Sixth meets eighth as Tottenham host Wolves in the Premier League this weekend, just a single point separating as the race to secure European football heats up ahead of the run-in.
Here is all you need to know about Sunday’s clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium…
Just when the momentum seemed to be with Jose Mourinho and Tottenham in the battle to secure a top four finish, their hopes are dealt a major blow following last weekend’s defeat at London rivals Chelsea.
Prior to that loss at Stamford Bridge, Spurs had won three Premier League games in succession for the first time this season and Mourinho will hope their loss at Chelsea was just a minor hiccup on their road to success.
Now four points adrift of the Champions League places, there is little room for error ahead of a tough run of fixtures – this weekend’s clash with Wolves followed by a trip to in-form Burnley and a home meeting with Manchester United.
The absence of Son-Heung Min and Harry Kane means goals remain a problem, a conundrum Mourinho will have to solve if they club are to rejoin Europe’s elite next season.
Are Wolves hitting form at just the right time?
Whilst their record of just two wins in their past five fixtures may be average at best, it is now four consecutive clean sheets in all competitions for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side who have hit seven past Norwich and Europa League opponents Espanyol in their past two fixtures.
Alongside the solidity of their defence, Wolves have been boosted by the form of Diogo Jota, the Portuguese international scoring five times in those two aforementioned victories.
The Midlands side continue to extract the most from a squad lacking the depth of some of their Premier League counterparts, and will not have given up hope of securing Champions League football with the club currently just five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Nuno’s side face four of the bottom six consecutively after the visit to Spurs, so a positive result this weekend could lead the club in good stead for their European pursuit.
Wolves 1-2 Tottenham, 15th December 2019
Jan Vertonghen’s stoppage-time winner would seal Tottenham a memorable victory at Molineux earlier this season, the defender heading home Christian Eriksen’s corner to end Wolves’ 11-game unbeaten Premier League run.
Lucas Moura had earlier handed Spurs the lead following a mazy run and fierce drive inside the near post, before Adama Traore responded with a thumping effort of his own from distance to equalise.
The game seemed to be heading towards a stalemate as injury-time approached, but Vertonghen’s guided header after finding space inside the penalty area sparked jubilant celebrations for the away side.
Predicted Line ups
Tottenham: Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Winks, Ndombele, Lo Celso; Alli, Lucas, Bergwijn
Wolves: Patricio; Doherty, Boly, Coady, Saiss. Jonny; Neves, Moutinho; Traore, Jota, Jimenez
Who is the referee?
How can I watch Tottenham v Wolves?
US readers can watch the game on NBC Sports Gold.
What time is kick off?
Tottenham – 29/20
Draw – 21/10
Wolves – 21/10