Molineux - Premier League
Wolves and Southampton look to get over last week's disappointing defeats as they face off this weekend in the Premier League. Their fortunes may have greatly differed this season but both could do with a win to boost the final few weeks of the campaign.
Southampton haven’t beaten Wolves in since 2006 and were defeat by two goals to nil earlier this season with goals from Ivan Cavaliero and Jonny.
Wolves have no injuries to contend with meaning that the only change to the team from last weekend will be Rui Patricio reclaiming his place in-between the sticks, taking over from John Ruddy.
Ralph Hassenhuttl is also likely to field a similar XI, although Shane Long will hope his goal against Liverpool will keep him in the side. Danny Ings is likely to return, having been ineligible against his former side and Mario Lemina should be fit after a lengthy absence.
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Wolves are in an dog-fight for 7th place as they welcome Southampton to the Molineux. The Saints, on the other hand, sit just five points of the relegation zone, and will have a close eye on Cardiff below them.
Nuno Santo must surely be in with a shout for coach of the year, having all but guaranteed newly-promoted Wolves to a top-ten finish. There are four clubs within a point of each other fighting for fourth place, but with a game in hand, Wanders are favourites to finish just outside the European qualification spots.
Unlike Fulham who's overhaul saw the club relegated, and Huddersfield who's unwillingness to invest resulted in the same fate, Santo improved his side with a few key signings, whilst maintaining squad harmony. Wolves have beaten the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham Liverpool and Manchester United, and have taken points off the remaining two of the big six.
However, in some consolation for Southampton fans, their weekend hosts have struggled against weaker sides, losing to Huddersfield, Cardiff and Crystal Palace. It seems that Wolves tactics work best when they are able to hit they opponents on the counter, something they Saints will aim to prevent.
This may well be a way for Hassenhuttl to pick up some well needed points, yet it goes strongly against the philosophy he has tried to instil since joining the south-coast side. The former RB Leipzig manager has encouraged his side to pressure players high up the pitch, leaving space in behind. Whether he is willing to modify his tactics to nullify Wolves' threat will have a significant impact on the result of Saturday's game.
Doing so remains a risk, especially given the quality that the home side have at their disposal. Ruben Neves is lethal at free-kicks, and Raul Jimenez is on a fine vein of form having made his loan permanent last week. The two are 18/5 and 13/10 to score respectively, and will be heavily relied upon if Santo's side are forced to break down a stubborn defence.
For two sides in such opposing form, Saturday's game could be closer than expected, and vital to the end of season table.
The match to end in a draw at 12/5
Wolves have a habit of drawing against lower-table sides, and may be knocked off their stride by Sunday's defeat.
Both teams to score at 11/10
The home side will be keen to impress on Saturday, but may end up being exposed at the back.