2021-22 Premier League: Week Two – Wolves vs Tottenham

Nuno Espirito Santo revisits his old stomping ground as he takes Tottenham Hotspur to Molineux to face Wolves in an untelevised Super Sunday clash. 

Victory could see Wolves leapfrog Tottenham but stay mid-table, whereas Spurs can potentially enter the top four with a win.

 

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Wolves have no fresh injury concerns to report as Willy Boly, Yerson Mosquera, Hugo Bueno (all hamstring), Daniel Podence (groin), Jonny and Pedro Neto (both knee) are still ruled out.

Harry Kane could make his first appearance of the season for Tottenham after manager, Nuno Espirito Santo snubbed him in Spurs’ opening two matches of the season.

Cristian Romero (fatigue) is a doubt but Cameron Carter-Vickers is ruled out after suffering an ankle injury in Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League defeat at Pacos de Ferreira.

Tanguy Ndombele remains absent due to a lack of match fitness, although there will otherwise be rotation after Espirito Santo rested his regulars in Thursday’s match.

 

Stat Attack

  • Wolves are unbeaten in three of their last five meetings against Tottenham (W2, D1, L2).
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five trips to Molineux (W3, D2).
  • Spurs have scored first in each of their last six matches against Wolves.
  • Wolves have lost just one of their last five opening home league games to a new season (W2, D2, L1).
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five opening away league matches in a new season (W3, D2).

 

Prediction

Having wasted several chances despite playing excellent counter-attacking football with intelligent runs and passing in their season-opener at Leicester last weekend, Wolves will be eager to build on the positives here especially given their impressive recent form in opening home matches of a new season.

Tottenham however will be fresher than expected after Espirito Santo rested the majority of his first-team regulars on Thursday evening but with an one goal deficit from the first leg, I wouldn’t be surprised if some players are rested here too ready for Thursday’s home leg.

Putting Europe to one side, Espirito Santo however will be keen for his first-team to build on their clinical opening win especially if they are the team doing most of the attacking, should Wolves decide to repeat their counter-attacking tactics of last week.

This game therefore feels like one which could be closer than many might think because the majority of Espirito Santo’s former Wolves players are still present, which means that his style will be still fairly fresh in their minds and easy to try and counteract compared to if played say October for example.

I therefore can see a decent contest here but Spurs really need to continue their strong start to the season, so I have a feeling that they might edge this if Espirito Santo is able to outwit his former team.

Prediction: Wolves 1-2 Tottenham

Result: Wolves 0-1 Tottenham

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