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Wolves host Southampton at Molineux in the Premier League on Saturday, with both sides looking to improve on their impressive form

Wolves host Southampton at Molineux in the Premier League on Saturday, with both sides looking to improve on their impressive form.

Bruno Lage’s side impressively defeated Manchester United last time out in the league while advancing to the fourth round of the FA Cup, while Southampton enjoyed a 4-1 victory over Brentford.

Wolves

The situation at Wolves looks massively different from the beginning of the season, as they find themselves in eighth position, just three points behind Manchester United who they defeated in their previous league fixture.

It was an convincing performance from Lage’s side who out-fought United at Old Trafford and earned all three points thanks to a goal from Joao Moutinho in the final ten minutes, having had ten more shots than the home side.

Prior to that, Wolves earned another impressive 1-0 away victory, this time at Brighton who are no easy fixture – only Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have lost fewer games than the Seagulls in the league.

Along with cruising into the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United at the weekend, it has been a fine month for Lage and his team who have the Champions League positions in their sights.

Southampton

Fortunes have also turned around at St. Mary’s, with Hassenhuttl’s side now 13 points from the relegation positions having defeated Brentford emphatically midweek.

The Saints have now gone unbeaten in their last five game in all competitions, which included draws against Spurs and Crystal Palace plus victories over West Ham and Brentford.

And after also advancing into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 victory over Swansea, its caps off a hard-fought month, with a tougher one to come as Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United await them next.

Team news

Wolves will be without Pedro Neto, Jonny Castro, Hwang Hee-Chan and Yerson Mosquera through injury, and are also without Romain Saiss and Willy Boly due to playing the African Cup of Nations.

Winger Adama Traore looks set to start despite rumours linking him with a move to Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side.

As for Southampton, they are without William Smallbone and Valentino Livramento through injury and Kyle Walker-Peters may miss out due to coronavirus.

Wolves vs Southampton – kick off at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday 15th January 2022

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