Southampton vs Wolves Preview: TV channel, team news, prediction

Southampton return to home turf on Sunday when they host Wolves in their latest Premier League clash.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are yet to claim their first league win of the new season but will be buoyed by a battling draw with Manchester City and the cup win in midweek over Sheffield United.

Wolves have their first league win under their belt but the transition from Nuno Espirito Santo to Bruno Lage has been less than smooth given that they have lost four other league fixtures and were knocked out of the cup by Spurs.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of what could be an intriguing clash.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl (L) and Tino Livramento (R) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Big boost could come for the winner of Southampton vs Wolves on Sunday

TV channel

This game will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League whilst NBCSN will be screening it in the US. Kick off is at 2pm UK time on Sunday.

Who will win?

Saints have improved defensively this season and their four draws from five Premier League games proves this – they drew just seven in all last season. Now it is time for the attack to start shining though if points are to be secured quicker.

With Wolves’ 3-4-3 system potentially in use too, the game could potentially develop into a cagey affair. For this reason, Ralph Hasenhuttl will surely have to field a positive team and his forward-thinking 4-2-2-2 formation to provide momentum.

Wolves always provide Saints with a tough game and have had a lot of success against them since returning to the English top-flight. Of the six league meetings between these two sides since their 2018 promotion, they have suffered defeat just once.

Things are still yet to click for Bruno Lage really and Wolves will be hoping that the key moment in their season comes at St Mary’s this weekend.

Team News

Southampton are set to be without Theo Walcott and Stuart Armstrong again for this weekend. Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that Walcott had returned to training on Friday but Armstrong is yet to return to first-team preparations and is still struggling with a calf injury.

Perhaps the biggest blow of recent times comes with the news that Jack Stephens is set for up to 12 weeks out with a knee tendon problem. Will Smallbone continues to build his fitness after returning from an ACL injury recently.

Wolves currently have five first-team stars out injured. Rayan Ait Nouri, Jonny Otto, Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquero and Hugo Bueno are all set to remain on the sidelines for this weekend.

Predicted line-ups

Saints

Alex McCarthy; Tino Livramento, Jan Bednarek, Mohammed Salisu, Romain Perraud; James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu; Nathan Redmond, Moussa Djenepo; Che Adams, Adam Armstrong

Wolves

Jose Sa; Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal; Francisco Trincao, Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore

Predicted score

Saints 2-0 Wolves