Southampton are back in action at St Mary’s on Sunday as they take on Wolves in the Premier League. Get set for the clash with our Match Pack...
Southampton vs Wolves
St Mary’s Stadium
Sunday 26th September, 2pm BST
Referee: Andy Madley
Assistants: Richard West, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Simon Hooper
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Saints will be wearing their home kit on Sunday.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints and Wolves sit 15th and 16th in the league respectively, with the Midlands outfit winning one and losing four in the opening five games.
It’s been a busy week for both Ralph Hasenhüttl and Bruno Lage’s men, with both sides having their third round Carabao Cup ties decided on penalties.
For Saints, a mighty performance from Fraser Forster saw them progress to the fourth round of the competition where they face Chelsea.
Opposing fortunes for Wolves though, who despite coming back from a two goal deficit against Spurs, ultimately lost out on penalties at Molineux.
With regards to form in the league, Saints will be looking to build on their impressive performance at the Etihad last Saturday where they claimed a valuable point on the road.
In contrast, Wolves will be looking to bounce back after losing 2-0 at home to a 10 man Brentford.
Theo Walcott returned to team training this week ahead of Saints’ meeting with Wolves.
Stuart Armstrong remains out, while Jack Stephens is expected to be missing for 10-12 weeks after he sustained a knee injury against Manchester City.
For the visitors, Pedro Neto is still side-lined after undergoing surgery on a fractured patella back in April.
Rayan Aït-Nouri and Yerson Mosquera will also be missing from Wolves’ travelling side on Sunday.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We have a new squad with a good mentality at the moment, a lot of young players who are pushing hard to play and give us their qualities on the pitch.”
ONES TO WATCH
Oriol Romeu: Beginning Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup clash as captain, Romeu has been a mainstay in Saints’ setup this season.
Leander Dendoncker: While the Belgian international missed his kick from the penalty spot on Wednesday, he played a pivotal role in getting Wolves back on level terms - scoring their opener and perfectly slotting the ball into Podence for the equaliser.
Mohamed Elyounoussi 4
Armando Broja 2
Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse 2
Tella, Redmond, Walker-Peters, Adams, Romeu 1
Daniel Podence 2
Dendoncker, Gibbs-White, Hwang, Trincão, Saïss 1
Fabio Silva 2
Dendoncker, Aït Nouri, Hoever 1
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
February 2021: Saints 1-2 Wolves (Ings)
February 2021: Wolves 0-2 Saints (Ings, S Armstrong)
November 2020: Saints 1-1 Wolves (Walcott)
January 2020: Saints 2-3 Wolves (Bednarek, Long)
October 2019: Wolves 1-1 Saints (Ings)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have opened the scoring in each of their last five Premier League meetings with Wolves. They won first time around (3-1 in April 2019), but have failed to win any of the subsequent four (D2 L2).
- Despite being winless in seven Premier League games (D4 L3), Southampton have kept consecutive clean sheets in the competition, more than they’d managed in their previous 24 league games.
- Each of Southampton’s last four Premier League games has ended level, with Saints last having a longer run of draws back in February 1995 and a joint Premier League record seven in a row.
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