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38 May 23-Man Utd (h)

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37 May 15-Everton (a)

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36 Wed May 12-Spurs (a)

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35 May 08-Brighton (h)

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34 May 01-West Brom (a)

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33 Apr 24-Burnley (h)

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32 Apr 17-Sheff Utd (h)

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31 Apr 10-Fulham (a)

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30 Apr 03-West Ham (h)

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29 Mar 20-Man City (a)

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28 Mar 13-Liverpool (h)

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27 Mar  6-Aston Villa (a)

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26 Feb 27-Newcastle (a)

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25 Feb 20-Leeds (h)

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24 Feb 13-Southampton (a)

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FAC5 Tue Feb 9 Chorley or Wolves v Saints/Arsenal H time tbc

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23 Sunday Feb  7-Leicester (h) 14:00

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22 Feb  2-Arsenal (h) 18:00 BT

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

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

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

FAC4 Sat Jan 23 Chorley(!) A time tbc


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

Sky

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3

Wolves

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22

13

-6

Seagulls

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  8 January

19:45

BT

Wolves

1

0

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FAC3

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Tue

12 January

20:15

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Wolves

1

2

Everton

0

22

14

-7

Everton

19

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16 January

12:30

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Wolves

2

3

WBA

0

22

14

-8

WBA

FAC4

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22 January

19:45

BT

Chorley



Wolves





FAC4

20

Wed

27 January

18:00

BT

Chelski



Wolves





Chelski

21

Sat

30 January

15:00

Sky

Crystal Palace



Wolves





Palace

22

Tue

 2 February

18:00

BT

Wolves



Arsenal





Arsenal

23

Sun

 7 February

14:00

Sky

Wolves



Leicester





Foxes

FAC5

Tue

 9 February

19:45


Wolves /Chorley



Saints/Arsenal

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24

Sat

13 February

15:00


Saints



Wolves





Saints

25

Sat

20 February

15:00


Wolves



Leeds Utd





Leeds

CCF

Sat

27 February

15:00











26

Sat

27 February

15:00


Newcastle Utd



Wolves





Newcastle

xx

Tue

 2 March

19:45











27

Sat

 6 March

15:00


Aston Villa



Wolves





Villa

28

Sat

13 March

15:00


Wolves



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Liverpool

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Sat

20 March

15:00











29

Sat

20 March

15:00


Manchester City



Wolves





Man City



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30

Sat

 3 April

15:00


Wolves



West Ham Utd





West Ham

31

Sat

10 April

15:00


Fulham FC



Wolves





Fulham

32

Sat

17 April

15:00


Wolves



Sheffield Utd





SheffieldUtd

FASF

Sat

17 April

17:30











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Tue

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19:45











33

Sat

24 April

15:00


Wolves



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Clarets

34

Sat

 1 May

15:00


WBA



Wolves





WBA

35

Sat

 8 May

15:00


Wolves



Brighton & HA





Seagulls

36

Wed

12 May

19:45


Spurs



Wolves





Spurs

37

Sat

 15 May

15:00


Everton



Wolves





Everton

FACF

Sat

 15 May

17:30











xx

Tue

 19 May

19:45











38

Sun

23 May 2020

16:00

Sky

Wolves



Man Utd





ManU

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