Wolverhampton vs. Tottenham
Wolverhampton Wanderers head into this evening’s Premier League showdown with Tottenham Hotspur looking to get back on track after two successive defeats in the top flight.
Spurs make the trip to Molineux having already suffered a setback against Manchester City at the start of the week, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side start the weekend five points adrift of the leaders.
Wolves went from being regarded as a newly-promoted side to being seen as genuine contenders for a European place in the space of a couple of months, but the last two games have resulted in the expectation at Molineux returning to a more realistic level.
The club will still be delighted with having recorded 15 points from their opening 10 games in the top flight, but losing to Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion without troubling the scoresheet has shown that there is much work ahead.
Succumbing to Watford at Molineux could have been partly due to a number of players being heavily involved for their respective nations during the international break, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s team failed against Brighton due to their performance in front of goal.
That has been a common theme throughout this campaign with Wolves failing to score more than two goals in a single game all season, and Nuno’s team have not netted a first-half goal since Ruben Neves’s free kick against Everton on the opening day.
Both streaks – particularly the latter – must come to an end sooner rather than later, and Wolves will have to rediscover the form which secured them a point against both Manchester clubs if they are to end their losing streak this weekend.
Nuno finally made his first change to a Premier League starting lineup last weekend, and it is likely to be his creative midfielders where he looks to make alterations against Spurs.
Two goals and no assists have come from the quartet of Diogo Jota, Helder Costa, Adama Traore and Ivan Cavaleiro, and Nuno must find a solution to improve how the ball is being used in the final third.
The defence has – so far – looked tight, but Wolves have required a bit of luck to restrict Everton, Manchester City and Watford to five goals between them in previous home encounters, and Spurs’ attacking contingent will only pile the pressure on Nuno’s three-man backline.
Wolverhampton possible XI: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Cavaleiro, Costa, Jimenez.
Tottenham Hotspur possible XI: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Moura, Alli, Lamela, Kane.