Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Tottenham Hotspur – prediction, team news, lineups – Sports Mole

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Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from successive Premier League defeats when they continue their 2020-21 campaign away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday night.

Spurs have lost their last two in the league to Liverpool and Leicester City, which has seen them drop down into sixth position in the table, while Wolves currently occupy 11th position.


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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo pictured in August 2020© Reuters

Consistency has been a real problem for Wolves this season, with the team winning six but also losing six of their 14 matches, and a total of 20 points from 14 matches has left them in 11th spot in the table.

Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side have actually lost three of their last four in the Premier League, including a disappointing 2-1 defeat away to Burnley on Monday night.

Wolves did beat Chelsea 2-1 in their last game at Molineux, though, and are certainly capable of overcoming the best sides in the division despite struggling to perform on a week-to-week basis.

The 2017-18 Championship winners, who finished seventh in the top flight last season, will have had Europa League ambitions again this term, but it remains to be seen whether they are capable of holding down a spot high up the table in the coming months.

Wolves will follow this match with a trip to an in-form Manchester United on December 29 and could find themselves slipping further down the division if they suffer two disappointing results.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates with Son Heung-min after scoring against Arsenal in the Premier League on December 6, 2020© Reuters

Tottenham, meanwhile, managed to book their spot in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night courtesy of a 3-1 victory away to Championship side Stoke City.

Spurs were mentioned as possible title contenders earlier this season, but they are without a win in their last three league matches, drawing with Crystal Palace before losing to Liverpool and Leicester.

Jose Mourinho‘s side have slipped down into sixth position in the table, six points behind leaders Liverpool, although a win against Wolves would set them up nicely leading into back-to-back home games with Fulham and Leeds United on December 30 and January 2 respectively.

Wolves have actually won two of the last three Premier League meetings between the two sides, but Spurs have been victorious on each of their last three visits to Molineux.

Tottenham’s away form this season has been strong, meanwhile, winning four of their seven matches, suffering just one defeat in the process, and the capital outfit will be eyeing their eighth league win of the season on Sunday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League form: DWLLWL

Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form: WDWDLL
Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): WWDLLW


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Raul Jimenez lies unconscious during the game between Arsenal and Wolves on November 29, 2020© Reuters

Wolves will again be without the services of Raul Jimenez and Jonny through injury, while Leander Dendoncker is unlikely to be available for selection.

Nuno is expected to make changes from the side that started against Burnley on Monday night, with Willy Boly potentially coming in for Max Kilman at the back, while Fabio Silva could replace Owen Otasowie in attack.

Adama Traore could again be on the bench for the home side, though, with Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto and Silva likely to feature as the front three, with Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves both lining up in midfield.

As for Tottenham, Japhet Tanganga is definitely out with a shoulder problem, while Giovani Lo Celso will also be unavailable due to the thigh issue that he picked up against Leicester.

Gareth Bale has also emerged as a doubt, having suffered a calf injury in the first half of the clash with Stoke, but the Wales international is unlikely to start even if he is available for selection.

There are not expected to be any surprises in the away side’s XI, with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn likely to feature in the attacking positions, while Tanguy Ndombele should also be in the team.

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Moutinho, Neves, Ait-Nouri; Podence; Silva, Neto

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg; Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son; Kane


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We say: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham’s recent record at Molineux is excellent, and Wolves have certainly had their problems in the Premier League this season. Nuno’s side beat Chelsea in their last match at home, though, and we are struggling to separate the two teams in this contest, ultimately backing a low-scoring draw.


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