Wolves star ‘could hurt’ Southampton as pundits split on Premier League predictions – Birmingham Live

Wolves winger Adama Traore has been backed ‘to hurt’ Southampton this weekend in the Premier League.

Bruno Lage ‘s side make the trip down to the south coast looking for a return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats in league and cup over the last week.

Saints will equally be eyeing this fixture to pick up their first three points of the new campaign as they look to finally convert a draw into a win.

And one pundit has predicted them to do just that at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday, but others are less convinced about the fortunes of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s outfit.


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Former Aston Villa player-turned-pundit Paul Merson is one of them and is predicting Wolves to pick up a second away win of the season ‘on the counter’.

“Wolves disappointed me last week against Brentford,” he told sportskeeda.

“I thought they turned a corner after their victory against ( Watford ), but they were beaten quite easily by a newly-promoted team!

“Southampton, on the other hand, are a funny team – you just don’t know what you’re going to get from them.

“They got an unbelievable result against Manchester City last week because they had a game plan and nailed it to the dot.

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“Against Wolves, though, Adama Traore ‘s pace could hurt them.

“They are playing at home with a lot of pressure to win, but I think they will get nicked off on the counter.”

Along similar lines, Michael Owen expects Wolves to edge this one and for their ‘fortunes in front of goal’ to change.

“Wolves’ fans must be frustrated right now, he told BetVictor. “They’ve played well in every game this season, but they just can’t put the ball in the net.

“Remarkably, that’s now 82 shots in the Premier League, the third most, and just two goals!

“I think Wolves fortunes in front of goal will change this weekend. I don’t anticipate a high-scoring game here, but Wolves will narrowly edge it.”

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It was not a clean sweep, though, with Mark Lawrenson predicting Southampton to pull off a result in front of their home fans.

Speaking to BBC Sport ‘s Chris Bevan, he said: “I was impressed by Southampton in their draw at Manchester City last week.

“They haven’t won yet, but they are not a team that looks like they are in any kind of trouble.

“That’s why I’m backing Saints to get that first victory here.

“Wolves have lost four of their first five league games and, although I don’t see them struggling for long either, they don’t look as strong as they did a couple of seasons ago.”

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