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Premier League Saturday: Southampton v Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers Will Be Looking To Bounce Back After Their Late FA Cup Semi-Final Horror Show Against Watford.

Southampton, Who Also Suffered A Late Collapse Against Liverpool, Will Be Looking For Points to Ease Their Relegation Struggle. Manager Comments. Team News. Stats and Prediction.

By Marc Gingell

Match Details

13/4/2019 St. Mary’s Stadium Southampton (17) v Wolverhampton Wanderers (8)
KO:15:00 REF: J Moss

Southampton Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Mario Lemina Lack of match fitness. Michael Obafemi Hamstring injury

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News

Wolves have no injuries or suspensions.

Opta Stats

  • This will be just the second time Southampton will host Wolves in a Premier League match, with the only other such meeting coming in September 2003; Saints won 2-0 thanks to a James Beattie brace.
  • After 17 matches without a victory (P17 W0 D7 L10), Wolves have beaten Southampton in each of their last four meetings in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in their most recent three.
  • Only Aston Villa (42) and West Ham United (44) have lost more Premier League games against newly promoted sides than Southampton (37), who have lost five of their last six such matches (W1).
  • Southampton have dropped a league-high 23 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, 15 of which have come in games at St Mary’s.
  • Southampton have won five of their 12 Premier League games so far in 2019 (D3 L4). They only won six in the whole of 2018 in the competition (P37 W6 D13 L18).
  • Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 12 Premier League away games.
  • Southampton striker Charlie Austin has scored in two of his three league appearances against Wolves (two goals), including in his last home match against them for Burnley back in November 2012.
  • Wolves’ Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 19 Premier League goals this season (12 goals, 7 assists). The last non-British/Irish player to record 20+ goal involvements for a promoted side in the competition was Peter Odemwingie for West Brom in 2010-11 (15 goals, 7 assists).
  • Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 48% of Wolves’ 40 Premier League goals this season (12 goals, 7 assists) – only Eden Hazard (49%) has been involved in a higher share of his teams goals.
  • Southampton’s Shane Long scored just his second Premier League goal of the season in his 20th appearance against Liverpool last time out. He last scored in back-to-back games in the competition in May 2016.

Prediction

Southampton, prone to conceding late goals, did so when these two teams met at the Molineux Stadium. Goals came in the 79th and 87th minutes. Under Ralph Hasenhüttl, Saints have done reasonably well against top tier teams beating Arsenal and Spurs, drawing with Chelsea, and pushing Manchester United and Liverpool. If they can concentrate for the full 90 minutes they might get the points they need.

Southampton 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

 

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