Southampton can take another big step towards safety with a win over Wolves this weekend, and will be hoping to capitalise on any lingering emotions after their visitors’ hearts were broken at Wembley last week.
If the west Midlands outfit are at a season-low, then, the Saints are surely on a high – besides their unfortunate loss to Liverpool last time out they have been steadily improving and look sure to stay up if they can maintain their impressive performance standards for the remaining six games.
Paul Merson has offered his predictions ahead of the Saturday clash and the Sky Sports pundit is tipping the St Mary’s Stadium outfit to heap further misery on Nuno Espirito Santo’s side:
“It’s a question of whether or not Wolves have an FA Cup hangover. How are they going to feel after being 2-0 up with 10 minutes or so to go against Watford?
“They threw that away, and I don’t know how they’re thinking. They’ll probably never get another better opportunity than that to reach an FA Cup final. I fancy Southampton.
“They’re better than where they are in the table. And I think Wolves will be just devastated.”
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Indeed, Wolves looked set to progress to the final having gone 2-0 up but capitulated and allowed Watford to come back and win – a rare disappointment for last season’s Championship winners in a season full of positives.
Merson thinks that Southampton should be further up the table than they are and opted for a 2-1 Saints victory in the wake of Wolves’ FA Cup devastation. Will their emotions cost them?