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Southampton FC vs Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, free match prediction 14 Feb 2021

14 Feb 2021 | 17:30 | Southampton, St Mary's Stadium
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Southampton out to stop the rot but face improved Wolves side aiming to overtake them

  • Southampton have the current worst form in the league, with five straight defeats
  • Wolves are two places below them in 14th, but may have turned a corner
  • Southampton could return to the top half with a win, though Wolves could leapfrog them

Southampton 1-1 Wolves

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Southampton, St Mary's Stadium

SOUTHAMPTON FC vs WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC Match Preview & Analysis

After briefly topping the Premier League back in December, Southampton have slowly but surely slipped down the division following a poor run of form mixed with some unfortunate injury problems to key players.

Taking a 9-0 drubbing from Manchester United the other week only served to make matters worse and they are now in the midst of their worst period of form this season. Indeed, they are the only side in the league to have lost their last five games.

On a positive note, they returned to winning form in the FA Cup in midweek against this weekend’s opponents.

Wolves haven’t enjoyed the best form themselves of late, but at least managed five points from their last five and now sit two points behind the Saints.

Having rested several of his first team players in midweek, Santo will feel confident his side can earn something from this one.

Teams Preview

Southampton FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLLLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Strong win in midweek took them through to FA Cup Quarter-Finals

     Injured players are gradually returning to action

Reasons to be fearful:

     Confidence has been battered by recent results

     Wolves have improved their performances recently

The Saints were already in the middle of a poor spell of form before that Manchester United defeat, having lost three on the bounce, but that 9-0 battering seems to have knocked them for six.

Five defeats on the spin is not only their worst form of the season, it’s their worst in nine years since they gained promotion to the Premier League.

An FA Cup win in midweek will have boosted their floored confidence, however, and will now feel they can end their dreadful league form here against the same opponents they beat a few days ago.

After struggling to put together a full match-day squad due to injury, the Saints now have most of their star players fit, with new loan signing Minamino looking to continue his good run of form after scoring on debut.

Star Man – Danny Ings

Scored the opener against Wolves in midweek and will be looking to repeat that here. Ings has three in six appearances against The Wanderers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): DLWDL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Taken four points from their last two league fixtures

     Several players were rested in midweek

Reasons to be fearful:

     Just one win from 10 in the league

     Failed to score in four of last five appearances

Wolves are tough to watch right now. They have some quality players, particularly in midfield, who are brilliant at keeping the ball and making it tough for opponents to play against them.

They’re also reasonably tough at the back, too, with their defensive record better than most teams around them.

Unfortunately, it is at the top end of the pitch where they lack genuine quality, and have only scored in one of their last five matches. In midweek, they failed to challenge Southampton – a side who had lost five on the bounce.

Fabio Silva just hasn’t produced up front, with only two goals in 21 appearances while the likes of Traore, Neto and Podence have failed to create enough chances.

They must put that right to avoid another defeat here.

Star Man – Ruben Neves

The midfielder has been Wolves’ best player in recent weeks, scoring in the win over Arsenal a couple of matches ago.

SOUTHAMPTON FC vs WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC Winning Prediction

     Possession should be evenly shared

     Tight game with few chances

     No clear favourite

Southampton will be absolutely desperate to end their five match losing streak in the league and will set themselves up to be solid against a Wolves side who are finding it difficult to break teams down currently.

Wolves have played better in recent weeks but still struggle to find the back of the net.

A point won’t help either of these sides return to the top half, but it may just be what they need to help build confidence.

Southampton 1-1 Wolves

Author: Ross B.