Saints return to St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, with Wolves visiting in the Premier League. Get set for the SO14 showdown with our Match Pack, in association with eToro…
Saints vs Wolves
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 11th February, 3pm GMT
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistants: Simon Long, Dan Robathan
Fourth official: David Webb
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints are back at St Mary’s Stadium for the first time this month, looking to bounce back in the Premier League after defeat at Brentford.
Three points in front of a home backing could lift Nathan Jones’s side to within a point of safety, two behind opponents Wolves in fifteenth.
With further matches coming up against sides close to the drop zone over the next month – a trip to Leeds beckons at the end of February before Leicester visit St Mary’s at the start of March – three points will give Saints the foothold they need ahead of an important run.
Julen Lopetegui’s Wolves have lost just once in the league since the turn of the year, looking to potentially move five points clear of the relegation places with a win.
Manager Nathan Jones provided a positive update on his squad ahead of the visit of Wolves to St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.
Those immediately available for selection include new signings Paul Onuachu and Kamaldeen Sulemana, both with a full week of training under their belts having made their debuts at Brentford.
Kyle Walker-Peters, Stuart Armstrong and Juan Larios are stepping up their recoveries from injury, but a return on Saturday may be too soon for the trio.
Nathan Jones: “Wolves are a real seasoned Premier League side. They’ve got some real potent players, some talented players. It’s another Premier League game, they’re no easy games in the Premier League.
“We’ve got to defend better; we’ve got to be aggressive. We’ve got to be front footed and then implement our strengths on the game. I want to be bold, front footed, positive.”
Julen Lopetegui: To follow.
ONES TO WATCH
Kamaldeen Sulemana: A potential home debut is on the horizon for one half of Saints’ deadline day recruits.
The exciting winger brings pace and energy to the table and is sure to be eager to impress in front of the St Mary’s faithful for the first time.
Raúl Jiménez: January signing Matheus Cunha’s performance last weekend against Liverpool could see him get the nod over Raúl Jiménez, but Lopetegui will be well aware of the latter's record against Saints.
Five goals in his last five games against Saints is a strong return, something the hosts’ defence will be well aware of whether it’s from the start or off the bench.
Ché Adams 9
James Ward-Prowse 7
Romain Perraud 4
Adams, Ward-Prowse, Perraud, Mara, Elyounoussi 2
7 players 1
Podence, Neves 5
Raúl Jiménez 3
Guedes, Traoré, Aït-Nouri 2
Hee-chan, Semedo, Moutinho 2
8 players 1
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
September 2022: Wolves 1-0 Saints
January 2022: Wolves 3-1 Saints (Ward-Prowse)
September 2021: Saints 0-1 Wolves
February 2021: Saints 1-2 Wolves (Ings)
February 2021: Wolves 0-2 Saints (Ings, S.Armstrong) FA Cup
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