Preview and Prediction
Wolves seem to be in their critical stage and the inconsistency once again lurks. They are now stuck on the 11th of the table, which certainly not what they expect, after only winning twice and losing three times in their last six games. This weekend on the Boxing Day, they are looking for bouncing back. Unfortunately, it will definitely be challenging as they have to take on Tottenham, which has the similar mission, returning to the title race after their two defeats.
The teams’ updated news
Wolverhampton failed to pick up another win after their victory against Chelsea in the previous outing. Last weekend, they were beaten 1-2 by Burnley on the road. Ashley Barnes and Chris Woods bagged The Clarets’ winning goal before Pedro Silva scored a lifeline through his penalty.
Spurs also had a stunning loss at home over Leicester City. The Foxes thumped them 2-0 by Jamie Vardy’s penalty and Toby Alderweireld’s own goal. Such defeat dragged them down to the sixth of the table with six points behind The Reds on the top.
Nuno Santo is still likely to deploy 3-4-1-2 with the transition to 5-3-2. The absence of Raul Jimenez, plus Leandre Dendoncker and Jonny would push Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto to be the ones to rely on to score with Joao Moutinho, Romain Saiss and Ruben Neves overcrowding the midfield area. The Spanish international Adama Traore who has been rather ineffective lately can be brought on from the bench to provide more attacking option out wide, especially for the counter attack scenario.
Santos’s former boss back in FC Porto, Jose Mourinho, shall come up with better tactics to avoid another defeat against his former player in early 2000s. His preference on counting on Kane and Son in 4-2-3-1 shall be in need of modification, possibly to 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1. These two players remain indispensable for Mourinho’s system but another man should be deployed to ease the burden of that duo. Steven Bergwijn seems to be the good option with his pace and composure to score.
Players to watch
Without the Mexican sesation Raul Jimenez on the pitch, Nuno Daniel Podence is the key man on the attack. The 25-year old Portuguese has netted three goals and made two assists in EPL. Another key man to watch is Pedro Neto. .
Apart from the dynamic duo Kane and Son, the Ivorian Serge Aurier is one of the top performers with one goal and assist. Another notable name to focus on is the former Southampton man, Pierre Hojbsberg.
Wolves vs Tottenham Prediction
The battle of two Portuguese tacticians here would offer an exciting clash. Spurs may have better squad and experience but their two consecutive losses shows Mourinho’s men’s defensive frailties Daniel Podence and Co could exploit. It will be down to Mourinho’s tactic whether he opts for modification or sticks to his regular plan. The game, however, is likely to end in a draw.
It is meant to be an even match. Harry Kane and Co are projected to win at 21/17, whereas Nuno Santo’s men’s win market is at 14/5. The odds for a draw result are at 12/5.