Match Preview; Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur
14:00 SUN 22 AUG 2021PREMIER LEAGUE
Venue: Molineux Stadium
After our excellent win over City, I have high hopes for this game. The game against Pacos in the Europa Conference League wasn’t the same team that played against City; that team was filled with youngsters from the Tottenham academy and won’t be playing against Wolves. I am also sure Nuno will want to get one over his old team, as well.
We will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins at the start of this season when we travel to Molineux on Sunday. We opened our crusade with an impressive 1-0 victory over City last weekend; at the same time, the Wolves began life under their replacement to Nuno with their new head coach Bruno Lage, which ended with a 1-0 loss at Leicester City.
Another victory this weekend would lead us into back-to-back Premier League matches with Watford and Crystal Palace on either side of the international break. It will also be interesting to see whether any more new players arrive before the transfer window is closed.
Striker Raul Jimenez could make his first competitive appearance at Molineux nine months after returning from a fractured skull last weekend. Defensive duo Yerson Mosquera and Willy Boly remain out with injuries.
Nuno Espirito Santo says he will decide whether to field unsettled striker Harry Kane after Saturday’s training session. Others are set to return following our midweek game.
This is a very early return to Molineux for Nuno, and I think Wolves will cause us problems, however, I believe we are good enough to overcome any difficulties they might pose.
Wolves lost at Leicester even though they played OK, and they created a few chances. The big news was Raul Jimenez’s return after a severe injury for them.
My possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp, Dele; Lucas, Son, Bergwijn
Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League form:
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form:
Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions):
Wolves’ 1-0 Premier League win in 2010 is their only home victory against us in 10 meetings in all competitions.
We have won four Premier League fixtures away to Wolves, a tally bettered only by Arsenal and Liverpool, who have both claimed five victories at Molineux.
We can win consecutive top-flight games against Wolves for the first time since 2004.
Wolves have lost four consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since a run of six in 2017.
They could sustain defeat in their opening two league fixtures for just the second time in 36 seasons.
Wolves failed to win their opening home game in all three Premier League campaigns under Nuno Espirito Santo.
They are unbeaten in each of the last 33 Premier League matches in which they scored the opening goal (W28, D5).
Wolves could fail to score in their opening two league fixtures for the first time since 1978.
Raul Jimenez has scored in three of his four Premier League appearances against Spurs.
Nuno can become the fourth consecutive Tottenham boss to win his first two Premier League matches. However, we have won our opening two Premier League fixtures in only one of the past six seasons.
We have won just four of our previous 15 league away games (D5, L6) and two of the past 10 in which striker Harry Kane was missing.
The teams run of scoring in 16 successive matches is the longest current streak by any Premier League side.
Son had scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances when Kane was absent.
Well, that is it. As I have said above, we can’t include our conference game when assessing the team as that team was a different one that played against City. In fact, it was 11 different players. It won’t be an easy match, but as you see above, I’ve predicted we will win 4-1. In the game against City, I predicted we would win, and some of my other compatriots in our WhatsApp group thought I was mad, even more so, as I also predicted Brentford would beat Arsenal. As we are talking about the Gooners, I shall go for a draw between them and Chelsea, or the Russian bears will win by a comfortable margin. I can’t see the Gooners winning this game.
I shall be going to the game tomorrow, my friend Mel will be taking me in his car. Back to football normality… or near enough.
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