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28 A Tue 26 Feb 19:45 Huddersfield  

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27 A Sat 23 Feb 15:00 Bournemouth       

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FAC5 Sun 17 February  Bristol City  v Wolves  13:00 kick off (live on BT Sport)

Mark and Melanie at the 5th Round draw on the One Show

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26 H Mon 11 Feb  20:00 Newcastle  Live on Sky   

26 Wolves 1 Boly (90'+5) Newcastle 1 Hayden (56')

HT 0-0

Willy Boly scored a dramatic late equaliser for Wolves to deny Newcastle a precious victory in their battle against relegation from the Premier League. Rafael Benitez's Newcastle had appeared on course to move three points clear of the relegation zone courtesy of Isaac Hayden's goal earlier in the second half. But as the game drifted beyond the minimum four minutes allocated for added time, Boly climbed above Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to head in Adama Traore's cross. It was a harsh on Newcastle who appealed for a foul, with the former Porto defender appearing to have both arms on Dubravka. However, referee Graham Scott waved away their protests to allow the goal. Benitez's side went in front when Hayden found the bottom-right corner after collecting a fine pass from Fabian Schar and wrong-footing home goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Wolves controlled proceedings in the first period and created several chances to score after the break, with Newcastle content to sit back and counter-attack. When the hosts did break through, Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez were guilty of close-range misses. The result leaves Newcastle one point above the bottom three in 16th place while Wolves remain seventh..  Pic Reuters BBC


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty sub for Traoréat 81'minutes 32Dendoncker sub for Cavaleiroat 69'minutes 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 9Jiménez 18JotaBooked at 51mins sub for Hélder Costaat 69'minutes Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 37Traoré

Newcastle

12Dubravka 5SchärBooked at 51mins 6LascellesBooked at 68mins 20Lejeune 22Yedlin 14Hayden sub for Diaméat 86'minutes 36Longstaff 30Atsu sub for Almirónat 72'minutes 11RitchieBooked at 44mins 17Pérez sub for Manquilloat 90+1'minutes 9Rondón Substitutes 10Diamé 15Kenedy 18Fernandez 19Manquillo 21Joselu 24Almirón 41Woodman

Referee: Graham Scott Attendance: 30,687


FT        Wolves Newcastle

Possession 60%    40%

Shots      22      9

Shots on Tgt 6     3

Corners    13      1

Fouls       7      9


Match ends, (WW) 1, (NU) 1.

Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, (WW) 1, (NU) 1.

Goal! 90'+5' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (NU) 1. Willy Boly (WW) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

90'+5' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross. 90'+5' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 90'+4' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Florian Lejeune.  90'+1' Sub, (NU). Javier Manquillo replaces Ayoze Pérez. 90' Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (NU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Miguel Almirón with a cross. 89' Attempt saved. Ryan Bennett (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 88' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Florian Lejeune. 88' Corner, (WW). Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin. 87' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Fabian Schär.  

86' Sub, (NU). Mohamed Diamé replaces Isaac Hayden. 85' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner. 84' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Fabian Schär. 82' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. 82' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.  81' Sub, (WW). Adama Traoré replaces Matt Doherty. 81' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. 79' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 79' Matt Ritchie (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 77' Miguel Almirón (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 76' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 75' Delay in match Isaac Hayden (NU) because of an injury. 74' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 74' Isaac Hayden (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 73' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Foul by Miguel Almirón (NU). 73' Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.  72' Sub, (NU). Miguel Almirón replaces Christian Atsu. 69' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Florian Lejeune.  69' Sub, (WW). Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Leander Dendoncker.  69'Sub,  Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota. Booking 68' Jamaal Lascelles (NU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 68' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 68' Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (NU). 68' Attempt blocked. Christian Atsu (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 67' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 67' Isaac Hayden (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 67' Foul by Jonny (WW). 67' Sean Longstaff (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 66' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 65' Ayoze Pérez (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 65' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 64' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 64' Foul by Florian Lejeune (NU). 59' Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a cross. 57' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Goal! 56' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, (NU) 1. Isaac Hayden (NU) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fabian Schär. 52' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles. Booking 51' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card. Booking 51' Fabian Schär (NU) is shown the yellow card. 51' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Foul by Fabian Schär (NU). 49' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Foul by Ayoze Pérez (NU). 49' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a corner. 48' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 48' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles. 48' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty.Second Half


Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, (NU) 0.


HT        Wolves Newcastle Utd

Possession  55%  45%

Shots        7    6

Shots on Tgt 2    2

Corners      5    1

Fouls        1    4


Half Time 45'+2' First Half ends, (WW) 0, (NU) 0.

45' Corner, (NU). Conceded by Conor Coady. 45' Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (NU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez. Booking 44' Matt Ritchie (NU) is shown the yellow card. 41' Attempt saved. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho. 40' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Florian Lejeune. 40' Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (NU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isaac Hayden with a cross. 38' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Foul by Isaac Hayden (NU). 38' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (NU).35' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 35' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 34' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Fabian Schär. 34' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 34' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Florian Lejeune. 32' Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez. 28'Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 28' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 26' Attempt blocked. Sean Longstaff (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaac Hayden. 26' Attempt blocked. Isaac Hayden (NU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross. 24' Offside, (WW). Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 19' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Fabian Schär. 19' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 18' Corner, (WW). Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin. 16' Offside, (NU). Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but DeAndre Yedlin is caught offside. 9' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Foul by Isaac Hayden (NU). 7' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 5' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Foul by Sean Longstaff (NU). 4' Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (NU) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez. Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves pair Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre have recovered from the problems that caused them to miss the FA Cup replay win over Shrewsbury.  Jota has been nursing a minor injury, while Vinagre was laid low by a virus.

New signing Playmaker Miguel Almiron could make his Newcastle debut following an initial £16m move Miguel Almiron is among six additional players available to Newcastle since their defeat at Spurs.

Paul Dummett, Mohamed Diame, Ki Sung-yueng and Karl Darlow are back from injury, while Yoshinori Muto has returned from the Asian Cup.


RADIO 5 LIVE COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@ConorMcNamaraIE: A Wolves win would set a new club record points tally for a Premier League season. To be on the verge of this, with 13 games remaining, really puts in context the job Nuno Espirito Santo is doing at Molineux. The top six looks a closed shop, but Wolves can claim to be best of the rest.

Miguel Almiron should make his debut after swapping the State of Georgia for the Geordies. Newcastle desperately crave a creative attacking presence. I was at St James' Park in December for Match of the Day when Wolves left it late. Their winner came after 94 minutes.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on the prospects of the club winning four Premier League games for the first time: "We're not here for the records, we're not here for that. What we are here for is to improve, to work as a team, stay humble and work hard, trying to achieve the best performance that we can in every game. You can see by their last performances that Newcastle are very organised, very compact and with good players."

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez: "Wolves are doing well. They may be newly promoted but they spent more than £100m. They have champions of Europe and internationals in their side. We want to get three points regardless. Every game is a final for us."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Of all the teams chasing seventh place, Wolves are definitely the most consistent in terms of performances and I can see them getting a fourth straight win on Monday. Prediction: 2-1

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves could achieve the league double over Newcastle for the first time since 1991-92. However, Newcastle are unbeaten in their past four away games against Wolves in all competitions. They are vying to win three consecutive away matches at Molineux for the first time.

Wolverhampton Wanderers - A fourth consecutive league victory would represent their best top-flight run since January 1972. They have scored three goals or more in three consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since 1980. They last did so in four straight games in January 1961. Wolves have already equalled the club record tally of 11 Premier League wins in a single season, set in 2010-11. However, they have lost all four of their Premier League games played on a Monday. Their most recent top-flight victory on that day came against Leicester in May 1984. Their tally of 38 points is the highest by a promoted team after 25 matches since 2005-06, when Wigan had 39 points and West Ham had 38. Raul Jimenez needs one goal to become just the second Mexican player to reach double figures in a Premier League campaign, emulating Javier Hernandez. Joao Moutinho has registered five assists in his last three Premier League games.

Newcastle United's tally of six points from the past three games is as many as in their previous nine fixtures. Their five Premier League away defeats this season all came against teams who began this round of fixtures in the top five of the table. Only bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield have scored fewer than Newcastle's 21 goals this season. One third of the 33 league goals they have conceded this season have been scored after the 75th minute. Each of Salomon Rondon's six Premier League goals this season have come in wins or draws.

 FAC4th round replay Tue 5th February 19:45  Shrewsbury Town   w3-2


FAC4Replay Wolves 3 Doherty (2', 45'+6'), Cavaleiro (62') Shrewsbury 2 Bolton (11'), Laurent (39')

HT 2-2


Wolves had to come from behind to book their place in the FA Cup fifth-round with victory over Shrewsbury.  Matt Doherty handed the home team an early lead before the League One side equalised with a James Bolton header. The Shrews then took a surprise lead through Josh Laurent as Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy let the ball slip through his hands. But Doherty restored parity in first-half injury time before Ivan Cavaleiro sealed their progress after the break. The Portuguese forward rolled the ball past Steve Arnold in clinical fashion despite appearing to stumble in the build-up to the goal. Wolves will now travel to Championship club Bristol City on 17 February for a place in the quarter-final.


Wolves

21Ruddy 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 17Gibbs-White 27Saïss 19Castro Otto 7Cavaleiro sub for Ennisat 88' 37Traoré sub for Jiménezat 77' 10Hélder Costa sub for João Moutinhoat 69' Substitutes 8Neves 9Jiménez 23Giles 28João Moutinho 31Norris 32Dendoncker 45Ennis

Shrewsbury

15Arnold 13Bolton 16Vincelot sub for Searsat 38' 6Beckles 22Waterfall 3Haynes 28Laurent 8Docherty 29NorburnBooked at 35mins 18Gilliead sub for Whalleyat 66' 12Okenabirhie sub for Amadi-Hollowayat 78' Substitutes 4Edwards 7Whalley 20Amadi-Holloway 27Sears 30Charles-Cook 35Rowland 36Ward

Referee: Lee Probert Attendance: 28,844


ft STATS WolvesShrewsbury

Possession 67%  33%

Shots       9   8

Shots on Tgt 4  2

Corners    12   2

Fouls       5   5


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Shrewsbury Town 2.


Full Time 90'+4'Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Shrewsbury Town 2.

90'+2'Attempt missed. Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Shrews) header from very close range is too high. 90'+2' Corner, (Shrews) Conceded by Romain Saïss.90'+1' Hand ball by Matt Doherty (WW). 90'Corner, (WW) Conceded by Omar Beckles.  88' sub, (WW) Niall Ennis replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 88' Attempt missed. Greg Docherty (Shrews) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. 87' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 87' Ryan Haynes (Shrews) wins a free kick on the right wing. 85' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 85' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Oliver Norburn. 84' Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 84' Attempt blocked. Shaun Whalley (Shrews) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 82' Attempt missed. Omar Beckles (Shrews) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. 81' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.  78' sub, (Shrews) Aaron Amadi-Holloway replaces Fejiri Okenabirhie. 78' Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrews) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.  77' sub, (WW) Raúl Jiménez replaces Adama Traoré. 72' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 72' Foul by Josh Laurent (Shrews). 71' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 71' Foul by Fejiri Okenabirhie (Shrews). 69' Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrews) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.  69' sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Hélder Costa. 68' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 68' Ryan Haynes (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  66' sub, (Shrews) Shaun Whalley replaces Alex Gilliead.

Goal! 62' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Shrewsbury Town 2. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

58' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 58' Greg Docherty (Shrews) wins a free kick on the left wing. 58' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ryan Sears. 56' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Waterfall. 54' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 54' Foul by Ryan Haynes (Shrews). 52' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Oliver Norburn. 51' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 51' Foul by Fejiri Okenabirhie (Shrews). 50' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Omar Beckles. 48' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 48' Fejiri Okenabirhie (Shrews) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Shrewsbury Town 2.

HT

         Wolves Shrewsbury

Possession  72%  28%

Shots        5    2

Shots on Tgt 2    2

Corners      6    1

Fouls        0    1


Half Time 45'+7' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Goal! 45'+6' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Shrewsbury Town 2. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonny.

41' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Goal! 39' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Shrewsbury Town 2. Josh Laurent (Shrews) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.  38' sub, (Shrews) Ryan Sears replaces Romain Vincelot because of an injury. Booking 35' Oliver Norburn (Shrews) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 35' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Oliver Norburn (Shrews). 28' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Omar Beckles. 27' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from very close range misses to the right. 27' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Waterfall. 25' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Waterfall. 23' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Romain Vincelot. 23' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 13' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Omar Beckles. Goal! 11' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Shrewsbury Town 1. James Bolton (Shrews) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norburn.  11' Corner, (Shrews) Conceded by Conor Coady.

Goal! 2' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ryan Haynes.

Kick Off First Half begins.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said: "It was a tough game (at Shrewsbury), but I can say Ryan Giles is going to be involved tomorrow. "That is the idea when you bring in back ups, you try and provide them this moment of real competition. This is the way we can see how well they handle situations. Young players bring joy and excitement, but it only works out when they are inside an organised and well-structured team. This is the best way to put young players inside, but we are very pleased with the back-ups that we have.  Giles is one example - he started working with us at the beginning of the season. First day he went to Switzerland, he played a lot of games, he's inside the idea and process of the team."

Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts said: "We're a little bit Jekyll and Hyde at the moment; one performance can be very, very good, then we come away from that and the next game isn't. Wolves don't change, that's probably one of the biggest things you can pay compliment to them. They won't change how they play, they're the same every game. I expect them to move the ball well and move it quickly across a good surface so we have to be prepared for that and show some resilience, be hard to play against and look to break when we can."


MATCH FACTS

Three of the five previous meetings between Wolves and Shrewsbury at Molineux have ended level - Shrewsbury won a league game 1-0 in April 1985, while Wolves won a League Cup match 6-1 in September 1991.

Wolves have reached the FA Cup fifth round just once in the last 10 seasons, doing so in the 2016-17 campaign.

Shrewsbury have lost on all five occasions they've taken a top-flight side to a replay in the FA Cup, most recently against West Ham in the third round last season.

Shrewsbury have reached the FA Cup fifth round in just one of the last 27 seasons, doing so in 2015-16.

The previous FA Cup meeting between Wolves and Shrewsbury also went to a replay, with Wolves triumphing in the quarter-final in 1978-79.


25 A Sat 2 Feb 15:00 Everton      

25 Everton 1 André Gomes (27') Wolves 3 Neves (7' pen), Jiménez (45'), Dendoncker (66')

HT 1-2


Wolverhampton Wanderers cemented their place in the Premier League's top seven with a third successive top-flight win as Everton once again conceded from a set-piece. Ruben Neves fired the visitors ahead with a penalty after Leighton Baines had fouled Matt Doherty. Everton equalised through Andre Gomes, the on-loan Barcelona player, lashing past Rui Patricio before Wolves restored their lead from a free-kick. Raul Jimenez headed home Joao Moutinho's set-piece before Leander Dendoncker sealed a thoroughly deserved three points with a volley. The game was stopped for around three minutes in the second half to remove a black cat from the pitch. (Pic Tim Spiers)What now for Everton? There were seven additional minutes at the finish, partly due to the time it took to get the cat off the pitch, and thousands of Everton fans had already left Goodison Park by the time referee Lee Mason blew the final whistle. This was Everton's sixth defeat in nine league and cup games - and their 10th in the Premier League this season. Knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Millwall last week and unable to string together a positive run of results in the top tier, the season is already threatening to peter out with 13 matches left. They were edgy and anxious, a team lacking in confidence, against Wolves. Marco Silva's side got off to an awful start when Baines, who passed a late fitness test, conceded an early penalty before the captain limped off early. Although Gomes equalised with a lovely finish, Wolves' second goal was a disaster for Everton - Michael Keane's needless foul resulting in a free-kick which an unmarked Jimenez scored. That was the 15th league and cup goal Everton have conceded from a set-piece this season. The Toffees are already enduring the longest trophy-free period in the club's history. They now face a mediocre mid-table finish unless Silva can sort the team out.

Are Wolves the 'best of the rest'?

The season just gets better and better for impressive Wolves. Last season's second-tier champions can add Everton to the list of teams they have beaten away from home - a list which includes West Ham, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Tottenham. This was as good a performance as Nuno Espirito Santo's side have produced since winning promotion. Wolves were sharp, clinical and full of creativity on Merseyside. Neves sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way from the penalty spot for the first goal while Jimenez could not believe his luck at Everton's awful marking for the second. Dendoncker, who is on loan from Anderlecht, dispatched a wonderful volley for the third as Wolves moved seven points behind sixth-placed Manchester United. At this rate, the Black Country club are looking like strong candidates to finish right behind the so-called big six clubs.

What's next? It doesn't get any easier for Everton. Manchester City visit Goodison Park on Wednesday in the Premier League (19:45 GMT), while Wolves are in action on Tuesday when they entertain League One Shrewsbury in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to Match of the Day: "We are proud of the work we did today. I think the first half we play better and in the second half both teams were organised, it requires a lot of shape and being compact but when we achieved the third goal the game was done for us. Everton is a very good team, good manager, It's tough to come here with atmosphere but we will go game by game, this is the approach we have. It is a long way to go and we can improve. We are not looking at the table until we go again."

On the black cat that disrupted the game: "Where I come from in Portugal the black cat is bad luck so I never want to see cats again."


Everton

1Pickford 23Coleman sub for Calvert-Lewinat 73' 4Keane booked 44' 5Zouma booked 16' 3Baines sub for Kennyat 37' 8André Gomes 11Walcott sub for Lookmanat 60' 26Davies booked 76mins 10G Sigurdsson 30Richarlison 14Tosun Substitutes 16McCarthy 18Schneiderlin 20Bernard 22Stekelenburg 29Calvert-Lewin 31Lookman 43Kenny

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady booked 56mins 15Boly 2Doherty 32Dendoncker 8Neves sub for Saïssat 49' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 9Jiménez sub for Traoréat 89' 18Jota sub for Hélder Costaat 77' Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 37Traoré 47John

Referee: Lee Mason Attendance: 39,38 - Haooy away fans pic Tim Spiers

       Everton Wolves

Possession 65%  35%

Shots      12    7

Shots on Tgt 4   4

Corners     3    1

Fouls      12   14

Match ends, Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Full Time  90'+8' Second Half ends, Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

90'+7' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. 90'+6' Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Davies. 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richarlison. 90'+3' Hand ball by Adama Traoré (WW).  89' sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Raúl Jiménez. 89' Foul by André Gomes (Ev). 89' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 88' Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonjoe Kenny with a cross. 87' Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonjoe Kenny. 86' Tom Davies (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 86' Foul by Jonny (WW). 85'Offside, (WW) Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 82' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.81' Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richarlison. 79' Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 79' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 77' sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota. Booking 76' Tom Davies (Ev) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 76' Foul by Tom Davies (Ev). 76' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 76' Richarlison (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 76' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 74' Foul by Cenk Tosun (Ev). 74' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Ev) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 73' sub, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Seamus Coleman. 73' Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 73' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 73' Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 72' André Gomes (Ev) wins a free kick on the left wing. 72' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 70' André Gomes (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 69' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 67' Delay in match (Ev). Goal!

66' Goal! Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Leander Dendoncker (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

66' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 60' sub, Everton. Ademola Lookman replaces Theo Walcott. 58' Kurt Zouma (Ev) win a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). Booking 56'  Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  56' Offside, Everton. Theo Walcott tries a through ball, but Seamus Coleman is caught offside. 50' Foul by Richarlison (Ev). 50' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Attempt missed. Jonjoe Kenny (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a cross. 49' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 49' sub, (WW) Romain Saïss replaces Rúben Neves because of an injury. 48'Delay in match Rúben Neves (WW) because of an injury. 47' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Second Half

Second Half begins Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Half Time

         Everton  Wolves

Possession  61%   39%

Shots        5     4

Shots on Tgt 2     3

Corners

Home2Away1

Fouls

Home8Away6

Half Time 45'+4' First Half ends, Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

45'+3' Foul by Tom Davies (Ev). 45'+3' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+3' Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Ev) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 45'+2' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 45'+1' Theo Walcott (Ev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45'+1' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). Goal!

45'Goal! Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation.

Booking 44' Michael Keane (Ev) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  44' Foul by Michael Keane (Ev).  44' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 43' Offside, Everton. Jordan Pickford tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside. 42' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 42' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 41' Delay in match Richarlison (Ev) because of an injury. 37' sub, Everton. Jonjoe Kenny replaces Leighton Baines because of an injury. 35' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev). 35' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 33' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Seamus Coleman. 32' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Matt Doherty. 31' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 30' Delay in match Diogo Jota (WW) because of an injury. 29' Foul by André Gomes (Ev). 29' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal! 27' Goal! Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. André Gomes (Ev) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Cenk Tosun. 25' Foul by Tom Davies (Ev). 25' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 24' Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Ev) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a through ball. 22' Richarlison (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 20' Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 18' André Gomes (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 17' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 16' Delay in match Raúl Jiménez (WW) because of an injury. Booking 16' Kurt Zouma (Ev) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 15' Foul by Kurt Zouma (Ev). 15' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 15' Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 14' Cenk Tosun (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 14' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 13' Jordan Pickford (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 12' Foul by Michael Keane (Ev). 12' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

7' Goal! Everton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Rúben Neves (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

6' Penalty conceded by Leighton Baines (Ev) after a foul in the penalty area. 6' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty draws a foul in the penalty area.1' Richarlison (Ev) wins a free kick on the left wing. 1'Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).Kick Off First Half begins.

 

TEAM NEWS

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye remains a doubt because of the groin problem that caused him to miss Tuesday's win at Huddersfield. Leighton Baines suffered a rib injury during that game and will be assessed, while Lucas Digne is suspended and Yerry Mina is unlikely to be fit. Defender Willy Boly is available for Wolves after serving a three-match suspension. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has no fresh injury concerns. Gueye stays as Everton reject latest PSG bid while Wolves complete £15m deal for Jonny

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@SteveBowercomm: Wolves will be confident of further dampening the mood around Goodison Park as they head to Merseyside on the back of six wins in the last 10 games, and two points ahead of their opponents. Minutes after the FA Cup exit at Millwall, one of my Evertonian friends sent me a message: 'That's our season over in January'. Marco Silva has to try and rid that feeling around the club. Although they didn't play well in midweek, the win and clean sheet at Huddersfield was a start. This match will be a different test though. They will be more than aware of how Wolves have ruffled the feathers of bigger names than Everton already this season. The Black Country side are on course for the highest-placed finish by a newly-promoted team for 18 years.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Everton manager Marco Silva on Idrissa Gueye's reaction to PSG's failed bids: "He is a good professional and a fantastic boy. He really likes our club, he is enjoying playing in our club. "When a club like PSG comes in it is normal he starts to think about his future but now he has stopped, the market is closed and I don't have doubts we will see the best Idrissa Gana again. You can use the word disappointed, and of course it was a good opportunity for him, but it is a fantastic opportunity for him to stay with us also."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on now having only 16 outfield players with league experience in the squad: "I'm not concerned. We started [the season] with 18 players, plus goalkeepers, now we have 16 plus goalkeepers and the under-23s. This is the way we should go with a small squad and back-ups, giving every player the chance to have minutes because we believe this is the best way to improve and become better."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Everton got the result they needed against Huddersfield on Tuesday and I think they will do the same on Saturday, although it will not be easy against a Wolves team who are back in form. Prediction: 2-1


MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

Everton are unbeaten in the past seven meetings - all in the Premier League - although five were drawn. Wolves' solitary victory in their last 14 league and cup games away to Everton came in the top flight in September 1979 (D5, L8).

Everton - The Toffees have won 21 of their past 25 home matches in all competitions in February, losing just once.

Everton could win consecutive Premier League fixtures for only the second time this season, after a run of three victories in a row between September and October. They are on a 10-match winning streak at home to newly-promoted teams. However, Everton have won just one of their eight Premier League matches this season against teams starting the day higher in the table - losing the last four in a row.

Marco Silva's side have only averaged a point per game over the past 11 league fixtures (W3, D2, L6). Richarlison has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Everton this season, the same tally as Wayne Rooney when he finished as the club's top goalscorer in 2017-18.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have 35 points after 24 matches, the most by a promoted team at this stage of a Premier League season since Birmingham City's tally of 37 in 2009-10. They are vying to score three or more goals in three consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since March 1980. Wolves need one more win to equal their highest tally of 11 in a Premier League season, set in 2010-11. Raul Jimenez has been involved in 13 Premier League goals for Wolves this season, with eight goals and five assists. Diogo Jota has had a hand in seven goals in his last six league appearances, scoring five and setting up two.

 

24 H Tue 29 Jan 19:45  Wolves 3 Saïss (66'), Jiménez (80', 86') West Ham 0

HT 0-0


 Wolves produced a dominant performance to sweep a dismal West Ham team aside and climb up to seventh in the Premier League. Morocco international Romain Saiss opened the scoring midway through the second half, powering a header past Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski from Joao Moutinho's corner. Raul Jimenez flicked in a second from another Moutinho corner before rounding off the scoring with a deft chip over Fabianski. It was no more than the hosts deserved - only the impressive Fabianski prevented an even bigger defeat for the visitors, who mustered just three shots. Nuno Espirito Santo's side carved out chance after chance, had two penalty appeals turned down and a Leander Dendoncker effort ruled out for offside.

Wolves frequently advertised World Wide Wolves clubs on the advertising displays (pix Mark Feehan_

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5BennettBooked at 73mins 16Coady 27SaïssBooked at 32mins 2Doherty 32Dendoncker 8NevesBooked at 70mins 28João Moutinho sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 89' 19Castro Otto sub for Vinagreat 90+2' 9JiménezBooked at 86mins 18Jota sub for Cavaleiroat 89' Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 37Traoré 49Kilman

West Ham

1Fabianski  5Zabaleta  23Diop  21Ogbonna 26Masuaku  11SnodgrassBooked at 37mins sub for Obiangat 69' 16NobleSubstituted  forCarrollat 68' 41Rice  8Felipe Anderson  30Antonio  7Arnautovic sub for Hernándezat 77' Substitutes 9Carroll 13Adrián 14Obiang 17Hernández  24Fredericks 45Diangana 54Coventry

Referee: David Coote Attendance: 31,122

         Wolves West Ham

Possession  54%   46%

Shots       20     4

Shots on Tgt 9     0

Corners      5     1

Fouls        8    10


Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, West Ham United 0.

90'+4' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from very close range is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 90'+2' Attempt missed. Declan Rice (WHU) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.  90'+2'  sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny. 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Pedro Obiang (WHU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Carroll.  89'  sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota.  89'  sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho. 88' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' Foul by Pedro Obiang (WHU). Booking 86' Raúl Jiménez (WW) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration. Goal!

86' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, West Ham United 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break.

82' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Michail Antonio (WHU). 81' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 81' Pablo Zabaleta (WHU) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal! 80' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Ham United 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation.

79' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 79' Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (WHU). 78' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 78' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 78' Foul by Pedro Obiang (WHU).  77'  sub, (WHU) Chicharito replaces Marko Arnautovic because of an injury. 77' Delay over. They are ready to continue. Booking 73' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 73' Delay in match Lukasz Fabianski (WHU) because of an injury.  73' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 73' Lukasz Fabianski (WHU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Delay over. They are ready to continue. Booking 70' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card. 70' Delay in match Marko Arnautovic (WHU) because of an injury. 70' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta. 69' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.  69'  sub, (WHU) Pedro Obiang replaces Robert Snodgrass.  68'  sub, (WHU) Andy Carroll replaces Mark Noble. 67' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 67' Robert Snodgrass (WHU) wins a free kick on the right wing. Goal!

66' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, West Ham United 0. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

65' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski. 65' Attempt saved. Jonny (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 59' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny. 58' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski. 58' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho. 50' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 50' Foul by Mark Noble (WHU). 47' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 47' Michail Antonio (WHU) wins a free kick on the right wing. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, West Ham United 0.

Half Time

         Wolves West Ham

Possession  52%  48%

Shots       11    2

Shots on Tgt 3    0

Corners      2    1

Fouls        4    5

45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, West Ham United 0.

45'+3' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 45'+3' Michail Antonio (WHU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45'+3' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 45'+1' Attempt missed. Pablo Zabaleta (WHU) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 44' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski. 44' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 43' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 41' Delay in match Pablo Zabaleta (WHU) because of an injury. 41' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 39' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 39' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Booking 37' Robert Snodgrass (WHU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 37' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 37' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (WHU). 37' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Marko Arnautovic (WHU). 36' Offside, (WW) Jonny tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 34' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. Booking 32' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  32' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 32' Pablo Zabaleta (WHU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 31' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a cross. 28' Foul by Jonny (WW). 28' Pablo Zabaleta (WHU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 27' Attempt missed. Felipe Anderson (WHU) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 25' Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross. 23' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 23' Foul by Declan Rice (WHU). 22' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 21' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Arthur Masuaku. 19' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 17' Delay in match Conor Coady (WW) because of an injury. 11' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (WHU). 11' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Corner, (WHU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 9' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 9' Pablo Zabaleta (WHU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 2' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker with a cross. 1' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 1' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Foul by Michail Antonio (WHU).

Kick Off First Half begins.


Against Leicester, Diogo Jota became the first Wolves player to score a top-flight hat-trick since 1977

TEAM NEWS

Wolves defender Willy Boly serves the final game of a three-match ban.  They made six changes at Shrewsbury and will recall key players such as Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez and Rui Patricio.

Marko Arnautovic could make his first West Ham appearance since 12 January after signing a new contract, ending speculation he may leave this month.  The fit-again Ryan Fredericks could play his first league game for over two months, but Lucas Perez is ruled out after hurting his ankle on Saturday. The Hammers made six changes for their FA Cup defeat against AFC Wimbledon and regular starters such as Lukasz Fabianski, Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson are likely to return.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@alistairmann01: A point apart in the table and with almost identical records, there are some striking similarities between Wolves and West Ham.  Both have recorded impressive victories against the big six - Wolves against Tottenham and Chelsea, the Hammers against Arsenal and Manchester United. But the fact that they are only in mid-table points to their inconsistency; had it not been for a stoppage-time Matt Doherty equaliser, Wolves could have been the victims of a humiliating weekend FA Cup exit - just as West Ham were against AFC Wimbledon. Both sides come into this game having accumulated just seven points from their last six matches and, in truth, trying to predict the outcome of this particular tussle is nigh on impossible!


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We're pleased but we know that what is in front of us is more important and we have to improve. "It's always our focus, our defensive organisation, and we have to improve and be more solid and compact. We've been working on that so we expect to not repeat the same mistakes. What I know and I'm sure of is that we have to improve defensively. We're conceding too many goals, especially at home."

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini: "We have played very good games and beaten the best teams but after that we haven't had the consistency to play the same way in three games in a row, except one time when we won four games in a row. We need to find that level of consistency going forward."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

The Hammers were all over the shop during their FA Cup defeat at AFC Wimbledon. It was such a shoddy performance and I cannot back them to get anything at Molineux on the back of a display like that. Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves won 1-0 at the London Stadium in September, but they have not beaten West Ham in a top-flight game at Molineux since a 2-1 victory in May 1982.

These sides have contested 59 league games over the last 99 years - but a Wolves win would complete the double over the Hammers for the first time.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have won five of their past nine league games (D1, L3). They have conceded 18 goals at home, a tally exceeded by only four Premier League clubs. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have scored three stoppage-time winning goals in Premier League games this season (including the reverse fixture against West Ham), more than any other club. Diogo Jota has five goals in his last five Premier League games, after failing to score in his first 13 appearances in the division. Jota's three goals against Leicester saw him become the first player to score a top-flight hat-trick for Wolves since 1977, and the first Portuguese to net a treble in the Premier League since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008.

West Ham United can claim their 10th league win of the season, equalling their final tally last term.

The Hammers, who have lost their last two Premier League away games 2-0, could fail to score in three successive matches on the road for the first time since a four-match sequence in April and May 2015. West Ham have scored 17 of their last 20 Premier League goals in the second half. They are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games played on a Tuesday (W6, D2), with their last such defeat coming at Arsenal in 2014. Felipe Anderson has been directly involved in four of West Ham's last five away league goals, scoring three and assisting another.

 

FAC4 Sat 26 3pm January  Shrewsbury Town  D2-2

FA Cup 4th Round Shrewsbury Town 2 Docherty (47'), Waterfall (71') Wolves Jiménez (75'), Doherty (90'+3 minutes)

HT 0-0


Matt Doherty scored a late equaliser as Wolves came from two goals down to prevent League One Shrewsbury causing an FA Cup fourth-round shock. Goals from Greg Docherty and Luke Waterfall had put Sam Ricketts' team on course for a famous win at New Meadow But Raul Jimenez pulled a goal back for the Premier League side before Doherty's late intervention. It ensured a replay between sides separated by 54 places in the English football pyramid.

Tim Spiers' analysis

This was a wasted opportunity – but it could have been so much worse. Nuno Espirito Santo selected a team more than good enough to win this tie, writes Tim Spiers at Montgomery Waters Meadow. Sure the pitch wasn't great, sure it was windy, sure there wasn't the room for Wolves to play their usual game – but none of these are excuses for Wolves being held by League One opposition and so very nearly losing. Both Nuno and John Ruddy said Wolves' attitude, desire, application and motivation needed to match Shrewsbury's...and then their quality should shine through. Well, it didn't in the first half, when they were lacklustre, banal and short of ideas. Sam Ricketts could well have told his players at the break 'they're nothing special, we can win' this'. And they so nearly did. Wolves were indebted to a spirited fightback with substitutes Ivan Cavaleiro and Raul Jimenez making big impacts from the bench. And yet again – for the fourth time this season, in fact – they scored in injury time, this time to salvage a draw, via Matt Doherty's header. It was a dramatic end to an absolutely cracking second half – and there was nothing wrong with Wolves' fighting spirit. Boy, did they want to avoid an exit in those closing stages. It wasn't pretty, but Wolves are just about in the draw for the fifth round. In a competition they have a big opportunity to progress deep into, that's ultimately all that matters. But they'll have to play a hell of a lot better than this on Tuesday week.


Shrewsbury

15Arnold 6Beckles 22Waterfall 5SadlerBooked at 44mins 13Bolton 8DochertyBooked at 62mins sub for Amadi-Holloway at 90+6' 42GrantBooked at 63mins

29Norburn sub for Vincelot at 87' 3Haynes 28Laurent 12Okenabirhie sub for Whalleyat 81' Substitutes 7Whalley 9Angol 16Vincelot 20Amadi-Holloway 21Eisa 27Sears 30Charles-Cook

Wolves

21Ruddy 5Bennett 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty 32Dendoncker sub for Jiménez at 59' 8Neves 17Gibbs-White sub for João Moutinho at 79' 23Giles sub for Cavaleiro at 72' 37Traoré 10Hélder Costa Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 9Jiménez 19Castro Otto 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 31Norris 49Kilman

Referee: Roger East Attendance:

9,503

         Shrewsbury WolvesPossession   34%    66%

Shots         6     16

Shots on Tgt  3      5

Corners       5     10

Fouls        12     16



Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

90'+7' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+7' Foul by Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Shrews).  90'+6' sub, (Shrews) Aaron Amadi-Holloway replaces Greg Docherty. 90'+5' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 90'+5' Shaun Whalley (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 90'+4' Shaun Whalley (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

90'+3' Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

90'+3' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+3' Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrews). 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mat Sadler. 90'+1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Anthony Grant. 90' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90' Foul by Ryan Haynes (Shrews). 88' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 88' Shaun Whalley (Shrews) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  87' sub, (Shrews) Romain Vincelot replaces Oliver Norburn because of an injury. 83' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 83' Oliver Norburn (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Waterfall.  81' sub, (Shrews) Shaun Whalley replaces Fejiri Okenabirhie. 81' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Waterfall. 81' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 80' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.  79' sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 79' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 79' Anthony Grant (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 76'Corner, (WW) Conceded by Omar Beckles. Goal!

75' Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner. 74' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Anthony Grant. 73'Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mat Sadler. Goal! 71' Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Luke Waterfall (Shrews) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norburn with a cross following a corner. 71' Corner, (Shrews) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 70' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 70' Oliver Norburn (Shrews) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 68'Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty following a corner. 68' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Waterfall. 67' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Waterfall. 63'Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 63' Luke Waterfall (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 63' Anthony Grant (Shrews) is shown the yellow card. 63' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63' Foul by Anthony Grant (Shrews). Booking 62' Greg Docherty (Shrews) is shown the yellow card. 62' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 62' Foul by Omar Beckles (Shrews). 61' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 61' Omar Beckles (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan John Giles with a cross.  59' sub, (WW) Raúl Jiménez replaces Leander Dendoncker. 58' Corner, (Shrews) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 58' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 58' James Bolton (Shrews) wins a free kick on the right wing. 57' Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 54' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross. 53' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 53' Anthony Grant (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50'

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 49' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Oliver Norburn. 49' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. Goal! 47' Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Greg Docherty (Shrews) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Fejiri Okenabirhie following a fast break.

Second Half begins Shrewsbury Town 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

HT

          Shrewsbury Wolves

Possession   38%    62%

Shots         5      6

Shots on Tgt  2      1

Corners       3      1

Fouls         8      6


Half Time


45'+2' First Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+1' Attempt missed. Greg Docherty (Shrews) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Waterfall with a headed pass following a set piece situation. 45' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 45' Anthony Grant (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive  half. Booking 44' Mat Sadler (Shrews) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 44' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 44' Foul by Mat Sadler (Shrews). 40' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 40' Oliver Norburn (Shrews) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 40' Attempt saved. Greg Docherty (Shrews) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Grant. 38' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 38' Foul by Ryan Haynes (Shrews). 35'Offside, (WW) Leander Dendoncker tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside. 35' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 34' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 33' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 33' Foul by Oliver Norburn (Shrews). 30' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 30' Mat Sadler (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 30' Josh Laurent (Shrews) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Attempt missed. Omar Beckles (Shrews) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norburn with a headed pass. 27' Corner, (Shrews) Conceded by Ryan John Giles. 26' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 26' Josh Laurent (Shrews) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 25' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 22' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 22' Foul by Fejiri Okenabirhie (Shrews). 22' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 19' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 19' Foul by Luke Waterfall (Shrews). 19' Corner, (Shrews) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 17' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan John Giles. 16' Hand ball by Fejiri Okenabirhie (Shrews). 8' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Foul by Josh Laurent (Shrews). 7' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 7' Foul by Mat Sadler (Shrews). 6' Attempt missed. Mat Sadler (Shrews) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Haynes with a cross following a corner. 6' Corner, (Shrews) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 4'Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 2' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 2' Oliver Norburn (Shrews) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Kick Off First Half begins.

Pic Time Spiers

Shrewsbury Town midfielder David Edwards is ruled out of a return to former club Wolves in the FA Cup with a groin injury.  The League One side are also without Shaun Whalley and Aaron Amadi-Holloway. Wolves will be without defender Willy Boly who is serving a three-game ban for his red card against Manchester City earlier this month. Wolves are likely to make changes with John Ruddy, Morgan Gibbs-White and Adama Traore in contention to start.


The horse riding manager aiming to upset his former club Wolves- What the managers said: Shrewsbury Town boss Sam Ricketts, who played for Wolves until 2015: "We're known as little Shrewsbury and Wolves are eighth in the Premier League and trying to get into Europe.  No-one expects us to get through because of the gulf between the clubs. Having played there and coached at the academy, there are a lot of connections but in football you cannot really look back too much. I'm going into Saturday's game to try and win."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "We have a tough challenge, we cannot think about anything ahead of it. The cups and these games are unpredictable, we have prepared knowing we have to maintain our high standards and compete.  We don't think about the result, we know what we have to do - compete, play and be intense."


MATCH FACTS

Shrewsbury and Wolves last met in the 2013-14 season in League One, with the Shrews failing to score in either game (D1 L1).  Wolves have only faced Shrewsbury in the FA Cup once before, winning a quarter-final replay in the 1978-79 season. Shrewsbury have been eliminated in five of their last six FA Cup ties against top-flight opposition, winning the other 2-1 against Everton in January 2003. Wolves have only progressed from three of their last 13 FA Cup fourth round ties, though they did win their most recent tie at this stage in 2016-17 against Liverpool.  This is Wolves' first FA Cup tie against a side from a lower division since January 2013, when they faced non-league Luton Town and lost 1-0.



23 H Sat 19 Jan 12:30 Leicester  Live on Sky W4-3

23 Wolves 4 Jota (4', 64', 90'+3 minutes), Bennett (12') Leicester City 3 Gray (47'), Coady (51' og), Morgan (87')

HT 2-0


Wolves punished Leicester for a dire defensive display and increased the pressure on Foxes boss Claude Puel as Diogo Jota completed a hat-trick in injury time to earn a thrilling victory at Molineux.  Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was sent to the stands for his part in celebrating the winner

Diogo Jota completed a hat-trick in injury time to snatch a thrilling victory for Wolves, who punished a dire Leicester defensive display to increase the pressure on Foxes boss Claude Puel. A dramatic climax at Molineux produced scenes of stark contrast - with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo being sent to the stands for racing to celebrate the winner with his players, as Puel put his hands over his face to show the strain of defeat. Leicester attempted to play offside in the final added minute and Jota was left unmarked to turn in a Raul Jimenez cross, moving his side to eighth in the Premier League table, a place above Leicester. The Portuguese forward had opened the scoring by prodding home at the back post, with Ryan Bennett heading a second during a fast start by the home side. Puel, clearly angry in the opening 45 minutes, saw his side hit back within six minutes of the restart - first through Demarai Gray's solo run and finish, and then a Conor Coady own goal. But after digging themselves out of trouble, Leicester's defence was again undone by a Ruben Neves long ball for Jota to power in his second, only for Wes Morgan to head a late equaliser which appeared to have earned them a point that had seemed so unlikely for much of the game. Wolves, who beat Leicester 4-3 the last time this fixture was played in the top flight at Molineux in 2003, had other ideas and, in a chaotic finish, Jota won it with Leicester again a mess at the back.

Pix Tim Spiers/Reuters


Line-ups

Match Stats

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5BennettBooked at 44mins 16Coady 27Saïss 19Castro Otto Booked at 86mins 32Dendoncker 8Neves 28João Moutinho sub for Gibbs-Whiteat  1'minutes 29Vinagre sub for Dohertyat 73'minutes 9Jiménez 18Jota Booked at 45mins Substitutes 2Doherty 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 23Giles 37Traoré


Leicester

1Schmeichel 2Simpson sub for Iheanachoat 83'minutes 5Morgan 15Maguire sub for Evansat 48'minutes 3Chilwell 24MendyBooked at 2mins 25NdidiBooked at 58mins 14Ricardo Pereira Booked at 45mins 7Gray 19Barnes sub for Maddisonat 73'minutes 9Vardy Substitutes 6Evans 8Iheanacho 10Maddison 11Albrighton 12Ward

28Fuchs 38Choudhury

Referee: Chris Kavanagh Attendance: 31,278






Stats

Full Time

          Wolves  Leicester

Possession  45%   55%

Shots       12    16

Shots on Tgt 7     6

Corners      5     9

Fouls       11    10


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leicester City 3.


Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leicester City 3.

Goal! 90'+3'

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leicester City 3. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

90' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a headed pass following a corner. 89' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Maddison. 89' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. Goal! 87' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Leicester City 3. Wes Morgan (LC) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 86' Jonny (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 86' Nampalys Mendy (LC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 86' Foul by Jonny (WW). 84' Nampalys Mendy (LC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 83' Foul by Ricardo Pereira (LC). 83' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  83' Sub,  (LC) Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Danny Simpson. 82' Attempt missed. James Maddison (LC) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira. 81' Sub,  (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho. 75' Jonny Evans (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 75' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 74' Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (LC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 74' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 74' Nampalys Mendy (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Sub,  (LC) James Maddison replaces Harvey Barnes. 73' Sub,  (WW) Matt Doherty replaces Rúben Vinagre. 70' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 69' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jonny Evans. Goal!

64' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Leicester City 2. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a through ball following a fast break.

60' Dangerous play by Ricardo Pereira (LC). 60' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 68' Wilfred Ndidi (LC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 55' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Jonny. 53' Foul by Nampalys Mendy (LC). 53' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

51' Own Goal by Conor Coady, (WW) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leicester City 2. 51' Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (LC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. 49' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 49' Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (LC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Vardy. 48' Sub,  (LC) Jonny Evans replaces Harry Maguire because of an injury. 48' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 47' Delay in match Harry Maguire (LC) because of an injury. Goal! 47' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leicester City 1. Demarai Gray (LC) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy following a fast break.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leicester City 0.

Half Time


          Wolves Leicester

Possession   45%  55%

Shots         8   10

Shots on Tgt  5    3

Corners       3    6

Fouls         7    7

Half Time

45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leicester City 0.

Booking 45'+2' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  Booking  45'+1' Ricardo Pereira (LC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45' Foul by Ricardo Pereira (LC). 45' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45' Attempt blocked. Ricardo Pereira (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Maguire with a headed pass. Booking 44' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 44' Jamie Vardy (LC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 44' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 44' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 43' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Chilwell. 42' Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (LC). 42' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 42' Foul by Ricardo Pereira (LC). 42' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 41' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 40' Foul by Ricardo Pereira (LC). 40' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 40' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre. 38' Ricardo Pereira (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 36' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 35' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught  offside. 33' Foul by Jamie Vardy (LC). 33' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 32' Nampalys Mendy (LC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 32' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 30' Ricardo Pereira (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 27' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a cross. 25' Dangerous play by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 25' Nampalys Mendy (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Attempt missed. Ricardo Pereira (LC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. 20' Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (LC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira. 19' Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (LC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi. 18' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 18' Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira. 17' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 17' Ricardo Pereira (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 15' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 15' Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (LC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy. 15' Attempt blocked. Ricardo Pereira (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 14' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 14' Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira. Goal!

12' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leicester City 0. Ryan Bennett (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Danny Simpson.  10' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Foul by Harvey Barnes (LC). 9' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 8' Delay in match Harry Maguire (LC) because of an injury. 7' Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (LC) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross following a corner. 7' Corner, (LC) Conceded by João Moutinho. 5' Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (LC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Goal!

4' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Leicester City 0. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 3' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel. 3' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny. Booking 2' Nampalys Mendy (LC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 2' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 2' Foul by Nampalys Mendy (LC). 2' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 2' Harry Maguire (LC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kick Off - First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves' Premier League ever-present Willy Boly starts a three-match ban as a result of his sending off against Manchester City.  Leander Dendoncker is expected to drop back into defence to replace Boly, with Romain Saiss coming into midfield.  Leicester are boosted by the return of Jonny Evans, who has recovered from a broken toe quicker than anticipated. Versatile Ghanaian Daniel Amartey, who has a broken ankle, is the only absentee for Claude Puel's side.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@SimonBrotherton: This is just the sort of match Wolves have slipped up in recently despite their solid return to the top flight.  They've lost five of their last seven at home in the league and face a Leicester team that are not only looking for a third straight away league victory but also a third triumph over Wolves this season. Nonetheless, back-to-back home defeats by Cardiff and Southampton and an FA Cup exit at the hands of Newport County have rather taken the shine off Leicester's impressive Christmastime victories over Chelsea and Manchester City. So Claude Puel is currently finding that, just as when he was at Southampton, eighth place in the table doesn't in itself keep everyone happy.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "I think it's part of history what Leicester achieved before. It's also part of history with the sad moment that, where all of sport, especially in Leicester, suffered with the death of their former owner. I have total admiration for them, but tomorrow my focus is to compete and try to help my players to do their best."  

Leicester City manager Claude Puel on continued speculation regarding his future: "When we have a bad result it's normal to have feelings about me because I'm responsible for the team. I work with my players and I try to give them a positive attitude to start their game with the right intensity, and it's my work to find the solution. I accept some disapproval and people protesting, because it's my work. If we manage our games, people will be happy."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves were beaten by Manchester City on Monday, but there was not much they could do about that once Willy Boly had been sent off after 19 minutes. I think they will get back on track here. Prediction: 2-0


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - This will be the third meeting between the clubs this season: Leicester won August's reverse league fixture 2-0 and beat Wolves 3-1 on penalties at Molineux in the Carabao Cup in September. Wolves are winless in three games against the Foxes since a 2-1 home Championship victory in September 2012. Wolves recovered from trailing 3-0 at half-time to win 4-3 in their only previous Premier League home match against Leicester, in October 2003. Leicester have won one and lost five of their last eight top-flight away fixtures against Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have lost five of their past seven home league games. They had previously been beaten only twice in their first 27 league fixtures at Molineux under Nuno Espirito Santo.  Santo's side have kept only one clean sheet in their past 14 Premier League games. They have scored five first-half goals, the fewest in the division. Ten off the last 16 Premier League goals conceded by Wolves have been via set pieces: four corners, four free-kicks and two penalties. Wolves have used a league-low 18 players.

Leicester City have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions. However, they have recorded back-to-back 1-0 away wins and could win three successive away league games for the first time since April 2016. Claude Puel's side have scored in 18 of their league games, the most outside of the current top six clubs. They have conceded the opening goal on 14 occasions, which is second only to Cardiff's tally of 15. Leicester's last six away games have produced just eight goals in total, with no side scoring more than once. Games involving Leicester have produced a league-high nine red cards, four to the Foxes and five to opposition players.

 

22 A Mon 14 Jan at 20:00  Man City   Live on Sky L3-0   

22 Manchester City 3  Gabriel Jesus (10', 39' pen), Coady (78' og), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0  Boly (red 19')

HT 2-0

Pic Tim Spiers E&S

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City eased past 10-man Wolves to cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the table to four points. City did not manage a repeat of the scoring feats that had seen them hit 16 goals against Rotherham and Burton in their previous two games, but the outcome was rarely in doubt despite the relatively modest winning margin. Jesus opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Leroy Sane ran on to a peach of a pass by Aymeric Laporte and squared for the Brazilian to slide home.  A tough task for Wolves got even harder when Willy Boly was dismissed nine minutes later, with the French defender shown a straight red card for a dangerous jumping challenge on Bernardo Silva. City initially failed to take advantage of their extra man and were given a scare when Jonny narrowly failed to turn in Diogo Jota's cross on a rare foray forward by the visitors. That woke them from their slumbers and moments later they extended their lead from the spot. Ryan Bennett sent Raheem Sterling tumbling as he burst into the box and Jesus stepped up to take his personal tally to seven in City's past three matches and put his side in complete control by half-time. The only question left at the break was how many more City would score. Pep Guardiola's side had got five goals in the second half against Burton in the Carabao Cup and four against Rotherham in the FA Cup but had to settle for one this time. Substitute Kevin de Bruyne whipped in a cross from a short corner routine, and Connor Coady could only deflect it into his own net to complete a miserable night for the visitors.


Man City

31Ederson 2Walker 5Stones 14Laporte 3Danilo 20Bernardo Silva 25FernandinhoBooked at 14mins 21Silva sub for De Bruyneat 62' 7Sterling 33Gabriel Jesus sub for Agüeroat 76' 19Sané sub for Gündoganat 74' Substitutes 8Gündogan 10Agüero 17De Bruyne 18Delph 26Mahrez 30Otamendi 49Muric

Wolves

11Rui Patrício  5Bennett 16Coady  15BolyBooked at 19mins  2Doherty  28João Moutinho sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 72' 8Neves 32Dendoncker 19Castro Otto 9Jiménez sub for Traoréat 45' 18Jota sub for Saïssat 59' Substitutes 7Cavaleiro  10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 37Traoré

Referee: Craig Pawson Attendance: 54,171


         Man City Wolves

Possession  76%   24%

Shots       22     2

Shots on Tgt 8     0

Corners     12     1

Fouls        6     3


Full Time

90'+4' Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90' Corner, (WW). Conceded by John Stones. 90' Corner, (WW). Conceded by John Stones. 90' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. 86' Sergio Agüero (ManC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 85' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Matt Doherty. 84' Foul by Aymeric Laporte (ManC). 84' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Attempt missed. Danilo (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho. 80' Attempt missed. Fernandinho (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner. 80' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Matt Doherty. 80' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (ManC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva. Goal! 78' Own Goal by Conor Coady, (WW). Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 77' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Rui Patrício. 77' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (ManC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.  76' sub, (ManC). Sergio Agüero replaces Gabriel Jesus. 76' Offside, (ManC). Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker is caught offside. 74' Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (ManC). 74' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  74' sub, (ManC). Ilkay Gündogan replaces Leroy Sané.  72' sub, (WW). Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho. 72' Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danilo. 70' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Romain Saïss. 70' Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 69' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (ManC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a through ball. 69' Offside, (WW). Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 68' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (ManC). 68' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 67' Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 65' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Conor Coady.  52' sub, (ManC). Kevin De Bruyne replaces David Silva.  59' sub, (WW). Romain Saïss replaces Diogo Jota.  55' Attempt saved. Kyle Walker (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho. 54' Attempt saved. Fernandinho (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus. 53' Offside, (ManC). Gabriel Jesus tries a through ball, but Leroy Sané is caught offside. 51' Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (ManC) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Second Half begins Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

 45' sub, (WW). Adama Traoré replaces Raúl Jiménez.


Half Time


45'+4'

First Half ends, Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


Half Time

        Man City Wolves

Possession  79%  21%

Shots       10    1

Shots on Tgt 4    0

Corners      7    0

Fouls        3    2

45'+4' First Half ends, Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+3' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Matt Doherty.

44' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (ManC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danilo with a cross. Goal! 39' Goal! Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Gabriel Jesus (ManC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. 39' Penalty Manchester City. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area. 37' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 37' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by João Moutinho. 36' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (ManC). 36' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Matt Doherty. 35' Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (ManC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva. 31' Foul by Danilo (ManC). 31' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (ManC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker. 31' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 30' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 24' Offside, (ManC). Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside. 21' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 21' Delay in match Bernardo Silva (ManC) because of an injury. Dismissal 19' Willy Boly (WW) is shown the red card. 19' Bernardo Silva (ManC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 19' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 16' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Rui Patrício. 16' Attempt saved. David Silva (ManC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danilo. Booking 14' Fernandinho (ManC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 13' Foul by Fernandinho (ManC). 13' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. Goal! 10' Goal! Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Gabriel Jesus (ManC) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leroy Sané. 7' Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus. 4' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bennett. Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS

Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany could return to face Wolves after missing the past two cup games because of illness and a muscle problem respectively.  Fernandinho was rested for those two ties, while Fabian Delph returned from suspension for the EFL Cup demolition of Burton Albion. Wolves have no fresh injury concerns and will recall the likes of Rui Patricio and Matt Doherty. They were among several regulars rested in the FA Cup win over Liverpool. Diogo Jota played in that win on his return from a hamstring injury.


RADIO 5 LIVE COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@ConorMcNamaraIE: Seven-nil v Rotherham, 9-0 v Burton…Manchester City return to the Premier League title race after truly flexing their muscles in the cup competitions.  But Wolves enjoyed a fun cup weekend of their own, beating Liverpool, and Nuno Espirito Santo's side have a habit of raising their game against the big boys.  Wolves have beaten Chelsea and Tottenham and also taken points off both Manchester clubs and Arsenal. In fact, Wolves were the first team to take points off City this season. I was at Molineux when Willy Boly's controversial handball goal was allowed to stand. Can Wolves ride their luck again at the Etihad?  


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Wolves: "We realised in the first game how complicated they would be. They are strong physically, make good runs in counter-attack. They defend well and deep, they control many areas. That is why they are doing incredibly well in the Premier League."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture: "That was a very important moment, it made us realise we were ready to compete in the Premier League. We put our standards high. We have been doing well, we have had bad moments, and we want to find the consistency. There's always something to improve on."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

I think Wolves will go to the Etihad Stadium in confident mood, but I just see Manchester City kicking on now. The blip they had over Christmas seems a long time ago already. Prediction: 3-0  FIRST ONE HE'S GOT RIGHT ALL SEASON


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Wolves are winless in six top-flight away matches against Manchester City since a 3-2 victory at Maine Road in December 1979 (D1, L5).

The two sides met at the Etihad Stadium last season in the League Cup fourth round; City progressed 4-1 on penalties after the game finished goalless.

The reverse fixture this season ended 1-1 at Molineux in August, with Aymeric Laporte equalising after Willy Boly controversially opened the scoring.

Manchester City have won 12 of their past 14 home league fixtures, with their only defeat during that period coming against Crystal Palace three weeks ago.

They have scored at least twice in each of their last 12 Premier League home games. Manchester City could go nine consecutive Premier League fixtures without a clean sheet for the first time since a run of 10 in a row from February to April 2006 under Stuart Pearce.  They are unbeaten in 34 Premier League home matches against promoted opposition since a 2-0 defeat by Reading in February 2007 (W30, D4). Sergio Agüero has scored in each of his last five Premier League home starts. David Silva's next Premier League appearance will be his 267th - a record for a Manchester City player.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have the best record among the clubs seventh or lower against the Premier League's established top six, earning nine points (W2, D3, L2). A draw or better on Monday will ensure Wolves become the first promoted club to reach 30 points after 22 matches of a Premier League season since Birmingham City in 2009-10. They could win consecutive top-flight away fixtures in a season for the first time since March to April 1981. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have only scored five Premier League first-half goals, the fewest in the division.



 

FAC3 H Mon 7 Jan 19:45 Liverpool Live on BBC1 included tribute to Bill Slater

Wolves 2 Jiménez (38'), Neves (55') Liverpool 1 Origi (51')

HT 1-0


Next - away to Sam Ricketts' Shrews with Dave Edwards or Stoke 25-28 January


Ruben Neves' superb second-half strike sent Wolves through to the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of a Liverpool side that featured three teenagers making their full debuts.  Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to his starting XI, which included 17-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones and 18-year-old Rafael Camacho. They were joined by Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever - at 16, the club's third youngest debutant - in the sixth minute following an injury to Dejan Lovren. Wolves found it difficult to trouble the inexperienced backline until the 38th minute when Raul Jimenez fired them ahead following an error by midfielder James Milner. Divock Origi levelled for the visitors six minutes after the break with the side's first effort on target, when he fired a brilliant strike through the legs of Leander Dendoncker and past goalkeeper John Ruddy. But that parity lasted four minutes as Neves launched a venomous dipping shot from 31 yards that beat Simon Mignolet at his near post. Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick, magnificently pushed on to the post by John Ruddy, was the Reds' only other effort of note. Wolves, who knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup for the second time in three seasons, will be away to the winners of the tie between Stoke and Shrewsbury in the fourth round.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will have been dismayed with the way his first-team hopefuls performed for much of the match. His strikeforce of Daniel Sturridge, out of contract in the summer, and Belgian Origi failed to gel, managing only one pass between them in the first half and only one touch in the opposition's penalty area. Absent was the running into pockets and slick passing made into a fine art form by their regular attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and instead the makeshift XI littered the pitch with misplaced balls. Liverpool did improve slightly after the break. Origi's goal should have given them that much-needed impetus, but before they could pressure the home side again they fell behind again when Neves fired in. The Reds came agonisingly close to equalising again when Shaqiri's fantastic free-kick was tipped on to the post by an equally brilliant save from Ruddy. Klopp brought on big guns Salah and Firmino with 20 minutes to go, but the pair could not inspire a late fightback.


Wolves

21Ruddy 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 8Neves 19Castro Otto sub for Dohertyat 75' 28João Moutinho 32Dendoncker 29Vinagre 9Jiménez sub for Hélder Costaat 83' 18Jota sub for Cavaleiroat 52' Substitutes 2Doherty 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 27Saïss 31Norris 37Traoré

Liverpool

22Mignolet 64Camacho 6Lovren sub for Hoeverat 6' 3Fabinho 18Moreno 23Shaqiri 7MilnerBooked at 15mins 8Keita 48Jones sub for Roberto Firminoat 70' 15Sturridge sub for Salahat 70' 27Origi Substitutes 9Roberto Firmino 10Mané 11Salah 51Hoever 57Christie-Davies 62Kelleher 66Alexander-Arnold

Referee: Paul Tierney Attendance: 25,849



Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, (Liv) 1.

Full Time  90'+4' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, (Liv) 1.

         Wolves  Liverpool

Possession  39%  61%

Shots        8    8

Shots on Tgt 3    2

Corners      3    3

Fouls       10    2

90'+3' Attempt saved. Fabinho (Liv)) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino. 90'+3' Rafael Camacho (Liv)) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+3' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 90'+2' Corner, (Liv). Conceded by Conor Coady. 89' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside. 87' Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liv)). 87' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liv)) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.  83' sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Raúl Jiménez. 83' Attempt missed. Rafael Camacho (Liv)) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 82' Corner, (Liv). Conceded by Matt Doherty. 79' Attempt missed. Rafael Camacho (Liv)) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri. 75' Corner, (Liv). Conceded by Willy Boly.  75' sub, (WW) Matt Doherty replaces Jonny. 70' Alberto Moreno (Liv)) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 70' Alberto Moreno (Liv)) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW).  70' sub, (Liv). Roberto Firmino replaces Curtis Jones.  70' sub, (Liv). Mohamed Salah replaces Daniel Sturridge. 69' Xherdan Shaqiri (Liv)) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick. 68' Daniel Sturridge (Liv)) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 68' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 63' Rafael Camacho (Liv)) wins a free kick on the right wing. 63' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 63' Curtis Jones (Liv)) wins a free kick on the left wing. 63' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 62' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). Goal!

55' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, (Liv) 1. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre.

 52' sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota. Goal! 51' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (Liv) 1. Divock Origi (Liv)) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. 51' Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liv)) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri. 48' Naby Keita (Liv)) wins a free kick on the right wing. 48' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 47' Curtis Jones (Liv)) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). Second Half


Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (Liv) 0.

Half Time

          Wolves Liverpool

Possession 38%   62%

Shots       6     1

Shots on Tgt 2    0

Corners     3     0

Fouls       3     1


45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (Liv) 0.

43' Daniel Sturridge (Liv)) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 43' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 42' Offside, (Liv). Naby Keita tries a through ball, but Alberto Moreno is caught offside. 40' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. Goal!

38' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (Liv) 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break. 35' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fabinho. 35' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Rúben Vinagre is caught offside. 34' Attempt saved. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 31' Attempt missed. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liv)) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. 29' Fabinho (Liv)) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 29' Offside, (Liv). Naby Keita tries a through ball, but Divock Origi is caught offside. 27' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 26' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 23' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 15' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.  Booking 15' James Milner (Liv)) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 15' Foul by James Milner (Liv)). 15' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Daniel Sturridge (Liv)) wins a free kick on the left wing. 12' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 12' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Alberto Moreno. 10' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.8' Offside, (Liv). Naby Keita tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.  6' sub, (Liv). Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Dejan Lovren because of an injury. 6' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 4' Delay in match Dejan Lovren (Liv)) because of an injury. 4' Offside, (WW) Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. Kick Off

First Half begins.

Pic Mark F

TEAM NEWS

Wolves forward Diogo Jota returned to training on Friday after missing four matches with a hamstring injury and he will be available to face Liverpool.  Versatile Moroccan Romain Saiss has overcome a minor knee complaint.

Liverpool are likely to make several changes to the side that started Thursday's defeat by Manchester City.  Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno are confirmed starters, while teenagers Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones could make their senior debuts. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain out with a fractured leg and collarbone respectively.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo on Liverpool: "We know it's a fantastic team and manager. It's going to be very tough, we must prepare well. They are very organised, very intense, have individual quality, press well, and their counter-attack is one of the best there is."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "How can we speak in the first round of the FA Cup about winning it? It's a very important competition but we have to make sure we can play with the right intensity. For this you need - if you can do it - to make changes. We want to win everything but you cannot win it in the first game. You have to make sure you are as good as possible in that game, make the right decisions about the line-up - maybe tough decisions, maybe not that tough - and then we will see."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

There is no doubt that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will make a lot of changes to his team, while Wolves are on a strange run of results - including winning at Spurs then losing at home to Crystal Palace. That makes it very hard to know what they are going to do next. Prediction: 0-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Liverpool are unbeaten in six trips to Molineux - winning the last three - since a 1-0 top-flight defeat in August 1981. The Reds won 2-0 away on 21 December in the first league meeting between the sides for nearly seven years. Wolves have won four of their six FA Cup ties against Liverpool, including at Anfield in January 2017.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been knocked out at the first attempt in six of the past seven seasons. The exception was two seasons ago, when they stunned Liverpool in the fourth round before losing at home to Chelsea.  They have gone six FA Cup matches without a win at home, with a goalless draw against Swansea last season ending a run of five straight Molineux exits (including on penalties to Fulham). Their fourth and most recent FA Cup title came in 1960. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have lost five of their past seven home matches.

Liverpool have been knocked out in the fourth round in all three previous campaigns under Jurgen Klopp, including two years ago at Anfield against Wolves, who were then 18th in the Championship. They were last knocked out in the third round in 2010-11, losing 1-0 to Manchester United. Liverpool have been eliminated from five of their last seven FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents. The Reds have won only five of their past 18 games in all competitions in January (D5, L8).



 

21 H Wed 2 Jan  15:00 Crystal Palace      

21 WW 0 Crystal Palace 2 J Ayew (83'), Milivojevic (90'+5' pen)

Very poor performance by Wolves. Only one shot to test the Palace keeper.  N ofirworks on the pitch just this (by Tim Spiers)

Crystal Palace struck two late goals as Roy Hodgson's side edged further away from the Premier League relegation zone with victory over Wolves at Molineux. Jordan Ayew put the visitors ahead with seven minutes remaining, producing a sublime touch to control Patrick van Aanholt's effort before converting from close range. Luka Milivojevic then made no mistake from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time after Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Ryan Bennett.

The visitors dictated the early play and captain Milivojevic's dipping effort from the edge of the area forced Rui Patricio into a fine save after Willy Boly had been robbed of possession by Andros Townsend. Raul Jimenez registered Wolves first meaningful attempt - firing over from distance - before Matt Doherty missed the best chance of the first half as he headed over when left in space from a corner.  Palace had an escaped after the break as Doherty failed to connect with Ivan Cavaleiro's cross, having caught Aaron Wan Bissaka in possession, while at the other end Ayew failed to hit the target under pressure from Conor Coady. But Crystal Palace's late show ensured they move six points clear of Southampton in 18th, while Wolves lost ground on Leicester.


Teams

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5BennettBooked at 54' 16Coady 15BolyBooked at 23' 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 27SaïssBooked at 45' sub for Nevesat 73'minutes 19Castro OttoBooked  at 90' 10Hélder Costa sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 64'minutes 9Jiménez 7Cavaleiro sub for Traoréat 84'minutes Substitutes 8Neves 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 33Bonatini 37Traoré

Crystal Palace

31Guaita 29Wan-Bissaka 5Tomkins 12Sakho 3van Aanholt 8Kouyaté 4MilivojevicBooked at 62' 18McArthur 10Townsend 14J Ayew sub for Wickhamat 88'minutes 11Zaha Substitutes 2Ward 7Meyer 13Hennessey 15Schlupp 21Wickham 34Kelly 44Riedewald

Referee: Roger East Attendance: 30,666


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2.

        Wolves  Crystal Palace

Possession 52%   48%

Shots        9   17

Shots on Tgt 1    4

Corners      3    10

Fouls        9     7

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2.

Goal!  90'+5' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2. Luka Milivojevic (CP) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner. 90'+4' Penalty conceded by Ryan Bennett (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 90'+4' Penalty Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha draws a foul in the penalty area. 90'+3' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Connor Wickham (CP). 90'+3' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 90'+3' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vicente Guaita. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Booking 90'+1' Jonny (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90' Foul by Jonny (WW). 90' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 89' Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. Goal! 83' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 1. Jordan Ayew (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha. 83' Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 83' Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (CP) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 82' Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew following a corner. 82' Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 82' Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 82' Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (CP) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 81' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro. 81' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 79' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 79' Patrick van Aanholt (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 77' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a headed pass. 76' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 76' Foul by Jordan Ayew (CP).  73' Sub, (WW) Rúben Neves replaces Romain Saïss because of an injury. 71' Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (CP) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 70' Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur. 68' Offside, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 67'

Corner, (CP) Conceded by Conor Coady. 65' Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (CP) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Andros Townsend following a fast break.  64' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Hélder Costa. 63' Attempt blocked. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Booking 62' Luka Milivojevic (CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 62' Foul by Luka Milivojevic (CP). 62' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 60' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 60' Mamadou Sakho (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 59' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty.  Booking 54' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card. 49' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 49' Foul by James Tomkins (CP). 47' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt. 47' Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 46' Foul by Luka Milivojevic (CP). 46' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Half Time

        Wolves Crystal Palace

Possession 48%   52%

Shots       4     6

Shots on Tgt 0    2

Corners      1    7

Fouls        3    2

45'+2'

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Booking 45'+1' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+1' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 45'+1' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 44' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro. 44' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Willy Boly. 44' Attempt blocked. James McArthur (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 42' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 41' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 39' Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Ayew. 38' Attempt blocked. James Tomkins (CP) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew. 38' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 37' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  37' Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP). 36' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Willy Boly following a corner. 36' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner. 36' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 32' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 32' Foul by Jonny (WW). 29' Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 28' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. 23' Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (CP) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt following a set piece situation. Booking 23' Willy Boly (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 22' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 20' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 20' Attempt saved. Luka Milivojevic (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend. 12' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Willy Boly. 11' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 2' Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP). 2' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS

Wolves will assess the fitness of forwards Diogo Jota and Adama Traore.  Jota has missed three matches with a hamstring injury, while Traore was substituted because of a similar problem during Saturday's win at Spurs.  

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is expected to make changes to the side beaten by Chelsea, with Max Meyer likely to return and Connor Wickham in contention to start. Christian Benteke remains out with a long-term knee injury.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@Wilsonfooty: Having each achieved stellar results away from home against one of the big guns over Christmas, it'll be intriguing to see how Wolves and Palace fare against each other in their first Molineux meeting in six years.  Wolves have been an absolutely terrific addition to the Premier League. There's every chance they could finish a season in the top half of the top flight for the first time since 1980. However, Palace will take heart from the fact that Wolves have lost four of their last six home games. The Eagles - who have scored as many goals in their last two games away from home as they have all season at Selhurst Park - seem to prefer life on the road.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We are back at Molineux. The home factor of the competition is very important, but it will be tough because Crystal Palace are a very good team. Knowing that the schedule is so tight...it's how you prepare the whole game. Fresh legs change a lot of things in football. Sometimes your plan works out great - Tottenham was one of those days - but we know that is not always the same."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on his side's poor scoring record: "As far as I know, there's not one team in the bottom seven or eight that has a good record in front of goal.  One or two may have scored more than us but we're all pretty much in the same ballpark. And the fact that we have the best goal difference of those teams is down to the fact that we haven't conceded many, so that's why we're on minus nine and the next best team around us has minus twelve. The players that have been working here deserve a lot of credit."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves are a good side, and the 3-1 win at Tottenham will kick them on. I had wondered where the goals would come from at Wembley Stadium - how wrong was I? Prediction: 2-0


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have lost only one of their past 12 top-flight matches against Crystal Palace, a 1-0 away defeat in January 1980. Palace are winless in all six top-flight visits to Molineux, their longest away run without ever beating an opponent.

Wolverhampton Wanderers earned 13 points from their last six games of 2018 - only Liverpool and Tottenham fared better over the same period.  If they avoid defeat on Wednesday, Wolves will become the first promoted team to have at least 30 points after 21 fixtures since Birmingham in 2009-10.  The last time Wolves had 30 points or more after 21 top-flight matches was in 1979-80, when they finished sixth. They have not lost their opening league match of a calendar year since 2013, when beaten 3-1 at Crystal Palace in the Championship on New Year's Day.  Their tally of five first-half goals is the lowest in the division.

Crystal Palace's defeat against Chelsea on Sunday ended their three-match unbeaten run.

They could fail to score in three successive league matches within a season for the first time since the opening three matches under Roy Hodgson in 2017-18. The Eagles have failed to score in nine league games in total, a joint league-high with Fulham and Huddersfield. Crystal Palace have earned 10 points in away matches this season, one more than at home. Wilfried Zaha has neither scored or assisted a Premier League goal in his last 11 appearances.

 

20 A Sat 29 Dec 15:00 Spurs W1-3  at Wem-Boly (Jason Guy)  

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Kane (22') Wolves 3 Boly (72'), Jiménez (83'), Hélder Costa (87').


Beeb: The win is Wolves' first against Spurs since 2010

Pic Laurie Dalrymple

Tottenham's Premier League title hopes suffered an unexpected setback as Wolves scored three times in the last 18 to come from behind and win at Wembley.  Spurs would have moved three points behind leaders Liverpool with a win, but defeat means the Reds can end the day nine points clear.  Willy Boly levelled with a powerful header in the 72nd minute to punish the hosts for a sloppy second-half performance after Harry Kane's spectacular first-half opener for Spurs. Raul Jimenez then beat Hugo Lloris with a weak effort from the edge of the area to put Wolves in front before Helder Costa added a third on the counter-attack three from time. The hosts did not have a single shot in the second half as their five-game winning run in the league came to an end. They remain second in the table but Manchester City can go back above them when they visit Southampton on Sunday.

Spurs' performance in the second half was in a stark contrast to their previous two games, in which they scored six times against Everton and put five past Bournemouth. That free-scoring form had led manager Mauricio Pochettino to admit his side were "intruders" in the title race, but a fifth league defeat of the season halts the momentum they had built.  The north London side played well in the first half and had 10 efforts on goal, though most - including Kane's goal - came from distance. Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min were particularly lively. But after the break they were flat and lacked cohesion, the influence of Kane, Son and Eriksen diminished, and the introduction of Lucas Moura failed to spark them into life.

The tension inside Wembley increased as the home support witnessed their team lose control of the game as Wolves, who had barely threatened in the first half, grew in confidence. After Boly's deserved equaliser, the Spurs fans tried to squeeze more from their team but it was Wolves, helped by some slack defending, who created all of the chances late on.


Resolute gameplan works for Wolves - Wolves had eight shots in the second half to Spurs' none Wolves' fans, players and manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrated wildly at full-time. They did not create chances in the opening 45 but, unlike Everton and Bournemouth before them, defended well enough to stay in the game. Then, when Spurs' performance dipped, they began to exert control on the game and Nuno made the right s. Joao Moutinho was introduced to the base of midfield in the 68th minute and dictated play, as well as providing the pin-point cross from the set-piece for  Boly's equaliser. Striker Costa, meanwhile, came on in the 59th minute and made an excellent run before a clinical low finish to seal the game with Wolves' third goal. Victory means they jump to seventh in the table, one place and three points behind Manchester United. They began 2018 as a promotion-chasing Championship side but end it as a team in the top half of the Premier League with a famous win over a title contender.


Tottenham

1Lloris 2Trippier 6D Sánchez 4Alderweireld 33DaviesBooked at 16' 8Winks 17Sissoko 23EriksenBooked at 42' 20Alli sub for Lucas Mouraat 68' 10KaneBooked at 81' 7Son Heung-Min Substitutes 3Rose 14Nkoudou 16Walker-Peters 21Foyth 22Gazzaniga 27Lucas Moura 52Skipp

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 32Dendoncker sub for João Moutinhoat 68' 8Neves 19Castro OttoBooked at 81' 37Traoré sub for Hélder Costaat 59' 7Cavaleiro sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 85'

9JiménezBooked at 84' Substitutes 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 33Bonatini

Referee: Stuart Attwell Attendance: 46,356 (o/w 3158 WW)



Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.


Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

         Tottenham  Wolves

Possession   61%     39%

Shots             10      11

Shots on Tgt  3       4

Corners          6       7

Fouls              7       7


90'+2' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Morgan Gibbs-White is caught offside. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 90' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Matt Doherty.  Goal!

87' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a through ball following a fast break.

86' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Willy Boly.   85' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. Booking 84' Raúl Jiménez (WW) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration. Goal!

83' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Booking 81' Jonny (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Booking 81' Harry Kane (TH) is shown the yellow card. 81' Harry Kane (TH) has gone down, but that's a dive. 80' Kieran Trippier (TH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 79' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Trippier. 77' Foul by Davinson Sánchez (TH). 77' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Conor Coady. Goal! 72' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 72' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Davies.  68' Sub, (TH) Lucas Moura replaces Dele Alli.  68' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Leander Dendoncker. 67' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 62' Foul by Harry Kane (TH). 62' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  59' Sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Adama Traoré because of an injury. 57' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.  54' Hand ball by Adama Traoré (WW). 53' Offside, (WW) Rui Patrício tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 51' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Toby Alderweireld. 51' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 49' Harry Kane (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 49' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 48' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 47' Delay in match Kieran Trippier (TH) because of an injury. 47' Kieran Trippier (TH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). Second Half

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time

        Tottenham  Wolves

Possession   67%   33%

Shots        10     3

Shots on Target 3   0

Corners       3     4

Fouls         4     3

45'+3' First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. 45' Attempt missed. Harry Winks (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen. Booking 42' Christian Eriksen (TH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 42' Foul by Christian Eriksen (TH). 42' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 31' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 31' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Davinson Sánchez. 29' Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (TH) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Harry Winks. 28'Harry Kane (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 28' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 216'Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dele Alli. 25' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Davinson Sánchez. 25' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 24' Offside, (WW) Jonny tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. Goal! 22' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Harry Kane (TH) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 20' Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (TH) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 20' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Conor Coady. 19' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 19' Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (TH) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dele Alli. 19' Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 18' Attempt missed. Dele Alli (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 17' Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 16' Ben Davies (TH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 16' Foul by Ben Davies (TH). 16' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 15' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Davies. 13' Attempt saved. Kieran Trippier (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 12' Harry Kane (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 11' Foul by Son Heung-Min (TH). 11' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Foul by Dele Alli (TH). 9' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (TH) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen. 6' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 5' Delay in match Leander Dendoncker (WW) because of an injury. 5' Delay in match Moussa Sissoko (TH) because of an injury. 4' Moussa Sissoko (TH) wins a free kick on the right wing. 4' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 1' Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen. 1' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Matt Doherty. Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS Pic Jacqui Oatley Tottenham's Dele Alli faces a fitness test on the hamstring injury that ruled him out on Boxing Day.  Serge Aurier is back in training, but Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama remain on the sidelines.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed Diogo Jota is not yet fit enough to return. Leander Dendoncker and Kortney Hause will be assessed after they missed the draw with Fulham because of illness.

Pochettino: 'Spurs can achieve more in new stadium'


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@SteveBowercomm: Mauricio Pochettino says his Tottenham team are title 'intruders' not 'contenders', but there's no escaping their run and best points tally at the halfway stage of a Premier League season. It's a sign of the standard that they are still six points from the summit.  There's real momentum within the club at the moment as they look to build on the 11 goals scored in their last two games alone.  

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has promised his team's approach won't change. Their half-term report is a positive one with three wins on the road already. Spurs will also remember being pushed all the way in the corresponding fixture at Molineux.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We need to prepare not only physically but also our minds to be strong because it's going to be tough to compete in the second half of the season. It's so important for the team that we are fighting and in a very good position.  We were talking that last season was a fantastic season. Now we're in four competitions when last season we were in three because we were out of the Carabao Cup."


Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We've played already many games against top teams where we have shown that we don't change our identity. We are trying to build something, so when you try to build you do not look at the game like 'what is the best way to get a result?'  We've shown in previous games that we attack, we have shots on goals against heavy teams. The way we approach against Tottenham is going to be the same."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Tottenham are on a roll at the moment - the goals are flowing and they are playing fantastically well.  I would not be surprised if Wolves create a few chances in this game - Bournemouth managed it at Wembley on Wednesday - but Spurs have built up a head of steam and will be difficult to stop. Prediction: 2-0


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won just two of their previous nine Premier League meetings with Tottenham.

They are without a win in their last five meetings since a 1-0 victory at Molineux in February 2010. Wolves have won just one of their last 12 away games at Tottenham in all competitions.

Tottenham Hotspur have posted their best halfway return of any Premier League season of 45 points (W15, L4).  Spurs are without a draw so far this season. The last top-flight side to go longer from the start of a season without drawing a game were Burnley: 27 matches in 1953-54. They could equal the Premier League record of scoring at least five goals in three consecutive fixtures, set by Chelsea from May to August 2010 and Manchester City in September 2017.  Mauricio Pochettino's side have won 27 Premier League fixtures in 2018. Only in 1960, with 31 victories, have they earned more top-flight wins in a calendar year. Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 39 Premier League matches against newly-promoted teams since losing 1-0 versus QPR in April 2012 (W36, D3).

Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored 75% of their 20 league goals in the second half of games this season, the highest proportion in the top flight. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have 26 points at the halfway stage - one more than they managed in the whole of their last season in the Premier League in 2011-12. Wolves have won three of their nine away matches this season. They only need one more to match their best return in a Premier League season, set in 2009-10. This is their first match at Wembley Stadium since May 1988 in the Football League Trophy final (then Associate Members' Cup). They beat Burnley 2-0 with goals by Andy Mutch and Robbie Dennison. Matt Jarvis was the last English player to score a Premier League goal for Wolves back in May 2012.

 

19 A Wed 26 Dec 12:30 Fulham D1-1    Live on Sky

Romain Saiss tapped in for Wolves after Joe Bryan's slip on the line

A woeful performance though against the league's bottom team with little attacking impetus or initiative (apart from sub Cav) and nothing to do for the Fulham keeper apart from the fortuitous goal.  Good performances from Moutinho  Jiminex and Cav.  Coady made a goal like cleara

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Fulham missed out on just their third Premier League win of the season as Romain Saiss snatched a scrappy late equaliser for Wolves at Craven Cottage.  The hosts were on top in the first half but striker Aleksandar Mitrovic missed seven chances, while Raul Jimenez went close for the visitors with an acrobatic bicycle kick. Wolves were more assured after the break, dominating possession but without regularly troubling the Fulham defence. The introduction of Ryan Sessegnon, who had missed the previous two matches with a groin injury, gave the hosts more attacking impetus and the 18-year-old winger scuffed in a volley after Rui Patricio's weak punch on 74 minutes.

But the visitors struck 10 minutes later when substitute Ivan Cavaleiro got in down the left to slide the ball across goal, with Fulham wing-back Joe Bryan stopping the ball but then falling over - allowing Saiss to tap in his first Premier League goal.

Mitrovic got in behind from a long, clearing kick by Fulham keeper Sergio Rico on 90 minutes but his deflected, clipped effort was cleared off the line by Conor Coady. Wednesday's draw takes Fulham off the bottom of the table, three points from safety, before Huddersfield - who have replaced them in 20th - face Manchester United at Old Trafford at 15:00 GMT.  

The wasteful eight

Wolves captain Conor Coady cleared the ball off the line to ensure Aleksandar Mitrovic missed with all eight of his shots. Mitrovic failed to convert any of his eight chances against Wolves and has now not scored in his past six league appearances, having also had another six-game goalless streak earlier in the season. The Serbia international became the first player in the Premier League this season to have seven attempts in the first half, but he only got two on target, both of which were too close to Patricio. It took 25 minutes for the first effort on target by either side in a lifeless start, Mitrovic failing to get enough power on a header at the back post off Cyrus Christie's cross. He then picked up a loose ball in the Wolves area, before turning his man and shifting it past another - but his low effort was blocked by Patricio's legs. Mitrovic was kept quieter in the second half before missing the most crucial opening of the game - he did well to force his way on to Rico's clearance but then could not lift his effort over Ryan Bennett's outstretched leg, with Coady alert to scramble the ball away While he causes defences plenty of problems, Mitrovic's scoring rate of seven goals in the first half of the season is not likely to be enough to keep up a Fulham side that has conceded 43 times.

Improved Fulham still falter

Fulham have now taken six points from seven matches under Claudio Ranieri, one more than they managed in 12 games under predecessor Slavisa Jokanovic this season. While perhaps not a seismic improvement, the Italian has made the Cottagers more organised, their defence keeping Wolves to largely speculative efforts for long periods. The return of Sessegnon is also particularly welcome. His goal was a touch fortunate, deflecting off a Wolves defender and the underside of the crossbar on the way in - but he gave his side renewed vigour after replacing Andre Schurrle on 67 minutes when Wolves were no top. However, Fulham are still prone to lapses of concentration and Joao Moutinho was given far too much time and space on the ball to turn and slide in an unmarked Cavaleiro before Bryan's error on the line. With key matches against fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield and Burnley coming up - as well as tough games against Arsenal and Tottenham - Fulham could well rue missing out on two extra points here come the end of the campaign.  

Wolves find a way.  

Since Wolves came up as Championship winners last season and Fulham were promoted through the play-offs, the gap between these sides has increased. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have still only scored 20 times this season - three more than Fulham - but they look a much more accomplished team in possession and have a fine defensive record, conceding fewer than Manchester United and Arsenal so far. With Portugal international Moutinho running play from midfield, Wolves also have threats from the bench - Cavaleiro brighter than the anonymous Adama Traore after replacing him at half-time, and fellow substitute Helder Costa putting Bryan under pressure for Saiss' equaliser. This was far from Wolves' most fluent performance but they found a way to claim a point and will be delighted with an impressive first half to the season that gives them a fine chance of a top-10 finish in their first top-flight season since 2012.

Man of the match - Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

Romain Saiss and Joao Moutinho formed an assured central midfield pairing in the absence of Ruben Neves, with the Portugal international particularly impressive, helping to set up the equaliser

'A little frustrated but a draw is fair' - reaction

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, speaking to BBC Sport: "I am a little bit frustrated but the draw is right. Yes we missed the opportunity, but it's OK.  It was a good performance from my players, everyone understood the problem and was working for the problem. When you are bottom, you have to fight, take chances, continue to fight, I am satisfied with the performance. It was only the second match we have played with this system."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Sport: "I felt when Fulham scored it was unfair because we had so much of the ball and looked more likely to score - but this is the game. I am very happy with our second-half performance but in the first half we didn't quite get in the game - it was not well played because there was no space. Fulham were so well organised, they allowed us possession but were so compact, and we know how good Claudio is shaping his teams. After half-time, the players that came in for us gave width and we managed to play much better in the second half. I think we were closer [to winning], our attitude was more active in going for the game. Fulham did not risk, always looking for counter-attacks."


Still just the one clean sheet for Fulham - stats

Fulham have conceded in all but one of their past 23 Premier League fixtures.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have lost just one of their past eight Premier League games in London, winning three.

Wolves have scored 75% of their league goals in the second half of their games this season (15 of 20), the highest proportion in the competition.

Since his league debut in August 2016, Ryan Sessegnon has been directly involved in more league goals (including play-offs) than any other Fulham player (23 goals, 14 assists).

At 18 years and 221 days old, Sessegnon is the third-youngest player to score in the Premier League on 26 December, after James Milner (16 years on 356 days in 2002) and Michael Owen (18 years and 12 days in 1997).

Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss scored his first Premier League goal, becoming the 14th Moroccan to score in the competition, and the first since Sofiane Boufal for Southampton against Tottenham on 26 December last year.

What's next?

Fulham host Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 GMT kick-off) before travelling to London rivals Arsenal on New Year's Day (15:00).

Wolves have a league game at Tottenham at 15:00 on Saturday and host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, 2 January at 19:45.


Line-ups

Fulham

25Rico 4Odoi 26Mawson 13Ream 22ChristieBooked at 45mins 5ChambersBooked at 44mins 24SeriSubstituted forMcDonaldat 82'minutes 23Bryan 47KamaraSubstituted forCairneyat 73'minutes 9Mitrovic 14SchürrleSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 67'minutes Substitutes 1Bettinelli 3R Sessegnon 6McDonald 10Cairney 11Ayité 19Vietto 20Le Marchand

Rico was virtually unemployed for the whole match - apart from one save and the goal

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett  16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 27SaïssBooked at 44mins 19Castro OttoSubstituted forVinagreat 82'minutes 17Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forHélder Costaat 63'minutes 37TraoréSubstituted forCavaleiroat 45'minutes 9Jiménez Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 8Neves 10Hélder Costa 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 33Bonatini 49Kilman

Referee: Andre Marriner Attendance: 24,382

Match Stats

         Fulham Wolves

Possession  30%  70%

Shots       11    14

Shots on Target 5  5

Corners      2     0

Fouls        9     6


Match ends, Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+2' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross. 90'+1' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 90'+1' Tom Cairney (FFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  90' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Rico. 90' Attempt saved. Rúben Vinagre (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 86' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Goal!

85' Goal! Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Romain Saïss (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. 84' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked first by keeper then handball on the line. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.  82' Sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny.  82' Sub, (FFC). Kevin McDonald replaces Jean Michael Seri. 81' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross. Goal! 74'  Goal! Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Ryan Sessegnon (FFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation. 73' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 73' Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 73' Sub, (FFC). Tom Cairney replaces Aboubakar Kamara. 67' Sub, (FFC). Ryan Sessegnon replaces André Schürrle. 66' Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.  63' Sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 58' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 56' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 51' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny with a cross. 46' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 46' Aboubakar Kamara (FFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 46' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (FFC).

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Adama Traoré.

Half Time

45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Booking 45' Cyrus Christie (FFC) is shown the yellow card. Booking 44' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card. Booking 44' Calum Chambers (FFC) is shown the yellow card. 44' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 44' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (FFC). 43' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Bryan. 40' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 39' Offside, (WW) Adama Traoré tries a through ball, but Jonny is caught offside. 38' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 38' Denis Odoi (FFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Cyrus Christie (FFC). 35' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 33' Delay in match Romain Saïss (WW) because of an injury. 33' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 33' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (FFC). 32' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 31' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Rico. 28' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (FFC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara. 27' Attempt saved. André Schürrle (FFC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic. 26' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross. 24' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Foul by Calum Chambers (FFC). 21' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 21' Denis Odoi (FFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Ryan Bennett is caught offside. 18' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 18' Foul by Cyrus Christie (FFC). 17' Attempt missed.  Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by André Schürrle. 12' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho. 11' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 11' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (FFC). 10' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross following a corner. 10' Corner, (FFC). Conceded by Romain Saïss. 10' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle with a  cross. 9' Corner, (FFC). Conceded by Romain Saïss. 8' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny. 2' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 2' Foul by Cyrus Christie (FFC). 1' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 1' Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 1' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 1' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC). Kick Off

First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Fulham are hopeful Ryan Sessegnon can play on Boxing Day after two games out with a groin injury.  Midfielder Frank Anguissa remains sidelined and is not expected to return until the new year, according to manager Claudio Ranieri.

Wolves are again likely to be without forward Diogo Jota, who missed the defeat by Liverpool because of a hamstring injury.  He is Wolves' only injury concern heading into the festive period.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri: "Nuno Espirito Santo is doing a very good job. I watched the match against Liverpool, and Wolverhampton played fantastically.  They created two or three great chances in the first half. It will be another tough match for us."

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves on facing bottom club Fulham: "We don't think about the table, we think about the game, we think about what we have to do. Fulham, we know already [from last season] is a very good team and it is a tough stadium to play, and we have to focus on that."


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Fulham ended a nine-match winless streak in this fixture by beating Wolves 2-0 at home when the sides last met in February.  This is their first Premier League meeting since March 2012, when Fulham recorded a 5-0 home win.  Wolves have never won in four previous Premier League trips to Craven Cottage, losing twice.



Fulham have claimed five points from six games since Claudio Ranieri was appointed manager.

The Whites kept their first clean sheet of the season at Newcastle last Saturday - it was their first in 21 Premier League matches.

They have failed to score in six of their last nine league games.

Ranieri has never won a Premier League Boxing Day fixture in six previous attempts, losing four of them.

Only three sides in Premier League history have avoided relegation having been bottom of the table at Christmas: Leicester in 2014, Sunderland in 2013 and West Brom in 2004.


Wolverhampton Wanderers


Wolves have won three and lost three of their last six league fixtures.

They have kept one clean sheet in 10 matches, having begun the season with four in their opening eight games.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have lost all three of their Premier League games played on Boxing Day.

This will be Wolves' 100th league game played on Boxing Day, making them just the second side to play as many on the date, after neighbours West Bromwich Albion.

Wolves have 25 points after 18 games, which is as many as they accrued in total in their last Premier League season in 2011-12.

 

18 H Fri 21 Dec 20:00 Liverpool   Live on Sky L0-2    

Slow down Adama Traore Article

18 Wolves 0 Liverpool 2 HT 0-1

Salah (18'), van Dijk (68')


Perhaps Nuno was resting his "A"team for the Fulham match in starting Traore who showed some speed (albeit beaten by Van Dyke) and missed two pretty straightforward chances

Beeb report: Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a victory at Wolves that took them four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.  The Reds went ahead when Fabinho played a one-two with Sadio Mane and crossed for Salah, who flicked the ball into the net with the outside of his foot. The Egyptian set up Liverpool's second with a wonderful lofted pass over the home defence, allowing Virgil van Dijk to side-foot a six-yard volley past Rui Patricio. City, the defending champions, play their game in hand on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace, but this victory ensures for Jurgen Klopp's side will be top on Christmas Day. Eight of the past nine teams to have been top on December 25 have gone on to win the title.

Wolves had several chances but failed to trouble the keeper

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 27Saïss 8Neves 19Castro Otto sub for Vinagreat 81' 28João Moutinho sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 63' 37Traoré sub for Cavaleiroat 63' 9Jiménez Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 33Bonatini

Liverpool

13Alisson 7Milner 6Lovren 4van Dijk 26Robertson 14Henderson 3Fabinho 10Mané sub for Clyneat 87' 9Roberto Firmino sub for Wijnaldumat 76' 8Keita sub for Lallanaat 58' 11Salah Substitutes 2Clyne 5Wijnaldum 15Sturridge 20Lallana 22Mignolet 23Shaqiri 27Origi

Referee: Craig Pawson Attendance: 31,358

         Wolves Liverpool

Possession 38%   62%

Shots       11   15

Shots on Tgt 5    6

Corners      1   10

Fouls        7    3

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 2.

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 2.

90'+5' Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liv) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. 90'+5' James Milner (Liv) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+5' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 90'+2' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro. 90'+2' James Milner (Liv) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+2' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 90'+1' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 90'+1'

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liv) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk. 89' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. 88' Foul by James Milner (Liv). 88' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  87' sub, (Liv) Nathaniel Clyne replaces Sadio Mané. 85' Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liv) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner. 84' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 82' Hand ball by James Milner (Liv). 82' Georginio Wijnaldum (Liv) wins a free kick on the left wing. 82' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).  81' sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny. 78' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Conor Coady. 78' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny.  76' sub, (Liv) Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Roberto Firmino. 72' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 71' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Henderson. 70' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Willy Boly. Goal! 68' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 2. Virgil van Dijk (Liv) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by  Mohamed Salah with a through ball following a corner. 67' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 67' Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Liv) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sadio Mané.63' sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Adama Traoré.  63' sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho.62'Offside, (WW) Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Jonny is caught offside.62'Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 61'Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Ryan Bennett.  58' sub, (Liv) Adam Lallana replaces Naby Keita because of an injury. 58' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 57' Delay in match Naby Keita (Liv) because of an injury. 55' Attempt missed. James Milner (Liv) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sadio Mané. 53' Attempt blocked. Naby Keita (Liv) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Robertson. 52' Attempt blocked. Naby Keita (Liv) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah. 51'Offside, (Liv) Virgil van Dijk tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside. 50' Mohamed Salah (Liv) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 50' Foul by Jonny (WW). 48' Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liv) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner. 47' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Conor Coady. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.


HT        Wolves Liverpool

Possession  37%  63%

Shots        8    5

Shots on Tgt 4    2

Corners      0    1

Fouls        3    1


Half Time 45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.

44' Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liv). 44' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 42' Fabinho (Liv) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 42' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 42' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 39'Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 38' Attempt saved. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 37' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Bennett. 37' Virgil van Dijk (Liv) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 34' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 29' Offside, (Liv) Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside. 27' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 26' Attempt saved. James Milner (Liv) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson. 4' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. Goal! 18' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1. Mohamed Salah (Liv) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabinho following a set piece situation. 18' Naby Keita (Liv) wins a free kick on the left wing. 18' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 16' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 15' Delay in match Jonny (WW) because of an injury. 14' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 13' Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Liv) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 12' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 12' Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liv) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 10' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a fast break. 4' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho. 3' Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liv) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah. Kick Off  First Half begins.

 

TEAM NEWS

Wolves winger Diogo Jota is ruled out because of the hamstring problem that forced him off against Bournemouth. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has no other new injury concerns.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is again set to miss out with a sprained ankle, but he should return over the festive period.  James Milner, who sat out Sunday's victory versus Manchester United because of a minor muscle problem, is expected to be available. Liverpool can complete Premier League season unbeaten, claims Lovren

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@SimonBrotherton: Liverpool head to Molineux for the first of two trips in the space of two and a half weeks, knowing a win will leave them in top spot on Christmas Day. The previous four sides to lead the way on 25 December have gone on to win the title. The last team not to were Liverpool themselves. With 25 points, Wolves have already matched their tally from the whole of their most recent Premier League campaign in 2011-12.  Their record against the established top six this season has also been excellent. The only defeat in five such games came at home to Tottenham, and they have beaten Chelsea while taking a point off both Manchester clubs and Arsenal.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on the team's improved form: "It makes you proud that when you have a bad moment and you get out of it, the way we did it, credit to the players - we solved it.  It doesn't mean it can't happen again, but we are ready.  They [Liverpool] are top of the league, it says we're going to face one of the best teams in Europe. We look forward to it."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Wolves: "What they did last year in the Championship, I am not sure that happened too often. Very often you go up with this kind of old-school British football - it's a tough league and it makes sense to do it - [but] the only two teams [in] the last few years that did it differently were Huddersfield and now Wolves, so that's unbelievable.  Then they brought in players again and needed a bit of time so that everything fits. Now they are really strong again, they won the last three; we have to go there and be at our best again."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

We have already seen Manchester City and Chelsea drop points at Molineux this season, but I am backing Liverpool to leave with three points. Prediction: 1-2


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head: Wolves have beaten Liverpool in two of the last five meetings, with both of those wins coming at Anfield - including in the FA Cup fourth round last year. However, their last win against the Reds at Molineux was on 29 August 1981. Liverpool, then reigning European champions, gave debuts to Mark Lawrenson and Bruce Grobbelaar in that game, which they lost 1-0. Wolves are winless in four Premier League home meetings, with their only goal a 90th-minute equaliser from Kenny Miller in a 1-1 draw on 21 January 2004.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to win four consecutive top-flight games for the first time since a similar sequence from December 1971 to January 1972. That streak ended with a goalless draw against Liverpool at Molineux. They have 25 points this season, equal to their total tally in their most recent Premier League campaign in 2011-12. Wolves have lost 11 successive top-flight games played on a Friday. Their last win on a Friday came against Sunderland in April 1965. None of Wolves' last 20 Premier League goals have been scored by an Englishman, with the most recent netted by Matt Jarvis in 2012.  The only other club for whom an Englishman has not scored a Premier League goal this season, excluding own goals, is Newcastle; Harrow-born Ciaran Clark has netted for the Magpies but is a Republic of Ireland international.

Liverpool's haul of 45 points from their opening 17 league games is their best at this stage of a top-flight campaign. The Reds have won their last five games in league and cup.  They have earned seven successive league victories against newly-promoted sides, scoring a total of 23 goals and conceding just twice.  The team top of the table on Christmas Day has gone on to win the title in 14 of the 26 previous Premier League seasons, and in eight of the last nine campaigns (the exception being Liverpool in 2013-14). Wolves will be the 27th different side Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has faced in the Premier League - he has beaten all previous 26 opponents at least once. Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 10 goals in eight Premier League appearances against newly-promoted teams for the Reds, with five goals and five assists. Jordan Henderson could make his 300th appearance for the Reds in all competitions.

 

17 H Sat 15 Dec 15:00 Bournemouth W2:0   

17 WW 2 Jiménez (12'), Cavaleiro (90'+4) AFC Bournemouth 0  for London Wolves Xmas party click here


Beeb  - pic John Bray

Wolves climbed above Bournemouth and into seventh in the Premier League table with a home win over the Cherries.

Raul Jimenez got his fifth goal of the season for the opener, turning in Diogo Jota's deflected shot after a bad Charlie Daniels error. It was a gift of a goal that came against the run of play and from the first half's only attempt on target, before Jefferson Lerma hit a tame shot close to half-time. Jota picked up an injury (hamstring) and was replaced at half-time by Helder Costa, who should have doubled Wolves' lead but fired rashly wide with only Asmir Begovic to beat. Bournemouth top scorer Callum Wilson was introduced shortly after, but it was Junior Stanislas who almost found the equaliser with a free-kick that rattled Rui Patricio's crossbar. In driving rain, Eddie Howe's side dominated possession with much of the match played in Wolves' half, but they failed to find a way through a solid defence. And they were punished on the break as they threw everything forward in injury time, with substitute Ivan Cavaleiro finishing coolly in an easy one-on-one set up by Costa's pass on the halfway line. Defeat leaves the Cherries with just one win from their past seven league matches and they slip to 10th.

Wolves are now one point behind sixth-placed Manchester United, who play away to Liverpool on Sunday.


Wolves' tight defence impresses again - In their previous top flight season in 2011-12, Wolves finished on 25 points and were relegated as the bottom side. They have now matched that points total already with a third victory in a row after beating Chelsea at home and Newcastle away. It is the first time Wolves have won three in a row in the top flight since 1980. Jota scored two goals in those previous two wins and he played a big role in the opener at Molineux on Saturday. From a certain angle he looked to have cleverly disguised a shot to pick out Jimenez to his right, but in fact it was a deflected effort that clipped Steve Cook's heels and fell favourably to the Mexico striker for an easy finish. However, Jota was taken off at the break after emerging injured from a collision with Cook when he was clear on goal. The referee decided Cook's challenge was fair, although Jota appeared to land awkwardly. Perhaps if the 22-year-old Portuguese winger had not been forced off Wolves would have threatened more after the break. Instead, Nuno Espirito Santo's side once more relied on their impressively solid defence before sealing the points with Cavaleiro's simple 94th-minute winner.

In terms of expected goals, the value by which Opta values chances conceded, only Liverpool and Manchester City have a better record than Wolves so far this season.



TEAM NEWS

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 8Neves

19Castro Otto 17Gibbs-White sub for Saïssat 75' 9Jiménez sub for Cavaleiroat 89' 18Jota sub for Hélder Costaat 45'Booked at 66mins Substitutes

7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 37Traoré

Bournemouth

27Begovic 3S CookBooked at 34mins 5aké 26Mings sub for Ricoat 36' 10Ibe sub for Wilsonat 58' 6Surman 8LermaBooked at 39mins 11Daniels 19Stanislas sub for Moussetat 80' 24Fraser 17King Substitutes 1Boruc 7Pugh 9Mousset 13Wilson 18Defoe 20Brooks 21Rico

Referee: Simon Hooper Attendance: 30,997


Full time


          Wolves Bournemouth

Possession 38%   62%

Shots       9    13

Shots on Target 3 3

Corners     5     3

Fouls      15     7




Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bournemouth 0.


Full Time


90'+5'

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bournemouth 0.

Goal!

90'+4' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bournemouth 0. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a through ball following a fast break.

90'+3' Diego Rico (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 90'+2' Foul by Jefferson Lerma (AFCB). 90'+2' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Joshua King (AFCB) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Rico. 90' Offside, (WW) Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside.  89' sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Raúl Jiménez. 88' Attempt missed. Steve Cook (AFCB) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.  85' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Asmir Begovic. 85' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho. 82' Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).  80' sub, (AFCB) Lys Mousset replaces Junior Stanislas. 77' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jefferson Lerma. 75' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Willy Boly is caught offside.  75' sub, (WW) Romain Saïss replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 74'Hand ball by Jefferson Lerma (AFCB). 74' Attempt saved. Steve Cook (AFCB) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Rico with a cross. 74' Corner, (AFCB) Conceded by Willy Boly. 73' Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (AFCB) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King. 72' Corner, (AFCB) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 69' Junior Stanislas (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 68' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Asmir Begovic. 68' Foul by Joshua King (AFCB). 68' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 66' Hélder Costa (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 66' Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 65' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 63' Attempt saved. Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 63' Junior Stanislas (AFCB) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick. 63' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 61' Delay in match Conor Coady (WW) because of an injury. 60' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 60' Steve Cook (AFCB) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  58' sub, (AFCB) Callum Wilson replaces Jordon Ibe. 58' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White following a fast break. 55'Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 54' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 54' Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (AFCB) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jefferson Lerma. 53' Junior Stanislas (AFCB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 53' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 52' Andrew Surman (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 51' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Daniels. 51' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 51' Attempt blocked. Joshua King (AFCB) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser. 50' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.  49' Foul by Diego Rico (AFCB). 49' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Joshua King (AFCB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).

Second Half


Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

45' sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota because of an injury.

Half Time

45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

Half Time

        Wolves  Bournemouth

Possession  36%  64%

Shots        3    4

Shots on Target 1 1

Corners      1    1

Fouls        7    3


45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

45'+2' Attempt saved. Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Surman. 45'+1' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 44' Delay in match Diogo Jota (WW) because of an injury. 41' Steve Cook (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 40' Foul by Diego Rico (AFCB). 40' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. Booking 39' Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 39' Foul by Jefferson Lerma (AFCB). 39' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Attempt missed. Diego Rico (AFCB) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.36' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joshua King. 36'Delay over. They are ready to continue. 36'sub, (AFCB) Diego Rico replaces Tyrone Mings because of an injury. 35' Delay in match Tyrone Mings (AFCB) because of an injury. Booking 34' Steve Cook (AFCB) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 34'Foul by Steve Cook (AFCB). 34' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 33' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 31' Delay in match Tyrone Mings (AFCB) because of an injury. 29' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 27' Joshua King (AFCB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 27' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 23' Tyrone Mings (AFCB) wins a free kick on the left wing. 23' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 22' Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (AFCB) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tyrone Mings with a cross. 21' Charlie Daniels (AFCB) wins a free kick on the left wing. 21' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). Goal!

12' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

12' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. 11' Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 5' Steve Cook (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 3' Corner, (AFCB) Conceded by Conor Coady. 3' Attempt blocked. Joshua King (AFCB) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman with a through ball. 2' Jordon Ibe (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Foul by Jonny (WW). Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo must decide whether to recall regular starters Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez, who were both substitutes against Newcastle last weekend. Jonny Castro Otto is training after a knee injury and could be involved.  This is Ryan Bennett's 50th game for WWFC.

Bournemouth's leading scorer Callum Wilson should be fit to return from a hamstring problem. Dan Gosling is out following a knee operation, while Lewis Cook and Adam Smith are long-term absentees.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@alistairmann01: It's the first top-flight meeting between these two sides but it seems sure to be the first of many.  Two straight wins for Wolves has restored self-belief after a run of just one point in six games, and they continue to exhibit a quality in their play that is ideally suited to the Premier League.  They're a completely different proposition to their predecessors of 2011-12, who were relegated with fewer victories throughout the campaign than this current side have earned in their first 16 matches.  That Bournemouth arrive similarly placed in the top half of the table owes everything to their brilliant start to the season, as five defeats in their last six matches has begun to seriously stunt their progress.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We know how hard it is to get back-to-back wins and we want to continue. It's a tough challenge we face. What is important is that we are ready for tomorrow."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "We want to get out there and put the Liverpool game to bed. The Christmas period is a really important time for us. We know we can build some real momentum and these periods can often define seasons. Wolves have done well and have carried their form and playing style forward from the Championship."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

I think Wolves will win. Their last-minute winner at Newcastle kept up their momentum after their win over Chelsea, and they will be full of confidence at the moment.  Prediction: 2-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

This is the inaugural top-flight meeting between the two sides. Bournemouth have won 2-1 in each of their last three games against Wolves in all competitions. Wolves have gone five matches without a win against Bournemouth since beating them 3-1 in December 1989.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves are vying to win three consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since March 1980. Their tally of six Premier League wins this season is already one more than they managed in the whole of their last top-flight campaign, in 2011-12.  They have failed to score a first-half goal in seven league games at Molineux since Ruben Neves' 44th-minute strike against Everton on the opening weekend. Wolves have scored two 90th-minute winners this season, a joint league high with Manchester United. Diogo Jota has scored in successive Premier League games, after not scoring in his first 13 appearances in the division.

Bournemouth

It's five defeats in six league games for Bournemouth, who had earned 13 points from their previous six fixtures. The Cherries could fail to score in consecutive Premier League matches for only the second time in 2018, having done so in April. Their last six Premier League goals have been scored before half time. Ten of Bournemouth's last 11 Premier League goals were either scored or set up by Callum Wilson or Ryan Fraser. Wilson has scored eight Premier League goals this campaign, equalling his career-best tally from last season.

 

16 A Sun 9 Dec 16:00 Newcastle   Live on Sky  W 1:2


16 Newcastle Utd 1 Pérez (23'), Yedlin (Dismissed at  57') Wolves 2 Jota (17'), Doherty (90'+4)

HT 1-1


150 up for Conor Coady


Matt Doherty headed home in the fifth minute of injury time to give Wolves victory over 10-man Newcastle at St James' Park. Doherty netted the rebound after Diogo Jota's shot was pushed into his path by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Jota had given Wolves the lead before the break when he side-footed home.


Ayoze Perez's superb header quickly pulled Newcastle level, but they were reduced to 10 men when DeAndre Yedlin was sent off after 57.  Newcastle had dominated the first half - Salomon Rondon smashing a free-kick against the crossbar with one of their 10 shots - but came under increasing pressure after Yedlin's dismissal. Doherty forced a diving save from Dubravka and Raul Jimenez hit the crossbar, before the former struck the decisive blow as the clock ticked down.  Victory is Wolves' second in succession in the Premier League - the first time they have secured back-to-back wins since early October.


Persistence pays off as Jota impresses - Jota has scored in back-to-back Premier League games, after not scoring in his first 13


Wolves' week could not have gone much better. This victory came four days after they ended a run of seven league games without a victory by beating fourth-placed Chelsea 2-1. They were made to work hard by Newcastle, who had the upper hand prior to Yedlin's dismissal. But Jota was again influential - scoring his second goal in as many weeks and winning the free-kick which led to the sending-off. It was also his shot that was palmed into Doherty's path late on, and Wolves will hope his bright form continues throughout a festive period that includes matches against Liverpool and Tottenham.

For now, though, they can celebrate a place in the Premier League's top 10.


Line-ups

Newcastle

12Dubravka 6Lascelles 18Fernandez sub for Manquilloat 45' 2Clark 22Yedlin booked at 57 10Diamé 4Ki Sung-yueng booked at 18 30Atsu sub for Kenedyat 89' 11Ritchie 17Pérez 9Rondón sub for Joseluat 86' Substitutes 3Dummett 13Muto 15Kenedy 19Manquillo 21Joselu 36Longstaff 41Woodman

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett booked at 80 16Coady booked at 72 15Boly 2Doherty booked at 33 27Saïss sub for Jiménezat 60' 8Neves

29Vinagre 10Hélder Costa booked at 65 sub for João Moutinhoat 76' 37Traoré sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 60' 18Jota booked at 73 Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 9Jiménez 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 28João Moutinho 32Dendoncker 33Bonatini

Referee: Mike Dean Attendance:50,223


Match stats

       Newcastle Wolves

Possession  51%  49%

Shots       12   13

Shots on Target 4 6

Corners      4    6

Fouls        9   17



Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time 90'+7'

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Booking 90'+6' Ciaran Clark (NU) is shown the yellow card. 90'+6' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+6' Foul by Ciaran Clark (NU).

Goal! 90'+4'

Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

90'+4' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho. 90'+1' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 89' Sub, (NU) Kenedy replaces Christian Atsu. 86' Sub, (NU) Joselu replaces Salomón Rondón. 86' Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 83' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 83' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 81' Delay in match Ayoze Pérez (NU) because of an injury. 81' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Martin Dubravka. 81' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota. Booking 80' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card. 80' Salomón Rondón (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 78' Offside, (WW) Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 77' Hand ball by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 76' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Hélder Costa. 76' Offside, (WW) Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 75' Raúl Jiménez (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Hélder Costa following a fast break. 75' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Conor Coady. Booking 73' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 73' Ayoze Pérez (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). Booking 72' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 72' Salomón Rondón (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 70' Foul by Matt Ritchie (NU). 70' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 70' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 68' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 68' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 67' Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (NU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. 66' Jamaal Lascelles (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). Booking 55' Hélder Costa (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 65' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 65' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 63' Ayoze Pérez (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 62' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White with a cross following a corner. 61' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ayoze Pérez.  60' Sub, (WW) Raúl Jiménez replaces Romain Saïss.  60' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Adama Traoré. 59' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matt Ritchie. 58' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Dismissal 57' DeAndre Yedlin (NU) is shown the red card. 57' Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (NU). 57' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 56' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 53' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross following a set piece situation. 53' Foul by Ciaran Clark (NU). 53' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 51' Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (NU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a cross. 50' Ciaran Clark (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 46' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 46' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).  45' Sub, (NU) Javier Manquillo replaces Federico Fernández. Second Half


Second Half begins Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.


         Newcastle Wolves

Possession   60%    40%

Shots        10      3

Shots on Target 4    2

Corners       3      3

Fouls         6      6

Half Time


45'+2' First Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45'+1' Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (NU) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a cross following a corner. 45' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 45' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez. 44' Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (NU). 44' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 42' Foul by Mohamed Diamé (NU). 42' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner. 36' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matt Ritchie. Booking 33' Matt Doherty (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 33' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 33' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 30' Attempt saved. Federico Fernández (NU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a cross. 29' Mohamed Diamé (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 29' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 26' Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Atsu. 25' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 23' Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Ayoze Pérez (NU) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Salomón Rondón with a cross following a set piece situation. 22' Ayoze Pérez (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 22' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). Booking 18' Ki Sung-yueng (NU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

17' Goal! Newcastle United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

15' Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (NU). 15' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 14' Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner. 13' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 13' Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (NU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross. 13' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. 12' Foul by Federico Fernández (NU). 12' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 11' Foul by Christian Atsu (NU). 11' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 9' Hand ball by Rúben Neves (WW). 8' Ciaran Clark (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 7' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matt Ritchie. 6' Corner, (WW) Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin. 2' Foul by Christian Atsu (NU). 2' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (NU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé. Kick Off

First Half begins.



Diogo Jota scored his first Premier League goal in midweek. He was Wolves' top scorer last season with 17 Championship goals.

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle are hopeful Kenedy and Paul Dummett will be fit to play but Isaac Hayden, Florian Lejeune and Karl Darlow are certain absentees. Fabian Schar is banned after accruing five bookings but Matt Ritchie is available after suspension.

Wolves are boosted by the return of Ruben Neves following a one-game ban. Leander Dendoncker made his league debut in their midweek win over Chelsea and could be set for an increased role, but Jonny Otto is still out.  

Wolves v Liverpool: FA Cup third-round tie to be shown live on BBC Sport

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@ConorMcNamaraIE: Wolves are rightly admired for their attacking verve, yet they have only scored three league goals more than Newcastle.  Although there is a huge gulf in the praise doled out to these teams, there are only two places between them in the table. Newcastle's set -piece defending again failed them in midweek as Everton's equaliser came from a corner. They have now conceded a league-high 10 set-piece goals and need to rectify that and quick. Wolves enjoyed one of their best results of the campaign against Chelsea on Wednesday, and Diogo Jota's first Premier League goal could be the start of a return to form for last season's top scorer.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "Wolves are a very good team - they have had the same manager for a while and have been playing the same way."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Apart from last weekend (against West Ham), Newcastle have been in decent form for the past few weeks, and I think they will get a draw here. Prediction: 1-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Newcastle have never lost in six previous Premier League matches against Wolves, winning two and drawing four. Both sides have scored in all six of those Premier League encounters - it is the competition's most-played fixture yet to produce a clean sheet. Wolves are winless in 15 top-flight matches away to Newcastle, losing 10 of them, since a 4-3 victory in February 1959. However, Wolves won 2-0 on their last league visit to St. James' Park, in the Championship in September 2016.

Newcastle United

Newcastle have lost six of their opening eight home league games, which is a joint-club record for this stage of the season. Nine of the Magpies' 12 league goals have been scored in the first half. Their only victory in the past 12 Premier League matches in the month of December came at West Ham last year. Newcastle are one of three teams, along with Brighton and Burnley, not to have scored a league goal from outside the penalty area this season. Rafael Benitez has not lost any of his 22 home Premier League matches against a promoted club, winning 16 of them. Newcastle and Wolves are the only teams not to have had an English goalscorer this season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves earned their first league win in seven attempts at the expense of Chelsea in midweek. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have scored three first-half goals, the fewest in the division. Wolves are yet to score more than once in an away league fixture this season. Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in eight of his team's 15 league goals, scoring four and providing four assists.


 

15 H Wed 5 Dec 19:45 Chelsea    W 2:1

Diogo goal https://twitter.com/i/status/1070426520378851328  Meanwhile Joey Feehan’s birthday featured in the match progamme

14 Wolves 2 Jiménez (59'), Jota (63') Chelski 1 Loftus-Cheek (18')


HT 0-1


Wolves fought back from a goal down to stun Chelsea and gain their first victory in seven Premier League matches.  The visitors went ahead when Ruben Loftus-Cheek's 25-yard effort was headed into his own net by Wolves captain Conor Coady. Chelsea had chances to extend their lead but Willian had a free-kick tipped over, Antonio Rudiger shot off target and N'Golo Kante fired just wide. Those misses proved costly as Raul Jimenez's low strike, following a fine run from 18-year-old midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, made it level.

Wolves scored what proved to be the winner four later as Matt Doherty's cross was finished at the back post by Diogo Jota for his first Premier League goal. It is now back-to-back away league defeats for Maurizio Sarri's side, who are set to drop down to fourth below Tottenham and remain 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, who they play at Stamford Bridge on Saturday


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady booked  61mins 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho booked  54mins 27Saïss booked  37mins 29Vinagre booked  68mins

9Jiménez sub for Dendonckerat 81'minutes 18Jota sub for Cavaleiroat 88'minutes 17Gibbs-White sub for Hélder Costaat 72'minutes Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 21Ruddy 30Hause 32Dendoncker 33Bonatini 37Traoré

Chelsea

1Arrizabalaga 28Azpilicueta 2Rüdiger 27Christensen booked  90mins 3Alonso booked  90mins 7Kanté sub for Kovacicat 77'minutes 4Fàbregas booked  64mins 12Loftus-Cheek 22Willian sub for Pedroat 65'minutes 29Morata sub for Giroudat 65'minutes booked  85mins 10E Hazard Substitutes 5Jorginho 11Pedro 13Caballero 17Kovacic 18Giroud 21Zappacosta 30David Luiz

Referee: Jonathan Moss Attendance: 31,300


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 1.

         WolvesA Chelsea

Possession  30%   70%

Shots        6     17

Shots on Target 2   3

Corners      1      5

Fouls       18     10

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 1.

Booking  90'+4' Andreas Christensen (CFC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+4' Foul by Andreas Christensen (CFC). 90'+4' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+2' Offside, (WW) Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Ivan  Cavaleiro is caught offside. Booking 90'+1' Marcos Alonso (CFC) is shown the yellow card. 90' Foul by Marcos Alonso (CFC). 90' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.  88' sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota. 87' Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (CFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Booking 85' Olivier Giroud (CFC) is shown the yellow  card. 85' Foul by Mateo Kovacic (CFC). 85' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (CFC) with an attempt from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a cross following a corner. 84' Corner, (CFC) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 82' Foul by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CFC). 82' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  81' sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Raúl Jiménez. 80' Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (CFC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard. 78'

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (CFC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.   77' sub, (CFC) Mateo Kovacic replaces N'Golo Kanté. 76' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 75' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Marcos Alonso. 74' Corner, (CFC) Conceded by João Moutinho. 73'Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 73' Foul by Marcos Alonso (CFC). 73' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.  72' sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 69' Andreas Christensen (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). Booking 68' Rúben Vinagre (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. (No, wasn't a foul) 68' N'Golo Kanté (CFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 68' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 67' Foul by Olivier Giroud (CFC). 67' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Olivier Giroud (CFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 66' Foul by Willy Boly (WW).  65' sub, (CFC) Olivier Giroud replaces Álvaro Morata.  65' sub, (CFC) Pedro replaces Willian. Booking 64' Cesc Fàbregas (CFC) is shown the yellow card.

Goal! 63' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 1. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

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62' Attempt missed. Antonio Rüdiger (CFC) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation. Booking 61' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card. 60' Willian (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 60' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).

Goal! 59'Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Chelsea 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White.

57' Attempt missed. N'Golo Kanté (CFC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard. 56' Eden Hazard (CFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 56' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 55' Attempt missed. Willian (CFC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a through ball. 55' Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 55' Willian (CFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 55' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). Booking 54' João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 54' Eden Hazard (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 54' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 51' Willian (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 51' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 49' Marcos Alonso (CFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 49' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW).  48' Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (CFC) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 1.


Half Time

          Wolves Chelsea

Possession  33%   67%

Shots        2     9

Shots on Target 0  3

Corners      0     3

Fouls        8     4

45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 1.

45'+2' Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (CFC). 45'+2' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Cesc Fàbregas (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45'+1' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 45' Foul by Álvaro Morata (CFC). 45'

Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Álvaro Morata (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 40' Foul by Álvaro Morata (CFC). 40' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Corner, (CFC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 39' Attempt blocked. Willian (CFC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a through ball. Booking 37' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 37' Willian (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).35' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. 32'

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (CFC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Morata. 31' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 30' Delay in match Cesc Fàbregas (CFC) because of an injury. 29' Álvaro Morata (CFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 29' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 29' Marcos Alonso (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 28' Foul by N'Golo Kanté (CFC). 28' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. 25' Offside, (WW) Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 24' Attempt missed. Antonio Rüdiger (CFC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner. 24'Corner, (CFC) Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 23' Corner, (CFC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 23' Attempt saved. Willian (CFC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 23' Eden Hazard (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 23' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 18' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CFC) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard 12' Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (CFC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard. 12' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 12'Álvaro Morata (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  10' Break by Gibbs White (WW) comes to nothing  9'Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (CFC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian. 8' Eden Hazard (CFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 8' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 7' Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (CFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté. 2' Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (CFC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a through ball. Kick Off

First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves are without midfielder Ruben Neves, who serves a one-game ban after accumulating five yellow cards.  That could mean Morgan Gibbs-White, 18, starts his first Premier League game, while alternative replacements include Romain Saiss and out-of-favour summer signing Leander Dendoncker.

Chelsea will monitor Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Alonso, who are nursing ankle and back problems respectively. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is set to make changes to keep his side fresh.  Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are among the players hoping for recalls.

Wolves are "in a bad moment", concedes Nuno Espirito Santo

 

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: After their bright start, Wolves are now on their worst run in 20 months. I doubt there's enough squad strength to turn their form around here.   Seven goals in their last nine league and cup games is a paltry return. It could get worse before it gets better for Nuno Espirito Santo, who is enduring his worst run as a coach in over five years.

Chelsea admit they were shell-shocked by the defeat at Tottenham. Two wins have followed but too many players are still below par.  Marcos Alonso has been affected by crowd taunts. N'Golo Kante has been sacrificed to accommodate Jorginho. Willian looks jaded. Alvaro Morata isn't strong enough or aware enough at the moment. With Manchester City to come at the weekend it will be interesting to see what team Maurizio Sarri picks.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "A team is like a player, it has ups and downs. "You have to find solutions to help them and give them good advice and work with them. It doesn't have to do with confidence, it has to do with so many aspects of the game - technical, tactical, mental - and we have to solve it. We have had a block of games with mistakes, from a team which is still growing. When the results don't come, what is important is how you approach the situation."

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri: "I expect a very difficult match because they are a very technical team. They have a lot of players who are very technical. So they were unlucky in the last few matches, I think, but it's not really very easy to play there."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves' defeat at Cardiff means they have now taken only one point from their past six games, and things are not going to get any easier for them against Chelsea.  Nuno Espirito Santo's team need to find a decent performance from somewhere but, even if they do show some improvement here, that might not be enough for them to get a positive result.

Prediction: 1-2


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Chelsea have won the last four meetings in league and cup by an aggregate score of 13-1, including a 2-0 victory at Molineux in the FA Cup fourth round last season. Wolves' solitary victory against the Blues since 1983 came in a Premier League game at Molineux on 5 January 2011, courtesy of a Jose Bosingwa own goal.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves lost just one of their first eight league games this season but have been beaten in five of their subsequent six matches. They have scored only three first-half goals this term, the lowest figure in  the top flight, including just one at Molineux. They could suffer four consecutive home league defeats for the first time since a similar sequence in the Championship in October and November 2016. All four of their league wins this term have come against teams below them in the table prior to the latest round of games.

Matt Doherty has been directly involved in four Premier League goals this season (scoring two and assisting two). The only defenders with higher tallies after 14 games are Jose Holebas and Benjamin Mendy (six and five respectively).

Chelsea The Blues could keep clean sheets in consecutive league games for the first time under Maurizio Sarri. They have won seven of their last nine games in league and cup. The Londoners have lost just one of their last 13 away league games against newly-promoted sides (W10, D2), with that defeat coming at Newcastle on the final day of last season. Chelsea have kept clean sheets in four of their six Premier League away games this season. Three of the four goals they have conceded on the road came in their last away match, against Tottenham. Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 12 Premier League goals this season (scoring seven and assisting five) - only Raheem Sterling (14) has a better record prior to the latest round of games. Pedro has five goals in 12 league appearances this season - more than he managed in 31 games last season.

 

14 A Fri 30 Nov 20:00  Cardiff   Live on Sky

14 Cardiff i2 Gunnarsson (65'), Hoilett (77') WW 1 Doherty (18')

HT 0-1



Sky + Beeb

Junior Hoilett scored a spectacular late winner as Cardiff City staged a stirring second-half fightback to beat Wolves and climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.  Despite a barrage of set-pieces from the hosts in a first half low on quality from both sides, Wolves took the lead as Matt Doherty seized on a rebound to score on his 200th appearance for the club. Cardiff hauled themselves back into the contest by sheer force of will, with Harry Arter twice close to scoring before playing a role in the equaliser which summed up this frantic encounter. After a corner was half-cleared, Arter hoisted the ball back into the box and, with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio seemingly blocked by Cardiff's Callum Paterson, Sean Morrison was able to nod the ball down to Aron Gunnarsson, who struck from close range. If that goal was a microcosm of the match, the winner was a total outlier, as Hoilett whipped in a fabulous first-time effort from 25 yards, clipping the crossbar on its way into the net. That clinched just a third win of the season for Cardiff - lifting them up to 15th place in the table - and gave manager Neil Warnock a welcome birthday present before he turns 70 on Saturday. For Wolves, a fifth defeat from six matches leaves them winless since 6 October and still 11th in the Premier League


Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo to BBC Sport: "All defeats are hard to take. But when you have the lead and the game changes, it's very hard.  I think we had a better game than last week. The first half was good. But the second half we didn't do enough to hang onto the lead."Should Cardiff's equaliser have counted or did Callum Paterson foul Rui Patricio? "It's hard to judge. As a former goalkeeper I think it was a foul." "[On Wolves' form] It's about being cautious. We are in a bad moment. We have good and bad performances but are not achieving results."I'll have a nice chat with him [Neil Warnock] and congratulate him."

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock, who turns 70 on Saturday, talking about the win on Sky Sports: "I said to the boys it's about time they gave me something to celebrate. I'm really proud of them. I didn't think we deserved to be 1-0 down. In the second half we were on the front foot for most of the time.  "Gunnars (Gunnarsson) knows he made a mistake (for the Wolves goal) but he apologised. I said to the boys, 'you have to get Gunnars out of the cart'. I think we had some good opportunities after the break - I thought we wanted it more."  On the Wolves goal: "Set-pieces were our strength last year. Gunnars knew straight away. They're doing their best though. You saw the spirit."

Line-ups

Cardiff

1Etheridge 5Ecuele Manga 4Morrison 22Bamba 17Gunnarsson 21Camarasa 8Ralls 7Arter sub for K Harrisat 76' 33Hoilett 13PatersonBooked at 71mins

11Murphy sub for Reidat 66' Substitutes 2Peltier 3Bennett 9Ward 12Smithies 14Reid 19Mendez-Laing 23K Harris

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 27SaïssBooked at 66mins 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 8NevesBooked at 61mins 29Vinagre sub for Cavaleiro at 82' 9Jiménez

10Hélder Costa sub for Jotaat 66' 37Traoré sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 73' Substitutes 5Bennett 7Cavaleiro 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 21Ruddy

23Giles 33Bonatini

Referee: Andre Marriner Attendance: 30,213

Match Stats

         Cardiff Wolves

Possession  49%  51%

Shots       17   14

Shots on Target 3 4

Corners      7    6

Fouls        3   12

21:52 CARDIFF 2-1 WOLVES FT: What a win for Cardiff! Their first ever back-to-back home victories in the Premier League, having beaten Brighton last time out too. Not so good for Wolves, who lose when scoring the first goal for the first time in 45 matches.

21:52 90+4: Squeaky bum time. They just can't get the ball away as Wolves twice pump it into the box. Paterson eventually sticks his foot through it, full Peter Kay style, and hammers it downfield.

21:50 They look downbeat but will Nuno's men find a late equaliser in south Wales? Just under three of stoppage time remain...

90+1: OVER! The delivery is cleared by Gunnarsson, but there's no-one on the edge of the box picking up the second ball which Moutinho wins. He takes aim and sends well over with his second touch.

21:48 90+1: CORNER! Morrison has more time to deal with Cavaleiro's low ball into the box than he thinks, and boots it out for a corner.

21:48 90: FIVE added on. Or an eternity, if you're a Cardiff fan.

21:46 89: Gibbs-White sends a shot, or is it a cross - it doesn't look like either really - well over from 25 yards out.

21:45 1 - Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has scored his first Premier League goal since August 2013, when he netted the Bluebirds’ first ever goal in the competition (v Manchester City).

21:44 86: OVER! Wolves clear from Cardiff's corner and counter down the right-hand side. Cavaleiro looks up, fires a brilliant cross into the far post and Gibbs-White ghosts in to strike, but his volley flies well over from no more than 10 yards out.

21:43 85: CORNER! It could be 3-1 when another long throw is knocked down to Arter, who smacks a low cross-cum-shot towards the far post. Reid teases a foot at it but doesn't really commit, and it deflects behind for a corner.

21:41 83: BIG CHANCE! Wolves have a great chance for an equaliser but Cavaleiro bends it straight into Etheridge's arms. Jimenez finds Jota, who lays it into the path of Cavaleiro who has just peeled off of Manga, but on his stronger right foot when he shoots back across goal it's way too central.

21:41 CARRA AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM Wow, what a birthday present for Neil Warnock. Again, it comes from a ball going into the box, no messing about, Morrison does brilliantly holding it back with his chest. Get the second ball in, they react early and what a finish. We've spoken about the lack of quality from Cardiff at times, but you won't see a better goal this weekend in the Premier League. Every goal looks better when it bounces in off the crossbar.

21:40 81: SUB! Vinagre is replaced by Cavaleiro. Now or never for Wolves.

21:34 GOAL! CDF 2-1 WOLVES (Hoilett 77) Ralls puts the ball in the box from out wide and Paterson miscues his shot, but it lands for Reid whose effort rebounds away off Coady and to the left-hand corner of the box. There's Hoilett, standing and waiting for it, and he aims a first-time effort towards the far corner which curls beautifully around Patricio and lands in the back of the net via the crossbar.

21:34 77: SUB! Arter heads off and Harris, who scored in Cardiff's win over Fulham, is on.

21:33 76: WIDE! Neves has another go from 25 yards when Wolves move the ball across midfield. Arter goes down in pain after Moutinho just catches him after getting to the ball momentarily ahead of him. And it turns out, it'll be his final action...

21:32 73: Andre Marriner takes a tumble after walking into Gibbs-White and the stadium erupts in joy as one. Always lovely to see football bringing people together. 21:30 73: SUB! Gibbs-White replaces Traore.

21:30 71: WHAT A TACKLE! Morrison, who got the assist for Cardiff's leveller, stops them from going behind again with a stupendous challenge. Cardiff are a man light with Arter off the field after sliding into the hoardings and hurting himself.  Wolves play on and Jimenez beats Camarasa for pace down the wing, before firing a lovely ball in low with the outside of his boot. Jota has taken up a good position in the middle but as he readies to shoot, Morrison slides in and takes ball and man in one fell swoop.

21:26 CARRA AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM  I said the ball was going to come from a second ball from a set-piece, no doubt about that watching this game. The goalkeeper complained - was it a foul? It gets lifted back in by Harry Arter, Paterson goes for the goalkeeper, just nudges him but Gunnarsson finds the second ball. We don't often see that ball from Harry Arter in the game, Wolves players are on the line and should be going to win that second ball. It's no more than Cardiff have deserved.

21:26 YELLOW! Saiss looks to have been booked for his part in the complaints regarding Paterson's challenge on Patricio just before the goal.

21:25 SUBS! A change apiece for each side. Reid comes on for Murphy - which is a surprise to me and Jamie Carragher on commentary too. Jota replaces the ineffective Costa at the other end.

21:22 GOAL! CDF 1-1 WOLVES (Gunnarsson 65) Cardiff are level! The corner is cleared but again it's recycled by Cardiff, when Arter puts what you'd call a hospital ball in rugby back into the box. Paterson holds his ground ahead of Patricio to block his attempts to clear, and with the goalkeeper in no man's land the loose ball lands on Gunnarsson's chest, and he fires into the top corner.

21:22 SO CLOSE! Arter is at it again! It's another second ball from a set piece. Ralls' delivery is headed away from Morrison and Arter takes aim with another volley. It's heading straight for the far corner but takes a touch off Coady and behind.

21:20 YELLOW! Neves brings down Murphy when Cardiff attempt a counter-attack and he goes straight in the book. That's five for the season now and he'll miss next weekend's game with Chelsea.

21:19 CARRA AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM We know how lethal Ruben Neves is from range - he scored one of the goals of the season in the Championship last term. The ball is moving all over the place, the goalkeeper takes no chances and he was overly ambitious with the second. In the last five or six we're starting to see signs of Neves, Moutinho trying to control the game a little bit more, space is opening up. They are top quality players, we know that.

21:19 Wolves go for a fancy short corner which doesn't really work out at first. Moutinho has the ball returned to him but his cross is blocked at close range by Hoilett. Costa eventually takes over and his far-post delivery from the byline is just about won by Camarasa ahead of Jimenez, and falls kindly for Etheridge.

21:17 CORNER! Another corner on the way after Neves finds Vinagre on the left and his low cross is turned behind by Camarasa.

21:16 SAVE! Neves takes aim from 25 yards with a bending effort but at a nice height for Etheridge, who palms it away. Jimenez isn't close enough to get near it before Cardiff make sure they keep it.

21:15 CORNER! Doherty wins another flag kick for Wolves, who are enjoying a good couple of now. Bamba blocks his low cross behind for a corner, which Moutinho goes across to take.

21:12 Bobby Reid is in deep conversation on the bench with Neil Warnock. He's scored once for the Bluebirds this season, can he be the man to rescue them tonight?

21:10 WIDE! Cardiff win themselves a corner which is cleared away to the edge of the box, but Gunnarsson fires it back from whence it came with a fizzing volley that drops only a couple of yards wide of the near post.

21:08 50: Another long throw for Gunnarsson. The towel is out, fresh from Rory Delap's bathroom no doubt, but a fine headed clearance from Doherty clears ahead of Paterson. The Cardiff forward goes down under the collision between the pair, and Andre Marriner eventually blows up so he can get some attention.

21:06 48: CLOSE! If it's not Traore breaking up a Wolves attack, it's Jimenez. The Portuguese winger does well this time, turning inside one challenge and looking forward to Jimenez, but the return pass as he continues his run is terrible and hands possession back to the hosts.

21:04 47: WIDE! Murphy takes aim out of nowhere from 25 yards on the left but his low effort is a yard or so wide of Patricio's post and into the side netting.

21:04 46: CLOSE! Ralls gets in ahead of Moutinho from a throw-in, and spots Camarasa ahead of him. He gets beyond Boly and looks to curl the ball across the six-yard box, but it's ahead of Paterson and behind for a goal kick.

21:03 46: KICK-OFF! Wolves get us started again after half-time. A big 45 for the side sitting second bottom of the Premier League.


HT CDF 0-1 WOLVES

          Cardiff Wolves

Possession   51%  49%

Shots         7    5

Shots on Target 0  2

Corners       4    3

Fouls         2    6

20:47  HT: Wolves have the goal, but Cardiff probably shaved a first half of few chances. They've fought for every ball and done everything you would expect of a Neil Warnock team - well, apart from conceding from a corner. They're far from out of this, but Rui Patricio hasn't exactly been busy, so they'll need better quality to earn anything from tonight's game.

Two added on.

20:46 CORNER! Cardiff have a corner but they want more. There's a frankly pathetic bit of diving from Paterson in the midst of it though, going down under the slightest touch from Coady when a shot deflects into their path. The set piece is cleared away and Jimenez has a chance to break with Traore and Costa on either side, but only manages to pass it straight back to Bamba.

20:44 CARDIFF'S WORRYING STAT

 Cardiff have now conceded a joint-PL high 7 goals from set-pieces this season (joint-most with Newcastle) after Matt Doherty puts Wolves ahead on his 200th  app for the club.

20:43 42: AWFUL! Cardiff will have Neil Warnock smiling when Murphy's cross into the area is headed down by Paterson into the path of Camarasa, who's just inside the box. He has a great opportunity to strike but barely gets anything on the ball, hitting an air shot which Wolves clear.

20:40 BAD OMENS Wolves have not lost any of their last 44 league games in which they had scored the first goal - drawing only five - all the way back to a 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion in February last year.

20:39 WIDE! Wolves work the ball back into the box and it's then laid off for Neves, who is just outside the area. He takes it first time from a tight angle but still nearly finds the bottom corner, bending the ball just wide of the near post.

20:38 CORNER! End-to-end stuff now as Wolves win themselves their own set piece opportunity. This time Moutinho's inswinger is easily cleared at the near post.

20:37 OFF THE POST! Another corner is won for Cardiff by the ever-impressive Murphy. Ralls delivers to the back post, Morrison gets a head on it and even when it's half cleared Arter takes aim from 20 yards and smacks the far post with a superb strike. Murphy turns the rebound well over the bar. So close for Cardiff.

20:36 Ralls looks in towards Morrison from the corner and isn't far from reaching him, but it's headed away just before it reaches him. Hoilett heads back goalwards from the edge of the box, but it drops wide with Patricio never worried.

20:35 CORNER! It's turning into a real battle down the flanks for Cardiff, who win a corner when Paterson and Camarasa link up to take on Vinagre. The loose ball is thumped behind by Coady.

20:33 Traore shrugs off a challenge in midfield and races into the box, but instead of playing in the well-placed Jimenez inside he goes down the flank and looks to shape for a cross. Morrison blocks his delivery but it lands back at his feet, and he's almost caught by Bamba's leg before the Cardiff man pulls it away, and Traore gives the attack up when he runs into a dead end.

20:30 A nice Cardiff passing move is cut short after a long period of good play, with the hosts switching the ball right to left, but Ralls' attempted square ball for Murphy is behind the winger's run - and straight out for a throw.

20:29 It looks as though Rui Patricio enjoyed Matt Doherty's opener...

20:28 Cardiff are still looking lively but are attempting to pin Wolves back and get most of their joy down the wings, specifically their left. Murphy is doing an excellent job so far but he's doing it all on its own, and not getting too much joy.

20:24 Gunnarsson's long throw is punched away by Patricio and out for another throw-in. The second is cleared easily, and allows Traore a chance to run at the Cardiff defence with only Arter back. But the Wolves man's first touch is terrible, giving it straight back to the hosts, and it's whacked forward out of trouble.

20:22 More excellent attacking play by Murphy, who is running this show on his own at times. He shows great strength to refuse to bow to Coady's pressure as he dribbles down the left, and when he does eventually go to ground Doherty clears out for a throw.

20:21 Jimenez is down after getting a boot in the leg from Manga as he looked to control a Wolves throw-in on the half-way line. It wasn't a pretty challenge, but nothing is given by the referee.

20:17 GOAL! CARDIFF 0-1 WOLVES (Doherty 18) Pic SkySports

Wolves take the lead amid their first attempts on target! The corner is swung in from their right, where Jimenez rises highest at the near post to test Etheridge. He makes a superb save low to his right to turn the ball away, but Doherty is fastest to react and gets away from Gunnarsson to poke home from close range.

20:17 CORNER! Traore is played down the outside by Doherty, he waits for Morrison to commit and ends up taking it down the outside of him into the area. He looks up, crosses towards the back post but Manga gets a head onto it and clears behind.

20:17 There were plenty of smiles from Nuno Espirito Santo and Neil Warnock prior to kick-off, but will the pair be quite as civil come full-time? History suggests the answer could be no... 20:16 16: This game feels like it's waiting to spring into life - there's plenty of pace in both teams' play so far, but both are struggling to find space in the others' half and neither goalkeeper has been tested just yet

20:13 Murphy does brilliantly to launch a counter from inside his own half down the Cardiff left. He races beyond Coady with ease and then gets past Saiss too. When he looks to dink a little ball across the six-yard box Vinagre gets a touch on it, and it cruelly rebounds off Murphy and behind for a goal kick.

20:10 CARRA AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM For Adama Traore, the fact Cardiff are playing three at the back means there will be spaces down the sides. With Sol Bamba on the left side, he can drag Morrison over to this right side and could get some joy. I know from experience that centre-backs don't want to get dragged into those wide areas.

20:10 CORNER! Another long throw is flicked by Jimenez ahead of Morrison, and behind for the first corner of the game. Camarasa's delivery is poor but Wolves only half cleared away by Wolves, and Cardiff lump it back into the box twice before Hoilett, from the byline, puts a cross over the bar.

20:07 WIDE! Another set-piece delivery. Arter curls a free-kick into the area from wide on the left and Morrison gets his considerable frame onto it, as he has done so well all season. He looks back across goal towards Manga, but the ball drifts over him and out of play before he can get anything on it.

20:06 WIDE! Gunnarsson moves over to take a throw level with the edge of the Wolves box when the tricky Hoilett is tackled. His throw is headed away by Neves but deflects off Jimenez to Ralls, who strikes low and hard first-time but wide of Patricio's right-hand post from the edge of the area.

20:03 Costa runs onto a fine through-ball from Traore down the left and turns inside of Manga, but is tackled well by Camarasa who gets all of the ball with a perfect block challenge.

20:02  Cardiff have matched their visitors in the early stages, and have formed their own back three. It looks like two in attack, with Murphy and Paterson moving central, and Hoilett and Camarasa doing their best to run the channels.

20:00 KICK-OFF! Wolves get us underway in their all-white away kit in south Wales. Traore, one of two changes, takes kick-off


TEAM NEWS

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has hinted he will make changes with three games in eight days looming.  Josh Murphy will likely be recalled, while Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Jazz Richards and Gary Madine are being assessed after recent injuries.  

Wolves are again without Spaniard Jonny Otto because of a knee injury. Diogo Jota is among several attacking players pushing for a recall following the team's run of three matches without a goal.

Warnock unsure if Cardiff will be his last job

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES @johnrodercomm: The post-match handshake between managers is filmed as a matter of routine at all televised matches, and it's usually not very interesting. That wasn't the case in last April's Championship fixture between these two clubs, so there will be plenty of scrutiny on Neil Warnock and Nuno Espirito Santo on the touchline. The latter will be looking for a reaction from Wolves after their defeat by Huddersfield, while Warnock will be hoping his side can make it two home wins in a row. If they do, the Cardiff manager will enjoy the following day even more, as it's his 70th birthday.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock: "We've had some good games against Wolves so [I've] been looking forward to it, not my birthday so much." Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on last season's spat with Warnock: "We had a chance to speak and clarified things, and now I can say we are good friends. It was a fantastic game last season, it was a very emotional game and we go again. Both teams know each other well and we expect a very tough game."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Cardiff were extremely competitive against Everton last weekend and I am expecting more of the same from them on Friday night Prediction: 1-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won two of the past three meetings, including 1-0 away in the Championship in April.  This is their first top-flight encounter since Wolves claimed a 3-2 away triumph in February 1962. Cardiff lost 9-1 to Wolves in the top flight in September 1955; it remains the Bluebirds' heaviest home league defeat and Wolves' biggest away league win.

Cardiff City have won two and lost three of their last five league matches.

Seven of the Bluebirds' eight points this season have come at home. They could record successive top-flight home wins in a single season for the first time since 1961-62.

The Bluebirds have not kept a clean sheet in 11 league and cup fixtures since August's goalless draw at Huddersfield. Cardiff have failed to score in seven of their 13 Premier League matches, a joint high with Crystal Palace. They have scored the first goal in only one league game, which was September's 4-1 loss at Chelsea.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves are winless in five league games, which includes four defeats and three matches without a goal. All four of their league wins have come against teams currently below them in the table. They have scored two first-half league goals in 2018-19, the lowest figure in the division. Wanderers have won all four of their previous league matches played on a Friday under Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves have used just 17 players - fewer than any other club - in this season's Premier League.

Matt Doherty could make his 200th league appearances for Wolves.



Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists there will be no repeat of his touchline row with Cardiff manager Neil Warnock when the teams meet on Friday. When Wolves beat Cardiff 1-0 in the Championship in April, Warnock reacted furiously to Santo running onto the pitch at the end of the match. Soon after, an enraged Warnock rejected Nuno's attempts to shake hands.

Nuno said the two had since met and said: "I'm going to shake his hand, before and after. I learned my lesson." Wolves won the Championship with 99 points last term, with Cardiff also securing automatic promotion after finishing nine points behind in second. This term, Nuno has presided over four wins, four draws and five defeats, which leaves Wolves in 11th place, while Cardiff are 19th, only above bottom side Fulham on goal difference. Ahead of the first meeting between the two clubs since that acrimonious encounter in April, Nuno, who in July signed a contract extension until 2021, said: "I respect him. What happened was clarified and we had a chance to speak, not only by phone but personally. We also spoke at the LMA awards and had a good moment. Things are clear, I respect him a lot."

In the post-match news conference after April's match Warnock, 69, called 44-year-old Nuno "a disgrace" but the Portuguese now says: "It's the past. I understood in that moment how Neil reacted and I apologised and I will not repeat it again."

 

 








Match

Day

Date

KO

Sky

HOME

Score

Score

AWAY

Pts

Cum

Posn

GD

report

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August-November 2018


March 2019-May 2019



14

Fri

30 November

20:00

Sky

Cardiff  

2

1

Wolves

0

16

11

-4

Sheeps A

15

Wed

05 December

19:45


Wolves

2

1

Chelsea  

3

19

12

-3

Chelski H

16

Sun

09 December

16:00

Sky

Newcastle  

1

2

Wolves

3

22

10

-2

Toon A

17

Sat

15 December

15:00


Wolves

2

0

Bournemouth

3

25

7

0

Cherries H

18

Fri

21 December

20:00

Sky

Wolves

0

2

Liverpool  

0

25

7

-2

Pool H

19

Wed

26 December

12:30

Sky

Fulham  

1

1

Wolves

1

26

10

-2

Cottagers A

20

Sat

29 December

15:00


Spurs  

1

3

Wolves

3

29

7

0

Spurs A

21

Wed

 2 Jan 2019

19:45


Wolves

0

2

Crystal Palace

0

29

9

-2

Palace H

FAC3

Mon

7 January

19:45

BBC

Wolves

2

1

Liverpool

FA

Cup

3rd

rnd

FAC3

22

Mon

14 January

 20:00

Sky

 Man City

3

0

Wolves

0

29

11

-5

ManC A

23

Sat

19 January

12:30

Sky

Wolves

4

3

Leicester  

3

32

8

-4

Foxes H

FAC4

SSM

25-28 January

15:00


 Shrewsbury Tn

2

2

Wolves

FA

Cup

4th round

FAC4

24

Tue

 29 January

19:45


Wolves

3

0

West Ham  

3

35

7

-1

Hammers H

25

Sat

 2 February

15:00


Everton  

1

3

Wolves

3

38

7

1

Toffees A

FAC4R

Tue

5 February

19:45

 

Wolves

3

2

Shrewsbury

FA

Cup

4th replay

Shrews

26

Mon

11 February

20:00

Sky

Wolves

1

1

 Newcastle  

1

39

7

1

Toon H

FAC5

Sun

17 February

13:00

 BT

Bristol City

 

 

Wolves

FA

Cup

5th

rnd

FAC5

27

Sat

 23 February

15:00


Bournemouth   



Wolves





Cherries A

28

Tue

 26 February

19:45


Huddersfield  



Wolves





Terriers A

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