Saturday 13 April, kick-off 3pm
St Mary’s Stadium – Premier League
After the late heartbreak in their FA Cup semi-final last weekend, Wolverhampton Wanderers need to refocus in this Premier League preview. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side face a difficult trip to St Mary’s to face a Southampton team still in need of points to secure their safety.
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What’s the story with Southampton vs Wolves?
Is Southampton vs Wolves on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? Wolves left it late but goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny Castro in the last 10 minutes or so handed the Wanderers a 2-0 victory at Molineux in September.
What are the Southampton vs Wolves odds? Southampton are the slight favourites in your Premier League predictions at 33/20, while Wolves are 19/10 and the draw’s 11/5. All of those football betting odds are with 888sport, where you can pick up £30 in free bets when you register for a new account here.
Remember that time…Wolves knocked Southampton out of the League Cup on their last visit to St Mary’s? Danny Batth broke the deadlock for the visitors midway through the second half, before promising youngster Donovan Wilson sealed a 2-0 win in the last few minutes.
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Last six: LWLWWL
Danny Ings is available for these Southampton v Wolves predictions, after being unable to face his parent club Liverpool. Shane Long started and scored in his absence though, and could be in line for another spot in the XI. Mario Lemina isn’t likely to be in the line-up as he continues his recovery from injury, while Michael Obafemi is also out for the home team.
Last six: WDWLWL
Wolves have managed to keep most of their players fit throughout the season. This has helped Nuno named a settled side, although the Wanderers boss could be tempted to make a few changes in this football prediction to freshen things up after Wembley. The away team have no injuries or suspensions, with the likes of Cavaleiro, Adama Traore, Helder Costa and Morgan Gibbs-White all pushing for a start.
Southampton vs Wolves prediction, preview and betting tips
Somewhat surprisingly, this will be the first league meeting between these teams at St Mary’s in over 10 years. That was in the Championship, where Southampton are avoiding to drop down to in these football predictions. A win this weekend would be huge for the Saints, but the Wolves could be wounded beasts after their FA Cup agony.
The Wanderers threw away a two-goal lead to lose in extra-time of their Wembley semi-final against Watford. Nuno’s side were almost celebrating a place in the FA Cup final, but for Troy Deeney’s 94th-minute penalty that sent the game to the additional period. Southampton arguably don’t have a player of Gerard Deulofeu’s quality, and that’s just as well for the visitors.
The Saints do still have plenty of talent though, and they gave Liverpool a great game on Friday night. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side took the lead against the Premier League leaders, only to be undone by late Mohamed Salah magic. Southampton may have lost three of their last six matches, but two of those were away to Manchester United and Arsenal, with Liverpool the other.
The St Mary’s outfit come into this Southampton vs Wolves prediction after recent wins against Brighton, Tottenham and Fulham. Wolves meanwhile recorded back-to-back victories over Manchester United in league and cup prior to last weekend’s disappointment. The reaction of the Wanderers players will be crucial.
Nuno spoke of using the FA Cup defeat to become stronger, and Wolves can still claim a Europa League place which would be very impressive on their return to the top flight. Wolverhampton are certainly on their way back, but Southampton are fighting for their lives and are much-improved under Hasenhuttl. That’s why we’re backing the draw at 11/5 in your free football betting tips.
Wolves’ last four away games have seen under 2.5 goals, and Southampton will find them hard to break down. You can get 13/5 with Betway on this game finishing either 0-0 or 1-1, which could be worth a look. We’re picking out a 1-1 draw in your football score predictions which is available at 11/2. If you want a scorecast in your Southampton vs Wolves betting tips, you could add Ings as the first scorer for 33/1.
Southampton vs Wolves first goalscorer predictions
Saints top scorer Ings is the 9/2 favourite with Betfair to break the deadlock on Saturday, although James Ward-Prowse could be interesting at 15/2 with the same bookmaker. The midfielder has been in excellent form lately, scoring six goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances. Wolves’ top scorer this season meanwhile is Raul Jimenez, who has 16 goals in all competitions. The Mexican striker is 11/2 in the first goalscorer odds, and 19/1 to get the Wanderers goal in a 1-1 draw.
Danny Ings to score first
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A Wolves fan born in Northern Ireland, Harry has been writing about football and the sports betting market for a number of years. When he’s not going to Molineux or discussing the latest football betting odds with Tom and Dick, you’ll probably find Harry out on the tennis courts – as long as the sun is shining, of course.