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Nuno's Wolves: Is (was_)the Champions League a real possibility?

Europa League (all on BTSport)

EU Final Friday 21 August ko 20:00 UK  (in Köln )

EUSF 1 Sunday 16 August ko 20:00 UK (in Köln ) Winner of Wolves QF v LASK/ManU or Cop/Besiktas

EU16


EUQF 4  Tuesday 11 August ko 20:00 UK  Wolves or Olympiakos v Roma or Sevilla (in Duisberg ) L0-1 with another awf ul VAR (non-)decision

EU Quarter Final Wolves 0 Sevilla Ocampos (88')

HT 0-0

Wolves' Europa League dream came to a heartbreaking end as Sevilla booked a semi-final against Manchester United on Sunday with a late winner in Duisburg. Nuno Espirito Santo's side - whose pandemic-disrupted 2019-20 season lasted 383 days - had a glorious 13th-minute chance to take the lead but Raul Jimenez's penalty was saved. They struggled to create chances after that and failed to hold on for extra time as Lucas Ocampos' header from Ever Banega's cross settled the tie for Sevilla with two minutes to go. Wolves will not be in European competition next season after finishing seventh in the Premier League.





VAR missed encroachment and the goal-keeper being off the line


Five-time winners Sevilla - who are unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions - will face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United in Dusseldorf on Sunday. Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk await the winners in the final.


The defeat will come as a huge disappointment to Wolves, who could struggle to hold on to some of their star players without any European football next year.  The season started on 25 July 2019 with a 2-0 qualifying home win over Crusaders in qualifying in front of 29,708 excited fans on their return to Europe after 39 years. And it ended after 59 games in an empty ground far away from home.  They looked exhausted after a quick start on a hot night in Duisburg.  Jimenez had a header saved after 37 seconds from Adama Traore's cross and then had a poor penalty saved after Traore was fouled following a sensational surging run.  They had two reasons to be aggrieved. Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou appeared to be off his line and defender Diego Carlos entered the box before the kick was taken and headed the loose ball.  The video assistant referee did not spot either infringement. Wolves did not manage a single shot on target in the 77 minutes following that and were hanging on for large portions with a solid defensive performance.  Sevilla managed 18 shots to Wolves' six and the breakthrough finally came late on. Following a short corner Banega's perfect cross found Ocampos, whose glancing header left Rui Patricio with no chance.


Man of the match - Ever Banega

Sevilla playmaker Ever Banega was the game's outstanding player with 140 touches (no Wolves player had more than 44) and 118 passes, including the assist for the winner


Match stats - Jimenez's 100% record comes to end

Sevilla have reached the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup/Europa League for the seventh time - only Inter Milan have reached this stage on more occasions (eight).

Wolves failed to score in the Europa League for the first time since their opening group game against Braga in September (1-0).

Sevilla have won all three of their games English opposition at neutral venues, also beating Middlesbrough 4-0 in 2006 and Liverpool 3-1 in 2016.

Raul Jimenez missed a penalty for Wolves for the first time, having scored each of the previous eight.

Wolves defender Romain Saiss was shown his 14th yellow card of the season, making him the most yellow-carded Premier League player in 2019-20.

Line-ups

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 2Doherty 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss booked 49' 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 8Neves booked 90' 28João Moutinho sub Netoat 71' 37Traoré sub Jotaat 79' 9Jiménez Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 21Ruddy 30Campana 49Kilman 59Buur 62Söndergaard 75Marques 76Richards

Sevilla

13Bono 16Navas 12Koundé 20Santos Silva booked 11' 23Reguilón 10Banega 25Reges 24Jordán sub Vázquezat 85' 41Fernández Saez sub El Haddadiat 89' 51En-Nesyri sub de Jong at 85' 5Ocampos Substitutes 1Vaclik 3Gómez 11El Haddadi 18Escudero 19de Jong 21Torres 22Vázquez 26Mena 28Alonso Lara 31Díaz 36Rodríguez 40Pérez Rico

Referee: Daniele Orsato


Match Stats

        Wolves Sevilla

Possession 25%  75%

Shots       6   18

Shots on Tgt 2   5

Corners     0   14




Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sevilla 1.

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

90'+3' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Éver Banega (Sev) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 90'+2' Foul by Franco Vázquez (Sev). 90'+2' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Booking Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+1' Munir El Haddadi (Sev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+1' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 89' sub, (Sev) Munir El Haddadi replaces Suso. 88' Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sevilla 1. Lucas Ocampos (Sev) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Éver Banega with a cross following a corner. 87' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 87' Suso (Sev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 87' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 86' Foul by Suso (Sev). 86' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 85' sub, (Sev) Luuk de Jong replaces Youssef En-Nesyri. 85' sub, (Sev) Franco Vázquez replaces Joan Jordán. 83' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 83' Attempt blocked. Youssef En-Nesyri (Sev) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Joan Jordán with a cross. 83' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Willy Boly. 80' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Willy Boly. 79' sub, (WW) Diogo Jota replaces Adama Traoré. 77' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 77' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 77' Attempt saved. Éver Banega (Sev) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 76' Éver Banega (Sev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 76' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 74' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 72' Attempt blocked. Lucas Ocampos (Sev) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 71' sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces João Moutinho. 66' Attempt missed. Jules Koundé (Sev) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Suso with a cross following a corner. 65' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 63' Youssef En-Nesyri (Sev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW) 62' Attempt saved. Youssef En-Nesyri (Sev) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 60' Attempt missed. Sergio Reguilón (Sev) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jules Koundé following a corner. 59' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 59' Attempt blocked. Joan Jordán (Sev) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Ocampos. 57' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 56' Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Sev). 56' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Jules Koundé (Sev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 53' Foul by Fernando (Sev). 53' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive  half. 50' Attempt blocked. Lucas Ocampos (Sev) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Éver Banega with a cross. 49' Booking Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 49' Suso (Sev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 49' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 48' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 48' Attempt blocked. Suso (Sev) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas. 47' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sevilla 0.

Match Stats HT

        Wolves Sevilla

Possession 25%  75%

Shots       6   18

Shots on Tgt 2   5

Corners     0   14

45'+2' Half Time

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sevilla 0.

45' Foul by Diego Carlos (Sev). 45' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 42' Attempt saved. Joan Jordán (Sev) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Éver Banega. 39' Attempt blocked. Suso (Sev) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas. 38' Attempt blocked. Éver Banega (Sev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 37' Attempt missed. Lucas Ocampos (Sev) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Reguilón. 33' Corner, (Sev) Conceded by Willy Boly. 30' Sergio Reguilón (Sev) wins a free kick on the left wing. 30' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 28' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 26' Attempt missed. Youssef En-Nesyri (Sev) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Suso. 24' Foul by Lucas Ocampos (Sev). 24' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Attempt missed. Youssef En-Nesyri (Sev) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross. 18' Foul by Éver Banega (Sev). 18' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Youssef En-Nesyri (Sev) wins a free kick on the left wing. 17' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 14' Attempt saved. Suso (Sev) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joan Jordán. 13' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation. 13'  VAR fails to spot two penalty infringements - encroachment and gk moved off line.  Penalty saved! Raúl Jiménez (WW) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.  11' Booking Diego Carlos (Sev) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 11' Penalty conceded by Diego Carlos (Sev) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

4' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation. 3' Foul by Joan Jordán (Sev). 3' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 2' Offside, (Sev) Sergio Reguilón tries a through ball, but Youssef En-Nesyri is caught offside. 1' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo says he is proud of the identity his side have developed over the past three years as they prepare for a first European quarter-final appearance in 48 years.

The Molineux club play Sevilla on Tuesday knowing they are three wins away from winning the Europa League.  It is an impressive rise for a side that had just finished 15th in the Championship when Nuno arrived in 2017.  "The foundations are strong," he said. "I am very proud. Now I think we can see we have our own identity, which is based on strong foundations of respect and hard work.  This is what we show against Sevilla - a good team, with a strong identity and committed to the challenge."

Tuesday's game will be Wolves' 59th of a season that started on 25 July last year.  Despite the high volume of games, Nuno's side have showed few signs of tiredness. They secured seventh in the Premier League after football's restart and head into the Sevilla game on the back of only one defeat in their past five fixtures.  

"They're resilient," said Nuno of his players. "There hasn't been one day where the group hasn't been committed. This is a special group of players, no doubt about it."

'This will be like a final'

Wolves will be without Jonny for the Sevilla game, with the wing-back set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury. The Spaniard damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in last Thursday's 1-0 win over Olympiakos.  

Sevilla will be a tough test for Wolves with the Spanish side, who are currently coached by Julen Lopetegui, having won the Europa League five times since 2007. "We know they have won the tournament before but it's a different tournament now with just one leg," said Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves. "It's hard for every team. There are very good teams in the tournament so it's a completely different way to play the Europa League. "It will be like a final for us and for Sevilla. I hope we can go through to the semis."

EU16H Thursday 6 August ko 20:00 UK  second leg Wolves Olympiakos (at Molineux) 1 away goal advantage  W1-0 Aggregate 2-1 - saved by VAR

EU16 H  Wolves 1 Jiménez (8' pen) Olympiakos 0 Wolves win 2-1 on aggregate

HT 1-0

Saved by the VAR

Wolves are into the quarter-finals of a major European competition for the first time in 48 years


Forward Raul Jimenez says Wolves want to "achieve big things" after they reached the Europa League quarter-finals by beating Olympiakos. Jimenez's penalty secured a 1-0 win over the Greek champions at Molineux on Thursday and a 2-1 victory on aggregate. It is the first time in 48 years that Wolves have reached the last eight of a major European competition. "We want to keep going. We know we can do it," said Jimenez. He told BT Sport: "It's a long, long season. We started last year but we are here. We head to Germany. It's big."

Wolves, whose season started 383 days ago, will play five-time winners Sevilla in a one-legged quarter-final in Duisburg on Tuesday. The competition will be completed with a 'final eight' tournament in cities across Germany after the coronavirus pandemic caused the football calendar to be suspended in March. The quarter-finals begin on Monday and the final will take place on 21 August in Cologne.

Wolves players and officials celebrate beating Olympiakos

All the Wolves players and staff gathered to celebrate the win

'We don't want to stop'

"It is exciting to be in the last eight - we started before everybody," said Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. "The only pity is we should be at Molineux for the quarter-finals. Football gives us good moments, bad moments, but it's so enjoyable to compete. These boys like to play football."

Wolves captain Conor Coady told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We want to keep going. We worked so hard and we don't want to stop. It is a brilliant football club. It is Wolves versus Sevilla and I don't think anyone thought we would be saying that three years ago." "Nuno can take them to promised land' Former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison told 5 Live: "Wolves can win the Europa League, which would qualify them for the Champions League. "It is important they get Champions League football to hold on to players like Jimenez and Adama Traore now. Getting into the Champions League will be big pulling power. Most of what Wolves have achieved is down to Nuno. Huge credit has to go to him and there will be lots of big clubs looking at him, but I hope and think Wolves will keep hold of him. I think Nuno is the man to take Wolves into the promised land."

Former Wolves midfielder Matt Jarvis added: "It has been a long, long season for Wolves and they looked tired, but Nuno will make sure they are ready for Tuesday night. No way will they be under-prepared. Even when it was tough, they still found a way through."

No player has been directly involved in more goals across all competitions for Premier League clubs in 2019-20 than Jimenez (37 - 27 goals, 10 assists) Wolves survived a nervous night at Molineux to reach their first European quarter-final in 48 years as Raul Jimenez's early penalty earned them a 2-1 aggregate win against Olympiakos in the Europa League.  The Mexican's precise eighth-minute effort, after Daniel Podence had been fouled by Olympiakos' stand-in keeper Bobby Allain, was his 27th goal of the season and the earliest Wolves had scored in any game during a marathon season that began on 25 July last year and will now extend to a 59th game. However, Wolves' rhythm was wrecked eight minutes later when wing-back Jonny suffered a knee injury which allowed Olympiakos to take control. Mady Camara had a first-half equaliser ruled out after a lengthy VAR check went against Youssef el Arabi by the tightest of margins before the Moroccan sent over the decisive cross. Rui Patricio denied Kostas Tsimikias with an excellent near-post save and in the second half, the veteran Portugal keeper produced a brilliant full-length save to turn away Ahmed Hassan's header. But despite dominating possession and having more shots in total and more shots on target, the visitors could not breach Wolves' defences. And so their marvellous European journey moves on to the 'final eight' tournament and a quarter-final meeting with Sevilla in Duisburg on Tuesday.


Wolves want to achieve big things - match-winner Jimenez


Podence patience pays off - Daniel Podence runs with the ball against Olympiakos


Podence was a constant menace to the Olympiakos defence. It has taken Wolves' fans a long time to learn the value of Podence. The 24-year-old swelled the Portuguese contingent at Molineux in January when he made his £16.6m move from Olympiakos. Surprisingly though, he did not start a Premier League game until the defeat of Everton on 12 July. Podence is not as big as Jimenez, or as fast as Adama Traore. But he has quick feet and can change direction very quickly.  He also is prepared to chase lost causes, which is how the home side got their penalty. If Podence had not closed in on goalkeeper Allain as he went to make a routine clearance, he wouldn't have been in position to get in front of the keeper, whose first touch was poor and ended with him needlessly barging Podence in the back.  In the second half, Allain made amends when Podence cut into the box from the left wing and fired a shot towards the roof of the net, which the former Clyde trainee tipped over. In a side that spend long periods going backwards, Podence's control on the ball was a priceless outlet, although his evening did not end well.  Wasting time after he was substituted, Podence strolled off the pitch towards the dug-out. By failing to leave the field by the quickest route, he earned himself a yellow card that rules him out of the Sevilla game.


Wolves' VAR joy

When Olympiakos had what they thought was a first-half equaliser ruled out for offside after a lengthy VAR check, Wolves' official Twitter feed immediately posted 'Always liked VAR'. It was an amusing reflection on a season in which a series of VAR decisions have gone against Nuno's men, most notably an equaliser that was ruled out at Liverpool, after a Sadio Mane goal for the Reds that was awarded having originally been ruled out for handball. Then there was the 'goal' in a goalless draw at Leicester that was also ruled out. Given Wolves missed out on a European place via the Premier League on goal difference, there was not much sympathy for the visitors on this occasion as they cursed their ill-fortune. After that though, it was stout defending that got Wolves through. Boly was superb at the back, although without Patricio the hosts would not have won.  Wolves know Sevilla - and then the winners of Monday's meeting between Manchester United and FC Copenhagen - block their path to the final in Cologne on 21 August, when victory is required to get them back into Europe next season. However it ends up, after nearly 13 months, 16 games, 12 wins and over 20,000 miles - the equivalent of flying to Sydney and back - it has been a season to remember.

Man of the match - Rui Patricio (Wolves)

Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio is congratulated by his manager Nuno

Patricio, left, made crucial saves when it mattered to keep Wolves' noses in front

Jimenez maintains perfect record - the stats

Wolves have reached the quarter-finals of a major European competition for the first time since 1972, when they were beaten finalists against Tottenham in the Uefa Cup. Wolves have won four consecutive home games in European competition without conceding a single goal for the first time in their history. Olympiakos have now lost 14 away ties against English sides in all European competitions; against no other nation's sides have they lost more (level with Spain). Wolves' Raul Jimenez has scored all eight of the penalties he has taken for the club in all competitions. Despite keeping a clean sheet, Wolves faced more shots against Olympiakos (16) than they did in any other home game in 2019-20 (all competitions).

Line-ups

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty 8Neves 28João Moutinho booked 38' 19Castro Otto sub Vinagreat 17' 37Traoré subJotaat 57' 9Jiménez booked 90' 10Castelo  Podence booked 71' sub Dendonckerat 71' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 30Campana 32Dendoncker 49Kilman 59Buur 62Söndergaard 75Marques

Olympiakos

16Allain 14Elabdellaoui 24Ba booked 45' 66Cissé booked 74' 21Tsimikas booked 45' 4Camara sub Hassan Mahgoubat 65' 8dos Santos Torres sub Ribeiro Diasat 82' 5Bouchalakis  Sub Fortounisat 45' 28Valbuena 11El-Arabi 19Masouras sub Randjelovicat 45' Substitutes 7Fortounis 22Lovera 26Ribeiro Dias 34Papadopoulos 35Torosidis 57Xenitidis 76Boialvo Gaspar 81Tzolakis 88Martinis 90Sourlis 97Randjelovic 99Hassan Mahgoub

Referee: Szymon Marciniak


Match Stats

       Wolves Olympiakos

Possession 35% 65%

Shots      12  16

Shots onTgt 4   5

Corners     7   2

Fouls      17   9


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Olympiakos 0.

90'+7' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Olympiakos 0.

90'+6'  Foul by Pape Abou Cissé (Oly). 90'+6' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Booking Raúl Jiménez (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+4' Lazar Randjelovic (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+4' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 90'+1' Attempt missed. Omar Elabdellaoui (Oly) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Konstantinos Fortounis with a cross. 86' Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (Oly). 86' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 86' Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly). 86' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 85' Omar Elabdellaoui (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 85' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 83' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ousseynou Ba. 83' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 82'  sub, (Oly) Cafú replaces Guilherme. 81' Attempt missed. Ahmed Hassan (Oly) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Omar Elabdellaoui with a cross. 81' Attempt saved. Ahmed Hassan (Oly) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Konstantinos Tsimikas with a cross. 80' Attempt saved. Ahmed Hassan (Oly) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Konstantinos Tsimikas with a cross. 79' Attempt missed. Guilherme (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. 79' Attempt blocked. Konstantinos Fortounis (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 79' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 77' Offside, (Oly) Lazar Randjelovic tries a through ball, but Youssef El-Arabi is caught  offside. 76' Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly) wins a free kick on the left wing. 76' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 74' Booking Pape Abou Cissé (Oly) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 74' Foul by Pape Abou Cissé (Oly). 74' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Konstantinos Fortounis (Oly) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 74' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 71'  sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Daniel Podence. 71' Booking Daniel Podence (WW) is shown the yellow card. 70' Offside, (WW) Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Daniel  Podence is caught offside. 69' Corner, (Oly) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 67' Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close,  but misses to the left. 66' Attempt missed. Ahmed Hassan (Oly) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lazar Randjelovic with a cross. 65' Attempt saved. Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross. 65'  sub, (Oly) Ahmed Hassan replaces Mohamed Camara. 64' Konstantinos Fortounis (Oly) wins a free kick on the left wing. 64' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 64' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 64' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 63' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. 63' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ousseynou Ba. 61' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Bobby Allain. 61' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 61' Omar Elabdellaoui (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 57'  sub, (WW) Diogo Jota replaces Adama Traoré. 56' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 55' Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Omar Elabdellaoui with a cross. 54' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick on the left wing. 54' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 53' Attempt missed. Konstantinos Fortounis (Oly) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Olympiakos 0.

45'  sub, (Oly) Konstantinos Fortounis replaces Andreas Bouchalakis.

    HT  Wolves Olympiakos

Possession 35% 65%

Shots       6   5

Shots onTgt 2   2

Corners     4   1

Fouls       8   5

45' sub, (Oly) Lazar Randjelovic replaces Giorgos Masouras.

45'+8' Half Time

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Olympiakos 0.

45'+4' Booking Ousseynou Ba (Oly) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+4' Foul by Ousseynou Ba (Oly). 45'+4' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45'+1' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 45' Booking

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  45'Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly).45' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 44'

Attempt missed. Mohamed Camara (Oly) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. 42' Offside, (Oly) Mathieu Valbuena tries a through ball, but Giorgos Masouras is caught offside. 41' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 39' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 39' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 38' Attempt saved. Giorgos Masouras (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 38' Booking João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 38' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 38' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 36' Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a set piece situation. 35' Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (WW).

31' VAR Decision: No Goal Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Olympiakos. 28' GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Mohamed Camara (Oly) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review. 28'

Offside, (Oly) Omar Elabdellaoui tries a through ball, but Youssef El-Arabi is caught offside. 27' Hand ball by Mohamed Camara (Oly). 26' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Pape Abou Cissé. 26' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 24' Giorgos Masouras (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 22' Giorgos Masouras (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 19' Corner, (Oly) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 19' Attempt saved. Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Giorgos Masouras. 18' Attempt missed. Giorgos Masouras (Oly) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Camara with a cross. 17'  sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny because of an injury. 16' Bobby Allain (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 16' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 13' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Giorgos Masouras. 13' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Giorgos Masouras. 11' Foul by Mohamed Camara (Oly). 11' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 9' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).

8' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Olympiakos 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. 7' Penalty conceded by Bobby Allain (Oly) after a foul in the penalty area. 7' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence draws a foul in the penalty area. 6' Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 6' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 3' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 3' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Guilherme. 1' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho. Kick Off First Half begins.


(Emirates FA Cup Final Final Saturday 1st August 2020) as  Chelski were beaten by Arsenal Wolves miss out on entry to the Europa League


38 Sunday 26 July 2020 A Chelsea 16:00 Stamford Bridge L2-0

38 Chelski 2 Mount (45'+1), Giroud (45'+4) WW 0


Same old Chelski always cheating.  An outrageous dive from Alonso goes unpunished and destroys Wolves rythm as Nuno said, even after Palace had given them a Europa League lifeline.   But only two shots on target from (Neto and Jota) shows a poor lack of ambition.

Chelsea sealed fourth place in the Premier League to wrap up qualification for next season's Champions League with a comfortable victory over Wolves. Frank Lampard's side needed a point from the potentially nervy encounter at Stamford Bridge in order to clinch a top-four place - but they claimed all three in style. Mason Mount's delightful 25-yard curling free-kick and Olivier Giroud's effort from close range were just 144 seconds apart shortly before half-time and they settled the contest. The defeat means Nuno Espirito Santo's men finish seventh behind Tottenham on goal difference after Jose Mourinho's side drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace. However Wolves' league position could still be enough to claim a Europa League place for next season, should the Blues beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final next month. Chelsea ended the season on the same points as Manchester United, who beat Leicester City 2-0, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side finish third on goal difference.

Despite winning the Europa League last season and finishing third, Chelsea replaced Italian manager Maurizio Sarri with club legend Lampard, who was in his first role in management at Derby.

Chelsea 2-0 Wolves: Chelsea played it out perfectly against Wolves - Frank Lampard

With champions Liverpool and runners-up Manchester City possessing strong and settled sides, Lampard will have been tasked with emulating his predecessor by securing Champions League football for next season.  He has duly achieved that and there is the real possibility of ending the campaign with further success with the FA Cup final at Wembley still to come. A number of youth players have featured in the starting line-up this season including striker Tammy Abraham and defender Reece James - but England playmaker Mount has been the pick of the bunch. He demonstrated his class just when his side needed it in the crucial game against Wolves.

There was little happening in a cagey and uneventful encounter until the sprightly midfielder curled in a glorious free-kick following Pedro Neto's foul on Marcos Alonso. (DIVE) If there was still any tension in the Chelsea ranks, it surely will have disappeared just two minutes later when France World Cup winner Giroud took the ball past Rui Patricio and slid in his seventh goal in his last eight starts.  New signing Timo Werner was at the game and with Hakim Ziyech also joining from Ajax as well as the prospect of Germany winger Kai Havertz also arriving, Chelsea will possess a formidable attacking armoury next term. But despite keeping a clean sheet in this game, the 54 league goals conceded this season is only one short of their worst tally - so a centre-back is also likely to be on Lampard's agenda, as will a goalkeeper. The confidence of Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world's most expensive keeper, will not have improved after being dropped for the game in favour of 38-year-old Willy Caballero, whose only meaningful contribution was to claw out Leander Dendoncker's dangerous cross.


Wolves' season continues - Wolves have endured a long and arduous campaign that started one year and one day ago in the Europa League and has seen them travel nearly 30,000 miles during that period. Chelsea 2-0 Wolves: Nuno praises Wolves’ commitment and belief Nuno's men are still in the Europa League and face Olympiakos in the last 16 next month, but they will have to go all the way in that competition to seal a Champions League place - or rely on a favour from Chelsea at Wembley to compete on the continent next term. They will lament back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Sheffield United at the start of the month as the reason they missed out on a top-six place and although they held out until first-half injury time against Chelsea, the home side's two quick-fire goals took the wind out of them. Wolves never really looked like getting back into the game in the second period but can be proud of a season in which they collected 59 points, their highest tally in the Premier League.

Man of the match - Mason Mount (C) Mount has nine goals for club and country in what has been a breakthrough season

Wolves' continental cast - the stats

Chelsea are unbeaten in all six of their Premier League home games against Wolves (W5 D1), last losing against them in the top flight at Stamford Bridge in March 1979 (1-2). Wolves have lost five of their six closing-day matches in the Premier League, winning the other against Sunderland in 2009-10. After just five wins at Stamford Bridge in their opening 13 Premier League games this season (D3 L5), Chelsea have ended the season with six successive home victories.

Wolves have lost their first Premier League game in London since March 2012 (5-0 v Fulham), with Chelsea ending their 10-game unbeaten run in the capital. Wolves are the fourth different side to go through an entire Premier League campaign without any English goalscorers (excluding own goals), after Fulham (2001-02 and 2005-06), Arsenal (2006-07) and Stoke (2015-16).

Olivier Giroud has scored eight Premier League goals this season, his best tally since 2016-17 when he netted 12 for Arsenal. At the age of 33, Giroud has become the oldest player to score in five consecutive Premier League starts, taking over from Jamie Vardy (32). Mason Mount is the second Englishman to score a direct free-kick for Chelsea in the Premier League, after current manager Frank Lampard.


Line-ups

Chelsea 13Caballero 28Azpilicueta booked 90' 15Zouma 2Rüdiger 24James 5Jorginho sub Barkleyat 88' 17Kovacic sub Loftus-Cheekat 85' 3Alonso 19Mount sub Pedroat 85'18Giroud booked 45' sub Abrahamat 78' 22Pulisic sub Hudson-Odoiat 78' Substitutes 1Arrizabalaga 4Christensen 8Barkley 9Abraham 11Pedro 12Loftus-Cheek 20Hudson-Odoi 29Tomori 33Emerson

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty sub Castelo Podenceat 59' 32Dendoncker booked 83' 8Neves sub João Moutinhoat 59' 19Castro Otto sub Vinagreat 58' 7Neto booked 45' sub Traoréat 45' 9Jiménez 18Jota booked 22' sub Cavaco Jordãoat 84' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 10Castelo Podence 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 37Traoré 49Kilman 59Buur

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Match Stats

FT     Chelsea Wolves

Possession 63% 37%

Shots      11   5

Shots on Tgt 3  1 (no, two)

Corners     3   3

Fouls      10  16

Match ends, Chelsea 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+5' Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+5' Kurt Zouma (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+5' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 90'+4' Offside, (WW) Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside. 90'+3' Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (C) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcos Alonso. 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Jordão. 90'+2' Booking César Azpilicueta (C) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+2' Foul by César Azpilicueta (C). 90'+2' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 89' Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (C) header from the  centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reece James with a cross following a corner. 89' Corner, (C) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 88' Sub, (C) Ross Barkley  replaces Jorginho. 85' Sub, (C) Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Mateo Kovacic. 85' Sub, (C) Pedro replaces Mason Mount. 84' Sub, (WW) Bruno Jordão replaces Diogo Jota. 83' Booking Leander Dendoncker (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 83' Tammy Abraham (C) wins a free kick on the left wing. 83' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 80'

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (C). 80' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Tammy Abraham (C) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 79' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 79' Attempt missed. Mason Mount (C) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a fast break. 78' Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (C). 78' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 78' Sub, (C) Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Christian Pulisic. 78' Sub, (C) Tammy Abraham replaces Olivier Giroud. 77' Attempt missed. Christian Pulisic (C) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Olivier Giroud. 76' Foul by César Azpilicueta (C). 76' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 75' Jorginho (C) wins a free kick on the left wing. 75' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 74' Corner, (C) Conceded by Daniel Podence. 74' Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (C) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount. 73' Christian Pulisic (C) wins a free kick on the right wing.  73' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 72' Antonio Rüdiger (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 63' Mason Mount (C) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63'  Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 62' Mateo Kovacic (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 59' Offside, (C) Reece James tries a through ball, but Mason Mount is caught offside. 59' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Rúben Neves. 59' Sub, (WW) Daniel Podence replaces Matt Doherty. 58' Sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny. 57' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 48' Kurt Zouma (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 46' Olivier Giroud (C) wins a free kick on the right wing. 46' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).

Second Half

Second Half begins Chelsea 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Pedro Neto.

45'+6' Half Time

HT    Chelsea Wolves

Possession 60% 40%

Shots       6   3

Shots on Tgt 2  0

Corners     1   1

Fouls       6   6

First Half ends, Chelsea 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+5' VAR Decision: No card change Raúl Jiménez (WW). 45'+4' Goal! Chelsea 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Olivier Giroud (C) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mason Mount with a through ball following a fast break. 45'+3' Booking Olivier Giroud (C) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+3' Foul by Olivier Giroud (C). 45'+3' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Booking Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card. 45'+1' Goal! Chelsea 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Mason Mount (C) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.  45' Marcos Alonso (C) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 45' Attempt blocked. César Azpilicueta (C) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. 44' Corner, (C) Conceded by Willy Boly. 44' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonny following a corner. 43' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Marcos Alonso. 41' Foul by Marcos Alonso (C). 41' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (C) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross. 38' Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (C) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Pulisic. 36' Foul by Jorginho (C). 36' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 36' Marcos Alonso (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 34' Offside, (C) César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside. 29' Christian Pulisic (C) wins a free kick on the right wing. 29' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 26' Offside, (C) César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside. 22' Booking Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 22' César Azpilicueta (C) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 17' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 17' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger. 14' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 14' Hand ball by Reece James (C). 12' Attempt missed. Reece James (C) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross following a set piece situation. 11' Christian Pulisic (C) wins a free kick on the left wing. 11' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 11' Foul by Marcos Alonso (C). 11' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 10' Foul by Christian Pulisic (C). 10' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Mateo Kovacic (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kurt Zouma

Kick Off First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

TEAM NEWS

N'Golo Kante could be involved for Chelsea on Sunday after a five-match absence with a hamstring injury. Christian Pulisic is pushing to start, having made a superb impact as a substitute at Anfield on Wednesday.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has no injury concerns as his side seek a win that will secure a top-six finish and Europa League qualification. Wing-back Matt Doherty is expected to make his 300th appearance for the club, nearly 10 years after he joined Wolves.

Who needs what to qualify for Europe?

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES @Wilsonfooty: This is a dangerous game for Chelsea. Frank Lampard's side have excelled so often this season - an FA Cup final and a possible top-four finish is beyond what most would have predicted for his first season in charge. However, Lampard has not eliminated a tendency for the occasional really poor performance - that's probably inevitable with so much youth in the side, but it's something they can't afford against such an accomplished opponent.  Wolves' marathon season has been so successful, and it's far from finished with the Europa League due to restart next month.  3How this plays out will be fascinating.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Chelsea need a point to be sure of making the Champions League, while Wolves can guarantee sixth place and qualification for the Europa League if they win.  It's Chelsea I fancy here - I don't see Leicester getting anything out of Manchester United anyway, but Frank Lampard's side will take care of their own business.

Prediction: 2-1


Chelsea have not ended a round of fixtures outside the top four since they were fifth on 6th October

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Chelsea are unbeaten in all five of their Premier League home games against Wolves (W4, D1).  Wolves are winless in eight away meetings in all competitions since a 2-1 top-flight victory in March 1979.

Chelsea have not lost their final match of a Premier League season when it was at Stamford Bridge since a 2002 defeat by Aston Villa (W7, D3).  They have lost 12 Premier League fixtures in a season for only the second time since Roman Abramovich became owner in 2003. Chelsea's eight defeats at Stamford Bridge in all competitions this season is their most in a single campaign since 1985-86. The Blues have conceded 54 goals in the Premier League this season, only one short of their highest tally in the competition. They let in 55 goals in 1994-95 and 1996-97. Chelsea have conceded 46% of the shots on target they have faced this season, the highest ratio in the division.

Olivier Giroud has scored six goals in seven league and cup starts since football's resumption. Tammy Abraham has scored six goals in his three league appearances against Wolves, including a hat-trick in this season's reverse fixture.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Victory for Wolves would guarantee them a sixth-place finish, their best in the top flight since 1979-80. Wolves have 59 points and will finish the season with their highest tally in the top division since that 1979-80 campaign, when they earned 66 points once adjusted to three for a win. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have gained an unrivalled 21 points from a losing position this season, and also surrendered the fewest points (4) when ahead. They could become the fourth team to go through a Premier League campaign without any English goalscorers, excluding own goals - emulating Fulham, Arsenal and most recently Stoke in 2015-16. Raul Jimenez's 17 Premier League goals this season have been worth 19 points, the most of any player. The last Wolves player to score more than 17 top-flight goals in a season was John Richards, with 27, in 1972-73.



37 Monday 20 July 2020 H 20:15 Crystal Palace  Molineux BT Sport

37 Wolves 2 Castelo Podence (41'), Castro Otto (68')

Crystal Palace 0

HT 1-0


Jonny Otto

Jonny Otto scored his first goal at Molineux since September 2018

Wolves eased past a hapless Crystal Palace to maintain hopes of playing Europa League football next season.  Nuno Espirito Santo's side move back above Tottenham into sixth place and victory at Chelsea in their final Premier League game on Sunday will guarantee a better finish than last season. Daniel Podence scored his first goal for Wolves since joining from Olympiakos in January by nodding in from close range to finish off a lovely team move and Jonny Otto added a second with a quick spin and shot. Palace barely threatened with Andros Townsend's long-range free-kick and Wilfried Zaha's weak shot both comfortable for goalkeeper Rui Patricio Roy Hodgson's side have tailed off badly since the restart and cannot finish higher than 13th place.

Wolves' long season goes on - Wolves finished seventh last term and were the first Premier League team to begin the 2019-20 campaign when they competed in the Europa League qualifiers 360 days ago. Against Palace, they were playing their 56th game of the campaign. But despite Wolves' long season, victory on Monday night gave them their highest points tally in the Premier League and they could still compete in the Europa League next season. The Molineux men are still in this season's competition, which will prolong their campaign into August when they face Olympiakos in the second leg of their last-16 tie. Going all the way to lifting the trophy would upgrade their achievement to a place in the Champions League next term. Wolves are a well-drilled side and kept Palace at bay before a moment of brilliance from midfielder Joao Moutinho saw them open the scoring. The Portugal midfielder chipped a perfectly weighted pass into the path of the on-running Matt Doherty, who pulled a pass back for Podence to nod in an easy finish.  They grabbed a second on 68 minutes courtesy of Jonny's first goal at Molineux since September 2018, receiving a lay-off from Raul Jimenez before spinning expertly and curling home a smart finish. Adama Traore worked tirelessly down the right flank and could have scored but saw a low drive at the near post kept out by Vicente Guaita. Having scored 51 goals this season, Wolves go into the last game of the season as the only team without an English player finding the net for them.

Goal-shy Palace Palace's woeful form has now seen them lose their past seven games in the league and the Eagles seem like a team already looking towards next season.

Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace: Nuno pleased with Wolves performance against Palace Defeat to Wolves was like Groundhog Day - Hodgson It is just as well then that Hodgson's side had won four straight games, all with clean sheets, either side of the restart to put them in a safe place in the table, away from a relegation fight. Only bottom side Norwich have scored fewer than Palace's 30 goals this season, which is three fewer than their lowest tally in the top flight.  And they never really looked like finding the net against Wolves. Jeffrey Schlupp broke clear and dragged a shot wide early on, while Zaha could not come up with any magic on his 200th Premier League appearance for the Eagles.

Man of the match - Adama Traore (Wolves) NO MoM = Podence (Traore) Always a dangerous outlet for Wolves and played his part in the second goal


Wolves have picked up 59 points in the Premier League this season, surpassing their total for last term (57); assuming three points for a win, this is their best return in a top-flight campaign since 1979-80 (66 points when adjusted to 3/win).

Crystal Palace have lost seven league games in succession, failing to score in six of those defeats. They have earned just three points since the Premier League resumed in June (P8 W1 D0 L7); only bottom-placed Norwich City (none) have fewer in this time.

Wolves have won back-to-back home league games for the first time this season having last done so in May 2019; they have done so without conceding in both victories for the first time since September 2018.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has lost seven consecutive league games for the first time in his managerial career in England.

Wolves have now had 12 different goalscorers in this season's Premier League without any being English; only Arsenal (13 in 2006-07) have had more in a campaign in the competition without having an English scorer (excluding own goals).

Daniel Podence became the seventh different Portuguese player to score a Premier League goal for Wolves, more than any other side.

Jonny Otto scored what was only his third Premier League goal, and his second at Molineux for Wolves (also September 2018 against Southampton).

Dangerous defender Doherty - the stats

Among defenders for Premier League clubs since the start of last season, only Trent Alexander-Arnold (33) has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions than Wolves' Matt Doherty (27 - 15 goals, 12 assists).

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady booked 65' 15Boly 2Doherty 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 37Traoré booked 78' sub Netoat 81' 9Jiménez 10Castelo Podence sub  Nota at 72' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 49Kilman 59Buur

Crystal Palace

31Guaita 2Ward 6Dann 12Sakho sub Kouyatéat 23' 39Mitchell 10Townsend 22McCarthy booked 64' 18McArthur 15Schlupp sub Riedewaldat 72' 9J Ayew 11Zaha Substitutes 7Meyer 8Kouyaté 19Henderson 34Kelly 35Woods 37Kirby 40Pierrick 41Gordon 44Riedewald

Referee: Peter Bankes


        Wolves Crystal Palace

Possession 53%  47%

Shots      11    7

Shots on Tgt 5   3

Corners     5    2

Fouls      11   15


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crystal Palace 0.

90'+4' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crystal Palace 0.

90'+2' Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha , (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tyrick Mitchell. 97' Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha , (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Ward.  85'  Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 84' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell. 83' Hand ball by James McCarthy , (CP). 81'  sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Adama Traoré. 80' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 80' Foul by James McArthur , (CP). 80'  Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté , (CP). 79' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 79' Wilfried Zaha , (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 78' Booking Adama Traoré (WW) is shown the yellow card. 78' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 78' Wilfried Zaha , (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 77' Foul by Joel Ward , (CP). 76' Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha , (CP) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 75' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 73' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 72' sub, (CP) Jairo Riedewald replaces Jeffrey Schlupp. 72' sub, (WW) Diogo Jota replaces Daniel Podence. 71' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 71' Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté , (CP).

68'  Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crystal Palace 0. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

68' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 65' Booking Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 65' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 65'  Jordan Ayew , (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 64' Booking James McCarthy , (CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 63'  Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63' Foul by James McCarthy , (CP). 60' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joel Ward.

69' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James McArthur. 59' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 59' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 58' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 58'  Foul by Jordan Ayew , (CP). 57' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Foul by Jordan Ayew , (CP). 53' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 53' Wilfried Zaha , (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 51' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Foul by James McCarthy , (CP). 50' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 50' Foul by James McArthur , (CP). 50' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 50' James McArthur , (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joel Ward. 48' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by  Rúben Neves. 46' Foul by Jordan Ayew , (CP). 46' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crystal Palace 0.

45'+4' Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crystal Palace 0.

45'+2' Cheikhou Kouyaté , (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+2' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 45'+1' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 45'+1' Jordan Ayew , (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 45' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 45' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 45' Wilfried Zaha , (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 44' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 44' Jordan Ayew , (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 43' Attempt blocked. James McCarthy , (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

41'  Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crystal Palace 0. Daniel Podence (WW) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

38' Attempt saved. Andros Townsend , (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 37' Andros Townsend , (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 37' Foul by Jonny (WW). 35' Foul by Joel Ward , (CP). 35' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 34' Foul by James McArthur , (CP). 34' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 33' Offside, (CP) Jeffrey Schlupp tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside. 32' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 27' Attempt missed. Jeffrey Schlupp , (CP) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha. 23' sub, (CP) Cheikhou Kouyaté replaces Mamadou Sakho because of an injury. 18' Foul by James McArthur , (CP). 18' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Leander  Dendoncker. 14' Foul by James McCarthy , (CP). 14' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. 5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James McArthur. 5' Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew , (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrick Mitchell with a cross. 2' Andros Townsend , (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Foul by Jonny (WW). Kick Off First Half begins.


Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo may again rotate his squad in the wake of Wednesday's draw at Burnley.   Leander Dendoncker, Jonny and Pedro Neto are among the players hoping to earn recalls.  Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt is set for a lengthy spell out with a dislocated shoulder.  Gary Cahill and James Tomkins remain sidelined, while Christian Benteke is banned and Luka Milivojevic could miss out with a knee problem.  

Adama Traore has completed a league-high 174 dribbles

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Crystal Palace have lost only one of the past seven meetings in league and cup (W4, D2).  The Eagles could earn three successive league victories against Wolves at Molineux for the first time.  All five Premier League goals in this fixture have come in the second half.

Wolverhampton Wanderers - Wolves have taken just four points from as many games.  They have suffered only two defeats in 19 games against sides currently in the bottom half of the table (W11, D6). Nuno Espirito Santo's side have recovered a league-high 21 points from losing positions and dropped just four points from winning positions. Excluding own goals, Wolves are the only team in the Premier League yet to have an English scorer this term. Thirty six of Wolves' 49 league goals have been scored in the second half of matches. This will be Wolves' 56th game in all competitions this season, yet they have used a league-low 20 players. Raul Jimenez has 26 goals in all competitions this season, including 17 in the Premier League. The last player to score more in a season for the club was Steve Bull in the 1990-91 season, with 27 goals.

Crystal Palace have lost six league matches in a row, failing to score in five of those fixtures. It is Roy Hodgson's longest losing streak in the Premier League. The Eagles have suffered three straight away league defeats by an aggregate score of 0-9. Palace have scored just 30 league goals, three fewer than their lowest tally in any season. They have scored first-half goals in just nine of their 36 league matches.



Who needs what to qualify for Europe?   

Europa League

The Europa League places and the teams just behind them

Fifth and sixth place will qualify for the Europa League - and possibly seventh spot. The teams who finish fifth and sixth will qualify for next season's Europa League (unless they win one of next month's European tournaments).

If the FA Cup winners finish in the top six, then seventh place in the Premier League would qualify for the Europa League. The team who qualify in the lowest league spot go into the second qualifying round. FA Cup finalists Arsenal are currently 10th in the league.

At least one of Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United will end up in the Europa League spots but we will focus our permutations on the teams who will hope to qualify.

6. Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace (a, 26 July)

Spurs are sixth after their big win over Leicester but need Wolves to drop points if they do not want to worry about who wins the FA Cup. A win over Palace on the final day guarantees them at least seventh.

7. Wolves Crystal Palace (h, 20 July), Chelsea (a, 26 July)

Wolves will qualify for the Europa League if they win their final two games. It is out of their hands if they drop any points.

8. Sheffield United Everton (h, 20 July), Southampton (a, 26 July)

Sheffield United's defeat by Leicester means their hopes of qualifying for Europe for the first time are out of their hands. They need Wolves and/or Spurs to slip up.

9. Burnley Brighton (h, 26 July)

Burnley are two points behind seventh place - and cannot finish higher than that. They need to beat Brighton and hope for a lot of results to go their way.

10. Arsenal Aston Villa (a, 21 July), Watford (h, 26 July)

Arsenal will be guaranteed a Europa League group place if they win the FA Cup final.

Their win over Liverpool on Wednesday keeps their hopes of qualifying through the league alive - they are five points off sixth place and three below seventh.

What happens if an English team wins in Europe?

Manchester City, Chelsea, Wolves and Manchester United all play in Europe next month. If any of them win their trophy, they will go into next season's Champions League group stages no matter where they finish in the league.

If Manchester City (who lead Real Madrid 2-1 in the last 16) win the Champions League, it makes no difference to the European places in the Premier League - England would not get any extra places.

But if Chelsea (who trail Bayern Munich 3-0) win the tournament and finish outside the top four, then five English teams would go into next year's Champions League with two in the Europa League.

The same is true for Manchester United (leading LASK 5-0) and Wolves (1-1 v Olympiakos) in the Europe League last 16.

If either win the tournament and finish in the top four, England does not get an extra space. If they win and finish outside the top four, then England gets five Champions League spots.

If Chelsea win the Champions League AND Wolves win the Europa League - and neither finish in the top four - then only the top three in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League.

Uefa regulations suggest England could have eight teams in Europe if that happened and one of them did not finish in the top six/seven - or nine if they both fail to.



36 Wednesday 15 July 2020 A Burnley  18:00 Turf Moor D1-1 thanks to Mike Dean again free to air on BBC2&1

36 Burnley 1 Wood (90'+6' pen) Wolves 1 Jiménez (76')

HT 0-0


Chris Wood scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty to secure a draw with Wolves as both sides failed to further their European ambitions.  Wood fired his spot kick into the top corner in the 96th minute after Matt Doherty was judged to have handled in the area.  [This was to protect his face from a dangerious head high kick from Wood, but Dean deights in awarding penalties against WW]

Raul Jimenez had put Wolves ahead with a superb volley from the edge of the box after 76 minutes. It looked like Nuno Espirito Santo's side had closed the gap on a Champions League place to one point, albeit having played a game more than rivals Leicester City and Manchester United. However, Burnley, who have Europa League hopes of their own, almost levelled when Wood nodded wide of an open goal with keeper Rui Patricio stranded. And moments later a hopeful cross struck Doherty on the arm and the New Zealand international made no mistake with his penalty. It means Burnley sit ninth in the Premier League, whiles Wolves remain sixth and three points off the top four.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he was once told by Ian Holloway his side have a "strong jaw", and they had to show all their resilience to earn a point against Wolves. Jimenez looked to have landed a knockout blow when he struck with 14 minutes to play but Burnley have lost just one of their past 14 league games for a reason. The hosts had offered little in way of an attacking threat before added time, half chances for Jay Rodriguez and Josh Brownhill not troubling goalkeeper Patricio. But then came two glorious opportunities for Wood, who showed composure to convert his spot-kick after a long VAR check having earlier turned his header wide.

"I went all game with one chance I didn't put away so it's nice to get another chance and get a point," said Wood afterwards. "It was great mentality from Woody," Dyche added. "When he missed that chance, it shows you what a strong character he is to step up and take the penalty and finish it in the style he did." It means the Clarets are unbeaten in six games and still hold an outside chance of making the Europa League. Dyche, however, will no doubt be satisfied if they record a top-half finish this season.

Wolves' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this season were dealt a significant blow when Manchester City's two-year European ban was overturned on Monday, taking fifth place out of the equation. They will be looking at themselves for dropping points on Wednesday, however, after failing to convert their attacking dominance into more goals. This was the 26th time Wolves have failed to score in the first half of a league game this season, with Jimenez heading straight at Pope and Romain Saiss flicking Joao Moutinho's dangerous corner over the crossbar. Adama Traore, a constant threat on Wolves' right, flashed an effort wide of the far post shortly after the break and it took a wonderful piece of skill from Jimenez to put them ahead. After another threatening Traore run, Doherty's effort deflected into the path of Jimenez and the forward opportunistically struck it first time on the volley for his 17th Premier League strike of the season. It was Wolves' 36th goal in the second half this season - three times more than they have netted in the first 45 minutes of games. It is also almost a year since Wolves began their season, a 2-0 second qualifying-round win over Crusaders in the Europa League on 25 July 2019, and this was their 55th game in all competitions. Perhaps that lengthy campaign took its toll late on at Turf Moor, when the visitors looked set for another impressive win before Burnley's last-gasp equaliser.


Burnley

1Pope 26Bardsley 28Long 5Tarkowski 3Taylor sub Gudmundssonat 30' 23Pieters 18Westwood 8Brownhill sub Bradyat 85' 11McNeil 9Wood 19Rodriguez sub Vydraat 51' Substitutes

7Gudmundsson 12Brady 15Peacock-Farrell 27Vydra 33Thompson 34Dunne 41Benson 44Goodridge 45Driscoll-Glennon

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 37Traoré 8Neves 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre sub Castro Ottoat 84' 10Castelo Podence sub Dohertyat 70' 9Jiménez sub Dendonckerat 84' 18Jota sub Netoat 78' Substitutes 2Doherty 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 17Gibbs-White 19Castro Otto 21Ruddy 32Dendoncker 49Kilman 59Buur

Referee: Mike Dean


FT stats Burnley Wolves

Possession 46%   54%

Shots       9    14

Shots on Tgt1     5

Corners     3     8

Fouls      10     8


Match ends, Burnley 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+6' Goal! Burnley 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Chris Wood (B) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner. 90'+5' VAR Decision: Penalty Burnley. 90'+4' Penalty conceded by Matt Doherty (WW) with a hand ball in the penalty area. 90'+3' Attempt missed. Chris Wood (B) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matej Vydra with a headed pass. 90'+2' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 90'+2' Erik Pieters (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 90' Chris Wood (B) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 89' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 87' Attempt saved. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 86' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 86' Foul by Erik Pieters (B). 85' sub,  (B) Robbie Brady replaces Josh Brownhill. 84' sub,  (WW) Jonny replaces Rúben Vinagre. 84' sub,  (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Raúl Jiménez. 80' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Chris Wood (B). 79' Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (B) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Phil Bardsley following a set piece situation. 78' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 78' Jóhann Gudmundsson (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 78' sub,  (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota. Goal!

76' Goal! Burnley 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

76' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 74' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 74' Ashley Westwood (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' sub,  (WW) Matt Doherty replaces Daniel Podence. 567' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 67' Foul by Erik Pieters (B). 66' Attempt missed. Kevin Long (B) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a set piece situation. 65' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 65' Dwight McNeil (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 63' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 63' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 62' Hand ball by Chris Wood (B). 60' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Foul by Phil Bardsley (B). 58' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Foul by Kevin Long (B). 57' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 57' James Tarkowski (B) wins a free kick on the left wing. 57' Corner, (B) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 57' Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (B) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Bardsley. 53' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a fast break. 53' Attempt blocked. Dwight McNeil (B) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jóhann Gudmundsson. 51' sub,  (B) Matej Vydra replaces Jay Rodriguez because of an injury.  47' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 46' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Foul by Chris Wood (B).

Second Half

Second Half begins Burnley 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


Half Time

HT stats Burnley Wolves

Possession 49%   51%

Shots       3     6

Shots on Tgt0     1

Corners     2     8

Fouls       3     1

45'+3'

First Half ends, Burnley 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Erik Pieters. 45' Corner, (B) Conceded by Conor Coady. 45' Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (B) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jóhann Gudmundsson. 44' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Erik Pieters. 43' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 43' Foul by Chris Wood (B). 40' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 39' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Phil Bardsley. 37' Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (B) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Westwood. 34' Offside, (WW) Diogo Jota tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 33' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. 30' sub,  (B) Jóhann Gudmundsson replaces Charlie Taylor because of an injury. 28' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 28' Foul by Jay Rodriguez (B). 23' Corner, (B) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 23' Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (B) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez. 22' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. 21' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Nick Pope. 21' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 16' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 16' Dwight McNeil (B) wins a free kick on the left wing. 12' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 11' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kevin Long. 11' Offside, (B) Charlie Taylor tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside. 10' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 10' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 9' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. 8' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Foul by Dwight McNeil (B). 2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Burnley could name the same side which began the 1-1 draw with Liverpool.  The Clarets remain without injured quartet Jack Cork, Ben Mee, Matthew Lowton and Ashley Barnes.  Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves have "some issues" ahead of this game, with one of those the fitness of Pedro Neto, who was forced off against Everton with "strong cramp". If not fully fit, Neto may be replaced by Adama Traore or Diogo Jota, both of whom began on the bench on Sunday.

How does Burnley keeper Pope compare to his England rivals? Raul Jimenez: In-depth look at Wolves' scorer, creator & battler

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves returned to winning ways against Everton at the weekend, which is one of the impressive things about them - they don't let the odd bad result affect them or alter their game plan when they lose. As good as Burnley have been of late - and they were very good when they held Liverpool last time out - if Wolves play well, they will win. Prediction: 0-2

Burnley have lost just one of seven games versus Wolves under Sean Dyche

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head Burnley won this fixture 2-0 at Turf Moor last season, but that is their only top-flight home victory against Wolves since 1963 (D4, L5).

Sean Dyche's first match as Burnley manager was a 2-0 home win versus Wolves in the Championship in November 2012. Ben Mee started that game, while fellow defender Kevin Long was on the bench.

Burnley Last month's defeat at Manchester City is Burnley's only loss in 13 league games (W7, D5). The Clarets are unbeaten in six league matches at Turf Moor since losing against Aston Villa on New Year's Day (W3, D3). A 15th league victory of the season would be Burnley's highest total in a Premier League campaign.

Burnley have recorded 14 clean sheets in the top flight this term, a total bettered only by Liverpool and Manchester City's 15. Jay Rodriguez has scored in back-to-back Premier League games and has been directly involved in 80% of his side's goals since the restart, netting three times and registering one assist.

Wolverhampton Wanderers This will be Wolves' 55th game in all competitions this season, yet they have used just 20 players in Premier League games, fewer than any other side.. They have conceded just 18 league goals away from home this season, the second-lowest figure in the top flight behind Liverpool, with 14. A win would give Wolves 58 points, their highest total in a Premier League campaign, bettering last year's tally of 57 points. Raul Jimenez has 25 goals in all competitions this season, including 16 in the Premier League - the last Wolves player to net 17 in a top-flight season was John Richards in 1975-76.  This match could see Conor Coady complete 90 minutes in a 74th consecutive Premier League game, which would be the longest sequence by an outfield player since a similar run by Cesar Azpilicueta in 2017.


35 Sunday 12 July 2020 H Everton 12:00 Molineux Sky & free to air on Pick * W3-0


35 WW 3 Jiménez (45'+2minutes pen), Dendoncker (46'), Jota (74') Everton 0

HT 1-0


Wolves boosted their chances of claiming a place in next season's Champions League with a comprehensive home victory over Everton. Raul Jimenez has scored 24 goals and assisted 10 in all competitions this season. Wanderers bounced back from consecutive defeats with a victory through goals either side of half-time and a game-sealing third from Diogo Jota with 15 minutes to go.  Raul Jimenez scored the first from the penalty spot in first-half injury time following a clumsy Lucas Digne foul on Daniel Podence.  Leander Dendoncker headed in the second just a minute after the restart before Jota lashed in from just inside the box to put the game beyond the visitors. It moves Wolves back up to sixth in the table, three points behind Manchester United in fifth - a position that could be good enough to earn a place in Europe's top club competition next season.

Everton committed so much of their efforts to keeping the home side at bay and as a result offered little at the other end of the pitch, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison given scraps to feed off at best. The closest they came to a goal was a Digne angled drive that flashed past the far post in the second half. The defeat leaves the Toffees 11th and surely ends their hopes of securing a Europa League spot for 2020-21. And there was more bad news for manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was already without Mason Holgate and saw fellow centre-back Yerry Mina limp off in the first half with what appeared to be a thigh injury.

Wolves returned to action in June in fine form, winning their first three games without conceding a goal to increase hope that a late dart for a Champions League place was on.  But early July checked that optimism, courtesy of successive defeats without scoring against Arsenal and Sheffield United - opponents who are also in the mix for a place in the top five. This, then, was a necessary victory, resulting from very timely goals. Podence had already tested Jordan Pickford twice with low angled drives inside the box before he used his trickery to good effect to turn and draw a mistimed challenge from Digne. Jimenez was coolness personified from the spot, meaning he has now been involved in 35 Premier League goals this season (goals and assists combined). Only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, with the same number, can match him.  Dendoncker's headed goal was the real killer, coming so early in the second half from Pedro Neto's well-delivered free-kick.  Jota's excellent finish simply confirmed what was already known, although Ruben Neves' superb floated long pass to release him is also worthy of emphasis.  Adama Traore came on for the last 19 minutes and should have added to the scoreline but instead planted an effort against the crossbar after he was found unmarked in the box by Jota.  

Everton lacked steel and style.  Everton retained some hope of a Europa League place when the Premier League restarted but more than that you sense the final nine games were a chance for Ancelotti to assess which members of his squad have a future at the club. On this evidence, the Italian has his work cut out. They possess two superb centre forwards, but without much of a creative midfield behind them the Blues are unable to maximise their most potent weapons.   So little an impact did top-scorer Richarlison have on the game he was withdrawn shortly after the hour mark.  Failing to provide ammunition is not the only failing of the Toffees midfield. It also struggles to provide an adequate shield for the defence - especially one hit by injuries.  Having now won just three of their past 32 Premier League away matches against teams in the top half of the table, and suffered 11 top-flight defeats on the road for the first time since 2003-04, the Blues desperately need some grit to complement the guile up front.

Man of the match - Ruben Neves (Wolves) pic Getty Ruben Neves (right) celebrates with Raul Jimenez

Another superb display from Neves (right), who dominated Everton's midfield and produced the pass of the match to assist Jota's goal

Wolves hitting their goals under Nuno This was the third time Wolves have won a game by three goals in the Premier League under Nuno Espírito Santo - prior to his reign, they had only won once in the competition by more than two goals (4-0 v Blackpool in February 2011). Everton have only kept one clean sheet in their past 17 away games in the Premier League, conceding at least two goals in 10 of these fixtures. Wolves have now kept a clean sheet in five of their past six Premier League games at Molineux (W3 D2 L1), as many as they had in their previous 18 combined. Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has scored with all six of the penalties he has taken in the Premier League; only Yaya Toure (11), Dimitar Berbatov (nine), Jan Molby (seven) and Rickie Lambert (seven) have a better 100% ratio in the competition.

Diogo Jota has scored five goals for Wolves after coming on as a substitute - more than any other Premier League player across all competitions.

What next?

Wolves travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday in a 18:00 BST kick-off. Everton host Aston Villa at Goodison Park the next day, also at 18:00.


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty 32Dendoncker 8Neves 19Castro Otto 7Neto Sub Jota at 56' 9Jiménez Sub João Moutinhoat 78' 10Castelo Podence Sub Traoréat 71' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 21Ruddy 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 37Traoré 49Kilman 59Buur

Everton

1Pickford 5KeaneBooked at 58' 13Mina Sub Colemanat 31' 12DigneBooked at 19' 11Walcott Sub Bernardat 56' 26Davies 10G Sigurdsson 42Gordon Sub Iwobiat 56' 3Baines Sub Branthwaiteat 45' 7Richarlison Sub Keanat 63' 9Calvert-Lewin Substitutes 7Iwobi 19Sidibé 20Bernard 22Stekelenburg 23Coleman 27Kean 31Neves Virgínia 32Branthwaite 34Baningime

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

         Wolves Everton

Possession 55%  45%

Shots      14    6

Shots on Tgt 7   2

Corners     5    2

Fouls       9    9

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Everton 0.

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Everton 0.

90'+5' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 90'+5' Séamus Coleman (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Lucas Digne (E). 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves.  87' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87' Foul by Alex Iwobi (E). 86' Adama Traoré (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break. 84' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside. 84'  Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 83' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 83' Foul by Lucas Digne (E). 78' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Raúl Jiménez. 76' Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (E) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross. Goal!

74' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Everton 0. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a fast break.

73' Attempt missed. Lucas Digne (E) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Keane following a set piece situation. 72' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 72' Lucas Digne (E) wins a free kick on the left wing. 71' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Daniel Podence. 67' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Rúben Neves. 67' Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (E) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Iwobi. 65' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Séamus Coleman. 65' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. 65' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a through ball. 54' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Romain Saïss. 64' Attempt blocked. Séamus Coleman (E) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross. 63' Sub, Everton. Moise Kean replaces Richarlison. 61' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. 60' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 60' Gylfi Sigurdsson (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 59' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lucas Digne. Booking 58' Michael Keane (E) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 58' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 58' Foul by Michael Keane (E). 56' Sub, (WW) Diogo Jota replaces Pedro Neto because of an injury. 56' Sub, Everton. Bernard replaces Theo Walcott. 56' Sub, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Anthony Gordon. 51' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 50' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 50' Foul by Séamus Coleman (E).

Goal! 46'

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 0. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a set piece situation.

46' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 46' Foul by Jarrad Branthwaite (E).

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 0.

HT      Wolves Everton

Possession 58% 42%

Shots       5   2

Shots on Tgt3   1

Corners     3   0

Fouls       6   3

Half Time 45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 0.

45'+2' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner. 45'+1' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence draws a foul in the penalty area.

45'+1' Penalty conceded by Lucas Digne (E) after a foul in the penalty area.

42' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 42' Foul by Tom Davies (E). 37' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 37' Séamus Coleman (E) wins a free kick in the  defensive half. 35' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 35' Anthony Gordon (E) wins a free kick on the left wing.  33' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 33' Leighton Baines (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Sub, Everton. Séamus Coleman replaces Yerry Mina because of an injury. 28' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tom Davies. 27' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Willy Boly with a headed pass. 26' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Pickford. 26' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 20' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 20' Tom Davies (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 19' Lucas Digne (E) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 19' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 19' Foul by Lucas Digne (E). 16' Attempt blocked. Anthony Gordon (E) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines. 14' Dangerous play by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 14' Anthony Gordon (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 13' Dominic Calvert-Lewin (E) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lucas Digne. 7' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 3' Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (E) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Theo Walcott. 3' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss.

Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves winger Adama Traore is expected to start despite dislocating his shoulder for the fourth time in 23 matches against Sheffield United. Fellow midfielder Pedro Neto is set to return after missing the defeat at Bramall Lane with a minor injury.  Everton will rotate their squad, with Andre Gomes in contention after picking up an ankle knock against Southampton.  Mason Holgate will also be assessed but Theo Walcott and Fabian Delph remain out.

Last match -  Wolves fall to late Egan goal; Richarlison salvages draw for Everton

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves have had a bit of a hiccup with defeats in their past two matches, but they won't change the way they play. I don't think they have suddenly hit a wall, even though their season started almost a full 12 months ago, in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League, so I'd be surprised if they were below par again here.  My main worry for Wolves would be about Adama Traore, who has dislocated his shoulder again - the fourth time it has gone since December.  Traore has played through the pain barrier before but I know from experience it is a horrible injury until you have an operation to sort it out - it happened to me three times in one season before I went for surgery. But, whether or not Traore decides to carry on for now, I still think Nuno Espirito Santo's side will have enough quality to break Everton down. The Toffees have improved a lot under Carlo Ancelotti, but Wolves are much further down the road than they are in terms of building a team that can crack the top six. Prediction: 2-0


Wolves winger Adama Traore has a club record nine Premier League assists this season; Everton forward Richarlison has scored a team-high six goals in 2020

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves are winless in their last four Premier League home games against Everton (D3, L1), with their last victory a 2-1 win in May 2004.  Everton can complete their first league double over Wolves since 1976. Wolves have lost their last two Premier League games, more defeats than they had sustained in their previous 11 matches. They last lost three in a row in November 2018, while they could go three consecutive Premier League matches without scoring for the first time since April 2012.  However, Wolves are unbeaten in 16 of their last 18 matches against the teams in the bottom half of the table.  If Premier League matches finished at half time this season, Wolves would be bottom of the table with a record of W5, D13, L16.  Wolves have won a league-high 21 points from losing positions. They have used 20 players in the Premier League this season, the fewest of any team, while a league-high six players have featured in all 34 games.  Raul Jimenez has scored 24 goals and assisted 10 in all competitions this season. Only Mohamed Salah, with 35, has been involved in more goals amongst Premier League players.  Adama Traore has a club record nine Premier League assists this season

Everton

Everton have won just two of their last seven Premier League away games (D1, L4), with both victories coming against sides in the relegation zone.  They have triumphed in just three of their last 31 Premier League away matches versus top-half teams (D10, L18). Everton could lose 11 Premier League away matches for the first time since 2003-04. The Toffees have taken 26 points from 16 games under Carlo Ancelotti, having accrued 19 points from their opening 18 fixtures. Richarlison has scored 14 goals in all competitions, matching his total tally from last season.


34 Wednesday 8 July 2020 A Sheffield Utd  18:00 Bramall Lane Sky L1-0

34 Sheffield United 1 Egan (90'+3) Wolves 0

HT 0-0

First half poor form bleeds into second half.  Traore shoulder dislocated again.

John Egan scored with a dramatic 93rd-minute header to give Europe-chasing Sheffield United victory over Wolves at Bramall Lane.  The away side had earlier hit the woodwork when Ruben Neves' free-kick from just outside the penalty area bounced off the top of the crossbar. Sheffield United thought they had taken the lead as Billy Sharp spun and fired the ball past Rui Patricio but the Blades captain was offside when he collected the pass. But the Blades won it in injury time as Oliver Norwood's corner from the right wing was met by Egan's powerful header. Sheffield United, who have never qualified for a major European competition, move up from ninth to seventh  and are now one point and one place behind Wolves, who lost for the second time in five days.  When the Blades began this season - their first in the top flight since 2007 - they were joint-favourites to be relegated. However, Chris Wilder's side continue to prove the doubters wrong and picked up their 13th league win of the campaign. They looked to be fading as they picked up only one point from three games when the Premier League resumed in June after three months on hold because of the coronavirus  pandemic. But the Blades have since beaten Tottenham and Wolves and drawn at Burnley and, with four games of the season left, European competition remains very much a possibility.

A setback for Wolves' Champions League hopes - The loss was harsh on Wolves, but is another setback for their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League. Manchester City are currently second, but if they are unsuccessful with an appeal, they will be banned from European competition next season, meaning fifth place would be good enough for a Champions League spot. Wolves are three points behind fifth-placed Manchester United, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side also now have a game in hand. A game between two of the top 10 promised a lot, but, played in miserable wet weather, both sides struggled to create chances before Egan's late goal. The hosts had the first opportunity, but Oli McBurnie, who later limped off injured, could only glance a header straight at the Wolves goalkeeper. Wolves' best spell came midway through the first half when Adama Traore got to the byeline, with Diogo Jota getting on the end of his cross but goalkeeper Dean Henderson did well to catch the ball above his head.  Jota then had the pace and skill to run at the home defence from inside his own half, before being crudely stopped by Jack O'Connell just outside the penalty area. Neves took the resulting free-kick and curled it over the defensive wall, but could not get it down just in time, with the ball bouncing off the crossbar. The Portuguese had another chance shortly after but shot over from 25 yards as defences then took control and those missed opportunities proved costly as Sheffield United scored with only their third effort on target. In another blow for Wolves, boss Nuno Espirito Santo later confirmed that Traore, substituted with 11 minutes left, had suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Man of the match - John Egan (SU) As well as scoring the winning goal, John Egan made two tackles, two clearances, two interceptions, won 70% of his duels and had a passing accuracy of 78%

Party like it's 1993 - the stats Sheffield United have won three consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since August 1993. Wolves, who lost 2-0 at home against Arsenal on Saturday, have lost back-to-back Premier League games for only the third time this season, also doing so in September and January. Sheffield United are unbeaten in five home Premier League matches (won four, drew one), their best home unbeaten run of the season. Only Crystal Palace (10) have scored fewer first half Premier League goals this season than Wolves (12), who have failed to score in the first half of 15 of their past 18 Premier League matches. Five of Sheffield United's past 10 Premier League goals have been scored via corners, with each of their past two scored by John Egan (against Burnley and Wolves). 'A proper Sheffield United performance' - what they said

Nobody is talking about Europe - Wilder  Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to BBC Sport: "I really enjoyed watching my team. Right the way through, it was a great effort.

We were stretched in terms of numbers, but it was a committed performance and one that, ability wise, had the hallmarks of a proper Sheffield United display. It reward for a positive second-half performance. We've had to defend really well but we wanted to carry a threat going the other way and I think we did." On John Egan's second goal in two games: "I've battered him for not scoring, but he has got two in two - the 10 goals he should be getting are a bit beyond him. European aspirations? "Nobody has talked about anything other than putting a shift in and a performance in. We wanted to move our points total from 48 and we've moved it."

Wolves need to bounce back from late defeat - Nuno Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo to BBC Sport: "We have to stay focused in the last minute. We had good movement and good chances that we should be more clinical with. What is in our mind is the last moment of the game but we have to analyse the whole of the game. It's tough but we have to bounce back."

What's next?

Sheffield United are next in action on Saturday when they entertain Chelsea (17:30 BST), before Wolves play at home against Everton the following day (12:00 BST)


Sheff Utd

1Henderson 6Basham 12Egan 5O'Connell booked 30' 2Baldock 32Berge 16Norwood 23Osborn 3Stevens booked 63' 9McBurnie sub Moussetat 49'10Sharp sub Zivkovicat 71' Substitutes 7Lundstram 15Jagielka 18Freeman 19Robinson 22Mousset 25Moore 26Rodwell 30Zivkovic

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 37Traoré sub Dendonckerat 79' 9Jiménez 18Jota Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 10Castelo  Podence 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 30Campana 32Dendoncker 49Kilman 59Buur

Referee: Martin Atkinson

      Sheff Utd Wolves

Possession 43%  57%

Shots       7    6

Shots on Tgt3    1

Corners     6    1

Fouls       5    6

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

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

Goal! 90'+3' Goal! Sheffield United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. John Egan (SU) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner. 90'+3' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 90'+3' Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (SU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Richairo Zivkovic (SU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn. 90'+1' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 90' Hand ball by Matt Doherty (WW). 82' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 79' Attempt missed. Lys Mousset (SU) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack O'Connell following a fast break. 79' Sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Adama Traoré. 77' Attempt missed. George Baldock (SU) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Richairo Zivkovic with a cross.  74' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 74' Richairo Zivkovic (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 71' Sub, (SU) Richairo Zivkovic replaces Billy Sharp. Booking 63' Enda Stevens (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 63' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a cross following a fast break.  53' Offside, (SU) Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 52' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation. 51' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 51' Foul by John Egan (SU). 49' Sub, (SU) Lys Mousset replaces Oliver McBurnie.

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time

      Sheff Utd Wolves

Possession 42%  58%

Shots       2    4

Shots on Tgt1    1

Corners     3    1

Fouls       4    4

45'+4' First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 45' Corner, (SU) Conceded by João Moutinho.

45' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 43' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 39' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Foul by Ben Osborn (SU). 39' Attempt missed. Enda Stevens (SU) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Baldock. 36' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 34' Offside, (SU) Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 33' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 33' Oliver McBurnie (SU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 32' Rúben Neves (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick. 30' VAR Decision: No Penalty Sheffield United. Booking 30' Jack O'Connell (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 30' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 30' Foul by Jack O'Connell (SU). 29' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 29' Enda Stevens (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 25' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the  defensive half. 25' Foul by George Baldock (SU). 18' Attempt saved. Oliver McBurnie (SU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack O'Connell with a cross. 16' Foul by Jonny (WW). 16'  Billy Sharp (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Corner, (WW) Conceded by John Egan. 10' Offside, (SU) Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 8' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Jonny. 7' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 7' Foul by Oliver Norwood (SU). 5' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 5' Billy Sharp (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder faces a "big decision" whether to pick Jack O'Connell or Jack Robinson at centre-back.  O'Connell made his return from injury as a second-half substitute - replacing Robinson - against Burnley on Sunday. Wolves forward Pedro Neto will be assessed after picking up a knock against Arsenal last time out. Daniel Podence will be available after a period of self-isolation following a trip to Portugal.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

This should be a good game because both of these teams have a very similar style. That's not just in terms of formation, but because they both work extremely hard too. The big difference is, from midfield going forward, Wolves have got a lot more quality. Their striker Raul Jimenez is such a good player. I don't think the Blades will give him much space though, and I just have a feeling that they will dig in and get something out of this game. Prediction: 1-1

Wolves' Conor Coady has completed the full 90 minutes in all 71 Premier League matches since the start of last season

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Wolves have only lost one of the last eight league meetings, winning four and drawing three. They have won two of the last three away league encounters, more victories than in their previous 16 visits to Bramall Lane (W1, D7, L8)..

Sheffield United could win three consecutive home Premier League matches for the first time since 1993. Only Liverpool and Manchester City have conceded fewer home league goals than the Blades, who have shipped 14. Chris Wilder's side lost three of their first four home league matches this season but have only lost two of 12 since.

Their tally of 48 points is the highest by a newly-promoted team after 33 matches of a Premier League season since Wigan also recorded 48 in 2005-06.

Wolverhampton Wanderers could lose back-to-back Premier League matches for only the third time this season. They have won six of their last seven league games against newly-promoted sides, drawing the other match. Wolves could win four consecutive top-flight away fixtures for the first time since a run of five victories in 1980. They could also equal the club top-flight record of three consecutive away clean sheets. If Premier League matches finished at half-time this season, Wolves would be bottom with a record of W5, D12, L16. Adama Traore has provided a club-high nine Premier League assists this season.


33 Saturday 4 July April 2020 H Arsenal 17:30 Molineux Sky L0-2

33 WW 0 Arsenal 2 Saka (43'), Lacazette (86')

HT 0-1

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka said he has had a "week I will remember my whole life" after he celebrated signing a new long-term contract by scoring the opener in the Gunners' victory at Wolves on Saturday. The teenager struck his first Premier League goal with a sweet, left-foot volley to deliver a blow to the hosts' hopes of Champions League football next season.  Arsenal made sure of a fourth successive victory when Alexandre Lacazette capped a fine team display by turning on fellow substitute Joe Willock's pass and firing emphatically past Wolves keeper Rui Patricio with five minutes left. "I am 18 and it has been a dream to play for this club. I have to take it game by game. You can see the manager is building and wherever he wants to put me, I want to play," England Under-19 international Saka told Sky Sports. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta described Saka as "talented and intelligent" after the player committed his future to the club on Wednesday, and was impressed once again at Molineux. "The finish was really difficult," Arteta told BBC Sport. "It was a turning point in the game."

Wolves had been hoping to build on an impressive restart to the season but knew the pressure was on to win after fellow top-four contenders Leicester City and Manchester United had recorded victories earlier in the day. Nuno Espirito Santo's side were not at their best. Adama Traore had their clearest chance after the break when he raced in on Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez from Diogo Jota's pass, but the Spanish forwrd lifted his finish over the top in wasteful fashion. Wolves are still sixth in the Premier League table on 52 points, but seventh-placed Arsenal are now only three points behind.

Spirits have soared at Arsenal since they made a desperate restart to the Premier League season with defeat at Manchester City and then that acrimonious late loss at Brighton, a match that also cost them goalkeeper Bernd Leno. They have since recorded league wins over Southampton and Norwich City, as well as progressing to the FA Cup semi-finals with victory at Sheffield United - but this win at Wolves was the most impressive demonstration yet of Arteta's growing influence. And it came at the end of a pleasing week for the club with exciting teenagers Saka and Gabriel Martinelli both signing long-term contracts. Saka showed his quality with that left-foot volley, taken with athleticism, composure and guided cleverly out of Rui Patricio's reach - but it came amid a fine all-round team performance. Arsenal arrived at Molineux with Wolves storming into contention for the top four after three straight wins - over West Ham United, Bournemouth and Aston Villa - since the season's resumption. Indeed, such was their form, Saka's goal was the first they had conceded in 448 minutes. However, Arsenal were resolute, determined and willing to trade in the physical exchanges, and they produced the decisive moments of quality to win the game.  It continued the renaissance under Arteta, and while it is wise to keep all optimism in perspective given previous false dawns, this recent run leaves them only six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United, with that position potentially bringing Champions League football if Manchester City's European ban is upheld.


Wolves miss a big chance

Wolves 0-2 Arsenal: Wanderers lacked urgency - Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves carried real momentum into this meeting with Arsenal after their flawless restart - but they fell flat on Saturday and could have no complaints about the outcome. Nuno's side remain in a superb position with a real chance of Champions League football next season, a tribute in itself to the outstanding work of the Portuguese manager and his players. However, they struggled to exert any serious pressure on the Gunners and dangerman Traore was relatively well contained, although he was always a threat and should have equalised with Wolves' best chance. It was a disappointed group of players who trooped off at the end to the silence that is now the accompaniment to these behind-closed-doors games, but their previous record suggests they still have the determination and talent, as well as the manager, to bounce back. Wolves will need to do it quickly, though, with time running out in this restarted season and their rivals picking up wins.  

Man of the match - Shkodran Mustafi , (Ars) was part of an Arsenal defence that kept a clean sheet and limited Wolves to just one shot on target 'When we had to suffer, the team enjoyed suffering together' - what they said

Wolves boos Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC Sport: We needed more urgency in some moments. On and off the ball we were a little but unbalanced and the urgency to chase a result was not there. In the beginning, we were threatening, but the rest of the game we were too passive. This is something we cannot replace [the home fans]. The atmosphere is not here and we miss them. All the players need improvement. Sometimes it goes OK when he [Adama Traore] tries something. Today it was not good, but it was important he was there. Now we have to improve from this game and challenge ourselves [against Sheffield United] on Wednesday. What means something is how we want to play, and today we were not able to play well. Credit to Arsenal, they are a good team, but we should do better."

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told BBC Sport: "It was a massive win. We had two and a half days to prepare and they had a week. We played two games while they were training. They [Wolves] are a really well organised team and it's really tough to come here and win, we needed everybody to play with high attention and commitment. We had good possession and scored two goals. When we had to suffer, the team enjoyed to suffer together, which is massive for us."

Wolves lack cutting edge - the stats

Arsenal have won three consecutive league games without conceding for the first time since November 2017, while this is the first time they have won back-to-back away league games without conceding since October 2015. Wolves suffered their first Premier League defeat in nine games, while this was their first league loss by more than one goal since September (5-2 to Chelsea). This was Arsenal's first away league victory against a side starting above them in the league table since September 2015, when they won 5-2 at Leicester. Wolves managed just one shot on target in this match, with that coming after just 17 seconds courtesy of Adama Traore.

Bukayo Saka's goal was his first in the Premier League for Arsenal - aged 18 years 303 days, he is the second youngest English player to score in the Premier League for  the Gunners, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Blackburn in February 2012 (18 years 173 days). Alexandre Lacazette's goal was his first away from home in the Premier League since February 2019, ending a run of 16 away games.  Despite only coming on as a 76th-minute substitute, Joe Willock's two chances created - including the assist for Lacazette's goal - was more than any other Arsenal player. Emiliano Martinez has kept a clean sheet in six of his eight Premier League starts for Arsenal (75%), the best ratio of any Gunners keeper with at least five starts in the competition.

What's next? Arsenal host Leicester City on Tuesday (20:15 BST), while Wolves travel to Sheffield United the following evening (18:00).



Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady booked 84' 27Saïss booked 75' 2Doherty sub Netoat 72' 32Dendoncker sub Jotaat 55' 8Neves 28João Moutinho sub Gibbs-Whiteat 89' 19Castro Otto 37Traoré 9Jiménez Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 30Campana 49Kilman 59Buur

Arsenal

26Martínez 20Mustafi  23David Luiz booked 32' 31Kolasinac 17Cédric Soares sub Bellerínat 76' 8Ceballos sub Torreiraat 83' booked 88' 34Xhaka booked 90' 3Tierney sub Maitland-Nilesat 56' booked 79' 77Saka sub Willockat 76' 30Nketiah sub Lacazetteat 83' 14Aubameyang Substitutes 2Bellerín 5Papastathopoulos 9Lacazette 11Torreira 15Maitland-Niles 16Holding 24Nelson 28Willock 33Macey

Referee: Michael Oliver


FT       Wolves Arsenal

Possession 52%  48%

Shots      10    8

Shots on Tgt 1   5

Corners     3    5

Fouls       6   11



Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Arsenal 2.

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

90'+2' Dangerous play by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 90'+2' David Luiz , (Ars) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+1' Foul by Sead Kolasinac , (Ars). Booking 90'+1' Granit Xhaka , (Ars) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+1' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Foul by Granit Xhaka , (Ars). 89' Corner, (Ars) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 89' Corner, (Ars) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 89' sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho. Booking 88' Lucas Torreira , (Ars) is shown the yellow card. 87' Corner, (Ars) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 87' Attempt blocked. Joseph Willock , (Ars) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Goal! 86' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Arsenal 2. Alexandre Lacazette , (Ars) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joseph Willock with a cross. Booking 84' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 84' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 84' Alexandre Lacazette , (Ars) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 83' sub, (Ars) Alexandre Lacazette replaces Eddie Nketiah. 83' sub, (Ars) Lucas Torreira replaces Dani Ceballos. 81' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Foul by Dani Ceballos , (Ars). 81' Attempt blocked. Dani Ceballos , (Ars) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Booking 79' Ainsley Maitland-Niles , (Ars) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 78' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles , (Ars). 78' Attempt blocked. Eddie Nketiah , (Ars) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joseph Willock. 77' Attempt missed. Eddie Nketiah , (Ars) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dani Ceballos with a cross following a set piece situation. 77' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 77' Eddie Nketiah , (Ars) wins a free kick on the right wing. 76'  sub, (Ars) Héctor Bellerín replaces Cédric Soares. 76' sub, (Ars) Joseph Willock replaces Bukayo Saka. Booking 75' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 75' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 75' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , (Ars) wins a free kick on the right wing. 73' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Granit Xhaka. 73' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 73' Foul by Cédric Soares , (Ars). 72' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 72' Foul by Shkodran Mustafi , (Ars).  72' sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Matt Doherty. 69' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 68' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 68' Foul by Granit Xhaka , (Ars). 66' Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles , (Ars). 66' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 64' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 63' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 56' sub, (Ars) Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaces Kieran  Tierney. 55' sub, (WW) Diogo Jota replaces Leander Dendoncker. 54' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Shkodran Mustafi. 52' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Arsenal 1.

Half Time

HT       Wolves Arsenal

Possession 52%  48%

Shots      6    3

Shots on Tgt 1   3

Corners     1    2

Fouls       2    3

Bookings    0    1

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

44' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. Goal! 43' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Arsenal 1. Bukayo Saka , (Ars) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. 42' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 42' Attempt blocked. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 41' Foul by Sead Kolasinac , (Ars). 41' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 39' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Tierney. 38' Cédric Soares , (Ars) wins a free kick on the right wing. 38' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 35' Corner, (Ars) Conceded by Conor Coady. 35' Attempt saved. Eddie Nketiah , (Ars) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 33' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Willy Boly with a headed pass. Booking 32' David Luiz , (Ars) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 32' Foul by David Luiz , (Ars). 32' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 29' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 26' Attempt saved. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , (Ars) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. 25' Corner, (Ars) Conceded by Willy Boly. 22' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , (Ars) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 21' Foul by Cédric Soares , (Ars). 21' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 1' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Kick Off

First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has a fully-fit squad ahead of his 150th match in charge of Wolves. Adama Traore is the player most likely to break into a settled side, having started Wolves' previous home fixture against Bournemouth.  

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is available after recovering from an ankle injury. Head coach Mikel Arteta must decide whether to recall Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi to his matchday squad.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Arsenal have won three in a row in the league and FA Cup but this will be a good indicator of where they are actually at because Wolves are one of the form teams in the Premier League.  After this, the Gunners play Leicester at home and their north London rivals Tottenham away so it is going to be a testing week for them - I just don't see them making a good start, I'm afraid.  Wolves never concede many, don't change their formation and everyone in their team knows their job. They are in a place where Arsenal would love to be.  Prediction: 2-0

Wolves have scored 33 of their 45 league goals after half time They have only been outscored once after half time in the league this season

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head Wolves are undefeated in the past three meetings (W1, D2). Victory in the corresponding fixture last season ended Wolves' 20-game winless run in all competitions against the Gunners, which stretched back to 1979.  

Wolverhampton Wanderers are on an eight-match unbeaten Premier League run, winning five, drawing three and keeping seven clean sheets. They can win four consecutive top-flight fixtures for the first time since December 1971 to January 1972.  Wolves are the only side with a 100% winning record in the Premier League since football's resumption. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have gone 405 minutes without conceding a goal and can equal the club top-flight record of five consecutive clean sheets, set in 1959 and matched in 1981.  They have drawn seven home games this season, the joint most in the division.

Arsenal have won eight of their past 11 matches in all competitions. However, they are winless in their 17 most recent Premier League away games against sides starting the day above them in the table (D5, L12). The Gunners are attempting to secure back-to-back away league victories for the first time since August. Arsenal have only won three of their 16 top-flight away fixtures this season. They can keep three successive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since November 2017.  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs one goal to become only the second Arsenal player to score 20 goals in consecutive Premier League seasons, emulating Thierry Henry.



32 Saturday 27 June 2020 A Aston Villa 12:30 Villa Park  BT

32 Aston Villa 0 Wolves 1 Dendoncker (62')


Dendoncker scores (62')Leander Dendoncker scored his fifth goal in all competitions this season

It is "nice to dream" of a top-four finish, said midfielder Leander Dendoncker after his goal gave Wolves victory over Aston Villa, but he added that his side face a difficult task.  Nuno Espirito Santo's side are now fifth in the Premier League and only two points behind fourth-place Chelsea after their third win on the spin since the restart, although the Blues have a game in hand. "Everyone dreams, but we also have to be realistic," said Dendoncker. "We have some tough games coming up, but it is good - we took nine points from nine. We just have to do our best game by game."

Wolves, surprisingly, only managed two efforts on goal on Saturday, but the Belgium midfielder made it count with their second when he struck low past Orjan Nyland after an excursion into the area. As for Dean Smith's men, they remain in 19th with 27 points. A draw could have lifted them out of the bottom three, which was as much as they looked like achieving at Villa Park. Jack Grealish's first-half low, driven effort was their only shot on target.

Reaction from Villa Park as Wolves march on

Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves: Nuno praises players hard work after win over Villa

Even when the most potent pair do not combine for a goal, they still manage to influence the outcome. The partnership of Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez has provided 10 goals in the league this season, but for the only goal at Villa Park, their mere presence together had a impact. Four Villa players surrounded the pair on the left side of the pitch before Jimenez dug out a ball into the area which resulted in Dendoncker's strike. Traore had only been on the pitch for two minutes at that stage with Nuno electing to rest the Spaniard, taking into account the busy schedule. The only other clear opportunity for Nuno's men came when the ball fell to Diogo Jota who elected power instead of accuracy after the ball slipped out of Nyland's hand as he attempted to find a team-mate. As an attacking force the visitors were not at their most threatening but a solid defensive display, led by the impressive Willy Boly, meant they did not have to change gears.


Worrying signs from ineffective Villa - Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves: Today was about fatigue - Dean Smith on Villa defeat Smith will not need reminding that time is running out. With Liverpool and then Manchester United on the horizon, Villa's position could fast become that little bit more precarious.  It has been a season of taking one step forward and two steps back for the promoted side. Following the boost from earning a deserved point at St James' Park in midweek, they perhaps should have taken the initiative against a Wolves side not at their most cavalier. Villa had enough of the possession around the area, but their movement was ponderous at times and the Wolves back line easily dealt with the tame deliveries.  Understandably, they looked to Grealish - their conductor in attack and top scorer with nine goals - to create opportunities, and he impressed again. There was one dazzling moment of skill in the first half when he tip-toed past challenges on the left before winning a corner, and he also tested the palms of Rui Patricio with a low, firm shot. In the build-up to this match, Smith said that his side needed to be more clinical, but they did not appear to heed those words. Neither of the strike-force of Mbwana Samatta and Keinan Davis got much service nor did they look like much of a threat. Grealish cannot get them out of this position alone - his team-mates need to urgently step up.


Man of the match - Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) Leander Dendoncker's excellent finish into the bottom corner is enough to earn the nod. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm happy with the hard work of the players, but we did not start well. We were not able to have our possession. We won a lot of second balls which was important in this game. "The aim of the second half, after we scored, was to hold on and stay compact but after that we did not create many chances. I'm very happy for Leander Dendoncker - he gives so much to us and he truly deserves this moment." On moving into fifth: "What's in front of us will be very tough, but it's a welcome week to recover. We will prepare ourselves to compete and see what happens."

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith speaking to BBC Sport: "We were the better team before the break - not many teams have created chances against us. We more than matched a top-six team today, but they managed to get a goal from the edge of the box out of nothing, and we didn't convert the chances we had. We started the game well, put good balls in from set-pieces, but our headers were probably not as good as they should have been. I thought today was about fatigue - crazy to play four games in 11 days. Right from the start it is fine margins. I think we look a sound team, we are hard to beat and I am sure the teams we play will say that too, but we just probably need a bit of quality in the final third."


Another shutout for Wolves - the stats

Wolves have completed a league double over Villa for the first time since the 1962-63 campaign. - Wolves are unbeaten in Premier League games this season that have been level at half-time (W4 D8 L0), the only side with such an unbeaten record in the division. Villa have scored just two goals in their past six Premier League games, failing to score in four of those matches. The Villans only failed to find the net in five of their first 26 league games this season. Wolves have kept four successive clean sheets in the top-flight for the first time since the 1981-82 season (five shutouts between October-November 1981). Villa have conceded more Premier League goals than any other side in 2020 so far (24), with their only clean sheet coming against Sheffield United in the first game of the restart. Some 33 of Wolves' 45 Premier League goals this season have come in the second half (73%); the highest ratio of any team in the competition this season. There were just three shots on target between Villa and Wolves. Three of the past four instances of three shots on target or fewer in a Premier League game have involved Wolves (Wolves v Bournemouth - two, Bournemouth v Crystal Palace - three, Wolves v Brighton - two).

What's next?

Villa face champions Liverpool away next Sunday (16:30 BST) while Wolves are at home to Arsenal on Saturday (17:30 BST).


Lineups

Aston Villa

25Nyland 15Konsa sub El Mohamadyat 60' 30Hause 40Mings booked 18' 18Targett sub Taylorat 11' 6Douglas Luiz 14Hourihane sub McGinnat 60' 11Nakamba sub Trézéguetat 82' 10Grealish 39Davis sub El Ghaziat 82' 20Samatta Substitutes 3Taylor 4Drinkwater 7McGinn 17Trézéguet 21El Ghazi 23Jota 27El Mohamady 29Reina 36Vassilev

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty 32Dendoncker 8Neves booked 90' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 9Jiménez sub Netoat 85' 18Jota sub Traoréat 60' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 10Castelo Podence 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 37Traoré 49Kilman 59Buur

Referee: Craig Pawson

FT stats

    Aston Villa Wolves

Possession  48% 52%

Shots       11   9

Shots on Tgt 1   2

Corners      2   2

Fouls       16  16

Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+5' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+5' Foul by Kortney Hause (AV). 90'+5' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 90'+5' Douglas Luiz (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 90'+4' Tyrone Mings (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 90'+4' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90'+3' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Douglas Luiz (AV). 90'+1' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Foul by Trézéguet (AV).  90' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90' Foul by Kortney Hause (AV). 89' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Anwar El Ghazi (AV). 86' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 86' Foul by Douglas Luiz (AV). 85' Sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Raúl Jiménez. 84' Hand ball by Adama Traoré (WW). 82' Attempt missed. Trézéguet (AV) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.  82' Sub, Aston Villa. Anwar El Ghazi replaces Keinan Davis. 82' Sub, Aston Villa. Trézéguet replaces Marvelous Nakamba. 81' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 81' Keinan Davis (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 79' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 77' Attempt missed. Mbwana Samatta (AV) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John McGinn with a cross. 76' Offside, (WW) Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 76' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 76' Tyrone Mings (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (AV) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jack Grealish following a set piece situation. 74' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 74' Jack Grealish (AV) wins a free kick on the left wing. 73' Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (AV) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Taylor. 70' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Douglas Luiz (AV). 67' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 67' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Goal!

62' Goal! Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Leander Dendoncker (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny.

60' Attempt missed. Douglas Luiz (AV) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Grealish. 60' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Diogo Jota.

60' Sub, Aston Villa. Ahmed El Mohamady replaces Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.  60' Sub, Aston Villa. John McGinn replaces Conor Hourihane. 59' Hand ball by Matt Doherty (WW). 53' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 53' Foul by Jack Grealish (AV). 52' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 52' Jack Grealish (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV). 49' Hand ball by Willy Boly (WW). 48' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jonny.

Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time

HT stats

    Aston Villa Wolves

Possession  49% 51%

Shots        6   6

Shots on Tgt 1   1

Corners      1   1

Fouls        7   7

45'+5' First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Foul by Kortney Hause (AV). 45'+2' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45' Marvelous Nakamba (AV) wins a free kick on the left wing. 45' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 44' Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (AV) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. 44' Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (AV) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish. 42' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. 41' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 40' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 37' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from  utside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a through ball following a set piece situation. 37' Foul by Mbwana Samatta (AV). 37' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Taylor. 35' Foul by Keinan Davis (AV). 35' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Keinan Davis (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 34' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Neil Taylor. 32' Foul by Kortney Hause (AV). 32' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 32' Jack Grealish (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 32' Foul by Jonny (WW). 27' Marvelous Nakamba (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 24' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. 22' Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (AV) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo with a cross. 19' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. Booking 18' Tyrone Mings (AV) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 18' Foul by Tyrone Mings (AV). 18' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 17' Foul by Conor Hourihane (AV). 17' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 14' Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (AV) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner. 14' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Willy Boly. 12' Keinan Davis (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 11' Sub, Aston Villa. Neil Taylor replaces Matt Targett because of an injury. 9' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 9' Foul by Matt Targett (AV). 9' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 8' Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (AV) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Conor  Hourihane with a cross following a set piece situation. 8' Jack Grealish (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 8' Foul by Jonny (WW). 4' Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 4' Foul by Jonny (WW). Kick Off  First Half begins.

Raul Jimenez was on the scoresheet in November as Wolves claimed their first top-flight home win over Aston Villa since 1978

TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa have no new fitness worries for Saturday's visit of Wolves.  Frederic Guilbert is available after injury, while Danny Drinkwater and Henri Lansbury may also be involved for the first time since the Premier League restart.

Wolves also have no new injury problems. Winger Pedro Neto will be hopeful of a starting spot having caught the eye as a substitute in Wolves' last two matches.

Black Lives Matter movement is 'beginning of something' - Nuno

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

It is possible that Aston Villa will be buoyed by their late equaliser at Newcastle on Wednesday, but it is a tough ask for them to get anything against Wolves. More and more people are realising what a good side Wolves are from front to back, and what a good manager they have got in Nuno Espirito Santo.  Wolves are pushing hard for a top-four finish, and I would be surprised if they don't pick up another three points here. Prediction: 0-2

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Villa are undefeated in the last four home meetings in all competitions, winning two and drawing two.  

Aston Villa are without a win in seven league matches, drawing two and losing five. Their only victory in the past 10 league fixtures came at home to Watford on 21 January.  Aston Villa have earned just two points from 15 league matches this season against the teams currently in the top half of the table. They have kept just one clean sheet in 12 Premier League games. Dean Smith's side have only scored two goals in their last five league fixtures.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are on a seven-match unbeaten Premier League run, winning four, drawing three and keeping six clean sheets. Their tally of 49 points is their best after 31 games of a Premier League season. They didn't allow Bournemouth a single shot on target in Wednesday's 1-0 victory. Raul Jimenez has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League player. He has scored four goals in his last five league appearances.

31 Wednesday 24 June 2020 H Bournemouth 18:00 Molineux   BT W 1-0

31 Wolves 1 Jiménez (60') Bournemouth 0


Raul Jimenez has scored more goals in all competitions this season (24) than any other Premier League player


Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said "it hurts deeply" after a 1-0 defeat at Wolves kept them in the Premier League relegation zone.

Raul Jimenez scored almost a carbon copy of his opener in Saturday's win at West Ham to claim his 15th league goal of the season and bolster Wolves' Champions League qualification hopes.  Bournemouth, who failed to produce a shot on target, remain without a point away from home in 2020 and stay behind 17th-placed West Ham on goal difference.  "We are well aware of where we are and the challenges we face in forgetting that position," said Howe."One result will change everything for us at this moment and that is what we have to try and commit to."

Adama Traore was recalled by Wolves after coming off the bench to play a part in both goals at West Ham and the Spanish winger again crossed for Mexico striker Jimenez to head home. It was the 10th time they have combined for a league goal this season - more than any other pair in the top flight. That was enough to keep Wolves level with fifth-placed Manchester United - 3-0 winners over Sheffield United on Wednesday - and move to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who host Manchester City on Thursday. Traore steals the show again - Having been man of the match on Saturday despite playing only 26 minutes, Traore was not a surprise inclusion for Wolves' 50th game of an arduous season. Although the hosts took a while to get going, with neither side managing a shot on target in a disjointed first half, Traore ultimately stole the show.  The 24-year-old lit the game up by holding off one man in his own half before going on a blistering run past another three to earn a free-kick 25 yards out. He also fired narrowly over from the edge of the box, while whipping in teasing crosses either side of the break. But then he found his target, taking Matt Doherty's ball wide and getting down the right before standing up a cross for Jimenez to power into the roof of the net.  After Traore was replaced in the 73rd minute, substitute Pedro Neto burst forward and dragged a shot wide. The clean sheet was Wolves' 10th in the league this season, and sixth in the past seven games.


Bournemouth have lost 10 of their past 11 away league matches, including all of their past seven After resuming their season with a lacklustre home defeat by Crystal Palace, Bournemouth made a bright start, with the returning Philip Billing providing more attacking thrust than usual. But the midfielder hobbled off early in the second half and the Cherries must find a solution to the absence of winger Ryan Fraser, one of their main attacking threats in recent years, who chose not to sign a short-term contract extension and will not be available after 30 June.  Despite chasing the game, the only shot Bournemouth managed in the second half was a late effort by Arnaut Groeneveld which curled well wide.  There is much work to be done at the back too as Jimenez leapt above Steve Cook and Jack Stacey to head home, meaning Bournemouth have failed to keep a clean sheet in 14 league games.

Man of the match - Adama Traore (Wolves) Adama Traore and Nathan Ake .

Traore's passing accuracy was 92.3% and he delivered eight crosses from open play, twice as many as any other player

'We deserved to win' - what they said Bournemouth made us work hard for win - Nuno

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo: "The first half, for both teams it was tough and both teams were not able to play. Defensive organisation was very tight and the space was not there. It was a poor first half in terms of football but in the second half we managed to create a couple of chances. We deserved to win. The boys worked very hard and another clean sheet is important for us. It's about building and creating solutions going forward. On Saturday we have such a tough game so now we have to prepare."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "It hurts deeply at the moment, the run we're on and the results we've had. There was very little goalmouth action from either team and we could easily have picked up a point. Our organisation was good, but we were more wasteful with the ball as the game went on and that disappoints us as we're better than that. It was a definite improvement from the Crystal Palace game in terms of intensity and defensive organisation. I can't fault the attitude and commitment of the players so hopefully that will change our fortunes quickly."


Another Wolves clean sheet - the best stats - Wolves have kept four consecutive home clean sheets in the top flight for the first time since February 1980 Wolves' tally of 49 points is their best after 31 games of a Premier League season, beating the 1979-80 campaign (51 when adjusted to three points for a win)  Wolves have faced Bournemouth more often without losing in the Premier League (W3 D1) than any other opponent

What's next? Wolves have a Midlands derby at Aston Villa on Saturday (12:30 BST) while Bournemouth are at home to Newcastle next Wednesday, 1 July (18:00).


Line-ups


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss Booked at 27' 2Doherty 8Neves Booked at 41' 28João Moutinho Booked at 87' sub Gibbs-Whiteat 90+1' 19Castro Otto 37Traoré sub Dendoncker at 73' 9Jiménez sub Castelo Podence at 90' 18Jota sub Neto at 62' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 10Castelo Podence 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 49Kilman 59Buur

Bournemouth

12Ramsdale 17Stacey sub Kellyat 82' 3S CookBooked at 36' 5Aké 15A Smith 20BrooksBooked at 34' sub H Wilsonat 66' 16L Cook 8Lerma sub Solankeat 66' 29Billing sub Goslingat 50' 19Stanislas sub Danjuma Groeneveldat 66' 13C WilsonBooked at 39' Substitutes 1Boruc 4Gosling 6Surman 9Solanke 14Danjuma Groeneveld 21Rico 22H Wilson 26Kelly 33Mepham

Referee: Michael Oliver

FT Match Stats

         Wolves Bournemouth

Possession 55%  45%

Shots      10    4

Shots on Tgt 2   0

Corners     6    4

Fouls      11   11



Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

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

90'+5' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss following a fast break. 90'+3' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside. 90'+1' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the left. 90'+1'  Sub,  (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho. 90'  Sub,  (WW) Daniel Podence replaces Raúl Jiménez. 89' Offside, (B) Lloyd Kelly tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside. 88' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' Foul by Lewis Cook (B). Booking 87' João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 87' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 87' Adam Smith (B) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 84' Foul by Lewis Cook (B). 83' Attempt missed. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (B) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner. 82'  Sub,  Bournemouth. Lloyd Kelly replaces Jack Stacey. 82' Corner, (B) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 78' Attempt saved. Willy Boly (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 78' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Adam Smith. 77' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dan Gosling. 77' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 75' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Pedro Neto is caught offside. 74' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Foul by Lewis Cook (B). 73' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 73' Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  73'  Sub,  (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Adama Traoré. 66'  Sub,  Bournemouth. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld replaces Junior Stanislas. 66'  Sub,  Bournemouth. Dominic Solanke replaces Jefferson Lerma. 66'  Sub,  Bournemouth. Harry Wilson replaces David Brooks. 65' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Steve Cook. 62'  Sub,  (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota.

Goal! 60'

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

60' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 60' Foul by Lewis Cook (B).

60' Match Stats

         Wolves Bournemouth

Possession 63%  37%

Shots       6    3

Shots on Tgt 1   0

Corners      3   3

Fouls       9    8

57' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 57' Dan Gosling (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 53' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.  50'  Sub,  Bournemouth. Dan Gosling


Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Bournemouth 0.

Half Time

HT Match Stats

         Wolves Bournemouth

Possession 58%  42%

Shots       5    3

Shots on Tgt 0   0

Corners     2    2

Fouls       8   6

45'+5' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Bournemouth 0.

45'+4' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 45'+2' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. 44' Hand ball by João Moutinho (WW). 43' Hand ball by Steve Cook (B). Booking 41' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 41' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 41' David Brooks (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 39' Callum Wilson (B) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 39' Rui Patrício (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Foul by Callum Wilson (B). 37' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 36' Steve Cook (B) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 36' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 36' Foul by Steve Cook (B). 35' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick. Booking 34' David Brooks (B) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 34' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 34' Foul by David Brooks (B). 34' Attempt blocked. Philip Billing (B) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Stacey. 31' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Adam Smith. Booking  27' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 27' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 27' Callum Wilson (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 27' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 27' Junior Stanislas (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 22' Foul by Jack Stacey (B). 22' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 22' Philip Billing (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 20' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Foul by Callum Wilson (B). 19' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 19' Adam Smith (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Corner, (B) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 18' Attempt missed. Jefferson Lerma (B) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Brooks with a cross following a set piece situation. 17' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 17' Steve Cook (B) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 16' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 16' Steve Cook (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Steve Cook. 14' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 12' Offside, (B) Jefferson Lerma tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside. 12' Attempt blocked. Jefferson Lerma (B) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Junior Stanislas. 3' Corner, (B) Conceded by Rui Patrício. Kick Off

First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves winger Pedro Neto will be pushing for a starting berth, having made a goalscoring impact as a substitute last time out.  Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has a fully-fit squad to choose from.  

Bournemouth forward Joshua King is a doubt for the trip to Molineux. King suffered an ankle injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday and, although the problem is not as bad as first feared, he may still miss out.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Bournemouth concede a lot of goals and right now they don't look like scoring any. They were quite free-scoring for a while under Eddie Howe but that seems to have stopped, and it looks like they have found themselves in a bit of a mess at the worst possible time.  Meanwhile, Wolves looked impressive again as they saw off West Ham. They are right in the mix for a top-five spot. Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves are unbeaten in the three Premier League meetings, winning two and drawing one. The Cherries have won four of the seven all-time meetings at Wolves, losing three.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are unbeaten in six league games, registering five clean sheets. They could keep a fourth consecutive top-flight clean sheet at home for the first time since December 1979 to February 1980.  Wolves have conceded the opening goal in an unrivalled 18 Premier League matches this season, but they have won 21 points from a losing position - five more than any other club. This is their 50th game of the campaign in all competitions. Raul Jimenez's tally of 14 Premier League goals this season is the most by a Wolves player in the top flight since John Richards scored 17 in 1975-76.

Bournemouth have lost an unrivalled 24 Premier League away games since the start of last season, including each of the last six. Their tally of seven points from a possible 30 in 2020 is the lowest in the division. The Cherries have equalled the club Premier League record of 13 consecutive fixtures without a clean sheet, set from March to August 2016. Bournemouth have 27 points after 30 matches. Their previous lowest points tally at this stage of a Premier League season was 33 in 2017-18.


30 Saturday 20 June 2020 A West Ham London Stadium Sky 17:30 W 0-2  

29 West Ham 0 Wolves 2 Raul (73'), Neto (84')


Raul Jimenez set the record for the most goals by a Wolves player in a Premier League season after netting against West Ham to help strengthen his side's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. The Mexico forward planted a header beyond Lukasz Fabianski after a superb cross by substitute Adama Traore for his 14th league goal of 2019-20. Traore was also involved in the second goal, substitute Pedro Neto volleying home Matt Doherty's cross as Wolves, who started the day in seventh, moved above Sheffield United and level on points with fifth-placed Manchester United. West Ham remain in trouble near the bottom after a poor performance, their first shot on target not arriving until the 49th minute when 19-year-old defender Jeremy Ngakia tested Rui Patricio from distance.

Jimenez's 13-goal tally last season was the previous highest tally for a Wolves player.

Neto wraps it up from Doc pass (pic AMA)



Wolves have to improve despite win - Nuno

Will Wolves join Europe's elite?

It is hard to believe that Wolves' marathon season started 331 days ago with a Europa League qualifier against Crusaders on 25 July. This was their 49th game of the campaign yet the enforced break appears to have done Nuno Espirito Santo's side a power of good as they marked their return to action with a thoroughly professional performance. Not for the first time, Traore played a critical role in his side's victory despite starting on the substitutes bench. In a game of few chances, Wolves took control when the Spaniard produced a sublime cross for Jimenez to send a powerful header into the net. They doubled the lead through another substitute, Portuguese winger Neto delivering a sumptuous finish after Traore set up Doherty to deliver a fine cross.  Wolves are now unbeaten in their past six league games and now have nine top-flight clean sheets, including five in the past six games.  Nearly a year after it began, they are ending the season strongly and with a top-four finish very much within their sight, with Wolves just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who they visit on the final day of the league season on 26 July.

Hammers in serious trouble

It is now one win in 10 league games for West Ham, who have taken just five points from the last 30 on offer. Bournemouth's 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday night means the Hammers stay out of the relegation zone due to a superior goal difference record. However, they remain level on points with 18th-placed Bournemouth and, with eight matches remaining, including Tottenham (away), Chelsea (home) and Manchester United (away), David Moyes' side are in serious danger of dropping out of the Premier League. In March, West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady said the campaign should be declared null and void before making a U-turn, while Moyes had spoken about the suspension of the league giving his side a chance to regroup before resuming again. Yet there was little evidence on show at the London Stadium that the Hammers have the quality or the character to dig themselves out of trouble. They failed to register a single attempt on target in the first half, while their run of games without a clean sheet continued, their last shut-out being on 1 January against fellow strugglers Bournemouth.


Man of the Match - Adama Traore (Wolves) (Really?? so was Doc, and Raul was fans' winner) - Adama Traore was involved in both of his side's goals after coming off the bench. The good news for Wolves is the 24-year-old looks in great condition for the crucial run-in

'We could not handle Traore' - what they said - West Ham boss David Moyes: "We expected Adama Traore to start, or to come on, but we didn't defend the crosses well enough when they came in, so that was probably the most disappointing thing. We were short in attacking players, short of options, we didn't get anything going. It was a different experience with no crowd there, I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed it. We missed the atmosphere, that's what we're going to have to get better at dealing with."


West Ham United 0- 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Moyes 'disappointed' after Wolves defeat

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo on whether Traore will start against Bournemouth on Wednesday: "We introduced some speed and we were more accurate and able to finish more actions. The idea is always the same, the players come onto the pitch to help the team. Each game has it's own history and it's own preparation. In the next game we have to decide again who plays. The performance was good. We kept West Ham, a good team with good players, away from our goal and we managed the second half well. I take satisfaction from that. But we hope and pray that soon we can play in front of fans."


Nuno's 100% record against West Ham - the stats Nuno has won all four of his meetings with West Ham as a manager, his best 100% record against an opponent in league competition. The Hammers have failed to score in consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since March to April 2019. Wolves are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches in London (W5 D5). Jimenez and Traore have combined for nine Premier League goals this season (6 assists from Traore, 3 from Jimenez).

Since the beginning of last season, only Trent Alexander-Arnold (27) and Andy Robertson (19) have been directly involved in more Premier League goals among defenders than Wolves' Doherty (15 - eight goals, seven assists).

What's next?

While Wolves entertain struggling Bournemouth at Molineux on Wednesday (18:00 BST), West Ham have a London derby at Tottenham on Tuesday (20:15).


Line-ups


West Ham

1Fabianski 52Ngakia sub Fredericks at 81' 23Diop 41Rice 3Cresswell 16Noble 28Soucek 17Bowen 8Felipe Anderson sub Lanziniat 67' 18Fornals sub Yarmolenkoat 81' 30Antonio Booked at 62'  Substitutes 4Balbuena 7Yarmolenko 10Lanzini 19Wilshere 24Fredericks 27Ajeti 32Costa Silva 35Randolph 53Johnson

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty 32Dendoncker sub Traoré at 64' 8Neves 28João MoutinhoBooked at 57' 19Castro Otto sub Vinagreat 90' 9Jiménez sub Gibbs-Whiteat 90+2' 18Jota sub Netoat 64' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 10Castelo Podence 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 37Traoré 49Kilman 59Buur

Referee: Anthony Taylor


Match Stats FT

      West Ham Wolves

Possession 42% 58%

Shots        7 10

Shots on Tgt 2  6

Corners      5  7

Fouls        8  7


Match ends, West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

90'+2' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Raúl Jiménez. 90' Sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny. 87' Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (WHU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.

Goal! 84'

Goal! West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

83' Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (WHU) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini. 82' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Declan Rice (WHU). 81' Sub, (WHU) Ryan Fredericks replaces Jeremy Ngakia. 81' Sub, (WHU) Andriy Yarmolenko replaces Pablo Fornals. 80' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 80' Foul by Jeremy Ngakia (WHU). 79' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michail Antonio. 78' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Declan Rice. 78' Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (WHU) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Noble. 75' Corner, (WHU) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 75' Attempt saved. Declan Rice (WHU) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen with a cross.

75' Corner, (WHU) Conceded by Willy Boly.

Goal!

73' Goal! West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

70' Rui Patrício (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Michail Antonio (WHU). 70' Corner, (WHU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 67'Sub, (WHU) Manuel Lanzini replaces Felipe Anderson. 65' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Pedro Neto is caught offside. 64' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Leander Dendoncker. 64' Sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota. 63' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Booking 62' Michail Antonio (WHU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 61' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Foul by Michail Antonio (WHU). 60' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW).  60' Jarrod Bowen (WHU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Booking  57' João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 57' Foul by João Moutinho (WW).  57' Felipe Anderson (WHU) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  55'  Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW).  55' Felipe Anderson (WHU) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  51'  Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing.  51'  Foul by Jeremy Ngakia (WHU).  50' Hand ball by Felipe Anderson (WHU).  48'  Attempt saved. Jeremy Ngakia (WHU) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Noble.


Second Half begins West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time

      West Ham Wolves

Possession 45% 55%

Shots        2  7

Shots on Tgt 0  4

Corners      2  5

Fouls        2  4


45'+2'  First Half ends, West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

42' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 42' Aaron Cresswell (WHU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 40' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.  36' Corner, (WHU) Conceded by Willy Boly. 36' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 34' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a headed pass. 33' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jeremy Ngakia. 33' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 31' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 29' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 29' Tomas Soucek (WHU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 23' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23' Foul by Michail Antonio (WHU). 23' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 23' Pablo Fornals (WHU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 21' Rui Patrício (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Foul by Michail Antonio (WHU). 20' Corner, (WHU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 20' Attempt blocked. Tomas Soucek (WHU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 17' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 17' Jarrod Bowen (WHU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 15' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Issa Diop.

13mins West Ham Wolves

Possession 32% 68%

Shots        0  2

Shots on Tgt 0  1

Corners      0  3

14' Attempt missed. Pablo Fornals (WHU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble with a through ball. 13' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonny. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Cresswell. 8' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mark Noble. 8' Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 7' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jarrod Bowen. Kick Off

First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna could feature, having returned to training after an unspecified injury caused him to miss the club's recent friendlies.  The Hammers have not reported any other fresh injury problems.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo also has no new fitness concerns ahead of the trip to London. He must decide whether to give a start to Adama Traore, who came off the bench in Wolves' most recent Premier League match.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

There is often a negative vibe at London Stadium so it is possible that an absence of fans will not hurt West Ham's chances as much as it might do to other sides. Clearly, Wolves have had a much better season but the Hammers are not a bad team on their day, and are better than their position in the table suggests, so I am backing them to spring a bit of a surprise.

Prediction: 1-0


West Ham have lost half of their 14 home league games this season

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won the past three meetings, with West Ham failing to score in any of those games. olves have also won on two of their last three league visits to West Ham.

West Ham United

West Ham have lost five of their past seven Premier League games, and won just one of nine. Their tally of 16 league defeats in 2019-20 is already as many as they lost in the whole of both the previous two seasons. The Hammers have dropped 22 points from winning positions this season, more than any other Premier League side.

They haven't won back-to-back league games at the London Stadium since September. West Ham have lost seven of their 14 Premier League home fixtures this season (D3, L7), the most since suffering eight defeats during their inaugural campaign at London Stadium in 2016-17.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are unbeaten in five league matches (W2, D3). They have kept four clean sheets in those five games, as many as they had managed in their previous 25 league fixtures. Wolves are aiming to win successive top-flight away matches within a single season for the first time since 1981. They are unbeaten in their past nine Premier League matches in London since losing 0-5 at Fulham in March 2012 (W4, D5).  Wolves have lost 99 Premier League matches. Nuno Espirito Santo's Valencia beat David Moyes' Real Sociedad in a La Liga match in March 2015. Diogo Jota has been involved in four goals in his last three Premier League appearances (three goals, one assist), more than he had in his first 22 games this season.

Premier & Europa Leagues were suspended, PL until  June EL until August. 2021 EC EL now later


EU16A Thursday 12 March Olympiacos A 8pm UK10pm local

https://footballtripper.com/greece/olympiacos-stadium/

EU16A Olympiacos 1 Borges Semedo (Dismissed at 28'), El-Arabi (54') WW 1 Neto (67')

HT 0-0 pix Getty Tim Spiers


Pedro Neto's free-kick, which took a deflection, was one of only a handful of efforts on goal from Wolves

Substitute Pedro Neto scored a valuable away goal for Wolves as they drew with 10-man Olympiakos in their Europa League last-16 tie played behind closed doors over coronavirus concerns.  The Premier League side, who wanted the game postponed, faced 10 men from the 28th minute after last-man Ruben Semedo was sent off for fouling Diogo Jota. But Wolves laboured and went behind when Youssef El Arabi tapped home. Neto equalised with a low driven free-kick that took a deflection.

Wolves had largely underwhelmed inside the eerie Karaiskakis Stadium and their only other clear-cut chance was when Raul Jimenez's angled strike struck the face of goalkeeper Jose Sa.  The second leg is next Thursday, but whether it is played depends on Uefa's decision over whether to cancel its club competitions because of the increasing threat of coronavirus. If it does go ahead Wolves will need to be in a better frame of mind. They did not want to play this fixture and manager Nuno Espirito Santo said it was "absurd" it proceeded despite concerns over the pandemic. Wolves failed to take advantage of Ruben Semedo's early red card

Some of the concerns were prompted by the news Evangelos Marinakis, owner of the Greek club as well as Nottingham Forest, had contracted the virus this week. However, no other Olympiakos players and staff tested positive. The unusual build-up may have played on the minds of the players during the opening quarter - or it could have been the atmosphere inside the Karaiskakis Stadium, which was like that of a practice match.

Neto comes to Wolves' rescue Semedo's sending off, after bringing down Jota on the edge of the area, should have sparked the Midlands club into life as the match headed towards half-time. But save for winger Adama Traore, whose livelier efforts were ultimately fruitless, no Wolves player raised their game. The introduction of Neto at half-time failed to have an immediate effect; instead nine minutes after the restart, El Arabi, the bane of Arsenal, fired in after good work by Guilherme in the area. The Greek side looked comfortable until the 67th minute when Neto drove in a free-kick that beat Sa thanks to a deflection off Andreas Bouchalakis. At 20 years and three days, the Portuguese forward became the club's youngest goalscorer in major European competition since Steve Daley netted against Ferencvaros in the Uefa Cup in April 1972. The rest of the match was as uneventful as the first quarter and Nuno's side now face a wait to find out if their Europa League journey, which started in July, will continue.

'It was not the best game to watch for sure' - reaction Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to BT Sport: "It stays with me because I have to work on it and analyse it. The beginning of the game was strange. The energy levels were missing... someone to push. It was not a very good game of football. We had control and possession of the ball but didn't imbalance them with chances. It was not the best game to watch for sure." On whether the players were fully focused: "Let's be fair to the players and everybody with what's happening. During the game they were focused. Olympiakos is a very good team. "Now we are going to think about West Ham. We keep on working. Now we have West Ham and hopefully next Thursday we play again. We have a long way to go. A lot of matches. So tough, so tough. The schedule is very tight."

El Arabi on song again in Europe - statsWolves have lost just one of their eight Europa League away games this season including qualifiers (W5 D2), a 2-3 defeat at Espanyol in the last round. Including qualifiers, Olympiakos have lost just two of their last 10 home games in all European competition against English sides (W5 D3), with both defeats coming against Arsenal. Wolves have conceded the first goal in eight of their last nine away games in all competitions, with the only exception during this run being a goalless draw at Manchester United in February. El-Arabi has scored in four of his last five appearances for Olympiakos in Europe (four goals - Europa League and Champions League combined). No Premier League side has seen their opponents receive more red cards in all competitions this season than Wolves (six - level with Aston Villa). Semedo was sent off in the 28th minute - the fifth-fastest red card to be shown in the Europa League this season.

Line-ups

Olympiakos

1Malheiro de Sá booked 90mins 14Elabdellaoui 3Borges Semedo booked 28mins 24Ba 21Tsimikas 8dos Santos Torres 5Bouchalakis 4Camara 28Valbuena sub Boialvo Gasparat 84' 11El-Arabi sub Fortounisat 74' 19Masouras sub Cisséat 34' Substitutes 7Fortounis 16Allain 22Lovera 35Torosidis 66Cissé 76Boialvo Gaspar 97Randjelovic

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady booked 38mins 27Saïss 2Doherty booked 8mins sub Netoat 45' booked 90mins 8Neves 28João Moutinho sub Dendonckerat 85' 29Vinagre sub Castelo Podenceat 79' 37Traoré 9Jiménez 18Jota Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 10Castelo Podence 21Ruddy 32Dendoncker 49Kilman 59Buur

Referee:

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FT Match Stats

 

     Olympiakos Wolves

Possession 51%  49%

Shots       6   13

Shots on Tgt3    4

Corners     1    7

Fouls       7   13


Match ends, Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+2' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willy Boly. Booking 90'+1' Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+1' Bruno Gaspar (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+1' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). Booking 90' José Sá (Oly) is shown the yellow card. 89' Hand ball by Konstantinos Fortounis  (Oly). 88' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willy Boly.  85' Sub, (WW). Leander  Dendoncker replaces João Moutinho. 85' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Guilherme. 84' Offside, (Oly) Guilherme tries a through ball, but  Konstantinos Fortounis is caught offside. 84' Sub, (Oly) Bruno Gaspar replaces Mathieu Valbuena. 83' Mohamed Camara (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 83' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 81' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 80' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.  79'Sub, (WW). Daniel Podence replaces Rúben Vinagre. 79' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Konstantinos Tsimikas. 74' Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly). 74' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Camara (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Fortounis. 74' Sub, (Oly) Konstantinos Fortounis replaces Youssef El-Arabi. 73' Mohamed Camara (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 72' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 70' José Sá (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 69' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Omar Elabdellaoui.

Goal!

67' Goal! Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Pedro Neto (WW) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

66' Foul by Andreas Bouchalakis (Oly). 66' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 60' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a corner. 59' Corner, (WW). Conceded by José Sá. 59' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a through ball. 57'

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a fast break. 57' Guilherme (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 56' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Pape Abou Cissé. Goal! 54' Goal! Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Guilherme.  53' Andreas Bouchalakis (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 53' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 51' Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 48' Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 47' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. 46' Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly). 46' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half begins Olympiakos 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Sub, (WW). Pedro Neto replaces Matt Doherty.

HT Match Stats

     Olympiakos Wolves

Possession 66%  34%

Shots       4    3

Shots on Tgt2    0

Corners     1    2

Fouls       3    4

Cards      1R   2Y

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

44' Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly). 44' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 43' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Booking  38' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 38' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 36' Guilherme (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 34' Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. 34' Sub, (Oly) Pape Abou Cissé replaces Giorgos Masouras. 30' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Andreas Bouchalakis. 30' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Dismissal 28' Rúben Semedo (Oly) is shown the red card. 28'  Foul by Rúben Semedo (Oly).

28' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 27' Attempt missed. Guilherme (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Youssef El-Arabi. 24' Offside, (Oly) Mathieu Valbuena tries a through ball, but Youssef El-Arabi is caught offside. 23' Attempt saved. Mohamed Camara (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Guilherme. 19' Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Oly). 19' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Omar Elabdellaoui. 14' Corner, (Oly) Conceded by Conor Coady. 14' Attempt blocked. Giorgos Masouras (Oly) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Tsimikas with a cross. 9' Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Booking 8' Matt Doherty (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 8' Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly) wins a free kick on the left wing. 8' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 6' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 6' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 3' Offside, (Oly) Guilherme tries a through ball, but Omar Elabdellaoui is caught offside.Kick Off First Half begins.


Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo (right) says it would be better for the match to be postponed

Wolves defender Conor Coady says he is concerned about his family's health as his team prepare to play at Olympiakos in the Europa League having wanted the game postponed because of coronavirus.  Thursday's last-16 first-leg match will be played in the absence of supporters because of the spread of the virus.  "You go home to your wives and kids after the game so that's the priority," Coady said. "We need to make sure it's right when we're going home."

Uefa, European football's governing body, rejected the Premier League side's request to postpone the game on Wednesday. Wolves said they were not only concerned about their own players and staff but also those of Olympiakos, whose owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus. Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, met a number of Arsenal players when the club hosted the Greek side in a Europa League match two weeks ago. As a consequence, some Gunners players are in self-isolation and Wednesday's Premier League game against Manchester City was postponed.  Many European club competition fixtures are to be played behind closed doors this week, while the Europa League fixtures between Sevilla and Roma, and Inter Milan and Getafe, have been postponed.  Coady, 27, added: "We've seen the game postponed between City and Arsenal but as players there's not a lot we can do.  All we can do is train, prepare and listen to our manager and play tomorrow [Thursday] night.  We're ready to play. We've looked at it and a lot of people have spoken, we've read a lot of things and seen a lot of things but listen, we're professional footballers."   Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo added: "We have all the insurance in terms of health situations and we are OK. It's just the fact that we love to compete in a normal situation."

Wolves say Olympiakos Europa League tie is 'unnecessary risk'  "I think it will be better for the competition, for the tie [for the game to be postponed]. Nuno added that his players will not train at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the build-up to the match.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves have two injury concerns. Full-back Jonny has a foot injury and Adama Traore has a shoulder problem. MGW didn't travel either

As for Olympiakos, right-back Bruno Gaspar (hamstring) and keeper Bobby Allain (calf) are doubts.


MATCH FACTS

This will be the first competitive meeting between Olympiakos and Wolves. English sides have been eliminated from both of their last two knockout ties against Olympiakos in European competition (Burnley in 2018-19 Europa League play-offs and Arsenal in the previous round).

Wolves have never travelled to face Greek opposition in any competition. However, including play-offs this season, Wolves have won more away games in their seven matches this campaign (five) than they managed across their 16 European away days beforehand (W4 D4 L8).

Olympiakos are looking to become the first side to eliminate English opposition in back-to-back knockout rounds in a single season in major European competition since Bayern Munich beat Arsenal (last 16) and Manchester United (quarter-final) in the 2013-14 Champions League.

Heading into the last 16 of this season's Europa League, only Basel (six) have won more matches in the competition than Wolves (five), while no side has netted more goals than the English side (17 - level with Sporting Braga).

Wolves striker Diogo Jota is looking to become the first player in major Uefa competition (Uefa Cup/Europa League, European Cup/Champions League, Cup Winners' Cup) to score a hat-trick in three successive appearances. The last player to net three separate trebles in the same Europa League campaign was Radamel Falcao in 2010-11 for FC Porto.

29 Saturday 7 March 2020 H Brighton 15:00 Molineux bore draw 0-0

29 WW 0 Brighton 0


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Wolves moved up to fifth in the Premier League with a dull goalless draw against out-of-form Brighton. There was only one shot in each half at Molineux, with Brighton's Davy Propper drawing a routine save from Rui Patricio from distance.  Wolves' Raul Jimenez hit a shot on the turn straight at Mat Ryan with 15 minutes to go. Leander Dendoncker went close to winning the game for Wolves late on when he shot over the crossbar. Brighton, who have yet to win in 2020, are now two points above the relegation zone  Romain Saiss pic Getty.

Lacklustre Wolves miss their chance?

Wolves 0-0 Brighton: Nuno says Wolves "have to improve" for European trip to Olympiakos  Wolves did not look their usual fluid self, although boss Nuno Espirito Santo denied that it was an indication of fatigue in their 47th game of the season. Only League One sides Oxford and Portsmouth have played more in England.  Wolves would have gone fourth with victory, but fifth place could still yield a Champions League spot if Manchester City do not win an appeal against their two-year European expulsion. Most of Wolves' chances were from distance, with Ruben Neves shooting over on a couple of occasions and Raul Jimenez poking a shot wide. Jimenez had one of their best chances of the game with a fine volley from Willy Boly's long pass but it hit the stanchion behind the goal. They looked brighter when Adama Traore, who dislocated a shoulder in last weekend's win at Tottenham, came on in the second half. He had a hand in their only effort on target.  Traore ran down the right and found substitute Daniel Podence. His effort was blocked by Lewis Dunk and the loose ball fell to Jimenez, whose shot took a slight nick off Adam Webster and Ryan saved.  Wolves - who have only beaten Brighton four times in 32 league meetings - pushed for a late goal but none came, with Jimenez laying the ball off for Dendoncker to shoot over.  

Brighton buoyed but search for win goes on - Wolves 0-0 Brighton: Seagulls were "terrific" at Molineux - Graham Potter This could yet prove a crucial point for Brighton, who are the only team left in the top four divisions not to win this year. This was their 10th attempt, drawing six and losing four.  Graham Potter's side were well organised and kept their first clean sheet since that most recent win, 2-0 against Bournemouth on 28 December. They will need to match that resilience in their next five games, four of which are against Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City. Propper's shot from 25 yards was their only effort on goal, but they had several other chances. Yves Bissouma was especially bright with three of their four shots off target. Attacking midfielder Alexis Mac Allister made his debut in the second half - the Argentina international joined Albion in January 2019 but has spent loan spells with Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors. The 21-year-old was lively, with several dangerous set-pieces causing concern for Wolves. The visitors spent the latter stages pushing for a goal but struggled to create a clear-cut chance.

'All the games in this league are quite brutal' - manager reaction  Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC Match of the Day: "We didn't perform so well, like we wanted. It was a tough game against a very good team. They were organised, but so were we. It was a game of not too many chances. It's about where we came from. We started three years ago and we keep on building, trying always to sustain the level of performance. I think today we didn't, and we have to improve for the next one."

Brighton manager Graham Potter told MOTD: "It was important for us to keep a clean sheet. We took part in a game against a team with a lot of dangerous players, but we restricted them to not too many clear-cut chances. We did well. Defensively we're really pleased. It was a collective effort. With the quality they have they can put you in dangerous places. We took part in the game. We tried to play and attack when we could. We had opportunities but it wasn't to be. We move forward really positively with a clean sheet - we hadn't had one for a while. All the games in this league are quite brutal. We just need to keep working, fighting and preparing for the next game."

Man of the match - Yves Bissouma Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma won possession 16 times (six more than anyone else), made as many tackles (five) as anyone else and had more shots than any other Albion player (three)

Match stats - Wolves are the 0-0 kings - Wolves have drawn five games 0-0 this season in all competitions, the most of any Premier League side. Wolves have played 47 matches this season, one more than in the whole of last season. Wolves have kept four clean sheets in their past five Premier League games, as many as they in their previous 25. Seven of the past nine league meetings between Wolves and Brighton at Molineux have ended as draws, with last season's encounter at Molineux also finishing goalless. Despite coming on in the 64th minute, Adama Traore completed more dribbles than any other player (five). What's next?

Wolves visit Greek side Olympiakos in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday, before travelling to West Ham in the Premier League on 15 March.

Brighton host Arsenal on Saturday, the first of four games against the 'big six' in five matches.


Line-ups

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss Booked 45' 2Doherty 32Dendoncker 8Neves sub Traoréat 64' 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 9Jiménez 18Jota sub Castelo Podenceat 74' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 10Castelo Podence 21Ruddy 37Traoré 49Kilman 59Buur

Brighton

1Ryan 22Montoya Booked 37' 15Webster 5Dunk Booked 54' 33Burn Booked 54' 8Bissouma 24Pröpper 18Mooy sub Stephensat 89' 20March sub Mac  Allisterat 80' 7Maupay 11Trossard sub Jahanbakhshat 82' Substitutes 4Duffy 6Stephens 10Mac Allister 13Groß 16Jahanbakhsh 17Murray 27Button

Referee: Andre Marriner Attendance: 31,490

Match Stats


        Wolves Brighton

Possession 43% 57%

Shots      11   7

Shots on Tgt 1  1

Corners     2   0

Fouls       4   7


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

90'+3' Alireza Jahanbakhsh (BHA) wins a free kick on the left wing.  90'+3' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 90'+1' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 89'  sub  Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces Aaron Mooy. 88' Neal Maupay (BHA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 88' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 87' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Adam Webster.  84' Attempt blocked. Alexis Mac Allister (BHA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Maupay. 82' Alireza Jahanbakhsh (BHA) wins a free kick on the left wing. 82' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 82'  sub  Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Leandro Trossard. 81' Foul by Aaron Mooy (BHA). 81' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 80'  sub  Brighton and Hove Albion. Alexis Mac Allister replaces Solly March. 80' Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (BHA) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy. 76' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 76' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 74' Foul by Neal Maupay (BHA). 74' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74'  sub  Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Diogo Jota. 73' Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (BHA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Trossard. 70' Foul by Aaron Mooy (BHA). 70' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 66' Attempt missed. Solly March (BHA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leandro Trossard. 64'  sub  Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Rúben Neves. 61' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 58' Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (BHA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Solly March. 57' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Booking 54' Lewis Dunk (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Booking 54'  Dan Burn (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 54' Foul by Lewis Dunk (BHA). 54' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 49' Foul by Solly March (BHA). 49' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

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


HT Match Stats

        Wolves Brighton

Possession 42% 58%

Shots       6   2

Shots on Tgt 0  1

Corners     1   0

Fouls       1   2


Half Time 45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Booking 45'+1' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+1' Neal Maupay (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 40' Foul by Martín Montoya (BHA). 40' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 37' Martín Montoya (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 37' Foul by Martín Montoya (BHA). 37' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Attempt blocked. Solly March (BHA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

35' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break. 33' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. 29' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker with a headed pass. 20' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 18' Attempt saved. Davy Pröpper (BHA) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lewis Dunk. 8' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a fast break. 7' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Kick Off

First Half begins.


Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen three clean sheets in four Premier League matches

TEAM NEWS

Wolves winger Adama Traore could feature on Saturday despite sustaining a dislocated shoulder in the win at Tottenham last weekend. Injured pair Jonny Otto and Morgan Gibbs-White have both been ruled out. Brighton & Hove Albion welcome back defender Shane Duffy, who missed the defeat against Crystal Palace for family reasons. Midfielder Dale Stephens, who has not featured since 1 February, is available after recovering from a groin injury.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: All Premier League clubs now invest millions in data analysis. Number crunching improves preparation. But it can't win matches. That's down to adrenaline, athletic sinews, heart and utter belief in the manager.  Wolves have all of that. Nuno Espirito Santo has a real aura on the touchline. Their football has flowed gloriously despite a demanding fixture list. He has played to their strengths.

I worry that Brighton have tried to change their DNA too quickly. The defensive protection of last season has gone. Passing football won't keep them up unless they can score. Too many fans I spoke too after the Crystal Palace defeat fear the worst.  But football is fickle. Brighton are Wolves' bogey team. On paper it has to be a home win. You never know!


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "It's not about the table, it's about your opponent. It's going to be very difficult; Graham [Potter] since the beginning has implemented an idea, a pattern of play - it's a good team, full of quality players."

Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter: "You can't predict the future in this sport.  Togetherness is important, I have full confidence the lads will keep giving everything they can. I have been through a lot in life both inside and outside of football - it isn't always an upward journey. We have a wonderful challenge ahead of us now."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Brighton need a win to halt their slide towards the drop zone, but I just don't see them having enough of the ball to cause Wolves problems. Prediction: 2-0

Brighton are the only team in the top four tiers of English football yet to win in any competition in 2020.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won only four of the 31 league meetings (D12, L15). All four of those victories were in the second tier. Brighton are unbeaten in all nine top-flight matches against Wolves (W7, D2).

Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to secure three consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since May 2019. The six goals they have scored in the past two league games equals their total from the previous seven. They can keep three consecutive top-flight home clean sheets for the first time since December 1983. Wolves have conceded first in 18 Premier League matches this season, more than any other side. However, they have recovered 21 points from losing positions, six more than anyone else. In the last two seasons, Wolves have come from behind to claim a league-high 35 points. Raul Jimenez's 13 Premier League goals this season have been worth 16 points, a joint-high with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Jimenez also scored 13 goals last term. Diogo Jota has scored six goals in his last three games for Wolves in all competitions.

Brighton & Hove Albion have drawn five of their nine league and cup matches this calendar year, losing the other four. Albion have just one win from their past 14 games in all competitions. Their solitary victory in 13 Premier League away games came at Arsenal in December (D4 L8).Brighton's tally of 28 points is their lowest after 28 fixtures of a Premier League season. The Seagulls had 24 attempts on goal against Crystal Palace last weekend, their highest tally in a Premier League game.


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Premier League restart -  Europa League suspended until 5th August

MD

red

confirmed

matches







43pts

6 pos

7 GD


30

Sat

20 June

17:30

Sky

West Ham

0

2

Wolves

3

46

6

9

Iron A

31

Wed

24 June

18:00

BT

Wolves

1

0

Bournemouth

3

49

6

10

Cherries H

32

Sat

27 June

12:30

BT

Aston Villa

0

1

Wolves

3

52

5

11

Vile A

33

Sat*

04 July

17:30

Sky

Wolves

0

2

Arsenal

0

52

6

9

Gooners H

34

Wed

08 July  

18:00

Sky

Sheffield Utd

1

0

Wolves

0

52

6

8

Blades A

35

Sun

12 July

12:00

SP*

Wolves

3

0

Everton

3

55

6

11

Toffees H

36

Wed

15 July

18:00

BBC

Burnley

1

1

Wolves

1

56

6

11

Clarets A

37

Mon

20 July 2020

20:15

BT

Wolves

2

0

C  Palace

3

59

6

13

Palace H

38

Sun

26 July

16:00

Sky

Chelsea

2

0

Wolves

0

59

7

11

Chelski A


Sat

1 August

tbc


FA Cup Final

Arsenal win so 7th doesn not quaify fot Europa League

EU16

Thur

06  Aug

20:00

BT

Wolves

1

0

Olympiakos

Agg

2-1

Molineux

EU16H

QF

Tue

11  Aug

20:00

BT

Wolves

0

1

Sevilla

VAR

failed

Duisberg

EU Qtr

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