Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Southampton will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back losses to Aston Villa and Brentford when they take on Wolverhampton on Matchday 23. The Saints are desperate to escape the relegation zone, but their current form is not giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s clash. Since the rock-bottom side have been struggling in front of goal of late, home win should not be considered. Both Larios and Armstrong are major doubts, while Livramento has yet to overcome a knee injury.
The Wolves, on the other hand, produced their best display of the season in a 3-0 win over Liverpool, with the team quickly bouncing back from a 3-0 loss to Man City. Even though Julen Lopetegui’s men are not regarded as good travellers, we predict that they will take advantage of Southampton’s shaky defence. Barring any fresh injury worries, Lopetegui is unlikely to make changes to the team that hammered the Reds, but all Neto, Hwang, Kalajdzic, Traore, and Chiquinho remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Raul Jimenez):
Argentine forward Raul Jimenez began his career within the youth ranks of Club America, a club he went on to play 102 matches in all competitions and score 39 goals for before his 2014 move to Atletico Madrid. Despite signing a six-year deal with La Liga outfit in a reported transfer fee worth €11 million, Raul Jimenez never really managed to get his foot on the ground with the Colchineros.
After only 21 games and one goal for Atletico Madrid, the Mexico international moved to Portugal after his collapsed loan move to West Ham. Raul Jimenez missed the flight to London after reportedly oversleeping, but various reports suggest that he was advised by his agent Jorge Mendes to choose Benfica instead.
Portuguese giants initially acquired 50% of the player’s economic rights, while the remaining share of Jimenez’s contract was purchased in the summer of 2016 for a fee believed to be around €12 million. During his maiden season with the Eagles Mexico international played 28 Primeira Liga games, contributing with five goals during the process.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.