Kick-off: 1400, 26/09/2021
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Southampton and Wolves have just one victory between them in the early stages of the Premier League season, as they both sit in the bottom third of the table.
Saints are chalked up as slight favourites for this contest, but have been something of draw experts of late, sharing the spoils in four straight top-flight fixtures.
We like 11/5 for this one to end all square as well as the first of our Southampton vs Wolves betting tips.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Stubborn Southampton recorded their fourth successive draw in the league when keeping Manchester City quiet at Etihad Stadium last weekend.
They have now taken points off both Manchester clubs and thriving West Ham in the first five weeks of the campaign and will be hoping victories will follow as the quality of opposition starts to relent.
Ralph Hasenhuttl reverted to a more adventurous 4-2-2-2 formation for the clash with the champions, but it wasn’t long before they had their backs to the wall as City tried with might to break the deadlock.
It will have been pleasing to see the defence record a second successive clean sheet, but back-to-back goalless stalemates begins to set alarm bells ringing at the business end of the pitch.
Following the summer departure of Danny Ings, Adam Armstrong hasn’t scored since the opening weekend and last season’s nine-goal hero Che Adams is still on zero for the season.
Goals could be at a premium once again here and, looking at the Southampton vs Watford odds, under 1.5 appeals at 2/1.
Last Saints EPL line-up: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Livramento, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Elyounoussi, Armstrong, Adams.
Southampton will be without defender Jack Stephens, who is set to be sidelined for up to three months after suffering a knee tendon injury.
Theo Walcott has returned to training following a calf problem but is unlikely to feature, while midfielder Stuart Armstrong remains out with a similar issue.
A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds
Having secured their first victory of the season two weeks ago at Watford, it was back down to earth with a bump for Bruno Lage’s Wolves last Saturday when succumbing to Brentford.
Two first-half goals for the Bees took the game away from the west midlands club, who are languishing just above the drop zone and staring down the barrel of a relegation battle.
Their victory over Watford remains the only time they have troubled the opposition goal and it is hard to see where victories are going to come from for Lage.
A loss here would be a real setback for the men from Molineux and we expect Wanderers to try and avoid defeat at all costs.
When you add Southampton’s love of a draw into the equation, then 7/2 for the scores to be level at both half-time and full-time is fair value for our final Southampton vs Wolves prediction.
Last Wolves EPL line-up: Jose Sa, Marcal, Coady, Semedo, Kilman, Neves, Saiss, Moutinho, Jimenez, Trincao, Traore.
Wolves duo Rayan Ait Nouri (concussion) and Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) are missing after joining the club’s injury list during the midweek Carabao Cup defeat by Tottenham.
Jonny and Pedro Neto remain out with knee problems, while Daniel Podence, Willy Boly and Leander Dendoncker performed well enough against Spurs to give Lage options.
Last EPL result:
Man City 0-0 SOUTHAMPTON
WOLVES 0-2 Brentford
Head-to-head: Southampton 1-2 Wolves, Wolves 0-2 Southampton, Wolves 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 2-3 Wolves, Wolves 1-1 Southampton
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