Wolves are hosting Southampton at Molineux tonight as the two Premier League clubs fight for a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Both sides have slid down to the bottom half of the league table after some disappointing form in recent weeks, and coincidentally they meet again at St Mary’s on Sunday in the top flight.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s hosts will aim to reach the last eight for the second time in three years, while the Saints last got that far three seasons ago. Wolves are undefeated in their last five home games versus Southampton but have kept cleans sheets in just two of their last 17 games.
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Southampton get the match started with a pass to Jan Bednarek in the back line. He gives it to James Ward-Prowse who looks for a way through the centre of midfield but is forced to pass the ball backwards. The Saints attempt a long through ball down the right wing but the pass skips through to John Ruddy in the Wolves goal.
Here come the teams, Southampton as the visitors are lead out first by James Ward-Prowse. This should be a decent game but I don’t think we’ll see many goals. The Saints have put out the stronger side on paper could they put pressure on Wolves early on?
Southampton’s last 10 FA Cup goals have been scored by different players, including an own goal in their victory against Arsenal in the fourth round.
THREE IN A ROW?
Wolves are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-final for the second time in the last three seasons, having done so in just one of the previous 20 campaigns in the competition.
Wolves have won both of their FA Cup matches 1-0 this season, and are looking to keep three consecutive clean sheets in the competition for the first time since February 1976 (four in a row).
TIME FOR A REPEAT?
Southampton knocked out holders Arsenal 1-0 in the last round – only once in the Premier League era have Saints eliminated top-flight opposition in consecutive rounds before, doing so in 2017/18 en route to the semi-final (Watford and West Brom).
WOLVES ON TOP
Wolves have lost just one of their last 10 meetings with Southampton in all competitions, winning five and drawing four. Their league meeting with Saints at Molineux this season ended 1-1.
This will be the fifth FA Cup meeting between Wolves and Southampton, with each side winning twice in the previous four. Southampton won the last meeting 2-0 in March 2003, en route to reaching the final that season.
YESTERDAY IN THE FA CUP
Both games tonight have a lot to live up to after the spectacular match yesterday between Everton and Tottenham. There were nine goals and an extra-time winner during this clash at Goodison Park with the Toffees emerging victorious:
Everton beat Tottenham in goal-laden escape from reality to reach FA Cup quarter-finals
Everton 5-4 Tottenham (AET): Top-flight teams’ fifth-round thriller was decided in extra-time
BEDNAREK TONS UP
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