Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, April 13, 2019


St Mary’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

Southampton put in a great performance against Liverpool last time out, and despite losing 3-1 a similar showing will surely see them pick up all three points – back them at 6/4 with Bet365 to deliver a much needed win. Raul Jimenez is an appealing 21/10 to score anytime for the away side, again with Bet365.

Relegation threatened Southampton take on top seven place chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers in an intriguing battle at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Saints one win from safety?

Despite sitting one just one spot outside the relegation places before kick off, the Saints actually have a relatively comfortable five point cushion on the side occupying the last relegation spot – Cardiff City. With the Bluebirds still to play Liverpool and Manchester United, and with two relegation six pointers against Burnley and Brighton in their next two fixtures, it remains to be seen how many more points they can realistically amass from their final five games. A Saints win against Wolves coupled with a Cardiff defeat against Burnley could leave them with a eight point cushion heading into their last five games, with the virtual banker of a home game against Huddersfield Town on the last day of the season to come. So it feels like the home side are tantalisingly close to safety, barring a unlikely late run of form from Cardiff City.

Wolves seek to bounce back from FA Cup defeat

Southampton’s opponents on Saturday have pretty much had a dream first season back in the top flight, challenging for a top seven spot and enjoying a fine FA Cup run. However the nature of their Semi-Final collapse would have left a bitter taste in the mouth of fans, players and manager Nuno Espirito Santo. A 3-2 collapse from a 2-0 winning position will have severely dented confidence going into their remaining league games at precisely the wrong time. With a potential Europa League spot up for grabs for finishing seventh, and with the likes of Leicester City and Everton coming into form, Wolves face a battle to cap a remarkable season by sealing the coveted top spot outside of the ‘big six’.

Team News

Southampton remain without long term absentees Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi through injury, but Danny Ings could feature again after recovering from injury himself. The striker was ineligible to face his parent club Liverpool last week and will be pushing for a recall to the starting XI.

Wolves will check on the fitness of Spanish star Johnny. The full/wing back did not see out the full game against Watford last week after recently returning from injury and could be replaced by Ruben Vinagre. Otherwise Wolves will have a fully fit squad to select from, barring tiredness and mental fatigue issues from their gruelling extra-time defeat last weekend.

Saints can profit from Wolves state of mind

The form book suggest Wolves should be confident of coming away with a draw or better from this encounter, but after their shattering FA Cup meltdown against Watford, the Saints will fancy their chances of picking up something from this fixture. The scars of last weekend could manifest itself into a crisis of confidence and uncertainty for a few weeks for Wolves. After their spirited display against Liverpool last time out, Southampton can come away with all three points from this game if they put in the same level of performance and sharpen up in front of goal when the chances present themselves.

Punter's Pick

Southampton put in a great performance against Liverpool last time out, and despite losing 3-1 a similar showing will surely see them pick up all three points – back them at 6/4 with Bet365 to deliver a much needed win. Raul Jimenez is an appealing 21/10 to score anytime for the away side, again with Bet365.

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