Southampton have a date with Wolverhampton Wanderers and coming from a string of poor results, the Saints will hope to make use of home advantage. Wolves have been on the rise and this match finds them 15th with 20 points, five ahead of their hosts who are rock bottom. Not much has gone Southampton’s way this season and ahead of this game they find themselves four points below the safe zone. It could get worse, With West Ham United playing earlier on the day. Southampton are coming from a 3-0 loss away to Brentford, a loss that came after another against Newcastle United in the league Cup. Southampton’s only win in their last five matches was an FA Cup game against Blackpool. They have no clean sheet in five matches and have failed to score in three of five matches. The Saints have one win in the last 10 league matches, and eight losses in that run don’t really put them on a confident footing. They’ve lost four straight home league games, and only managed two points from a possible 21 in the last seven home league matches.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are coming from a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Liverpool. They have clearly recovered from their recent elimination from both the League Cup and FA Cup. Having failed to score in the earlier two matches, this win marked a very important turnaround to their fortunes in attack. It was their biggest win in the league this season and only the third time that they managed more than one goal in this competition. Wolves have two clean sheets in the last three league matches and three wins in the last six league games places them above Southampton as favorites. They come into this game as the lowest scoring team in the league and they will want to address this. Their away form has also improved and something to look up to is that their only away loss in the league in four matches was against Manchester City.
Wolverhampton Wanderers should be very confident heading into this game, buoyed by the big win over Liverpool. Coming from their biggest win of the season to face a struggling side places Wolves clearly as the favorites. The Saints have had a poor run in the season, and ahead of this game. Our prediction for Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers therefore is a win for the away team.