Match Pack: Wolves vs Saints

By SFC Media time Wed 10 Feb Wolves vs Saints

It’s the first of a double-header with Wolves, as Southampton head to Molineux in Round 5 of the Emirates FA Cup. Get ready for the fixture with our Match Pack, in association with eToro…

THE MATCH

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton
Molineux
Emirates FA Cup
Thursday 11 February, 17:30 GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant referees: Marc Perry & Daniel Robathan
Fourth official: Graham Scott
VAR: Simon Hooper
Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes

HOW TO WATCH

The fixture will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

With recent results in the Premier League not going their way, Saints will be looking for a positive FA Cup run to boost morale.

Saints haven’t made the quarter-finals since the 2017/18 season where they beat West Bromwich Albion in Round 5.

Saints claimed victory over Shrewsbury Town and Arsenal to reach the fifth round of the competition, while Wolves secured wins over Crystal Palace and Chorley

Wolves reached the semi-finals of the competition back in 2019, where they ultimately lost out 3-2 to Watford after extra time.

Both sides have struggled in recent weeks - with only two points separating them in the Premier League, though Saints do have a game in hand.

TEAM NEWS

There's relief for the defensive ranks as Kyle Walker-Peters is back and available for selection.

Theo Walcott is set to be out longer term and new loan signing Takumi Minamino will be unable to feature as he is cup tied.

Mohammed Salisu has returned to the squad and is also able to feature.

For Wolves, Raul Jiminez, Willy Boly and Daniel Podence will all miss the match through injury.

Full-back Jonny Otto returned to action in Wolves’ draw against Leicester on the weekend and could feature again.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton at Molineux on November 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Kyle Walker-Peters is back and available for selection

FORM GUIDE

Southampton:
Newcastle (a) 3-2 (Minamino, Ward-Prowse)
Manchester United (a) 9-0
Aston Villa (h) 0-1
Arsenal (h) 1-3 (Armstrong)
Arsenal (h) 1-0 (Gabriel OG) FA Cup

Wolves:
Leicester City (h) 0-0
Arsenal (h) 2-1 (Neves, Moutinho)
Crystal Palace (a) 1-0
Chelsea (a) 0-0
Chorley (a) 0-1 (Ferreira)

THE MANAGERS

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “It’s a long way to come to the final, but we have a chance to do it.

We know it’s a strong opponent, but on a good day I think we have shown in the past we can win against everybody.”

Nuno Espirito Santo: "All the teams during the season have tough moments. But that doesn't take away the quality and talent of Southampton.

We're going to face a very talented squad and manager."

ONES TO WATCH

James Ward-Prowse:
Despite recent results, James Ward-Prowse has continued to be a pillar for Saints, typified by his set-piece screamer vs Newcastle.

Against a very strong Wolves side, it’s likely he’ll turn to his set-piece prowess in order to break down their defence.

James Ward-Prowse
Attack stats
goalGoals
6
Total shots
26
Shots on target
13
Conversion rate
23%
Mins per goal
375
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Rúben Neves: From one wondergoal maestro to another, Neves has scored some screamers of his own for Wolves.

With Raul Jiminez continuing his recovery from surgery, Neves could be vital if Wolves are to get on the scoresheet.

TOP PERFORMERS

Inclusive of all competitions

Southampton:

Goals:

Danny Ings 7
James Ward-Prowse 6
Ché Adams 4

Assists:
James Ward-Prowse 5
Ché Adams 4
Danny Ings 3

Wolves:

Goals:

Neto, Jiménez 4
Podence, Neves, Saïss 3
Fábio Silva 2

Assists:
Pedro Neto 4
Podence, Kilman 2

HEAD TO HEAD
Played: 68
Saints: 27
Draws: 18
Wolves: 23 

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

November 2020: Wolves 1-1 Saints (Walcott)
January 2020: Saints 2-3 Wolves (Bednarek, Ings)
October 2019: Wolves 1-1 Saints (Ings)
April 2019: Saints 3-1 Wolves (Redmond x 2, Long)
September 2018: Wolves 2-0 Saints)

DID YOU KNOW?
- This will be the fifth FA Cup meeting between Wolves and Southampton, with each side winning twice in the previous four. Southampton won the last meeting 2-0 in March 2003, en route to reaching the final that season.

- Southampton knocked out holders Arsenal 1-0 in the last round – only once in the Premier League era have Saints eliminated top-flight opposition in consecutive rounds before, doing so in 2017-18 en route to the semi-final (Watford and West Brom).

- Southampton’s last 10 FA Cup goals have been scored by different players, including an own goal in their victory against Arsenal in the fourth round.

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