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Here and now at Molineux: was 2017 the new ’72?

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05 H Sun 16 Sep 13:30  Wolves 1 Burnley 0  Live on Sky   

05 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Jiménez (61'), Burnley 0.

HT 0-0


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Raul Jimenez had five shots on goal before opening the scoring with his sixth.  Burnley's search for their first Premier League win of the season goes on as Wolves claimed a deserved victory at Molineux to continue their strong start to the campaign. After the hosts dominated large periods of the first half, Raul Jimenez deservedly opened the scoring for the home side on the hour mark as he turned in Matt Doherty's cross. The Clarets rarely threatened, with the only real chances they created falling to Johann Berg Gudmundsson late on.  Defeat for Sean Dyche's side means they have equalled a club-record run of four consecutive Premier League losses. Neither team was able to impose themselves in the opening 20, with the only save of note being Joe Hart's smart intervention to keep out Helder Costa's dangerous cross. But from then on it was all Wolves and only a combination of Hart and James Tarkowski kept the home side at bay after 30 when Jimenez, Jonny Otto and Doherty all went close. Jimenez also missed a good chance early in the second half when he blasted over with only defender Charlie Taylor to beat, but he made amends shortly after when he opened the scoring. Victory for Wolves means they climb to ninth, meanwhile Burnley remain in 19th with just one point from their first five games.


Dominant Wolves deserve more

In his pre-match news conference, Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo called for his players to "maintain the standards" set in their 1-0 victory over West Ham prior to the international break, and he was not disappointed.  Last season's Championship winners were by far the brighter team throughout, putting Burnley under sustained periods of heavy pressure either side of the break. They really should have gone ahead on the half-hour mark when first Hart superbly saved to deny Jimenez, before Tarkowski was there to clear the Mexico striker's second effort off the line. Just moments later, Tarkowski was again alert to clear Otto's effort after Hart had palmed clear a low cross, and the former England keeper was then quickly out to smother Doherty's sliding effort from close range.  

And after Jimenez finally found the net midway through the second half, the home side only got stronger largely due to the introduction of Adama Traore after 66, his pace causing a tiring Burnley backline problems.  The Spanish forward tested Hart himself before laying on three good chances for fellow second-half substitute Leo Bonatini, who was unable to convert.  Victory for Wolves means their impressive home record under Santo continues; his side have only been beaten twice at Molineux in his 29 games in charge.  

Burnley's terrible start continues

Burnley perhaps could have been forgiven for their poor start to the Premier League season given their Europa League exertions but after the international break, there could be few excuses for their uninspiring performance.  Their midfield was overrun by Wolves' energy and Ashley Barnes' effort from range, which was easily saved, was his side's only shot on target in the opening 45. It seemed to take conceding a goal for the team to kick into gear, as their best chance came shortly after going behind when Willy Boly almost deflected a Taylor shot inches wide, with Jack Cork unable to apply the finishing touch.  But it could have been worse for Burnley as Doherty fired wide with only the keeper to beat after being set up by Traore, while Bonatini missed a spate of chances. Iceland winger Gudmundsson, on his return from injury, could have stolen a share of the spoils late on, but he shot straight at Rui Patricio and fired a free-kick over the bar. The Clarets have now won only five of their last 26 Premier League outings.  Dyche, however, will have been encouraged by the performances of Hart and Tarkowski, who once again showed why he has fought his way into the England fold.


Man of the match - Joao Moutinho

Joao Moutinho ran the show for Wolves, making 77 passes, more than any other player on the pitch

'We are in a fog' - what they said - Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to Sky Sports: "I am very, very satisfied. We played good football and stayed organised and created chances. Burnley are a good side and stayed in it until the end. If there is a 'but', we could be more clinical. But if we can continue to make these many chances, it makes me very proud."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking to Sky Sports: "We knew they were a good side. They invested well in the summer. We knew we'd have to defend resolute. We got some nice blocks in and looked more like ourselves defensively.  Attacking-wise there was nowhere near enough. We are in a bit of a fog at the moment. Collectively we need to get out of it. You have to work to change it so that's the key."


Burnley's worst top-flight start in 91 years - the stats - This is Burnley's worst start to a season in the top-flight (one point from five games) since 1927-28, when they lost each of their opening five matches.  Wolves have won all three of their Premier League meetings with Burnley, against no other side have they recorded a 100% win ratio. Burnley have never won a Premier League away game against newly-promoted opposition (W0, D6, L5).  

Wolves have lost just one of their last 24 league games at Molineux (W16, D7, L1).   Wolves recorded more shots (30) against Burnley than they have against any other side in a single match in the Premier League.  Burnley have now conceded 10 goals in their opening five league games this season; it took them 13 matches to concede their 10th goal of 2017-18.  Each of Matt Doherty's last four goal involvements in the league have come at Molineux (two goals, two assists).

What's next?

Both sides are back in action on Saturday 22 September, with Burnley hosting Bournemouth, while Wolves travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United (both 15:00 BST).


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 8NevesBooked at 86' 19Castro Otto 10Hélder Costasub forTraoréat 66' 18JotaBooked at  72' sub forGibbs-Whiteat 88' 9Jiménezsub forBonatiniat 76' Substitutes 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 30Hause 33Bonatini 37Traoré

Burnley

20Hart 26BardsleyBooked at 28' 5Tarkowski 6Mee 3TaylorBooked at 82' 25Lennon 4CorkBooked at 37' 13Hendricksub forWestwoodat 79' 7Berg  GudmundssonBooked at 68' 10Barnessub forVydraat 56' 9Vokessub forWoodat 70' Substitutes 1Heaton 2Lowton 11Wood 18Westwood 23Ward 27Vydra 28Long

Referee: Andre Marriner Attendance: 30,406

                    Wolves  Burnley

Possession  59%      41%

Shots              29            7

Shots on Target 7       2

Corners            8           2

Fouls               10           9


90'+4' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 90'+2' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+2' Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley). 90'+2' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 90' Attempt saved. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matej Vydra. 89' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 89' Matej Vydra (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  88' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Diogo Jota. 87' Attempt missed. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick. Booking 86' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 86' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 86' Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84'  Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Willy Boly. 84' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. Booking  82' Charlie Taylor (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 82' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 82' Foul by Charlie Taylor (Burnley). 81' Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 81' Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 81' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley). 80' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bennett. 80' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 80' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty.   79' Sub, Burnley. Ashley Westwood replaces Jeff Hendrick.  76' Sub, (WW) Léo Bonatini replaces Raúl Jiménez. 76' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Booking 72' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 72' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 72' Phil Bardsley (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.  70' Sub, Burnley. Chris Wood replaces Sam Vokes. Booking 68' Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 67' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 67' Foul by Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley). 67' Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Willy Boly. 67' Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Burnley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left following a set piece situation. 66' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 66' Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  66'  Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Hélder Costa.  65' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonny.

Goal!  61' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Burnley 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

59' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 58'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joe Hart. 58' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 56' Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Conor Coady.  56' Sub, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Ashley Barnes. 55' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner. 55' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. 53' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 53' Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley). 51' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 51' Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing. 50' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside. 48' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Tarkowski. 46' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 46' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 46' Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  


Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 0.


  HT          Wolves Burnley

Possession 58%   42%

Shots             13        4

Shots on Target 5   1

Corners           5         0

Fouls                4         4


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

44' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner. 44' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor. 43' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 43' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Tarkowski. 43' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 40' Offside, Burnley. Phil Bardsley tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside. Booking 37' Jack Cork (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  37' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 37' Foul by Jack Cork (Burnley).  36' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley). 35' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny with a cross. 33' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 31' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 31' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 30' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. 30' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 28' Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. Booking 28' Phil Bardsley (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 28' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 28' Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley). 26' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  26' Foul by Jack Cork (Burnley).  25' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 25' Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. 21' Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Vokes with a headed pass. 20' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 20' Phil Bardsley (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick. 14' Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 14' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Tarkowski. 11' Dangerous play by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 11' James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  11' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.  10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor.  9' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 9' Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 6' Attempt missed. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Barnes. 4' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a headed pass. 2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS

Wolves could be without forward Raul Jimenez, who sustained a muscle injury on international duty with Mexico.  Portuguese winger Ivan Cavaleiro, who is yet to play this season due to a back problem, is still sidelined.

Burnley defender Stephen Ward has recovered from a foot injury, having been taken off in the second half of Republic of Ireland's Nations League loss to Wales.  Johann Berg Gudmundsson is also available but Ben Gibson remains out.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@Iandennisbbc: Burnley will hope the international break has been a beneficial one to recharge their batteries, having already played 10 games.  To put that into context, it's a quarter of the games they played during the entire campaign last season, in a matter of weeks.  During the international break, Gareth Southgate highlighted the diminishing numbers of English players getting game time in the Premier League, but Burnley lead the way with a league-high 68% of home-grown players used so far.  Sean Dyche will hope those players can rediscover the form that served them well early last season, with excellent results at places such as Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton, because the Clarets are winless in nine Premier League games.

Wolves will not want the international hiatus to halt momentum from their victory at West Ham, as they seek to end their longest-ever run at Molineux without a top-flight victory.  

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "The international break was in the calendar so we knew it was coming. The most important thing is that we established standards in the last game, and we have to maintain those standards. Winning is always good and makes things a lot easier when you are trying to establish an identity like we are."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche on a new contract for the injured Steven Defour: "He already signed in the summer. He has two years now. He's staying for another two years until 2020.  He was injured at the time and we leave players alone when they're injured, so we didn't go out to press and say he's here for another two years."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

This is the type of game that Burnley did well in last season and they showed then that they are capable of getting a positive result out of it. Prediction: 0-2

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won both of their previous Premier League meetings with Burnley, under Mick McCarthy in 2009-10.  Burnley are unbeaten in four encounters with Wolves (W2, D2), their longest sequence without defeat since a run of five matches in 1970.  Wolves could go three consecutive home games without winning against Burnley for the first time since 1952.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves are currently on a club-record run of 14 homes games without victory in the top flight (D4, L10).  However, they have only lost two of their 28 home games under Nuno Espirito Santo, winning 18 and drawing eight.  Wolves' victory against West Ham last time out was a first in the top flight since beating QPR in 2012, a run of 18 games.  It was also their first clean sheet in five league matches.  They could draw four consecutive top-flight home fixtures for the first time since 1969.

Burnley have won only five of their last 25 Premier League matches (D9, L11), with their last victory coming in April.  They could equal the club record of four straight Premier League defeats, set in May 2015 when they were relegated from the Premier League. The Clarets have never won a Premier League away match against newly-promoted opposition (D6, L4).  Burnley have faced a league-high 30 shots on target this season. In 2017-18 they were ranked 10th overall for shots faced. They have also conceded nine goals in four matches - as many as they let in during the first nine games in 2017-18. Their last win away in the top flight in September came in 1974. Since that victory over Liverpool, Burnley have conceded 26 times and scored just twice in seven defeats and two draws.

 

U23 at Fulham Lost 1-0 (pen)

https://www.wolves.co.uk/fixtures/under-23/

Mark Peter W and Dave at Motspur Park for the 1-0 loss (pic MarkF)

04 A Sat 1 Sep 15:00 West Ham  0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Traoré (90'+3) HT 0-0

Pix Mark Feehan / Reuters

West Ham's miserable start to the season continued as substitute Adama Traore won the game for Wolves in injury time. Traore fired home in the 93rd minute after it looked like the hosts would earn their first point of the campaign. The result gives Wolves their first top-flight win since 4 February 2012, and means West Ham have lost all four league games under Manuel Pellegrini. Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic spurned West Ham's best chances. The home side had one of their best openings after just four minutes, when Felipe Anderson's shot forced Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio into action.

But a tame first half saw neither side assert themselves, with Matt Doherty's shot on target the only worrying moment for West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski. Patricio denied Antonio and Arnautovic with excellent blocks after half-time, the latter when the Portuguese stopped a shot with his face, as West Ham improved markedly - but it was Wolves that took the points. Raul Jimenez tripped over the ball when free inside the area late on with what looked to be the visitors' last chance, until Traore's dramatic intervention in stoppage time.  

Worrying signs for West Ham

The defeat means West Ham have lost their first four games of a league campaign for only the second time. The previous occasion sets a worrying precedent, as that season - 2010-11 - ended in relegation. That scenario is a long way away from what the Hammers were imagining when they recruited Pellegrini, a Premier League winner with Manchester City at his first attempt in 2013-14, as manager. They lacked bite in the first half but created more chances almost from the start of the second, when Andriy Yarmolenko replaced Robert Snodgrass. Striker Javier Hernandez remained on the bench until the 75th minute, although the Hammers looked the likelier to break the deadlock.  But Carlos Sanchez lost the ball in his own half deep into stoppage time, and within seconds Wolves had seized their chance to ensure West Ham remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.


Wolves have bite and menace

Wolves were also without a win before their visit to London Stadium, but the second of their two points before kick-off had come from a spirited display in a draw with Pellegrini's former club and reigning champions Manchester City. Possibly inspired by that result, they were the better side before the break with Helder Costa and Joao Moutinho driving Nuno Espirito Santo's side on.  Jimenez's moment to forget, when the Mexican striker was put in on goal by a fine pass from Ruben Neves only to get the ball trapped between his feet, could easily have knocked last season's Championship winners off their stride.  But they took their chance at the crucial moment with Traore's crisp finish, and are showing signs they will pose problems for the rest of the Premier League this season.  

Man of the match - Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

Joao Moutinho

Joao Moutinho's 87 touches were the most made by a player on either side at the London Stadium

The facts you may have missed: Manuel Pellegrini is the first West Ham manager to lose his first four Premier League games in charge since Avram Grant. West Ham have lost three consecutive Premier League home games versus newly promoted sides for the first time.

Wolves' Adama Traore scored the club's first ever 90th-minute match-winning goal in the Premier League. Traore scored his first league goal in 13 appearances, having not netted since March vs Brentford (for Middlesbrough). Wolves ended their longest ever winless run in the top flight, having previously gone 17 games without a win in the Premier League.


West Ham

1Fabianski 24FredericksBooked at 24mins 4Balbuena 23Diop 3CresswellBooked at 60mins 15C Sánchez 19Wilshere sub for Obiangat 64' 11Snodgrass sub for Yarmolenkoat 45' 8Felipe Anderson 30Antonio sub for Hernándezat 75' 7Arnautovic Substitutes 5Zabaleta 13Adrián 14Obiang 16Noble 17Hernández 20Yarmolenko 41Rice

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5BennettBooked at 79mins 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 8Neves 19Castro Otto 10Hélder Costa sub for Bonatiniat 72' 18Jota sub for Traoréat  62' 9Jiménez sub for Vinagreat 87' Substitutes 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 30Hause 33Bonatini 37Traoré

Referee: Chris Kavanagh Attendance: 56,947 3,000 WW


Match ends, (WHU). 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

             West Ham Wolves

Possession    48%   52%

Shots                13      15

Shots on Target 3     6

Corners               4      4

Fouls                 10     11

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, (WHU). 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Goal!

90'+3' Goal! West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

90'+2' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 90'+2' Ryan Fredericks , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton  Wanderers). 90'+1' Ryan Fredericks , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho. 88' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré.  87' Sub, (WW). Rúben Vinagre replaces Raúl Jiménez. 84' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 82' Delay in match Rui Patrício (WW) because of an injury. 81' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Foul by Marko Arnautovic , (WHU).. 81' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. 80' Foul by Pedro Obiang , (WHU).. Booking 79' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 79' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 79' Felipe Anderson , (WHU). wins a free kick on the left wing. 76' Attempt missed. Pedro Obiang , (WHU). right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.  75' Sub, (WHU).. Chicharito replaces Michail Antonio. 74' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 73' Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.  72' Sub, (WW). Léo Bonatini replaces Hélder Costa. 71' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Issa Diop. 71' Attempt blocked. Pedro Obiang , (WHU). left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 71' Attempt blocked. Andriy Yarmolenko , (WHU). right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michail Antonio. 70' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 70' Carlos Sánchez , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Foul by Ryan Fredericks , (WHU).. 66' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Foul by Marko Arnautovic , (WHU)..  64' Sub, (WHU).. Pedro Obiang replaces Jack Wilshere. 63' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 63' Andriy Yarmolenko , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half.  62' Sub, (WW). Adama Traoré replaces Diogo Jota. 61' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Issa Diop. 60' 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. Booking 60' Aaron Cresswell , (WHU). is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 59' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 59' Foul by Aaron Cresswell , (WHU).. 57' Attempt saved. Michail Antonio , (WHU). header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko. 56' Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic , (WHU). right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell following a corner. 55' Corner, (WHU).. Conceded by João Moutinho. 54' Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio , (WHU). left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Wilshere. 53' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 52' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Foul by Michail Antonio , (WHU).. 51' Attempt missed. Fabián Balbuena , (WHU). header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Felipe Anderson with a cross following a corner. 51' Corner, (WHU).. Conceded by Conor Coady. 50' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 50' Felipe Anderson , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Michail Antonio.

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

 45' Sub, (WHU).. Andriy Yarmolenko replaces Robert Snodgrass.

Half Time

                    West Ham Wolves

Possession     45%        55%

Shots                  5              7

Shots on Target 1           1

Corners                2            1

Fouls                     4             5

 

Half Time

45'+2' First Half ends, (WHU). 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

44' Attempt missed. Michail Antonio , (WHU). header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross. 43' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 43' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 43' Foul by Ryan Fredericks , (WHU).. 42' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 42' Fabián Balbuena , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Offside, (WHU).. Felipe Anderson tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside. 40' Corner, (WHU).. Conceded by Conor Coady. 40' Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio , (WHU). right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.  39' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 39' Robert Snodgrass , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 38' Foul by Fabián Balbuena , (WHU).. 37' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 35' Corner, (WHU).. Conceded by Willy Boly. 35' Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass , (WHU). left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 34' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 34' Felipe Anderson , (WHU). wins a free kick in the attacking half. 33' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 33' Jack Wilshere , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass , (WHU). left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Booking 24' Ryan Fredericks , (WHU). is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 24' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 24' Foul by Ryan Fredericks , (WHU).. 22' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 13' Foul by Jonny (WW). 13' Robert Snodgrass , (WHU). wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 11' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.  11' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 8' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonny. 6' Foul by Marko Arnautovic , (WHU).. 6' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Attempt saved. Felipe Anderson , (WHU). right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Carlos Sánchez. 3' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a headed pass.  

Kick Off First Half begins.

TEAM NEWS

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic has recovered from the knee injury he suffered during the defeat at Arsenal last Saturday.  Captain Mark Noble is available after a back problem but Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid remain out.

Wolves could be unchanged for the fourth successive league game. Club record signing Adama Traore made his first start in the midweek Carabao Cup win at Sheffield Wednesday, while Ivan Cavaleiro is the only absentee.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Martin Fisher: It's early days but three consecutive defeats have West Ham fans worried again. It replicates their start to last season, which set the tone for a difficult campaign. Despite the arrival of a Premier League-winning manager over the summer and a host of new signings, things haven't yet clicked and familiar shortcomings remain.

Wolves are also looking for their first win but are far more upbeat. Confidence, already high after breezing to the Championship title, was massively boosted by taking a point off Manchester City last week in a spirited display that oozed belief.

West Ham's woes might continue for a while yet.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It's the second game at home; we lost the first one against Bournemouth so of course we must win this one. "We knew before we started the season we would have tough fixtures, we need points at home. "We made mistakes in the last home game but now we cannot allow to repeat that."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "There's no ideal opponent, you cannot choose, you have to adapt, face them, stay humble and fight for each ball. "We're going to go with our idea, respect West Ham and play the game."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

West Ham have frightened me defensively - and if the back door has not got a lock on it you have a problem. Wolves' goal against Manchester City shouldn't have happened, but it was a good point for them. Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

This will be their first Premier League meeting since West Ham won 2-0 at Upton Park on New Year's Day 2011. Wolves also lost at West Ham in an FA Cup tie in January 2016. Their only victory in the past nine visits came in the Premier League in March 2010 (D2, L6).  

West Ham United The Hammers have only once lost their opening four league matches of a season, in 2010-11 under Avram Grant. West Ham are in danger of losing three successive Premier League home games against promoted sides for the first time. They were beaten by Brighton and Newcastle last season. They have only won one of their past five Premier League home fixtures - against Everton on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign. Marko Arnautovic has scored or set up 14 league goals in 2018, eight more than any other Hammers player. The Austrian has eight goals and six assists.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves are on a club record run of 17 consecutive top-flight matches without a win since beating Queens Park Rangers in February 2012. They haven't won any of the past eight Premier League games in which they scored first (D2, L6). Nuno Espirito Santo's side could go five successive league matches without keeping a clean sheet for the first time in 18 months. Wolves recorded the Championship's highest shot conversion rate of 13.5% last season but they have only converted three of their 31 attempts on goal in 2018-19, scoring just once from open play.

EFL (Carabao Cup)  2nd round  Sheffield Wednesday 0 Wolves 2 Bonatini (53'), Hélder Costa (85' pen)

HT 0-0

Premier League side Wolves reached the third round of the Carabao Cup for the fourth successive season with victory at Sheffield Wednesday.  Leo Bonatini scored the opener, firing home Adama Traore's cross from 12 yards for his first goal since December.

Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri both forced saves from John Ruddy as the Owls sought an equaliser. But Helder Costa sealed Wolves' win from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by Morgan Fox.  

Victory against a Sheffield Wednesday side that changed their entire starting XI from Saturday's Championship win over Ipswich was Wolves' first of the season following two draws and a defeat in their first three top-flight games.  Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo handed a debut to Belgium international Leander Dendoncker in defence following his arrival on loan from Anderlecht and a first start for £18m record signing Traore. They were among nine changes from Saturday's draw with Manchester City, but he saw his side struggle to create openings in an even first half. They picked up the pace after the break and deservedly took the lead when Traore outpaced Fox down the right and his pull-back deflected off a defender into the path of Bonatini, who netted for the first time since scoring the winner at Birmingham last season.  Morgan Gibbs-White went close to doubling Wolves' lead but his shot from 25 yards hit the post and bounced wide before the Owls threatened a fightback. Fletcher saw his overhead kick brilliantly tipped away by Ruddy, who then palmed aside Forestieri's free-kick shortly afterwards. But Wolves' progress into the third round was assured when substitute Costa was tripped in the box by Fox and sent Joe Wildsmith the wrong way from the spot from the resulting penalty.


Sheff Wed

28Wildsmith 3Jones sub for Kirbyat 85' 6Fox 37Preston sub for Nuhiuat  73' 41Lee 35Fisker NielsenBooked at 62mins 24BakerBooked at 51mins 23Hutchinson 21Boyd 9Fletcher sub for Stobbsat 73' 45Forestieri Substitutes 2Palmer 17Nuhiu 25Dawson 26O'Grady 29Hunt 31Kirby 44Stobbs

Wolves

21Ruddy 32Dendoncker 16Coady 30Hause 2Doherty 25Watt sub for Goncalvesat 62' 27Saïss 29Vinagre 37Traoré 33Bonatini sub for Ashley-Sealat 80' 17Gibbs-White sub for Hélder Costaat 72' Substitutes 5Bennett 10Hélder Costa 19Castro Otto 23Giles 24Ashley-Seal 26Goncalves 31Norris

Referee: Robert Jones Attendance: 13,597 (3,000 WW)


               Sheff Wed Wolves

Possession  45%      55%

Shots                6          12

Shots on Target 3        5

Corners           5             2

Fouls                9           13



Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

90'+4' Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu , (Owls) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner. 90'+4' Corner, (Owls) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 88' Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri , (Owls) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. 88' Fernando Forestieri , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW).  85' Sub, (Owls) Connor Kirby replaces David Jones.  

Goal!

85' Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Hélder Costa (WW) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner. 84' Penalty conceded by Frederik Fisker Nielsen , (Owls) after a foul in the penalty area. 84' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa draws a foul in the penalty area. 82' Attempt saved. Ben Ashley-Seal (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 81' Jack Stobbs , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Foul by Ben Ashley-Seal (WW).  80' Sub, (WW) Ben Ashley-Seal replaces Léo Bonatini. 79' Ashley Baker , (Owls) wins a free kick on the left wing. 79' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 77' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 75' Attempt missed. George Boyd , (Owls) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.  74' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 74' Delay over. They are ready to continue.  73' Sub, (Owls) Jack Stobbs replaces Steven Fletcher.  73' Sub, (Owls) Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Fraser Preston.   72' Sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 70' Delay in match George Boyd , (Owls) because of an injury. 70' Corner, (Owls) Conceded by John Ruddy. 70' Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri , (Owls) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.  69' Fernando Forestieri , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 68' Corner, (Owls) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 66' Attempt missed. Pedro Goncalves (WW) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right. 64' David Jones , (Owls) wins a free kick on the right wing. 64' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 64' Corner, (Owls) Conceded by John Ruddy. 64' Attempt saved. George Boyd , (Owls) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. 63' Corner, (Owls) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 62'  Sub, (WW) Pedro Goncalves replaces Elliot Watt. Booking 62' Frederik Fisker Nielsen , (Owls) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 62' Foul by Frederik Fisker Nielsen , (Owls). 62' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Foul by Elliot Watt (WW). 60' Frederik Fisker Nielsen , (Owls) wins a free kick on the left wing. 59' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. 54' Foul by Jack Lee , (Owls). 54' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

53' Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

52' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Booking 51' Ashley Baker , (Owls) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 51' Foul by Ashley Baker , (Owls). 51' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Corner, (Owls) Conceded by Conor Coady. 50' Fernando Forestieri , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Foul by Elliot Watt (WW).

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


                 Sheff Wed  Wolves

Possession  43%       57%

Shots               2             7

Shots on Target  1      2      

Corners           1            2      

Fouls                8            8

 

Half Time 45'+1' First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

44' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.  44' Foul by Steven Fletcher , (Owls).  44' Foul by Fernando Forestieri , (Owls). 44' Kortney Hause (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39'Corner, (WW) Conceded by Frederik Fisker Nielsen. 39' Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 34' Frederik Fisker Nielsen , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 34' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 33' Attempt missed. David Jones , (Owls) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 32' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. 27' David Jones , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 26' Foul by Fraser Preston , (Owls). 26' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 24' David Jones , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 23' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation. 22' Foul by Morgan Fox , (Owls). 22' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Foul by George Boyd , (Owls). 10' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 9' Ashley Baker , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  9' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 6' Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner. 5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fraser Preston. 3' David Jones , (Owls) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 3' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 2' Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher , (Owls) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 1' George Boyd , (Owls) wins a free kick on the right wing. 1' Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton  Wanderers).

Kick Off First Half begins.

 

03 H Sat 25 Aug 12:30  Man City  Live on Sky      

SAT 25 AUG 2018 Wolves 1 Boly (57') Manchester City 1 Laporte (69') HT 0-0


Wolverhampton Wanderers secured a hard-earned draw against Manchester City to take the first points off the Premier League champions in an enthralling encounter at Molineux.  Pep Guardiola's side came here on the back of convincing victories at Arsenal and at home to Huddersfield Town - but were given a severe test by the team who won the Championship last season.  In an eventful match, City hit the post twice in the first half - first, through Sergio Aguero and and then when Wolves keeper Rui Patricio brilliantly turned Raheem Sterling's rising 25-yard drive onto the bar. Wolves striker Raul Jimenez also had a goal ruled out for offside.  The hosts took the lead in controversial fashion after 57 minutes when defender Willy Boly's attempted diving header went in off his hand from Joao Moutinho's free-kick.  City had appeals for a penalty turned away by referee Martin Atkinson after Ruben Neves' challenge on David Silva, but drew level in the 69th minute when Aymeric Laporte scored his first goal for the club - a towering header from Ilkay Gundogan's free-kick. Both sides had opportunities to win it in the closing stages, with City almost snatching three points when Aguero's free-kick glanced off the bar with virtually the last kick of the game. Aymeric Laporte's header rescued Manchester City a draw against newly promoted Wolves as the visitors' 100% winning start to their Premier League title defence came to an end at Molineux.  Laporte's first goal for the club, from a smart Ilkay Gundogan cross, cancelled out Willy Boly's controversial opener. The Wolves defender had appeared to help Joao Moutinho's inswinging delivery into the net with his arm as he put the hosts ahead 12 after the break.  Raul Jimenez thought he had given the hosts the lead before half-time, only to be flagged offside.  City had hit the woodwork twice in quick succession the first half - first, Sergio Aguero fired against a post before keeper Rui Patricio tipped Raheem Sterling's long-range half-volley onto the crossbar Aguero then hit the bar with a free-kick in stoppage time.  Wolves remain without a win since returning to the top flight, having drawn with Everton on the opening day and lost at Leicester last week.


Line-ups

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16CoadyBooked at 41mins 14:34 25/08/201815Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 8Neves 19Castro Otto sub for Vinagreat 85'minutes 10Hélder Costa sub for Traoréat 72'minutes 18Jota 9Jiménez Substitutes 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 30Hause 33Bonatini 37Traoré

Man City

31Ederson 2Walker 4KompanyBooked at 12mins 14Laporte 22Mendy 21SilvaBooked at 60mins 25Fernandinho 8Gündogan sub for Sanéat 77'minutes 20Bernardo Silva sub for Gabriel Jesusat 62'minutes 10Agüero 7Sterling sub for Mahrezat 85'minutes Substitutes 5Stones 18Delph 19Sané 26Mahrez 30Otamendi 33Gabriel Jesus 49Muric

Referee: Martin Atkinson Attendance: 31,322


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 1.


Full Time

               Wolves  Man City

Possession 29%   71%

Shots              11      18

Shots on Target 2   6

Corners           5         9

Fouls              13         8


90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 1.

90'+5' Sergio Agüero , (MC) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.  90'+4' Sergio Agüero , (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  90'+4' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 90'+3' Kyle Walker , (MC) wins a free kick on the right wing.  90'+3'

Foul by Diogo Jota (WW).  90'+1' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 90' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross.  89' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aymeric Laporte. 88' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.  86' Foul by Aymeric Laporte , (MC). 86' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  85' Sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny because of an injury. 85' Sub, (MC) Riyad Mahrez replaces Raheem Sterling. 85' David Silva , (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 85' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 83' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Diogo Jota. 82' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Jonny. 81' Gabriel Jesus , (MC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 81' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 80' Foul by Fernandinho , (MC). 80' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.78' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Benjamin Mendy. 78' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a cross.  77' Sub, (MC) Leroy Sané replaces Ilkay Gündogan. 77' Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus , (MC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Benjamin Mendy with a cross. 75' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 73' Delay in match Gabriel Jesus , (MC) because of an injury. 73' Delay in match Matt Doherty (WW) because of an injury. 72' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Hélder Costa.  72' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero , (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus with a headed pass. 71' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside. 70' Foul by Fernandinho , (MC). 70' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal! 69' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 1. Aymeric Laporte , (MC) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross following a set piece situation.  68' Raheem Sterling , (MC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 68' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 67' Aymeric Laporte , (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 67' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 66' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 65' Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan , (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva. 63' Attempt blocked. Benjamin Mendy , (MC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero. 62' Sub, (MC) Gabriel Jesus replaces Bernardo Silva. 62' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Jonny. Booking 60' David Silva , (MC) is shown the yellow card. 59' Ilkay Gündogan , (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 59' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 58'  Attempt blocked. David Silva , (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Goal!

57' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 0. Willy Boly (WW) with an attempt from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 56'

Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ederson. 56' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. 55' Offside, (MC) Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Aymeric Laporte is caught offside. 55' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 55' Attempt blocked. Fernandinho , (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva. 54' Kyle Walker , (MC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 54' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 50' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling , (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sergio Agüero. 49' Attempt missed. Vincent Kompany , (MC) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross following a corner.  48' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 48' Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker , (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 48' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 47' Bernardo Silva , (MC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 47' Bernardo Silva , (MC) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Manchester City 0.

Half Time

                 Wolves     Man City

Possession  30%    70%

Shots                 5        7

Shots on Target 0    3

Corners            2        2

Fouls                 4        5

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

45' Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva , (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling. 43'  Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. Booking 41' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 41' Sergio Agüero , (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41' Foul by Conor Coady (WW).  41' Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero , (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 40' Raheem Sterling , (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 40' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 38' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a corner.  37' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fernandinho.  36' Foul by Benjamin Mendy , (MC).  36' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonny.  33' Attempt missed. Fernandinho , (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.  33' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Hélder Costa.  31' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Jonny.  27' Bernardo Silva , (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 27' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 22'  Offside, (MC) Raheem Sterling tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside. 22' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling , (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.  21'  Sergio Agüero , (MC) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.  20'  Offside, (WW) Diogo Jota tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.  20' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.  17' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.  16'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by Benjamin Mendy.  15'  Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan , (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero with a headed pass. 14' Foul by Fernandinho , (MC). 14' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Attempt blocked. Ilkay Gündogan , (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva. 12'  Offside, (WW) Jonny tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside. Booking 12' Vincent Kompany , (MC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 12' Foul by Vincent Kompany , (MC). 12' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Foul by Sergio Agüero , (MC). 9' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Ederson , (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Dangerous play by Ryan Bennett (WW). 8' Foul by Vincent Kompany , (MC). 8' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 6' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 2' Offside, (MC) David Silva tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker is caught offside.

Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty is expected to be fit despite being forced off with an injury against Leicester.  Club record signing Adama Traore could make his first start after impressing as a substitute last weekend.

Manchester City fielded a 3-5-2 system last week, using Bernardo Silva as a wing-back, and must decide whether to deploy a similarly attacking line-up. Back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is set for a lengthy absence after tearing his Achilles tendon. In response, City have recalled Montenegrin Aro Muric, 19, from a loan spell at NAC Breda. Either Muric or 20-year-old Daniel Grimshaw will be on the substitute's bench at Molineux

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@SteveBowercomm: The last time Wolves won a Premier League match was back in February 2012, in a season which Manchester City ended as champions. City then struggled to mount a challenge to retain their title the following season. It's a gentle reminder to Wolves of how things have changed since their last stay in the top flight. Pep Guardiola's team are everyone's benchmark and, especially for the new boys, they are the ultimate challenge. Last season's Championship winners have had plenty of encouragement in their two games so far. But they know the standards needed to get anything against last season's record breakers, who have slipped straight into gear as if they had never been away.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We don't know how to play another way. We will not change because we want to build something.  It's important we keep doing the same thing we train to do as we want to achieve. Adapt, of course, because you are facing a good team, but don't change. When you build something you have to truly believe in what you're doing."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "Wolves destroyed the Championship. They had an incredible season. They play attractive football and attack with good players. We knew how tough it would be last season in the Carabao Cup and it was."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

I am going for a comprehensive City win but it is not games like this that are going to decide whether Wolves' season is a success. These fixtures are part of the learning process. There is not too much to be concerned about so far. Prediction: 0-3

Manchester City have won their last seven Premier League away games

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves' first ever Premier League win came against Manchester City in October 2003, courtesy of a Colin Cameron header at Molineux. They also beat City 2-1 at home in 2010, but those are their only victories in eight Premier League games against the Blues (W2, D1, L5). The sides drew 0-0 in the Carabao Cup last October, with City eventually going through at the Etihad Stadium on penalties.

Wolves were one of only two teams that City failed to score against last season, along with Wigan Athletic (who beat Pep Guardiola's side 1-0 in the FA Cup).

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves could set a club record on Saturday of 17 top-flight games without a victory. Their last Premier League win came at QPR on 4 February 2012. They lost just two games at Molineux last season, the most recent of which was a 2-0 defeat by Cardiff in January. The last four winners of the Championship have avoided relegation from the Premier League the following season.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola's side have won their last seven Premier League away games, scoring 18 goals and conceding just three. Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in seven of those goals, scoring three and setting up four. City last dropped top-flight points on their travels in a 1-1 draw at Burnley on 3 February. Their only defeat in the past 29 Premier League games against newly-promoted teams came at Burnley in 2015, while they are unbeaten in 12 such fixtures under Pep Guardiola (W9, D3). Sergio Aguero has failed to score in his last six Premier League away games since netting in a 4-0 win at Swansea on 13 December. Vincent Kompany is one short of 250 Premier League appearances, while David Silva's next goal will be his 50th in the division.

 

02 A Sat 18 Aug 15:00 Leicester City 2 Doherty (29'  og), Maddison (45' ), Vardy (Dismissed 66' ) Wolves 0

HT 2-0


Jamie Vardy was sent off after James Maddison scored on his home debut as Leicester held on with 10 men to beat Wolves at the King Power Stadium.  Vardy, who started the game after scoring as a substitute in the Foxes' Premier League opener against Manchester United, was dismissed on 66 minutes for a reckless challenge on Matt Doherty. Leicester already led by two goals at that point - Doherty inadvertently setting them on their way with an own goal he knew little about as he headed home a Marc Albrighton cross which took a flick off Conor Coady. Maddison, a £20m signing from Norwich, scored the second on the stroke of half-time with a well-placed finish from the edge of the area after referee Mike Dean allowed play to continue following a foul on Ricardo Pereira. Wolves had started the game strongly but failed to make the most of their opportunities, Joao Moutinho striking the crossbar with Kasper  Schmeichel beaten and Raul Jimenez hitting the post following a sharp turn. And Nuno Espirito Santo's side, for whom club record signing Adama Traore came on at half-time, could not capitalise on their extra man after Vardy's dismissal as their wait for a first Premier League victory since February 2012 goes  on. Victory should relieve some pressure on Leicester manager Claude Puel, who according to reports had been given two games to save his job.

Plenty of positives for Puel

Leicester began the season with an opening-day defeat at Old Trafford which, taken in isolation, should not have prompted too many questions about Puel's position.  However, the Frenchman was indeed quizzed about his future this week, saying "speculation from outside the club is not my concern". And with his side having won just one of their previous eight matches in the Premier League - losing six - this victory is an important one.  Puel made four changes to his side, giving Jonny Evans his debut following a £3.5m move from West Brom. A clean sheet - despite Wolves starting both halves brightly - suggests there is plenty of potential in the 30-year-old's central-defensive partnership with Harry Maguire.  Maddison, another summer arrival, again impressed with an authoritative performance, rounded off neatly with his first goal for the club. The 21-year-old grew in confidence with each minute that passed, and his composed finish from the edge of the area showed a maturity evident throughout much of his game.  But the loss of England international Vardy may hurt Leicester - though they closed this game out in a professional manner, it remains to be seen how they will cope in his absence through suspension.

Impressive Traore not enough for Wolves

Nuno's side began the season with plenty of optimism after a number of notable signings, including the £18m signing of Traore from Middlesbrough.  The Spaniard, who began his career at Barcelona, started on the bench but was introduced at half-time as Nuno sought a way back into the match.  The 22-year-old, who completed 132 more dribbles than any other player in the Championship last season, showed glimpses of his ability with signature surging runs that are sure to trouble top-flight defenders. Prior to his introduction, Wolves had made a lively start, matching the tempo of their entertaining draw with Everton in their first Premier League match since 2012. Schmeichel's goal frame was battered by Moutinho and Jimenez, and Leicester's defence was stretched, but the visitors could not find the net.  This was a lesson in taking your chances - and while they fought back twice against 10-man Everton last weekend, they could not take full advantage of a similar situation here.  But Wolves looked a threat throughout and will certainly offer plenty of entertainment in the Premier League this season.


Leicester

1Schmeichel 14Ricardo Pereira 6EvansBooked at 78' 15MaguireBooked at 90' 3Chilwell 24Mendy 25Ndidi 11Albrighton sub for Amarteyat 60' 10Maddison sub for Iheanachoat 82' 7Gray sub for Adrien Silvaat 82' 9VardyBooked at 66' Subs 5Morgan 8Iheanacho 12Ward 18Amartey 23Adrien Silva 28Fuchs 31Ghezzal

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 69'Booked  at 74' 28João Moutinho 8Neves 19Castro Otto 10Hélder Costa sub for Traoréat  5' 18Jota sub for Bonatiniat 45' 9Jiménez Subs 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 30Hause 33Bonatini 37Traoré

Referee: Mike Dean Attendance: 32,043 3,200 WW


                 Leicester Wolves

Possession 43%    57%

Shots              6        11

Shots on Target 2   3

Corners         1          9

Fouls            10         8


Match ends, (LC) 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, (LC) 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+6' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+6' Foul by Wilfred Ndidi , (LC). Booking 90'+6' Harry Maguire , (LC) is shown the yellow card. 90'+5'  Foul by Jonny (WW). 90'+5' Adrien Silva , (LC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+4' Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi , (LC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Chilwell. 90'+4' Attempt saved. Ben Chilwell , (LC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho. 90' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 90' Kelechi Iheanacho , (LC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 90' Nampalys Mendy , (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Wilfred Ndidi. 86' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 86' Foul by Ricardo Pereira , (LC). 85' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. 83' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 83' Foul by Wilfred Ndidi , (LC).  82' Sub, (LC). Kelechi Iheanacho replaces James Maddison.  82' Sub, (LC). Adrien Silva replaces Demarai Gray.  80' Jonny (WW) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Booking 78' Jonny Evans , (LC) is shown the yellow card. 78' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 78' James Maddison , (LC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 77' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. Booking 74' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) is shown the yellow car sub for  a bad foul. 74' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 74'

James Maddison , (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 70' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Chilwell. 69' Delay over. They are ready to continue.   69' Sub, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury. 66' Delay in match Matt Doherty (WW) because of an injury.

Dismissal 66' Jamie Vardy , (LC) is shown the red card. 66' Foul by Jamie Vardy , (LC). 66' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.  60' Sub, (LC). Daniel Amartey replaces Marc Albrighton. 58' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel. 58' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a through ball. 57' Foul by Nampalys Mendy , (LC). 57' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 54' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Chilwell. 52'  Attempt missed. Demarai Gray , (LC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.  51' James Maddison , (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 48' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 48' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 46' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Second Half  begins Leicester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

 45' Sub, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini replaces Diogo Jota.  45' Sub, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Hélder Costa.

Half Time

          Leicester   Wolves

Possession  52% 48%

Shots                3        4

Shots on Target 1    1

Corners             1       4

Fouls                   5       2

45'+4' First Half ends, (LC) 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+3' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota. Goal! 45' Goal! Leicester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. James Maddison , (LC) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira. 38' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 38' Foul by Nampalys Mendy , (LC). 38' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 35' Delay in match Rúben Neves (WW) because of an injury. 35' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by James Maddison , (LC). 31' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Foul by Demarai Gray , (LC). Goal! 29' Own Goal by Matt Doherty, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leicester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 29' Attempt blocked. Wilfred Ndidi , (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29' Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton , (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.  28' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 28' James Maddison , (LC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 25' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 25' Wilfred Ndidi , (LC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 21' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jonny Evans. 21' Raúl Jiménez (WW) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jonny.  18' Foul by Ricardo Pereira , (LC). 18' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 16' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Marc Albrighton. 9' Corner, (LC). Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 6' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Harry Maguire. 5' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Demarai Gray. 4' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.  

3' João Moutinho (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jonny. 2' Foul by Demarai Gray , (LC). 2' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  

Kick Off First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

TEAM NEWS

Leicester will again be without Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki, who only recently resumed training after a post-World Cup break. Midfielder Matty James is out with a Achilles injury, while new signing Caglar Soyuncu is not match fit.

Wolves could hand a debut to club-record signing Adama Traore, but Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker will not be included.  Winger Ivan Cavaleiro remains sidelined by a troublesome back issue.

How did the Premier League debutants look on the opening weekend?

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@Guymowbray: With Jamie Vardy having signed a new contract, Harry Maguire about to, and a fresh new feel to the squad, all should be well in Leicester's world - shouldn't it?   Even in defeat at Manchester United last week there were signs that they're set for a decent season, with or without Claude Puel. Another loss in this one would only increase the chatter about his future, whether that's equitable or not.  I think the Foxes will secure another top-half finish, and that Wolves won't be far behind.  They've already served up one entertaining game on their Premier League return, and I can foresee something similar here.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Leicester City manager Claude Puel on his future: "I will be happy for my successor, he will have a good squad. My job is to build something with Leicester to continue to develop this club. Our work since the beginning of pre-season is interesting for the future."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "Honestly, we believe there is no big change [going from the Championship to Premier League]. But we have to think about ourselves and prove to ourselves that we deserve to be here.  Our routines are the same. But we have to be better than we were last season."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Leicester lost to Manchester United in their opening game but they put in a decent performance. Wolves came from behind twice to draw with Everton last week and this is another big test for them. I'm expecting the Foxes to make a lot of chances.

Prediction: 2-1


Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has scored seven league goals from outside the penalty box since the start of last season

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head: This is only the third Premier League meeting between Leicester and Wolves and the first since a 0-0 draw in February 2004 at the King Power Stadium.  Leicester haven't beaten Wolves in the top flight since a 5-1 win at Filbert Street in December 1983 - Gary Lineker was among the scorers for the Foxes.  Wolves' last top-flight win at Leicester was a 2-1 victory in December 1971. The Foxes have only won three of the last 14 league and cup meetings between the clubs (D7, L4). The last meeting between the sides, in January 2013, ended in a 2-1 victory for Leicester.

Leicester City  

Leicester's first home game last season was also against a newly-promoted side - they beat Brighton 2-0. The Foxes have only recorded one victory in their last eight Premier League games (D1, L6).  They've also won just one of their last seven top-flight home games (D4, L2). That was May's 3-1 victory over Arsenal.  Leicester could lose their opening two Premier League games for just the third time, after 1994-95 and 2001-02. They were relegated in both of those seasons.

Jamie Vardy's next home goal with be his 50th at the King Power Stadium.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Their only victory in the last 25 Premier League games was a 2-1 away win at QPR in February 2012 (D9, L15). Wolves could equal a club record of 16 top-flight games without a win, set in 1970.

Wolves' record league win came against Leicester, in a 10-1 victory in Division One in April 1938.

Last weekend Ruben Neves became the first player to score and assist on his Premier League debut since Chelsea's Alvaro Morata, 12 months earlier.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo was in charge of Porto when they faced Leicester in the Champions League group stage in 2016. His side lost 1-0 at the King Power Stadium but won 5-0 at home.

 

01 H Sat 11 Aug 17:30  D 2-2 Everton  Live on BT

Wolves 2 Neves (44'), Jiménez (80') Everton 2 Richarlison (17', 67'), Jagielka (Dismissed at  40') HT 1-1

 

Everton manager Marco Silva said he "doesn't have doubts" about Richarlison after the £50m summer signing scored twice on his debut in an entertaining draw at Premier League newcomers Wolves. The Toffees - reduced to 10 men at the end of the first half when Phil Jagielka was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Diogo Jota - were left frustrated as Wolves twice fought back to claim a point. The signing of Brazilian winger Richarlison raised eyebrows in the summer, particularly since he endured a run of 28 games without a goal in 2017-18, last finding the net in November. But he repaid his manager's faith when he stabbed home his first from close range, before stroking in a delightful second to restore the lead.  Ruben Neves' free kick - from the tackle which saw Jagielka sent off - had brought Wolves level, and they eventually rescued a point when on-loan Benfica forward Raul Jimenez buried a header from Neves' cross with 10 minutes remaining.  

New Everton boss Marco Silva told BBC Sport: "I don't have doubts. Even when Richarlison doesn't score he works really hard to help his team. I'm sure the fans will be proud of him.  He did very well. He worked hard, which is what I expect from him." Richarlison said he would remember the day for "the rest of my life" Silva was sacked by Watford in January with the Hornets blaming Everton's interest for a downturn in form. The Toffees finally got their man this summer after dismissing Allardyce. The Portuguese's first signing was Richarlison from his former club and much was made about the fee. But it looks to be a shrewd move by Silva to link up again with the 21-year-old, who displayed his qualities inside and outside the box. Playing from the left, he posed a dangerous threat to Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty and his 13 sprints during his 86 minutes on the pitch was bettered only by team-mate Seamus Coleman (15

). Richarlison opened the scoring with an opportunistic strike as Wolves failed to clear a Leighton Baines free-kick into the box, while his second was a measured finish into the far corner. He also came close to making a goal when his knockdown fell nicely in the box for Theo Walcott, but the  former Arsenal man's scuffed shot failed to threaten Rui Patricio. Richarlison added: "I have to thank my colleagues because we had to run double with one player less, so it is a special day for me."  Everton would have been in a better position to claim all three points had Jagielka not been dismissed after losing control of the ball deep in his own half and catching Jota on the shin in trying recover possession. "Phil Jagielka's red card was a harsh decision," said Silva. "Not only the red card but they scored from the free-kick."

Wolves won the Championship with ease last season, claiming 99 points as they returned to the top flight for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign, when they finished bottom. They spent big money in the summer on eight recruits, helped by agent Jorge Mendes' contacts, including the signings of former Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Patricio and international team-mate Joao Moutinho from Monaco. In all, manager Nuno Espirito Santo fielded five of his Portuguese compatriots - a Premier League record - and he will be pleased by the fighting spirit shown by his team. Although they struggled to impose themselves on the game early on, Wolves battled back to earn a point on a day when fellow promoted sides Fulham and Cardiff went down to 2-0 defeats. Nuno said: "We have character because we came back from a goal down twice, which is not easy. Today taught me that we can react to goals but we have a lot to improve. We have always known we have quality but we are in a growing process. It was the first time for a lot of us in the Premier League but we will get better and better." Ex-Porto captain Neves was one of the best players in the Championship last season and he impressed on his step up by scoring one goal and making the other. He looked comfortable in possession too - his 111 touches on the ball and 93 passes were more than any other player on the pitch - and he contributed defensively by winning the ball back six times. Neves said: "I am very happy to help the team achieve a point but we want to win games, mainly at home." Wolves have been tipped by many pundits to claim a top-half finish this season and they could well achieve that target after making a promising start to the new campaign.  

Jagielka challenge 'endangered' Jota BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer I thought it [Phil Jagielka's red card] was the correct decision. It's a poor touch he knows he's in trouble. It's endangered Diogo Jota and there's not too much argument. He uses excessive force and he's out of control. It's a straight leg and a red card. Whether you agree with the laws or not, that's the law.

Man of the match - Ruben Neves (Wolves).  Could Neves do it in the Premier League? He sure can. A brilliant all-round performance, which included a stunning free-kick

Wolves player's long wait - the stats Wolves are now seven league matches without a victory against Everton (D5 L2) since a 2-1 win in May 2004. Everton have drawn their past three opening day Premier League matches against newly promoted sides, also doing so in 2014-15 against Leicester City and 2015-16 against Watford - all finished 2-2. Richarlison found the net with his first two shots in the Premier League for Everton, having failed to score with any of his last 53 shots as a Watford player. Since the start of last season, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the top four tiers of English league football (seven). Everton's red card was their 90th in the Premier League - more than any other side. Wolves defender Matt Doherty made his second Premier League appearance - 2,513 days after his first in September 2011; only two outfield players have had a longer wait for their second appearances - Erik Nevland (3,667) and Darren Pratley (2,835).

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 85' 8Neves 19Castro Otto sub for Vinagreat 76' 10Hélder Costa sub for Bonatiniat 71' 9Jiménez 18Jota Substitutes 14Enobakhare 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 30Hause 33Bonatini

Everton

1Pickford 23Coleman 6JagielkaBooked at 40' 4Keane 3Baines 18Schneiderlin 17Gueye 11Walcott 10G Sigurdsson sub for Holgateat 43' 30RicharlisonBooked at 14mins sub for Digneat 86' 14Tosun sub for Niasseat 81' Substitutes 2Holgate 9Ramírez 12Digne 19Niasse 22Stekelenburg 26Davies 29Calvert-Lewin

Referee: Craig Pawson Attendance: 31,231

                   Wolves  Everton

Possession 57% 43%

Shots            11       6

Shots on Target 4 5

Corners        3         6

Fouls             8         7

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 2.

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 2.

90'+5' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Bennett. 90'+3' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 90'+3' Morgan Schneiderlin (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Foul by Lucas Digne (E). 87' Offside, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 86' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 86' Sub, Everton. Lucas Digne replaces Richarlison because of an injury. 85' Delay in match Richarlison (E) because of an injury. 85' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White  replaces João Moutinho. 81' Sub, Everton. Oumar Niasse replaces Cenk Tosun. Goal!

80' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 2. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a cross.

77' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Keane. 77' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross. 77' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (E). 76' Sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny. 75' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 74' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 74' Cenk Tosun (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mason Holgate. 71' Sub, (WW) Léo Bonatini replaces Hélder Costa. 71' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (E). Goal! 67' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 2. Richarlison (E) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cenk Tosun. 66' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 63' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 63' Mason Holgate (E) wins a free kick on the right wing. 60' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Bennett. 59' Attempt missed. Michael Keane (E) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner. 58' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Rui Patrício. 58' Attempt saved. Cenk Tosun (E) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 58' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 52' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 52' Seamus Coleman (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Offside, Everton. Seamus Coleman tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside. 49' Corner, Everton conceded by Matt Doherty.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 1.

Half Time 45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 1. 45'+4' Attempt saved. Michael Keane (E) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross. 45'+4' Corner, Everton. Conceded by João Moutinho. 45'+3' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jonny. Goal!

44' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 1. Rúben Neves (WW) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

44' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 43' Sub, Everton. Mason Holgate replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson. 41' Delay in match Diogo Jota (WW) because of an injury. Dismissal 40' Phil Jagielka (E) is shown the red card. 40' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 40' Foul by Phil Jagielka (E).

40' Offside, Everton. Cenk Tosun tries a through ball, but Gylfi Sigurdsson is caught offside. 39' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a headed pass. 37' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 35' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (E). 34' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 34' Richarlison (E) wins a free kick on the left wing. 33' Foul by Jonny (WW). 33' Seamus Coleman (E) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Goal!  17' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Everton 1. Richarlison (E) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Keane following a set piece situation. 16' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 16' Richarlison (E) wins a free kick on the left wing. Booking 14' Richarlison (E) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 14' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 14' Foul by Richarlison (E). 11' Attempt saved. Seamus Coleman (E) left footed shot from the right side of the box  is saved in the centre of the goal. 10' Offside, Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Leighton Baines is caught offside.  8' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Theo Walcott. 4' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Foul by Theo Walcott (E). 2' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 1' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 1' Richarlison (E) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 1' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW).

Kick Off First Half begins.

 Grahram Hughes stand is reopened.

  





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Saturday August 4th Molineux tbd

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Saturday 29th July [A] Derby County 3pm ko

Report


Wednesday July 25th Stoke City v  Wolves 19:45

Report


H-Hotels Cup Sunday 22nd July 2pm CEST Vonovia Ruhrstadion, Bochum,   North Rhine-Westphalia

https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/first-team/20180722-wolves-out-in-semi-finals/

19th July Ajax 1 Wolves at The Bescot report

UhrenCup  Sat July 14th Young Boys 16:00 local in Bern Berner Stadion Neufeld W0-4 and winning the Uhren Cup Report

UhrenCup Weds July 10 6pm local ko FC Basel in Biel Tissot Arena W 1-2  Report








Match

Day

Date

KO

Sky

HOME

Score

Score

AWAY

Pts

Cum

Posn

GD

report

2018-19 Pre Season Friendlies

December 2018-February 2019


March 2019-May 2019



1

Sat

11 August

17:30

BT

Wolves

2

2

Everton

1

1

9

0

Toffees H

2

Sat

18 August

15:00


Leicester  

2

0

Wolves

0

1

14

-2

Foxes A

3

Sat

25 August

15:00

Sky

Wolves

1

1

Man City  

1

2

12

-2

ManC H

EFL2

Tue

28 August 2018

19:45


Sheff Weds

0

2

Wolves

2nd round

Carabao2 A

4

Sat

1 September

15:00


West Ham

0

1

Wolves

3

5

13

-1

Hammers A

5

Sun

16 September

15:00

Sky

Wolves

1

0

Burnley  

3

8

9

0

Clarets A

6

Sat

22 September

15:00


Man Utd  



Wolves





ManU H

EFL3

Tue

25 September

19:45


Wolves



Leicester

3rd round

Carabao3 H

7

Sat

29 September

15:00


Wolves



Saints  





Saints H

8

Sat

6 October

15:00


Crystal Palace  



Wolves





Palace A

9

Sat

20 October

15:00


Wolves



Watford  





Hornets H

10

Sat

27 October

15:00


Brighton & HA  



Wolves





Seagulls A

11

Sat

3 November

19:45

Sky

Wolves



Spurs  





Spurs H

12

Sun

11 November

16:30


Arsenal  



Wolves





Gooners A

13

Sat

25 November

16:00

Sky

Wolves



Huddersfield  





Terriers H

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