Preview - Southampton vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 January 20

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Match Day 23
Southampton vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday, January 18th 2020
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.23
Average goals against per match:1.77
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (14)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Last five matches form: W W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.41
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Raúl Jiménez ( 8 )

And the award for the most improved side in recent months goes to…..Southampton. Having now exercised the demon of that 9-0 embarrassment at the hands of Leicester City with a victory at the King Power last week - moving up to twelfth in the standings in the process - they return home for this clash with eighth placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game at Molineux ending in a 1-1 draw. Southampton picked up the points courtesy of a 3-1 success in the game here last year.

Yan Valery looks like being the only absentee for the home side. Wolves have absences at both ends of the pitch with Willy Boly and Diogo Jota on the side-lines.

It's been quite the turnaround from Southampton. Following a run of just two wins in their opening 13 fixtures, they have now won six of their past nine. This improvement has been reflected in their home form with three wins and a draw from their last five here. They have still only scored more than once in two of eleven at home though.

Wolves seem to be in a minor lull at present and head here winless in three. They have avoided defeat in eight of eleven on the road overall, but two of those defeats have come in their two most recent games - albeit one of those losses did come at Anfield.

Wolves had no answers to a resurgent Watford in their most recent away fixture, and may just be running into another resurgent side at the wrong time here.

Prediction: Southampton 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots: 11 - 8
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 1 - 3
Possession: 53% - 47%

James Ward-Prowse and Jan Bednarek were booked for the home side, with Ruben Neves of Wolves also having his name taken by referee Darren England.

It was an excellent start for the home side, with the Saints taking the lead in the 15th minute. A free kick from deep on the right taking a touch on its way through to Jan Bednarek around eight yards out to the left. Nice controlled finish into the top right from the big man.

Things got even better for Southampton ten minutes before the break. Cedric Soares sending in an excellent cross from out on the right flank. Shane Long getting to it around eight yards out to the right to send a well-directed header into the left hand side. 2-0 at the break.

Back came Wolves. Adama Traore tearing down the right and finding Pedro Neto towards the right corner of the six-yard box, Neto doing well to control and fire into the bottom left corner. 2-1 after 53 minutes.

The equaliser arrived 12-minutes later. Jonny sandwiched and sent tumbling to the deck as he broke into the box - VAR awarding the penalty kick. Raúl Jiménez stepping up to fire home into the bottom right.

And then 14 minutes from time the turnaround was complete. Jiménez playing in Traore over the top down the right. Traore doing well to drive forward and delay before teeing up Jiménez around 14 yards out and central. No mistake from the Mexican to find the bottom right corner. 2-3 final score.

A setback for Southampton, but their progress over the last few weeks still leaves them with breathing space. They slip to 13th but are six points clear of the drop zone. Great character from Wolves who move back up to sixth and are now only five points off the top four.

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