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Saints vs Wolves
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 13th April (3pm BST)
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry, Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
After back-to-back victories, Saints head into this one looking to bounce back from a home defeat to title-chasing Liverpool at St Mary’s, despite a spirited display under the lights.
Saints are now five points clear of the relegation zone, and come up against a Wolves side who will be smarting from their Emirates FA Cup heartbreak in the semi-final at Wembley last weekend.
Prior to that, two home victories against Manchester United, in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup respectively, were punctuated by an away defeat to Burnley.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men will be hoping they can climb into the top seven with victory. They are level on 47 points with Leicester City, with a game in hand.
Southampton: Ralph Hasenhüttl welcomes back Danny Ings this weekend after he missed out against Liverpool due to the terms of his loan agreement. There is only one absentee ahead of the weekend, as Mario Lemina misses out through injury.
Wolves: Rui Patricio is likely to be recalled in goal to replace John Ruddy, while Ryan Bennett could also come back into the side in place of Romain Saiss who played in the FA Cup semi-final.
Southampton’s last five:
Liverpool (h) L 3-1 (Long)
Brighton (a) W 1-0 (Højbjerg)
Tottenham (h) W 2-1 (Valery, Ward-Prowse)
Man Utd (a) L 2-3 (Valery, Ward-Prowse)
Fulham (h) W 2-0 (Romeu, Ward-Prowse)
Wolves’s last five:
Watford (n) L 3-2 aet (Emirates FA Cup semi-final)
Manchester United (h) W 2-1
Burnley (a) L 2-0
Manchester United (h) W 2-1 (Emirates FA Cup quarter-final)
Chelsea (a) D 1-1
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "We are preparing for a very, very strong opponent. They have showed they can also win against the big teams. They are a very organised team, with good players, and it's not a coincidence they have had such a good season so far.
"They have a good manager with a very, very clear plan, and they are a little bit similar also with the shape that we play.
"It will be a tough game, like the last two home games, but we are also in not the worst shape at the moment, so let's have a look."
Nuno Espirito Santo: “It's like we always do. It's the same process. We're a group of people that wants to play, to compete. The [Watford] result doesn't change the approach. We want to compete, grow and become better. It’s going to be very tough [against Southampton].”
The return of Danny Ings will provide Ralph Hasenhüttl another option in attack, after Shane Long struck against Liverpool.
At the other end, the performances of Jan Bednarek cannot be overlooked if Saints are to stifle the visitors. He ranks in the top five defenders in the Premier League for clearances, blocks and interceptions. The amount of aerial duels he has won and interceptions per 90 minutes have almost doubled since Hasenhüttl’s arrival.
He will be looking to stop Raul Jimenez this weekend, who scored in Wolves’ FA Cup semi-final defeat against Watford and has been directly involved in 48 per cent of Wolves' 40 PL goals this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting seven. Only Eden Hazard (49 per cent) has been involved in a higher share of his team’s goals.
Previous five meetings:
September 2018: Wolves 2-0 Southampton
August 2017: Southampton 0-2 Wolves (EFL Cup)
April 2009: Wolves 3-0 Southampton
November 2008: Southampton 1-2 Wolves (Pearce)
March 2008: Wolves 2-2 Southampton (Vignal, Euell)
DID YOU KNOW?
- This will be just the second time Southampton will host Wolves in a Premier League match, with the only other such meeting coming in September 2003; Saints won 2-0 thanks to a James Beattie brace.
- Southampton striker Charlie Austin has scored in two of his three league appearances against Wolves (two goals), including in his last home match against them for Burnley back in November 2012.
- Wolves’ Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 19 Premier League goals this season (12 goals, 7 assists). The last non-British/Irish player to record 20+ goal involvements for a promoted side in the competition was Peter Odemwingie for West Brom in 2010-11 (15 goals, 7 assists).
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