Ange Postecoglou’s heavily depleted Tottenham travel to Molineux to face Wolves in the Premier League this Saturday.
Spurs’ 4-1 defeat at home to Chelsea didn’t just cost Ange Postecoglou’s side their unbeaten record in the Premier League as they picked up two suspensions and lost key players through injury while Wolves suffered late heartbreak in a 2-1 defeat at Sheffield United.
Here’s all you need to know about this weekend’s clash.
Wolves vs Tottenham – Premier League Match Preview:
Gary O’Neil once again felt his side were on the wrong end of a poor VAR decision as an Oliver Norwood penalty in the 100th minute handed Wolves their first league defeat in six games.
Substitute Jean-Ricner Bellegarde thought he’d snatched a late point for Wolves as his deflected effort, his first for the club, found the top corner on 89 minutes.
Wolves currently sit 14th in the table following a good run of form which saw them beat champions Manchester City 2-1 and take points from high-flying Newcastle and Aston Villa.
South Korean forward Hwang Hee-Chan’s goal tally of six for the season can only be bettered by five men in the Premier League and coupled with his two assists, he’s had a hand in eight of his side’s 14 league goals and has returned in his last five matches.
Five returns in his last five matches 🔥
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) November 6, 2023
Wolves’ woes have been in defence, they only have one clean sheet in the league, which came back in August and only Bernd Leno (43) and Wes Foderingham (52) have made more saves than Portuguese shot-stopper Jose Sa, who has made 41.
Wolves will be without the league’s top assister, Pedro Neto, until after the international break after he pulled up against Newcastle with a hamstring problem.
Spurs surrendered top spot in the Premier League when their high-line and fearless attitude with nine men against London rivals Chelsea made for an instant classic at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Although they were on the losing side, Postecoglou’s men could have taken plenty of positives out of the display. Dejan Kulusevski was on the scoresheet for the third time this season as his deflected effort wrong-footed goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
Despite shipping four, Guglielmo Vicario put in another good performance in the Tottenham goal. The Italian ‘keeper made three saves and prevented 0.48 goals according to xG. Only Nick Pope and Sam Johnstone (both five) have more clean sheets than the 27-year-old’s four in the league.
We saw the very best of GV13 on Monday evening 🧤🤍 pic.twitter.com/FWLSgQOH48
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 8, 2023
Spurs are down to the ‘barebones’ for the Wolves encounter as defenders Destiny Udogie and Cristian Romero both begin suspensions following their dismissals on Monday night, while James Maddison was forced off with an ankle issue and has withdrawn from the England squad.
Micky van de Ven will join Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon and Ivan Perisic as players out longer term after the Dutchman picked up a hamstring injury. Richarlison is set to undergo surgery on an ongoing pelvis issue, while Ben Davies is a doubt.
Wolves 1-0 Tottenham, March 4th 2023
Cristian Stellini stood in as manager with Antonio Conte recovering from gall bladder surgery, as Spurs met Julen Lopetegui’s Wolves side who had seen a resurgence under the Spaniard.
Despite being on the brink of implosion as Conte departed just three weeks later, the north London club sat fourth in the Premier League before the game, four points ahead of Newcastle, while Wolves occupied 15th spot.
The away side had the better of the play in the first half but couldn’t find a way past Jose Sa, who made six saves on the day.
Wolves grew into the game in the second half and found a winner through Adama Traore. Raul Jimenez’s powerful effort from the edge of the box forced a save out of Fraser Forster, but the ball fell to Traore who adjusted his feet to fire home.
Wolves: Sa; Semedo, Kilman, Dawson, Gomes; Hwang, Lemina, Traore, Ait Nouri; Cunha, Kalajdzic.
Tottenham: Vicario; Porro, Dier, Hojbjerg, Royal; Sarr, Bissouma, Bentancur; Kulusevski, Johnson, Son.
Who is the referee?
Is Wolves v Tottenham on TV?
UK and Ireland: TNT Sports 1.
USA: USA Network.
What time is kick off?
Saturday 11th November, 12:30pm GMT.
Wolves – 9/4
Draw – 13/5
Tottenham – 23/20