Following the latest international break, Wolves have to wait until Monday night before they are back in action at Molineux once again, with Southampton the visitors to the Black Country, and with plenty of talking points ahead of the 8pm kick-off, here are five things to know before Nuno Espirito Santo’s side take on the Saints.
1. FACING THE IN-FORM TEAM
Heading into the international break, Southampton have been one of the most in-form teams in the Premier League, picking up 16 points from an unbeaten run of six matches, thanks to five wins and a draw in that period – a total they’ve never bettered after the first eight matches of a top-flight campaign, but on par with their start to 2014/15. Their 2-0 win over Newcastle United last time out was their third in succession, and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be looking to win four consecutive league matches for the first time since May 2016 when they arrive at Molineux on Monday evening.
However, in the recent matches between the two sides, it has been Wolves who have come out on top, with the old gold losing just one of their last eight meetings with Southampton, with four wins and three draws in that time – no-one needs to be reminded of the game back at Molineux in March 2007 which preceded that unbeaten run for Wolves! The only defeat in those eight games can in April 2019 at St Mary’s, while the corresponding fixture last season saw the teams play out a 1-1 draw, with a Raul Jimenez penalty cancelling out Danny Ings’ opener.