Today’s Monday night football game is between Wolverhampton Wanderers who are playing against the in-form Southampton. The home side is going into the game in 12th place whereas Southampton are in 5th place having won their last three league games in a row and are unbeaten in their last six.
Wolves have made two changes from their side that lost to Leicester City 1-0 thanks to a Jamie Vardy penalty. Connor Coady is not in the squad due to being in self isolation which means Dendoncker has dropped further back from midfield into defence as a part of the back three. Because of this Joao Moutinho is in the side in the midfield. Pedro Neto has dropped to the bench in place of Adama Traoré.
Southampton have only made one change to their side that beat Newcastle United which put them temporarily top on the league. Ryan Bertrand is back into the side from being injured and is straight into the starting 11 replacing Jack Stephens. James Ward-Prowse was a doubt for the game due to him pulling out of the England squad with a hamstring problem but he is starting the game today. Southampton are still missing their star striker Danny Ings due to a knee injury.Embed from Getty Images
Rúben Neves is the captain for Wolves today and is seen as one of their star players. Neves joined Wolves from Porto in 2017 when the English side was in the Championship. At Porto Neves became the youngest ever captain in the Champions League. Neves joined Wolves and help his side gain promotion and win the league where he won player of the year for his side, in the Championship team of the season in the league and won the Championship goal of the season with a goal against Derby County.
Neves for Wolves is a ball playing midfielder who job is to pick up the ball and play it out to players like Traoré and Raúl Jiménez. Since Wolves got promoted to the Premier League Neves has been an integral player in the Wolves side and the success they have had in the last few years. Neves is a highly rated player amongst Premier League fans and with him only being 23 years old you can see him moving to a big club in the future.Embed from Getty Images
Che Adams is Southampton’s leading striker at the moment due to the injury to of Danny Ings. Adams has already scored three goals this season in the Premier League which is less than the entirety of last season. Adams scored the first goal in his sides 2-0 win against Newcastle United.
Tonights game will be a tougher test for Adams as he is against a stronger side in Wolves. It will be a big test for the 24 year old as he is playing without Danny Ings. He has an experienced partner up front with him tonight in Theo Walcott who has played over 350 Premier League appearances.Embed from Getty Images
The last time these two sides played each other Wolves came out as the winners in a 3-2 victory after Southampton was 2-0 up. Wolves have only lost once in their last eight league games against Southampton which was in April 2019 where the Saints won 3-1.
The two sides are coming out now as the game will be starting in a few minutes.
The game has kicked off with Southampton starting the game.
Min 2: Good cross into the box from the returning Bertrand which went to Che Adams who couldn’t shot off after the Wolves defender Boly missed the ball. Corner for Southampton.
Min 3: Southampton have put Wolves under early pressure with stand in captain Neves having to head the ball out for another corner. First time Neves started as captain for Wolves in the Premier League.
Min 5: Jan Bednarek made a mistake which lead to Daniel Podence running towards the Wolves goal but was bought down by Romeu.
Min 6: Good double save by Alex McCarthy after the free kick hit the Southampton wall. The ball fell to Wolves new signing Nelson Semedo who had a shot from distance which was parried out to Dendoncker who’s shot was saved again by McCarthy
Min 10: Neither Che Adams or Theo Walcott has been able cause the Wolves defence serious problems yet which might be a problem for the Saints without star striker Ings.Embed from Getty Images
Traoré starting for his side today after being on the bench last time out.
Min 15: Southampton’s first shot of the game went to Walcott who’s shot was saved by the Wolves Keeper Rui Patrício.
Min 19: So far in the game Wolves have had a lot of possession and are getting it out wide to their wing back in Semedo and Rayan Aït-Nouri.Embed from Getty Images
Semedo joined Wolves this summer from European giants Barcelona for a deal that could be up to £37 million. At Barcelona Semedo won La Liga twice and the Copa De Rey once.
Min 23: Southampton players asking for a penalty for handball against Semedo but the referee waved away their appeal.
Min 27: Neither Neves or Ward-Prowse has been able to show their creativity on the ball yet as both sides are struggling to break the other one down.
Min 30: Traoré was able to tackle Romeu and get a shot off from distance but McCarthy was able to hold the shot which took a slight deflection. Poor from the Southampton midfielder.
Min 31: Good chance for Armstrong after a good pass from Adams which lead to Armstrong getting a shot off first time which just went wide of the goal.
Min 33: Southampton have been putting Wolves under some pressure with Moussa Djenepo finding Adams who’s shot was blocked by Boly and the ba went out for a corner.
Min 36: Good chance for Wolves from a set piece where Podence was able direct a header towards to goal from the front post from a free kick out wide that was taken by Moutinho but McCarthy was able to save the shot over the bar,Embed from Getty Images
Nuno Espírito Santo won the Premier League Manager of the month for October.
Min 40: Five minutes left in the first half and both sides will probably be content going into half time if the score remained the same.
Min 44: YELLOW CARD. The Wolves stand in captain Neves as receives the first yellow card of the game with a late challenge on Romeu.
Min 45+1: YELLOW CARD: Traoré gets a yellow card and the second one for his team in quick succession with a late challenge on Djenepo.
Half time at the Molineux Stadium with the score being nil-nil. Both sides have had chances during the first half the best one went to Dendoncker who had a chance to score a rebound off a long shot from Semedo which was saved by McCarthy. The long shot was parried to Dendoncker who’s rebound was saved by the Southampton goalkeeper. The best chance for Southampton went to Stephens who’s shot went wide of the Wolves goal.
Both sides are coming out for the second half.
Wolves kick off the second half.
Min 47: Walcott put in a early cross in the box in the second half but no Southampton player was on the end of it.
Min 51: First time Traoré was able to run at the Southampton defence in the game as he was able to get pass Bednarek but he cross wasn’t good enough and went out for a goal kick.
Min 52: First chance for the second half went to Podence after a good through ball from Nouri but the shot was saved by McCarthy. Vestergaard done well to put Podence on his weaker left foot.
Min 53: Fist chance in the game for Raul Jimenez but he was unable to properly connect with the header from a cross out wide. Could have cause a problem for the Southampton goalkeeper if he got a proper header towards goal.
Min 58: GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON. Walcott’s first goal for Southampton for 15 years as he puts the ball in an empty net after a cross into the box from Che Adams. Semedo was caught ball watching as he didn’t pick up his man which lead to Walcott scoring the first goal of the game.
Min 62: Ralph Hausenhuttl will be happy with his sides performance in the game performance in the game today has they have been strong defensively, especially when it comes to closing down Traoré.Embed from Getty Images
Walcott celebrating his first goal for Southampton since he returned to the club.
Min 65: Walcott misses a one-on-one where he wasn’t even able to get the ball on target. Brilliant pass from his partner up-front Adams but Walcott was unable to finish the chance.
Min 67: Good pass from Moutinho to Jiménez from a free kick but the striker was unable to control the ball. Could have been a big opportunity for Wolves their but their number nine hasn’t been on form today.
Min 70: Substitution for Wolves with Pedro Neto coming on for Ruben Neves.
Min 71: Brilliant defending from Walker-Peters as blocked a shot from the fresh Pedro Neto after a good move from Wolves. The Southampton defender was able to put a vital block to stop the shot going towards his sides goal.
Min 75: GOAL FOR WOLVES. The substitute Neto was able to score the goal from a rebound after Jiménez’s shot hit the post. Moutinho played a big part in the goal has be was able to play the ball to Jiménez who got his shot off that hit the woodwork. Neto was able to react quickly to score the equaliser for his side.
Min 78: Jiménez put the ball in the net but the linesmen but his flag of straight away was he was in a offside position.
Min 79: Substitution for Southampton with Shane Long on for Djenepo.
Min 83: Neto causing the Southampton defence problems since he had came on the pitch getting another shot off which was saved by Mccarthy with went off for a corner. Walker-Peters almost cost his side their losing the ball outside his penalty area.Embed from Getty Images
Neto has had a brilliant impact since he has came on for his side.
Min 85: Substitution for Wolves with Vitinha on for Podence. The Wolves manager will be hoping this substitute will have as much of a impact as his last one.
Min 88: Last few minutes if anyone is going get a goal at this rate it is likely going to be the home side.
Min 89: Substitution for Southampton with Ibrahima Diallo on for Armstrong.
Min 90: Three minutes added time. Not long now for a side to score a winner.
Full time at the Molineux Stadium between Wolves and Southampton with Walcott and Neto’s goal mean both sides get a point from the game. Walcott’s first goal since he returned to his homegrown club put his side in the lead. Neto was the impact sub that his manager would have hoped for as he was able to equalise for his side which got them a point. A draw was probably a fair result but Walcott will feel like he could have scored again when his side was a goal to the good. Southampton have remained in 5th whilst Wolves moved up to 9th. Southampton will be very happy with the start they have had to the season and they remain unbeaten in their last seven games.