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Southampton's solid defence is giving them a good foundation from which to build, according to Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Wolves are next up for Southampton, who have drawn their last two games - against West Ham and Manchester City - 0-0.

Indeed, Southampton have drawn their last four Premier League games, since losing to Everton on the opening day of the season.

While they await their first win, Hasenhuttl believes the Saints are giving themselves a good chance to push on.

"Yes, in the last two games we haven't scored," he said. "This is right. To be honest, we had in both games big chances. I must say that our game to the box was fantastic against Man City.

"We had 12 or 13 examples of scenarios where we could have done something more [in the final third]. We did it in the cup, we know that we can score goals.

"After last season, the main focus has been on our defensive work. This is important for me. It gives us more stability and more chances on having clean sheets."

Wolves, meanwhile, sit a point below Southampton having also struggled for goals, with Bruno Lage's side winning just once so far.

Wolves pushed Tottenham to penalties in the EFL Cup in midweek, with a number of fringe players impressing, and Lage said he is willing to make changes.

"I want competition and every time is an opportunity to give me something," he said.

"They are doing what they are doing in games, and in training. That's why we analyse everything to look at what the players give me and what we need for the next game.

"That's why I don't have a personal relationship with anyone. I want to be free to take the best decisions for me and the club."

Southampton - Adam Armstrong

While Hasenhuttl can be pleased with Southampton's defensive solidity, it is goals that win games, and they need to start scoring. Adam Armstrong was brought in as Danny Ings' replacement, but he has netted just once so far - on his debut against Everton.

Wolves - Adama Traore

Adama Traore has had 49 successful take-ons in the Premier League this season, more than double that of any other player. Five of these have ended with a shot from the winger, and six with him creating a chance, though he is yet to score or assist in the Premier League this season.

- Wolves pair Traore and Raal Jimenez have created more chances for each other than any other duo in the Premier League this season (10). They are yet to combine for a goal this season however, with the two ranking joint-top for most shots without a goal this term (14 each).

- Of sides to have played across both seasons, Southampton have the fewest points (21) and fewest wins (five) of any side in the Premier League in 2021. Meanwhile, Wolves have failed to scored in more different league games this calendar year than any other current Premier League side (12).

- Wolves have the third highest xG total in the Premier League this season (9.2) but have scored just two goals, with their difference of -7.2 the biggest negative difference between actual goals and expected goals in the competition this season.

- Each of Southampton's last four Premier League games has ended level, with Saints last having a longer run of draws back in February 1995 and a joint Premier League record seven in a row.

- Despite being winless in seven Premier League games (D4 L3), Southampton have kept consecutive clean sheets in the competition, more than they'd managed in their previous 24 league games.

Updated September 25, 2021

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