Wolves Preview vs Southampton

Wolves take on Southampton this weekend at Molineux after facing Manchester United and Leicester within the last week.

A 1-1 draw against United could have ended in a Wolves win and every single player played superbly in a battle against Jose Mourinho’s men. Joao Moutinho scored Wolves’ goal with a curling effort from the edge of the area after Raul Jimenez set the ball back towards Moutinho.

Nuno made 9 changes for the Carabao Cup tie against Leicester where Wolves were knocked out on penalties 3-1 following a 0-0 draw. That meant that Wolves have not conceded a single goal in any of their 6 Carabao Cup fixtures under Nuno. That includes the extra time game against Man City last season.

There was a welcome return for Ivan Cavaleiro who did well in his first game back after suffering a back injury over summer. He played just shy of 60 minutes before being replaced by Diogo Jota.

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There was also a first Molineux start for Leander Dendoncker who looked calm and assured when on the ball. Both could be in contention for a place in the squad for the visit of Southampton.

Southampton lost 3-0 last time out to Liverpool, which is no disgrace, however they have only 1 win this season which came against Crystal Palace. They sit 14th with 5 points.

Mark Hughes spent a combined £39m on Scandinavian duo Jannik Vestergaard and Mohamed Elyounoussi, with the former playing well in defence so far.

Up top however, it is Liverpool loanee Danny Ings who is firing in the goals. He’s netted 3 times so far and will be raring to go again, after missing the last match against his parent club.

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Both teams have kept 2 clean sheets this season, however Southampton have conceded an average of 1.5 goals a game whereas Wolves have conceded just the 1 per game on average. Wolves’ front three will see this as a good opportunity to score but they will need to be clinical, something they haven’t been so far this season.

They have created 12 big chances in their 6 games this season, yet have only scored half of those. On the other hand, Southampton have created 6 big chances and scored 6.

Wolves also have had a high 89 shots this season, although a few of those will have come against Burnley where they had 30!

Nuno should stick with the team that faced United but I would love to see Cav and Dendoncker on the bench which would give us even more options from the bench.

On current form, this should be a Wolves win. This is the game where Wolves’ strikers need to be clinical and finish the many chances they are bound to create.

It may not be easy but Wolves do not give away many chances so Southampton will need to be at their best in attack to get anything out of this game.

Predicted score – Wolves 2-0 Southampton

Predicted lineup (3-4-3)

Patricio; Bennett, Coady (C), Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Costa, Jimenez, Jota.

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