Esprito Santo. Their only absentee is winger Ivan Cavaleiro, who hasn’t kicked a ball all season due to an ongoing back issue.

For the Saints, they welcome back Danny Ings who is expected to slot back into the starting eleven whilst Manolo Gabbiadini and Mohamed Elyounoussi both returned to full training on Thursday, with Mark Hughes saying they could both return to the squad for Saturday’s trip after short spells on the sidelines respectively.

Three threats: 

Ruben Neves: Without a doubt, Wolverhampton’s talisman. Since arriving at the club in summer 2017, the 21-year old has been a sensation; full of creativity and scorer of wonderful goals, the Portuguese starlet is tipped for big things. He has managed to bring his form from their title-winning campaign into the Premier League, making the step up seamlessly!

Joao Moutinho: Since his surprise arrival in the summer, Joao Moutinho has settled into life quickly in the West Midlands. His man of the match performance at Old Trafford last week, reiterated the quality he possesses, with his spectacular goal and his exquisite passing, Saints need to ensure they do not let him repeat what he did previously.

Raul Jimenez: The experienced Mexican has made a solid start to his Premier League career. With 2 goals under his belt, a third of all Wolves’ goals, Jimenez has led the line well by linking up with the thriving Wolves midfield. After grabbing an assist last week, it is vital Southampton do not let him have the same impact.

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Last 5 results (all competitions):

Wolves:
Wolves 0 – 0 Leicester | 1-3 on penalties (League Cup)
Man United 1 – 1 Wolves
Wolves 1 – 0 Burnley
West Ham 0 – 1 Wolves
Sheffield Wednesday 0 – 2 Wolves (League Cup)
Southampton:
Liverpool 3 – 0 Saints
Saints 2 – 2 Brighton
Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Saints
Brighton 0 – 1 Saints (League Cup)
Saints 1 – 2 Leicester

For all Wolves’ great play so far this season and how highly they have been rated, most notably by Phil Neville, who claimed they are the best ever promoted side to grace the Premier League, they lack goals. Only six goals so far this campaign, the same as the Saints, it is evident to see they struggle to be ruthless in front of goal. In the six games so far, they have had a total of 89 shots with them converting just 6.74% of all chances created.

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Prediction:

With Wolves unbeaten at Molineux this season and Southampton struggling for confidence and consistency, the home side are the comfortable favourites. With the Portuguese pair Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho so dominant, I find it difficult to see the Saints getting control of the game and bringing the three points back to the South Coast.
However, if Southampton can get about the pitch and sustain the intensity in their play for the 90 minutes, whilst remaining defensively resilient, the Saints could find a way to get a decent result.
Wolves 3 – 1 Southampton.

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