Premier League Picks: Wolverhampton vs. Southampton
Will St Mary’s Stadium be the scene of one of the best games of matchday 23 of the Premier League?
With a match as important as Manchester United vs. Liverpool, you can lose some interest in the rest of the games of matchday 23 of the Premier League. But the match between Southampton vs. Wolves may become one of the most exciting and attractive of this date.
Let’s start with the home team. The Saints have always been a team you have to be careful with. They usually can play great football and are even able to beat the Big 6 teams. Although they currently occupy the 12th position of the table, the team led by Ralph Hasenhüttl comes from a winning streak against teams like Chelsea 2-0 in the week of Boxing Day and Tottenham 1-0 in the first game of 2020. His most recent victim was another major of the Premier, Leicester City, who was defeated 2-1. Everything seemed to indicate The Foxes would dominate the game, as they advanced on the scoreboard just 14 minutes after starting the game with a goal from Dennis Praet. Only 5 minutes later, The Saints responded with a goal from Stuart Armstrong to even the score. When it was thought that the match would end in a draw, Danny Ings would break Schmeichel’s nets to score Southampton’s second goal. This match represents a significant moral victory for The Saints, since only 3 months ago, in October 2019, Leicester crushed the Saints at home by 9-0. A score that was not seen in the Premier for 24 years.
The Wolves are 7 on the table, and their last win was a 3-2 victory against Manchester City in Boxing Day week. Since that date, the team’s performance has been plummeting, accumulating 2 losses in the Premier and one defeat in the FA Cup from which they were eliminated by Manchester United. On the last date, the Wolves faced Newcastle achieving a 1-1 draw. The game started complicated for the Wolves since The Magpies would be ahead on the scoreboard after 7 minutes with a goal from Miguel Almirón. The early goal surprised the Wolves, but they were able to react 7 minutes later in a corner kick play Leander Dendoncker managed to send the ball to the bottom of the goal for a draw. After achieving the tie, Wolverhampton tried to win the game by dominating the field with a 66% possession of the ball and 4 direct shots at the rival goal.
The Wolves go through a period of lack of inspiration, their main attacker, the Mexican Raúl Jiménez, has not been able to score in the last 5 games. But the team shows that they are hungry for victory and show why they are in the top 10 of the Premier. In any case, we do not see the Wolves achieving a win at St Mary’s Stadium. Wolverhampton +210
The last meeting between these 2 teams was on October 19 last year and ended with a draw. This result is unlikely to be repeated as it is evident that one side is in better shape than the other. Draw +235
The Saints arrive with a record of 4 won of 5 played, and, as we mentioned before, those wins were against difficult teams. Attacker Danny Ings is in top shape and is the second Englishman with the most goals in the Premier with 14. The team has no significant absence due to injury, so we probably will see on the field the same 11 that defeated Leicester, so that a victory of the Saints is very likely. Southampton +135