Kick-off: 1500, 18/01/2020
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton have picked up 13 points out of 15 in their last five Premier League games and can extend that hot streak when hosting Wolves.
Wanderers are still well placed in seventh, but have hit a bit of a sticky patch and may also feel the effect of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay loss at Manchester United.
A home win at 29/20 is our first Southampton vs Wolves predictions, while the stats say 15/4 for Saints to prevail and both teams to score is good value.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton have also beaten Huddersfield here in the FA Cup during their current good run and followed that up by winning 2-1 at high-flying Leicester.
That was sweet revenge for a 9-0 thrashing handed out by the Foxes at this venue in late October, with Stuart Armstrong and red-hot Danny Ings doing the damage.
“We never spoke revenge or something,” said Ralph Hasenhuttl. “We should be thankful for this result from this game and that’s what I’ve always said to the players.
“But we wanted to show everybody watching us that we can do much better – and what this team has changed since then.
“We’ve changed everything – the behaviour, how we play, how we create chances, the commitment, the belief in what we are doing.
“At the moment, we are really hungry, and if you are hungry then you can hunt for 90 minutes, or longer, and that’s one of the reasons why we are successful now.”
Fast starts have been a big boost for Saints, while Wanderers tend to take time to get going, so 2/1 for the hosts to be ahead at half-time stands out from the Southampton vs Wolves odds.
Last Saints line-up: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Bertrand, Bednarek, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long, Ings.
Yan Valery is Southampton’s only injury concern – the full-back has been suffering from a viral infection so may not be ready in time.
A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds
Wolves have been on the go since July, due to their Europa League commitments, and there have been signs of a smallish squad feeling the strain after the busy festive period.
Wanderers have only claimed one point from their last three league games after being held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle at Molineux.
They then crashed out of the cup at Old Trafford in midweek, with Juan Mata’s 67th-minute strike the only goal of the game.
Wolves did have the ball in the back of the net early on, but Pedro Neto’s effort was ruled out via VAR due to an unwitting handball by Raul Jimenez.
Nuno Espirito Santo took comfort from the overall performance, though, stating: “It was good, I think we performed well in both halves. It was a good game.
“When you go out of a competition, we are sad or frustrated, but how we did it and how we played, it can move us forward.
“Let’s try to sustain this level of performance and take our chances.”
Jimenez found it tough going when coming up against Harry Maguire but his overall record this term reads pretty well.
Seven of his eight Premier League goals have come in the second half, so a saver on the Mexico striker to score last at 5/1 is added to our Southampton vs Wolves betting tips.
Last Wolves line-up: Ruddy, Doherty, Coady, Jonny, Neves, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, Jimenez, Traore.
Wolves full-back Ruben Vinagre is likely to be sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring injury sustained late on in the FA Cup loss at Man Utd – Ryan Giles has been recalled from his loan at Shrewsbury as cover. Willy Boly (fractured leg) and Diogo Jota (dead leg) are out.
Leicester 1-2 SOUTHAMPTON – Stuart Armstrong, Danny Ings
Man Utd 1-0 WOLVES
Head-to-head: Wolves 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 3-1 Wolves, Wolves 2-0 Southampton
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