Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton 29 September 18

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Match Day 7
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molyneux Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers:   
Last five matches form: L D W W D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Raúl Jiménez (2)

Last five matches form: L L W D L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (3)

Tenth plays fourteenth in the Premier League this weekend as Wolves welcome Southampton to Molyneux.

Wolves are winning plenty of friends on their return to the Premier League and so far have backed up their attractive style of play with positive results, tasting defeat just once in their six Premier League outings to date. Their past four fixtures have seen Nuno Espírito Santo's pick up a point against both Manchester clubs and beat Burnley and West Ham United. Having been the better side for much of the game at Old Trafford last weekend, they will likely be confident of picking up the three points here.

It's been something of a mixed bag for Southampton so far, with the Saints only win coming when a little surprisingly coming out on top away at Crystal Palace. They do at least look to possess significantly more of a goal threat this season though, with Danny Ings having taken no time at all to get on the goal trail.

Wolves look to have a fully fit squad from which to select ahead of this one. Manolo Gabbiadini and Mohamed Elyounoussi remain on the side-lines for Southampton.

One signature of the majority of Wolves games this season is that they have been close contests, with three games ending in a draw and one in a 1-0 success. This is likely to be no different, but Wolves do look to be playing the better football and may just edge it.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 1 Southampton


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  12 - 14
Shots on target: 6 - 9
Corner Kicks: 8 - 6
Possession: 52% - 48%

Diogo Jota, Jonny Castro and Adama Traore were all booked for Wolves in this one with Southampton's Ryan Bertrand also having his name taken by referee Stuart Atwell.

An evenly poised game at Molyneux which for long periods looked as though it may go either way, both sides being fairly even on the possession statistic and both racking up plenty of efforts on goal. These games always come down to taking your chances though and in the end Wolves took theirs and Southampton didn't.

Both sides seemed intent on attacking here but neither were really able to muster much in the way of clear cut opportunities in the opening period with most of the efforts coming from range.

Despite the wealth of chances and half chances earlier in the match the opening goal here didn't come until the 79th minute. Good play down the right-hand side seeing the ball played into the corner or the six-yard box to Raul Jimenez. Good hold up play from Jimenez to then lay the ball back to Ivan Cavaleiro toward the edge of the area. Cavaleiro thumping the ball in high and to the left.

Wolves kept pushing even having taken the lead and had already gone close again prior to getting on the scoresheet for the second time in the 87th minute. The action again unfolding down the right-hand side. Matt Doherty cutting into the area along the by-line before playing the ball to Jonny Castro just outside the six-yard box. Castro taking a touch around his defender before planting an effort through the keeper's legs and in.

Wolves move up to eighth place, Southampton drop down to fifteenth.

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