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38 May 23-Man Utd (h) L1-2 Poor send-off for Nuno by the team  4pm ko

38 Wolves 1 Nélson Semedo (39') Man Utd 2  Elanga (13'), Mata (45'+4minutes pen)

HT 1-2

Another woeful performance with only about 20 minutes of any sign of Wolves wanting to win.  Ait Nouri, Semedo, Moutinho and Fabio Silva were the only ones to put in an above par performance, leaving not much of a tribute to Nuno, and finishing below Newcastle after their "very poor season".  Of course, as ever, not helped by very one-sided refereeing by our nemisis Mike Dean.

Wolves were unable to give manager Nuno Espirito Santo the winning send-off they craved as they ended the Premier League season with defeat by Manchester United.   Four and a half thousand Wolves fans were at Molineux to say goodbye to Nuno, two days after the surprise announcement this would be his last game in charge.

But United spoiled the send-off somewhat as they secured a win that ensures they have gone a full league season without losing an away game for the first time in their history. Anthony Elanga opened the scoring when he marked only his second Premier League start with a goal, powering home a header inside the first 15 minutes. Wolves responded well, equalising five minutes before the break when Nelson Semedo scored his first goal for the club by sweeping in from Fabio Silva's smart square ball. But United, who were already assured of second place before the game, reclaimed the lead on the stroke of half-time. Donny van de Beek was caught on the back of his foot by Romain Saiss, and after referee Mike Dean initially decided against awarding a penalty, he reversed his decision following a VAR review. That left the home fans furious, with loud boos greeting the half-time whistle, and there was an added determination about Wolves' play in the second half. But despite plenty of possession they lacked quality in the final third - something that has plagued them all season, in no small part because of injuries to key players.

Wolves fans showed their appreciation of Nuno's time at the club before and during Sunday's game Just 72 hours ago, the most notable thing for many Wolves fans thinking about this fixture will have been the return of supporters to Molineux. But that all changed when it was announced Nuno's four-year reign would come to an end after this game. Wolves have enjoyed some incredible highs under the Portuguese - winning the Championship with 99 points, successive top-seven finishes in the Premier League, and an incredible run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. And the appreciation for what Nuno has achieved was shown by those Wolves fans fortunate enough to have tickets. Supporters gathered outside to greet the team bus and cheer Nuno when he stepped off, and his name rang out around the ground as players and officials emerged from the tunnel before kick-off. There were, however, some boos heard from the stands as the players took a knee ahead of kick-off. Once the game got under way it was soon clear the players were determined to put a show on for their departing manager, and Adama Traore flashed a shot wide inside the first two minutes. But when Elanga struck and Traore went off injured, it appeared Nuno would not get the dream farewell. Semedo's goal gave a glimmer of hope, but in the end it was not meant to be. Despite that, Nuno's name was chanted long after the final whistle as the fans showed their appreciation to a manager who leaves them firmly established as a Premier League team.

Nuno Espirito Santo reflects on his relationship with Wolves after his final match

With second place long since secured, United's focus now is on Wednesday's Europa League final against Villarreal. That was reflected in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team selection here, with only Axel Tuanzebe retaining his place in the starting XI and Dean Henderson handed the chance to potentially stake his claim for a place in goal in midweek. But it was two of the fringe players that caught the eye. Elanga, who made his first Premier League start in the defeat by Leicester on 11 May, initially looked nervous and lacking in composure as he spurned two decent opportunities, but his goal was one of real quality as he thumped a header into the back of the net. While Elanga is at the start of his United career, a player much nearer the other end of his also made his mark. Mata has made 271 appearances for United, but his seven-year association with the club could be coming to an end with his contract expiring this summer. Elanga scored his first goal for United, while Mata scored potentially his last With Bruno Fernandes not included in the squad, it was Mata who stepped up take the decisive penalty, scoring in typically assured fashion. If this is to be his final Premier League game for United, the winning goal is a fitting send-off.

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United have become just the fourth side to remain unbeaten away from home across an entire English top-flight campaign (P19 W12 D7 L0),  after Preston (1888-89), Arsenal (2001-02) and Arsenal again (2003-04). After winning four in a row between 2013-14 and 2016-17, Wolves have lost their past four games on the final day of a league season. Mata's first Premier League goal in 29 appearances was United's 10th goal from the penalty spot this season - the Red Devils' joint highest tally in a single Premier League campaign (also 10 in 2019-20). Elanga became the 19th different teenager to score a Premier League goal for United - only Arsenal (20) have had more in the competition's history.

Semedo became the third Portuguese player to score his first ever Premier League goal against United, after Joao Moutinho in September 2018 and Cedric Soares in December 2018. Fernandes missed a Premier League game for the first time since signing for United, having appeared in each of the Red Devils' 51 matches in the competition since making his debut on 1 February 2020.


WolvesFormation 3-5-2

11Rui Patrício 27Saïss 16Coady 15Boly Booked at 75' 22Nélson Semedo 32Dendoncker Booked at 41' sub Gibbs-Whiteat 60'Booked at 90' 8Neves

28João Moutinho 3Aït-Nouri Booked at 41' sub Marçalat 83' 37Traoré sub Da Silvaat 27' 17Fábio Silva Substitutes 2Hoever 5Marçal 12Da Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 49Kilman 62Söndergaard

Man Utd Formation 4-2-3-1 26HendersonBooked at 56' 33Williams 3Bailly 38Tuanzebe 27Telles 34van de Beek 31Matic 56Elanga 8Mata sub Mejbriat 82' 21James sub Fishat 90+5' 19Diallo sub Shoretireat 82' Substitutes 2Lindelöf 10Rashford 11Greenwood 13Grant 29Wan-Bissaka 39McTominay 46Mejbri 48Fish 74Shoretire

Referee: Mike Dean


        Wolves Man Utd

Possession 57% 43%

Shots      14   9

Shots on Tgt 4  4

Corners     6   2

Fouls      14   3

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 2.

90'+7' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 2.

90'+6' Booking Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90'+6' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 90'+6' Brandon Williams (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+5' Sub, (MU) William Fish replaces Daniel James. 90'+5' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marçal. 90'+4' Foul by Marçal (WW). 90'+4' Hannibal Mejbri (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+1' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Romain Saïss. 88' Foul by Marçal (WW). 88' Anthony Elanga (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 88' Donny van de Beek (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 83' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a cross. 83' Sub, (WW) Marçal replaces Rayan Aït-Nouri. 82' Sub, (MU) Shola Shoretire replaces Amad. 82' Sub, (MU) Hannibal Mejbri replaces Juan Mata. 81' Attempt saved. Amad (MU) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel James. 80' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 80' Daniel James (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 79' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 79' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 75' Booking Willy Boly (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 75' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 75' Amad (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Offside, (MU) Amad tries a through ball,  but Daniel James is caught offside. 67' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 67' Amad (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Rayan Aït-Nouri is caught offside. 64' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 64' Foul by Brandon Williams (MU). 62' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 62' Anthony Elanga (MU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 61' Attempt saved. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 60' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Leander Dendoncker. 58' Attempt missed. Daniel James (MU) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Amad with a through ball. 56' Booking Dean Henderson (MU) is shown the yellow card. 54' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Nemanja Matic. 54'  Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 53' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Brandon Williams. 49' Juan Mata (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 49' Attempt saved. Willian José (WW) with an attempt from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nélson Semedo with a cross. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 2.

45'+6' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 2.

45'+4' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 2. Juan Mata (MU) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner. 45'+2' VAR Decision: Penalty Manchester United. 45'+1' Penalty Manchester United. Donny van de Beek dives to draw a foul in the penalty area. 45'+1' Penalty conceded by Romain Saïss (WW) after a foul in the penalty area.  44' Attempt missed. Donny van de Beek (MU) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 43' Attempt missed. Alex Telles (MU) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Anthony Elanga with a cross. 43' Attempt saved. Brandon Williams (MU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nemanja Matic. 41' Booking Leander Dendoncker (WW) is shown the yellow card. 41' Booking Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 41' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 41' Amad (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 39' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 1. Nélson SemedAdama o (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fábio Silva.

37' Foul by Axel Tuanzebe (MU). 37' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 32' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 32' Daniel James (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Sub, (WW) Willian José replaces Traoré because of an injury. 23' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Axel Tuanzebe. 23' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 22' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Axel Tuanzebe. 19' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 17' Attempt missed. Eric Bailly (MU) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Telles  with a cross following a corner.  17' Corner, (MU) Conceded by João Moutinho. 16' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 15' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 15' Foul by Eric Bailly (MU). 13' Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Manchester United 1. Anthony Elanga (MU) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel James with a cross. 10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Brandon Williams. 10' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Axel Tuanzebe. 8' Attempt missed. Anthony Elanga (MU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daniel James. 7' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 7' Donny van de Beek (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 2' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. 2' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 2' Anthony Elanga (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Nuno Espirito Santo will leave Wolves at the end of this season after four successful years in charge

TEAM NEWS

Wolves have no reported fresh injuries for Nuno Espirito Santo's last game.  Raul Jimenez has got the all-clear to play again after his fractured skull but will not feature until next season.

Manchester United midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred should both be fit despite picking up knocks in midweek, while Daniel James could also return.  Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire remain sidelined, with the latter very unlikely to be fit in time for next week's Europa League final.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves have not had a good season, and they have probably been waiting for it to finish since about January. Manchester United have only taken one point from their past three league games. I know they have been missing Harry Maguire at the back but that is still a concern. They really need to put in a good performance here. I know they have got the Europa League final on Wednesday but they can't just collectively say 'we have a big game next week, we are saving ourselves'. It doesn't quite work like that. Prediction: 0-2


Wolves won 50% of their league games with Raul Jimenez in 2020-21 but have won just 26% without him

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head Manchester United have lost just one of the past seven Premier League meetings (W3, D3). However, United are winless in all four away matches against Wolves in all competitions since Nuno Espirito Santo took over as head coach of the Midlands side (D2, L2). Molineux is one of just three current top-flight stadiums where Manchester United have lost more Premier League matches than they have won (W2, D1, L3).

Wolverhampton Wanderers could lose three league games in a row for the first time this season, which would equal their worst such streak under Nuno Espirito Santo. Ten of Wolves' 12 Premier League wins this season have been by a single-goal margin, including all of the past eight. They are the only club not to have lost a Premier League match this campaign after scoring the opening goal (W8, D2) and are unbeaten on the last 33 times that has happened (W28, D5). Wolves' shot conversion rate is just 7.8% this season; only relegated sides Sheffield United and Fulham have a lower conversion rate in 2020-21. They have lost their last three games on the final day of a league season, although all were away from home.

Manchester United have equalled their highest Premier League finish since Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013. However, they are winless in their last three league matches (D1, L2). United are on a club league record run of 25 successive away fixtures unbeaten (W16, D9). They could become only the third club to remain unbeaten away from home across an entire English top-flight campaign, emulating Preston in 1888-89 and Arsenal in 2001-02 and 2003-04. It would also make them just the second side in the top five European leagues to have remained unbeaten in all league away matches in a season, yet not win the title. The first was Perugia in Serie A in 1978-79.

Manchester United have lost their final league game in just one of their past 13 campaigns, going down 2-0 against Cardiff in 2018-19.

When finishing their Premier League campaign away from home, the Red Devils are unbeaten in 10 games since losing at Spurs in 2000-01 (W7, D3).

  

37 now Wednesday May 19 May 15-Everton [A] ko 18:00 Sky L1-0

37 Everton 1 Richarlison (48') WW 0


HT 0-0

Huff puff and no protetction for Trarore - the most fouled player

Everton kept alive their hopes of playing European football next season as Richarlison's header gave the Toffees victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of their own fans at Goodison Park.  After a goalless first half, Richarlison rose highest to power home a header early in the second half. The Brazilian had been the home side's most dangerous player, having forced a good save out of John Ruddy in the first half before firing wide from close range.

Adama Traore went closest to scoring for Wolves but his powerful first-half drive was tipped over superbly by Jordan Pickford. The Everton goalkeeper had also done well to keep out a Morgan Gibbs-White volley as the visitors had the better of the opening 45 minutes. But that was as close as Wolves got as Everton instead finished the game strongest with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison going close to adding to the scoreline.

The victory ensured the Toffees finished a disappointing home campaign on a high and means they go into the final round of Premier League fixtures this weekend with a chance of a top-seven finish. They are currently eighth, level on points with Tottenham and three behind West Ham.

Fans made the difference - Ancelotti - Everton have really struggled on home soil this season and their loss to Sheffield United at Goodison Park last time out left manager Carlo Ancelotti saying he felt embarrassed as his side suffered a record-equalling ninth home loss of the season. The absence of fans has undoubtedly played a part and it is no surprise that Everton's best performances in their own ground this season - a 1-0 win against Chelsea and a 2-1 defeat of Arsenal in December - came in front of watching Everton fans. There were 6,500 Toffees spectators back in the stands for the visit of Wolves and their return certainly gave the home side that extra bit of spark that has often been lacking. There were times when familiar bad habits slipped through, particularly in the first half as they often lacked quality in the final third. But there was a distinct determination to work hard in front of their fans. After taking the lead three minutes into the second half the home side dug in to repel any hint of a Wolves fightback and secure what could yet prove to be a vital victory in the race to secure European football.  It will not be easy, with Everton heading to champions Manchester City on the final day this Sunday but they will head to Etihad Stadium with a stronger chance than many fans perhaps anticipated after the disappointment of the Blades loss.

"The reaction was good," Ancelotti told BBC Sport. "We are in the fight. It is unpredictable but we are still in the fight. Maybe we are going to have the most difficult game of the season but to be in the fight is important."  On having fans back and their positive influence, Ancelotti joked: "Knowing this, we don't need to sign new players if the supporters are in the stadium next season. They make a difference, in the history of the club our supporters make the difference and next season they will make a difference. It was nice to see them, totally different atmosphere."

Wolves winding down a season to forget - Nuno positive despite Wolves' 'difficult' season. While Everton have generally been poor at home, it is on the road where Wolves have found their struggles this season. They had won only one of their 13 Premier League away games before the trip to Everton - a significant reason why Nuno Espirito Santo's side are certain to finish outside the top 10 for the first time since they were promoted to the top flight in 2018. While Pickford did make an excellent save to deny Traore, Wolves were disappointing in attack, particularly with their set pieces. They had 11 corners in the first half alone against Everton but were unable to make the most of them as they failed to score in the first half for the 30th time in the Premier League this season - the most in the top flight. Injuries have certainly played their part in a disappointing campaign for Wolves but regardless they will be targeting a much-improved campaign next term. "It was a good performance," Wolves boss Nuno said. "The first half was very good, the goal changed the game. The first half was very positive, dominant, [there was] control and aggression. Very good. The bad was the focus and concentration on the set-piece that changed the game."

Traore the first since Traore - the stats Everton have completed their first league double over Wolves since the 1975-76 campaign when managed by Billy Bingham. Wolves have lost their final away league game of the season in each of the last five campaigns. Everton's win was only their sixth at home in the Premier League this season. Despite victory, their total of 22 points at home in 2020-21 is their lowest in any league campaign in their history when converting to three-points-per-win all-time. Wolves have failed to score in the first half of 28 Premier League matches this season, the joint-most of any side along with Sheffield United. Gylfi Sigurdsson, who set up Richarlison's opener for Everton from a corner, has assisted 21 Premier League goals from set plays since his debut in January 2012, the third-most of any player in the competition after Chris Brunt (25) and Christian Eriksen (24). Adama Traore was fouled six times in this match; the last Wolves player to be fouled at least six times in a Premier League match was Traore against Sheffield United in April, while the previous occasion was also the Spaniard against Southampton in November.

What next? Everton conclude their Premier League campaign at champions Manchester City on Sunday, 23 May (16:00 BST), while Wolves host Manchester United at the same time.


Player of the match

Adama Traoré  with an average of 7.27

Everton Formation 4-4-2

1Pickford 22Godfrey 13Mina 5Keane 12Digne 23Coleman sub Daviesat 82' 16Doucouré sub Holgate at 90' 6Allan 10G Sigurdsson sub André Gomes at 86' 7Richarlison 9Calvert-Lewin Substitutes 4Holgate 8Delph 11King 17Iwobi 18Nkounkou 20Bernard 21André Gomes 26Davies 33Olsen

Wolves Formation 3-4-1-2

21Ruddy 15Boly sub Dendoncker at 80' 16Coady 49Kilman 22Nélson Semedo Booked at 80' 8NevesBooked at 90' 28João Moutinho sub Vitinha at 80' 3Aït-Nouri 18Gibbs-White sub Da Silva at 68' 37Traoré 17Fábio Silva Substitutes 2Hoever 5Marçal 11Rui Patrício 12Da Silva 20Vitinha 27Saïss 32Dendoncker 62Söndergaard


Referee: Andy Madley who made no attempt to protect Traore

Attendance: 6,068


FT     Everton Wolves

Possession 41% 59%

Shots      14   9

Shots on Tgt4   3

Corners     7  12

Fouls      11  11


Match ends, Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+5' Booking Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card.   90'+5' Full Time Second Half ends, Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 90'+3' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW).  90'+3' Allan (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev). 90'+1'  Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 90'+1' Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90' Sub, (Ev) Mason Holgate replaces Abdoulaye Doucouré. 86' Sub, (Ev) André Gomes replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson. 85' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 85' Foul by Lucas Digne (Ev). 82' Attempt missed. Yerry Mina (Ev) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner. 82' Sub, (Ev) Tom Davies replaces Séamus Coleman. 81' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 81' Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Digne. 80' Sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces João Moutinho. 80' Sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Willy Boly. 80' Booking Nélson Semedo (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 79' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 79' Richarlison (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 79' VAR Decision: No Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers.(incredible).  78' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Abdoulaye Doucouré. 77' Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 73' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Séamus Coleman. 72' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by Richarlison (Ev). 71' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 71' Foul by Richarlison (Ev). 71' Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richarlison with a through ball. 69' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 69' Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 68' Sub, (WW) Willian José replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 61' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 61' Allan (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 55' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev). 55' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 54' Attempt missed. Yerry Mina (Ev) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner. 53' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 52' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 52' Séamus Coleman (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 51' Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 51' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Conor Coady. 51' Attempt blocked. Séamus Coleman (Ev) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 48' Goal! Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Richarlison (Ev) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner. 47' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri.


Second Half begins Everton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

HT     Everton Wolves

Possession 43% 57%

Shots       3   4

Shots on Tgt2   1

Corners     1   7

Fouls       5   4

45'+1' Half Time First Half ends, Everton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

44' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 41' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 40' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 39' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Foul by Ben Godfrey (Ev). 38' Attempt blocked. Séamus Coleman (Ev) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Godfrey. 38' Attempt blocked. Ben Godfrey (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Digne. 38' Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross. 36' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 36' Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 32' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Séamus Coleman.  32' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 32' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 32' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Pickford. 31' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Gylfi Sigurdsson. 30' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Yerry Mina. 30' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 29' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev). 29' Attempt blocked. Séamus Coleman (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richarlison. 28' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 28' Foul by Lucas Digne (Ev). 24' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lucas Digne. 23' Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a headed pass. 22' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Foul by Lucas Digne (Ev). 20' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Godfrey. 19' Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Ev). 19' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 17' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lucas Digne. 16' Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross. 16' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 15' Lucas Digne (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 15' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Pickford. 14' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 14' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Keane. 12' Séamus Coleman (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 11' Attempt saved. Richarlison (Ev) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Allan with a cross. 10' Michael Keane (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 7' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 7' Richarlison (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 6' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lucas Digne. 5' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 5' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 5' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev). Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS


Everton pair Yerry Mina and Joshua King are fit and available to face Wolves.  Mina has recovered from an adductor injury and King has overcome a minor hamstring problem. Jean-Philippe Gbamin is Everton's only absentee.

Wolves are still hopeful that striker Raul Jimenez will be able to return from a fractured skull before the end of the season. The Mexican is undergoing medical tests to decide when he can play but is unlikely to be involved on Wednesday.


Petition calling for independent football regulator passes 100,000 signatures

 

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

I'd correctly predicted every Premier League game at the weekend, until the last one - which was Everton versus Sheffield United. I went for an Everton win, despite their terrible form at Goodison Park, because I thought they were bound to beat the bottom-of-the-table Blades. It just shows you can never rely on them! Having their fans back for this one should help Everton a lot, though, so I am going for another home win this time - if only because Wolves don't really ever look like scoring.

Prediction: 2-0

Everton have only won twice in 10 league games since beating West Brom on 4 March That win left the Toffees one point off the top four with a game in hand

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Everton won the reverse fixture 2-1 and can complete a league double over Wolves for the first time in 45 years. Wolves' solitary victory in their past 10 league and cup visits to Goodison Park came in the Premier League in February 2019 (D3, L6).   Everton have equalled the club top-flight record of nine home defeats in a season, their most since 1993-94. They can remain winless in six consecutive Premier League home fixtures for the first time since October to December 2009. Carlo Ancelotti's side have kept two home clean sheets in the Premier League this season; only Newcastle, with one, have a worse record.  The Toffees have earned 19 points at Goodison Park compared to 37 away - it's the biggest home deficit in Europe's top five leagues this season. Everton have only scored nine goals in their past 12 league matches. Richarlison has scored four Premier League goals versus Wolves, his joint-most against any side.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Ten of Wolves' 12 league wins in 2020-21 have been by a one-goal margin, including each of the past eight. They are the only team this season not to have lost a Premier League match after scoring the opening goal. Wolves are unbeaten in 33 top-flight fixtures after opening the scoring since a 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City in November 2018 (W28, D5).  Nuno Espirito Santo's side have only won twice in their past 13 Premier League away matches (D5, L6).  Fabio Silva has scored four Premier League goals, the joint-most in a season by a non-English player before his 19th birthday. Fulham's Collins John scored four in 2003-04.

   


36 Sun May 16-Spurs @ ko 14:05 Sky L2-0

Man of the match = the woodwork


36 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Kane (45'), Højbjerg (62') Wolves 0


HT 1-0

Tottenham boosted their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League with a comfortable Premier League win over Wolves. Spurs are now five points adrift of a top-four place and leapfrog West Ham into sixth on goal difference, with Everton, who play later on Sunday, three points further back. It was a deserved victory for the hosts, who hit the woodwork three times after creating a number of excellent chances. Harry Kane saw an early effort cannon off the left-hand post before setting Spurs on their way, calmly slotting in the opener from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's superb pass on the stroke of half-time. While Wolves carried a threat on the break they were forced to ride their luck at times, with Kane and Dele Alli both hitting the right-hand post within seconds of each other. And Hojbjerg unsurprisingly doubled Spurs' advantage, reacting first after Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio had parried a Gareth Bale effort to slide the ball into the bottom right corner. Romain Saiss, Adama Traore and Fabio Silva all had good opportunities to reply for the visitors, but not for the first time this season it was a


This dominant Spurs display was brimming with everything that was absent in their defeat at Leeds eight days ago. Interim head coach Ryan Mason will have been delighted by the purpose and poise that his players exhibited and will now be optimistic that Spurs can secure a place in next term's Europa League. While it was not their goal at the outset of the season, that may provide some consolation at the end of a topsy-turvy campaign and would undoubtedly be a preferable outcome to ending up in the Europa Conference League, which would involve a qualifying round over the summer. Kane, who scored for the first time in a month, will be probably be keen to avoid that situation, particularly with the rearranged European Championship coming into view. The England captain served early notice of his intentions with a brilliant long-range strike that smashed the base of the Wolves post and was excellent throughout. Alli also impressed in front of the watching England boss Gareth Southgate, showing glimpses of the qualities that once made him a first choice for the Three Lions. In his third consecutive start, he ghosted past Saiss on the right touchline during the first half and the only disappointment will have been that he did not cap a fine display with his first top-flight goal since 7 March 2020.

Tottenham 2-0 Wolves: Ryan Mason delighted with 'outstanding' Dele Alli

Wolves miss killer instinct

Despite a recent upturn in form, Wolves are going to finish in their lowest position since returning to the Premier League in 2018-19. And while there can be few complaints about the quality of their overall football, it is easy to understand why - with only the three relegated clubs and Burnley having managed to find the back of the net on fewer occasions.  The club paid a significant sum for Fabio Silva last September, but the teenager has had to acclimatise to a new country in difficult times and is still very much a work in progress. That was highlighted by the way in which he spurned two early chances that could have put the visitors in front.  His first effort was blocked and he then dragged a shot wide from an almost identical position on the right-hand side of the Spurs penalty area just before the half-hour mark. Silva, 18, also lacked conviction when presented with a gilt-edged chance by Morgan Gibbs-White midway through the second half and was withdrawn with eight minutes remaining.  While captain Conor Coady was excellent at the back and twice cleared off the line before the break, it is at the other end of the pitch where boss Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to focus this summer.

Tottenham 2-0 Wolves: We were missing discipline - Nuno Espirito Santo

Spurs interim head coach Ryan Mason speaking to BBC Sport: "The most important thing is to win. Today our performance was excellent - we controlled the game. Our attacking players will be disappointed there weren't more goals - they deserved them. "[Dele Alli is] professional. It's not easy for professional footballers to spend a long time on the sidelines. Dele has started the last three games - that says a lot about him. He loves football, he runs and he fights. He's disappointed he didn't get a goal because he deserved one, he had a really good game. This is Tottenham Hotspur. We want to be playing in the biggest competition in the biggest games. This season hasn't gone to plan."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to BBC Sport: "We were missing lot of things. Not all the game but mainly on the moments when we conceded we were missing discipline, organisation and being aggressive to solve a simple situation. "We repeated the same mistakes. We didn't test [Hugo] Lloris, we got into good situations but didn't put the ball on the goal. The finishing was very bad. We want to keep trying to improve and finding new solutions to our game."

On Raul Jimenez, who remains sidelined with a head injury: "He's OK, he meets the specialist on Tuesday and based on that information we will decide [what to do next]. He is working and training but we have to be really patient and cannot afford any kind of mistake."

Mason's home comforts

Tottenham have won each of their first three home league matches under Ryan Mason. Mason is the first Spurs boss to do so since Harry Redknapp in November 2008.

Wolves have failed to score in 12 Premier League matches this season, the most games in which they've failed to net in a Premier League campaign since 2011-12 (13).

Tottenham had 24 shots in this match, 13 of which were on target - both figures exceed any amount they had in a single Premier League match under previous manager Jose Mourinho.

Wolves faced 13 shots on target in this match - since 2003-04, only against West Brom in February 2012 have they ever faced more in a Premier League match (14).

Since winning three of their first five away games in the Premier League in 2020-21, Wolves have only won two of their last 13 on the road in the competition (D5 L6).

Wolves' Fabio Silva had seven shots in this match, the most by a teenager in a Premier League match since Mason Greenwood's seven for Manchester United vs Cardiff in May 2019 - the last teenager to exceed seven shots in a Premier League match was Giuseppe Rossi for Manchester United vs Charlton in May 2006.

Tottenham's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg both scored and assisted in a Premier League game for the first time, in what was his 145th appearance in the competition. He's the third Dane to score and assist in a Premier League game for Spurs after Christian Eriksen (nine times) and Allan Nielsen.

Tottenham's Harry Kane has scored 22 goals and provided a further 13 assists in the Premier League this season- the only players to exceed Kane's 35 total goal involvements in Europe's top five leagues this season are Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Tottenham's Harry Kane has hit the woodwork nine times in the Premier League this season, the most since Kevin de Bruyne in 2016-17 (also nine). Since full shot data has been available for the Premier League (2003-04), the only player to hit the woodwork more in a season is Robin van Persie in 2011-12 (10).

What's next?

Tottenham host Aston Villa in their penultimate Premier League match on Wednesday, 19 May (18:00 BST).

Wolves travel to Everton for their next top-flight game on the same evening, also at 18:00 BST.

Teams

Tottenham Formation 4-2-3-1

1Lloris 25Tanganga Booked at 86' 4Alderweireld 15Dier 3Reguilón 18Lo Celso sub Winksat 69' 5Højbjerg 9Bale sub Sissokoat 89' 20Alli sub Ndombeleat 82' 7Son Heung-Min 10Kane Substitutes 2Doherty 6D Sánchez 8Winks 11Lamela 12Hart 17Sissoko 23Bergwijn 27Lucas Moura 28Ndombele

Wolves Formation 4-2-3-1

11Rui Patrício 2Hoever 16Coady 27Saïss 22Nélson Semedo 28João Moutinho 32Dendoncker 37Traoré 20Vitinha sub Da Silvaat 63' 18Gibbs-White sub Nevesat 73' 17Fábio Silva sub Corbeanuat 82' Substitutes 3Aït-Nouri 5Marçal 8Neves 12Da Silva 15Boly 21Ruddy 39Cundle 49Kilman 60Corbeanu

Referee: Martin Atkinson


FT   Tottenham Wolves

Possession 62% 38%

Shots      24  14

Shots on Tgt13  3

Corners    10   3

Fouls       8  10


Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+4' Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+3' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (TH). 90'+3' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+2' Son Heung-Min (TH) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+2' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 90'  Foul by Japhet Tanganga (TH). 90' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89'  Sub, (TH). Moussa Sissoko replaces Gareth Bale. 87' Attempt saved. Harry Kane (TH) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 87' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 86' Booking Japhet Tanganga (TH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 86' Foul by Japhet Tanganga (TH). 86' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 84' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 84' Foul by Japhet Tanganga (TH). 83' Tanguy Ndombele (TH) wins a free kick on the left wing. 83' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 82'  Sub, (WW) Theo Corbeanu replaces Fábio Silva. 82'  Sub, (TH). Tanguy Ndombele replaces Dele Alli. 80' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 78' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Japhet Tanganga. 78' Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 73' Dirty foul by Japhet Tanganga (TH). But no card. Again 73' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73'  Sub, (WW) Rúben Neves replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 72' Son Heung-Min (TH) wins a free kick on the left wing. 72' Foul by João Moutinho (WW).  70' Attempt missed. Dele Alli (TH) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Winks. 69' Attempt missed. Japhet Tanganga (TH) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross following a corner. 69'  Sub, (TH). Harry Winks replaces Giovani Lo Celso. 68' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 67' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 67' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Toby Alderweireld. 67' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 66' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ki-Jana Hoever. 64' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 63'  Sub, (WW) Willian José replaces Vitinha. 62' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (TH) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. 62' Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (TH) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 60' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 57' Attempt missed. Giovani Lo Celso (TH) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale. 56' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Romain Saïss. 55' Attempt saved. Harry Kane (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale. 54' Attempt missed. Vitinha (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a headed pass. 54' Dele Alli (TH) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a fast break. 54' Attempt saved. Harry Kane (TH) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dele Alli with a through ball. 53' Attempt saved. Vitinha (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 52' Attempt saved. Dele Alli (TH) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. 52' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Rui Patrício. 52' Attempt saved. Sergio Reguilón (TH) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso. 51' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 50' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Vitinha with a cross. 49' Foul by Dele Alli (TH). 49' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 47' Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation. 46' Harry Kane (TH) wins a free kick on the left wing. 46' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

HT   Tottenham Wolves

Possession 62% 38%

Shots      10   4

Shots on Tgt5   1

Corners     5   1

Fouls       3   6

45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+1' VAR Decision: Goal Tottenham Hotspur - Tottenham Hotspur (it was offside) 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Harry Kane). 45' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Harry Kane (TH) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.Goal confirmed following VAR Review. 44' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 43' Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (TH) header from very close range is blocked. 43' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Conor Coady. 42' Dele Alli (TH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 42' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 40' Eric Dier (TH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 40' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 40' Attempt missed. Dele Alli (TH) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross. 38' Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (TH) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane with a headed pass. 37' Offside, (TH). Harry Kane tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside. 36' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Fábio Silva is caught offside. 33' Dele Alli (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 33' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 33' Dele Alli (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 31' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Morgan Gibbs-White is caught offside. 30' Foul by Japhet Tanganga (TH). 30' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 29' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré following a fast break. 26' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Conor Coady. 26' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 25' Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (TH) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 23' Attempt missed. Harry Kane (TH) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gareth Bale following a set piece situation. 22' Harry Kane (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 22' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 22' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Fábio Silva is caught offside. 21' Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (TH) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 21' Giovani Lo Celso (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 21' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 19' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Romain Saïss. 19' Attempt blocked. Giovani Lo Celso (TH) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane. 18' Offside, (TH). Harry Kane tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside. 17' Foul by Eric Dier (TH). 17' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 15' Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (TH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 10' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (TH). 10' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 8' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Eric Dier. 8' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré following a fast break. 7' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romain Saïss. 6' Attempt saved. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (TH) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.  6' Corner, (TH). Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 5' Harry Kane (TH) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 14:05 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.



TEAM NEWS

Tottenham remain without defender Ben Davies, who is unlikely to feature again this season. Interim head coach Ryan Mason has no fresh injury concerns as Spurs seek to improve their European prospects. Wolves have Willy Boly and Marcal back in training but this weekend may come too soon for them. Adama Traore could be in line for a return to the side following his goal as a substitute against Brighton last weekend.

 

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves have started to pick up a bit in the past few weeks, but it says a lot about their season that they probably still won't finish in the top half of the table.  It's hard to know exactly what to expect from Tottenham. On paper, they should win this game, but they will have to play a lot better than they did in their defeat by Leeds last time out. Prediction: 2-0


Son Heung-Min has scored three goals and has one assist in his three games under Ryan Mason.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Tottenham have lost half of their Premier League home games against Wolves. They only have a higher percentage of home defeats against Nottingham Forest (60%). Nuno Espirito Santo could become the first manager in Premier League history to win his first three away matches against Spurs. Tottenham Hotspur have won five of their past six home league games. Spurs have scored in 12 successive league games, the longest current run in the competition. They haven't lost at home against a team starting the day in the bottom half of the table in 19 attempts since a 1-0 defeat by Newcastle in August 2019 (W15, D4). Harry Kane has 21 goals and 13 assists this season. In terms of overall goal involvement, it's only bettered by his 29 goals and seven assists in 2016-17. Gareth Bale has scored all nine of his league goals this season at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. He has now scored in seven successive home league starts spanning two spells with the club.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have won three of their past five matches in the Premier League, as many as they had managed in their previous 17 attempts. They have lost just twice in their last 10 away matches in all competitions (W3, D5). Since returning to the top tier in 2018-19, only Manchester United have won more points from losing positions than Wolves' 51.  Adama Traore has two goals and two assists in his last six league games following a run of 35 matches without being directly involved in a goal. All seven of Traore's Premier League goals have been scored in the second half.


35 Sunday May 09-Brighton (h)  Noon BBC W2-1

 35 Wolves 2 Traoré (76'), Gibbs-White (90') Brighton &HA 1 Dunk (13', Dismissed at53') (Maupay Dismissed at 95')

HT 0-1


Morgan Gibbs-White scored a last-minute winner as a youthful Wolves side came back from a goal down to beat 10-man Brighton, who must now wait to secure their Premier League survival. In a dramatic finish at Molineux, the midfielder side-footed a superb finish high into the net with just seconds of normal time remaining to reward Wolves and punish Albion for Lewis Dunk's second-half red card.

Dunk was at the centre of the contest, rising to send in a towering header from a corner to give the Seagulls a deserved first-half lead, which the centre-back then helped preserve with a solid defensive display. But his deserved sending off, coming for a tug of the shirt on Fabio Silva after the forward had darted goal-side of him, altered the momentum of the contest, with a bit of help from the introduction of Adama Traore. The winger poked in a superb finish with 14 minutes to go in a second half that the home side had previously toiled through despite their one-man advantage. And then Morgan-Gibbs won it, making amends for a woeful earlier miss with his neat finish. To rub salt into Brighton's wounds, striker Neal Maupay received his side's second red card of the afternoon after the final whistle following a confrontation with referee Jonathan Moss.

The win takes Wolves to 45 points, with Brighton remaining 10 points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham and needing one more result to go their way to cement their Premier League place for 2021-22.


Maupay dismissed for complaing that Conor had asked for him to be booked after he


Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

11Rui Patrício 2Hoever 16Coady  booked 83' 49Kilman  booked 80' 3Aït-Nouri 28João Moutinho 8Neves sub Traoréat 61' 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha sub Dendonckerat 77' 10Podence sub Da Silvaat 69' 17Fábio Silva Substitutes 12Da Silva 21Ruddy 22Nélson Semedo 27Saïss 32Dendoncker 37Traoré 39Cundle 42Richards 60Corbeanu

Brighton

Formation 4-4-1-1

26Sánchez  booked 85' 3White 4Webster 5Dunk  booked 53' 33Burn 16Jahanbakhsh sub Mac Allisterat 58' 13Groß 8Bissouma  booked 90' 11Trossard sub Moderat 58' 9Maupay Sent off 95' 18Welbeck sub Zeqiriat 78' Substitutes 7Connolly 10Mac Allister 15Moder 17Alzate 19Izquierdo 22Tau 23Steele 24Pröpper 29Zeqiri

Referee: Jonathan Moss


11 Rui Patrício 6.71

2 Hoever 6.41

16 Coady 6.82

49 Kilman 6.96

3 Aït-Nouri 6.75

28 João Moutinho 6.96

8 Rúben Neves 6.25

18 Gibbs-White 7.09

20 Vitinha 6.58

10 Daniel Podence 6.57

17 Fábio Silva 6.98

37 Traoré 8.13




FT       Wolves Brighton

Possession  61% 39%

Shots       16   6

Shots on Tgt 6   3

Corners     10   5

Fouls       11   7


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90'+7' Dismissal Neal Maupay (BHA) is shown the red card.


90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90'+5'   Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 90'+5'   Dan Burn (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4'   Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4'   Foul by Neal Maupay (BHA). 90'+4' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by Neal Maupay (BHA). 90'+2' Booking Yves Bissouma (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+2' Ki-Jana Hoever (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Foul by Yves Bissouma (BHA). 90' Goal! Live on the Beeb

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

90' Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 90' Attempt blocked. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 86' Offside, (BHA) Alexis Mac Allister tries a through ball, but Pascal Groß is caught offside. 85' Booking Robert Sánchez (BHA) is shown the yellow card. 84' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 83' Booking Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 83' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 83' Andi Zeqiri (BHA) wins a free kick on the left wing. 82' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 80' Booking Maximilian Kilman (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 80' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 80' Neal Maupay (BHA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 79' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Alexis Mac Allister. 79' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 78' Substitution Sub, (BHA) Andi Zeqiri replaces Danny Welbeck. 77' Substitution Sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Vitinha.

76' Goal! Live on the Beeb

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fábio Silva.74' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 74' Danny Welbeck (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dan Burn. 72' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 72' Jakub Moder (BHA) wins a free kick on the right wing. 70' Attempt blocked. Vitinha (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 70' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Danny Welbeck. 69' Substitution

Sub, (WW) Willian José replaces Daniel Podence. 69' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Robert Sánchez. 69' Attempt saved. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri with a headed pass. 67' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 67' Foul by Yves Bissouma (BHA). 65' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben White. 65' Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 63' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 61' Offside, (BHA) Pascal Groß tries a through ball, but Danny Welbeck is caught offside. 61' Substitution Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Rúben Neves. 61' Hand ball by Vitinha (WW). 58' Substitution Sub, (BHA) Jakub Moder replaces Leandro Trossard. 58' Substitution Sub, (BHA) Alexis Mac Allister replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh. 56' Corner, (WW)  Conceded by Dan Burn. 54' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick. 53' Dismissal Lewis Dunk (BHA) is shown the red card. 53' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 53' Foul by Lewis Dunk (BHA). 52' Foul by Vitinha (WW). 52' Pascal Groß (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Robert Sánchez. 49' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 49' Attempt saved. Maximilian Kilman (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.


HT       Wolves Brighton

Possession  53% 47%

Shots        3   5

Shots on Tgt 1   3

Corners      3   4

Fouls        5   3


45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

45' Foul by Ben White (BHA). 45' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 42' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dan Burn. 40' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 40' Yves Bissouma (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Vitinha (WW). 37' Pascal Groß (BHA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 36' Leandro Trossard (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30' Foul by Ben White (BHA). 27' Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (BHA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Welbeck with a headed pass. 26' Attempt saved. Dan Burn (BHA) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross. 25' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 25' Attempt saved. Lewis Dunk (BHA) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross. 24' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Conor Coady. 23' Foul by Vitinha (WW). 23' Alireza Jahanbakhsh (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Attempt blocked. Leandro Trossard (BHA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck. 16' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 15' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vitinha. 13' Goal Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Lewis Dunk (BHA) header from the centre of the box following a corner. 13' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 11' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 11' Neal Maupay (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6'       Wolves Brighton

Possession  66% 34%

Shots        2   0

Shots on Tgt 1   0

Corners      2   0

Fouls        0   1

5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben White. 5' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Podence following a corner. 4' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Robert Sánchez. 4' Attempt saved. Vitinha (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 1' Foul by Dan Burn (BHA). 1' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 13:01 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Leander Dendoncker is up for the Premier League Goal of the Month award for April

TEAM NEWS

Wolves remain without defender Willy Boly, who is struggling with the effects of long Covid.  Pedro Neto, Jonny, Marcal and Raul Jimenez are also still sidelined, although the latter could be given clearance to return from a fractured skull on the final day of the season.

Adam Lallana's calf injury will keep him out of Sunday's match but he might be fit for the following week.  Florin Andone, Tariq Lamptey and Solomon March are long-term absentees.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

It is usually Brighton who struggle to score a second goal to finish games off, but they did that in impressive style to beat Leeds last week.  Instead, it is Wolves who are finding goals hard to come by - they have managed two in the same game only once in their past 10 matches.  Nuno Espirito Santo's side are basically waiting for the season to end, and it has been a disappointing one for them. I am going with Brighton to win here. They are safe now and, because of that, they might play with a bit of freedom.

Prediction: 0-2

Wolves have yet to beat Brighton in the top flight in 11 attempts This is a record for most top-flight matches by any club against a single opponent without winning

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head The last four meetings have been drawn. In January, Brighton came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at the Amex.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have lost three of their past four games at Molineux, most recently a 4-0 defeat by Burnley. They are 10 points worse off than at this stage last year but have guaranteed a fourth successive season in the top flight. They last managed that 40 years ago.  Nine of their 11 league wins this season have been by a one-goal margin.  The 3-3 draw with Brighton in January is the only league game out of their last 37 in which Wolves have scored more than two goals.  Wolves are the only club not to have lost a Premier League match this season after scoring the opening goal (W8, D2).

Brighton & Hove Albion need one more win to guarantee their top-flight status for a club record fifth straight season. Albion are currently 14th in the table. Their highest finish in the Premier League is 15th.  Only Leicester (10) have won more penalties than Brighton's nine in the Premier League this season. Brighton are the least accurate team in the division when it comes to finishing - only 29% of their 447 shots have been on target. Dan Burn celebrates his 29th birthday on the day of the match.

34 Monday May 03-West Brom @ 18:00 SKY D1-1

34 WBA 1 Diagne (62') Wolves Fábio Silva (45'+2minutes)


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Abysmal record against the bottom 5 continues for Wolves

West Brom's Premier League future is all but over after Sam Allardyce's side could only secure a point from their Black Country derby with Wolves. Allardyce's proud record of never being relegated now requires his side to win all four of their remaining games, beginning with a trip to Arsenal on Sunday, and hope the five teams outside the drop zone that they can still catch fail to win another match. That combination seems highly unlikely, even with the battling qualities West Brom showed during a game played in torrential rain to earn a point through Mbaye Diagne's header after Fabio Silva's fortunate first-half opener had put Wolves in front.

Nuno Espirito Santo's depleted squad, who lost Wily Boly in the build-up to a positive coronavirus test, carried the greater threat for most of the contest, with Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone saving well from Nelson Semedo and Adama Traore either side of the interval. However, while Silva ran away in jubilant celebration after sending the ball over Johnstone and into the net stoppage time, replays showed the young Portuguese knew nothing about it as Kyle Bartley's clearance cannoned off his standing foot.  Diagne levelled when he powered home Conor Townsend's cross... awful defending by Saiss

 


West Brom's struggle for survival

The first-half was a microcosm of West Brom's season as a whole.  They were very poor for the first half hour, then they made a change, took some time to adjust, should have scored but didn't and almost immediately conceded a self-inflicted opener. On an awful night weather wise, it was hard not to feel sorry for Dara O'Shea, who in addition to the ignominy of being substituted in the first-half, was as far as it was possible to be from the dug-out when the board went up, condemning him to a sad, lonely, wet walk around half of the pitch.  The chance was excellent as Semi Ajeyi rose at the far post to meet Conor Gallagher's cross. Ajeyi's header was clean but it lacked accuracy, which allowed Roman Saiss to clear. It was the kind of chance that had to be taken but invariably they have failed to do so over the past few, frustrating weeks, and they were made to pay almost immediately. From that point, West Brom were always in trouble. For while Wolves are not the most exciting team in the Premier League, they are the only top flight side not to lose a game after scoring the opening goal, which now extends to 10 matches. Marshalled superbly by skipper Conor Coady, Wolves' defence kept their shape as the conditions worsened and by the end, the visitors looked more likely to get a winner than their hosts, who so desperately needed one.


Wolves' woes at The Hawthorns - the stats

Wolves remain winless in their last 10 away league games against West Brom (D5, L5) since a 4-2 win in September 1996. Wolves remain the only team not to lose when scoring the first goal in a Premier League game this season (W8, D2). Wolves' Fabio Silva (four goals) has overtaken Ricardo Vaz Te (three) to become the second highest scoring Portuguese teenager in Premier League history, with only Cristiano Ronaldo (eight) netting more in the competition before turning 20. Conor Townsend's assist for Mbaye Diagne's equaliser was his first in 46 league games for West Brom, since setting up a goal against Barnsley in October 2019 in the Championship.

Wolves captain Conor Coady and goalkeeper Rui Patricio both played their 109th Premier League games for Wolves this evening making them the outright record appearance makers for the club in the competition (overtaking Matt Jarvis, 108).

What's next?

West Brom's next game is against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, 9 May (19:00 BST). Wolves are also in action on 9 May, at home to Brighton (12:00 BST).




West Brom

Formation 3-5-1-1

1Johnstone 6Ajayi 5Bartley 27O'Shea sub Phillipsat 33' 2FurlongBooked at 88' 18Gallagher 35Yokuslu 30Maitland-NilesBooked at 69' sub Robinsonat 78' 14Townsend 12Costa Pereira 17Diagne Substitutes 4Robson-Kanu 7Robinson 8Livermore 10Phillips 11Diangana 19Sawyers 22Peltier 25Button 29Grant

Wolves Formation 4-2-3-1

11Rui Patrício 22Nélson Semedo 16Coady 27Saïss 3Aït-Nouri sub Kilmanat 82' 32Dendoncker 8Neves 54Otasowie sub Podenceat 71' 20Vitinha sub Gibbs-Whiteat 80' 37Traoré 17Fábio Silva Substitutes 2Hoever 10Podence 12Da Silva 18Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 39Cundle 49Kilman 60Corbeanu 75Marques

Ratings

# 8Rúben Neves 7.62

# 20Vitinha 7.26

# 16 Coady 7.18

# 17Fábio Silva 7.06

# 11Rui Patrício 6.93

# 37Traoré 6.13


Referee:

Paul Tierney (sub Mike Dean at half time)


FT   West Brom Wolves

Possession 42%  58%

Shots      10   20

Shots onTgt 4   10

Corners     5    6

Fouls      17   11



Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+5' Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+4' Corner,  (WW) Conceded by Conor Townsend. 90'+4' Adama Traoré  (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+4' Foul by Conor Townsend (WBA). 90'+3' Morgan Gibbs-White  (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Conor Gallagher (WBA). 90'+2' Foul by Rúben Neves  (WW). 90'+2' Matheus Pereira (WBA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+1' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré  (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 89' Morgan Gibbs-White  (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 89' Foul by Okay Yokuslu (WBA). 88' Booking Darnell Furlong (WBA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 87' Morgan Gibbs-White  (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 87' Foul by Darnell Furlong (WBA). 84' Attempt missed. Conor Gallagher (WBA) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 82'  sub, (WW) Maximilian Kilman replaces Rayan Aït-Nouri because of an injury. 82' Foul by Rúben Neves  (WW). 82' Okay Yokuslu (WBA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 80' sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Vitinha. 80' Foul by Adama Traoré  (WW). 80' Matt Phillips (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence  (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vitinha. 78' Adama Traoré  (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 78' Foul by Kyle Bartley (WBA). 78'  sub, West Bromwich Albion. Callum Robinson replaces Ainsley Maitland-Niles. 77' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves  (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 76'Attempt blocked. Okay Yokuslu (WBA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 75' Foul by Adama Traoré  (WW). 75' Kyle Bartley (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Romain Saïss  (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Foul by Mbaye Diagne (WBA). 72' Foul by Rúben Neves  (WW). 72' Conor  Gallagher (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' sub, (WW) Daniel Podence replaces Owen Otasowie. 70' Vitinha  (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Vitinha  (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  70' Foul by Mbaye Diagne (WBA). 70' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré  (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Vitinha. 69' Booking Ainsley Maitland-Niles (WBA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 69' Adama Traoré  (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 69' Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (WBA). 67' Attempt missed. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (WBA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 65' Adama Traoré  (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 65' Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (WBA). 63' Corner,  (WW) Conceded by Sam Johnstone. 63' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva  (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 63' Attempt blocked. Owen Otasowie  (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 62' Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Mbaye Diagne (WBA) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Townsend with a cross. 61' Offside,  (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Vitinha is caught offside. 60' Corner,  (WW) Conceded by Sam Johnstone. 60' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva  (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 56' Leander Dendoncker  (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Matt Phillips (WBA). 55' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Rúben Neves. 55' Attempt saved. Conor Gallagher (WBA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Phillips. 54' Attempt saved. Conor Townsend (WBA) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Pereira. 53' Offside,  (WW) Vitinha tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 52' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Conor Coady. 52' Foul by Romain Saïss  (WW). 52' Matheus Pereira (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Foul by Fábio Silva  (WW). 51' Conor Townsend (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Foul by Fábio Silva  (WW). 50' Okay Yokuslu (WBA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 49' Owen Otasowie  (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 49' Foul by Matt Phillips (WBA). 47' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva  (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri with a cross. 46' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves  (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

HT

      West Brom Wolves

Possession 38%  62%

Shots       4   13

Shots onTgt 1    7

Corners     3    3

Fouls       6    3

45'+3' Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45'+2' Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Fábio Silva  (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

45'+1' Nélson Semedo  (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45'+1' Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (WBA). 45' Hand ball by Conor Gallagher (WBA). 44' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré  (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 43' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Romain Saïss. 42' Attempt blocked. Mbaye Diagne (WBA) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Gallagher with a cross.  42' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Romain Saïss. 41' Foul by Romain Saïss  (WW). 41' Mbaye Diagne (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 40' Adama Traoré  (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 40' Foul by Okay Yokuslu (WBA). 33'   sub, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Dara O'Shea. 32' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss  (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Vitinha with a cross following a corner. 31' Corner,  (WW) Conceded by Sam Johnstone. 31' Attempt saved. Vitinha  (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 30' Corner,  (WW) Conceded by Sam Johnstone. 30' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo  (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 28' Attempt saved. Rayan Aït-Nouri  (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 25' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves  (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 23' Attempt missed. Owen Otasowie  (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 22' Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (WBA) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matheus Pereira with a cross following a set piece situation. 20' Hand ball by Conor Coady  (WW). 16' Romain Saïss  (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 16' Foul by Matheus Pereira (WBA). 16' Attempt blocked. Rayan Aït-Nouri  (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 13' Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (WBA) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mbaye Diagne. 12' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss  (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vitinha with a cross. 11' Corner,  (WW) Conceded by Darnell Furlong.  9' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 8' Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Conor Townsend tries a through ball, but Mbaye Diagne is caught offside. 7' Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (WBA) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. 6' Foul by Rúben Neves  (WW). 6' Conor Gallagher (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves  (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 2' Owen Otasowie  (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 2' Foul by Kyle Bartley (WBA). 1' Vitinha  (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Foul by Okay Yokuslu (WBA). Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 18:58 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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33 Sun Apr 25-Burnley (h)  noon BBC L0-4

W33 WW 0 Burnley 4 Wood (15', 21', 44'), Westwood (85')



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Chris Wood is the first player from New Zealand to score a Premier League hat-trick, with New Zealand now the 46th nation with a hat-trick scorer in the competition Burnley took a huge step towards retaining their Premier League status as a first-half Chris Wood hat-trick saw them thrash a lifeless Wolves at Molineux. An awful display from the hosts was ruthlessly exposed by the Clarets, who produced an excellent performance to end a run of three straight defeats in style. Sean Dyche's side are now nine points clear of Fulham and the relegation zone with 15 to play for and the long-serving manager can surely start planning for a sixth consecutive season in the top flight. Wood was superb throughout but was also gifted his chances by a Wolves display that was worryingly half-hearted and reeked of the end of a season marooned in mid-table. Strike partner Matej Vydra saw his effort ruled out by the video assistant referee for offside but there was still time for a fourth as Ashley Westwood thumped in from the edge of the area.


Wolves

Formation 3-4-1-2

11Rui Patrício 27Saïss 16Coady 15Boly 22Nélson Semedo sub Fábio Silvaat 58' 8Neves sub Vitinhaat 69' 32Dendoncker 3Aït-Nouri 10Podence sub Gibbs-Whiteat 69' 37Traoré boooked 39mins 12Da Silva Substitutes 2Hoever 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 42Richards 49Kilman 54Otasowie 60Corbeanu

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

1Pope 2Lowton boooked 42mins 5Tarkowski boooked 39mins 6Mee 3Taylor 8Brownhill 18Westwood 4Cork 11McNeil 27Vydra sub Rodriguezat 73' 9Wood Substitutes 7Gudmundsson 10Barnes 15Peacock-Farrell 16Stephens 19Rodriguez 23Pieters 25Norris 26Bardsley 34Dunne

Referee: Darren England


          Wolves Burnley

Possession  58%  42%

Shots       12   14

Shots on Tgt 2    7

Corners      8    5

Fouls        8    9



Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 4.

90'+3' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 4.

90'+3' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner. 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matthew Lowton. 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. 90'+1' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Foul by Jay Rodriguez (B).90' Offside(B),  Dwight McNeil tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside. 88' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 85' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 4. Ashley Westwood (B) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Wood. 84' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 84' Ashley Westwood (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Attempt saved. Chris Wood (B) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood. 78' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. 75' Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (B) right footed shot from outside  the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Wood. 73' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 73' Foul by Josh Brownhill (B). 73'  (B),  Jay Rodriguez replaces Matej Vydra. 72' Vitinha (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by Josh Brownhill (B). 71' Corner(B),  Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 71' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 71' Matej Vydra (B) wins a free kick on the left wing. 69'  Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Daniel Podence. 69'  Sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces Rúben Neves. 68' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 65' Corner(B),  Conceded by Rui Patrício. 65' Attempt saved. Matthew Lowton (B) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 65' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 65' Ben Mee (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (B) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation. 60' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 60' Chris Wood (B) wins a free kick on the left wing.  59' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Nick Pope. 58' Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Nélson Semedo. 56' Offside, (WW) Nélson Semedo tries a through ball, but Leander Dendoncker is caught offside. 55' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Foul by Ashley Westwood (B). 50' VAR Decision: No Goal Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley. 49' Offside, (B) Dwight McNeil tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside. 48' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 48' Dwight McNeil (B) wins a free kick on the left wing. 47' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 47' Charlie Taylor (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


          Wolves Burnley

Possession  55%  45%

Shots        7    9

Shots on Tgt 2    4

Corners      3    3

Fouls        2    4


45'+3'Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 3.

45'+3' Attempt missed. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 45'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ashley Westwood. 45'+2' Attempt blocked. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 45'+1' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Foul by Matej Vydra (B). 44' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 3. Chris Wood (B) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross  following a corner. 44' Corner(B),  Conceded by Conor Coady. 43' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 42' Booking Matthew Lowton (B) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 41' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41' Foul by Matthew Lowton (B). 41' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 41' Chris Wood (B) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 40' Attempt missed. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Romain Saïss following a corner. 39' Booking James Tarkowski (B) is shown the yellow card. 39' Booking Adama Traoré (WW) is shown the yellow card. 39'

VAR Decision: No card change Adama Traoré (WW). 37' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. 36' Attempt saved. Chris Wood (B) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Brownhill. 32' Offside, (WW) Rayan Aït-Nouri tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside. 30' Hand ball by Jack Cork (B). 29' Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (B) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross. 27' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 27' Matej Vydra (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (B) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner. 25' Corner(B),  Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 25' Corner(B),  Conceded by Conor Coady. 21' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 2. Chris Wood (B) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dwight McNeil. 17' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri with a cross following a set piece situation. 17' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 17' Foul by Matthew Lowton (B). 15' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 1. Chris Wood (B) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Lowton. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Mee. 12' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 12' Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (B) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Cork. 11' Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (B) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matej Vydra. 10' Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (B) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross. 6' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right  corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 4' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. 4' Adama Traoré (WW)  wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Foul by Jack Cork (B). 2' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 2' Attempt blocked. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willy Boly. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 13:02 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves remain without midfielder Ruben Neves, who is continuing to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19.  Pedro Neto, Raul Jimenez, Jonny and Marcal are also still sidelined.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is expected to be available after recovering from a shoulder problem. Ashley Barnes has returned to training but this game comes too soon for him, while Kevin Long and Robbie Brady are ruled out.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Burnley have lost their past three league games and have dropped to fourth bottom of the table, but I don't think they will go down. The Clarets have not been playing too badly during that time - they came close to getting a point at Old Trafford last weekend and held the lead in their previous two matches. Even a draw would be a big result for Sean Dyche's side in their situation, but I actually think they will do better than that at Molineux. They will be fighting for their lives while Wolves, who are safely in mid-table, won't be.

Prediction: 1-2

Burnley have lost seven of eight Premier League games on a Sunday this season

The exception was December's win at Arsenal

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head Burnley are vying to complete a top-flight double against Wolves for the first time since the 1956-57 season. Wolves have won just one of the past nine league meetings (D4, L4). Burnley's most recent top-flight win at Molineux was in September 1973.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are aiming to win three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since a similar sequence last June.

Nine of their 11 league victories this season have been by a one-goal margin.

They are the only club not to lose a Premier League fixture this season after scoring the opening goal, winning eight of nine matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side would have to win all six of their remaining games to equal their final tally of 59 points in 2019-20.

Adama Traore has either scored or assisted in each of his last three appearances, ending a run of 35 Premier League matches without being directly involved in a goal.

Burnley- After a run of just one defeat in eight Premier League matches, Burnley have lost each of their last three and conceded two goals or more in each of those fixtures. The Clarets have only managed two wins in 13 Premier League games (D5, L6). They have lost 12 of 16 top-flight fixtures this term after conceding first, drawing three times and winning against Aston Villa in January. Matej Vydra has scored three goals in his last six Premier League appearances, as many as he had in his previous 53 in the competition. Jay Rodriguez is one short of 100 career league goals. He has scored once in his last 29 top-flight appearances.

  

32 Apr 17-Sheff Utd (h) 8:15pm Sky Duke’s funeral at 3pm W1-0

W32 Wolves 1 (Willian Jose) Da Silva (59') Sheffield Utd 0


HT 0-0


Sheffield United were relegated to the Championship after Willian Jose's first goal for Wolves secured victory. The visitors knew, following Newcastle's win over West Ham earlier on Saturday, that they had to avoid defeat at Molineux to delay their inevitable demotion for a few days. But it was Wolves who edged a poor game of few chances, when they broke downfield after Enda Stevens' shot had been blocked. Adama Traore created room close to the goalline and delivered a low cross into the six-yard box, which Jose swept home. It broke the Brazilian's Wolves duck in his 11th game for the club, having signed on loan from Real Sociedad in January.

The Blades tried to respond and Stevens brought an excellent save from Rui Patricio with a powerful shot from an angle. However, there was no preventing a relegation that has seemed certain since an abysmal start to the season brought just one point from their opening 13 games. And at the final whistle, a number of Blades players dropped to their haunches. Sheffield United's relegation came on the same day that Norwich's immediate return to the Premier League was confirmed.  Interim Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom believes the club should follow the Canaries' example and keep as much of the squad together as possible. Sheffield United caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom speaks on the mood of his players "It has to be the goal to come straight back," he said. "This incredible journey started in League One. Look at Norwich, Watford, Bournemouth, who are doing well after they got relegated last season. Keeping the group together has to be a priority."

Sad but inevitable end for Blades Sheffield United are the first team to finish as high as ninth in the Premier League and be relegated the following season since Birmingham City (ninth in 2009-10, relegated in 2010-11).

If it was a night to celebrate for the Wolves goalscorer, there was only more frustration for Rhian Brewster.  The 21-year-old arrived amid much expectation from Liverpool at the start of the season but the £23.5m striker is yet to score for the Blades.  He never looked like doing so in this game, although in fairness to Brewster, the service he received was inadequate.  It can only be hoped his and Sheffield United's confidence can be restored by dropping down a level. Norwich's promotion back to the top flight on Saturday - a year after they were relegated - underlines the potential for clubs going down to return at the first opportunity. Evidently, there are issues that need to be addressed at Bramall Lane. Heckingbottom has presided over four successive Premier League defeats since replacing Chris Wilder last month. His team have only scored once in that time. Indeed, Sheffield United are still one goal short of matching the all-time lowest tally in an English league season - with Loughborough scoring just 18 times in the second tier in 1899-1900. They are also still three short of matching Derby's total of 20 goals from their 2007-08 campaign, which is the fewest in Premier League history.  On Friday, chairman Prince Musaad Bin Khalid Al Saud announced he was standing down, leaving another key role needing to be filled. The resolve of owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to drive the rebuild will be tested over the coming months.  If there is any consolation from a chronic campaign for Sheffield United fans, it can be found in the difficulties of their great rivals from across the city. Sheffield Wednesday are also mired in relegation trouble and the Steel City is bracing itself for both senior clubs going down in the same season for the first time.  "There's a lot of hurt in that dressing room," added Heckingbottom. "That game encapsulates our season. Everyone knows and we have to look forward. We have to behave in the correct way, on and off the pitch. Careers are at stake. The fight is there but we have come up short."

Jimenez a big miss for Wolves - Between them, Wolves and Sheffield United had failed to score in the first half of 47 league games before this meeting, so perhaps it was no surprise the opening period ended goalless. There was an element of fortune about the only time either side even threatened to break the deadlock before half-time.   Willy Boly seemed to get the ball trapped between his legs following Willian Jose's neat chest control and backheeled it to clear it away. By chance, the manoeuvre sent the ball looping towards goal and had Oliver Norwood not dropped back to the goalline and been perfectly placed to head away, it would have gone in.  The lack of goal threat from Wolves merely underlined how badly Mexican forward Raul Jimenez has been missed since he fractured his skull at Arsenal in November.  Willian Jose received a slap on the back from his manager when he was replaced 12 minutes from time but the 29-year-old is no replacement for Jimenez, who was inspirational in successive seventh-placed finishes for Wolves.  "Willian works very hard for the team," said Nuno. "He works a lot between the lines. The goal was missing, but today he got the goal and we go from there. The obligation of goalscoring is not just with the strikers."

A top-half finish is the only target they have to aim for now and even that will take some work given Wolves are four points adrift of Arsenal and Leeds, having played a game more.  Still, there were a couple of milestones to cheer for Wolves, who have achieved back-to-back wins for the third time this season and achieved a top-flight double over their opponents for the first time since 1964-65.  And strangely, all Wolves' six home wins this season have come against teams from London and Yorkshire.

A record-equalling defeat - the stats  With six games remaining, Sheffield United have suffered the joint-earliest relegation in Premier League history, alongside Ipswich Town (1994-95), Derby County (2007-08) and Huddersfield Town (2018-19). Only Sunderland in 2005-06 and Derby in 2007-08 (11 points each) have had fewer points on the board after 32 games in a Premier League season than Sheffield United this term (14).

Wolves have secured their first league double over Sheffield United since the 2013-14 League One campaign. Sheffield United have equalled their record number of league defeats in a single season (26 - also in 1975-76 and 2010-11), while the Blades have lost 16 Premier League games by a single goal this season, the most one-goal defeats in a single top-flight campaign since Ipswich Town in 1985-86 (also 16).

After a run of 35 Premier League games without a goal or assist, Adama Traore has now scored (one) or assisted (two) a goal in each of his last three games in the competition.

What next?

Wolves are next in action on Sunday, 25 April, when they entertain Burnley (12:00 BST). Sheffield United entertain Brighton on Saturday, 24 April (20:00 BST).

Player of the match

Adama Traoré with an average of 6.82

12 Willian José Average rating 6.79

11 Rui Patrício Average rating 6.63

22 Nélson Semedo Average rating 6.60


Wolves Formation 3-4-2-1

11Rui Patrício 27Saïss 16Coady 15Boly 22Nélson Semedo 32Dendoncker 28João Moutinho 3Aït-Nouri 37Traoré  10Podence Booked 71' sub Vitinhaat 72' 12Da Silva sub Fábio Silvaat 77' Subs 2Hoever 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 42Richards 49Kilman 54Otasowie 60Corbeanu

Sheff Utd Formation 3-5-2

1Ramsdale 22Ampadu sub Bogleat 83' 12Egan 29Bryan 2Baldock 23Osborn sub Moussetat 75' 16Norwood 4Fleck 3Stevens Booked at 82' 24Brewster Booked 36' sub Burkeat 75' 17McGoldrick Subs 7Lundstram 11Mousset 13Lowe 14Burke 15Jagielka 18Foderingham 20Bogle 31Brunt 33Gordon

Referee: Robert Jones


         Wolves Sheff Utd

Possession 48%  52%

Shots      10    8

Shots on Tgt5    2

Corners     3    3

Fouls       8   15


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Sheffield United 0.

90'+5' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Sheffield United 0.

90'+4' Offside, (WW) Adama Traoré tries a through ball, but Fábio Silva is caught offside. 90'+3' Foul by Kean Bryan (SU). 90'+3' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vitinha. 90'+1' Foul by Kean Bryan (SU). 90'+1' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90' Kean Bryan (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 89' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nélson Semedo following a fast break. 86' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 83'  Sub, (SU) Jayden Bogle replaces Ethan Ampadu. 83' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fábio Silva. 83' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. 82' Booking Enda Stevens (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 82'  Foul by Enda Stevens (SU). 82' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 80' Offside, (SU) Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Lys Mousset is caught offside. 79' Foul by Oliver Norwood (SU). 79' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Kean Bryan (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 78' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 77'  Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 75'  Sub, (SU) Oliver Burke replaces Rhian Brewster. 75'  Sub, (SU) Lys Mousset replaces Ben Osborn. 75' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 75' Ben Osborn (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 72'  Sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces Daniel Podence. 71' Booking Daniel Podence (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 70' Rhian Brewster (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 70' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 69' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 69' Attempt saved. Enda Stevens (SU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood. 65' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 62' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' Foul by John Fleck (SU).

59' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Sheffield United 0. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

59' Attempt blocked. Enda Stevens (SU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked by Semedo. Assisted by Rhian Brewster with a cross. 58' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 58' Oliver Norwood (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Foul by Oliver Norwood (SU). 56' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 56' Foul by John Fleck (SU). 55' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Foul by John Fleck (SU). 50' Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (SU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sheffield United 0.




         Wolves Sheff Utd

Possession 56%  44%

Shots       4    2

Shots on Tgt2    1

Corners     3    1

Fouls       3    7

45'+1' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sheffield United 0.

45' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 45' Ben Osborn (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 44' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kean Bryan. 43' Offside, (SU) Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Ben Osborn is caught offside. 41' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by George Baldock (SU). 38' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 38' Foul by Rhian Brewster (SU). 36' Booking  Rhian Brewster (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 36' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36'  Foul by Rhian Brewster (SU). 34' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free  kick in the attacking half. 34' Foul by Ethan Ampadu (SU). 32' Attempt saved. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 31' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a headed pass. 25' Attempt saved. Rhian Brewster (SU) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 25' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 25' Foul by Ethan Ampadu (SU). 24' Foul by Ethan Ampadu (SU). 24' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23' Attempt missed. John Fleck (SU) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.  20' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 19' Corner, (WW) Conceded by George Baldock. 18' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Oliver Norwood. 15' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 15' John Fleck (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 7' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 7' Enda Stevens (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 7' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian José. 6' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 3' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 3' Foul by Oliver Norwood (SU). 3' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins. posted at 20:14 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves are without midfielder Ruben Neves following his positive Covid-19 test but Willy Boly is available after a period of self-isolation. Pedro Neto and Jonny have both had knee surgery, ruling them out for the remainder of the season.

Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck is a doubt because of a groin problem, while Sander Berge continues to build up his fitness and won't be involved. Oli McBurnie is out for the season with a stress fracture in his foot.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

I was at Bramall Lane to see Sheffield United lose to Arsenal last weekend. The Blades did not play badly and, as usual, worked extremely hard - but they carry next to no goal threat. For various reasons, Wolves have not had much of a cutting edge all season either, but they have got a lot more quality in their side and they will find a way through in the end.

Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolverhampton won the reverse fixture 2-0 and are looking to complete their first Premier League double over Sheffield United.

Sheffield United have won just one of their past 13 away league games against Wolves and are winless in seven at Molineux since a 3-1 victory 19 years ago.

Wolverhampton Wanderers - Victory against Fulham ended a five-match winless run. They are looking to win consecutive Premier League games for just the third time this season. Eight of Wolves' 10 league wins this season have been by a one-goal margin. They are the only club not to lose a Premier League fixture this season after scoring the opening goal. Rui Patricio and the now-injured Pedro Neto are the only players to feature in all 31 of Wolves' league matches this season.

Sheffield United face relegation from the top flight for the eighth time. They have equalled the record of 25 defeats after 31 matches of a top-flight campaign, first set by Sunderland in 2005-06. The Blades have lost eight of their past nine games in the Premier League.

They have only earned four points from a possible 45 away from home, scoring just seven goals. Paul Heckingbottom's side have conceded the opening goal in 24 of their 31 games so far this season.

  31 Fri FriApr 10-Fulham  8pm BT W0-1

Wolves31 Fulham 0 Wolves 1 Traoré (90'+2) Assist Silva


HT 0-0 (VAR)


Traore netted his first Premier League goal of the season with his 28th shot at goal

Adama Traore struck a stoppage-time winner for Wolves as Fulham's hopes of remaining in the Premier League suffered another significant blow.  Traore settled the game with a fierce angled drive with little time left. Earlier, Wolves had been denied a goal when the video assistant referee ruled that Daniel Podence's arm was fractionally offside before he crossed for Willian Jose to head in.

Fulham stay 18th, a place and three points behind Newcastle.  However, Scott Parker's side have also now played two games more than their nearest relegation rival and with just six games left to play have little room for further error. The players wore black armbands and there was a minute's silence before the game for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday.

Traore ensures VAR not the main focus

Fulham 0-1 Wolves: Nuno Espírito Santo pleased by his side's character and energy

With so few opportunities in a poor contest, the biggest talking point of the match threatened to be the decision to disallow Jose's first-half header.  In collecting the ball prior to his delivery from the right, Podence's upper arm was a fraction ahead of the toe of the final defender, prompting VAR to rule it out. By the letter of the current law the decision was the correct one, but it once again highlights the use of the technology and whether it is being used for the good of the game or not.

Traore was able to provide the one moment of attacking quality to ensure the game had a winner, smashing home his first goal in 49 Premier League matches. He had contributed little for the previous 92 minutes but when released down the right and up against some tired defensive legs, he seized his chance, firing a drive past Alphonse Areola.

It takes Wolves to 38 points, 12 clear of Fulham and surely now safe from getting dragged into the relegation fight.

It was not without cost, though, with Pedro Neto leaving the field injured in the first half. Fulham must now hope that Newcastle's poor form continues, with Steve Bruce's side at Burnley on Sunday in one of the two games they have in hand.

'Never let anything sink us'

Fulham 0-1 Wolves: Scott Parker proud of his team despite late defeat Fulham manager Scott Parker told BBC Match of the Day: "I've been involved in the game for many years and that is a painful one tonight. When the game ends like it does, it's not a good feeling. "We have had punches that should have knocked us out this season but they haven't done that. We have gone and beat some big teams and Arsenal is going to be a must-win, other games will be must-win but we will keep our resolve. You may think I am mad but I honestly believe in this team. What is ingrained in me is a desire, an effort and fight and my team showed that tonight. It's been fine margins all season, what's key is you get back up fighting. There's only one way we come back from this and that's come back fighting with your hands up, jabbing away. Never let anything sink us. I'm as low as the players tonight but I can guarantee you on Monday we'll be back in and I'll give everything."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "Fulham caused us numerous problems and the game broke in the very last minute. It is difficult for Adama Traore to find spaces because the opponents foul him a lot. Half-time was disturbed because of the disallowed goal, the players were out of focus. I told them to forget about VAR and we will analyse later. Our priority was to defend and then break. The win was very important. This is what we want for the rest of the season, there are a lot of games to be played and we have a lot of things to improve."

Wolves snatch first Premier League away win against Fulham

In the 12th Premier League meeting between Fulham and Wolves, this was the first away victory, and the first away top-flight victory in this fixture since August 1967. Wolves registered only their second away Premier League win in their past 11 matches (D4 L5), also beating Southampton in February. With his 28th shot in the Premier League this season, Wolves winger Adama Traore netted his first goal of the season. Fulham have lost four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since losing their first four games of this season.

This was the second 90th-minute winning goal scored against Fulham this season, with Tomas Soucek scoring one for West Ham in November.

What's next?

Fulham face a trip to Arsenal for a 13:30 BST kick-off on Sunday, 18 April. Wolves are in action the day before, hosting Sheffield United at 15:00.


Teams

Fulham

Formation 3-4-2-1

1Areola 34Aina sub Cavaleiroat 84' 5Andersen 30Kongolo 2Tete 21Reed sub Majaat 74' 18Lemina 33 Robinson 15Loftus-Cheek sub Zambo Anguissaat 63' 14De Cordova-Reid 9Mitrovic Substitutes 3Hector 13Ream 16Tosin 17Cavaleiro 23Bryan 25Onomah 27Maja 29Zambo Anguissa 31Fabri

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

11Rui Patrício 22Nélson Semedo 16Coady 27Saïss 3Aït-Nouri 32Dendoncker 8Neves 7Neto sub João Moutinhoat 32' 10Podence sub Gibbs-Whiteat 74' 37Traoré 12Da Silva sub Fábio Silvaat 78' Substitutes 2Hoever 17Fábio  Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 28João Moutinho 42Richards 49Kilman 54Otasowie

Referee: Jonathan Moss


        Fulham Wolves

Possession 50 50%

Shots      14   7

Shots on Tgt3   3

Corners     3   4

Fouls      11   8



90'+4' Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+4' Attempt saved. Josh Maja (F) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

90'+2' Goal!

Goal! Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Fábio Silva.

90' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 90' Kenny Tete (F) wins a free kick on the right wing. 89' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mario Lem 88' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 87' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Antonee Robinson. 86' Attempt saved. João Moutinho (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri with a cross. 85' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 85' Foul by Kenny Tete (F). 84' Attempt missed. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (F) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation. 84'  Sub, (F) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Ola Aina. 83' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 83' Kenny Tete (F) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 82' Attempt saved. Antonee Robinson (F) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa. 80' Corner, (F) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 78'  Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 78' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nélson Semedo with a cross following a set piece situation. 77' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 77' Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (F). 76' Offside, (F) Joachim Andersen tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside. 74' Attempt missed. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (F) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Maja. 74'  Sub, (F) Josh Maja replaces Harrison Reed. 74'  Sub, (WW)  organ Gibbs-White replaces Daniel Podence. 73' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mario Lemina. 71' Attempt blocked. Mario Lemina (F) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 69' Corner, (F) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 69' Attempt blocked. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (F) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 68' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick. 67' Foul by Terence Kongolo (F). 67' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63'  Sub, (F) André-Frank Zambo Anguissa replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek. 61' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harrison Reed. 60' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 60' Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 59' Attempt missed. Mario Lemina (F) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 58' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 58' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (F) wins a free kick on the left wing. 54' Offside, (F) Ola Aina tries a through ball, but Kenny Tete is caught offside. 47' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (F).

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


        Fulham Wolves

Possession 47% 53%

Shots       3   2

Shots on Tgt0   0

Corners     1   2

Fouls       7   4


45'+4' Half Time First Half ends, Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' VAR Decision: No Goal from Willian Jose Fulham 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers. 45'+1' Offside, (WW) Nélson Semedo tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside.

44' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  44' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (F). 43' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross. 41' Offside, (F) Antonee Robinson tries a through ball, but Joachim Andersen is caught offside. 40' Corner, (F) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 38' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 38' Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 37' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho. 35'  Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 35' Terence Kongolo (F) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 32'

Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Pedro Neto because of an injury. 29' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harrison Reed with a headed pass. 28' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 28' Kenny Tete (F) wins a free kick on the right wing.  28' Attempt missed. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (F) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross. 27' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kenny Tete. 23' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ola Aina. 22' Foul by Mario Lemina (F). 22' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 19' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 19' Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 15' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Foul by Antonee Robinson (F). 13' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 13' Foul by Antonee Robinson (F). 8' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 8' Foul by Kenny Tete (F). 3' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 3' Foul by Ola Aina (F). 2' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nélson Semedo with a cross following a set piece situation. 1' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 1' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (F).

Kick Off First Half begins.



Fabio Silva has lost all three Premier League games in which he's scored - no player has a worse such record in the competition's history

TEAM NEWS

Fulham forward Ademola Lookman has overcome the hamstring strain that prompted his  during last weekend's defeat at Aston Villa. Tom Cairney and reserve goalkeeper Marek Rodak are long-term absentees. Willy Boly remains unavailable for Wolves after testing positive for Covid-19. Jonny needs knee ligament surgery for the second time in eight months, while Fernando Marçal, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez are still out.

'We're not streetwise enough' - Parker Slow starts costing Wolves- Nuno

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Last week felt like a real kick in the teeth for Fulham, who collapsed in the final few minutes against Aston Villa to turn what would have been a big win for them into a damaging defeat. This is another chance for them to climb out of the bottom three, against a team who have not won for a while, but I just wonder how much that capitulation will have deflated them. Wolves have not won for five games since they beat Leeds on 19 February, but they haven't been playing that badly recently. Prediction: 0-1 Wolves are winless in five Premier League games (D2 L3),

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won eight of the 11 most recent league encounters, with their solitary defeat during that period coming at Craven Cottage in the Championship three years ago. There has not been an away victory in any of the 11 Premier League meetings. Fulham's last top-flight home defeat in this fixture was in August 1967.

Fulham could suffer four straight Premier League defeats for the first time since losing their opening four games of the season. They have the worst home record in the division this season, earning just 10 points from 16 matches. Their two top-flight victories at Craven Cottage have come against the only two teams currently below them in the table: West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United. An 11th home defeat of the season this Friday would equal the club's record for a top-flight campaign, set in 1967-68 and matched in 2013-14. Scott Parker's side have 26 points, the same as their final tally for their most recent Premier League season in 2018-19. The Cottagers have scored with 24 of their 362 attempts on goal in the Premier League this season, giving them the division's lowest conversion rate of 6.6%.

Wolverhampton Wanderers could lose three successive league games for only the second time under Nuno Espirito Santo, having done so between October and November 2018 in the Premier League. They have scored the opening goal in only one of their past 20 Premier League matches, and that was an own goal by Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Santo's side failed to score a first-half goal in nine of their 10 most recent away league games. The exception was during a 3-3 draw at Brighton on 2 January. Their only victory in those 10 Premier League away fixtures came at Southampton on 14 February. They are the only team still unbeaten in the Premier League this season after scoring the opening goal (W6, D1).

  30 Mon Apr 05-West Ham (h) Sky 8:15 L2-3

30 Wolves 2 Dendoncker (44'), Fábio Silva (68') West Ham 3 Lingard (6'), Fornals (14'), Bowen (38')

HT 1-3


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West Ham captain Mark Noble says the Hammers have nothing to lose in the race to secure Champions League football after victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers moved them into the Premier League's top four.

After racing into a three-goal lead during a brilliant opening 40 minutes, the Hammers held off a Wolves fightback to secure a win that moves them above Chelsea with eight games remaining.  The only negative for David Moyes' side was the early withdrawal of Michail Antonio through injury, with the striker to be assessed in the coming days. But the Hammers showed real character following his departure to secure the win, and Noble says the squad are determined to fight for a top-four finish. "We said two or three weeks ago that when we get to single figures in games left we can have a right go, because we have nothing to lose and we can go for it," he said. "Let's hope it's a great [season]. We have eight games to go and we're in fourth We're mixing it with the top teams."

On-loan Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard was in inspired form as the Hammers tore Wolves apart in the first half, scoring a fine solo goal and playing a part in the other two as the visitors raced into a 3-0 lead. After running from inside his own half for the opener, he produced a brilliant flick on the byline to find Arthur Masuaku, whose low cross was turned in first time by Pablo Fornals, before then leading a quick counter to tee up substitute Jarrod Bowen to drive in the third.

Moyes' side had let slip a 3-0 lead in their previous game against Arsenal to draw 3-3 and they looked in danger of a repeat when Leander Dendoncker headed home just before half-time and substitute Fabio Silva rolled in a fine strike midway through the second half to reduce the deficit to one goal. West Ham dropped deep as they tried to hold on to their slender advantage, and although Wolves dominated the closing stages they could not find a way through for a third time. Moyes, like Noble, believes there is no reason why West Ham cannot stay in the fight for a top-four finish. "I am hearing pundits talking about West Ham having a chance of Champions League," he said. "Nobody would have envisaged or mentioned that last season. Can we keep it going? We are going to try and compete with the big teams right until the end." Few would likely have expected Lingard, who had fallen out of form and out of favour at Manchester United, to prove to be one of the signings of the January transfer window when he made the switch to the Hammers. But since the move he has not just developed into an integral part of Moyes' side but also into one of the most in-form players in the Premier League. He scored two goals on his West Ham debut and now has six in eight league appearances, with his form having propelled him back into the England set-up at just the right time with the European Championships coming up this summer. His latest strike was undoubtedly a goal of the season contender as he picked the ball up from halfway and slalomed his way past stunned Wolves players before finishing clinically.  Since he joined West Ham only Harry Kane (nine) has been involved in as many goals as Lingard and his arrival has undoubtedly played a key role in ensuring the Hammers are very much in the conversation for a finish in the Champions League places. "I was telling him how well he has played," Moyes said of speaking to Lingard at full-time. "I'm probably a manager who doesn't say that very often, but he deserved that after his performance."

Wolves left with too much to do

Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves need to start matches better Since returning to the Premier League Wolves have often found themselves in the battle for the European places, but a disappointing and inconsistent campaign this time round means that their campaign is spluttering towards a mid-table finish. Injuries have certainly not helped Nuno Espirito Santo's side, with Raul Jimenez having been ruled out for much of the season with a fractured skull while they were dealt another blow before this game with the news that wing-back Jonny is out for the rest of the campaign with an ACL injury. Jimenez's absence has been particularly telling as Wolves have struggled for goals without him - only Burnley had scored fewer than Wolves' 29 in the Premier League prior to this fixture. The three conceded in the first half against West Ham ultimately left them with too much to do but there were some positives for Wolves in the second half, none more so than performance of Fabio Silva. The 18-year-old has only scored three goals this season but his latest was his best and a reminder of the exciting talent he possesses as he produced a great first touch to control an excellent Pedro Neto pass before finishing clinically. "When you don't have the same players everything is not the same and it becomes harder," said Nuno. "The reaction was good but we started very bad. Conceding three goals against a top team like West Ham makes it very difficult to reverse the result."


A first for West Ham - the stats

West Ham have won seven away Premier League games this season, their joint-best return in a single campaign in the competition (also seven in 1993-94, 2005-06 and 2015-16). Wolves have lost six home Premier League games this season, their most in a single campaign since their return to the competition in 2018. This was West Ham's first ever top-flight double over Wolves, and the first in any league season since the 1922-23 Second Division. West Ham scored 3+ goals in the first half of consecutive Premier League games for the first time ever. Jesse Lingard has been involved in nine goals in his eight Premier League appearances for West Ham (six goals, three assists) - since his debut for the Hammers in February, no player has been involved in more Premier League goals than Lingard. Only Leeds (six) have scored more goals from fast breaks than West Ham in the Premier League this season (five), while Jesse Lingard has scored more such goals than any other player this term (three).

Leander Dendoncker's goal for Wolves was his first in the Premier League this season from his 28th attempt at goal - before this game, he'd had more shots without scoring than any other player this term. Wolves' Adama Traore has now had more shots without scoring than any other player in the Premier League this season (26), with the Spaniard having two unsuccessful attempts tonight. Jarrod Bowen's goal for West Ham came just two minutes and 34 seconds after coming off the bench - it was his seventh Premier League goal this season, with only Tomas Soucek netting more for the Hammers this term (nine).

What next? Wolves are back in Premier League action on Friday, 9 April (20:00 BST) when they travel to Fulham while West Ham host Leicester on Sunday, 11 April (14:05 BST).


Wolves Formation 4-2-3-1

11Rui Patrício 22Nélson Semedo 16Coady 27Saïss 3Aït-Nouri sub Hoeverat 90' 32Dendoncker 8Neves Booked at 85' 7Neto 10Podence sub Fábio Silvaat 45' 37Traoré 12Da Silva sub Vitinhaat 72' Substitutes 2Hoever 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 42Richards 49Kilman 54Otasowie 75Marques

West Ham Formation 4-2-3-1

1Fabianski 5Coufal 15DawsonBooked at 4' 23DiopBooked at 10' 3Cresswell 28SoucekBooked at 90' 16Noble 18Fornals sub Benrahmaat 78' 11LingardBooked at 90' 26Masuaku sub Johnsonat 67' 30Antonio sub Bowenat 36' Substitutes 4Balbuena 9Benrahma 14Alves 20Bowen 24Fredericks 25Martin 31Johnson 34Trott 45Odubeko

Referee: Michael Oliver


         Wolves West Ham

Possession 66%  34%

Shots      20    9

Shots on Tgt5    6

Corners     4    2

Fouls       9    9


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Ham United 3.

90'+5' Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Ham United 3.

90'+4' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Issa Diop. 90'+3' Booking Jesse Lingard (WH) is shown the yellow card. 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fábio Silva. 90'+1' Booking

Tomas Soucek (WH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  90'+1' Vitinha (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1'  Foul by Tomas Soucek (WH). 90' Sub, (WW) Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Rayan Aït-Nouri.  90' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 90' Mark Noble (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 85' Booking Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a foul. 85' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 85' Jesse Lingard (WH) wins a free kick on the right wing. 78' Sub, West Ham United. Saïd Benrahma replaces Pablo Fornals. 77' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. 72' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 72' Jesse Lingard (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces Willian José. 70' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. 68' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Ham United 3. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a through ball.

67' Sub, West Ham United. Ben Johnson replaces Arthur Masuaku. 66' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a set piece situation. 65' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 65' Foul by Mark Noble (WH). 61' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 61' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Foul by Aaron Cresswell (WH). 59' Hand ball by Tomas Soucek (WH). 59' Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (WH) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomas Soucek. 58' Offside, (WW) Rui Patrício tries a through ball, but Willian José is caught offside. 55' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willian José. 55' Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (WH) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner. 54' Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Romain Saïss. 51'Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 51' Jarrod Bowen (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Offside, West Ham United. Vladimir Coufal tries a through ball, but Pablo Fornals is caught offside. 45' Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Daniel Podence.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, West Ham United 3.

45'+4' Half Time

         Wolves West Ham

Possession 63%  37%

Shots      13    7

Shots on Tgt3    5

Corners     3    1

Fouls       5    5

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, West Ham United 3.

45'+3' Attempt missed. Conor Coady (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 45'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

44' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, West Ham United 3. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

42' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 41' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. 41' Attempt saved. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross.

38'Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, West Ham United 3. Jarrod Bowen (WH) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jesse Lingard following a fast break. 38' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian José. 38' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a set piece situation. 37' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 37' Foul by Tomas Soucek (WH). 37' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian José. 36' Sub, West Ham United. Jarrod Bowen replaces Michail Antonio because of an injury. 35' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vladimir Coufal. 31' Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (WH) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. 28' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 28' Vladimir Coufal (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross. 24' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 24' Mark Noble (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (WH) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Vladimir Coufal with a cross. 21' Daniel Podence (WW) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 21' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW).  21' Michail Antonio (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 17' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Craig Dawson. 16' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 16' Foul by Arthur Masuaku (WH). 15' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 15' Vladimir Coufal (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 14' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, West Ham United 2. Pablo Fornals (WH) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku. 13' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 13' Tomas Soucek (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Foul by Mark Noble (WH). 12' Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (WH) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku. 10' Booking Issa Diop (WH) is shown the yellow  card for a bad foul. 10' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Foul by Issa Diop (WH).  9' Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Conor Coady. 7' Attempt missed. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. 6' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, West Ham United 1. Jesse Lingard (WH) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Vladimir Coufal following a fast break. 4' Booking Craig Dawson (WH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 4' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 4' Foul by Craig Dawson (WH) 4' Booking  Craig Dawson (WH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 4' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 4' Foul by Craig Dawson (WH). 3' Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (WH) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Issa Diop. 2' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross. Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says several players, including Joao Moutinho, are doubts after suffering "small problems" on international duty.  Daniel Podence, who has been out for two months with a groin injury, will also be assessed.

Rui Patricio has been cleared to play after recovering from concussion.

West Ham boss David Moyes has reported a "few knocks and bruises" from his returning international players, though no serious problems.  Angelo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko remain out, while the Hammers will monitor the fitness of Arthur Masuaku, who played 75 minutes for the under-23s on 19 March, his first appearance since undergoing knee surgery in December.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

This has been a disappointing campaign for Wolves, and one of the first setbacks they suffered was when they lost 4-0 to West Ham at London Stadium in September.  The Hammers, by contrast, have had an excellent season. The challenge for them now is seeing it through to the finish.  This one is hard to call, mainly because I think it will be quite a flat occasion rather than a high-tempo affair. If Wolves do keep West Ham quiet, they could nick the points.

Prediction: 1-0

West Ham are vying to complete a league double over Wolves for the first time since the 1922-23 season

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - West Ham's most recent win at Molineux was by 2-0 in a Premier League game in August 2009. That is Wolves' only defeat in their past eight home league matches versus the Hammers (W5, D2).

Wolverhampton Wanderers could go three consecutive Premier League matches without scoring for the first time in nine years. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have scored the opening goal in just one of their last 19 top-flight games - that was an own goal by Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.  They have netted first in a league-low seven fixtures this season but have won six of them and drawn the other. All five of Ruben Neves' Premier League goals this season have come since the turn of the year - he is the only Wolves player to have scored more than once in 2021.

West Ham United The Hammers have lost successive Premier League away games, as many defeats as in their previous 11 matches on the road (W6, D3). A seventh away win of the season would equal the Hammers' club record in a Premier League campaign. West Ham have won three of their four top-flight games played on Mondays this season. Jesse Lingard has averaged a goal or assist every 88 minutes for West Ham this season, the best ratio by a Hammers player in a single Premier League campaign (with a minimum of 500 minutes). Wolves


29 Tue Mar 2 Man City (a)  8pm BT L4-1 Conor Scored| see below

29 Man City Dendoncker (15' og), Gabriel Jesus (80', 90'+3), Mahrez (90') Wolves 1 Coady (61')


HT 1-0


Gabriel Jesus scored two late goals as Manchester City beat Wolves. Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City have "come through hell and done something more than remarkable" by overcoming a tough winter schedule to extend their winning run to 21 games in all competitions by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers. Their 4-1 victory courtesy of three goals inside the final 10 minutes means City have not dropped points in the league since drawing with West Bromwich Albion on 15 December and are now 15 points clear at the top of the table.  During that time they have played 21 games in all competitions, reached the final of the League Cup, the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and taken control of their last-16 Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach. "In winter time in England it's hell and in that time we did something incredible," Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport. "It's more than remarkable. The players have all my compliments but Liverpool have the crown. To win the Premier League we need those points."

An unlikely second-half equaliser from Conor Coady - cancelling out Leander Dendoncker's first-half own goal - had threatened to thwart City's pursuit of a 15th consecutive Premier League win.  In what was an otherwise one-side encounter, Coady's 61st-minute header - his first Premier League goal and his team's first touch in their opponents' penalty area - gave the visitors hope of earning at least a point. However Gabriel Jesus put City back in front at Etihad Stadium with a shot on the turn from Kyle Walker's deflected cross.  With Wolves' spirit broken, in-form Riyad Mahrez fired in his seventh league goal of the season before Brazil striker Jesus got his second with virtually the final kick as VAR ruled his effort onside. The leaders face second-placed Manchester United on Sunday with the chance to move another step closer to the title.  "We have one or two days to rest and I realise how strong they are," Guardiola said of United "It's an incredible opportunity to make a huge step and we are going to try."

Reaction to Manchester City's win against Wolves

Man City 4-1 Wolves: We never gave up - Guardiola

Slick City stroll on There were so many pre-game statistics that pointed to a 21st consecutive victory for the league leaders and they included one that dates back more than a decade. Not since Peter Crouch scored Tottenham's goal in May 2010 to earn victory in what was effectively a shootout for a Champions League place had City lost a midweek Premier League game. Marton Fulop was their goalkeeper that night, and it is fair to say City have advanced a long way since then. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo certainly recognised their threat and likely dominance, selecting a team with two right-backs and no striker. It was a measure of Nuno's caution that when Adama Traore was fouled at the start of the second-half and referee Chris Kavanagh played advantage as the ball ran on to Nelson Semedo, he complained because he knew there was more chance of joy from the set piece than open play.   The fact that after 28 minutes City midfielder Rodri had completed more passes than the entire Wolves team demonstrated the home side's dominance.  One of those passes was important too, delivered over 40 yards from the centre of the pitch over the Wolves defence to the feet of Mahrez, whose cross led to the opening goal.  Dendoncker knew he had to go for the ball otherwise Raheem Sterling would have had a tap-in.  Coady's equaliser was an unexpected setback for Guardiola's side but as was the case with West Ham United on Saturday, Wolves were unable to cling on to a point as City equalled a club-record 28 games without defeat.  City have also equalled Arsenal's Premier League record of 19 games without trailing at any point.

Man City 4-1 Wolves: We were punished by Man City - Nuno Patricio's defensive barrier That Wolves got as late into the game with a chance of taking something from it was largely down to goalkeeper Rui Patricio. In the seconds before half-time, the Portugal Euro 2016 winner produced a superb full-length save to turn away Bernardo Silva's header. The second period was then only minutes old when Patricio pushed a Kevin de Bruyne shot wide as it appeared certain to find the bottom corner. Then he blocked a powerful Jesus effort that was also heading in.  He earned the luck he enjoyed when Silva fired a rebound from his own effort over the bar and when Sterling's blind back-flick at the near post fizzed just wide of the far post rather than just inside it. In the end, not even the combination of Patricio and good fortune could save Wolves and there was to be no repeat of their victory last season.  "We must look at the game because we made a couple of mistakes under the pressure of City and they are very dangerous and they will punish you," said Wolves boss Nuno. "City are very talented; amazing players, amazing manager. All the other teams that come here find it difficult because they are a good opponent."

Rui Patricio made a couple of big saves before Manchester City's late flurry.  Portuguese players make history - the stats Manchester City have won their last 21 games in all competitions, scoring 55 goals and conceding just eight. City are one of just three teams from the big-five European leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain) to record more than 20 consecutive victories, after Bayern Munich (23 in 2020) and Real Madrid (22 in 2014).  Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 30 goals in 38 starts in all competitions for Man City at the Etihad (15 goals, 15 assists).

Only Conor Coady (three) has scored more own-goals for Wolves in the Premier League than Leander Dendoncker (two). There were more Portuguese players starting Tuesday's match between Manchester City and Wolves (eight) than in any other Premier League game in history.  Manchester City have made more changes to their starting XI than any other any side in the Premier League this season (79).

What next? Manchester City's next game is at home to Manchester United in the Premier League at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, 7 March (16:30 GMT). Wolves are in action at Aston Villa on Saturday, 6 March (17:30 GMT).

   

Player of the match

Riyad Mahrez with an average of7.58

11 Rui Patrício Average rating 7.11

16 Coady 6.57


Man City

Formation 4-3-3

31Ederson 2Walker 3Rúben Dias 14Laporte 27Cancelo 20Bernardo Silva sub Gündoganat 82' 16Rodri 17De Bruyne 26Mahrez 9Gabriel Jesus 7Sterling Substitutes 5Stones 8Gündogan 10Agüero 11Zinchenko 13Steffen 21Torres 25Fernandinho 47Foden 50García

Wolves

Formation 3-4-2-1

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 27Saïss 2Hoever 8Neves sub Otasowieat 90' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto sub Fábio Silvaat 56' 22Nélson Semedo 7NetoBooked at 71' 37Traoré Substitutes 3Aït-Nouri 12Da Silva 15Boly 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 49Kilman 54Otasowie

Referee: Chris Kavanagh


       Man City Wolves

Possession  72% 28%

Shots       22   6

Shots on Tgt10   1

Corners     10   2

Fouls        9   5

Match ends, Manchester City 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+5' Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester City 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+4' VAR Decision: Goal Manchester City 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Gabriel Jesus). 90'+3' Goal! Goal! Manchester City 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Gabriel Jesus (MC) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.Goal awarded following VAR Review. 90'+4' VAR Checking: Manchester City Goal (Gabriel Jesus). 90'+3' Offside, (MC) Ilkay Gündogan tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside. 90'+3' Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus. 90'+3' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Gabriel Jesus (MC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90' Goal! Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Riyad Mahrez (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. 90' Sub, (WW) Owen Otasowie replaces Rúben Neves. 89' Kyle Walker (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 87' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 87' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kyle Walker.  85' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (MC). 85' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Sub, (MC) Ilkay Gündogan replaces Bernardo Silva. 80' Goal! Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Gabriel Jesus (MC) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. 78' Aymeric Laporte (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 77' Raheem Sterling (MC) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne following a corner. 77' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 77' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 74' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from very close range. 73' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 71' Booking Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 71' Kevin De Bruyne (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 71' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 71' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 70' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. 70' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 69' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Rúben Dias. 68' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 68' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 66' Offside, (MC) Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but João Cancelo is caught offside. 65' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 65' Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva with a through ball. 64' Attempt blocked. João Cancelo (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez. 63' Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Rodrigo. 61' Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Conor Coady (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation.

60' Foul by Rodrigo (MC). 60' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 59' Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (MC). 59' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Hand ball by Aymeric Laporte (MC). 56' Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Jonny. 54' Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (MC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bernardo Silva. 53' Attempt blocked. João Cancelo (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo. 52' Foul by Kyle Walker (MC). 52' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 51' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling. 47' Kevin De Bruyne (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Foul by João Moutinho (WW).

Second Half Second Half begins Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (MC) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. 45'+2' Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (MC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 45'+2' Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 45'+1' VAR Decision: No Goal Manchester City 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers. 44' Offside, (MC) Bernardo Silva tries a through ball, but Aymeric Laporte is caught offside. 43' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 43' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Cancelo. 42' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Ki-Jana Hoever is caught offside. 41' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 41' Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus. 41' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez. 37' Offside, (MC) Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but João Cancelo is caught offside. 32' Foul by Bernardo Silva (MC). 32' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Goal! Own Goal by Leander Dendoncker, (WW) Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 13'  Rúben Dias (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 11' Foul by Riyad Mahrez (MC). 11' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 8' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 6' Foul by Rúben Dias (MC). 6' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' 2Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 2' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Cancelo with a through ball. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 20:01 2 Mar Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Manchester City have no new injury concerns for the visit of Wolves, with squad rotation expected.  Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Joao Cancelo and Aymeric Laporte could all return after being rested for the win over West Ham.  Wolves will select from the same squad that drew at Newcastle United.

Willy Boly is back in training but is still unavailable, along with Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez and Fernando Marcal.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Manchester City had to work hard for their 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday, but they stuck to their task. Sergio Aguero looked rusty on his first start since October but once he gets his sharpness back they will have yet another threat. This game won't be easy either, because Wolves are very well organised, but I don't see Nuno Espirito Santo's side managing a repeat of their win at Etihad Stadium last season.

Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Wolves have won seven points against Manchester City since returning to the Premier League in 2018-19, the joint-best record of any team during that period. Their 2-0 victory at the Etihad last season means they can win back-to-back top-flight away games against City for the first time since 1960.

Manchester City

Manchester City's win over West Ham United extended their record winning run to 20 games.

They are one of just three teams in the top five European leagues to record a run of 20 or more consecutive victories, after Bayern Munich (23 in 2020) and Real Madrid (22 in 2014).

City have claimed 14 consecutive Premier League wins - no other side has won more than four in a row this season.  They can equal Arsenal's Premier League record of 19 consecutive games without trailing at any point, set between December 1998 and May 1999.  City are just one short of the club record unbeaten run of 28 games in all competitions.  Pep Guardiola has now won 200 of his 273 games as City manager. He has reached the landmark in fewer matches than any other manager of an English top-flight side. Ederson has kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League, conceding just 15 goals in total.

Wolves' draw at Newcastle United stretched their unbeaten run to five Premier League games. However, they have triumphed in just one of their last eight Premier League away matches (D3, L4), They have claimed 20 points from losing positions - only Manchester United have a better record. Wolves have not beaten the league leaders in a top-flight away game since a 1-0 triumph at Liverpool in 1984. Forward Pedro Neto's five goals and five assists this season mean he has been directly involved in at least four more goals than any other Wolves player.



28 Monday Mar 15-Liverpool (h) 8pm Sky L0-1 Diogo Jota but Patircio injury

Wolves 0 Liverpool 1 Jota (4


HT 0-1


Diogo Jota rekindled Liverpool's Premier League top-four hopes with the winning goal on his return to Molineux in a game that ended with a worrying head injury to Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.Jota, who joined Liverpool from Wolves in September, drilled a low first-time shot under Patricio to settle a tight contest. It was a fine way for the Portugal forward to mark his first appearance back at his former employers and it sees the Reds climb to sixth, two points behind West Ham in fifth and five off Chelsea in fourth.  In a game of few clear-cut chances Mohamed Salah saw a late effort ruled out for offside. However, more distressing for the hosts was the sight of Patricio leaving the pitch on a stretcher after a lengthy delay following a collision with his captain Conor Coady, while trying to prevent the Egyptian from scoring.

Patricio conscious and going to be OK after head injury, says Wolves boss Nuno

The evening started brightly for Wolves who were hoping to win back-to-back games at Molineux for the first time this season.  And while they generally acquitted themselves well, all thoughts of their performance and the result faded late on with Patricio's injury.  Sat in the stands, Wolves forward Raul Jimenez provided a painful reminder of the dangers that footballers can face, with the Mexico international still to return from the fractured skull he sustained against Arsenal in November.  There was a 15-minute delay until John Ruddy was brought on as a concussion substitute to replace the Portugal goalkeeper.

Rui Patricio is the third goalkeeper to be substituted with an injury in the Premier League this season  The referee's assistant did not raise his flag for offside immediately, as is the guidance when the video assistant referee is in use, although it is unclear if an earlier decision would have averted the collision because of the speed at which it unfolded.  While the scenes on the pitch had echoes of Jimenez's injury, thankfully Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was able allay fears over the health of his goalkeeper in his post-match interviews.  "Rui Patricio is OK. He's conscious, he's aware," said Nuno. "He remembers what happened. The assessment is positive, he is going to be OK.  When it's something so serious, you always get worried. It can happen in football. The law is clear. The referees keep the flag down and play to the whistle. Situations will happen. This won't be the only time."

'A dirty three points' - The champions arrived at Molineux after an alarming run of six defeats in their past seven Premier League games. But this result shows they cannot be discounted from being involved in the final reckoning when it comes to the Champions League places.  As the first half developed so too did Liverpool's confidence. And there were plenty of flickers of quality from the Reds, who so resoundingly won the reverse fixture 4-0 at Anfield in December. Many of their best moments arrived courtesy of Sadio Mane's intelligent movement, with the Senegal forward having three good opportunities to score before teeing up Jota's opener. That gave Jurgen Klopp's side a welcome half-time lead for the first time in nine top-flight matches. Yet while it was an improvement there were also plenty of signs that more must follow. Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara's partnership in midfield is a work in progress and despite all their neat interchanges there are still problems in attack which need to be resolved over the remaining weeks of the season. That was underlined by Jota, Salah, Ozan Kabak and Mane all failing to add to their tally when presented with reasonable opportunities to make life more comfortable for the Reds. "It's all about the result," Klopp told Sky Sports. "A big fight. If we want three dirty points, I'm fine with that. We had very good moments where we should have done better. Defensively the whole game was really good."

'We wanted the result' - what they said

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC Sport: "It was a very competitive game. We were able to control most of Liverpool's situations. There are positives and things we have to improve - better passing and finishing. We must be accurate in the final touch. We know the players can do much better."  On when Raul Jimenez may return: "We don't have a date. We cannot rush things. He's training, not too involved - he must avoid contact. He will join Mexico [to train]. Hopefully we'll still have him this season but we have to be patient."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told BBC Sport: "It's unfortunate [on Patricio's injury]. In contact sport it happens time to time. I'm more relaxed because the first impression is it's not serious. We wish him all the best. It should not happen, but it can happen. "We had good moments but the final touch, final pass was not exactly there. We wanted the result."

Perennial substitute Milner - the stats

Wolves have lost their past nine Premier League games against Liverpool, their joint-longest losing run versus a side in their league history alongside nine consecutive defeats by Brighton from 1979-1989. Liverpool have only lost two of their past 100 Premier League games in which they've scored first (W84 D14).

Liverpool have won four of their past five away Premier League games (L1), as many as they'd won in their previous 15 on the road in the competition (D6 L5). Only Sheffield United (22) have conceded the first goal in more Premier League games this season than Wolves (19 - level with West Brom). Only Raul Jimenez (18) has scored more Premier League goals at Molineux than Diogo Jota (11 - level with Steven Fletcher). Liverpool's Jota became just the second player to score both for and against Wolves in the Premier League after Stephen Hunt. Liverpool's James Milner made his 158th Premier League appearance as a substitute, the joint most in the competition's history alongside Peter Crouch.

What's next? With the international break looming Wolves are next in Premier League action on Monday, 5 April (20:15 BST) when they welcome West Ham to Molineux. Liverpool travel to Arsenal for their next top-flight fixture on Sunday, 4 April (16:30).


Wolves Formation 3-4-2-1

11Rui Patrício sub rRuddyat 90+11' 27SaïssBooked at 52' 16Coady 15Boly 22Nélson Semedo sub rGibbs-Whiteat 84' 8NevesBooked at 37' sub rDendonckerat 76' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 37Traoré 7Neto 12Da Silva sub rFábio Silvaat 70' Substitutes 2Hoever 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 32Dendoncker 49Kilman 75Marques

Liverpool Formation 4-3-3

1Alisson 66Alexander-Arnold 47Phillips 19Kabak 26Robertson 6Thiago AlcántaraBooked at 42' sub rKeitaat 67' 3Fabinho 5Wijnaldum sub rMilnerat 67' 11Salah 20Jota sub rOxlade-Chamberlainat 82' 10Mané Substitutes 7Milner 8Keita 13Adrián 15Oxlade-Chamberlain 17Jones 21Tsimikas 23Shaqiri 46R Williams 76N Williams

Referee: Craig Pawson


 FT     Wolves Liverpool

Possession 53% 47%

Shots      10  12

Shots onTgt 5   4

Corners     3   2

Fouls      17  10


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.

90'+18' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.

90'+15' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (WW) with an attempt from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. 00'+14' Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (L) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Naby Keita. 90'+13' Corner, (L) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 90'+13' Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a set piece situation. 90'+13' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 90'+13' Mohamed Salah (L) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+11' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 90'+11' Nathaniel Phillips (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+11'  Sub, (WW) John Ruddy replaces Rui Patrício because of an injury. 86' Offside, (L) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside. 85' Andrew Robertson (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 84'  Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Nélson Semedo. 84' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 83' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 83' Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L). 82'  Sub, (L) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Diogo Jota. 80' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (L) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah. 80' Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (L) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Naby Keita. 79' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nélson Semedo with a cross. 79' Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (L) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner. 78' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Foul by Mohamed Salah (L). 77' Hand ball by Willy Boly (WW). 76'  Sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Rúben Neves.  73' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho. 70'  Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 67'  Sub, (L) Naby Keita replaces Thiago. 67'  Sub, (L) James Milner replaces Georginio Wijnaldum. 64' Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 63' Foul by Jonny (WW). 63' Thiago (L) wins a free kick on the right wing. 61' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 61' Diogo Jota (L) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 60' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 60' Andrew Robertson (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 59' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 59' Foul by Diogo Jota (L). 58' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 58' Sadio Mané (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 56' Sadio Mané (L) wins a free kick on the left wing. 55' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55' Foul by Mohamed Salah (L). 53' Attempt missed. Ozan Kabak (L) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a set piece situation. 52' Booking Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 52' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 52' Diogo Jota (L) wins a free kick on the left wing. 52' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 52' Mohamed Salah (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (L) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sadio Mané. 50' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Foul by Thiago (L). 49' Attempt missed. Conor Coady (WW) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross following a corner. 49' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 48' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Georginio Wijnaldum. 47' Thiago (L) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Foul by Willy Boly (WW).

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1


45'+3' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.

        Wolves Liverpool

Possession 52% 48%

Shots       4   5

Shots onTgt 2   1

Corners     2   1

Fouls       5   5


45'+2' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1. Diogo Jota (L) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané. 45' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. 43' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 42' Booking Thiago (L) is shown the yellow card for (three) a bad foul. 42' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 42' Foul by Thiago (L). 41' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ozan Kabak. 40' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 40' Foul by Fabinho (L). 39' Foul by Thiago (L). 39' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 38' Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (L) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross. 37' Booking Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 37' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 37' Sadio Mané (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Nathaniel Phillips (L). 34' Offside, (WW) Willian José tries a through ball, but Pedro Neto is caught offside. 32' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 32' Fabinho (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 31' Thiago (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Foul by Fabinho (L). 26' Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (L) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thiago. 22' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 22' Fabinho (L) wins a free kick on the left wing. 20' Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (L) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 19' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Sadio Mané. 13' Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (L) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum with a through ball. 11' Attempt blocked. Nélson Semedo (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 5' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 5' Sadio Mané (L) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 2' Corner, (L) Conceded by Romain Saïss. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 20:02 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Lawro's prediction  Prediction: 1-1

Wolves v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

Mark Lawrenson BBC football expert

Wolves will have seen how other teams have got good results against Liverpool recently, so they will be happy to sit back and make things difficult for them, thinking they will still get a chance or two at the other end. Liverpool's away form hasn't been too bad of late, but you can't say they will finish in the top four while they can't win at home. They are also relying on some of the teams above them suffering a real drop off in form in order for them to make up the ground they have lost, so it is not really in their hands at the moment. Wolves have lost eight league matches in a row against Liverpool, one short of their longest top-flight losing streak versus an opponent: nine against Manchester City from 1902 to 1933. However, Wolves have twice beaten Jurgen Klopp's side in the FA Cup: at Anfield in January 2017 and at Molineux two years later. This is the 100th league meeting, all of them in the top flight. Liverpool lead by 52 wins to Wolves' 30.


Nuno on his brief spell with Fabinho

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo brought now Liverpool midfielder Fabinho to Europe. He signed the Brazilian for Rio Ave in June 2012, although he joined Real Madrid on loan a month later and never actually played for the Portuguese side. "Fabinho is an amazing player, a fantastic player. We were together in the beginning at Rio Ave when he came to Europe," Nuno said. "I was just starting basically with the same technical staff that we have here in Rio Ave. "We brought in two players from Brazil: Filipe Augusto and Fabinho. We were together for two weeks and from out of nowhere he goes on loan to Real Madrid. I said I teach this boy in two weeks very well! "He was not the player that he is now. He was just a young boy full of talent. He's a fantastic boy and an amazing football player."


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports: "We have to show up here tonight, that's clear. Wolves play completely different to RB Leipzig. This is a different challenge and we have to be ready for that." On Fabinho's importance: "Of course. He gives us a lot of things, like we saw in the Champions League. He is there in the right spaces and allows the other players to be slightly higher. He wins decisive challenges as well. He's a very important player, we would play him more [in midfield] if we could."

On Diogo Jota returning to Molineux: "He has only friends here. He is a really relaxed guy so I dont think he will be too emotional tonight. After the game he has time to speak to his friends, during the game he can show them why they miss him."

On the chance to make up ground on the sides above them: "I dont even know the results. If you win games the rest falls in place for you. That's how it is. We have 10 games to go, a lot of points [to play for]."


Big hug' for Nuno and Jota

Wolves v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says he will give Diogo Jota a "big, big hug and eventually a kiss". "The friendship that we had for four or five years together every day - big hug! "I'm absolutely sure that if Molineux was full of our fans, he would have a huge reception because what Diogo did with us was amazing, fantastic, beyond words. "He was truly admired because he gave everything he had for the club. "He joined us in the Championship coming from Porto, put his life and heart here and that cannot ever be forgotten." t's good to get away sometimes, isn't it? Liverpool will be relieved to be playing away from Anfield - on the back of six consecutive defeats at their home ground. They have won five out of six games away from Anfield (including the 'home' game against Leipzig in Hungary). Today they visit Wolves, who are without a win in three games.

  



27 Sat Mar  6-Aston Villa (a)  17:30 Sky 0-0

27 Aston Villa 0 Wolves 0


HT 0-0


Aston Villa's European hopes suffered another setback as they were held to a goalless draw by Wolves in their West Midlands derby.  The hosts, who suffered a surprise loss to Sheffield United in midweek, dominated the early stages with Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa both hitting the crossbar. But with the influential Jack Grealish again missing as he recovers from injury, Villa faded after the break as Wolves sparked into life. Having failed to create a chance of note during the first period, Nuno Espirito Santo's visitors somehow contrived to miss several gilt-edged chances to snatch all three points. Romain Saiss blazed an effort over the bar from practically on the goal-line after Conor Coady had headed against a post, while another close-range effort from Coady drew a superb save from Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to ensure the spoils were shared. The result leaves Villa ninth in the table on 40 points while Wolves remain 12th, five points further back.

Defeat by the Blades had left Villa boss Dean Smith calling for an instant reaction to boost hopes of qualifying for Europe for the first time in a decade. And when Watkins fired a 25-yard effort against the bar it appeared to be a promising early signal of intent. With Wolves barely able to get out of their own half it seemed only a matter of time before the hosts went in front, particularly when Konsa rattled the woodwork from Bertrand Traore's cross. But until another late Konsa effort, that was the best Villa could muster.  With Grealish watching from the stands, Smith must have wished that he could turned to his talismanic captain as the game began to slip away.  Instead, Ross Barkley, a substitute for the third game running, was introduced but did little to push his case for a starting berth, managing just five touches in the Wolves half during his 35-minute cameo.  With Villa six points off Europa League qualification and seven from a Champions League spot, Smith will hope Grealish's impending return can prevent a season of promise ending with a whimper.

A tale of two halves for Wolves

Only Burnley, Newcastle, West Brom and Sheffield United have managed fewer goals on their travels than Wolves this season. And having seemingly been set up to utilise the pace of Pedro Neto and Adama Traore on the counter, their first-half performance underlined many of the reasons why. While Neto and Traore offer plenty with the ball at their feet they were scarcely given the opportunity to threaten as Wolves failed to record an effort on target. Often receiving the ball deep, the duo were repeatedly smothered by Villa's three midfield players, and on the rare opportunities they managed to advance little arrived by the way of support. Only Sheffield United have failed to score in more opening periods in the Premier League this term, but Wolves improved markedly after the break. Neto tested Martinez five minutes after the interval to set the tone and both Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves appeared to have been given the freedom to roam forward. A well-worked corner routine saw Coady hit the post before a stretching Saiss lifted the ball over the bar from barely a yard out. Wolves were unfortunate that their next opportunity from Willian Jose's skewed shot also fell to their England defender Coady, who while excellent at the other end of the pitch - making more clearances than any other player (eight) - is not noted for his finishing prowess.

'It was the proverbial game of two halves' - what they said

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "We were good first half, created some good chances and should've gone in ahead. They were good second half and created chances as well and they should've gone ahead. It was the proverbial game of two halves. Wolves upped their tempo and I couldn't work out if it was us being poor or them being better. I think it was a bit of both. We've created chances in the first half with some of our best play this season. We wanted to replicate it in the second half but unfortunately didn't. It probably is a point game but I was sitting at half-time thinking how are we not in front but I think it's a fair result."  On Jack Grealish: "He was back running on the anti-gravity treadmill a few days ago so once he's pain free he should be ready to go."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "The first half we didn't play well but everything changed in the second half. We improved and I thought we were good. "With the honesty I have with Conor [Coady], I think he should have done better [scored]. We were much better with the pressing in the second half. We played much better."

Villa keep another clean sheet - the stats

Wolves remain unbeaten in their last five away Premier League games against Aston Villa (W2 & D3), having lost on six of their previous seven trips to Villa Park in the top-flight before this (W1). Aston Villa have failed to score in each of their last four home Premier League games against Wolves - only against Chelsea (a run of five between October 1995 - January 2000) and Man Utd (a run of five between March 2003 - December 2006) have they had a longer run of games without scoring against a specific opponent at Villa Park in the competition. Aston Villa have kept 14 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, their highest tally in a single top-flight campaign since 2009-10 under Martin O'Neill (15), whilst only league leaders Man City (15) have kept more shut outs in the competition in 2020-21.

Wolves (P6 W0 D3 L3) are one of only two sides that remain winless in Premier League games played on a Saturday this season alongside Sheffield United (P9 W0 D0 L9). Under Dean Smith, Aston Villa have won just two of their 12 home league games without Jack Grealish (D5 L5) and remain winless in such matches since a 2-1 victory against Bristol City in the Championship in April 2019 (P4 W0 D1 L3 since then). Wolves have won just one of their last 10 away Premier League games (D4 L5), with that victory coming at Southampton in February. No Argentine goalkeeper has more Premier League clean sheets than Aston Villa's Emiliano Martinez (20, level with Julian Speroni). Wolves captain Conor Coady has had a shot on target in his last two Premier League games, after not registering a single one in his first 102 appearances in thecompetition.

What's next? Aston Villa travel to Newcastle in their next Premier League fixture on Friday, 12 March (20:00 GMT). Wolves welcome Liverpool to Molineux in their next top-flight game on Monday, 15 March (20:00).


MoM 8 Rúben Neves Average rating 7.32

    7 Pedro Neto 7.10


Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

26Martínez 27El Mohamady 4Konsa 5Mings 18Targett 7McGinn 6Douglas Luiz 25SansonBooked at 27' sub Barkleyat 61' 15Traoré sub Ramseyat 83' 11Watkins 17Trézéguet sub Davisat 78' Substitutes 1Heaton 3Taylor 19Nakamba 20Barkley 22Engels 39Davis 41Ramsey 52Philogene-Bidace 62Hayden

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 27Saïss 22Nélson Semedo 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 7Neto 12Da Silva sub Fábio Silvaat 78' 37Traoré Substitutes 2Hoever 3Aït-Nouri 15Boly 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 49Kilman

Referee: Andy Madley


FT   Aston Villa Wolves

Possession 49%  51%

Shots       9   11

Shots on Tgt1    3

Corners     5    3

Fouls      13    13


90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+4' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 90'+4' Matt Targett (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Attempt missed. Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner. 90'+3' Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (AV) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 90' Corner, (AV) Conceded by Conor Coady. 87' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner. 86' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 86' Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV). 86' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 86' Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Offside, (AV) Ross Barkley tries a through ball, but Jacob Ramsey is caught offside. 83'  Sub, (AV) Jacob Ramsey replaces Bertrand Traoré because of an injury. 83' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 83' Ahmed El Mohamady (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78'  Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 78'  Sub, (AV) Keinan Davis replaces Trézéguet. 76' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Emiliano Martínez. 76' Attempt saved. Conor Coady (WW) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian José. 76' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker following a set piece situation. 76' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker following a set piece situation. 76' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 76' Foul by Ahmed El Mohamady (AV). 71' Attempt missed. Ahmed El Mohamady (AV) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a cross following a corner. 70' Corner, (AV) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 69' Foul by Willian José (WW). 69' Tyrone Mings (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 69' Foul by Willian José (WW). 68' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto following a set piece situation. 68' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 68' Foul by John McGinn (AV). 66' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 66' Foul by Douglas Luiz (AV). 62' Foul by Trézéguet (AV). 62' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61'  Sub, (AV) Ross Barkley replaces Morgan Sanson. 60' Hand ball by Trézéguet (AV). 62' Foul by Trézéguet (AV). 62' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61'  Sub, (AV) Ross Barkley replaces Morgan Sanson. 60' Hand ball by Trézéguet (AV). 58' Foul by Trézéguet (AV). 58' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) right footed shot from very close range is too high following a corner. 57' Conor Coady (WW) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 56' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matt Targett. 53' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. 51' Matt Targett (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 50' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Emiliano Martínez. 50' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Conor Coady. 50' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Emiliano Martínez. 50' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Conor Coady. 49' Corner, (AV) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 49' Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Trézéguet. 46' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Foul by Matt Targett (AV). Second Half

Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

HT   Aston Villa Wolves

Possession 53%  47%

Shots       5    3

Shots on Tgt0    0

Corners     2    0

Fouls       4    8

45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45' Foul by Matt Targett (AV). 44' Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (AV) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. 43' Ollie Watkins (AV) wins a free kick on the left wing. 43' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 42' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 42' John McGinn (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 41' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 41' Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 40' Offside, (AV) John McGinn tries a through ball, but Morgan Sanson is caught offside. 39' Corner, (AV) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 38' Offside, (AV) Matt Targett tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside. 36' Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (AV) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 34' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 34' Foul by Douglas Luiz (AV). 33' Hand ball by Willian José (WW). 30' Corner, (AV) Conceded by João Moutinho. 28' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. 27' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 27' Foul by Trézéguet (AV). 27' Booking Morgan Sanson (AV) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 27' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 27' Foul by Morgan Sanson (AV). 23' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 23' Ollie Watkins (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 17' Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John McGinn. 17' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Foul by Matt Targett (AV). 15' Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Bertrand Traoré with a cross following a set piece situation. 14' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 14' Trézéguet (AV) wins a free kick on the left wing. 11' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 11' Morgan Sanson (AV) wins a free kick on the left wing. 10' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 9' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 9' Morgan Sanson (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 7' Attempt blocked. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a headed pass. 4' Ollie Watkins (AV) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by John McGinn. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 17:2317:23


Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Predictions:

Aston Villa are becoming very difficult to predict. They showed they could cope without Jack Grealish when they beat Leeds last weekend, but they were pretty poor i n his absence as they lost to Sheffield United on Wednesday. The good news for Villa is that Grealish could be back against Wolves, who have been looking more like their old selves lately. Nuno Espirito Santo's side were well beaten in the end by Manchester City in midweek but they were still hard to break down. They didn't get much of a chance to attack against City but, apart from that game, they have had a bit more bite recently too.

Lawro's prediction: 0-1 Ben's prediction: 2-1

Smith - 2021 has been a picture of inconsistency for the hosts. Losing their first two games in January is the only time they’ve had the same result twice in a row all year.  Dean Smith feels a top-eight finish is still attainable for Villa if his side can rediscover the same rhythm as before New Year’s Day.

Nuno- Wolves’ struggles have been well documented. Goals have been hard to come by without Raul Jimenez.

Opta

The visitors have 11 games remaining and are 11 points off the top six. They’re 11 points off the relegation places so you could say it’s all to play for.


Aston Villa netted 27 goals in their first 13 Premier League games this season, netting 3+ goals on six separate occasions - in their last 12 games, they have scored just 11 goals, failing to score more than twice in any game.

Only Sheffield United have conceded the first goal in more different Premier League games than Wolves this season (18). Indeed, Wolves have opened the scoring in just one of their last 17 league games, doing so in their 1-0 victory against Leeds last month.

Wolves have conceded 23 away goals in the Premier League this season, already two more than they did on the road in the whole of 2019-20.

Ollie Watkins has scored seven home Premier League goals this season - the last Aston Villa player to net more at Villa Park in a top-flight campaign was Christian Benteke in 2012-13 (11), while the last English player to do so was Darius Vassell in 2001-02 (8).

In their last game against Man City, Wolves defender Conor Coady scored with his first ever Premier League shot on target, in what was his 103rd appearance in the competition.

   


29 Tue Mar 2 Man City (a)  8pm BT L4-1 Conor Scored|

29 Man City Dendoncker (15' og), Gabriel Jesus (80', 90'+3), Mahrez (90') Wolves 1 Coady (61')


HT 1-0


Gabriel Jesus scored two late goals as Manchester City beat Wolves. Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City have "come through hell and done something more than remarkable" by overcoming a tough winter schedule to extend their winning run to 21 games in all competitions by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers. Their 4-1 victory courtesy of three goals inside the final 10 minutes means City have not dropped points in the league since drawing with West Bromwich Albion on 15 December and are now 15 points clear at the top of the table.  During that time they have played 21 games in all competitions, reached the final of the League Cup, the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and taken control of their last-16 Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach. "In winter time in England it's hell and in that time we did something incredible," Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport. "It's more than remarkable. The players have all my compliments but Liverpool have the crown. To win the Premier League we need those points."

An unlikely second-half equaliser from Conor Coady - cancelling out Leander Dendoncker's first-half own goal - had threatened to thwart City's pursuit of a 15th consecutive Premier League win.  In what was an otherwise one-side encounter, Coady's 61st-minute header - his first Premier League goal and his team's first touch in their opponents' penalty area - gave the visitors hope of earning at least a point. However Gabriel Jesus put City back in front at Etihad Stadium with a shot on the turn from Kyle Walker's deflected cross.  With Wolves' spirit broken, in-form Riyad Mahrez fired in his seventh league goal of the season before Brazil striker Jesus got his second with virtually the final kick as VAR ruled his effort onside. The leaders face second-placed Manchester United on Sunday with the chance to move another step closer to the title.  "We have one or two days to rest and I realise how strong they are," Guardiola said of United "It's an incredible opportunity to make a huge step and we are going to try."

Reaction to Manchester City's win against Wolves

Man City 4-1 Wolves: We never gave up - Guardiola

Slick City stroll on There were so many pre-game statistics that pointed to a 21st consecutive victory for the league leaders and they included one that dates back more than a decade. Not since Peter Crouch scored Tottenham's goal in May 2010 to earn victory in what was effectively a shootout for a Champions League place had City lost a midweek Premier League game. Marton Fulop was their goalkeeper that night, and it is fair to say City have advanced a long way since then. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo certainly recognised their threat and likely dominance, selecting a team with two right-backs and no striker. It was a measure of Nuno's caution that when Adama Traore was fouled at the start of the second-half and referee Chris Kavanagh played advantage as the ball ran on to Nelson Semedo, he complained because he knew there was more chance of joy from the set piece than open play.   The fact that after 28 minutes City midfielder Rodri had completed more passes than the entire Wolves team demonstrated the home side's dominance.  One of those passes was important too, delivered over 40 yards from the centre of the pitch over the Wolves defence to the feet of Mahrez, whose cross led to the opening goal.  Dendoncker knew he had to go for the ball otherwise Raheem Sterling would have had a tap-in.  Coady's equaliser was an unexpected setback for Guardiola's side but as was the case with West Ham United on Saturday, Wolves were unable to cling on to a point as City equalled a club-record 28 games without defeat.  City have also equalled Arsenal's Premier League record of 19 games without trailing at any point.

Man City 4-1 Wolves: We were punished by Man City - Nuno Patricio's defensive barrier That Wolves got as late into the game with a chance of taking something from it was largely down to goalkeeper Rui Patricio. In the seconds before half-time, the Portugal Euro 2016 winner produced a superb full-length save to turn away Bernardo Silva's header. The second period was then only minutes old when Patricio pushed a Kevin de Bruyne shot wide as it appeared certain to find the bottom corner. Then he blocked a powerful Jesus effort that was also heading in.  He earned the luck he enjoyed when Silva fired a rebound from his own effort over the bar and when Sterling's blind back-flick at the near post fizzed just wide of the far post rather than just inside it. In the end, not even the combination of Patricio and good fortune could save Wolves and there was to be no repeat of their victory last season.  "We must look at the game because we made a couple of mistakes under the pressure of City and they are very dangerous and they will punish you," said Wolves boss Nuno. "City are very talented; amazing players, amazing manager. All the other teams that come here find it difficult because they are a good opponent."

Rui Patricio made a couple of big saves before Manchester City's late flurry.  Portuguese players make history - the stats Manchester City have won their last 21 games in all competitions, scoring 55 goals and conceding just eight. City are one of just three teams from the big-five European leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain) to record more than 20 consecutive victories, after Bayern Munich (23 in 2020) and Real Madrid (22 in 2014).  Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 30 goals in 38 starts in all competitions for Man City at the Etihad (15 goals, 15 assists).

Only Conor Coady (three) has scored more own-goals for Wolves in the Premier League than Leander Dendoncker (two). There were more Portuguese players starting Tuesday's match between Manchester City and Wolves (eight) than in any other Premier League game in history.  Manchester City have made more changes to their starting XI than any other any side in the Premier League this season (79).

What next? Manchester City's next game is at home to Manchester United in the Premier League at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, 7 March (16:30 GMT). Wolves are in action at Aston Villa on Saturday, 6 March (17:30 GMT).

   

Player of the match

Riyad Mahrez with an average of7.58

11 Rui Patrício Average rating 7.11

16 Coady 6.57


Man City

Formation 4-3-3

31Ederson 2Walker 3Rúben Dias 14Laporte 27Cancelo 20Bernardo Silva sub Gündoganat 82' 16Rodri 17De Bruyne 26Mahrez 9Gabriel Jesus 7Sterling Substitutes 5Stones 8Gündogan 10Agüero 11Zinchenko 13Steffen 21Torres 25Fernandinho 47Foden 50García

Wolves

Formation 3-4-2-1

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 27Saïss 2Hoever 8Neves sub Otasowieat 90' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto sub Fábio Silvaat 56' 22Nélson Semedo 7NetoBooked at 71' 37Traoré Substitutes 3Aït-Nouri 12Da Silva 15Boly 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 49Kilman 54Otasowie

Referee: Chris Kavanagh


       Man City Wolves

Possession  72% 28%

Shots       22   6

Shots on Tgt10   1

Corners     10   2

Fouls        9   5

Match ends, Manchester City 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+5' Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester City 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+4' VAR Decision: Goal Manchester City 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Gabriel Jesus). 90'+3' Goal! Goal! Manchester City 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Gabriel Jesus (MC) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.Goal awarded following VAR Review. 90'+4' VAR Checking: Manchester City Goal (Gabriel Jesus). 90'+3' Offside, (MC) Ilkay Gündogan tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside. 90'+3' Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus. 90'+3' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Gabriel Jesus (MC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90' Goal! Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Riyad Mahrez (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. 90' Sub, (WW) Owen Otasowie replaces Rúben Neves. 89' Kyle Walker (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 87' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 87' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kyle Walker.  85' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (MC). 85' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Sub, (MC) Ilkay Gündogan replaces Bernardo Silva. 80' Goal! Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Gabriel Jesus (MC) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. 78' Aymeric Laporte (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 77' Raheem Sterling (MC) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne following a corner. 77' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 77' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 74' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from very close range. 73' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 71' Booking Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 71' Kevin De Bruyne (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 71' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 71' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 70' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. 70' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 69' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Rúben Dias. 68' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 68' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 66' Offside, (MC) Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but João Cancelo is caught offside. 65' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 65' Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva with a through ball. 64' Attempt blocked. João Cancelo (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez. 63' Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Rodrigo. 61' Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Conor Coady (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation.

60' Foul by Rodrigo (MC). 60' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 59' Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (MC). 59' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Hand ball by Aymeric Laporte (MC). 56' Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Jonny. 54' Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (MC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bernardo Silva. 53' Attempt blocked. João Cancelo (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo. 52' Foul by Kyle Walker (MC). 52' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 51' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling. 47' Kevin De Bruyne (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Foul by João Moutinho (WW).

Second Half Second Half begins Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (MC) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. 45'+2' Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (MC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 45'+2' Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 45'+1' VAR Decision: No Goal Manchester City 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers. 44' Offside, (MC) Bernardo Silva tries a through ball, but Aymeric Laporte is caught offside. 43' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 43' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Cancelo. 42' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Ki-Jana Hoever is caught offside. 41' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 41' Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus. 41' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez. 37' Offside, (MC) Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but João Cancelo is caught offside. 32' Foul by Bernardo Silva (MC). 32' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Goal! Own Goal by Leander Dendoncker, (WW) Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 13'  Rúben Dias (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 11' Foul by Riyad Mahrez (MC). 11' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 8' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 6' Foul by Rúben Dias (MC). 6' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' 2Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 2' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Cancelo with a through ball. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 20:01 2 Mar Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Manchester City have no new injury concerns for the visit of Wolves, with squad rotation expected.  Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Joao Cancelo and Aymeric Laporte could all return after being rested for the win over West Ham.  Wolves will select from the same squad that drew at Newcastle United.

Willy Boly is back in training but is still unavailable, along with Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez and Fernando Marcal.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Manchester City had to work hard for their 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday, but they stuck to their task. Sergio Aguero looked rusty on his first start since October but once he gets his sharpness back they will have yet another threat. This game won't be easy either, because Wolves are very well organised, but I don't see Nuno Espirito Santo's side managing a repeat of their win at Etihad Stadium last season.

Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Wolves have won seven points against Manchester City since returning to the Premier League in 2018-19, the joint-best record of any team during that period. Their 2-0 victory at the Etihad last season means they can win back-to-back top-flight away games against City for the first time since 1960.

Manchester City

Manchester City's win over West Ham United extended their record winning run to 20 games.

They are one of just three teams in the top five European leagues to record a run of 20 or more consecutive victories, after Bayern Munich (23 in 2020) and Real Madrid (22 in 2014).

City have claimed 14 consecutive Premier League wins - no other side has won more than four in a row this season.  They can equal Arsenal's Premier League record of 19 consecutive games without trailing at any point, set between December 1998 and May 1999.  City are just one short of the club record unbeaten run of 28 games in all competitions.  Pep Guardiola has now won 200 of his 273 games as City manager. He has reached the landmark in fewer matches than any other manager of an English top-flight side. Ederson has kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League, conceding just 15 goals in total.

Wolves' draw at Newcastle United stretched their unbeaten run to five Premier League games. However, they have triumphed in just one of their last eight Premier League away matches (D3, L4), They have claimed 20 points from losing positions - only Manchester United have a better record. Wolves have not beaten the league leaders in a top-flight away game since a 1-0 triumph at Liverpool in 1984. Forward Pedro Neto's five goals and five assists this season mean he has been directly involved in at least four more goals than any other Wolves player.


  


26 Feb 27-Newcastle @ 8pm Sky D1-1 Neves with a header inside the box!

26 Newcastle 1 Lascelles (52') Wolves 1 Neves (73') (Assist Neto)

HT 0-0

Captain Jamaal Lascelles says Newcastle "need to stop talking and put points on the board" after missing a chance to move further clear of the Premier League relegation zone with a draw against Wolves. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was also concerned at losing the influential Miguel Almiron, saying he "fears the worst" about the Paraguayan's injury.  Almiron was substituted at half-time and Bruce says he will have a scan on Sunday.  Lascelles headed the hosts in front from Ryan Fraser's cross in the second half and they looked good for their lead after a confident performance.

But Ruben Neves, who had never scored a headed goal for Wolves before, was awarded space to guide Pedro Neto's delivery beyond Martin Dubravka to earn the visitors a point.  Dubravka, making his first Premier League appearance of the season, may have done better for Wolves' leveller but produced a superb save to deny Fabio Silva in added time.

Newcastle were left to rue a number of missed opportunities of their own, with Almiron striking the far post after breaking the offside trap early in the first half. It means 18th-placed Fulham can move within one point of Newcastle if they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday, while Wolves remain 12th. "We had very good chances and we are lost for words," Lascelles told Match of the Day. "We got a point but it should have been three points. A lot of positives but we need to stop talking and put the points on the board."


Bruce 'encouraged' by draw against Wolves - Newcastle boss Bruce dished out a personal vote of confidence during the week when he told supporters he was "convinced" the club would avoid the drop this season.His side were 10 points clear of the relegation zone three weeks ago but that will be cut to just one if a resurgent Fulham win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.If it was not for a wonderful save by Dubravka to keep out Silva's header in stoppage time, the Cottagers would head into that fixture with the chance to go above them. Bruce will feel vindicated by his decision to drop Karl Darlow and start Dubravka, his number one before this season, having only played once in all competitions because of a heel injury. The Slovakia international could arguably have done better to keep out the Neves header that brought Wolves level, but his instinctive save from Silva late on was vital. Bruce was frustrated by the space Neves found himself in to score Wolves' goal, admitting there was confusion over his side's defensive positioning after Matt Ritchie replaced Emil Krafth.  "The instructions Matty didn't get on to the team quick enough on how we were doing it," said Bruce. "When you look at the goal, we should have stopped the cross and when the keeper looks at it, could he have done better?" Newcastle enjoyed a number of opportunities with Almiron's golden chance and Isaac Hayden heading straight at Rui Patricio, while Joelinton's scuffed effort was cleared off the line late on. Allan Saint-Maximin even had the ball in the net after teeing up Joe Willock before tucking in the rebound after the on-loan Arsenal midfielder's shot was saved, but he had strayed into an offside position. The breakthrough did come thanks to Lascelles' first league goal since also he also scored against Wolves in October 2019. But Newcastle will no doubt view this as two points dropped, especially after Brighton's 1-0 defeat at West Brom earlier. They visit both of those sides in their next three matches in potentially crucial encounters.

Traore and Neto provide Wolves' threat - Adama Traore's only goal this season came in the FA Cup Wolves had won three of their past four heading into this one after a run of eight Premier League games without a win, but were lacking their recent clinical edge in the north east. Their main threats came through the direct running of Adama Traore and Neto.  Traore only has one goal and one assist to his name in all competitions this season, but when he came to life at St James' Park, so did the visitors.  He struck the woodwork from a back-post header with his side's first meaningful attempt after half an hour, before Neto steered wide after a burst down the left from the Spaniard. Both Isaac Hayden and Ciaran Clark were booked for bringing down Traore when in full flight and Neto fired off target from another well-weighted Traore cross. Wolves' return to form seems to have come since the arrival of forward Willian Jose, who has started the past six games since joining on loan from Real Sociedad. But the Brazilian, who is yet to open his goalscoring account, struggled to make an impact and instead it fell to Neves to get on the end of Neto's cross to beat Dubravka.

"I'm not looking too much at the result. I'm looking more at the performance," boss Nuno Espirito Santo told Match of the Day. "I think we had good spells of possession and found the right spaces. We were in the game in a good way. I'm disappointed with the way we conceded but the reaction was good. We finished the game well. "It's not difficult to beat our best run of this season. Our expectations are high. We expect good things from the players."



Nuno reaches managerial milestone - the stats

Newcastle and Wolves have both scored in all 12 Premier League meetings between the sides, the most played fixture in the competition with neither side keeping a clean sheet.

Of Premier League fixtures to be played at least 10 times, Newcastle v Wolves has seen the highest percentage of games finish in a draw (75% - 9/12).

Each of the last five league meetings between the sides has finished 1-1.

No team has scored a higher share of their Premier League goals in the second half this season than Newcastle (67% - 18/27).

Wolves named the same starting XI in three consecutive league games for the first time since January 2020.

Jamaal Lascelles netted his first Premier League goal in 29 games, since scoring against Wolves back in October 2019 at St. James' Park.

Joao Moutinho became the third outfielder to reach 100 Premier League appearances for Wolves (also Conor Coady and Matt Jarvis).

Nuno Espirito Santo took charge of his 102nd Premier League game at Wolves, overtaking Mick McCarthy (101) as the most matches in charge of the club in the competition.

Pedro Neto has been directly involved in 10 Premier League goals this season (five goals, five assists), four more than any other Wolves player.

What's next?

Wolves head to Manchester City on Tuesday (20:00 GMT) and then Aston Villa on Saturday (17:30), while Newcastle visit West Brom a week on Sunday (12:00).


Player of the match

Rúben Neves with an average of 9.09


Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

1Dubravka 17Krafth sub Ritchieat 72' 6Lascelles 2ClarkBooked at 43' 15Lewis 28Willock 8Shelvey 14HaydenBooked at 19' 9Joelinton 24Almirón sub Fraserat 45' 10Saint-Maxi'ubstituted forMurphyat 63' Substitutes 3Dummett 7Carroll 11Ritchie 12Gayle 16Hendrick 21Fraser 23Murphy 26Darlow 36S Longstaff

Wolves

Formation 3-4-2-1

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 27Saïss 22Nélson Semedo sub Hoeverat 85' 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto sub Aït-Nouriat  0+4' 7Neto 37Traoré 12Da Silva sub Fábio Silvaat 82' Substitutes 2Hoever 3Aït-Nouri 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 49Kilman 54Otasowie

Referee: Mike Dean

# 8 Rúben Neves 9.09

#37 Traoré 6.97

# 7 Pedro Neto  6.82

#11 Rui Patrício 6.64


FT  Newcastle Wolves

Possession 47% 53%

Shots      19  14

Shots onTgt 7   4

Corners     3   5

Fouls      10   13


Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+4'  Sub, (WW) Rayan Aït-Nouri replaces Jonny. 90'+4' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+4' Foul by Jacob Murphy (NU). 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Martin Dubravka. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ciaran Clark. 90' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.89' Attempt blocked. Jacob Murphy (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 88' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 88' Jonjo Shelvey (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Fábio Silva. 86' Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser. 85'  Sub, (WW) Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Nélson Semedo because of an injury. 82'  Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 82' Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (NU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner. 81' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 81' Attempt blocked. Joelinton (NU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy. 86' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 86' Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser. 85'  Sub, (WW) Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Nélson Semedo because of an injury.  82'  Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 82' Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (NU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner. 81' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 81' Attempt blocked. Joelinton (NU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy. 80' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 80' Jacob Murphy (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (NU) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross following a set piece situation. 78' Foul by Jonny (WW). 78' Jacob Murphy (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 76' Foul by Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton  Wanderers). 76' Ryan Fraser (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73' Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Rúben Neves (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. (odds of a million to one on this) Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross.

72' Attempt saved. Joelinton (NU) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey. 72'  Sub, (NU) Matt Ritchie replaces Emil Krafth because of an injury. 71' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 71'

Jacob Murphy (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 70' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jamal Lewis. 69' Foul by Jonny  (WW). 69' Joelinton (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 67' Hand ball by Jacob Murphy (NU). 67' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian José. 63'  Sub, (NU) Jacob Murphy replaces Allan Saint-Maximin because of an injury. 63' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey. 60' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 55' Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fraser following a set piece situation. 54' Joseph Willock (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 54' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 54' Foul by Jamal Lewis (NU). 54' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 53' Foul by Joelinton (NU). 53' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Jamaal Lascelles (NU) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross following a corner. 51' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 51' Attempt blocked. Allan Saint-Maximin (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joelinton. 50' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 49' VAR Decision: No Penalty Newcastle United. 49' Attempt missed. Isaac Hayden (NU) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 49' Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joelinton. 48' Isaac Hayden (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by Willian José (WW). 48' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. 45' Sub, (NU) Ryan Fraser replaces Miguel Almirón because of an injury.

Second Half begins Newcastle United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

HT  Newcastle Wolves

Possession 55% 45%

Shots       8   7

Shots onTgt 4   2

Corners     0   1

Fouls       7   5

45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 45'+1' Joelinton (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 45' Foul by Joseph Willock (NU). 45' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho. 43' Booking Ciaran Clark (NU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 43' Foul by Ciaran Clark (NU). 43' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 39' Foul by Joseph Willock (NU). 39' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (NU). 37' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 34' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 31' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Martin Dubravka. 31' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 28' Attempt blocked. Miguel Almirón (NU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin. 26' Attempt missed. Allan Saint-Maximin (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joseph Willock. 24' Offside, (NU) Joseph Willock tries a through ball, but Allan Saint-Maximin is caught offside. 24' Attempt saved. Joseph Willock (NU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin. 22' Attempt saved. Joelinton (NU) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Miguel Almirón. 22' Attempt blocked. Jamal Lewis (NU) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin. 21' Attempt saved. Emil Krafth (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin. 21' Jamaal Lascelles (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Foul by Willian José (WW). 19' Foul by Isaac Hayden (NU). 19' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 16' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 16' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 13' Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (NU). 13' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Miguel Almirón (NU) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey. 8' Offside, (NU) Joelinton tries a through ball, but Emil Krafth is caught offside. 7' Ciaran Clark (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 7' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 5' Attempt saved. Isaac Hayden (NU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joseph Willock with a cross. 5' Miguel Almirón (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 5' Foul by Jonny (WW).  2' Foul by Joseph Willock (NU). 2' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 1' Allan Saint-Maximin (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 19:01 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Tribute to Graham Hughes in Coady interview


Newcastle boss Steve Bruce on dropping Karl Darlow and replacing him with Martin Dubravka: "In management sometimes you have to make a decision which is cruel. "Karl's done nothing wrong really. I've just decided to make a change and the experience and know-how of Martin could help us."  A big decision by Steve Bruce to drop Karl Darlow. A first Premier League appearance of the season for Martin Dubravka. Has Bruce made the right call?


Team news

Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez could return to the squad for Saturday's Premier League clash with Wolves.  The Argentinian has missed the last eight games with a thigh problem, but has trained all week and could be included in the matchday party along with striker Joelinton, who has recovered from the kick he took in last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United. Head coach Steve Bruce faces a decision over his goalkeeper with the fit-again Martin Dubravka, who has not made a league appearance since suffering an ankle injury in pre-season, pushing Karl Darlow, while striker Callum Wilson (hamstring), full-back Javier Manquillo (ankle) and Fabian Schar (knee) are still out.

Wolves are still without Willy Boly and Daniel Podence as they bid to extend their unbeaten league run to five matches. Centre-half Boly (hamstring) and winger Podence (hip) have both missed the last four games after being forced out of the home win against Arsenal at the start of this month. Brazilian defender Fernando Marcal is also unavailable after being withdrawn from last week's home win against Leeds.


Lawro: Newcastle are sinking like a stone. They have the pallid look of relegation about them, and it's hard to know where their next win is coming from. In contrast, Wolves are looking like the team they were last season, and have won their past two games. I think they will make it three in a row at St James' Park.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Jones Knows prediction

Newcastle are slipping and sliding nearer trouble but I'm still convinced this isn't the Newcastle of a few weeks ago that embarrassed themselves in a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United. It's a braver, more forward-thinking approach.Back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Manchester United haven't changed my opinion. And, to an extent, the performance at United, especially in the first half, actually strengthened my belief that the Toon are an improved outfit since switching to this diamond-like formation halfway through their defeat to Leeds.

This is a very winnable game for them, so much so I was surprised to see 5/2 available on the home win with Sky Bet.

Wolves may have won four of their last five matches but they still remain a very stodgy team, especially in the first half of matches. They haven't scored before the 36th minute in a match for seven fixtures and with Newcastle playing a more aggressive, high-press game, I'm interested in the 3/1 for Newcastle to be winning at half-time. Steve Bruce's men have scored five goals in their last five first halves.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-1



25 Fri Feb 19-Leeds (h)  8pm BT W1-0

25 Wolves 1 Meslier (64' og) (Traore shot rebound) Leeds 0


HT 0-0

Illan Meslier's unfortunate own goal following Adama Traore's sensational strike gave Wolverhampton Wanderers victory against Leeds in an entertaining Premier League encounter. There was little to separate the sides before Traore hit a thunderous effort from distance just after the hour and the ball hit the crossbar before rebounding off the back of Meslier's head into the Leeds goal. The visitors had gone close to scoring themselves just moments earlier when Rui Patricio denied Liam Cooper's header from point-blank range before the follow-up by Patrick Bamford was scrambled clear. Bamford also thought he had snatched an equaliser late on as he powered through on goal before finishing brilliantly but he was flagged just offside, before ex-Wolves winger Helder Costa spurned a glorious chance in the final minute but shot straight at Patricio. Victory for Wolves moved them above Leeds into 11th place and continued their resurgence following a dip in form. They have now won three of their past four games in the Premier League. Defeat for Leeds, meanwhile, was their second in succession having lost 4-2 to Arsenal last time out, but this was a much more even encounter and they were unlucky in the manner of the goal they conceded and to have not scored themselves.

This has arguably been Wolves' most difficult season since their return to the top flight in 2018, having had to deal with the absence of key forward Raul Jimenez through injury for much of the campaign as well as a loss of form.  A run of eight Premier League games without a win had seen them drop away from the top six into the bottom half of the table, but that poor run was halted by a victory against Arsenal at the start of February and they have not lost since. Against Leeds they looked back to their attacking best, with the excellent Pedro Neto impressing once more. The 20-year-old Portugal international has stepped up in Jimenez's absence with five goals and four assists, and he was unfortunate not to be on the scoresheet. Neto was at his best in the first half as he had several shots on goal, notably drawing a fingertip save out of Meslier. With Wolves back in form and confidence high, Neto in particular could flourish further as Nuno Espirito Santo's side have their eye on finishing in the European places again.


Wolves

Formation 3-4-3


11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 27Saïss 22Nélson Semedo 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto sub rMarçalat 60'minutes sub rAït-Nouriat 82'minutes 7NetoBooked at 90mins 12Da Silva sub rFábio Silvaat 87'minutes 37Traoré Substitutes 2Hoever 3Aït-Nouri 5Marçal 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy  49Kilman 54Otasowie

Leeds

Formation 4-4-1-1

1Meslier 2Ayling 21Struijk 6Cooper 15Dallas 18Raphinha 46Shackleton sub rHernándezat 66'minutes 43Klich sub rAlioskiat 81'minutes  22Harrison sub rHélder Costaat 81'minutes 11Roberts 9Bamford Substitutes 10Alioski 13Casilla 14Llorente 17Hélder Costa

19Hernández

24Davis

30Gelhardt

47Jenkins

52Huggins

Referee:

David Coote



FT      Wolves Leeds

Possession 41% 59%

Shots      15  18

Shots onTgt 5   7

Corners     7   9

Fouls      13   8


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Leeds United 0.

90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Leeds United 0.

90'+4' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 90'+4' Attempt missed. Raphinha (LU) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a headed pass. 90'+3' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (LU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 90'+1' Booking Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Pascal Struijk. 90' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 89' Attempt blocked. Tyler Roberts (LU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski. 87' Foul by Luke Ayling (LU). 87' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 87'  Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 86' Foul by Pascal Struijk (LU). 86' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 85' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 85' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willian José. 82'

Sub, (WW) Rayan Aït-Nouri replaces Marçal because of an injury. 81'  Sub, (LU) Hélder Costa replaces Jack Harrison. 81'  Sub, (LU) Ezgjan Alioski replaces Mateusz Klich. 81' Foul by Mateusz Klich (LU). 81' Adama Traoré  (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 79' Offside, (WW) Rui Patrício tries a through ball, but Willian José is  caught offside. 77' Offside, (LU) Tyler Roberts tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside. 74' Tyler Roberts (LU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 70' Hand ball by Pablo Hernández (LU). 70' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 70' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Stuart Dallas. 69' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jack Harrison. 68' Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (LU) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross following a corner. 67' Attempt saved. Liam Cooper (LU) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raphinha with a cross. 67' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 66'

Sub, (LU) Pablo Hernández replaces Jamie Shackleton. 66' Hand ball by Conor Coady (WW).

64' Goal!

Own Goal by Illan Meslier, (LU) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Leeds United 0. 64' Adama Traoré (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Marçal.

63' Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (LU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. 63' Attempt saved. Liam Cooper (LU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raphinha with a cross. 62' Mateusz Klich (LU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 62' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 62' Attempt saved. Liam Cooper (LU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Raphinha with a cross. 61' Luke Ayling (LU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 61' Tyler Roberts (LU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 61' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 60'  Sub, (WW) Marçal replaces Jonny. 56' Attempt missed. Tyler Roberts (LU) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raphinha with a cross following a corner. 55' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 54' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 54' Attempt blocked. Raphinha (LU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross. 52' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 51' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 48' Hand ball by Adama Traoré (WW). 46' Raphinha (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Foul by Jonny (WW). Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leeds United 0.

HT      Wolves Leeds

Possession 45% 55%

Shots       9   8

Shots onTgt 5   3

Corners     4   4

Fouls       6   4


45'+1' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leeds United 0.

41' Foul by Jamie Shackleton (LU). 41' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 38' Attempt blocked. Raphinha (LU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 36' Tyler Roberts (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 35' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Illan Meslier. 35' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Willian José. 31' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian José. 28' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Illan Meslier. 28' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 27' Attempt missed. Tyler Roberts (LU) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Harrison. 27' Attempt blocked. Pascal Struijk (LU) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. 27' Attempt saved. Pascal Struijk (LU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 27' Mateusz Klich (LU) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right. Assisted by Raphinha following a corner. 26' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 25' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 24' Foul by Stuart Dallas (LU). 24' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Foul by Pascal Struijk (LU). 22' Foul by Pascal Struijk (LU). 22' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box. 20' Attempt saved. Liam Cooper (LU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Raphinha with a cross. 19' Patrick Bamford (LU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 18' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 18' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 16' Foul by Tyler Roberts (LU). 16' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Liam Cooper (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 15' Attempt saved. Raphinha (LU) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 14' Luke Ayling (LU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 14' Foul by Willian José (WW). 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Illan Meslier. 12' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. 11' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Stuart Dallas. 9' Luke Ayling (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Foul by Jonny (WW). 8' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 5' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 5' Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (LU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Roberts. 2' Patrick Bamford (LU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 2' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 20:03 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Injured Wolves pair Willy Boly and Daniel Podence are getting closer to full fitness but will miss Friday's visit of Leeds United.  Forward Raul Jimenez is now training individually outdoors but is still a long way from a return to playing.  Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and forward Rodrigo are still out, though they could be fit next week.  Diego Llorente is available again, while Mateusz Klich will continue to play despite nursing a hip problem.

MOTD analysis: How Arsenal's 'brilliant' movement unpicked Leeds

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves have picked up a bit in the last couple of weeks and have started to pose more of a threat going forward. Kalvin Phillips missed last weekend's game with Arsenal and Leeds were over-run for long spells. Without him, I don't think they will keep Wolves at bay.  Prediction: 2-1

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Wolves have won their past four league matches against Leeds, scoring nine goals and conceding just once. They are unbeaten in the eight most recent top-flight home meetings, winning five and drawing three.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have won twice in three league matches, as many victories as they had in their previous 14 attempts. They are looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time since October. Wolves haven't opened the scoring in any of their past 14 league fixtures. Ruben Neves has scored four goals in seven Premier League appearances in 2021, having failed to find the net in his 34 league games last year. Excluding own goals, Wolves' last 98 league goals have been scored by non-English players.

Leeds United are one victory shy of 200 in the Premier League. They have only kept one clean sheet in their past seven league matches. Marcelo Bielsa's side have conceded an unrivalled 19 goals from set pieces in the top flight this season. Leeds have won six of their past seven Premier League away matches played outside London. Patrick Bamford has scored six goals in five appearances for Leeds on a Friday. Eight of Bamford's 12 Premier League goals this season have come away.


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Ton up Nuno


24 Saints 1 Ings (25') Wolves 2 Neves (53' pen), Neto (66')

HT 1-0


Pedro Neto scoredNeto celeb a stunning individual goal as Wolves came from a goal down to beat Southampton at St Mary's. It was a tale of two halves, with the visitors improving markedly as an attacking force after the break to hand Southampton their sixth successive Premier League defeat.

The home side controlled the opening period and took the lead when Danny Ings scored with a brilliant volley after he was picked out by Stuart Armstrong. However, the game turned in the 52nd minute when referee Graham Scott awarded a penalty after ruling that Ryan Bertrand's use of his arm to block Nelson Semedo's attempted delivery was illegal. The Saints full-back and his team-mates appeared perplexed by the decision, but it stood and Ruben Neves converted from the spot.

Wolves, buoyed by the goal, went on the front foot and took the lead when Neto jinked his way past Jannik Vestergaard before threading his angled strike between Jan Bednarek and keeper Alex McCarthy. Saints pressed for an equaliser but were thwarted by Wolves stopper Rui Patricio who made a double save from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams.

Wolves go 12th in the Premier League table, a point and a place above Southampton.

Contentious decisions irk any team, but it prickles that little bit more when you are desperate for a point, never mind a win.  In the split second Bertrand turned his back to avoid getting struck in the face by Semedo's cross, he cannot have imagined that referee Scott would point to the spot. The point of contention was whether the left-back's arm was in an unnatural position - the VAR team saw no need for the official to reconsider his initial decision. Ralph Hasenhuttl's side never recovered from that as the frailties in defence that have cost them so dearly in the recent past resurfaced. As brilliant as Neto's strike was, could Vestergaard have blocked his run? And should McCarthy have been beaten from such a tight angle? It is a shame for the Saints because early in the match they displayed the kind of dominance that saw them beat Wolves in the FA Cup on Thursday. Ings along with Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond looked formidable in attack and his opening strike was typical of him - instinctive and creative. It was his 30th Premier League goal since the start of last season, and only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (36), Leicester's Jamie Vardy (35) and Tottenham's Harry Kane (31) have managed as many. The forward's progress has been blighted by injuries in recent years, but if he stays fit Hasenhuttl's side should be able to escape this rut.


SouthamptonFormation 4-4-2

1McCarthy 2Walker-Peters sub Salisuat 72' 35Bednarek booked at 61' 4Vestergaard 3Bertrand 17Armstrong sub Adamsat 69' 8Ward-Prowse 6Romeu booked at 17' 19Minamino sub Djenepoat 62' 9Ings 11Redmond Substitutes 5Stephens 10Adams 12Djenepo 22Salisu 23Tella 40N'Lundulu 44Forster 65Watts 72Chauke

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 27Saïss booked at 54' 22Nélson Semedo 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto sub Marçalat 69' 37Traoré 12Da Silva sub Fábio Silvaat 89' 7Neto booked at 90' sub Kilmanat 90+3' Substitutes 2Hoever 3Aït-Nouri 5Marçal 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 49Kilman 54Otasowie

Referee: Graham Scott


TEAM NEWS

    Southampton Wolves

Possession 51%  49%

Shots       7   10

Shots onTgt 3    4

Corners     4    6

Fouls      10    9

90'+3'   sub, (WW) Maximilian Kilman replaces Pedro Neto. 90'+1' Offside, (Saints) Jan Bednarek tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside. 90' Booking Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90' Oriol Romeu (Saints) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 89' Oriol Romeu (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by João Moutinho  (WW). 89'   sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 88' Oriol Romeu (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' Foul by Marçal (WW). 84' Attempt missed. Che Adams (Saints) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross. 81' Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Saints). 81' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Offside, (Saints) James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside. 79' Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Saints) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Ings with a cross. 76' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 76' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 74' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Oriol Romeu. 72' Nathan Redmond (Saints) wins a free kick on the right wing. 72'  Foul by Marçal (WW). 72'   sub, (Saints) Mohammed Salisu replaces Kyle Walker-Peters because of an injury. 69'   sub, (Saints) Che Adams replaces Stuart Armstrong. 69'   sub, (WW) Marçal replaces Jonny. 68' Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Saints) right footed shot from outside the box. 66' Goal!

Goal! Southampton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

64' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kyle Walker-Peters. 63' Attempt saved. Willian José (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 62'   sub, (Saints) Moussa Djenepo replaces Takumi Minamino. 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jan Bednarek. 61' Booking Jan Bednarek (Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 61' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 61' Foul by Jan Bednarek (Saints). 60' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 58' Foul by Jannik Vestergaard (Saints). 58' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 56' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Conor Coady. 56' Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond. 54' Booking Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 54' Stuart Armstrong (Saints) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 54' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 53' Goal

Goal! Southampton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Rúben Neves (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

52' Penalty conceded by Ryan Bertrand (Saints) with a hand ball in the penalty area. 52'  Attempt blocked. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 51' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 50' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Leander Dendoncker is caught offside. 50' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Ward-Prowse. 49' Stuart Armstrong (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 47' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kyle Walker-Peters. 46' Jan Bednarek (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Foul by Willian José (WW).

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+3' Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


   Southampton Wolves

Possession 53%  47%

Shots       3    3

Shots onTgt 2    0

Corners     2    1

Fouls       6    2


45'+3' Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 45'+1' Offside, (Saints) Jannik Vestergaard tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker-Peters is caught offside. 41' Kyle Walker-Peters (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 39' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 39' Corner,  (Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex McCarthy. 38' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Saints). 38' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive  half. 37' Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Ings. 36' Oriol Romeu (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 28' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Saints). 28' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Offside, (Saints) Alex McCarthy tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught  offside

25' Goal! Southampton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Danny Ings (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box. 20' Offside, (Saints) Kyle Walker-Peters tries a through ball, but Ryan Bertrand is caught offside. 19' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 19' Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Ings. 17' Booking Oriol Romeu (Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 17' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Saints). 17' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Offside, (Saints) Takumi Minamino tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside. 8' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 5' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a set piece situation. 5' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 5' Foul by Jan Bednarek (Saints). 3' Hand ball by James Ward-Prowse (Saints). 1' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  1'

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Saints).  Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 11:00 Lineups are announced and players are warming up


TEAM NEWS

Loan signing Takumi Minamino is available for Southampton after being cup-tied for Thursday's win at Wolves.  Alex Jankewitz is banned, while Alex McCarthy is likely to return in place of FA Cup goalkeeper Fraser Forster.  Wolves will monitor Rayan Ait-Nouri and Jonny, who have both featured for the side this week and are being eased back into action after injury. Fernando Marcal, Raul Jimenez, Willy Boly and Daniel Podence all remain on the sidelines. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to restore several players to the starting line-up after making six changes for the midweek FA Cup game, with Conor Coady, Pedro Neto and Willian Jose among those set to return.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION - Southampton keep on losing in the league, where they have now suffered five defeats in a row, but they did win at Wolves in the FA Cup on Thursday.  Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl spoke about needing to find a "reset" button after they were beaten 3-2 at Newcastle last weekend but, as they begin to get some of their injured players back, they are bound to improve.  Wolves were on a bad run themselves until the end of January, but they responded by beating Arsenal and drawing with Leicester before losing to Saints in midweek. Nuno Espirito Santo made a lot of changes for that tie, however. Wolves will be at full strength at St Mary's Stadium, and I think they will go home with the points.

Prediction: 0-1

Wolves came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 when they played Southampton at St Mary's last season

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Southampton have won just one of the past nine league meetings (D4, L4). Saints have dropped seven points from winning positions in their last three Premier League games against Wolves. Wolves have won three of their four most recent away fixtures against Southampton in all competitions.

Southampton have suffered five straight league defeats, conceding 18 goals. They have never lost six league games in a row. Ralph Hasenhuttl's side have won just one of their past five home league matches (D1, L3). Nonetheless, only Manchester City have kept more than Southampton's six home clean sheets in this season's top flight. James Ward-Prowse has scored four direct free-kick goals in the league this season, just one short of David Beckham and Laurent Robert's Premier League record. Danny Ings has scored just one goal in his past nine Premier League appearances.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have won once in 10 Premier League games, and have failed to score in three of the last four. They could go seven consecutive league away fixtures without a win for the first time since a run of nine from February to September 2012. Only Burnley and Sheffield United have scored fewer than Wolves' nine away goals in this season's top flight.  Wolves haven't opened the scoring in any of their past 13 top-flight games. Only three clubs have had a longer such run in Premier League history. Five of Wolves' seven league victories this season have come against London sides. Nuno Espirito Santo will become the second Wolves manager to take charge of 100 Premier League matches, emulating Mick McCarthy.

  


FAC5 Thurs Feb 11 Wolves v Saints H 5:30 BTSport L0-2 Rubbish

FAC5 Wolves 0 Saints 2 Ings (49'), Armstrong (90')

HT 0-0

Nuno abandoned the chance to easily reach the semi finals again with this team selection - and only on shot on goal for the home team.

Southampton reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a routine victory over Wolves at Molineux and will play AFC Bournemouth.   A Danny Ings goal from close range and Stuart Armstrong's neat late finish secured a win that ended a run of four consecutive defeats. While both managers made significant changes to their sides from the weekend, Saints coped better and showed greater fluency to deserve to progress.  While most of the time Wolves defence without Coady was being torn everywhichway. The quarter-finals will be played on the weekend of 20 and 21 March.



Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

21Ruddy 32Dendoncker 27Saïss 49Kilman 2Hoever 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto sub Aït-Nouriat 45' 18Gibbs-WhiteBooked at 59' sub Traoréat 63'Booked at 90' 17Fábio Silva sub Da Silvaat 64' 20Vitinha sub Netoat 69' Substitutes 3Aït-Nouri 7Neto 11Rui Patrício 12Da Silva 16Coady 22Nélson Semedo 37Traoré 39Cundle 54Otasowie

Southampton Formation 4-4-2

44Forster 2Walker-PetersBooked at 52' 35Bednarek 22Salisu 3Bertrand 17Armstrong 8Ward-Prowse 6RomeuBooked at 88'  12Djenepo sub Tellaat 87' 11Redmond 9Ings sub Adamsat 83' Substitutes 4Vestergaard 5Stephens 10Adams 23Tella 40N'Lundulu 41Lewis 52Finnigan 65Watts 72Chauke

Referee: Jonathan Moss


          Wolves Southampton

Possession  47%  53%

Shots        1    8

Shots on Tgt 1    8

Corners      3    8

Fouls       12    6


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 2.

90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 2.

90'+4' VAR Decision: No Penalty Southampton. 90'+3' Penalty Southampton. Nathan Tella draws a foul in the penalty area. 90'+3' Penalty conceded by João Moutinho (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 90'+2' Booking Adama Traoré (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+2' Nathan Tella (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 90' Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 2. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Tella. 89' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 88' Booking Oriol Romeu (Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 88' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Saints). 88' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking  half. 87'  Sub, (Saints) Nathan Tella replaces Moussa Djenepo. 86'  Ryan Bertrand (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 86' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 83' Che Adams (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 83' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 83' Sub, (Saints) Che Adams replaces Danny Ings. 80' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mohammed Salisu. 79' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fraser Forster. 79' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 77' Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings. 75' Moussa Djenepo (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 75' Foul by Ki-Jana Hoever (WW). 74' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Saints). 74' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Attempt blocked. Oriol Romeu (Saints) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 73' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 71' Ryan Bertrand (Saints) wins a free kick on the left wing. 71' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 69'  Sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Vitinha. 69' Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 68' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by João Moutinho. 68' Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 67' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by John Ruddy. 67' Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Saints) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong with a through ball. 65' Moussa Djenepo (Saints) wins a free kick on the left wing. 65' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 64' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 64'  Sub,  WoLverhampton Wanderers. Willian José replaces Fábio Silva. 63'  Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 63' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mohammed Salisu.  62' Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Saints) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand. 59' Booking Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) is shown the yellow card. 59' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation. 57' Danny Ings (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 55' Mohammed Salisu (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 54' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ki-Jana Hoever. 52' booking Kyle Walker-Peters (Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 52' Foul by Kyle Walker-Peters (Saints). 52' Fábio Silva (WW) 50' VAR Decision: Goal Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Southampton (Danny Ings). 49' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 1. Danny Ings (Saints) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.  49' Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Saints) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand. 48' Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 0.

45'  Sub, (WW) Rayan Aït-Nouri replaces Jonny.


HALF TIME

          Wolves Southampton

Possession  44%  56%

Shots        1    8

Shots on Tgt 0    3

Corners      0    5

Fouls        2    3

45'+4'

Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 0.

45'+1' James Ward-Prowse (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Foul by Jonny (WW). 44' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. 44' Foul by Moussa Djenepo (Saints). 44' Ki-Jana Hoever (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 41' Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross. 38' Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Saints). 38' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 37' Foul by Nathan Redmond (Saints). 35' Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Saints) - who is putting in some nasty fouls. 34'  Danny Ings (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 34'  Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 30'  VAR Decision: No Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. (of course) 26' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Jonny is caught offside. 21' Attempt saved. Moussa Djenepo (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Walker-Peters. 18' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 18' Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 12' Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Saints) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.  9' Attempt missed. Moussa Djenepo (Saints) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner. 9' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 9' Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse. 7' Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond. 6' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by João Moutinho. 6' Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Saints) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand. 6' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 5' Corner, (Saints) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 17:30 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.



Takumi Minamino scored on his Southampton debut last weekend but cannot play in the FA Cup. Wolves will again be without Daniel Podence and Willy Boly when they host Southampton in the FA Cup fifth round.  Winger Podence and defender Boly missed last Sunday's 0-0 draw with Leicester and have been ruled out, but Rayan Ait-Nouri could return from injury.  Full-back Kyle Walker-Peters is available for Southampton after four games out with a thigh problem.  On-loan Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino is unable to play under the terms of his move.  Will Smallbone (knee), Theo Walcott (thigh) and Alexandre Jankewitz (suspended) are out with Stuart Armstrong still doubtful with a muscle issue.

Southampton have lost four straight games in the Premier League, including a 9-0 defeat at Manchester United, but Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo will not take them lightly. "All the teams during this season have tough, tough moments, but that doesn't take away the quality and the talent of the squad of Southampton," he said. "It is a very talented squad, a very good manager. We know in football anything can change from one game to the other." Nuno also confirmed that striker Raul Jimenez - who last played in November and is recovering from a fractured skull - is not yet back in full training.  "The consultation was really positive," he said.

"He is allowed to increase his intensity but he is still working by himself. The issue is contact, especially heading. All the measures are by himself. He is not allowed to have contact yet."

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: "Wins in the cup are nice to have but don't really count sometimes I feel. It's a competition we are still part of and we want to go as far as possible in. For us it's a very important game."

Saints share the scoring - the stats

This will be the fifth FA Cup meeting between Wolves and Southampton, with each side winning twice in the previous four. Southampton won the last meeting 2-0 in March 2003, en route to reaching the final that season. Wolves have lost just one of their last 10 meetings with Southampton in all competitions (W5 D4), with their league meeting with Saints at Molineux this season ending 1-1.  Wolves are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-final for the second time in the last three seasons, having done so in just one of the previous 20 campaigns in the competition. Southampton knocked out holders Arsenal 1-0 in the last round - only once in the Premier League era have Saints eliminated top-flight opposition in consecutive rounds before, doing so in 2017-18 en route to the semi-final (Watford and West Brom).

Wolves have won both of their FA Cup matches 1-0 this season, and are looking to keep three consecutive clean sheets in the competition for the first time since February 1976 (four in a row).  Southampton's past 10 FA Cup goals have been scored by different players, including an own goal in their victory against Arsenal in the fourth round.


23 Sunday Feb  7-Leicester (h) 14:00 D0-0

23 Wolves 0 Leicester 0

HT 0-0


Fabio Silva had the best chance of the game but was denied by Kasper Schmeichel (pic PA)Silva foiled by schmeichel

Leicester City's outside hopes of winning the Premier League title suffered a blow after being held to a goalless draw at Midlands rivals Wolves.  Brendan Rodgers' side lie in third place, seven points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, who also have a further game in hand.  The visitors have an excellent away record this season but were flat for large periods of the contest and failed to fully test Rui Patricio.  The Wolves goalkeeper gathered a couple of drives from James Maddison, but the efforts were from range and kept out comfortably.  Striker Jamie Vardy made his return from injury on the hour mark and almost won it in time added on but headed wide from a promising position.

Wolves had just one shot on target throughout the game though it was the best chance for either side - substitute Fabio Silva's low strike from close range was superbly kept out by Kasper Schmeichel at full stretch. Nuno Espirito Santo's side defeated Arsenal last time out but have now won just once in 10 league games and remain 14th in the table.

Leicester stunned English football by claiming a shock Premier League title only five years ago, but will feel this was a missed opportunity in their quest to repeat the feat. Rodgers' side extended their run to one defeat in 10 games, but failed to draw level on points with second-placed Manchester United, who were held late on at home by Everton on Saturday. The draw means Leicester have collected 27 points on their travels this season, the joint most alongside the Red Devils, but a lacklustre showing in front of goal means they failed to score away from home for just the second time this campaign. Playmaker Maddison attempted to weave his magic but was restricted to strikes from distance, while Kelechi Iheanacho smashed wide from an angle. Harvey Barnes had a low shot brilliantly blocked by Max Kilman and Vardy - who missed three games because of hernia surgery - almost made a dramatic impact on his return but sent a header wide in the 92nd minute.

Scoring issues for Wolves -Wolves have twice finished seventh since their return to the Premier League in 2018 and are performing below the lofty standards they have set themselves. Nuno's side have scored just 23 times in as many games this season, failing to net for the eighth time, and are missing the presence of talismanic striker Raul Jimenez in the opposition area. Pedro Neto and Adama Traore often got the better of their opposing full-backs but were unable to find a team-mate with their final pass, while January signing Willian Jose barely had a sniff. Ruben Neves twice blazed over from decent positions in the first half and they could have netted when the ball fell for Silva eight yards out, but his side-footed shot was superbly diverted away by Schmeichel's outstretched foot.

Another shutout - the stats

Of the 589 fixtures to have been played 5+ times in the Premier League, Leicester v Wolves has had the highest proportion finish goalless (50%), with four of their eight meetings in the competition ending 0-0. Wolves have won just one of their past 10 Premier League games (D4 L5), failing to score in three of their past four in the competition. Leicester have kept five clean sheets in 12 away league outings this season, as many as they managed in the whole of 2019-20. This was Wolves' first clean sheet in eight home league games since their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in October. Wolves' tally of 27 points from 23 league games this season is their lowest return at this stage since their promotion in 2018, five fewer than they had after 23 matches in 2018-19 (32) and seven fewer than last term (34).

What's next? - Both sides are in FA Cup fifth-round action during the week. Leicester are at home to Brighton on Wednesday (19:30 GMT), before Wolves host Southampton on Thursday (17:30).


Teams

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 49Kilman 22Nélson Semedo 8Neves booked at 45' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto sub Hoeverat 45' 37Traoré 12Da Silva sub Fábio Silva at 61' 7Neto sub rGibbs-Whiteat 88' Substitutes 2Hoever 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 27Saïss 42Richards 54Otasowie 57Lonwijk

Leicester Formation 4-2-3-1

1Schmeichel 21Ricardo Pereira 6Evans booked at 32' 4Söyüncü booked at 54' 2Justin 8Tielemans 20Choudhury 17Pérez sub rAlbrightonat 61' 10Maddison booked at 62' 15Barnes 14Iheanacho sub rVardyat 61' Substitutes 9Vardy 11Albrighton 12Ward 18Amartey 19Ünder 24Mendy 28Fuchs 33Thomas 46Daley-Campbell

Referee: Martin Atkinson


MoM 7 Pedro Neto Avg 7.07

   37 Traoré Avg  6.73


Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves


HT      Wolves Leicester

Possession 44% 56%

Shots       13 13

Shots on Tgt 1  3

Corners     8   2

Fouls      11  15


90'+4' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

90'+2' Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (LC) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner. 90'+1' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 90' Marc Albrighton (LC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90' Foul by Ki-Jana Hoever (WW). 88'  Su, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Pedro Neto.  88' Attempt missed. Ki-Jana Hoever (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. 85' James Maddison (LC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 85' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 82' Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (LC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Youri Tielemans. 80' Hand ball by Adama Traoré (WW). 79' Attempt missed. Youri Tielemans (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 78' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel. 77' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 76' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü. 76' Attempt blocked. Nélson Semedo (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 75' Attempt blocked. James Maddison (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton. 74' Attempt missed. Çaglar Söyüncü (LC) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner. 73' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 73' Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (LC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 72' Jamie Vardy (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 70' James Justin (LC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 70' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 65' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 64' Attempt blocked. Maximilian Kilman (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 63' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Hamza Choudhury. 62' Booking James Maddison (LC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 62' Foul by James Maddison (LC). 62' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61'  Su, (LC) Marc Albrighton replaces Ayoze Pérez. 61'  Su, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 61'  Su, (LC) Jamie Vardy replaces Kelechi Iheanacho. 60' Foul by Ricardo Pereira (LC). 60' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ricardo Pereira. 57' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Hamza Choudhury. 57' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 55' Attempt saved. James Maddison (LC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Youri Tielemans. 54' Booking  Çaglar Söyüncü (LC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 54' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 54' Foul by Çaglar Söyüncü (LC). 52' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 50' James Justin (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 49' Foul by Harvey Barnes (LC). 49' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 48' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 47' Youri Tielemans (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 46' James Justin (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW).

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

45'  Su, (WW) Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Jonny.


HT      Wolves Leicester

Possession 45% 55%

Shots       5   6

Shots on Tgt 0  2

Corners     3   0

Fouls       3  11


45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

45'+1' Booking Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+1' Harvey Barnes (LC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45'+1' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 42' Attempt saved. James Maddison (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho. 42' Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (LC). 42' Maximilian Kilman (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 40' Foul by Youri Tielemans (LC). 40' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 37' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 36' Hand ball by Hamza Choudhury (LC). 36' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 34' Foul by James Maddison (LC). 34' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 34' Attempt blocked. James Maddison (LC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 34' Attempt blocked. James Maddison (LC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho. 32' Booking Jonny Evans (LC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 32' Foul by Jonny Evans (LC). 32' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30' Foul by Ayoze Pérez (LC). 30' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 29' Attempt saved. James Maddison (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 28' Youri Tielemans (LC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 28' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 26' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jonny Evans.  21' Offside, (LC) James Maddison tries a through ball, but Ayoze Pérez is caught offside. 20' Attempt missed. Kelechi Iheanacho (LC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez. 19' Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho. 17' Ricardo Pereira (LC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 17' Foul by Jonny (WW). 16' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 15' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Justin. 15' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 12' Foul by James Justin (LC). 12' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 11' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré following a corner. 10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Justin. 8' Foul by Harvey Barnes (LC). 8' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in  the defensive half. 7' Foul by Ayoze Pérez (LC). 7' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (LC). 5' Maximilian Kilman (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Foul by Ricardo Pereira (LC). 1' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins. 13:00 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.



22 Feb  2-Arsenal (h) 18:00 BT W2-1

 

22 Wolves 2Neves (45'+5' pen), João Moutinho (49') Arsenal 1 Pépé (32'), David Luiz (Dismissed at 45'+3), Leno (Dismissed at 72')


HT 1-1


E&S A piece of magic from Joao Moutinho saw Wolves emerge from an utterly bonkers clash with a much-needed win over nine-man Arsenal at Molineux.

One of the most eventful games of Nuno Espirito Santo's tenure was settled by Moutinho's second-half scorcher, with the Gunners having both David Luiz and Bernd Leno shown red cards. Mikel Arteta's men saw a Bukayo Saka strike disallowed before they deservedly took the lead through Nicolas Pepe. Wolves' confidence appeared to be at an all-time low, but they were soon handed a big lifeline. Luiz was sent off as he gave away a penalty on the stroke of half-time, which Ruben Neves coolly dispatched.

Moutinho then came up with what will be looked back upon as one of the best goals of the season before Leno was also sent for an early shower, for handling the ball outside his box. Finally, Wolves have returned to winning ways in the Premier League. A rollercoaster 90 minutes.

Analysis

One of the strangest football matches you are likely to ever see. It had everything and, most importantly, Wolves finally got their first league victory of 2021. In the first half, if looked bleak. Arsenal were toying with Nuno's anxious players and a thrashing seemed to be in the offing, such was the shocking defending on show. But things miraculously turned around. It was one unbelievable moment after the other. Firstly, Luiz's dismissal came out of nowhere, with Neves coming up with a composed finish from 12 yards to level the scores. Moutinho's majestic strike was out of this world, breath-taking – words cannot really do it justice, in truth. And then Leno shocked everyone with a clear handball, as Arsenal finished two men down. So, Wolves' midfielders stepped up at long last. The area has come in for criticism as of late, and rightly so, but Neves and Moutinho showed their class when needed. What a relief these three points are, and what a night this was.


Match reportLuiz red

Nuno's team selection – Neves and Adama Traore both returning to the starting XI – sparked debate among Wolves supporters, wondering whether they would be lining up with three or four at the back. Also noteworthy was that they named eight substitutes instead of the permitted nine, with Leander Dendoncker and Ki-Jana Hoever those dropping to the bench. Arsenal, meanwhile, welcomed Saka back from injury while star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made the squad after missing their previous three games for personal reasons.


The mass confusion over Wolves' set-up was cleared up at kick-off as Max Kilman, a centre-half by trade, was on the left of a defensive four. A strange decision from Nuno, Kilman's task was to keep Saka quiet. But the Gunners man gave him the runaround right from the first whistle. In the opening minute, Saka burst past him to latch onto a lofted pass and crashed a close-range shot off the woodwork. The England winger then forced Rui Patricio into a low save before appearing to open the scoring – not being tracked and finding the far corner from near the penalty spot. Thankfully for Wolves, Alexandre Lacazette was found to be offside in the build-up by the VAR. An enormous let-off, a wake-up call. Nuno's lot, though, remained fast asleep for ages. Kilman – trying his best but clearly not a left-back – was being targeted time and again by Arsenal. He entered the book for a late challenge on Saka, and Moutinho was also cautioned for hacking down Lacazette. You could just sense the sheer panic they were playing with. It was only a matter of time until the visitors got themselves a goal. And it came with the help of some shambolic defending from Wolves. Pepe easily powered his way past Nelson Semedo and curled the ball home witNeves penh his weaker right foot. Soon after that, Pepe – having seen another strike sharply tipped onto the crossbar by Patricio earlier in the half – was just about denied on the counter by Neves. To say Wolves were at sixes and sevens in defence is putting it lightly. They were all over the shop. However, in a scarcely-believable, dramatic turn of events, they went into the break level – and with a man advantage.  Daniel Podence played Willian Jose through on goal, and the Brazilian was tripped by compatriot Luiz for a penalty. He was sent off and Neves calmly tucked away the spot-kick. A get out of jail free card for Wolves. It was absolutely astonishing, and things soon became even more mind-blowing. The Gunners, who brought on defender Gabriel for striker Lacazette, could do nothing to stop Moutinho's other-worldly effort from finding the back of the net.  Lifting his head up, from 30 yards out, the veteran launched a heat-seeking missile off the inside of the post and past Leno, at full-stretch.

It was a truly remarkable, special goal – Moutinho's first of the campaign – and with it, Wolves' fear dissipated.

Looking a completely different side to the one they were in the first half, they were operating with swagger. Pedro Neto went on a mazy run and may have been about to add a third, but Gabriel slid in to deny him at the last second. Jose also stung the palms of Leno before a complete moment of madness from the German keeper. Another crazy incident. Semedo played a ball over the top aiming for Traore and Leno, bizarrely, raced outside his area and batted the ball away with his right arm. Especially with VAR, there was no hiding how blatant the handball was and he was also dismissed, putting Arsenal down to nine men. Wolves pressed for another goal and should have got one as Jose failed to connect with Traore's cross but, ultimately, they saw it through. A huge victory for Nuno's charges.

Teams

Wolves (4-3-3): Patricio; Semedo, Coady, Boly, Kilman; Neves (Dendoncker, 74), Moutinho, Podence (Vitinha, 62); Traore, Jose (Silva, 90), Neto Subs not used: Ruddy (gk), Hoever, Richards, Otasowie, Gibbs-White Goals: Neves (pen, 45+4), Moutinho (49)

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Holding, Cedric; Xhaka, Partey (Runarsson, 75); Pepe (Aubameyang, 61), Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette (Gabriel, 46) Subs not used: Chambers, Elneny, Ceballos, Odegaard, Willian, Martinelli Goal: Pepe (33)

Red cards: Luiz (45+3), Leno (73)

Referee: Craig Pawson (Sheffield)

22 Moutinho

Ruben Neves scores Wolves' penalty against Arsenal -Ruben Neves' penalty was his third goal of the season

Arsenal had two players sent off as they threw away a lead and lost to Wolves - who won for the first time in nine Premier League games. The Gunners, who had earlier hit the woodwork twice and had a goal disallowed, went ahead when Nicolas Pepe held off two Wolves challenges and curled a fine finish into the net. But Arsenal were reduced to 10 men when defender David Luiz brought down Willian Jose, with Ruben Neves equalising with the resulting penalty in first-half injury time. Joao Moutinho scored with a brilliant strike from 30 yards out to put the hosts ahead soon after the restart. However, the Gunners were then reduced to nine men as goalkeeper Bernd Leno handled the ball outside of his penalty area after racing out trying to deny Adama Traore. This was Wolves' first league victory since a 2-1 victory at Molineux against Chelsea on 15 December, although they had also won two FA Cup ties - against Crystal Palace and National League North side Chorley - since then. Wolves remain in 14th and Arsenal - who would have gone sixth with victory - stay 10th, eight points behind fourth-placed Leicester City in the final Champions League qualification spot. Luiz red card changed game - Arteta

Wolves v Arsenal as it happened, plus the rest of Tuesday's Premier League matches

Lawro's prediction 2-0 Luiz red card changes the game - The turning point came in first-half injury time when Arsenal were leading 1-0 and were dominant. Daniel Podence played the ball through to Jose and the Brazilian, on his home debut, had his heel clipped from behind by compatriot Luiz. Referee Craig Pawson decided that Luiz had made no attempt to play the ball and sent the centre-back off. It was Luiz's third red card for Arsenal after also being dismissed in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea in January 2020 and then again in the 3-0 loss to Manchester City in June. After the match, both managers had contrasting opinions with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo saying Pawson had "no other option" but to award the penalty and send off Luiz. However, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta said he "cannot tell you where the contact is" and suggested the club may appeal Luiz's red card. David Luiz is show the red card

David Luiz's red card was his first of the season after two dismissals in 2019-20 Wolves, whose main threat had been restricted to set-pieces and long-range efforts, equalised with Neves' penalty, which he fired into the top corner. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta made a defensive  at the break as centre-back Gabriel came on for forward Alexandre Lacazette, but it only took the hosts four minutes of the second half to go ahead, through Moutinho's superb strike. The visitors brought on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for goalscorer Pepe in the 61st minute in an attempt to rescue something from the game. But Leno made a shocking decision in the 72nd minute as he sprinted out of his box, trying to reach the ball before the pacey Traore, but the goalkeeper misjudged the bounce, handled the ball and was dismissed.  With Mat Ryan, who signed from Brighton last month, injured, third-choice goalkeeper Runar Runarsson was given a Premier League debut. The 25-year-old Iceland international, signed for £1.8m from Dijon in September, did well to deny Pedro Neto and substitute Vitinha as Wolves looked to finish the game off. That left Arsenal largely playing with two banks of four, in defence and midfield, with long spells of no-one playing up front before they could regain possession. Aubameyang and Hector Bellerin had shots from the edge of the penalty area blocked, but the Gunners could not force an unlikely equalis When these two sides met on 29 November at Emirates Stadium, Wolves won 2-1 and Arteta was facing questions over whether he would lose his job with the Gunners down in 14th. Arsenal had gone into Tuesday's game on an unbeaten run of seven Premier League matches and the Spaniard will surely be disappointed they did not extend that sequence, because they could have taken the game beyond Wolves in the first half. The Gunners nearly went ahead inside the opening 40 seconds when Saka hit the post after a fine pass from the excellent Thomas Partey. Saka then had an effort saved by Rui Patricio before the England midfielder did put the ball in the net, but it was ruled out by the video assistant referee because Lacazette was offside in the build-up. Nicolas Pepe's goal was his 14th for Arsenal since a £72m move from Lille in August 2019 Pepe was denied when his strike was superbly pushed on to the crossbar by Patricio, but the Gunners' record signing did get on the scoresheet when he did superbly to nutmeg two Wolves defenders before curling the ball into the far corner. At that point, it looked like Arsenal would run away with the match, but the penalty and first red card on the stroke of half-time changed everything, with the Gunners unable to create any real opportunities in the second  half. 'I cannot tell you where the contact is' - what they said

Wolves 2-1 Arsenal: Nuno praises Moutinho's 'beautiful strike' in Arsenal win

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: "Everything changes with the penalty, the dynamic of the game changes there. I think the referee doesn't have any other option in both situations [the penalty and the red card for Luiz]. "The [Moutinho] goal is amazing. He is such a talented player and he deserves this moment. It's a very welcome win. It means a lot, we have been in a tough moment. "We have done many beautiful things in past seasons and we want to emulate them again. The standards are very high and we have to chase them. We cannot allow ourselves to ever put our heads down. I will not allow our players to stop believing in themselves."

Wolves 2-1 Arsenal: I didn't see any contact - Arteta on Wolves penalty incident

Arsenal manager Arteta told Match of the Day: "The team was really on top of the game, we should have been three- or four-nil up and in that action [the Luiz red] the game changed completely. "I've seen it 10 times in different angles and I cannot tell you where the contact is. If they have another 50 different angles to watch it, maybe I will be surprised. I looked at seven different angles and I cannot see any contact there. The team kept trying, kept playing, kept believing. At half-time, the boys were so animated because they believed they could still win the game. Obviously it was an incredible goal from long range, before that they didn't have any chances. But still we lost and we have to react. We hit the post, hit the bar, the keeper made a couple of great saves. We played exceptionally well, scored one goal and should have scored three or four and had more of a gap, but obviously you concede two red cards in the Premier League. I don't have any [complaints about] the second red card. The team is encouraging me every day to believe in them and to give me a positive feeling all the time."

Wolves do the double over Arsenal - the stats

Wolves completed their first league double over Arsenal since 1978-79. Since Arteta's first game in charge of Arsenal on 26 December 2019, the Gunners have been shown nine Premier League red cards, six more than any other side. Only Sheffield United and West Brom (16 each) have conceded the first goal in more Premier League games this season than Wolves (15). Arsenal's Pepe has scored three goals in his past four starts in the league, as many as in his previous 16. Pepe has scored in three consecutive away league matches for the first time since January 2019, when he scored in four in a row on the road for Lille. Since making his Premier League debut for Arsenal in August 2019, Luiz has picked up more red cards (three) and conceded more penalties (six) than any other player in the competition. Moutinho scored his first home goal for Wolves (61 games at Molineux) - and all three of his Premier League goals have come from outside the box. Leno became the second Arsenal goalkeeper to be sent off in the Premier League, after David Seaman in November 1993 against West Ham. Granit Xhaka made his 200th appearance for the Gunners. Since his debut for the club in August 2016, he has played 46 games more than the next player (Bellerin, 154).

What's next?

This was the first of three successive home matches for Wolves, who take on Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday (14:00 GMT) and then play Southampton in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Thursday, 11 February (17:30). Arsenal are in the West Midlands again for their next match as they face Aston Villa in the league on Saturday (12:30).

Player of the match Rúben Neves with an average of 8.01

 #8 Rúben Neves rating 8.01

28 João Moutinho 7.81

 7 Pedro Neto 7.47

37 Traoré 7.19

12 Willian José 6.96

15 Boly  6.95

11 Rui Patrício 6.80

16 Coady 6.63

10 Daniel Podence 6.61

20 Vitinha 6.54

49 Kilman 6.47

22 Nélson Semedo 6.46

32 Dendoncker 6.31

17 Fábio Silva 6.12


Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

11Rui Patrício 22Nélson Semedo 16Coady 15Boly 49KilmanBooked at 28' 8NevesBooked at 47' sub Dendonckerat 74' 28João MoutinhoBooked at 13' 37Traoré 10Podence sub Vitinhaat 62' 7Neto 12Da Silva sub Fábio Silvaat 90+1' Substitutes 2Hoever 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 32Dendoncker 42Richards 54Otasowie

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

1LenoBooked at 72' 2Bellerín 16Holding 23David LuizBooked at 45' 17Cédric Soares 18ParteyBooked at 41' sub Rúnarssonat 74' 34XhakaBooked at 62' 7Saka 32Smith Rowe 19Pépé sub Aubameyangat 61' 9Lacazette sub Gabrielat 45' Substitutes 6Gabriel 8Ceballos 11Ødegaard 12Willian 13Rúnarsson 14Aubameyang 21Chambers 25Elneny 35Martinelli

Referee: Craig Pawson

         Wolves Arsenal

Possession 55%  45%

Shots      11    9

Shots on Tgt 7   3

Corners     9    6

Fouls      11    8


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Arsenal 1.

90'+6' Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Arsenal 1.

90'+5' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 90'+5' Emile Smith Rowe (A) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+4' Attempt missed. Vitinha (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson. 90'+1' sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Willian José. 90' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90' Foul by Rob Holding (A). 90' Attempt blocked. Bukayo Saka (A) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 90' Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (A) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín. 85' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 81' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 81' Rob Holding (A) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Granit Xhaka. 79' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Max Kilman. 77' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vitinha. 74' sub, (A) Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson replaces Thomas Partey.  74' sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Rúben Neves. 73'  VAR Decision: Red Card Bernd Leno (A). 72' Dismissal Bernd Leno (A) is shown the red card. 72' Hand ball by Bernd Leno (A). 71' Attempt saved. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Vitinha. 70' Foul by Vitinha (WW). 70' Granit Xhaka (A) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Attempt blocked. Thomas Partey (A) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked assisted by Granit Xhaka. 69' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 67' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 67' Thomas Partey (A) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces Daniel Podence. 62' Booking Granit Xhaka (A) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 62' Foul by Granit Xhaka (A). 62' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61' sub, (A) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaces Nicolas Pépé. 59' Corner, (A) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 55' Foul by Nicolas Pépé (A). 55' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Foul by Granit Xhaka (A). 54' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 53' Hand ball by Daniel Podence (WW). 52' Nicolas Pépé (A) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 52' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 50' Offside, (A) Emile Smith Rowe tries a through ball, but Bukayo Saka is caught offside.

49' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Arsenal 1. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto.

47' Booking Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 47' Cédric Soares (A) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 46' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Nicolas Pépé.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Arsenal 1.

45' sub, (A) Gabriel Magalhães replaces Alexandre Lacazette.

         Wolves Arsenal

Possession 45%  55%

Shots       5    6

Shots on Tgt 3   3

Corners     6    5

Fouls       4    3

45'+5' Half Time

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Arsenal 1.

45'+5' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Arsenal 1. Rúben Neves (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

45'+4'

VAR Decision: Red Card David Luiz (A). 45'+3' Dismissal David Luiz (A) is shown the red card. 45'+3' Penalty conceded by David Luiz (A) after a foul in the penalty area. 45'+3' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Willian José draws a foul in the penalty area.

43' Bernd Leno (A) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 43' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 41' Booking Thomas Partey (A) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 41' Foul by Thomas Partey (A). 41' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 40' Corner, (A) Conceded by Max Kilman. 40' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 39' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Thomas Partey. 38' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Granit Xhaka. 36' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Cédric Soares. 34' Foul by Nicolas Pépé (A). 34' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 32' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Arsenal 1. Nicolas Pépé (A) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette. 31' Corner, (A) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 30' Corner, (A) Conceded by Willy Boly. 29' Attempt blocked. Thomas Partey (A) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 28' Corner, (A) Conceded by Daniel Podence. 28' Booking Max Kilman (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 27' Corner, (A) Conceded by Willy Boly. 25' Attempt saved. Nicolas Pépé (A) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe. 23' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Granit Xhaka. 23' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Willian José. 19' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 18' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Héctor Bellerín. 15' Offside, (A) Thomas Partey tries a through ball, but Bukayo Saka is caught offside. 13' Booking João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 13' Alexandre Lacazette (A) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 12' Alexandre Lacazette (A) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 11' Attempt missed. Max Kilman (WW) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 11' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Cédric Soares. 10' VAR Decision: No Goal Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Arsenal. 9' GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Bukayo Saka (A) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review. 9' Offside, (A) Rob Holding tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside. 8' Thomas Partey (A) wins a free kick on the right wing. 8' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 6' Attempt blocked. Cédric Soares (A) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolas Pépé. 4' Attempt saved. Bukayo Saka (A) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 1' Bukayo Saka (A) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Thomas Partey with a through ball. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 18:00 2 Feb18:00 2 Feb Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

pre match forecaset 2-0

  



21 Jan 30-Crystal Palace ( a) 3pm  Sky  L1-0

21 Crystal Palace 1 Eze 60' Wolves 0


HT  0-0

Only bright spot was that Willian José seems to know where the goal isWillian José header saved

Crystal Palace midfielder Eberechi Eze continued his excellent debut season in the Premier League and added to Wolves' troubles with the only goal at Selhurst Park. The £19.5m signing from QPR settled a poor game with a thumping finish, his third league goal since making the step up last summer.  In a match of few chances, Willian Jose - in his first start for Wolves since joining on loan from Real Sociedad - was twice denied by Palace keeper Vicente Guaita.

Wilfried Zaha almost made it 2-0 when he hit the crossbar on the counter-attack. The win lifted Palace above Wolves, who dropped to 14th in the table and are without a win in eight league games.

This was a timely win for Roy Hodgson's side, who had taken one point from their previous three league games since beating Sheffield United on 2 January. Eze also scored in that game and the 22-year-old continues to be one of the big success stories of the season at Palace.  After Jordan Ayew had rolled the ball into his path, Eze drilled past Rui Patricio to inject some much-needed life into a match which had been a dreadful spectacle.  "I think he is a player who will improve all the team," said Hodgson of Eze's contribution. "Most importantly of all he is getting used to the intensity of the Premier League and all the other things that the Premier League requires from you." Hodgson, who made six changes and left new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta on the bench, will hope his side can kick on after avenging their FA Cup defeat by Wolves this month.

Testing times for Nuno

Wolves have a lot of concerns and must improve faster - Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves were hoping to build on a hard-earned point at Chelsea in midweek but instead ended up going backwards at Selhurst Park. They have taken only three points from the last 24 on offer and have won once in 11 league matches since losing talismanic centre-forward Raul Jimenez to a serious head injury. Brazilian forward Jose, who has been brought in to fill the void left by Jimenez's absence, twice went close.  Guaita reacted well to tip a shot over the bar shortly before Eze's winner, and also kept out a header in the closing stages.  Wolves, without a goal in two games, are sinking fast and this is undoubtedly the biggest test of manager Nuno Espirito Santo's reign.  They have enjoyed some memorable moments under the Portuguese but need to start winning quickly to avoid getting sucked into a relegation fight.

Nuno donates £250,000 to poverty project

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson: "We have been stuck on 23 points or close to 23 points for a little while so it was good to move away from that total. "A team like Wolves, they will climb the table sooner or later with the type of players they have and the organisation they have."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "It was not one of the best performances. We came with the expectation to try and improve and build up our game and momentum. We were organised in the first half, second half not so much. We lacked creativity, speed in possession and circulation and passes that break the lines of Palace. We didn't do it."

Eze shines again - the stats - Four of Eberechi Eze's five Premier League goal involvements for Crystal Palace have come in home games, including all three of his goals.  71% of Crystal Palace's league wins this season have come in the traditional Saturday 15:00 GMT kick-off slot (5/7).  Wolves are without a win in eight league games (D3 L5), with only Fulham (10) currently on a longer run.  Wolves have failed to score in seven of 21 league games this season, one fewer than they did in the entire 2019-20 campaign (8 in 38 games)

What's next?

Both teams are in action on Tuesday as Palace make the journey to Newcastle (20:15 GMT) and Wolves host an improving Arsenal at Molineux (18:00).


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

31Guaita 17Clyne sub Ward at 85' 8Kouyaté 6Dann 3van Aanholt 22McCarthy sub Riedewald at 45' 4Milivojevic 9J Ayew 25Eze 11Zaha booked  at 90' 23Batshuayi sub  Townsend at 79' Substitutes 1Butland 2Ward 10Townsend 14Mateta 20Benteke 24Cahill 27Mitchell 34Kelly 44Riedewald

Wolves

Formation 3-4-2-1

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady booked  at 90' 49Kilman booked  at 84' 2Hoever sub Traoré at 63'  32Dendoncker 28João Moutinho sub Fábio Silva at 78' 22Nélson Semedo 7Neto 10Podence sub Vitinhaat 68' 12Da Silva Substitutes 8Neves 17Fábio Silva 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 37Traoré 54Otasowie 57Lonwijk 64Bueno

Referee: Simon Hooper



Avg

 7 Player name Pedro Neto Average rating 5.67

12 Player name Willian José 5.65


 Crystal Palace Wolves

Possession  47% 53%

Shots       11   6

Shots on Tgt 2   4

Corners      1   6

Fouls        7  10

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+4' Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+3' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 90'+3' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+1' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 90' Booking Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90' Booking Wilfried Zaha (CP) is shown the yellow card. 89' Foul by Vitinha (WW). 89' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 87' Foul by Luka Milivojevic (CP). 87' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87' Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 86' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 85' Sub, (CP) Joel Ward replaces Nathaniel Clyne. 84' Booking Maximilian Kilman (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 84' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 83' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 79' Sub, (CP) Andros Townsend replaces Michy Batshuayi. 79' Foul by Michy Batshuayi (CP). 79' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Attempt saved. Willian José (WW) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 78' Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces João Moutinho. 77' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt. 76' Patrick van Aanholt (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 76' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 75' Foul by Luka Milivojevic (CP). 75' Vitinha (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jairo Riedewald. 72' Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (CP) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. 72' Wilfried Zaha (CP) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi following a fast break. 71' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vicente Guaita. 70' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 68' Sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces Daniel Podence. 67' Attempt saved. Luka Milivojevic (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 67' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 67' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 66' Attempt blocked. Eberechi Eze (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha. 64' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maximilian Kilman. 64' Attempt missed. Willian José (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 63' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt. 63' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Ki-Jana Hoever. 62' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 62' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 60' Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Eberechi Eze (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Ayew. 56' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vicente Guaita. 56' Attempt saved. Willian José (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross. 55' Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt. 49' Foul by Jordan Ayew (CP). 49' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 48' Hand ball by Michy Batshuayi (CP). 45' Sub, (CP) Jairo Riedewald replaces James McCarthy because of an injury.

Second Half Second Half begins Crystal Palace 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

 Crystal Palace Wolves

Possession  53% 47%

Shots        4   0

Shots on Tgt 0   04

Corners      1   1

Fouls        2   2


45'+4' Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

42' Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (CP) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. 42' Attempt missed. Nathaniel Clyne (CP) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt. 41' Offside, (WW) Maximilian Kilman tries a through ball, but Nélson Semedo is caught offside. 37' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Willy Boly. 28' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne. 24' Foul by Eberechi Eze (CP). 24' Maximilian Kilman (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 20' Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew. 16' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 16' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 13' Foul by Luka Milivojevic (CP). 13' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 10' Attempt missed. Nathaniel Clyne (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi. 8' Offside, (CP) Patrick van Aanholt tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is  caught offside.  Kick Off First Half begins. Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta is available and in contention to make his debut.  James Tomkins is again absent, while Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho and Nathan Ferguson remain sidelined.

New Wolves signing Willian Jose made his debut as a substitute in midweek and could be set for a larger role. Full-back Rayan Ait-Nouri suffered an abductor injury at Chelsea and has been ruled out. Raul Jimenez, Jonny and Marcal remains long-term absentees.

Wolves boss donates £250,000 to help tackle poverty

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Between them, Crystal Palace and Wolves have only won one of their past 14 league games, but I don't think either of them have to worry about being dragged into the relegation scrap. These two sides have identical records this season and are next to each other in the table in 13th and 14th place.  I don't think there will be much between them on the pitch, either - Wolves edged it in when they met at Molineux in the FA Cup at the start of January but this time I'm going for a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Adama Traore's sole goal this term came against Palace in the FA Cup third round

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

This is the third meeting this season, with Wolves winning the reverse fixture and this month's FA Cup third-round tie. Wolves are looking to complete a first top-flight double over Crystal Palace since 1971-72. Palace have gone five hours and 14 minutes without scoring against Wolves. Crystal Palace have only won once in their past nine Premier League games, drawing four and losing four. The Eagles have conceded at least three times in each of their past four league defeats. A third of the goals let in by Palace have been scored in the final 15 minutes of their matches - 12 of 36 in total. The 36 league goals they have conceded is the second most in the division, behind West Brom. Palace have scored 24 goals after 20 games, their second highest tally at this stage since they were promoted in 2013. Sixteen of their 23 points have come against sides currently in the bottom half of the table. Wilfried Zaha has scored nine goals in 17 league appearances this season. He is one goal away from matching his best Premier League total, set in 2018-19.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are winless in seven league games, drawing three times and losing four. It matches their longest run without a victory under Nuno Espirito Santo. They are without an away victory in five matches and have drawn their past two. They have taken just six points from their past eight fixtures, the same as Palace. They have opened the scoring only once in their last 13 Premier League fixtures. Their midweek goalless draw at Chelsea ended a 12-match run without a clean sheet. They have claimed 24 points from 14 league visits to London since promotion in 2018, losing just twice.


20 Wed Jan 27-Chelsea (a) 6pm BT D0-0

20 Chelski 0 Wolves 0


HT 0-0


Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea reign got off to a frustrating start as Wolves secured a point in a drab stalemate at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel, appointed boss on Tuesday following the sacking of Frank Lampard, took his place in the dugout after conducting one training session with his new team. But the German was given an indication of the huge challenge facing him as his new team struggled to carve out chances against a Wolves side short of confidence and without a top-flight win since 15 December. Rui Patricio produced good saves to keep out Antonio Rudiger's header and Callum Hudson-Odoi's deflected attempt, while Chelsea's 433 successful passes were the most by a Tuchel team in the first half of a top-flight game since May 2016. Ben Chilwell sent a rare chance over the bar but Wolves, who hit the bar through Pedro Neto and gave a debut to striker Willian Jose, were good value for their point

A move in the right direction

Wolves are without a Premier League win in seven games but they dug deep to take a valuable point back to the Black Country. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have endured a torrid time since beating Chelsea, thanks to Neto's 90th-minute winner, at Molineux on 15 December. They arrived in London having picked up just two points from a possible 18. Yet they stifled Chelsea for spells on their way to a first top-flight clean sheet since 30 October. Wolves have struggled since losing Raul Jimenez to serious injury but Nuno will hope the arrival of new loan signing Jose, who has scored 62 goals in 170 appearances for Real Sociedad - as well as the return of Daniel Podence from injury - will push his team on after an awkward spell of results. They went close to securing all three points when Neto lifted the ball beyond Edouard Mendy, the Portugal winger's attempt landing on top of the bar.


What's next? Chelsea host Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday (12:00 GMT), while Wolves return to London on Saturday to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (15:00).

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

16Mendy 28Azpilicueta 6Thiago Silva 2Rüdiger 21ChilwellBooked at 62'  sub Pulisicat 76' 5Jorginho 17Kovacic 20Hudson-Odoi 22Ziyech  sub Mountat 82' 29Havertz 18Giroud  sub Abrahamat 77' Substitutes 1Arrizabalaga 3Alonso 9Abraham 10Pulisic 11Werner 15Zouma 19Mount 24James 33Emerson

Wolves

Formation 3-4-1-2 (or 9-1-0)

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 49Kilman 22Nélson Semedo 32Dendoncker 8Neves 3Aït-Nouri  sub Hoeverat 45' 10Podence  sub Da Silvaat 72' 37Traoré  sub João Moutinhoat 90' 7NetoBooked at 51' Substitutes 2Hoever 12Da Silva 17Fábio Silva 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 23Cutrone 27Saïss 28João Moutinho 54Otasowie

Referee: Andy Madley

Player of the match

Rui Patrício with an average of7.32

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Avg

#11 Rui Patrício Average rating 7.32

#15 Boly Average rating 7.06

#16 Coady Average rating 7.06

 #7 Pedro Neto Average rating 6.95


FT     Chelsea Wolves

Possession 79% 21%

Shots       5   2

Shots onTgt 2   0

Corners     5   1

Fouls       6   3


90'+4'

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+4' Corner, (C) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Kai Havertz (C) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross. 90'+3' Corner, (C) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 90'+3' Mateo Kovacic (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Willian José (WW). 90'  Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Adama Traoré. 90' Foul by Jorginho (C). 90' Willian José (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' Corner, (C) Conceded by Willy Boly. 86' Foul by Christian Pulisic (C). 86' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 86' Corner, (C) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 86' Attempt saved. Callum Hudson-Odoi (C) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic. 85' Mason Mount (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 85' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 84' Thiago Silva (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Foul by Willian José (WW). 83' Corner, (C) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 82'  Sub, (C) Mason Mount replaces Hakim Ziyech. 82' Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (C) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech. 81' Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (C). 81' Rui Patrício (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Attempt missed. Kai Havertz (C) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech with a cross following a corner. 80' Corner, (C) Conceded by Conor Coady. 80' Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (C) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by César Azpilicueta. 78' Attempt blocked. Callum Hudson-Odoi (C) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic. 77'  Sub, (C) Tammy Abraham replaces Olivier Giroud. 76'  Sub, (C) Christian Pulisic replaces Ben Chilwell. 76' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré following a set piece situation. 75' Foul by Jorginho (C). 75' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 72'  Sub, (WW) Willian José replaces Daniel Podence. 71' Pedro Neto (WW) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box  following a fast break. 70' Corner, (C) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 65' Offside, (C) Ben Chilwell tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside. 64' Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (C) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech. 62'Booking Ben Chilwell (C) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 62' Foul by Ben Chilwell (C). 62' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Attempt missed. Ben Chilwell (C) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kai Havertz. 59' Corner, (C) Conceded by Conor Coady. 57' Hakim Ziyech (C) wins a free kick on the right wing. 57' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 56' Foul by Ben Chilwell (C). 56' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Foul by Mateo Kovacic (C). 54' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Booking Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card.  50' Foul by Jorginho (C). 50' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half begins Chelsea 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'Sub, Wolverhampton Wande


HT     Chelsea Wolves

Possession 79% 21%

Shots       5   2

Shots onTgt 2   0

Corners     5   1

Fouls       6   3



45'+4' Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Foul by Ben Chilwell (C). 45' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Corner, (C) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 42' Offside, (C) Thiago Silva tries a through ball, but Ben Chilwell is caught offside. 39' Attempt saved. Antonio Rüdiger (C) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech with a cross. 39' Ben Chilwell (C) wins a free kick on the left wing. 39' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 37' Foul by Hakim Ziyech (C). 37' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Ben Chilwell (C) wins a free kick on the left wing. 35' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 34' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Chilwell. 31' Attempt missed. Ben Chilwell (C) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi with a cross. 27' Coady knock - concussion check 27' Callum Hudson-Odoi (C) wins a free kick on the left wing. 27' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 26' Corner, (C) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 26' Corner, (C) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 23' Thiago tackle (fair) puts Podence in a bit of trouble 22' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick. 21' Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (C). 21' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 20' Attempt saved. Hakim Ziyech (C) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 17' Foul by Hakim Ziyech (C). 17' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Attempt missed. Kai Havertz (C) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jorginho.

       Chelsea Wolves

Possession 80% 20%

Shots       2   0

Shots onTgt 1   0

Corners     2   0

Fouls       2   0

13' Foul by Ben Chilwell (C). 13' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 11' Corner, (C) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 7' Corner, (C) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 3' Foul by Jorginho (C). 3' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (C) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 18:01 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWSChelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante is out with an ongoing hamstring problem for Thomas Tuchel's first game in charge on Wednesday night.  Christian Pulisic is a doubt due to a minor leg injury suffered on Sunday.

Wolves' new signing Willian Jose is expected to miss out as he is yet to be granted a work permit.  Daniel Podence is nearing a return following a calf injury but Raul Jimenez, Jonny and Marcal remain long-term absentees.

Why Tuchel will be a popular appointment in the Chelsea dressing room

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

What went wrong for Frank Lampard at Chelsea? They were often too open at the back and his expensive forwards did not quite hit it off, which is unfortunate because they are all very good players.  Lampard's departure should bring a reaction from the team in this game, though. It looks like Thomas Tuchel will replace him and he will be watching, even if he is not officially in charge by then. Everyone is playing for their place now.

Wolves need more firepower up front and, although Chelsea do not have the injured N'Golo Kante to protect their defence, I am still going with a Blues win.

Prediction: 2-1

Chelsea averaged 1.67 points per game under former boss Frank Lampard.  It's the worst record of any permanent Chelsea manager during the Roman Abramovich era.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Chelsea are unbeaten at home in six previous Premier League matches with Wolves, winning five and drawing once. Wolves won the reverse fixture 2-1 at Molineux last month, with Pedro Neto scoring in stoppage time.  Wolves are looking to complete a first top-flight league double over Chelsea since 1974-75.

Chelsea have won just two of their past eight league matches, drawing once and losing five times. They could lose their opening two home top-flight matches of a calendar year for just the third time. Twenty nine points is their second lowest tally at the halfway stage of a Premier League season during the Roman Abramovich era. Chelsea have kept 13 clean sheets in 29 games in all competitions, the same tally as in 55 matches last term. Frank Lampard won 44 of his 84 competitive matches in charge, drawing 17 and losing 23. They lost seven home league games in 28 games under Lampard, as many as in 57 matches combined by previous bosses Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte. Tammy Abraham has scored six goals in three league starts against Wolves. Timo Werner has gone 11 Premier League appearances without a goal.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are in danger of losing three successive league matches for just the second time under Nuno Espirito Santo. They have lost nine matches so far this term, matching their entire 2019-20 league total. Wolves have claimed just five points since the start of December, with only bottom club Sheffield United faring worse. They have conceded at least twice in each of their past three league fixtures and gone 12 matches without a clean sheet. They have claimed 23 points from 13 league visits to London since promotion in 2018, losing just twice. Adama Traore has failed to score or provide an assist in any of his last 25 Premier League appearances.

   



FAC4 Fri 22 Chorley(!) A 19:45 BT     w0-1

FFAC4 Chorley 0 Wolves 1 Vitinha (12')


HT 0-1

All the build-up was about Chorley wining again - including the Shearer interview below.  Robbie Savage played the totally biased pundit as usual, apart from one brief piece of summary.  Otherwise it seems Chorley won

Non-league Chorley were unable to emulate the heroes from 1986 by causing an FA Cup sensation against Wolves - but the National League North side came away with all the credit from their fourth-round tie at Victory Park.Vitinha's superb 30-yard shot after 12 minutes proved enough to secure an all-Premier League tie against Arsenal or Southampton at Molineux in the fifth round. But Nuno Espirito Santo's side were less than impressive against their part-time opponents.  Chorley had the first shot of the match through Elliot Newby, and after Vitinha had struck his first Wolves goal with the visitors' only shot on target, it was the hosts who had the best chances. Crucially, they also pocketed around £120,000 in prize money, plus TV fees, to sustain them through what could be a difficult period after their league was suspended for two weeks amid funding concerns earlier in the day. "If you are going to lose, I would prefer to lose to a goal like that than a scruffy goal," said Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio. "I am proud of what we have done for our community, my kids at school will remember that their head teacher got this far in the FA Cup. Hopefully it can inspire some of them. We are approaching up to half a million [in earnings from the cup run], we have people who are isolating, and those players have given them a little bit of happiness. If it is 2-0 or 3-0 at half-time the game is done and people are turning their TVs off. That did not happen. I felt we were in the game. Every player was outstanding."

Night to remember for Chorley If this does end up being Chorley's last game of the season, it is one they will remember for some time, not only for the action on the pitch but also for the huge volley of fireworks that went off behind the main stand minutes into the contest.  For visiting Wolves, it was a step into the unknown. Their starting line-up got changed in the away dressing room, while their substitutes - European Championship winner Rui Patricio and Spain international Adama Traore among them - readied themselves in a sponsors' lounge.  Seemingly those starting the game on the bench got the better deal.  Wolves boss Nuno paid Chorley the compliment of picking a strong starting line-up, including £35.6m record signing Fabio Silva and England international Conor Coady.  And had this match been played in more imposing surroundings, it could have been mistaken for one of those Premier League games where one side sits back, challenges the opposition to break them down and then hits them on the counter.  Wolves' return of 76% possession and one shot on target, set against Chorley's five shots on target, suggests home manager Vermiglio got his tactics spot on.  Indeed, had Andy Halls, a personal trainer by day, not had his goal-bound header tipped over by John Ruddy after an hour, Chorley might have forced a different outcome.

"The scene was set for us to lose this game," said Nuno. "John Ruddy did his job, everybody knows his quality. He helped us to win the game."  It was nevertheless a typically English FA Cup tie, enlivened by Vermiglio yelling "nothing wrong with that" when two Wolves players went down under agricultural challenges, and then laughing in Traore's face amid a brief skirmish.  It was fantastic knockabout stuff. Sadly, the enduring disappointment was that other than staff, media and stewards, no-one was there in person to witness it.

Dodgy dancing & handballs - when Chorley shocked Wolves in 1986Portuguese prowess - the stats - Wolves have reached the FA Cup fifth round in three of the last five seasons, as many as in the 21 seasons prior to this. Premier League teams have progressed from 45 of their 47 FA Cup ties against non-league teams (96%), with only Norwich vs Luton in 2013 and Burnley vs Lincoln in 2017 failing to progress.  Separated by 120 years and 362 days, Chorley have lost both of their FA Cup games against top-flight opponents, losing against Notts County in January 1900 and Wolves. Vitinha became the 32nd different Wolves player to score a goal for Nuno Espirito Santo in all competitions and the 11th different Portuguese player to do so, with what was his third shot in his 12th appearance. Since the start of 2017-18, Wolves have had 11 different Portuguese scorers - more than twice as many as any other English league team in that time (Nottingham Forest, five).

What's next?

Wolves are next in action against Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, 27 January (18:00 GMT).

short version

Vitinha's superb goal saw Wolves into the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of non-league Chorley.

While the Premier League side dominated possession, Vitinha's swerving 35-yard effort was their only shot on target.

Connor Hall and Elliot Newby both missed good chances to score for Chorley, who are 109 places below Wolves in the English football pyramid.

Non-league Chorley were unable to emulate the heroes from 1986 by causing an FA Cup sensation against Wolves - but the National League North side came away with all the credit from their fourth-round tie at Victory Park. Vitinha's superb 30-yard shot after 12 minutes proved enough to secure an all-Premier League tie against Arsenal or Southampton at Molineux in the fifth round. But Nuno Espirito Santo's side were less than impressive against their part-time opponents. Chorley had the first shot of the match through Elliot Newby, and after Vitinha had struck his first Wolves goal with the visitors' only shot on target, it was the hosts who had the best chances. Crucially, they also pocketed around £120,000 in prize money, plus TV fees, to sustain them through what could be a difficult period after their league was suspended for two weeks earlier in the day.

Wolves will host either Southampton or Arsenal in the fifth round on Wednesday, 10 February.Chorley

1Urwin 2Birch booked 86' 4Halls 5Leather 6Baines sub Millerat 84' 13Shenton sub Henleyat 84' 8Calveley 12Tomlinson booked 36' 11Newby 27Hall sub Smithat 87' 9Cardwell booked 89' Substitutes 3Smith 7Miller 14Henley 15Putnam 16Garratt 17Malakai 19Roberts 21Dutton 25Birchall

Wolves

21Ruddy 15Boly 16Coady booked 63' 49Kilman 2Hoever 32Dendoncker 28João Moutinho sub Nevesat 68' 3Aït-Nouri 20Vitinha sub Traoréat 69' 17Fábio Silva 23Cutrone sub Netoat 68' Substitutes 7Neto 8Neves 11Rui Patrício 22Nélson Semedo 37Traoré 42Richards 54Otasowie 57Lonwijk 60Corbeanu

Referee: Anthony Taylor


         Chorley Wolves

Possession  24%  762%

Shots       11    8

Shots on Tgt 5    1

Corners      4    4

Fouls        8   10



90' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 90' Arlen Birch (CH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Booking Harry Cardwell (CH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 89' Maximilian Kilman (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Harry Cardwell (CH). 88' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 87'

 sub,  (CH) Harvey Smith replaces Connor Hall. 86' Booking Arlen Birch (CH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 86' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 86' Foul by Arlen Birch (CH). 86' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 85' Maximilian Kilman (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 85' Foul by Connor Hall (CH). 84'   sub,  (CH) Sean Miller replaces Lewis Baines. 84'   sub,  (CH) Adam Henley replaces Oliver Shenton. 80' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Arlen Birch. 73' Attempt blocked. Scott Leather (CH) header from the centre of the box is blocked. 72' Corner, (CH) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 72' Attempt blocked. Elliot Newby (CH) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 71' Corner, (CH) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 70' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 70' Connor Hall (CH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 69' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 69' Lewis Baines (CH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' ubstitution  sub,  (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Vitinha. 68'   sub,  (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Patrick Cutrone. 68'   sub,  (WW) Rúben Neves replaces João Moutinho. 66' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 66' Oliver Shenton (CH) wins a free kick on the left wing. 63' Booking Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 63' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 63' Harry Cardwell (CH) wins a free kick on the left wing. 62' Attempt missed. Harry Cardwell (CH) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willem Tomlinson with a cross following a corner. 61' Corner, (CH) Conceded by John Ruddy. 61' Attempt saved. Andy Halls (CH) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Willem Tomlinson with a cross.  60' Corner, (CH) Conceded by Willy Boly. 57' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 55' Attempt missed. Maximilian Kilman (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ki-Jana Hoever with a cross following a corner. 55' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lewis Baines. 53' Attempt missed. Connor Hall (CH) right footed shot from the centre of the box. 49' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Foul by Lewis Baines (CH). 48' Hand ball by Fábio Silva (WW). 47'Attempt saved. Connor Hall (CH) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliot Newby with a cross.

Second Half

Second Half begins Chorley 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

         Chorley Wolves

Possession  18%  82%

Shots        5    3

Shots on Tgt 3    1

Corners      0    2

Fouls        5    4


45'+1' Half Time First Half ends, (Ch) 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45'+1' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker 40' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 40' Foul by Andy Halls (Ch). 39' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 39' Harry Cardwell (Ch) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Booking Willem Tomlinson (Ch) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 36' Ki-Jana Hoever (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Foul by Willem Tomlinson (Ch). 34' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lewis Baines. 25' Attempt missed. Harry Cardwell (Ch) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Shenton with a cross. 23' Foul by Arlen Birch (Ch). 23' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 19' Attempt blocked. Ki-Jana Hoever (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 7' Attempt missed. Willem Tomlinson (Ch) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. 16' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 16' Connor Hall (Ch) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Foul by Harry Cardwell (Ch). 14' Attempt saved. Harry Cardwell (Ch) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Halls with a cross.

12' Goal!

Goal! Chorley 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Vitinha (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Maximilian Kilman.

10' Attempt saved. Willem Tomlinson (Ch) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliot Newby. 9' Foul by Harry Cardwell (Ch). 9' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 7' Foul by Ki-Jana Hoever (WW). 7' Scott Leather (Ch) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Andy Halls. 5' Attempt blocked. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 1' Attempt saved. Elliot Newby (Ch) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Cardwell with a cross. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 19:4519:45


Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Chorley captain Scott Leather has booked the day off from his job as a lift engineer to focus on the part-time side's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Wolves on Friday (19:45 GMT).  Many of his team-mates will spend the day at work, including manager and school teacher Jamie Vermiglio.

The Premier League club will be without defenders Marcal (groin) and Jonny (knee) and Daniel Podence (calf).  Raul Jimenez is continuing his rehabilitation from a fractured skull.

Will lightning strike twice for Chorley and Wolves?

Wanderers go to National League North side Chorley aiming to avoid a second upset in Lancashire.  Back in 1986, Wolves, then in the Fourth Division, were embarrassed 3-0 by Northern Premier League Chorley in the first round.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side go into this year's tie winless in their past six Premier League games. "We don't have to go much further back, recent history in football tells you - especially in this competition - things can happen. We have to be aware of the responsibility we have," said Nuno. "We are going to find a pitch which is not in the best condition, we know an effort has been made to preserve the pitch but with the weather conditions it will be very difficult to play football on. We have to adapt."

Chorley are ninth in National League North and have beaten Wigan, Peterborough and Derby to reach round four.  Vermiglio hopes the club's historic win against Wolves 35 years ago can inspire his players on Friday.  "If the players can be motivated even more, we're going to try it by utilising the spirit of '86 and what that team did," said Vermiglio, whose side are the lowest ranked left in the competition. "That's what they've got to aim for. The game in '86 brings an extra bit of spice, mainly because those people are still here.  "We're fortunate enough to have people like Ken Wright, chairman of our club, who was the manager on that day. So for him, this is unbelievable to be reliving those memories."


FA Cup: How non-league Chorley upset Wolves in the 1986-87 FA Cup

Match stats

The only previous meetings between Chorley and Wolves came in the 1986-87 season, with non-league Chorley eliminating Fourth Division Wolves from the FA Cup first round (3-0 in a second replay after two 1-1 draws). Wolves lost their last FA Cup meeting with non-league opponents, going down 1-0 at Luton in January 2013.

This is the furthest Chorley have ever progressed in the FA Cup. Their only previous meeting with top-flight opposition in the competition ended in a 6-0 defeat by Notts County in January 1900.   Wolves have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup in just two of the past 12 campaigns, doing so in 2016-17 and 2018-19. Connor Hall has netted in the first, second and third rounds of the FA Cup for Chorley this season, scoring what turned out to be the winning goals against Wigan (first round) and Derby (third round).


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There is life in the FA Cup, that beautiful, battered old competition, the great leveller that gives everyone a chance and ridicules reputations. There is a whole galaxy of stories and personalities out there. And there is a beaming smile on the face of Connor Hall, the Chorley striker, as he talks about facing Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round on Friday night and “the biggest game I’ve played”, his dreams of scoring, fingers moulded in a heart shape, about belting out an Adele song.

In these drab and difficult days, the cup gives us shocks; not just the prospect of small team beating big, but the shock of difference, of seeing something new. This season, it has provided Louie Barry’s goal for Aston Villa against Liverpool, introduced millions of people to Marine and Crawley. It has altered the conversation. All those little jolts. And it offers reminders about struggle, sacrifice and dedication. The cup, to borrow Connor’s words, is “life-changing”.

First off, a moment of embarrassed self-indulgence, just for a bit of context. When Chorley beat Derby County in the third round, Connor said a few words on Twitter. He had scored the first goal in a fabulous victory, been interviewed by television and radio afterwards and described himself as “a massive Newcastle fan”. “It would mean the world to get a reply” from me, he tweeted. Well, that bit was easy. Interviewing him felt like one step better.

It was also an eye-opener, a real pleasure, a nudge about not taking things for granted.

Our stories were similar in lots of ways. He pretended to be me in the playground – his pal Nathan was Chris Sutton, my strike partner at Blackburn Rovers – just like I mimicked Kevin Keegan. We both loved football. I got a break, I was lucky. He got injured at the wrong time and was released by Bolton Wanderers. It takes balls to come back from that, to still feel that love.

We will return to that, but for a moment I want to imagine the scene at Victory Park when Wolves come to town. I can’t put myself in Connor’s shoes, but I can explain how it feels to be the Premier League team confronted by a similar situation. In January 1998, my Newcastle side travelled to non-League Stevenage Borough in the fourth round. There were 99 places between us in the pyramid and the world was watching. The world wanted blood.

There was needle between the managers – Kenny Dalglish tried to get the tie moved to St James’ Park on safety grounds – there was a crowd of more than 8,000 in Broadhall Way and a fair amount of tension. For me, it was relief; my first start after seven long months out with an ankle injury and when I scored after three minutes you naturally think, ‘We’re the big boys here – it’s just a matter of how many we’re going to get.’

It didn’t pan out like that. Stevenage showed a great attitude, pegged us back, equalised and thoroughly deserved their replay (which we won 2-1, en route to the FA Cup final, but let’s not talk about that). They gave us an almighty scare. Ability-wise, there was no comparison and it’s the same for Wolves; if every single player is at it, they’re playing at home to Southampton or holders Arsenal in the fifth round. But – and there’s always a but, which is why the TV cameras are going to be there – drop off a few percentage points and…

Wolves have got to be focused, show respect to Chorley, smile and be polite, work like demons for 90 minutes (or longer) and then get the hell out of there. They’re in a terrible run of form, they’ve just been beaten by West Bromwich Albion in their local derby and Raul Jimenez, their main man, is out injured. That sort of stuff wriggles into your brain. The gap between the Premier League and National League North, the sixth tier of English football, starts to narrow. By contrast, the energy at Chorley is all positive, as it should be. True, there will be no fans in their stadium, which is sad, but their virtual ticket scheme has been a great success, they beat Farsley AFC 3-2 last weekend (Connor nabbed the winner), and “there’s a massive buzz around the club,” he says. “It’s probably the biggest game in our history. All the lads have been doing interviews, everything’s going well.”

Any trepidation? “There’s no fear,” Connor, 22, says. “It’s excitement, the excitement of playing against a current Premier League team, who did so well last season and not so well this year, which maybe gives us a bit of confidence to think, ‘We’re on the up’. To be the only non-League team left is incredible. We’re shocked we’ve got so far, but we’re going into the game to win it. It might sound silly to a lot of people, but we know we’ve got the quality. Who knows?”

Derby certainly know. So do Peterborough United and Wigan Athletic, the other league sides Chorley have beaten to reach this stage. Connor scored against all three of them. “The main thing is staying in the game for as long as we can,” Connor says. “At Peterborough, they went ahead early doors and thought we were going to be a walkover, an easy game for them, but we dominated. Hopefully Wolves will be like that and we can catch them off guard.”

As is now tradition, (Ch) celebrated their victory over Derby with a rowdy rendition of Adele’s Someone Like You in their dressing room. “It’s from before my time at the club,” Connor says. “They sang it a couple of seasons ago when we were promoted to the National League. The gaffer (Jamie Vermiglio) was a player here and it comes from back then. It’s really stuck since the Wigan game.”

Connor’s second spell at Chorley began in October, when he signed on loan from Woking (he agreed a permanent deal last month). He joined Sheffield United as a scholar and has had mixed spells at Bolton and Accrington Stanley and is now flourishing at a place that feels like home. He has not given up on the Football League, but he has also had to recalibrate and reset.

“I went to Accrington on loan from Bolton a couple of years ago,” he says. “I did OK and it was a good experience, but I was just coming off the bench every game. I never really got a run of games. I wouldn’t say I struggled at that level, but I wasn’t as impactful as I would have liked and then when it looked as though I’d get my chance at Bolton – I was due to start the season when they were in League One – I got a bad injury.

“I tore my syndesmosis, between the tibia and fibula in my ankle. I had to have surgery and was out for about four months. The club were going through their money problems and didn’t have a lot of first-team players, so I was sitting at home watching Soccer Saturday seeing mates like Ronan Darcy and Dennis Politic play. They got their chance and it made their careers and I’m really happy for them, but at the same time you’re thinking, ‘It could have been me’.”

Bolton was a wild and traumatic ride; all that uncertainty swirling around the club and its ownership, the financial problems, the missing wages. “It was very tricky,” Connor says. “We’d get texts on a Friday night near the end of the month saying, ‘Sorry lads, the money isn’t going to be in your accounts tomorrow’. We all knew what that meant – it’s not coming any time soon. Next month, the same. All in all, it was about six months of not being paid.

“The PFA were really good. They came in twice and sorted us out with loans, telling us that we could pay it back in instalments when we finally started getting paid, assuming the club didn’t liquidate, in which case we wouldn’t have to pay it back at all. There was talk of a takeover which then fell through and it felt like the most stressful thing in the world. It was when I was injured, so it’s not as if anyone else would have signed me.”

After three years at Bolton, Connor was released last summer. As he says, “things didn’t really go in my favour”, and he has dropped down to non-League “just to play games”. There is no bitterness, though, and the same applies to leaving Sheffield United. “I came up through Sunday League football and never played in an academy, so to be in that position in the first place, to have a pro contract and be told I wouldn’t have it extended… I still felt privileged, really.

“I was able to take it on the chin and have this feeling of, ‘Whatever happens will happen’. I knew I could work hard and get myself a move and that’s how I ended up signing for Bolton. There, I kind of knew it was coming, so I got myself prepared. I kind of expected it. I hadn’t quite cut it in the first team. I signed for Woking at the start of the season, it didn’t really work out and now I’m here. I’m happy. It’s good.

“I signed an 18-month contract in the end; twice now they’ve taken me when nobody else wanted to have me. The gaffer has been quality. If I have one or two bad games, I know he’s still got faith in me, which is great for my confidence. Chorley have told me they won’t hold me back if another club comes in for me, but I wouldn’t go unless it was a League team. It’s Chorley or the League for me. I love playing, I love the club. There’s nowhere I’d rather be.”

This is part-time football, but the commitment required barely qualifies for that title.

“It’s probably a lot more involved than people think,” Connor says. “We play on a Saturday, there’s a training session during the day on Monday for all those boys who aren’t working. If we don’t have a game on a Tuesday we’ll have another session, Wednesday off, train on Thursday, Friday off and then another game.”

At Woking, Connor did some coaching at iDfa Football Academy and still does “Zoom calls and stuff with them now”. That relationship led to his goal celebration against Derby and then a little bit of domestic grief. “One of the lads asked me to do something for them if I scored,” he says. “They wanted a little heart. I said I would do my best but, to be honest, I nearly forgot. I’d run about 30 metres before I did anything.

“Anyway, I got home that night and Missi, my girlfriend, was smiling. ‘Was that heart for me?’ she asked. I was like… ‘Errrrr. I could lie and say it was. The next one is for you!’ She was a bit upset, so I’ve got to score now.”

Talk of love leads to the biggest and most important question of all: how come Connor, who was born in Slough, 20 miles west of London, is a Newcastle fan in the first place? “My dad, Colin, is from up there originally,” he says. “My gran is a Sunderland supporter, my grandad is Newcastle and then when my dad came along he was given the choice. He picked the black and white stripes, so he’s a made a great decision.”

Naturally, I could hardly agree more.

“My dad moved down south when he was four,” Connor says. “Funnily enough, he was a pro rugby player for London Irish and Northampton, so me and my little brother played rugby as well, but football was always what I wanted to do. I loved Newcastle. My first game at St James’ was when Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer had that fight with each other against Aston Villa in 2005. My cousin lives in Blyth so when we came to visit, we’d always try to get tickets.”

Connor’s ambition to play at St James’ will have to wait, as will Newcastle’s quest to win a trophy – deep, depressing sigh – but at least there will be one team of Magpies (Chorley’s nickname), in the fourth round of this season’s FA Cup, powered by a striker who has done it the hard way, who has taken the knocks and come back smiling. That’s not just a good story. It’s inspirational.

“Since the draw was made I’ve been dreaming about it,” Connor says. “Imagine if we actually win… it would be amazing.”

 


19 Sat Jan 16-West Brom (h) 12:30 BT L2-3


Woeful Wolves as Coady hauled off. Stonewall penalty not given by Oliver, dodgy one for WBA.

19 WW 2 Fábio Silva (38'), Boly (43')

West Brom 3 Costa Pereira (8' pen, 56' pen), Ajayi (52')

HT2-1!


The first meeting of the two sides for nine years saw Sam Allardyce's men grab just their second win of the season, plunging an already difficult campaign for Nuno Espirito Santo's side to a new low. Pereira opened the scoring early on from the spot but the hosts led at half-time thanks to goals from Fabio Silva and Willy Boly.  The Baggies – picking up their first three points under Allardyce – then had Semi Ajayi head in and Pereira net again from 12 yards for what could be a turning point in their season. An enormous boost in their survival fight while Wolves must be extra careful not to get dragged into it at the wrong end of the table themselves.

Analysis

This was not a game high on quality, but Albion certainly had more grit and determination about them. Wolves, meanwhile, are in trouble. Both sides had their poor moments at the back, but the the hosts were especially woeful. Conceding two Pereira penalties and failing to deal with a long throw-in in the build-up to Ajayi's goal, it was an embarrassing defensive display.  Silva got a confidence-boosting goal but having led 2-1 at the break, Nuno's players then completely capitulated. Now 12 without a clean sheet in the league, there are serious problems. The Baggies, though, did what you have to do in derbies – put your bodies on the line and not give up.  An unsuccessful appeal for a clear penalty against Gibbs didn't help. Ref Oliver gets another one wrong against us.


Their best day of the season so far, without a doubt. Also undoubtedly Wolves' worst, perhaps of Nuno's tenure.

West Brom still "have their heads under water" but the derby win at Wolves gives them hope of Premier League survival, says manager Sam Allardyce. Albion came from behind to claim victory in the Black Country derby as two penalties from Matheus Pereira helped them beat Wolves at Molineux. It was only the Baggies' second win of the season - and their first under new boss Allardyce - and the first time they had scored three times away from home in the Premier League in almost seven years. While they remain in the relegation zone - five points from safety - it will provide fresh optimism about avoiding the drop.

"We are still drowning, we've still got our heads under the water, and the only way to get our heads above water is hard graft," Allardyce said. "A run of being undefeated will help - you can see what that has done for Fulham and Brighton. If you can win two on the trot it is massive. It puts the fear of God into everyone else."

Why Nuno is facing tough questions at Wolves - Both spot-kicks came from clumsy tackles from behind on Callum Robinson, by Willy Boly and Conor Coady.  The penalties were similar too as Pereira sent Rui Patricio the wrong way. The first broke the deadlock after eight minutes, the second won the game 11 minutes into the second half.

In between, Fabio Silva and Boly turned the game on its head in the space of five minutes at the end of the first half, only for Semi Ajayi to level with a header straight after the restart.  The result extended a miserable run for Wolves, who since striker Raul Jimenez fractured his skull at Arsenal on 29 November have taken five points from nine games and slid down the table into 14th spot, with all the clubs below them having games in hand.  Battling Baggies extend derby record After a nine-year break since the last one, this result extended an excellent West Brom record in derbies, which now contains just three defeats in 22 games.  They achieved victory without goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who was absent following a positive coronavirus test, and with a vocal intervention from Allardyce. Having spent most of the game in his dug-out, legs stretched out and arms folded, the former England boss finally came out to voice an opinion as his side, trailing and looking edgy, failed to execute what their manager felt was a routine clearance.  Alllardyce's bellowing could be heard from the media seats. The instruction was clear - get the ball away from our goal quickly.  The advice was heeded and while he might not like the description, within minutes, his side had scored what might be regarded as a typical Allardyce goal as Kyle Bartley flicked on a long throw to the near post and Ajayi nodded it over Patricio.  Pereira was nerveless with his penalties and while West Brom can hardly be relied on to either score regularly or keep clean sheets at present, Allardyce has apparently instilled some drive into his players.  With significant additions before the transfer window closes on 1 February, it cannot be discounted that Allardyce will maintain his proud record of never getting relegated.

Wolves struggling without Jimenez

If there was one moment that underlined Nuno Espirito Santo's increasingly desperate search for an answer to his side's problems, it came 19 minutes into the second half.  Skipper Coady had never been substituted before under the Portuguese.  But after the England man conceded his side's second penalty for another clumsy challenge on Robinson, Nuno evidently decided he was expendable as he switched his team around to accommodate the introduction of Rayan Ait-Nouri at full-back.  In a season where Nuno was committed to change anyway, the loss of Jimenez is threatening to undermine confidence in all the good work Wolves have done in progressing from a mid-table Championship outfit into a side capable of securing successive seventh-place finishes in the Premier League.  If, for instance, Wolves finished 15th this season, it would be an outcome they have only bettered three times since they were relegated in 1976. Evidently though, spending and improvement under Nuno has raised expectations.  They certainly made enough chances to beat West Brom - and had a staggering 23 shots - but without Jimenez, there was no consistent threat.  Fabio Silva took his goal well, opening his body up and sending a precise finish into the far corner from Boly's back-heeled pass. But when crosses come into the box, he does not routinely attack them as Jimenez would. When Boly put Wolves ahead with an instinctive effort just before the break, it did appear the hosts would claim victory.  Instead, West Brom rallied and though the hosts had responded once to falling behind for the ninth successive league game, a second comeback proved beyond them.

Covid protocols breached After all the talk about new Premier League protocols, Wolves celebrated both their goals normally and had pre-match huddles in the dressing room and on the pitch. And after the final whistle, West Brom's players celebrated in the usual fashion, underlining the difficulty in getting players to follow the demands of those trying to reinforce regulations.

Disappointed Nuno insists Wolves must 'do better' 'We must rectify it and do better' - reaction  Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo to BBC Sport: "Disappointing, frustrated with the way we played and the result. The beginning of the second half, we started very poorly. Two penalties and a throw-in [were West Brom's goals]. We knew we required better defending. We must rectify it and do better."

Allardyce joy at West Brom's 'big big victory'

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce to BBC Sport: "The only two disappointing moments for me were the two quick goals we conceded when we didn't look like we were going to concede. Defending set-plays has been one of our few strengths this season and we conceded two today. Overall it was a fantastic victory. It was the amount of chances we created which pleased me most. I haven't seen us create that many chances.  A win was very important at this moment in time. The attitude, work-rate and determination of the players, that's brought us a big, big victory."


Wolves concede first again - the stats

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has faced Wolves more often without losing than any other side in the Premier League (P6 W4 D2), winning his past two meetings. West Brom have won consecutive away league matches against Wolves for the first time since a run of three between 1929 and 1931.  Wolves are without a clean sheet in 12 Premier League games, the longest ongoing run among sides currently in the division. Wolves have conceded the first goal in each of their past nine Premier League games - their longest ever run of conceding the opening goal in games in the competition. Willy Boly became the first Wolves player to concede a penalty, assist a goal and score a goal in the same Premier League game since Adlene Guedioura in May 2011 - which was also against West Brom at Molineux. Matheus Pereira became the first player to score two penalties in a Premier League match for a newly promoted club since Chris Brunt also did so for West Brom against Liverpool in April 2011. Semi Ajayi's goal for West Brom was their first via a throw-in in the Premier League since Graham Dorrans vs QPR in April 2012. Indeed, since the start of 2018-19, no defender has scored more headed league goals in England's top four tiers than Ajayi (nine - level with Virgil van Dijk and Aaron Pierre).

Wolves have lost both of their Premier League games in which Fabio Silva has scored (also 1-2 v Burnley in December), making him the youngest player ever to lose both of the first two Premier League games in which he scored (18 years 181 days).

What's next?

Wolves travel to non-league Chorley in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday (19:45 GMT), before returning to Premier League action against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, 27 January (18:00 GMT). Next up for West Brom is a Premier League match against West Ham at London Stadium on Tuesday (18:00 GMT).

Player of the match Matheus Pereira with an average of7.46

#8 Rúben Neves Average rating 7.26

#7 Pedro Neto Average rating 4.94

Lines up Wolves

Formation 4-3-3

11Rui Patrício 22Nélson Semedo 15Boly 16Coady sub Aït-Nouriat 64' 27Saïss 32DendonckerBooked at 73' 8Neves sub Gibbs-Whiteat  60' 28João Moutinho sub Cutroneat 79' 37Traoré 17Fábio SilvaBooked at 90' 7Neto Substitutes 2Hoever 3Aït-Nouri 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 23Cutrone 38Shabani 49Kilman 60Corbeanu

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

25Button 27O'Shea 6AjayiBooked at 36' 5Bartley 3Gibbs 8Livermore 19Sawyers 23Snodgrass 12Costa Pereira sub Furlongat 83' 13Grosicki sub Robson-Kanuat 69' 7Robinson Substitutes 2Furlong 4Robson-Kanu 17Krovinovic 20Ivanovic 21Edwards 22Peltier 24Kipré 28Field 31Lonergan

Referee: Michael Oliver


         Wolves West Brom

Possession 68%  32%

Shots      23   12

Shots on Tgt 6   5

Corners    11    0

Fouls      10   14

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.

90'+5' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.

90'+1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jake Livermore. 90' Booking Fábio Silva (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90' Fábio Silva (WW) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation. 87' Attempt missed. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 86' Attempt blocked. Nélson Semedo (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 86' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Foul by Dara O'Shea (WBA). 85' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 84' Attempt saved. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 83' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 83' Foul by Kieran Gibbs (WBA). 83' Sub, (WBA) Darnell Furlong replaces Matheus Pereira. 82' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. 81' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Gibbs. 80' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (WBA). 80' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Matheus Pereira (WBA). 79' Sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces João Moutinho.  76' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 74' Offside, (WBA) Dara O'Shea tries a through ball, but Kyle Bartley is caught offside. 73' Booking Leander Dendoncker (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 73' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 73'  Robert Snodgrass (WBA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  72' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 71' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 71' Offside, (WBA) Dara O'Shea tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside. 69' Sub, (WBA) Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Kamil Grosicki. 69' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 68' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kyle Bartley. 68' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 68' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dara O'Shea. 67' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 67' Foul by Semi Ajayi (WBA). 66' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 66' Romaine Sawyers (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 65' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 65' Foul by Matheus Pereira (WBA). 64' Sub, (WW) Rayan Aït-Nouri replaces Conor Coady. 61' Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (WBA) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matheus Pereira. 60' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Rúben Neves because of an injury. 59' Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (WBA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 57' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 57' Jake Livermore (WBA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 3. Matheus Pereira (WBA) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner. 55' Penalty conceded by Conor Coady (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 55' Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Callum Robinson draws a foul in the penalty area. 52' Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 2. Semi Ajayi (WBA) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Bartley with a headed pass. 51' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 51' Matheus Pereira (WBA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 51' Hand ball by Fábio Silva (WW). 50' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 50' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (WBA). 48' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 48' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Gibbs. 48' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 47' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dara O'Shea. 46' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 46' Foul by Kieran Gibbs (WBA). Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

         Wolves West Brom

Possession 66%  34%

Shots      11    8

Shots on Tgt 5   3

Corners     5    0

Fouls       3    6

45'+1' Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (WBA) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. 43' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 1. Willy Boly (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

42' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jake Livermore. 41' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41' Foul by Matheus Pereira (WBA). 38' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Willy Boly following a set piece situation.

37' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 37' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (WBA). 36' Booking Semi Ajayi (WBA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 36' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Foul by Semi Ajayi (WBA). 35' Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (WBA) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matheus Pereira. 33' Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (WBA) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Livermore following a fast break. 32' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 32' Foul by Jake Livermore (WBA). 31' Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (WBA) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki. 31'

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (WBA) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Semi Ajayi with a headed pass following a set piece  situation. 31' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 31' Robert Snodgrass (WBA) wins a free kick on the right wing. 27' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 26' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jake Livermore. 26' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kyle Bartley. 25' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kamil Grosicki. 25' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker with a headed pass. 24' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Foul by Kieran Gibbs (WBA). 19' Attempt saved. Matheus Pereira (WBA) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 18' Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fábio Silva. 17' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 15' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 15' Romaine Sawyers (WBA) wins a free kick in the  defensive half.  15' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 14' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 13 Clear handball by Gibbs - Oliver refuses.  VAR useless.  Clear movement of both hands to ball.  10' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 10' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 10' Foul by Romaine Sawyers (WBA). 8'

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, West Bromwich Albion 1. Matheus Pereira (WBA) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner. 8' VAR Decision: Penalty West Bromwich Albion. 7' Penalty conceded by Willy Boly (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 7' Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Callum Robinson draws a foul in the penalty area. 7' Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (WBA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers. 4' Attempt saved. Willy Boly (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 4' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 3' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Gibbs. Kick Off First Half begins.

Posted at 12:3212:32

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.



TEAM NEWS

Wolves pair Adama Traore and Willy Boly both trained on Friday and could be involved in the Black Country derby. Pedro Neto was hurt by a heavy challenge during the midweek defeat to Everton and he will also be assessed. West Brom's new signing Robert Snodgrass will likely make his debut but Conor Gallagher is suspended. Forward Hal Robson-Kanu has returned to training after an arm injury and he is expected to make his comeback at West Ham on Tuesday. Premier League to discuss Covid protocols with club managers and captains

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves' home defeat by Everton on Tuesday means they have lost five of their past eight league games, and they have won only one of them. The biggest reason for that is their lack of goals. Nuno Espirito Santo's side went sixth in the table when they beat Arsenal at the end of November, the same game that Raul Jimenez sustained a serious head injury that has sidelined him since. Without him, Wolves have clearly struggled to score - they have managed more than one goal in only one of those eight matches - but I'd be surprised if they don't create chances against West Brom.  Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head The most recent meeting ended 5-1 to West Brom at Molineux in the Premier League in 2012 - Albion's biggest away league win in this fixture since 1962. West Brom can earn successive top-flight away victories against Wolves for the first time. Wolves have won just one of the past eight meetings in all competitions. Wolverhampton Wanderers have earned just two points from their past five Premier League matches. They have only won one of their eight league games since forward Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal. Nuno Espirito Santo's side can lose consecutive Premier League home matches for the first time since August 2019. Their run of 11 matches without a clean sheet is currently the longest in the top flight. Adama Traore has gone 24 league appearances without a goal or assist.

West Bromwich Albion Sam Allardyce has not won any of his first five competitive fixtures as West Brom head coach, drawing two and losing three. However, Allardyce is unbeaten in all eight league matches as a manager against Wolves (W6, D2). The Baggies are without a win in seven league games, drawing two, losing five and conceding 21 goals. Albion have eight points after 17 matches. The last team to have fewer than 10 points at this stage of a top-flight season and still avoid relegation was Sheffield United in 1990-91. They have conceded a league-high 39 goals this season but only 15 of those have come in away games (38%).

West Brom have only scored six goals in their past 14 league matches.



18 Tue Jan 12-Everton (h) 8:15 Sky L1-2

18 Wolves 1 Neves (14') Everton 2 Iwobi (6'), Keane (77')


HT 1-1


300 hundred up for Conor (total appearances; 93 WW PL)

 Alex Iwobi's first-half strike took a slight deflection off Conor Coady Everton maintained their challenge for a Champions League spot with victory at Wolves thanks to Michael Keane's 77th-minute winner.  The Toffees' sixth away win in the league this season lifted them to fourth in the table, level on points with third-place Leicester and only four off the lead held by Manchester United.  They got off to a brilliant start when Alex Iwobi fired home in the fifth minute for his first goal in 38 Premier League appearances.

Wolves, seeking only their second win in eight games, hit back in the 14th minute through Ruben Neves. The Portuguese midfielder ended his own barren run against Brighton at the start of January, and made it two goals in two league matches with a sublime sidefoot finish following brilliant movement from Rayan Ait-Nouri. The home side looked more likely to edge the contest until Keane rose highest in the area to convert Andre Gomes' teasing cross from the left.

Everton 'played the game we planned' - Ancelotti - Iwobi impresses as Everton form continues  There were tweets of surprise on social media when Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti named a starting XI without a recognised striker. Leading scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin was unavailable because of a hamstring problem, while the Italian opted to leave Cenk Tosun on the bench.  Gylfi Sigurdsson was billed as the player to lead the line, but the Toffee that looked most potent was winger Iwobi. His link-up play with his fellow attackers was key to many of the visiting side's best moves and he deserved to end his goalscoring drought. The attack began when James Rodriguez floated the ball to Lucas Digne on the left of the area. The French full-back, making his first league start since 22 November, played a first-time pass to Iwobi, whose cleanly-struck effort took a slight deflection off Conor Coady.  The Nigeria international also forced a good low save from Rui Patricio following a swift one-two with Rodriguez.  Ancelotti's men looked short of ideas in attack after the break but made it count 13 minutes from time when Keane put away the only effort on target in the second half. It was the defender's fourth goal of the season. Striker or no striker, Ancelotti has got that winning feeling again and his expensively-assembled squad are back on course following their slump in November.

Jimenez absence continues to hurt Wolves - Wolves striker Raul Jimenez - Striker Raul Jimenez was Wolves' leading goalscorer last season The large scar from his surgery was visible as Raul Jimenez watched his side from the stands at Molineux - how different might Wolves' campaign have looked so far had their talisman in attack not suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal in November.  Nuno Espirito Santo's side won that day at Emirates Stadium, but have picked up only the one other victory in the league in the eight games since. The Midlands club have fallen from seventh to 14th in the table.  They have clearly missed the natural finisher during this period, but the build-up play has rarely been found wanting. Against Everton the likes of Pedro Neto and Neves dictated play beautifully in the opposition third, while 19-year-old Ait-Nouri was exceptional as an attacking left-back. The way in which he drove past Abdoulaye Doucoure on the wing to set up the goal was dazzling. What was lacking was bite, because aside from Neves' late free-kick, which hit the bar, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford was untroubled in the second half.  Keeping a clean sheet has also been Wolves' problem - the last time they kept a score to nil in the league was 12 games ago. The defenders should have done better to close down Iwobi while they made it too easy for Keane to get his head to the ball.   Nuno says he is very concerned about the situation, but it is unlikely his side will be caught up in a relegation battle.

Wolves undone by 'small details' - Nuno 'I'm very worried' - reaction

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti: "We knew this would be a difficult game to play here. We had a different approach without Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. We played more to attack the flanks with Iwobi and Digne and it worked well because the first goal was a fantastic combination.  Keane is unbelievable with his head. His goal helped us to stay in a good position in the table.  We perform better away because at home we don't have the support of our fans at the moment, which is really important. When we played with 2,000 of our supporters against Chelsea we won."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "First half I think we played a good game and in the second half both sides were very organised. It was just the small detail that we should do better - focus inside the box. That detail cost us the game.  We got a good goal and in the first half I think we had more of the ball and played better, but the second half was very tight. The moment we pushed to go for the game we conceded the goal." On whether he is worried about their form: "Very worried. It is something we know we need to improve but at the same time aware of what is happening and what we have to do for the future."

Wolves have lost five of their last eight Premier League games (W1 D2), after losing just one of the seven before that (W4 D2).  Everton have won seven of their last 10 away Premier League games (D1 L2), as many victories as they enjoyed in their previous 28 on the road (D5 L16). Wolves are without a clean sheet in 11 Premier League games, the longest current run in the division, conceding the first goal in 10 of those games. Everton have scored nine headed goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. Coady and Patrício both made their 93rd Premier League start for Wolves, with only Matt Jarvis managing more for the club (95). Digne has now made 16 assists in the Premier League for Everton; since the start of the 2018-19 season, the only defenders with more are Liverpool pair Andy Robertson (28) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (27). Iwobi scored for the first time in 38 Premier League appearances, since netting against none other than Wolves in September 2019. Three of Neves' eight Premier League goals for Wolves have come against Everton, with the Portuguese not managing more than one against any other side. Neves' equaliser was his fifth goal from inside the box for Wolves in all competitions (17 in total) but the first of those five not to come from the penalty spot. Keane has netted three goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season, as many as he managed in his three previous seasons in the competition combined (three in 94 appearances).

What's next? Wolves host West Brom on Saturday (12:30 GMT) and Everton are at Aston Villa on Sunday (12:00 GMT).

Player of the match Michael Keane with an average of8.48

Wolverhampton Wanderers

#8  Rúben Neves Average rating 6.45

#7  Pedro Neto  Average rating 5.98

Assists Aït-Nouri (14') 1-2 Digne (6'), André Gomes (77')

Wolves

Formation 4-3-3

11 Rui Patrício 22 Nélson Semedo 16 Coady 27 Saïss 3 Aït-Nouri 32 Dendoncker 8 Neves 28 João Moutinho 7 Neto 18 Gibbs-White 17 Fábio Silva 11Rui Patrício 22Nélson Semedo booked 89' 16Coady 27Saïss 3Aït-Nouri 32Dendoncker 8Neves 28João Moutinho sub Vitinhaat 86' 7Neto 18Gibbs-White sub Hoeverat 64' booked 90' 17Fábio Silva sub Cutroneat 78' Substitutes 2Hoever 20Vitinha 21Ruddy 23Cutrone 38Shabani 42Richards 49Kilman 57Lonwijk

60Corbeanu

Everton

Formation 4-4-2

1 Pickford  4 Holgate 13 Mina 5 Keane 22 Godfrey 17 Iwobi 16 Doucouré 26 Davies 12 Digne 19 Rodríguez 10 G Sigurdsson

1Pickford 4Holgate booked 69' 13Mina 5Keane 22Godfrey 17Iwobi 16Doucouré booked 50' 26Davies sub André Gomesat 64' 12Digne  19Rodríguez sub Colemanat 86'

10G Sigurdsson sub Richarlisonat 76' Substitutes 2Kenny 7Richarlison 14Tosun 18Nkounkou 20Bernard 21André Gomes 23Coleman 24Gordon 33Olsen

Referee: Martin Atkinson



FT         Wolves Everton

Possession 53%  47%

Shots      12    5

Shots on Tgt 3   3

Corners     6    5

Fouls       6   11


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 2.

90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 2.

90'+6'  Offside, (E=Everton),  Ben Godfrey tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside. 90'+5' Booking Ki-Jana Hoever (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90'+5' Foul by Ki-Jana Hoever (WW). 90'+5' Richarlison (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by Richarlison (E). 90'+4' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by André Gomes (E). 90'+3' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 90'+3'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mason Holgate. 90' Corner, (E),  Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 89' Booking Nélson Semedo (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 88' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 88' Richarlison (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 86'  Sub, (E),  Séamus Coleman replaces James Rodríguez. 86'  Sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces João Moutinho. 85' Rúben Neves (WW) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

84' Hand ball by Abdoulaye Doucouré (E). 82' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Keane. 82' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 78'  Sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Fábio Silva. 77' goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 2. Michael Keane (E) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by André Gomes with a cross following a corner. 76'  Sub, (E),  Richarlison replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson. 75' Corner, (E),  Conceded by Conor Coady. 75' Attempt blocked. Alex Iwobi (E) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Rodríguez. 70' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation. 69' Booking Mason Holgate (E) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 69' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 69' Foul by Mason Holgate (E). 68' Attempt missed. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner. 68' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lucas Digne. 67' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 67' Foul by André Gomes (E). 65' Corner, (E),  Conceded by Romain Saïss. 64'  Sub, (E),  André Gomes replaces Tom Davies. 64'  Sub, (WW) Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 60' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Foul by Tom Davies (E). 56' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 56' James Rodríguez (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55' Foul by Ben Godfrey (E). 54' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation. 50' Booking Abdoulaye Doucouré (E) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 50' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the  attacking half. 50' NASTY Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (E). 48' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tom Davies. 47' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 47' Foul by Alex Iwobi (E). Second Half

Second Half begins



HT         Wolves Everton

Possession 51%  49%

Shots       7    2

Shots on Tgt 3   2

Corners     2    1

Fouls       3    2


45'+2' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 1.

45'+1' Attempt missed. Yerry Mina (E) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner. 45' Corner, (E),  Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 44' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 42'  Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 42' James Rodríguez (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 37' Yerry Mina (E) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Foul by Ben Godfrey (E). 29' Hand ball by Lucas Digne (E). 28' Corner, (E),  Conceded by Romain Saïss. 26' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 25' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Pickford. 25' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 20' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 20' Attempt saved. Alex Iwobi (E) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a through ball. 17' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 17' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 14' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 1. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rayan Aït-Nouri following a corner. 14' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tom Davies. 10' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 10' Tom Davies (E) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 6' Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Everton 1. Alex Iwobi (E) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Digne. Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 20:2020:20 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


SKY's JONES KNOWS: MATCH PREDICTION...


I'm all over Wolves here.

Since December 18 in their three Premier League games, Everton's expected goals figure of a combined 1.74 is the second lowest in the league, as is their haul of just seven shots on target. You'd expect a greater return from matches against Arsenal, Sheffield United and West Ham. They are easy to oppose at Molineux.

Having Leander Dendoncker back from injury makes Wolves far more reliable from a punting perspective. He returned in the FA Cup win over Crystal Palace and Nuno Espirtio Santo's men looked far more confident.

His athleticism, clever movement into the box and physicality turn Wolves into a greater beast. In the six games he's missed in the Premier League this season, Wolves have picked up just two points. In the 11 he's started, Wolves have won six with a points-per-game average of 1.8. The corresponding fixture last season finished in a 3-0 home win and I can see a similar end result here, especially with Everton being without Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo explains the thinking behind the commitment to young players such as Fabio Silva.

Carlo Ancelotti has adapted to being without Richarlison, who is on the bench, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin by switching to a five at the back and looks to be playing without a striker. Lucas Digne return is a big boost at left-wing back while it looks like Alex Iwobi will play on the other side. Either one of Gylfi Sigurdsson or James Rodriguez will play through the middle in attack.

19:23 NO TRAORE, GIBBS-WHITE STARTS Morgan Gibbs-White is a surprise name among the starters for Wolves as Adama Traore is ruled out with injury. Leander Dendoncker is back in the midfield for Wolves as Nuno sticks with the four at the back.


19:15

EVERTON TEAM NEWS


Team to play Wolves: Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Doucoure, Davies, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, James

Subs: Olsen, Richarlison, Coleman, Tosun, Nkounkou, Gomes, Gordon, Kenny, Bernard

19:15

WOLVES TEAM NEWS

Team to play Everton: Rui Patricio, Semedo, Coady, Saiss, Ait Nouri, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Gibbs-White, Neto, Silva

Subs: Ruddy, Richards, Corbeanu, Hoever, KIlman, Cutrone, Vitinha, Shabani, Lonwijk

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Posted at 19:15 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves have no new injuries from their FA Cup win over Crystal Palace. Wily Boly, who hasn't played since mid-December, could return but Jonny, Daniel Podence, Fernando Mercal and Raul Jimenez remain on the sidelines.  Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out with a hamstring injury and Allan will be sidelined for a couple more weeks with his own hamstring complaint.  Richarlison faces a late fitness test but Jordan Pickford is set to return after being rested for the FA Cup.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Both of these teams won in the FA Cup at the weekend, although Everton made hard work of Championship strugglers Rotherham before squeaking through in extra time. Wolves edged out Crystal Palace at Molineux and, although they are on a run of only one win in seven in the Premier League, I am going for them to get another home win here. Prediction: 2-1

Wolves have conceded first in nine of their past 10 league games

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have lost just one of six home Premier League matches against Everton, winning twice and drawing three times.  Wolves were 3-0 victors in last season's corresponding fixture. The Toffees are in danger of losing successive league matches against Wolves for the first time since 1979. Everton have not won at Molineux since a 3-0 victory in April 2011.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' total of 22 points after 17 matches is their lowest under Nuno Espirito Santo in a top-flight season.  They are winless in their last four league games, both drawing and losing twice. It's their longest sequence since a seven-match run between May and September 2019.  They have won just once in seven league games since since Raul Jimenez's injury at the end of November, drawing twice and losing four.  They are without a clean sheet in 10 league matches, with only bottom club Sheffield United on a longer run.  Excluding own goals, an English player has not scored for Wolves in 91 league matches, dating back to January 2019.  Adama Traore scored in the FA Cup on Friday but has failed to score or provide an assist in any of his last 24 league appearances.

Everton - Victory would see Everton become the seventh club to win 400 Premier League matches. The Toffees have won five of their eight away leagues fixtures, as many as their final total in both 2019-20 and 2018-19. They are looking record three successive away wins, each with a clean sheet, for the first time since December 2008. Carlo Ancelotti's side have let in just four goals in their last seven Premier League fixtures. Richarlison has scored four Premier League goals in four appearances against Wolves. James Rodriguez is yet to score or provide an assist in a Premier League away match.


FAC3 Fri 8 January 19:45 H Crystal Palace BTSPort W1-0

 FAC3 Wolves 1 Traoré (35') Crystal Palace 0

HT 1-0


Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Crystal Palace to reach the FA Cup fourth round with "a special goal from a special player", says boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Adama Traore's scorching left-foot drive was decisive for the hosts against a much-changed Palace side.  Prior to his strike from the edge of the box the Spain winger had not scored for Wolves since 27 February 2020.  "I am very happy because I think this goal will boost his confidence," Nuno said.

On an evening when the finishing was otherwise lacking in quality, the Wolves manager appeared to turn and say "wow" to his bench following Traore's sparkling effort.  The 24-year-old cut in from the right and lashed a powerful shot past Palace keeper Jack Butland.  Sublime Traore strike gave Wolves the lead against Crystal Palace "He has been really trying in training sessions and that is why I am so happy. It was a special goal from a special player," Nuno added. "We have to have patience with everybody. It has been a hard season for everybody, all the teams, players and managers. You can see how the situation affects everybody. Adama is a versatile player, who can play in a couple of positions and one thing we are sure about is that every time he is on the pitch he always has an impact."

A largely first-choice Wolves side dominated possession and could have won by a greater margin but for some wasteful finishing. Palace, who made nine changes from the Premier League win over Sheffield United, did not have a shot on target.  Eagles manager Roy Hodgson cut a despondent figure in his technical area as he watched his side barely venture out of their own half during a first period dominated by Wolves.  While Palace improved after the break, Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend were unable to retrieve the situation after being introduced as late substitutes.  "I thought in the second half we had quite a lot of control but we were a goal down to an incredible strike," said former England boss Hodgson.  "We have suffered from a few of those in recent weeks. It meant Wolves could sit back and defend, which they did well."


Wolves Formation 4-3-3

21Ruddy 22Nélson Semedo 16Coady 27Saïss 3Aït-Nouri yellow 66' 32Dendoncker sub Hoeverat 85' 8Neves 28João Moutinho 37Traoré sub Gibbs-Whiteat 69' yellow 85'

17Fábio Silva sub Cutroneat 78' 7Neto Substitutes 2Hoever 11Rui Patrício 18Gibbs-White 20Vitinha 23Cutrone 42Richards 49Kilman 54Otasowie 60Corbeanu

Crystal Palace Formation 4-4-2

1 Butland 17 Clyne 5 Tomkins 12 Sakho 3 van Aanholt 9 J Ayew 22 McCarthy 44 Riedewald 25 Eze 20 Benteke 23 Batshuayi 1Butland 17Clyne 5Tomkins 12Sakho sub Kouyatéat 45' 3van Aanholt 9J Ayew 22McCarthy yellow 62' sub Mitchellat 70' 44Riedewald 25Eze 20Benteke sub Zahaat 70' 23Batshuayi sub Townsendat 85' Substitutes 2Ward 4Milivojevic 8Kouyaté 10Townsend 11Zaha 18McArthur 27Mitchell 31Guaita 34Kelly

Referee: David Coote


     Wolves Crystal Palace

Possession 543% 46%

Shots      13   5

Shots on Tgt5   0

Corners     4   5

Fouls      11   9

90'+3'

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crystal Palace 0.

90'+3'  Corner, (CP) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 90' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Ki-Jana Hoever is caught offside. 85'  Sub, (WW) Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Leander Dendoncker. 85'  Sub, (CP) Andros Townsend replaces Michy Batshuayi. 85' Booking Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 85' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 85' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 84' Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 83' Corner, (CP) Conceded by João Moutinho. 83' Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze. 81' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW). 81' James Tomkins (CP) wins a free kick  in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 80' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Offside, (CP) Eberechi Eze tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside. 78' Sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Fábio Silva. 78' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a fast break. 73' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 73' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 73' Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (CP). 71' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (CP). 70' Sub, (CP) Tyrick Mitchell replaces James McCarthy. 70' Sub, (CP) Wilfried Zaha replaces Christian Benteke. 69' Attempt missed. James McCarthy (CP) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a corner. 69' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Adama Traoré. 68' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 68'  Corner, (CP) Conceded by Conor Coady. 68' Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 66' Booking Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) is shown the yellow card. 63' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jack Butland. 63' Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 62' Booking James McCarthy (CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 62' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' Foul by James McCarthy (CP). 61' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61' Foul by Michy Batshuayi (CP). 60' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Foul by Jordan Ayew (CP). 57' Attempt saved. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 55' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 54' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 54' James McCarthy (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 53' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 53' Michy Batshuayi (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 52' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 52' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jairo Riedewald. 48' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 48' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crystal Palace 0.

45' Sub, (CP) Cheikhou Kouyaté replaces Mamadou Sakho.

Half time

        Wolves Crystal Palace

Possession 63% 37%

Shots       9   1

Shots on Tgt3   0

Corners     2   0

Fouls       4   3

45'+1' Half Time

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crystal Palace 0.

44' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 44' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fábio Silva.

35' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crystal Palace 0. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

30' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Eberechi Eze. 27' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is  blocked. 26' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 21' Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. 21' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 21' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Romain Saïss. 20' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Foul by James McCarthy (CP). 18' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 18' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 16' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho. 13' Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi. 12' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 12' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).  12' Eberechi Eze (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt. 5' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Foul by Michy Batshuayi (CP). 4' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 4' Eberechi Eze (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 4' Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (CP). Kick Off First Half begins.  19:45


Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Patrick Cutrone and Morgan Gibbs-White could be included in Wolverhampton Wanderers' squad for Friday's FA Cup third-round tie with Crystal Palace.  Striker Cutrone and midfielder Gibbs-White have been recalled from respective loan spells at Fiorentina and Swansea to help cover injuries.  Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker could feature in the Molineux game after recovering from a knee injury.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is set to rotate his squad. Utility player Jeffrey Schlupp is definitely ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury in last weekend's win over Sheffield United. Schlupp joins Scott Dann (thigh) and Gary Cahill (hamstring) on the sidelines while captain Luka Milivojevic will be assessed after a back spasm. Meyer to get rare chance? Max Meyer has made just one appearance for Crystal Palace this season  Former Schalke playmaker Max Meyer could be handed the chance to impress potential suitors. The German's only appearance this season was in the League Cup at Bournemouth in September and he has been told by Hodgson that he would not stand in his way if he looked to move on.  "He wants to play and needs to play," Hodgson said. "It is pretty obvious at the moment with the competition for places we have got here and the players I have been using, he has been marginalised. I wouldn't be surprised if Max is knocking on the door to move on and if that is the case, I might have to reluctantly agree he has not been given the chances here to show what he could do, so if there is someone else that would give him that it would have to be considered."

Nuno hoping for cup run

Wolves have been in poor form of late with just one win from their last seven games and boss Nuno Espirito Santo is expecting a difficult test against Palace. "I expect a tough game. Palace are a tough team," he said. "We have good memories of the first season we did with the FA Cup and we want to play good and perform well and proceed and go as far as we can in the competition."

Match stats

Wolves and Crystal Palace have not met in the FA Cup since February 2010, when Danny Butterfield scored a six-minute hat-trick for Palace in a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park.  Three of the five previous FA Cup ties between Wolves and Crystal Palace have gone to replays - all the replays have been won by Palace, whereas the ties without a replay have all been won by Wolves. Wolves have been eliminated in six of their last eight FA Cup third round ties, going out at this stage last season against Manchester United. Crystal Palace were eliminated in the FA Cup third round last season, last going out at this stage in consecutive seasons as a top-flight club between 1990-91 and 1992-93.



17 Sat Jan  2-Brighton @ 5:30 Sky


17 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Connolly (13'), Maupay (46' pen), Dunk (70') Wolves 3 Saïss (19' ), Burn (34' og), Neves (44' pen)


HT1-3

Errors cost us says Nuno

After Aaron Connolly put the hosts ahead, Wolves fought back and were 3-1 up at half-time.  Only 11 seconds into the second half Joao Moutinho tripped Neal Maupay in the box, and the striker smashed home the penalty.  Brighton controlled large parts of the second half and eventually equalised through Lewis Dunk as Nuno was left disappointed with his side’s lack of game management.

“We’re (frustrated) a lot,” Nuno said. “The first half was very good and we knew Brighton would react. We had to control and we didn’t do it. After that it was hard. It’s disappointing because in this game we must perform much better in the second half and control it much better.”

With the final touch of the game substitute Owen Otasowie directed a free header from six yards over the bar, in what could have been the winning moment for Wolves. Although the 19-year-old was upset at the final whistle, Nuno is backing him to ‘react.’

“Of course he is (disappointed) because he has his chance,” Nuno added.

Lewis Dunk's header helped Brighton come from 3-1 down to earn a point against Wolves in an eventful Premier League encounter at the Amex Stadium. The draw leaves the Seagulls only three points above the relegation zone, but the manner of the fightback will have heartened the fans who have seen their side win only once in 15 league games. It began well for the home side when Aaron Connolly poked in from Leandro Trossard's delivery in the 13th minute, but Wolves were level six minutes later as Romain Saiss sent a looping header past Robert Sanchez after Nelson Semedo had retrieved a corner to the far post. Worse was to follow for the hosts in the 34th minute when the ball bounced off defender Dan Burn and into the net after Sanchez had saved from Pedro Neto. Burn had seconds earlier conceded the corner which led to the goal. Burn cut a distraught figure just before half-time when he brought down Adama Traore after the Spanish winger outpaced him on the byeline. Ruben Neves fired in from the penalty spot for his first goal since February.  Instead of caving in, Brighton sprang out of the blocks from the restart. Within 50 seconds it was 3-2 when Neal Maupay scored from the spot after he was fouled by Joao Moutinho. Brighton continued to pepper the Wolves area and, after Adam Webster's header came off the bar, they were finally level when Dunk nodded home from Trossard's corner.

Manager Graham Potter has been a man on the defensive having seen his stock fall following a promising debut season at Brighton. He helped them comfortably avoid relegation with 41 points - their highest tally in the competition - but this season they have a sole victory against Aston Villa to show for their efforts in the past three months. It has left them in a precarious position. Brighton still play football which is easy on the eye, but they have often lack cutting edge in attack and lately Potter's team selection has been questionable. In the 1-0 defeat by Arsenal he made six changes to his starting line-up, which did not include any recognised strikers, and against Wolves he asked 6ft 7in Burn to mark the pacy Traore on the left. Burn's blushes were spared by a spirited Brighton attacking display after the break, but the draw was their eighth of the season and they remain without a win at home in the league.

Wolves rediscover attacking swagger - Wolves have also been in a bit of a rut lately, to a lesser extent. Nuno Espirito Santo's side came into the match having won one of their six league games since the head injury to striker Raul Jimenez in November. The Mexican's potency in attack had been missed, with just three goals scored in that time. At least some of those issues were remedied as Neto and Traore impressed in attack, while Neves showed the type of composure and playmaking in midfield that helped Wolves finish seventh last season. The visitors spent large chunks of the second half defending crosses from the wings, although they could have snatched a win in the final seconds when substitute Owen Otasowie headed over the bar from four yards.

What's next?

Wolves host Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round on Friday (19:45 GMT), while Brighton travel to League Two side Newport County on 10 January (19:45).


Player of the match Leandro Trossard 6.87

#37 Traoré Average rating 6.83

#27 Saïss Average rating 6.38

#07 Pedro Neto Average rating 6.21

Brighton

26Sánchez 4Webster 5Dunk 33Burn Booked at 58'  sub Lallanaat 69' 34Veltman 3White 8Bissouma Booked at 22'  sub Pröpperat 45'  20March 11Trossard 9Maupay 7Connolly sub Zeqiriat 45'  Substitutes 10Mac Allister 13Groß 14Lallana 16Jahanbakhsh 23Steele 24Pröpper 29Zeqiri 30Bernardo 49Molumby

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 22Nélson Semedo booked  16Coady 27Saïss 3Aït-Nouri 28João Moutinho 8Neves 37Traoré 20Vitinha sub Kilmanat 64'  7Neto 17Fábio Silva sub Otasowieat 87'  Substitutes 2Hoever 21Ruddy 26Perry 39Cundle 42Richards 49Kilman 54Otasowie 60Corbeanu 62Söndergaard

Referee: Andy Madley


FT     Brighton Wolves

Possession 54%  46%

Shots      12   10

Shots onTgt 4    4

Corners     3    8

Fouls      12    7


Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

90'+4' Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

90'+4' Attempt missed. Owen Otasowie (WW) (open goal missed) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 90'+3' Attempt missed. Adam Webster (BHA) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner. 90'+2' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Owen Otasowie. 90'+1' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 90'+1' Booking Nélson Semedo (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90'+1' Solly March (BHA) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+1' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 90' Foul by Adam Lallana (BHA). 90' Owen Otasowie (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Adam Webster (BHA). 89' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87'  Sub, (WW) Owen Otasowie replaces Fábio Silva.  85' Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (BHA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben White. 84' Attempt blocked. Andi Zeqiri (BHA) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Solly March. 83' Adam Lallana (BHA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 83' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 82' Offside, (BHA) Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Solly March is caught offside. 77' Foul by Ben White (BHA). 77' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 76' Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (BHA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Trossard. 73' Foul by Leandro Trossard (BHA). 73' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Leandro Trossard. 70' Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Lewis Dunk (BHA) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leandro Trossard with a cross following a corner. 69' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by João Moutinho. 69' Sub, (BHA) Adam Lallana replaces Dan Burn. 68' Attempt missed. Andi Zeqiri (BHA) left footed shot from very close range is too high following a corner. 68' Adam Webster (BHA) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Solly March with a cross following a corner. 68' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 66' Foul by Ben White (BHA). 66' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 64' Sub, (WW) Maximilian Kilman replaces Vitinha. 62' Foul by Lewis Dunk (BHA). 62' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Attempt blocked. Leandro Trossard (BHA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joël Veltman with a headed pass. 59'  Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation. 58' Booking Dan Burn (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 58' Foul by Dan Burn (BHA). 58' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 56' Attempt blocked. Vitinha (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 54' Corner, (BHA) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 54' Hand ball by Nélson Semedo (WW). 52' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 52' Solly March (BHA) wins a free kick on the right wing. 52' Attempt blocked. Andi Zeqiri (BHA) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March. 52' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 46' Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Neal Maupay (BHA) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal. 46' Penalty conceded by João Moutinho (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 46' Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Neal Maupay draws a foul in the penalty area.

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

45' Sub, (BHA) Davy Pröpper replaces Yves Bissouma because of an injury. 45'Sub, (BHA) Andi Zeqiri replaces Aaron Connolly.

HT     Brighton Wolves

Possession 47%  53%

Shots       3    7

Shots onTgt 2    4

Corners     0    6

Fouls       6    3


45'+5' Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

45'+4' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 45'+4' Foul by Solly March (BHA).

44' Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Rúben Neves (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

44' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré draws a foul in the penalty area.

44' Penalty conceded by Dan Burn (BHA) after a foul in the penalty area. 42' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 42' Foul by Yves Bissouma (BHA).

34' Goal!

Own Goal by Dan Burn, (BHA) Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

34' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 33' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dan Burn. 28' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation. 28' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 28' Foul by Yves Bissouma (BHA). 26' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 26' Adam Webster (BHA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 25' Attempt saved. Aaron Connolly (BHA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Webster. 22' Booking Yves Bissouma (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 22' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 21'  Leandro Trossard (BHA) wins a free kick on the right wing.19' Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nélson Semedo following a corner.

18' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Yves Bissouma. 18' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 16' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lewis Dunk  14' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 14' Solly March (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Aaron Connolly (BHA) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leandro Trossard with a cross. 11' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 11' Foul by Joël Veltman (BHA). 9' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Solly March. 8' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Adam Webster. 7' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dan Burn. 4' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fábio Silva. 3' Attempt saved. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vitinha. Kick Off First Half begins. 17:30

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Full-back Tariq Lamptey is again ruled out for Brighton because of a hamstring problem.  The Seagulls will monitor the fitness of Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Connolly.

Wolves remain without long-term injury absentees Raul Jimenez and Jonny, while this game is expected to come too soon for Willy Boly and Leander Dendoncker.  Marcal also missed the recent defeat at Manchester United and could be unavailable once more.

Brighton's home record not good enough, admits Potter; Wolves boss charged with misconduct by FA

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves are wobbling a bit. Defensively they still look pretty sound but they are not scoring goals, which is why they are not winning many games and are stuck in mid-table. Brighton are the same, only they are hovering just above the relegation zone. A win would make a big difference to both teams but I can see the points being shared. Prediction: 1-1

It is 39 years since Brighton last won a top-flight match in January Their most recent such victory came at Coventry in 1982

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head Brighton are unbeaten in all 10 of their top-flight matches against Wolves, winning the first seven meetings and drawing the subsequent three.  Wolves' last victory against Brighton came in the Championship on New Year's Day in 2016, when a Connor Goldson own goal gave them the points at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion could set an unwanted club record of 13 home league games without a victory.  The Seagulls won only one of their 17 Premier League home fixtures in 2020, beating Arsenal in June (D8, L8). Albion have failed to win any of their 12 Premier League matches in January (D5, L7) - the only team with a worse record in a particular month is Hull City (16 winless matches in May). They have never won a Premier League game with a 5.30pm kick-off, losing their first four and drawing the subsequent five. Brighton have lost their opening league match of the calendar year just once in the previous 11 seasons, with that defeat coming at home to Wolves in 2016.

Wolverhampton Wanderers could concede in 10 consecutive Premier League fixtures for the first time under Nuno Espirito Santo. They could also suffer four successive away defeats in the top flight, a sequence they last recorded as part of a six-match streak in 2011. Wolves have lost four of their six league games since striker Raul Jimenez was injured, only beating Chelsea during that time. They are winless in their opening top-flight fixture of a calendar year in eight attempts, losing seven of them, since a 3-0 home victory versus Middlesbrough in 1981. Adama Traore has failed to score or assist in his past 23 Premier League appearances.


   


 

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Sat

  2 Jan 2021

17:30

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Brighton & HA

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3

Wolves

1

22

13

-6

Seagulls

FAC3

Fri

  8 January

19:45

BT

Wolves

1

0

Crystal Palace

4R draw Monday 19:10 BT

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Tue

12 January

20:15

Sky

Wolves

1

2

Everton

0

22

14

-7

Everton

19

Sat

16 January

12:30

BT

Wolves

2

3

WBA

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22

14

-8

WBA

FAC4

Fri

22 January

19:45

BT

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0

1

Wolves





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20

Wed

27 January

18:00

BT

Chelski

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0

Wolves

1

23

13

-8

Chelski

21

Sat

30 January

15:00

Sky

Crystal Palace

1

0

Wolves

0

23

14

-9

Palace

22

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18:00

BT

Wolves

2

1

Arsenal

3

26

14

-8

Arsenal

23

Sun

 7 February

14:00

Sky

Wolves

0

0

Leicester

1

27

14

-8

Foxes

FAC5

Thur

11 February

17:30

BT

Wolves

0

2

Saints

aeful

FAC5

24

Sun

14 February

12:00

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Saints

1

2

Wolves

3

30

12

-7

Saints

25

Fri

19 February

20:00

BT

Wolves

1

0

Leeds Utd

3

33

11

-6

Leeds

26

Sat

27 February

20:00

Sky

Newcastle Utd

1

1

Wolves

1

34

12

-6

Newcastle

27

Sat

 6 March

17:30

Sky

Aston Villa

0

0

Wolves

1

35

12

-6

Villa

28

Mon

15 March

15:00

Sky

Wolves

0

1

Liverpool

0

35

13

-10

Liverpool

29

Tue

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20:00

BT

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4

1

Wolves

0

34

12

-9

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30

Mon

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20:15

Sky

Wolves

2

3

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0

35

14

-11

West Ham

31

Fri

 9  April

20:00

BT

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0

1

Wolves

3

38

12

-10

Fulham

32

Sat

17 April

18;15

Sky

Wolves

1

0

Sheffield Utd

3

41

12

-9

SheffieldUtd

33

Sun

25 April

12:00

BBC

Wolves

0

4

Burnley

0

41

12

-13

Clarets

34

Mon

03 May

18:00

Sky

WBA

1

1

Wolves

1

42

12

-13

WBA

35

Sun

09 May 2021

12:00

BBC

Wolves

2

1

Brighton & HA

3

45

12

-12

Seagulls

36

Sun

16 May

14:05

Sky

Spurs

2

0

Wolves

0

45

12

-14

Spurs

37

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 19 May

18:00

Sky

Everton

1

0

Wolves

0

45

12

-15

Everton

38

Sun

23 May 2020

16:00

BT

Wolves

1

2

Man Utd

0

45

13

-16

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