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Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          7   3   1   3   14 - 11  10
Away          7   4   2   1   13 -  8  14
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Total(Prem)  14   7   3   4   27 - 19  24  1.71 Pts per game
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Div 1
Home         31  21   6   4   76 - 40  50
Away         31   9   7  15   46 - 60  27
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Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
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Div 2
Home          6   5   1   0   18 -  9  11
Away          6   1   0   5    6 - 16   2
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Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
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Total(Prem)  14   7   3   4   27 - 19  24
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
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GRAND TOTAL  88  43  17  28  173 -144 114
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Wolves     -    DWLLLL

West Brom  1-1    Wolves
Wolves     2-1    Brighton
Spurs      2-0    Wolves
Everton    1-0    Wolves
Wolves     1-2    Man Utd
Leicester  1-0    Wolves

Spurs      -    WLWLWW
           
Spurs      4-0    Sheff Utd
Leeds      3-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Wolves
Spurs      1-2    A. Villa
Leicester  2-4    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Man City

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
10. Spurs   1  1  0  0   1-0    1    3
14. Wolves  1  0  0  1   0-1   -1    0 

An emotional return to Molineux for Nuno

Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has not had to wait long for his first match against his former club!Nuno left Wolves by mutual consent at the end of last season. Wolves appointed another Portuguese - Bruno Lage - as his replacement. Bruno Lage had previously managed Benfica until 2020.

My understanding at the time was that Nuno said he wanted to spend more time at home with his family. Whilst he was not first choice for the vacant Spurs job, it will be interesting to see the reception he gets from his former fans. Nuno had a fantastic start last week with the win against Manchester City, but suffered poor feedback in the spursometer assessment of Thursday night's 1-0 defeat away to Pacos de Ferreira. I suspect our line-up for tomorrow's game will be unchanged from that which beat City. Harry Kane would be a welcome addition, but I can't see him playing until the transfer saga with City is resolved.

It was just after last season's home game that reports of Kane's departure first arose. Needless to say Harry scored in that game, as did Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. It was Hojbjerg's second goal for the club and Kane's 220th. Kane scored one more at Leicester, but if he goes he will remain 45 behind the great Jimmy Greaves' Spurs record.

There will be more emotion at Molineux with the welcome return to action of Raul Jimenez, who suffered a fractured skull at Arsenal last November. Jimenez played in Wolves' 1-0 defeat at leicester last week. He scored his first Wolves goal since the injury in a friendly at Stoke at the end of July. Wolves' biggest threat at The King Power was Adama Traore who had a couple of good chances, but failed to score.

Wolves had 4 players in Portugal's Euro 20 squad. They were goalkeeper Rui Patricio (now departed for Roma), wing-back Nelson Semedo, 34-year-old Joao Moutinho, and Ruben Neves. Former Wolves players Diogo Jota and Pedro Goncalves were also squad members. Pedro Goncalves was on Wolves books in 2017/18 and 2018/19 and made one League Cup appearance. He returned to his country of birth in 2019. This player is not to be confused with current player Pedro Neto, who does have senior caps but was not in the Euro squad.

Wolves' summer signings included 20-year-old Colombian defender Yerson Mosquera from Atletico Nacional (Colombia), and 21-year-old Francisco Trincao who signed on a season-long loan from Barcelona. Trincao played at Leicester. Left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri has signed permanent terms having been on loan from French club Angers. Finally, Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa is the latest addition to the pack having signed a five-year deal with Wolves. The 28-year-old shot-stopper arrives at Molineux from Greek champions Olympiacos, where he helped the side to successive league titles. Sa also made his Wolves debut last week.

Hugo Lloris is likely to make his 300th Premier League appearance tomorrow. This would also be Hugo's 375th appearance in official club games.

Spurs' 25-year-old centre-back Davinson Sanchez now has 41 Colombia caps. He played in all of his country's summer programme, which included two World Cup qualifiers and the Copa America. Colombia finished third, beating Peru in the 3rd place final. Like all of our starting eleven against Manchester City, Davinson was highly graded and praised for his performance. Sanchez has now made 102 Premier League appearances and 150 in all for the club, after arriving from Ajax four years ago.

The corresponding game last season was played behind closed doors. I described it as "utterly, utterly predictable and poor to watch", and I also said that "Jose's honeymoon is over". Tanguy Ndombele's first-minute goal got us off to a great start, but Saiss equalised from an 86th minute corner. Latest press reports suggest that "Ndombele has informed Tottenham Hotspur he is open to leaving the club this month", which explains his absence from Nuno's teams to date. It remains to be seen whether Spurs can a) manage to sell him and b) recoup most of what was a record fee for the club two years ago.

Since March 2011 in 8 meetings these games had a habit of not going in favour of the home team. Our win in May brought an end to that run. If our best eleven plays with the heart and skill seen last week, we must surely win tomorrow. I'm going for a close (2-1) win for Spurs. The game kicks off at 2pm, but is not one of those being televised in the UK.

Stuart Attwell is our match referee. It will be his 15th Spurs game, having first taken charge of us in December 2009. Mr Attwell has been in charge of three previous meetings with Wolves. On 29th December 2018 we lost 3-1 at Wembley. The following year we won at Molineux with that late "Super Jan" Vertonghen goal, and in March last year we lost 3-2 at our new stadium. Matt Doherty scored against us that day.

Did you know? - We played (and beat) Wolves on this day 1970!

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