The FA Cup continues to be one of soccer’s most prestigious tournaments, and though fans have been limited throughout competition thus far, the intensity and passion for the trophy remains high across all clubs in England.
Two of those clubs, Wolves and Southampton, will look to continue their impressive Cup runs as they face-off in the 5th round on Thursday afternoon. Though both clubs have likely underperformed thus far in the Premier League, without any threat of relegation, expect strong line-ups from both squads. There’s an opportunity for glory here, and both sides surely see the opportunity.
Wolves enter sitting 14th in the Premier League, and despite enduring some injuries of late – they have been in solid form of late. They have secured results in four of their past five outings, including an impressive draw to a powerful Leicester City side this past weekend. Though their squad depth remains thin, this remains a well-coached side and one that can win any style of match.
For Southampton, they’re slightly better than Wolves in the league right now – currently sitting in 12th spot. That said, it’s been a tough go of late for the Saints, who started the season red-hot. They have dropped four straight outings, including a 9-0 drubbing to Man United back on Feb. 2nd. With European qualification now out of reach, pushing hard for this trophy is all the Saints have left to take from this season.
With both sides squarely focused on progressing in the FA Cup, expect top-notch first-team lineups from both managers. It should provide for an intense Cup tie as both clubs seek out glory in the coveted FA Cup tournament. As always, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further game analysis, a tactical preview, and a betting prediction for Wolves v. Southampton on Thursday afternoon.
Wolves vs. Southampton Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (+115)
Under 2.5 (-135)
Wolves to Advance (-145)
Southampton to Advance (+125)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Wolves vs. Southampton Pick:
Wolves will again be devoid of the services of many key players, despite entering this clash as favourites. Daniel Podence and Willy Boly will still remain unavailable, as will leading striker Raul Jimenez.
For the Saints, they’ll look to shake off their brutal stretch, though it won’t be easy without stalwart defender Kyle Walker-Peters. Walker-Peters often drives play forward with dashing runs and ball creativity, and without that element – service up top to the likes of Danny Ings could suffer for Southampton.
Though the Wolves may lack breakthrough individual talent at the moment, they still play a solid and well-structured game. It’s why they’ve been successful of late and Southampton has not. They should control the midfield for the majority of this contest, and their relentless pursuit and ball-tracking ability when not in possession, should frustrate the Saints.
While Southampton likely boasts the more impressive talent in front of goal, the Wolves’ play without will stifle the creativity. Wolverhampton is a side with more to offer, and despite their injuries, young squad options have presented themselves and adapted nicely.
Expect a very tense and cagey affair, with neither side looking to make a mistake. Look for the Wolves to nick this contest in the waning minutes, winning inside the 90 by a low score-line. Another well-coached and well-executed gameplan from Nuno Espirito Santo’s pesky Wolves group.