This coming Saturday, the surprising Wolverhampton Wanderers battle Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England. The Saints of Southampton are in desperate need of 3 points to stave off relegation, as they currently sit 17th, just one game above the cut line. Meanwhile, the Wolves sit comfortably in 8th, in their return season to the Premier League after taking a bite out of Manchester United in their last Premier League fixture. This match features recently resigned striker Raul Jimenez, who has 12 Premier League goals this year, and Danny Ings of Southampton, who has found the back to the net 7 times in this Premier League season.
Southampton vs Wolves Vital Information
This match can be viewed on CNBC, NBCSports.com, Universo, Fubo TV, Sling TV, NBC Sports Live, and Telemundo Desportes En Vivo in the United States, Fox Deportes, and streaming on MLS Live on RDS 2, RDS Go, TSN 1, and TSN Go in Canada at 10 AM ET.
Jonathan Moss will be the referee in the middle of the park along with assistants Marc Perry, Constantine Hatzidakis. The fourth official will be Andre Marriner.
Southampton hosts the Wolves for just second time ever in the Premier League, and the teams have only met three times in the Premier League. Southampton holds a 2-1 all-time lead over Wolverhampton, however it was the Wolves winning the most recent of those, 2-0, at Wolverhampton back on 29 September 2018.
Five Points That Shouldn’t be Overlooked
Although Southampton has had a difficult year, sitting just one place and 5 points above the relegation line, they have found a good run of form recently winning 3 of their last 5 games.
The Wolves are a have a mediocre, 5-5-6 record on the road this season, and are 0-1-2 in their past 3 matches away from Molineux Stadium. While the draw of those 3 is an impressive result against Chelsea, the 2 losses have come against lowly Burnley and Huddersfield Town.
Coming into the match, Southampton will have 2 additional days of rest, having last played against Liverpool on Friday 5 April 2019. The Wolves last played a hard fought battle with Watford in the FA Cup. A game that included 30 minutes of extra time on Sunday 7 April 2019.
The Wolves have scored 40 goals this season, and conceded 39 for a goal differential of plus 1 on the year. Southampton has tallied 36 times on the season and allowed 53 goals for a minus 17 goal differential for the 2018-19 season.
Both teams have two players who are among the top 50 goal scorers in the Premier League this year. The Wolves have Jimenez, who is tied for 10th with 12 goals, and Diogo Jota, tied for 32nd with 7. For Southampton, Ings is also on 7, and James Ward-Prowse is tied for 39th with 6.
Southampton vs Wolves Prediction
While I think the Wolves are the better of the two sides on 7 out of 10 days, I think this day, at Southampton, coming off of a tough loss in the FA Cup, and with Southampton well rested and in good form the the result will be 2-1 in favor of the hosts.