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Full Record of Spurs -v- Wolverhampton Wanderers

Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          6   2   1   3   12 - 11   7
Away          6   4   1   1   12 -  7  13
Total(Prem)  12   6   2   4   24 - 18  20   1.66 Pts per game
Div 1
Home         31  21   6   4   76 - 40  50
Away         31   9   7  15   46 - 60  27
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Div 2
Home          6   5   1   0   18 -  9  11
Away          6   1   0   5    6 - 16   2
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
Total(Prem)  12   6   2   4   24 - 18  20
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
GRAND TOTAL  86  42  16  28  170 -143 110

Last Six Premier League results:-

Wolves     -    DWLLWL

Wolves     1-1    S'hampton
Arsenal    1-2    Wolves
Liverpool  4-0    Wolves
Wolves     0-1    A. Villa
Wolves     2-1    Chelsea
Burnley    2-1    Wolves

Spurs      -    WDWDLL
Spurs      2-0    Man City
Chelsea    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Arsenal
C.Palace   1-1    Spurs
Liverpool  2-1    Spurs
Spurs      0-2    Leicester

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs   14  7  4  3  25-14  11   25
11. Wolves  14  6  2  6  14-19  -5   20

Big week for Spurs!

Sunday heralds the start of a big week for Spurs in which we have three games against bottom half clubs, the first of which is Wolves at Molineux. They are all tricky games and potential banana skins, but this visit to Molineux is surely the trickiest. One thing that has worked in our favour at this hectic time is that we do have three days between each of these games, although next Saturday's game against Leeds will be an early kick-off.

Both Spurs and Wolves have been inconsistent of late in the Premier League, with Wolves having the slightly worse record over the last six games. Their two victories have been away to Arsenal and at home to Chelsea. That last win was courtesy of a late goal by Pedro Neto. 18-year-old Fabio Silva scored from the penalty spot at Burnley which takes the club's run of goals since they had a British goalscorer to 84. That was Ryan Bennett in January 2019, nearly two years ago.

Bennett is now with Swansea, and bearing in mind only Conor Coady and Max Kilman are regular players for Wolves who are from England, that run is likely to be extended. Coady very rarely scores, but did get one for England against Wales in October. May Wolves score nil in this game!

One of the factors in Spurs favour for this fixture is that five of the last six meetings between the sides has been won by the away team. That worked against us in last season's home game which was the last Premier League game to be played in front of a near full house at Tottenham on March 1st. "Super" Jan Vertonghen scored an added time winner in the away game last December. It was Jan's last league goal for us although he scored his very last goal for us against Norwich in the FA Cup game which followed our home defeat against Wolves.

Wolves' remarkable 2019-20 season began on 25th July, 2019 with a Europa League second qualifying round game at home to Crusaders and lasted until 383 days later when on August 11th this year they lost a one-legged quarter-final 1-0 to Sevilla. That marathon season, interrupted of course by the Covid-19 lockdown, consisted of no less than 59 games, including 17 Europa League games.

Nuno Espirito Santo's team qualified for that campaign after finishing seventh in their first season back in the Premier League. They finished seventh again last season (beaten only on goal difference by Spurs) and have no European campaign this year. Wolves also fell out of the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle, beaten at home by Stoke!

Spurs had to start their Europa league campaign at the same stage as Wolves did last year, but that first game was played on 17th September.

Last season Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored 24 of Wolves' 51 League goals. Jimenez's contribution to that tally was 17. Jota was sold to Liverpool for 45 million in the brief close season and has been very impactive with Liverpool, although he is currently injured. Jimenez suffered a horrific head injury playing against Arsenal on 29th November and had to have an operation on a fractured skull. The timeline for his full recovery and return to football is not known at this time.

Jonny Otto was another impactive player last season when he had 35 Premier league appearances. He hasn't played since August and suffered a knee injury. Adama Traore, whilst appearing in all of Wolves' league games so far has only started half those games and does not seem to have shown the same level of form or impact.

It is no wonder that Wolves' form has been inconsistent, although we should recognise their potential to beat the best of teams, as shown recently against Chelsea. Daniel Podence, signed from Olympiacos last season is a skilful player and has started 13 of Wolves' league games. Pedro Neto is also a danger. Nuno has shown faith in youth however. Wolves broke their club record (that was for Jimenez) and paid 35 million for 18-year-old Porto striker Fabio Silva. Silva has been exposed gently and scored his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot against Burnley last week.

Other signings include Portuguese right back Nelson Semedo (Nelsinho) from Barcelona in a deal that could reach 37, and French under-21 player Rayan Ait-Nouri on a season-long loan from Angers. Both have made regular appearances and recently 19-year-old American midfielder Owen Otasowie made his Premier League debut. Nuno has dallied with a back four defensive formation this season in some games, but seems to have reverted to three at the bnack, including captain Conor Coady. Coady has now played 211 games for Wolves, and due to Covid restrictions recently missed a Premier League game for the first time since Wolves had been promoted.

Spurs will be missing Giovani Lo Celso after his injury against Leicester last week, and Jose Mourinho hs indicated he is unlikely to feature in any of our festive games. Tanguy Ndombele is fit and expected to start tomorrow, along with Steven Bergwijn, both of whom were rested for the Stoke game. It will be interesting to see whether Matt Doherty or Serge Aurier get the right back position. Doherty would love to play against his old team of course. I'm going for a 2-0 away win. The game kicks off at 7.15pm tomorrow and is being shown on Sky Sports here in the UK.

Paul Tierney becomes the first referee to be in charge of Spurs for the third time this season. His previous assignments have been our 3-3 home draw against West ham and the 0-0 at Chelsea. time for an away win methinks!

Did you know? - Our first Premier League game against Wolves was 17 years ago on 6th December, 2003. It was a nice 5-2 home win including a Robbie Keane scored a hat-trick against his former team.

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