Kick-off: 2000, 23/11/2020
TV: Sky Sports
Wolves and Southampton are both going well in the Premier League this season, lying in ninth and fourth respectively prior to the international break.
However, this is the kind of game where Saints will miss injured star striker Danny Ings and we reckon Wanderers can have the edge at Molineux.
Punters can get 13/10 for a home victory and that is good enough to be our first Wolves vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds
Wolves went down 1-0 away to high-flying Leicester last time out, with Jamie Vardy on target through a penalty after 15 minutes and having another spot-kick saved by Rui Patricio.
However, Wanderers more than held their own in the second half of that contest, with Pedro Neto, Max Kilman and Ruben Neves threatening to grab an equaliser.
Neves told the club website: “I think we played well this last month, but we cannot come to the game and start like we did, which cost us three points.
“In the Premier League, when you start like that, you’re in trouble against this kind of team.
“We created chances to score, they had chances as well. A draw would have been a fair result, but unfortunately we didn’t score and the penalty was the difference.”
Wolves had picked up 10 points from their previous four outings, though, looking solid at the back and creating enough chances at the other end.
Raul Jimenez continues to impress up front, netting four times in the Premier League this term and scoring regularly for Mexico.
The 29-year-old struck versus Holland last month and in back-to-back friendlies versus South Korea and Japan during the latest break.
Jimenez was on target in both meetings with Saints last season and there is obvious appeal in 11/5 for him score in a home win from the Wolves vs Southampton odds.
Last Wolves line-up: Patricio, Ait Nouri, Boly, Coady, Semedo, Kilman, Neves, Podence, Dendoncker, Neto, Jimenez.
Conor Coady’s hopes of making a 122nd consecutive league appearance for Wolves hang in the balance after he was forced to leave the England squad due to covid protocols.
Rayan Ait-Nouri is expected to shrug off the knock which saw him withdraw from France’s under-21 squad at the start of the international break.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton coped without Ings when easing to a 2-0 win over Newcastle at St Mary’s Stadium, with Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong scoring at either end of the game.
That made it five wins and an away draw against Chelsea from their last six outings and Ralph Hasenhuttl was understandably delighted with his team.
“We have definitely shown again that we have every part of our game developing and this is I think the reason why the performances now are as good as they are,” commented the Austrian.
Adams took a while to settle in after previously shining at Sheffield United and Birmingham but, after finishing last season strongly, has scored in three of Southampton’s past four matches.
However, Ings is usually the main man up front for Saints and had scored more than a third of his side’s goals before suffering a knee injury.
With last term’s Golden Boot runner-up still sidelined, this will be a tough test for the visitors.
Let’s go with 14/5 for Wanderers to prevail by a one-goal margin for our final Wolves vs Southampton prediction.
Last Saints line-up: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo, Armstrong, Adams, Walcott.
Captain James Ward-Prowse is expected to be fit following a hamstring injury and Ryan Bertrand is also back after a thigh issue but Mohamed Salisu is still building up his match fitness.
Leicester 1-0 WOLVES
SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 Newcastle – Che Adams, Stuart Armstrong
Head-to-head: Southampton 2-3 Wolves, Wolves 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 3-1 Wolves, Wolves 2-0 Southampton
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