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14 Sunday 1 Dec November 2019 H Sheffield Utd 14:00 tbc Molineux

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EU lge 2 Thursday 28 November 2019 A Braga 16:55 UK Estádio Municipal de Braga  (BT)  

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13 Saturday 23 November 2019 A Bournemouth 15:00 Vitality

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12 Sunday 10 November 2019 H Aston Villa 14:00 Molineux (Sky) W2-1 Mind the Gap

12 WW 2 Neves (41'), Jiménez (84') Aston Villa 1 Trézéguet (90'+2')

HT 1-0

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said his side paid for a lack of desire in their West Midlands derby defeat at Wolves. Villa, who remain 17th in the Premier League - three points above the bottom three - were second best for long periods against the hosts, with Trezeguet's late consolation goal adding a flattering complexion to the scoreline. And while Villa were without several regular starters, Smith said the media would not be able to "print" what he told his players after a disappointing first half. "The game seemed bigger to them than it was to us," Smith said. "We were poor and they [the players] got a reminder at half-time that they must win their duels and compete. You can't give any team a 45 minute head start and all I took from the first half was we were only 1-0 down. In the second half we got a better performance but it didn't take much to achieve that."

Pic Getty

Wolves, who climbed from 15th up to eighth, to move into the top half of the Premier League for the first time since the opening weekend, were always in control. Inside a raucous Molineux, Nuno Espirito Santo's side repeatedly carved the visitors open, but had to wait until the stroke of half-time to open the scoring. Joao Moutinho's clever free-kick, deceived the Villa defence and allowed Ruben Neves to whip a right-foot effort into the bottom right corner from 18-yards. Adama Traore went close to adding a second for the hosts after the break, while Brazilian forward Wesley curled Villa's best chance over. Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota also missed good opportunities before Jimenez's sweeping right-foot shot confirmed Wolves first top-flight win over Villa since 1978.

This was another performance that suggested Wolves are now up and running after their slow start to the season. Already on the brink of reaching the Europa League knockout stages, Nuno's side are now unbeaten in seven Premier League matches and were worthy winners against out-of-sorts opponents. It was one-way traffic in the first half as Jota, Jimenez and Matt Doherty all failed to convert chances that could have put the hosts out of sight by the interval. With the game being played almost exclusively in the Villa half the visitors did not manage an effort on goal until the half-hour mark. "We played very well, we dominated the game, especially in the first half. I'm happy with the performance and atmosphere," said Nuno. "We're happy because we made the second goal and could have made more."

Another feature throughout was the sight of Adama Traore, who has been called up to the Spain squad, terrorising the Villa defence. The 23-year-old, who scored in his one and only start during his time at Villa Park, repeatedly skipped past Matt Targett and his  replacement Neil Taylor. Traore's searing pace also created Jimenez's decisive second goal, with the winger eluding Douglas Luiz, before picking out the Mexican on the left-side of the penalty area. It capped a fine individual display from Traore, who is now beginning to fulfil the potential he exhibited in Barcelona's 'La Masia' youth system.

Villa flatter to deceive - Aston Villa made the 20-mile trip to Molineux looking to do a double over Wolves having knocked their local rivals out of the Carabao Cup 11 days ago. However, they delivered a disjointed and disappointing performance and struggled to gain any sort of foothold in the game until the final quarter. The absence of the injured Heaton and defender Björn Engels were keenly felt at the back, while without Grealish, their was a distinct lack of spark to their attacking.  John McGinn struggled to impose himself in midfield, while Marvelous Nakamba was a peripheral figure and was later replaced by Henri Lansbury. They were also not helped by an early injury to replacement goalkeeper, Jed Steer, which saw Norwegian Orjan Nyland, make his first appearance for almost 12 months. While Trezeguet did offer some threat down the flank, the Egyptian did not come to the fore until Villa were chasing an equaliser late in the game.


Man of the match - Adama Traore (Wolves)

Adama Traore won the free-kick that led to the Wolves first goal and provided an assist for their second goal.

Fortress Molineux - the stats

Wolves picked up their first top-flight home victory against Aston Villa in 10 games (W1 D3 L6), since a 3-1 win in May 1978. Wolves have only lost one of their past 14 Premier League home games (W8 D5), a 2-5 loss to Chelsea in September. Aston Villa have only kept one clean sheet in their last 24 Premier League matches on the road, a 0-0 draw with West Brom in January 2016. Ruben Neves has now scored 14 goals for Wolves in all competitions, with 11 of those coming from outside the box. Among Premier League players, only Raheem Sterling (14) has scored more goals in all competitions this season than Wolves' Raul Jimenez (13), who netted on his 50th Premier League appearance. Since the start of last season, Joao Moutinho has provided more Premier League assists than any other Wolves player (11). In fact, only Matt Jarvis (13) and Kevin Doyle (12) have registered more assists in Premier League history for Wolves than Moutinho (11).

Aston Villa's Jed Steer made only his second Premier League appearance (which lasted just eight minutes), 1,631 days after his first in May 2015 (v Burnley) - it's the largest gap between two appearances for a Villa player in the competition's history.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is winless in five league meetings with Wolves (D1 L4), since defeating them 3-0 as Brentford manager in a Championship tie in February 2016.

What's next?

Wolves travel to Bournemouth for their next Premier League match on Saturday 23 November (15:00 GMT). Aston Villa resume their Premier League duties at home to Newcastle on Monday 25 November (20:00 GMT).



Wolves

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 27SaïssBooked at 12' 2Doherty 8Neves sub by Bennettat 86' 28João MoutinhoBooked at 86' 19Castro OttoBooked at 90' 37Traoré 9Jiménez sub by Cutroneat 90' 18JotaBooked at 74' sub by Netoat 83' Substitutes 5Bennett 7Neto 10Cutrone 21Ruddy 26Perry 29Vinagre 49Kilman

Aston Villa

12Steer sub by Nylandat 8' 24GuilbertBooked at 10' 15Konsa 40MingsBooked at 40' 18Targett sub by Taylorat 45+3' 7McGinn 11NakambaBooked at 27' sub by Lansburyat 69' 6Douglas Luiz 21El Ghazi 9Wesley 17Trézéguet Substitutes 3Taylor 5Chester 8Lansbury 14Hourihane 25Nyland 26Kodjia 27El Mohamady

Referee: Anthony Taylor Attendance: 31,607


Stats FT

          Wolves Aston Villa

Possession 50%   50%

Shots      17    13

Shots on Tgt 5    4

Corners     6     3

Fouls      17     8


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Aston Villa 1.

90'+3' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a fast break. Goal!

90'+2' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Aston Villa 1. Trézéguet  (AV) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the  centre of the goal following a corner. 90'+1' Corner,  (AV) Conceded by Romain Saïss. Booking 90'+1' Jonny (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+1' Foul by Jonny (WW). 90'+1' Trézéguet  (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90' Sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez. 87' Attempt saved. Anwar El Ghazi  (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Booking  86' João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 86' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 86' John McGinn  (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  86' Sub, (WW) Ryan Bennett replaces Rúben Neves. Goal!

84' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Aston Villa 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré following a fast break.

83' Sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota. 82' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Neil Taylor  (AV). 82' Attempt blocked. Trézéguet  (AV) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury. 79' Attempt blocked. John McGinn  (AV) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo. 77' Hand ball by Frederic Guilbert  (AV). 77' Attempt blocked. Douglas Luiz  (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury. 77' Attempt blocked. John McGinn  (AV) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi with a cross. 76' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 76' Foul by Trézéguet  (AV). Booking 74' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card.  73' VAR Decision: No Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. 72' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Neil Taylor. 70' Attempt missed. Tyrone Mings  (AV) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John McGinn with a cross following a set piece situation. 69' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 69' Trézéguet  (AV) wins a free kick on the left wing.  69' Sub,  (AV) Henri Lansbury replaces Marvelous Nakamba. 68' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. 68' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.  68'Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 65' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ørjan Nyland. 65' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 62' Ezri Konsa Ngoyo  (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 61' Corner,  (AV) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 58' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 58' Douglas Luiz  (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Foul by Jonny (WW). 57' Frederic Guilbert  (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Neil Taylor. 55' Attempt missed. Wesley  (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi following a fast break. 54' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tyrone Mings. 54' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 53' Attempt missed. Marvelous Nakamba  (AV) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 53' Corner,  (AV) Conceded by Diogo Jota. 51' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a fast break. 50' Adama Traoré (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a headed pass. 48' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Frederic Guilbert. 47' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Foul by Trézéguet  (AV). 47' Attempt missed. Neil Taylor  (AV) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. 46' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 46' Marvelous Nakamba  (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 46' Attempt blocked. Marvelous Nakamba  (AV) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Aston Villa 0.

Half Time 45'+5' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Aston Villa 0.

45'+4' Attempt saved. Douglas Luiz  (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 45'+3' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 45'+3' Wesley  (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing.  45'+3' Sub,  (AV) Neil Taylor replaces Matt Targett because of an injury. 42' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 42' Marvelous Nakamba  (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

41' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Aston Villa 0. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation.

Booking 40' Tyrone Mings  (AV) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 40' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 40'  Foul by Tyrone Mings  (AV). 39' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. 34' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 31' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 31' Trézéguet  (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30' Attempt saved. Wesley  (AV) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Trézéguet with a cross. 29' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 29' Anwar El Ghazi  (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 28' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves. Booking 27' Marvelous Nakamba  (AV) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 27' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 27' Foul by Marvelous Nakamba  (AV). 25'  Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. 21' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 20' Offside,  (AV) John McGinn tries a through ball, but Wesley is caught offside. 19' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right 17' Hand ball by Marvelous Nakamba  (AV). 16' Frederic Guilbert  (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 16' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 14' Foul by Anwar El Ghazi  (AV). 14' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (WW). Booking

12' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 12' John McGinn  (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 12' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 11' Frederic Guilbert  (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 11' Foul by Jonny (WW). 11' Hand ball by Rúben Neves (WW). Booking 10' Frederic Guilbert  (AV) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 8' Sub,  (AV) Ørjan Nyland replaces Jed Steer because of an injury.  4' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo. 4' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady. 2' John McGinn  (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves central defender Ryan Bennett could start against Villa after making his return from a groin injury as a late substitute on Thursday.  Morgan Gibbs-White has a lingering back problem and is a fitness doubt.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is still feeling pain in his calf and is rated 50-50 to be involved on Sunday. Frederic Guilbert should overcome a dead leg to keep his place, but Jota won't be considered despite returning to training after hernia surgery.

Wolves on brink of reaching Europa League knockout stage

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Martin Fisher: Little should be read into Villa's recent EFL Cup win as both teams played shadow sides. The Premier League is a different matter. Wolves are unbeaten in their last six but have drawn too many games to see that reflected in the table. Maybe that's a consequence of their Europa League exertions? With the notable exception of a 5-1 win at Norwich, Villa have struggled on the road. However, their record in the Premier League at Molineux is excellent.  Traditionally this isn't the biggest West Midlands derby on the calendar but, with Albion and Blues still in the Championship, surely for local bragging rights it IS the biggest this season.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "It's a big game, here at Molineux, a big derby. We are going to be ready for it. "We played [Villa] already - we know about it already. We are the same people, we know what it means."

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith on Wolves: "They're very tough to beat, they've got great organisation and structure. They've got players who can score goals having gone to Manchester City and won, gone to Arsenal and equalised to come away with a point...so they'll feel they're in a run of form.  People look from the outside and think 'is the amount of games they're playing going to catch up with them?' We're hopeful that is does on Sunday."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves have played an awful lot of games because of their involvement in the Europa League from an early stage, but they have got a good squad and should have too much for a Villa side who are still learning about life at this level. Prediction: 2-0


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Villa are unbeaten in nine top-flight away games against Wolves since a 3-1 defeat in May 1978 (W6, D3). It is Wolves' longest top-flight winless run at home against a single opponent. A much-changed Villa beat a youthful Wolves in a League Cup tie on 30th October. Villa haven't won twice in a season against Wolves since 2003-04.

Wolverhampton Wanderers could remain unbeaten in seven successive top-flight fixtures for the first time since March to April 1974 (W3, D4). They came from 1-0 down to draw 1-1 in each of their past three league games. The last team to draw four top-flight games 1-1 in a row were Spurs in April 2008. Wolves have scored in 10 consecutive top-flight fixtures for the first time since 1972. They have scored a league-high 86% of their goals in the second half of games. Raul Jimenez is poised to become the second Mexican player to make 50 Premier League appearances, emulating Javier Hernandez.  Adama Traore made 10 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa in 2015-16, all as a substitute. Villa drew one and lost nine of those matches.

Aston Villa could suffer three straight league defeats in the same season for the first time since a run of five in February 2017.

Villa have the joint-best first-half record in the division, with the equivalent of 22 points. Wolves are equal bottom with a record that would only give them seven points. Fifteen of the 18 goals conceded by Villa this season have come after half-time. They've dropped 11 points from winning positions, more than any other side prior to the weekend. Aston Villa have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 12 Premier League away fixtures since a 0-0 draw at West Brom in January 2016.

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TTEU lge 4 Thursday 7 November 2019 H Slovan Bratislava 20:00 Molineux (BT)  W1-0

EU4 WW 1 Jiménez (90'+2') Slovan Bratislava 0

HT 0-0


Raul Jimenez put Wolves on the brink of the Europa League knockout stages as his injury-time strike secured victory against Slovan Bratislava at Molineux. The game looked to be heading towards a stalemate after Bratislava goalkeeper Dominik Greif kept out Ruben Neves' penalty early in the second half.  However, Jimenez headed in Adama Traore's cross to take the points. Wolves are second in Group K with nine points, five ahead of Bratislava in third with just two games remaining.  Nuno Espírito Santo's side need just a point to progress to the next round.

Pic Getty table Group K


   Team                  P GD Pts

1 Sporting Braga 4 4 10

2 Wolves               4 2 9

3 Slovan Brat       4 0 4

4 Besiktas            4 -6 0


The winning goal came in the second of 12 minutes of injury time, which was as a result of a lengthy period of treatment for Bratislava's Kenan Bajric, who had been caught by Jimenez's boot when he attempted an overhead kick.  Bajric concussion 'quite serious', says Bratislava coach - Bajric had to be taken off on a stretcher after appearing not to move while on the pitch but was reported to be conscious when he was assessed further by medical staff in the tunnel.  Jimenez was booked for the challenge and, after scoring the winner, his celebration was muted, clasping his hands together in a similar fashion to Tottenham forward Son Heung-min after he scored against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League earlier this week.  Son was apologetic after that 4-0 win for his tackle which led to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes' horrific ankle injury on Sunday.  Jimenez told BT Sport: "It is difficult for all of us. I don't know what to say. I hope he recovers well."

Wolves march on in Europe

Wolves' form in the Premier League this season has been inconsistent with seven draws, two wins and two defeats but in Europe they have been impressively strong. After losing their Europa League opener to Sporting Braga they have now won their last three games in succession - the first time they have managed that since winning their opening six games in the 1971-72 Uefa Cup. They went on to reach the final of that competition and while there is still a long way to go for them to repeat such a feat in this competition, they have certainly not looked out of place against some seasoned European opposition. The hosts could have won this game by a bigger margin but for some excellent goalkeeping by Greif. As well as diving the right way to deny Neves, the Bratislava shotstopper also displayed quick reactions to keep out Joao Moutinho's deflected strike and then superbly denied Matt Doherty's close-range volley. Wolves, though, have shown impressive resilience this season. Their past 11 goals have all come in the second half and they scored a dramatic last-minute winner against Besiktas in September through Willy Boly. This time it was Jimenez who was Wolves' hero as he scored his 12th goal of the campaign.

Jimenez's run continues - the stats

Wolves have won three consecutive games in major European competition for the first time since winning their opening six in the 1971-72 Uefa Cup campaign - a season that saw them reach the final of the competition Slovan Bratislava have won just one of their 16 Europa League group stage games (D2 L13), beating Besiktas 4-2 on MD1 this season Slovan Bratislava have lost all four of their away games against English opponents in European competition by an aggregate score of 3-19 Ruben Neves' penalty miss ended a run of 14 converted spot-kicks for Wolves in all competitions, since Neves himself also missed against Sheffield United in the Championship in September 2017 Since the start of last season, Raul Jimenez has scored 29 goals for Wolves in all competitions, 15 more than any other player for the club in that time

What next?  The games come thick and fast for Wolves as they return to Premier League action on Sunday, 10 November when they host Aston Villa (14:00 GMT).

table Group K

   Team          P GD Pts

1 Sporting Braga 4 4 10

2 Wolves         4 2 9

3 Slovan Brat    4 0 4

4 Besiktas  4     -6 0

Teams

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 49Kilman  2Doherty 8Neves 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre sub Castro Ottoat 90+7' 37Traoré sub Bennettat 90+10' 9JiménezBooked at 89mins 7Neto sub Cutroneat 69' Substitutes 4Vallejo 5Bennett 10Cutrone 19Castro Otto 21Ruddy 26Perry 27Saïss

Slovan Bratislava

1Greif 17Medvedev 66Bajric sub Ljubicicat 89' 14Abena 29Bozhikov 81De Marco Morlacchi 11Drazic 6de Kamps 10Ibrahim sub Danielat 90+7' 21da Silva sub Sukhotskyat 70' 9Sporar Substitutes 8Ljubicic 20Daniel 23Sukhotsky 24Delgado Villar 27Holman 30Sulla 31Trnovsky

Referee: Bas Nijhuis

Stats

        Wolves  Slovan Bratislava

Possession 66%   34%

Shots      20     6

Shots on Tgt 7    1

Corners    10     5

Fouls       7     5

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Slovan Bratislava 0.

Full Time 90'+14' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Slovan Bratislava 0.

90'+12' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross. 90'+10' sub, (WW) Ryan Bennett replaces Adama Traoré. 90'+7' sub, (WW) Jonny replaces Rúben Vinagre. 90'+7' sub, (SB) Erik Daniel replaces Rabiu.  90'+6' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre. 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Andraz Sporar (SB) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dejan Drazic.

Goal!

90'+2' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Slovan Bratislava 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from very close range to the top left corner.

90' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 89' sub, (SB) Marin Ljubicic replaces Kenan Bajric because of an injury. Booking 89'

Raúl Jiménez (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 78' Dangerous play by Raúl Jiménez (WW).  78' Kenan Bajric (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Cutrone. 77' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross. 77' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre. 75' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 73' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 72' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by Jurij Medvedev (SB).  70' sub, (SB) Artem Sukhotsky replaces Rafael Ratão. 69' sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Pedro Neto. 68' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 68' Foul by Kenan Bajric (SB). 67' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 67' Vernon (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vernon. 62' Offside, (SB) Andraz Sporar tries a through ball, but Kenan Bajric is caught offside. 61' Foul by Max Kilman (WW). 61' Andraz Sporar (SB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 60' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vasil Bozhikov. 60' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 59' Attempt blocked. Max Kilman (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 58' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dominik Greif. 58' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a through ball. 56' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 56' Foul by Rabiu (SB). 53' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 53' Kenan Bajric (SB) wins a free kick in the  defensive half.

51' Penalty saved! Rúben Neves (WW) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner. 48' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pedro Neto draws a foul in the penalty area. 48' Penalty conceded by Vasil Bozhikov (SB) after a foul in the penalty area.  46' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 46' Vernon (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Slovan Bratislava 0.

Half Time

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

45' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45' Foul by Vernon (SB). 44' Attempt missed. Max Kilman (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross following  a corner. 43' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kenan Bajric. 42' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jurij Medvedev. 41' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Myenty Abena.  41' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 37' Hand ball by João Moutinho (WW). 34' Attempt saved. Andraz Sporar (SB) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.  32' Corner, (SB) Conceded by João Moutinho. 31' Attempt blocked. Rabiu (SB) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 31' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 24' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dominik Greif. 24' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 22' Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 21' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vasil Bozhikov. 19' Offside, (SB) Rabiu tries a through ball, but Andraz Sporar is caught offside. 13' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vasil Bozhikov. 12' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty following a corner. 11' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vernon. 9' Jurij Medvedev (SB) wins a free kick on the right wing. 9' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 8' Attempt saved. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 8' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 7' Attempt missed. Myenty Abena (SB) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dejan Drazic with a cross following a corner. 6' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker.  6' Attempt missed. Kenan Bajric (SB) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Vernon  following a corner.  6' Attempt missed. Vernon (SB) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Dejan Drazic with a cross following a corner. 5' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 3' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Kick Off

First Half begins.


Matt Doherty has started all three of Wolves' Europa League games this season

Wolves defender Matt Doherty is expected to play in their Europa League group game against Slovan Bratislava on Thursday despite injury doubts. Doherty, 27, was forced off in Saturday's Premier League draw at Arsenal with a knee injury. Team-mate Diogo Jota will miss out through suspension, while Morgan Gibbs-White is nursing a back problem. Defender Ryan Bennett has recovered from a groin injury and should return to the squad.


MATCH PREVIEW

Wolves are seeking their third successive victory in the Europa League following a 1-0 win over Besiktas in Turkey and a 2-1 win over Thursday's opponents Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia. They sit a point below Braga in second place in Group K but could move five points clear of Slovan Bratislava with victory this week. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo says the team are fully focused on their upcoming game and not looking ahead to the knockout stages, which will be within touching distance should Wolves get a positive result. "We are always confident, we cannot expect things to happen, we have to make them happen," he said. "We have to play the game, we are ready to compete and Slovan are a very tough team. Competing well is more important [than thinking about qualifying]. It was an important result in Bratislava, Slovan are a very good team, they caused us problems and we expect a tough game again. We want to play, perform, we are back at Molineux and want to perform well."

Wolves winger Adama Traore says they do not know "how far we'll go" but adds the players are willing to "fight every game to win. We are aware of these three points but the important thing is to stay focused, we can't think about 'maybe we'll win three points," he said. Each game is important. We don't come out on to the pitch thinking 'win these three points and maybe we're in the next round'. It's a new competition for us, playing two games in the week, but the mentality of the team is great."


MATCH FACTS

Wolves won the reverse fixture against Slovan Bratislava 2-1 in Slovakia, coming from behind to win a game in major European competition for the first time since September 1973 (2-1 vs Belenenses).

Slovan Bratislava have lost all three of their away games against English opponents in European competition by an aggregate score of 18-3. This is their first such match since a 2-0 loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September 1997.

Wolves are looking to win three consecutive games in major European competition for the first time since winning their opening six in the 1971-72 Uefa Cup campaign - a season that saw them reach the final of the competition.

Slovan Bratislava have won just one of their 15 Europa League group stage games (D2 L12), beating Besiktas 4-2 on match day one this season.  Slovan Bratislava's Andraz Sporar (4 goals, 1 assist) has been involved in more goals than any other player in the Europa League this season, including netting the opener in their reverse fixture against Wolves.

11 Saturday 2 November 2019 A Arsenal 15:00 Emirates D1-1

11 Arsenal 1 Aubameyang (21') Wolves 1 Jiménez (76')

HT 1-0


Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he feels "the responsibility" to improve results after Wolves fought back to claim a merited Premier League point at the Emirates. Boos rang out inside the stadium as a turbulent week for the club ended with Arsenal collecting just their second point from the last nine available.  "I am very demanding of myself," Emery said. "We are not proud of our result today. The result is not good. I feel every time my responsibility to work and come back with better results."

Pix John Bray Adrian Wooton  

The afternoon had started brightly for the Gunners, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - standing in for the dropped Granit Xhaka as captain - opening the scoring to register his 50th goal for the club. However, that was a rare blip for Wolves who repeatedly carved the hosts open and on another day may have claimed all three points. And Nuno Espirito Santo's side got their reward when Raul Jimenez headed Joao Moutinho's hooked cross past Bernd Leno into the bottom right corner. It ensured Wolves, who are up to 11th, stretched their unbeaten run to six games, while Arsenal remain in fifth.

Arsenal 1-1 Wolves: Draw not good for us - Emery Arsenal have already surrendered leads against Watford and Crystal Palace this season, and this result did little to allay concerns over the team's perceived fragility in defence. Former boss Arsene Wenger came in for criticism over this towards the end of his 22-year tenure at the club and there is a feeling that Emery has been unable to address those failings as he nears 18 months in charge. While they were in total control against Watford and Palace before capitulating, that was not the case against Wolves who took the game to the hosts from the off. The visitors had already fashioned at least half a dozen good opportunities before Arsenal opened the scoring against the run of play.  Aubameyang - who Emery later suggested could replace Xhaka has the club's captain - expertly finished from Alexandre Lacazette's pass to score his ninth goal in 13 games. But the Gabon forward largely forced to feed off scraps with Arsenal managing just 10 shots compared to the visitors' 25, their was a sense of inevitability about Jimenez's equaliser.  However, only Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola currently enjoys a higher win ratio in the Premier League than Emery. And the Spaniard's 59% currently places him ahead of Jurgen Klopp (58%), Mauricio Pochettino (55%) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (50%).

Wolves the comeback Kings - After a slow start to the season Wolves have now collected 10 points from the last 18 available on an unbeaten run that has seen them climb from 19th. This performance which mirrored their showing in the 1-1 draw the Emirates last season was brimming with pace, energy and swift counter-attacking football which at times overwhelmed the hosts. Roared on by 3,000 supporters draped in gold and black, Jimenez, Dioga Jota, Matt Doherty and Ruben Neves all featured prominently, particularly during the first period. With the visitors sweeping forward at every opportunity, they conceded the softest of goals as the absence of their regular defenders - Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett - was felt when deputising midfielder Leander Dendoncker failed to spot Aubameyang's run. But that did little to jolt or unnerve them as they continued in the same vein and pushed Arsenal back.

Arsenal 1-1 Wolves: We must defend better - Nuno "We finished on the front foot and every time we broke the feeling was we could harm more," said Nuno. "I am happy because we worked hard and showed character. This is the process we want. We want to go to every stadium and play with our identity." Doherty saw his right-foot shot superbly saved by Leno, with the Arsenal keeper also forced into action by Neves and Mexico forward Jimenez. Wolves, who have scored 86% of their goals in the second half this season, underlined their status as comeback specialists when Jimenez got his reward with one of his eight efforts on goal. Nuno's team have now recovered to draw 1-1 on six occasions this season.

Man of the Match - Raul Jimenez (Wolves) -Raul Jimenez had more efforts on goal then any other player and was rewarded for his perseverance

Shot-shy Arsenal - the stats Arsenal have dropped points having scored the first goal in consecutive home league games for the first time since November 2004 (Southampton and West Brom). Wolves have gone unbeaten in three league games against Arsenal (W1 D2) for the first time since a run of three wins between October 1978 and September 1979 Wolves have scored in 10 consecutive Premier League games for the first time. Arsenal failed to have a single shot on target in the second half of this match, with their last effort coming in the 32nd minute. Since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's debut in February 2018, he and Alexandre Lacazette have combined for nine Premier League goals for Arsenal - the most of any pair at the club in this period. Wolves' Raul Jimenez has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season - only Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero (13 each) have scored more amongst Premier League players. What's next? = Arsenal travel to Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on Wednesday, 6 November (15:50 GMT) before their next Premier league outing at Leicester on Saturday, 9 November (17:30). Wolves host Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday, 7 November (20:00) and resume their Premier League duties when they welcome Aston Villa to Molineux on Sunday, 10 November (14:00).

Arsenal

1Leno 21Chambers 5Papastathopoulos 23David Luiz 3Tierney sub Kolasinacat 87' 11Torreira sub Sakaat 73' 29Guendouzi 8Ceballos 10Özil 9Lacazette sub Martinelliat 60' 14Aubameyang Substitutes 2Bellerín 19Pépé 26Martínez 28Willock 31Kolasinac 35Martinelli 77Saka

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 32Dendoncker 16Coady 27SaïssBooked at 67' 2Doherty sub Vinagreat 71' 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 37Traoré 9Jiménez 18JotaBooked at 89'  sub Netoat 90+1' Substitutes 7Neto 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 26Perry 29Vinagre 49Kilman

Referee: Michael Oliver Attendance: 60,383

Stats   Arsenal Wolves

Possession 58%  42%

Shots      10   25

Shots on Tgt 4   8

Corners     8    9

Fouls       6   15


Match ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+4' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré.  90'+1' Sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota. 90' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho. Booking 89' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 89' Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 89' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 87' Sub, Arsenal. Sead Kolasinac replaces Kieran Tierney. 87'

Attempt missed. Sokratis (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner. 87' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 86' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jonny. 86' Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Foul by Jonny (WW). 85' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 85' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Calum Chambers. 82' David Luiz (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 82' Foul by Bukayo Saka (Arsenal). 82' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jonny. 81' Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 81' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW).

Goal! 76'

Goal! Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho.

74' Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Foul by João Moutinho (WW).  73' Sub, Arsenal. Bukayo Saka replaces Lucas Torreira. 72' Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 71' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 71' Sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury. 68' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Matt Doherty. Booking  67' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 67' Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing. 67' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 66' Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner. 66' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Romain Saïss. 65' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside. 65' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 64' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Tierney. 61' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Conor Coady.  60' Sub, Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli replaces Alexandre Lacazette. 58' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. 58' Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal). 58' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Sokratis (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 55' Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 54' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 54'  Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 53' Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mesut Özil. 52' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Tierney. 51' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Calum Chambers. 50' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 49' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Tierney. 49' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.  assisted by Jonny. 48' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Second Half Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Stats HT

       Arsenal  Wolves

Possession 59%  41%

Shots       7   13

Shots on Tgt 4   3

Corners     2    3

Fouls       4    6

  Half Time 45'+2' First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. 45'+2' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. 45' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Tierney. 44' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 44' Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 44' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 42' Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 42' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 42' 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 with a cross. 40' Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 40' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 36' Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal). 36' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 35' Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 32' Attempt saved. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dani Ceballos. 29' Offside, Arsenal. Calum Chambers tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside. 29' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jonny. 27' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré following a corner. 27' Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal). 27' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 25' Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 25' Attempt saved. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 25' Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Tierney tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside. 24' Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 22' Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 22' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). Goal! 21' Goal! Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.  20' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Conor Coady. 19' Attempt missed. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette. 18' Attempt saved. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 17' Sokratis (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 17' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 16' Attempt blocked. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette. 15' Foul by David Luiz (Arsenal). 15' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 14' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 11' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 9' Corner, (WW) Conceded by David Luiz. 9' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 8' Attempt saved. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 7' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 7' Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal). 5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Tierney. 4' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 3' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 1' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS

Arsenal's under-fire captain Granit Xhaka has been left out of the squad to face Wolves following his show of dissent to supporters last weekend.   Mesut Ozil could keep his place after impressing against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup. Wolves defender Willy Boly has had surgery on his broken left shin bone. Ryan Bennett is unavailable because of a groin problem, while midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White will have a back injury assessed. Arsenal captain Xhaka says he 'reached boiling point'

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES @Wilsonfooty: Unai Emery had two major selection dilemmas ahead of the visit of Wolves. He has answered one of them already, opting not to expose Granit Xhaka to Arsenal's fans following the captain's tantrum last weekend. Secondly, should he include Mesut Ozil after his delightful display in Wednesday's extraordinary League Cup game at Anfield? Wolves also exited that competition in midweek, but head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will have shed few tears at unloading some of the burden on his squad. Speckled between their Europa League appearances, Wolves have quietly built a five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, moving from 19th place to 12th in the process. A repeat of the draw they earned at the Emirates last November would suit him nicely.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery on Granit Xhaka: "We need time to recover the normality in him and for us. It's not in my mind that he will play tomorrow. Now we need to focus 100% on the match. Now we are going to train and at the moment he is not in my mind."

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We know it will be very, very difficult. Arsenal have a fantastic squad and a very good manager, so it's going to be very difficult. We don't look at the table. We compete against every opponent that we have in front of us in all competitions."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Arsenal have got some issues but their home form is not usually one of them. We know they have defensive instability but we see it less often at the Emirates Stadium than elsewhere. Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves' 3-1 victory in the last meeting in April was their first over Arsenal in 40 years - ending a 20-game winless streak against the Gunners (D4, L16).

After winning their first six Premier League meetings, Arsenal have won just one of the last four, drawing two and losing one.

Arsenal are unbeaten at home this season in their eight league and cup matches, winning six of them.

They haven't lost at home in a 3pm Saturday kick-off since the opening day of the 2013-14 season, winning 20 and drawing two since then. Arsenal's tally of 16 points is their lowest after 10 matches of a Premier League season since 2012. The Gunners have only kept one clean sheet in their past seven home league matches. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could go four league appearances without a goal for the first time since a run of five at Borussia Dortmund from October to November 2014. Bernd Leno has made 39 saves in the division this season, more than any other goalkeeper prior to the weekend fixtures.

Unai Emery has won only one of his five competitive fixtures as a manager against Nuno Espirito Santo, drawing two and losing two.

Wolverhampton Wanderers could score in 10 consecutive top-flight fixtures for the first time since 1972. They could equal their Premier League club record of six consecutive matches unbeaten. They have have scored a league-high 85% of their goals in the second half of games this season. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have the third best second-half record in the division. Seven of Raul Jimenez's 10 goals in all competitions this season have come away from home.

CC4 Wednesday 30 October 2019 19:45 A Aston Villa Villa Park  L2-1

EFL 4th Round Aston Villa 2 El Ghazi (28'), El Mohamady (57') Wolves 1 Cutrone (54')

HT 1-0 pix Mark Feehan John Golding


Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady saw Aston Villa edge past a youthful Wolves side to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.  Five-time winners Villa last reached this stage of the competition in 2012. El Ghazi's close-range shot crept past Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy to put the hosts ahead before Patrick Cutrone tapped in a Taylor Perry's pass to equalise. But Elmohamady's flick from a Henri Lansbury free-kick gave Villa victory.  The quarter-final draw will be live on Thursday at 08:45 GMT on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Two.  Villa's experience counts -given the additional workload that European football has brought to Wolves this season, it was no surprise to see head coach Nuno Espirito Santo make wholesale alterations. But the inclusion of Chem Campbell among the 11 changes from their Premier League draw at Newcastle did raise eyebrows.  Still too young to pen a professional deal - he turns 17 in December - Campbell's debut saw him become the club's second youngest player after Jimmy Mullen in 1939.  There were also run-outs for midfielder Perry, 18, winger Pedro Neto, 19, and a debut for defender Dion Sanderson in the starting XI. Sanderson, in particular, endured a challenging introduction to senior football, with Villa's Egypt international Trezeguet claiming a penalty after dribbling beyond the 19-year-old in the first half. But the difference for Villa was experienced midfielder Lansbury, whose incisive pass unlocked the visiting defence and allowed El Ghazi to score with their only shot on target in the first half. And after Cutrone levelled, Lansbury, who is yet to start a league game this season, laid on the winner with a low free-kick that Elmohamady, Villa's captain for the night, met at the near post.  That ensured a repeat of the result from when these two sides last met in the competition back in the 1995-96 season, when Villa went on to lift the trophy.  

'Henri needed a game' - manager reaction Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: "I don't think I've been involved in a game where we've had as much possession. My only gripe is that we didn't score more goals and test their goalkeeper more. I thought he [Henri Lansbury] was excellent tonight. His vision is there for everybody to see. Henri needed a game and we have got out of it what we wanted, which was to progress and get minutes into some of the lads."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "For three seasons in the Carabao Cup, it's a competition that we've wanted to give a chance to youth players, to make them develop and grow.We have competitions to play. This is the same approach we had in all the games in the Carabao Cup, which we respect a lot, we always put players in because we want to build players, build a team, build a better squad for our future."


Aston Villa

12Steer 27El Mohamady 15Konsa 30Hause 3Taylor 8Lansbury sub McGinnat 81'Booked at 84mins 6Douglas Luiz 14Hourihane 21El Ghazi 39Davis sub Kodjiaat 50' 17Trézéguet s 5Chester 7McGinn 9Wesley 11Nakamba 24Guilbert 25Nyland 26Kodjia

Wolves

21Ruddy 4Vallejo 5Bennett 49Kilman 23Sanderson 6Cavaco Jordao sub Taylorat 71' 26Perry 29Vinagre 77Campbell sub Ashley-Sealat 68' 10Cutrone 7Neto sub  Cristóvãoat 77' s  11Rui Patrício 39Taylor 56Ashley-Seal 58Samuels 59Buur 66Cristóvão 76Richards

Referee: Lee Mason Attendance: 34,962


   Aston Villa  Wolves

Possession 71%  29%

Shots      20    7

Shots on Tgt 5   2

Corners    10    0

Fouls      10   12


Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. 90'+6' Offside, (WW) John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Benny Ashley-Seal is caught offside.  90'+4' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre. 90'+3' Offside, (WW) Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Patrick Cutrone is caught offside. 88' Attempt saved. Trézéguet (AV) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Taylor. 86' Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (AV). 86' Max Kilman (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 85' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 84' John McGinn (AV) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 84' Foul by John McGinn (AV). 84' Taylor Perry (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 83' Attempt missed. John McGinn (AV) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane  following a corner. 82' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 82' Attempt blocked. John McGinn (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 81' Foul by Kortney Hause (AV). 81' Benny Ashley-Seal (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.  81' Sub, (AV). John McGinn replaces Henri Lansbury. 80' Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (AV) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Trézéguet with a cross.  79' Douglas Luiz (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 79' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 77' Sub, (WW) Flávio Cristóvão replaces Pedro Neto. 76' Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 76' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Taylor Perry. 73' Offside, (WW) John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Patrick Cutrone is caught offside. 72' Offside, (AV). Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside. 71' Sub, (WW) Terry Taylor replaces Bruno Jordao. 70' Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (AV) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury. 70' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 70' Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (AV) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Taylor with a cross. 69' Offside, (WW) John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Pedro Neto is caught offside. 68' Sub, (WW) Benny Ashley-Seal replaces Chem Campbell. 65' Attempt saved. Anwar El Ghazi (AV) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross. 62' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 62' Attempt blocked. Trézéguet (AV) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross. 60' Ahmed El Mohamady (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW). 60' Attempt saved. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 59' Foul by Conor Hourihane (AV). 59' Bruno Jordao (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal! 57' Goal! Aston Villa 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Ahmed El Mohamady (AV) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a set piece situation. 56' Henri Lansbury (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 56' Foul by Max Kilman (WW). 56' Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW). Goal!

54' Goal! Aston Villa 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Taylor Perry.

54' Attempt blocked. Taylor Perry (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Cutrone. 54' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Jesús Vallejo. 50' Sub, (AV). Jonathan Kodjia replaces Keinan Davis because of an injury. 48' Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48'

Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW).

Second Half begins Aston Villa 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time 45'+2' First Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+1' Attempt missed. Anwar El Ghazi (AV) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a corner. 45' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Jesús Vallejo. 44' Attempt missed. Neil Taylor (AV) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane. 43' Foul by Ahmed El Mohamady (AV). 43' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by Trézéguet (AV). 41' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Douglas Luiz (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  38' Foul by Taylor Perry (WW). 36' Trézéguet (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 35' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick. 34' Foul by Douglas Luiz (AV). 34' Bruno Jordao (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 32' Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (AV) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady. 31' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Chem Campbell. Goal! 28' Goal! Aston Villa 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Anwar El Ghazi (AV) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a through ball. 28' Conor Hourihane (AV) wins a free kick on the left wing. 28' Foul by Bruno Jordao (WW). 26' Henri Lansbury (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 26' Foul by Anwar El Ghazi (AV). 26' Max Kilman (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23'

Keinan Davis (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 23' Foul by Taylor Perry (WW). 21' Attempt missed. Douglas Luiz (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi following a corner. 21' Attempt missed. Douglas Luiz (AV) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury following a corner. 20' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Dion Sanderson. 20' Attempt blocked. Douglas Luiz (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 19' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Taylor Perry. 19' Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (AV) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Douglas Luiz.  18' Keinan Davis (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 18' Foul by Jesús Vallejo (WW). 16' Attempt missed. Chem Campbell (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick Cutrone. 13' Foul by Keinan Davis (AV). 13' Taylor Perry (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 11' Attempt blocked. Douglas Luiz (AV) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 11' Corner, (AV). Conceded by Max Kilman. 11' Attempt blocked. Trézéguet (AV) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Hourihane. 9' Hand ball by Keinan Davis (AV). 9' Kortney Hause (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Foul by Chem Campbell (WW). Kick Off First Half begins.


10 Sunday 27 October 2019 A Newcastle 14:00 St. James' Park  live on Sky D1-1

10 Newcastle 1 Lascelles (37'), S Longstaff (Dismissed at 82') Wolves 1 Castro Otto (73')

HT 1-0 pix E&S


Raul article https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/10/25/meet-raul-jimenez-wolves-global-superstar-followers-club/?fbclid=IwAR323fct9QWjDWN0D_3OfKZGAMeJcfc6qq2rrux8iRpeEXfKTnZKNXbi-wI


94th minute pen? https://twitter.com/i/status/1188490081281159169


A close-range finish from Jonny ensured Wolves fought back to earn a battling point against Newcastle at St James' Park. Spaniard Jonny volleyed home from six yards after goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had fumbled Matt Doherty's cross into his path to cap a much-improved second-half display from Nuno Espirito Santo's side.  Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles scored the opener with a powerful near-post header from Federico Fernandez's cross to light up what had been a largely dour first half. Newcastle ended the game with 10 men when midfielder Sean Longstaff was sent off late on for a high challenge on Ruben Neves. Doherty very nearly secured all three points for Wolves in stoppage time, but his header across goal from Raul Jimenez's cross flashed just wide.

Resilient Wolves maintain upward momentum Three successive defeats in September raised doubts about Wolves' ability to balance the demands of domestic and European football, as well as build on their impressive campaign last year. But this result makes it eight games unbeaten in all competitions, suggesting they are more than adept at coping with the extra matches in their fixture list. If anything, they have shown an extra resilience, with 13 of their last 14 Premier League goals scored in the second half of matches, including Jonny's leveller at St James' Park. Wolves boss Nuno once again freshened up his side, making five changes to the team that came from behind to win against Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League Thursday. One of those changes was enforced, with defender Willy Boly suffering a fractured ankle in training on Saturday. A formation change at half-time proved the spark for that victory in Slovakia and Nuno very nearly repeated the trick here.

Newcastle 1-1 Wolves: Nuno 'happy' with draw The Portuguese switched from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3 at the break, with Adama Traore pushed forward into the front line behind Doherty, who was replaced in the back three by Leander Dendoncker. It proved to be the catalyst for a vastly improved second-half performance, with the duo creating a chance for Diogo Jota within minutes of the restart.  Jota then created an opportunity himself when his mazy run and shot was only fumbled by Dubravka before the ball was scrambled clear. Moments later, Wolves were level when Doherty's cross was fumbled by Dubravka straight into the path of Jonny, who volleyed home from close range for just his second goal in a Wolves shirt. That goal galvanised the visitors and they pinned Newcastle back in the closing stages of the game. The Midlands club may be frustrated they did not come away with more than just a deserved point. After stoppage-time goals in games against Burnley and Crystal Palace earlier this season, Wolves very nearly grabbed a third when Doherty went close.

Newcastle let down by lack of firepower No Premier League ground had seen fewer goals than the four St James' Park had witnessed going into this weekend, with just two of those for the Magpies, highlighting the challenge Steve Bruce faces. He possesses a robust backline, with Lascelles, Fernandez DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark impressing here. But the former Aston Villa boss now needs to work out how to sharpen his attack without losing any of that defensive solidity. Club-record signing Joelinton, who has scored just once this season, rarely threatened. Though he often found himself isolated as the Magpies defence dropped ever deeper as the game wore on. They did manage nine shots on goal during the first period, their most in the opening half of a Premier League game since April. But goalkeeper Rui Patricio was rarely troubled by any of them apart from a Miguel Almiron shot into the side netting from Matty Longstaff's early ball over the top. With their forward line miss-firing Newcastle need to rely on goals from elsewhere, and so it proved for the opening goal. Argentine defender Fernandez, making his first Premier League start of the season, stayed forward after a set-piece and put in a dangerous cross from the right that was powered home at the near post by Lascelles for his first goal since January 2018. Bruce will be pleased with the way his side clung on for a point, particularly after Sean Longstaff was deservedly dismissed after catching Neves' knee with a studs-up challenge with 10 minutes left, but they could have easily lost this game during a frantic finale. Bruce has to somehow get his strikers scoring on a regular basis if Newcastle are to lift themselves away from near the bottom of the table.

Man of the match - Adama Traore (Wolves) Traore was the inspiration behind Wolves' second-half comeback, particularly through his link-up play with Doherty down the right 'They were feeding off scraps' - what they said Newcastle manager Steve Bruce speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "I was delighted the way we played in the first half and needed more of it in the second but for some reason we didn't play in the second half. We needed to gain composure and a foothold in the game but we gave the ball away so many times and sat back too much. We forgot to take part in the second half. "We said we wanted to win the second half as well. Second half it was that horrible cliche of a game of two halves - if ever there was one." On Sean Longstaff's red card: "I thought he was unlucky.  think he has played the ball and he isn't in control of his foot but where is his foot supposed to go? When players roll around like that afterwards I'm always a bit dubious."

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, also to BBC Match of the Day: "We performed better in the second half. Newcastle were organised and we had problems but in the second half we were better and created so much. We combined well and I'm happy - the challenge is to do it in both halves."


On his side's busy schedule: "We are embracing the challenge. We have played 20 games, that is a lot of effort. There are no days off and so a lot of credit goes to the boys." On losing Willy Boly this week through injury: "He's a big player and a big man and we will miss him, but it is something that can happen. He was doing a box in training and fell - it is sad that has happened."

Wolves continue scoring run - the stats Newcastle haven't scored more than once in any of their last 10 Premier League games (six goals), their longest such run since April 2015 under John Carver (10 games). Wolves have scored in each of their last nine Premier League games, their joint-longest scoring run in the competition. Sean Longstaff is the 53rd different Newcastle player to pick up a red card in the Premier League, with only Everton (57) seeing more individual players sent off in the competition. Steve Bruce has seen one of his players shown a red card on 53 occasions in the Premier League, with only Arsene Wenger having had more sent off in the competition (78). Wolves have conceded four headed goals in the Premier League this season, the joint-most along with Norwich.

Each of Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles' six Premier League goals have been headers; only Dean Richards, Craig Short and Curtis Davies (all 7/7) have scored more goals in the competition with 100% of them coming via their head. Lascelles' opener for Newcastle was his first Premier League goal in 634 days (Jan 2018 v Burnley), with Federico Fernandez assisting his first goal in the competition in 407 days (Sep 2018 v Arsenal). Wolves wing-back Jonny scored his first away goal in top-flight football (Premier League and La Liga) in his 112th such game on the road.

What's next?

Newcastle travel to London Stadium to play West Ham on Saturday, 2 November (15:00 GMT).

Wolves are away at Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday (19:45), before taking on Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday (15:00).


Nuno said: "We could have been more dominant in the first half and controlled the game better.  Managing the game depends a lot on who scores first, and I think we’ve punished ourselves too many times this season.  We concede first, and then it requires a lot of effort. We cannot concede first. Let’s try to hurt them and control the game better."

Wolves shifted from a 3-5-2 formation to 3-4-3 at half-time – just as they did in Thursday's Europa League victory at Slovan Bratislava – and were better from that point. When asked why they are beginning slowly, Nuno said: "It’s many things. If you look at how we conceded the goal, we allowed crosses into the box. We must improve on that. If I knew why, it would not have happened today. I’m going to work now to try to find out why. But we’ve had 20 games already this season and to show this character – stamina, energy – shows a lot about how the boys prepare themselves."

Newcastle

1Dubravka 22Yedlin 18Fernandez 6Lascelles booked  66' 2Clark booked  55' 15Willems 24Almirón 36S Longstaff booked  82' 43M Longstaff sub Atsuat 90' 10Saint-Maxi  sub  Gayleat 90' 9Joelinton sub Shelveyat 85' Substitutes 3Dummett 8Shelvey 12Gayle 13Muto 17Krafth 26Darlow 30Atsu

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 2Doherty 16Coady 27Saïss booked  69' 37Traoré 32Dendoncker 8Neves booked  75' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto sub Vinagreat 84' 18Jota sub Netoat 70' 9Jiménez Substitutes 4Vallejo 7Neto 10Cutrone 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 49Kilman 56Ashley-Seal

Referee: Kevin Friend Attendance: 46,019


     Newcastle Wolves

Possession 43%  57%

Shots      13   13

Shots on Tgt 2  Away5

Corners

Home3Away6

Fouls

Home8Away15

Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+6' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 90'+5' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross. 90'+4' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by Dwight Gayle, (NU). 90'+3' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.  90' Sub, (NU) Dwight Gayle replaces Allan Saint-Maximin. 90' Sub, (NU) Christian Atsu replaces Matthew Longstaff. 88' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey. 88' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 86' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Romain Saïss following a corner. 85' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jetro Willems. 85' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross. 85' Sub, (NU) Jonjo Shelvey replaces Joelinton. 84' Sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny. Dismissal 82' Sean Longstaff, (NU) is shown the red card. 82' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Sean Longstaff, (NU). 80' Attempt saved. Jetro Willems, (NU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross. 79' Foul by Jonny (WW). 79' DeAndre Yedlin, (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 78' Attempt blocked. Allan Saint-Maximin, (NU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jetro Willems. 77' Foul by Jonny (WW). 77' Miguel Almirón, (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 76' Attempt missed. Jetro Willems, (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin. Booking 75' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 75' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 75' Allan Saint-Maximin, (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

73' Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

71' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 71' Foul by Jetro Willems, (NU).  70' Sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota. Booking 69' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 69' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 69' Miguel Almirón, (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 67' Attempt missed. Jamaal Lascelles, (NU) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Longstaff following a set piece  situation. 67' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 67' Sean Longstaff, (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. Booking 66' Jamaal Lascelles, (NU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 65' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 64' Foul by Jonny (WW). 64' Ciaran Clark, (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 64' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny. 62' Foul by Jonny (WW). 62' Ciaran Clark, (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Offside, (NU) Federico Fernández tries a through ball, but Miguel Almirón is caught offside. 59' Hand ball by João Moutinho (WW). 57' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré. Booking 55' Ciaran Clark, (NU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 55' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Foul by Ciaran Clark, (NU). 52' Foul by Sean Longstaff, (NU). 52' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 52' Jetro Willems, (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 52' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 51' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 49' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Second Half begins Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


Half Time


STATS

      Newcastle Wolves

Possession 61%  39%

Shots       5    5

Shots on Tgt3    1

Corners     4    2

Fouls       3    2

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

45'+2' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 45'+2' Foul by Miguel Almirón, (NU). 45'+2' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 43' Attempt missed. Sean Longstaff, (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. 43' Attempt blocked. Sean Longstaff, (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Miguel Almirón. Goal! 37' Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Jamaal Lascelles, (NU) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Federico Fernández with a cross. 36' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 36' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 35' Attempt missed. Sean Longstaff, (NU) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 35' Attempt blocked. Allan Saint-Maximin, (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joelinton. 35' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 34' Attempt missed. Miguel Almirón, (NU) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Longstaff. 33' Attempt missed. Joelinton, (NU) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Longstaff with a cross following a set piece situation. 33' Allan Saint-Maximin, (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 33' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 31' Offside, (WW) Rui Patrício tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 30' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jetro Willems. 28' Sean Longstaff, (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 28' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 26' Jetro Willems, (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 26' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 22' Foul by Federico Fernández, (NU). 22' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 21' Jamaal Lascelles, (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 19' Attempt blocked. Allan Saint-Maximin, (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Miguel Almirón. 13' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Miguel Almirón. 9' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Federico Fernández. 6' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 6' Miguel Almirón, (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Foul by Joelinton, (NU). 5' Attempt missed. Miguel Almirón, (NU) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation. 5' Foul by Jonny (WW). 5' DeAndre Yedlin, (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 2' Attempt saved. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny. Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Newcastle will be without forward Andy Carroll, who suffered a groin injury after coming on as a substitute against Chelsea last weekend.  Defender Fabian Schar has been ruled out with a knee problem, while midfielder Isaac Hayden is suspended.  Dubravka signs new deal with Magpies

Wolves defender Ryan Bennett is nursing a groin injury that kept him out of Thursday's Europa League win. Midfielder Ruben Neves could feature after a calf niggle, but Pedro Neto is out with a hamstring injury.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Martin Fisher: Gates are down at St James' Park and it's not entirely down to fans boycotting the club in protest against Mike Ashley. Entertainment is in short supply. Four goals in four games, only two of those scored by Newcastle.  A relegation battle is looming and spirits are low. Victory over Manchester United brought hope but that carries less weight than it once did, and Wolves are likely to provide a much sterner test.  They've gone seven games unbeaten, including away wins at Manchester City and against Slovan Bratislava on Thursday.  Travel fatigue might be their biggest enemy - and Newcastle's chief ally.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce: "Wolves have got good players who play in a certain system and do it very well. They're a threat - they're a good side. We're at home against a very decent Wolves side but we're capable - we know that - and we'll have to be at our best to win."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves grabbed a controversial late win against 10 men on their last visit to St James' Park, in December 2018. Newcastle owe them one, and I think they will come out on top here - just. Prediction: 2-1


There have been just four Premier League goals at St James' Park this season

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head -

Wolves beat 10-man Newcastle 2-1 at St James' Park last season, scoring the winner in stoppage time. The Magpies have failed to win this fixture at home in the past three attempts and have had a player sent off on the last two occasions.

Newcastle United have won just one of their four home league matches in 2019-20 (D2, L1). Their tally of two league goals at home this season is the lowest in the top flight. However, they have also conceded just two goals at home, which is again the fewest. Their five Premier League goals this season have been scored by five different players. Newcastle haven't scored more than once in any of their last nine league games. Steve Bruce has won only one of his six Premier League fixtures against Wolves as a manager (D2, L3).

Wolverhampton Wanderers are unbeaten in four league games (W2, D2). This is their 200th Premier League match and their 20th fixture in all competitions this season. Wolves haven't won consecutive top-flight away games in the same season since 1980-81. Twelve of Wolves' last 14 Premier League goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Wolves have scored with each of their last nine penalties in the Premier League.



EU lge 3  Thursday 24 October 2019 A Slovan Bratislava 16:55 UK  rumour of closed doors  (BT)  

EU Lge 3 24Oct2019 Slovan Bratislava 1 Sporar (11') Wolves 2  Saïss (58'), Jiménez (63' pen), Jota (Dismissed at 87')

HT 1-0

League Group K (half way)

Team            P GD Pts

1 Sporting Braga   3 2 7

2 Wolves           3 1 6

3 Slovan Bratislava 3 1 4

4 Besiktas    3   -4 0


Wolverhampton Wanderers' produced a stirring Europa League fightback to beat Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia and move into second spot in Group K.

Trailing at half-time to Andraz Sporar's deflected shot, Wolves scored twice in the space of five second-half minutes through Romain Saiss and a penalty by Raul Jimenez. Morocco midfielder Saiss equalised with a shot which keeper Dominik Greif should have kept out before Jimenez was fouled by Vernon de Marco - the Mexico forward picking himself up to score from the spot. Substitute Diogo Jota was sent off in the 87th minute for two yellow cards in the space of a minute but Wolves held on to secure a superb win.The match was officially played 'behind closed doors' because of racist chanting and banners during a Europa League play-off match at the Tehelne Pole stadium. However, Slovan were allowed to give tickets away to schools and football academies, which meant the hosts were cheered on by 20,000 children in Slovakia's capital.  

Wolves reach the halfway point of the group campaign one point behind leaders Sporting Braga - 2-1 winners in Turkey against Besiktas - after securing back-to-back wins. There is still a lot of work to be done to secure a place in the knockout stage but the signs are positive for Nuno Espirito Santo's side, who produced a performance which oozed character to turn it around in Bratislava. For the first 45 minutes, Wolves were distinctly second best - Sporar giving the hosts the lead with a shot which came off Conor Coady and beat Rui Patricio. Willy Boly - who hit the 93rd-minute winner in Besiktas in the previous group game - went close with a header but the hosts dominated before Adama Traore was introduced at the start of the second half. Traore immediately injected pace and tempo to Wolves' play, although it required a howler by Greif for the visitors to equalise - Saiss' shot bobbling twice before squirming under the keeper and into the net.

Wolves have won the last four games Romain Saiss has appeared in

Slovan Bratislava had not lost a home game since April 2018 but found themselves behind when Jimenez kept his composure from the spot after being fouled by De Marco. Patricio produced an excellent stop to stop Sporar from scoring a second while Wolves were forced to endure a nervy ending when Portuguese forward Jota needlessly got himself sent off. Yet the visitors, now unbeaten in seven league and cup games, were full value for their win after an exceptional second-half display inspired by Traore's introduction.

Mexican Waves & 20,000 youngsters  Only 200 Wolves fans, who each paid £55 for a ticket and had been told not to wear club colours, were inside the ground to witness their team's gutsy victory. The hosts were cheered on by thousands of excitable schoolchildren despite being banned from selling tickets. Under Article 73 of Uefa's regulations, accompanied children, aged 14 and under, from local schools and football academies could be invited. There was a deafening noise inside the ground and the atmosphere generated by the 20,333 crowd buoyed the hosts before Wolves came roaring back.  At one point, the young fans, many sporting the home team's colours, managed to start a Mexican wave.  However, the voices of Wolves' small contingent could be heard loud and clear at the end of a memorable night for the Black Country club.

Man of the match - Rui Patricio (Wolves) Rui Patricio was beaten by a deflection but produced an outstanding one-handed save to keep out goalscorer Andraz Sporar with Wolves leading 2-1

'We didn't expect to play in a stadium like this' - what they said (pic Jon Crane

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "We didn't expect to play in a stadium like this but the message was clear. The children enjoyed themselves because some people did something wrong so I think that sends a good message out. It was a good environment. Everybody is happy, the first half was not so good but the second half was a very, very good performance." On Diogo Jota's red card: "He was frustrated, two or three minutes before the ball was out and it was our ball, the referee was clear and Slovan didn't respect that, so that took him out of concentration and he made a mistake. We know how it goes. Don't do it again."

Slovan Bratislava boss Jan Kozak: "Of course I am disappointed because this was a game where we deserved a better result. We made some mistakes and big clubs punish mistakes like that, Wolves did that with two goals."

What's next?

Wolves head back to England to prepare for Sunday's Premier League game at Newcastle (14:00 GMT), while their next Europa League Group K game is at home to Slovan Bratislava on 7 November (20:00 GMT).


Slovan Bratislava

1Greif 17Medvedev booked 86mins 14Abena 29Bozhikov 81De Marco Morlacchi booked 63mins 6de Kamps 10Ibrahim booked 68mins sub for Cavricat 81' 20Daniel sub for da Silvaat 66' 27Holman booked 45mins sub for Ljubicicat 57' 7Rharsalla Khadfi 9Sporar Substitutes 8Ljubicic 11Drazic 21da Silva 24Delgado Villar 30Sulla 66Bajric 77Cavric

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 49Kilman 2Doherty 17Gibbs-White sub for Jotaat 59' booked 87mins 27Saïss sub for Dendonckerat 76' 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre

9Jiménez booked 90mins 10Cutrone sub for Traoréat 45' Substitutes 8Neves 18Jota 19Castro Otto 21Ruddy 26Perry 32Dendoncker 37Traoré

Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy

  Slovan Bratislava Wolves

Possession  39%     61%

Shots        8      10

Shots on Tgt 3       4

Corners      5       5

Fouls       11      16

Match ends, Slovan Bratislava 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time  90'+5' Second Half ends, Slovan Bratislava 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Booking  90'+2' Raúl Jiménez (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+2' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 90'+2' Jurij Medvedev (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Attempt missed. Andraz Sporar (SB) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jurij Medvedev with a cross. Dismissal

87' Second yellow card to Diogo Jota (WW) for a bad foul. 87' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 87' Vasil Bozhikov (SB) wins a free kick on the right wing. Booking 86' Jurij Medvedev (SB) is shown the yellow card. Booking 86' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card. 86' Foul by Max Kilman (WW). 86' Rafael Ratão (SB) wins a free kick on the right wing. 84' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 84' Foul by Jurij Medvedev (SB). 83' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside. Sub, 81' Sub, (SB) Aleksandar Cavric replaces Rabiu. 80' Attempt missed. Jurij Medvedev (SB) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marin Ljubicic. 80' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 80' Rabiu (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 78' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jurij Medvedev. 76' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 76' Foul by Rabiu (SB). Sub, 76' Sub, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leander Dendoncker replaces Romain Saïss. 75' Attempt missed. Andraz Sporar (SB) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marin Ljubicic with a cross. 75' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 75' Vasil Bozhikov (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Romain Saïss following a corner. 72' 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. 72' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Vernon. 70' Attempt saved. Andraz Sporar (SB) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 69' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Myenty Abena. 69' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jurij Medvedev. Booking 68' Rabiu (SB) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 68' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 68' Foul by Rabiu (SB). 67' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 67' Marin Ljubicic (SB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Sub, 66' Sub, (SB) Rafael Ratão replaces Erik Daniel. 65' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 65' Mohammed Rharsalla (SB) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal! 63' Goal! Slovan Bratislava 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Raúl Jiménez (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking 63' Vernon (SB) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 63' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Raúl Jiménez draws a foul in the penalty area. 63' Penalty conceded by Vernon (SB) after a foul in the penalty area. 62' Offside, (SB) Mohammed Rharsalla tries a through ball, but Andraz Sporar is caught offside. 61' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 61' Marin Ljubicic (SB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 59' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 59' Jurij Medvedev (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Sub, 59' Sub, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Diogo Jota replaces Morgan Gibbs-White.

Goal! 58' Goal! Slovan Bratislava 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. 57' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 57' Foul by Rabiu (SB). Sub, 57' Sub, (SB) Marin Ljubicic replaces David Holman. 54' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross. 53' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 53' Attempt saved. Andraz Sporar (SB) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by David Holman. 50' Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 48' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 47' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Second Half begins Slovan Bratislava 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Sub, 45' Sub, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Patrick Cutrone.

Half Time 45'+2'

First Half ends, Slovan Bratislava 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+1' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation. Booking 45' David Holman (SB) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45' Foul by David Holman (SB). 43' Offside, (SB) Rabiu tries a through ball, but Andraz Sporar is caught offside. 42' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW). 42' David Holman (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  41' Foul by Joeri de Kamps (SB). 41' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41' Foul by Vasil Bozhikov (SB). 40' Attempt missed. David Holman (SB) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andraz Sporar. 36' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho following a set piece situation. 35' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 35' Foul by Joeri de Kamps (SB). 31' Corner, (SB) Conceded by João Moutinho. 31' Attempt blocked. Mohammed Rharsalla (SB) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Holman. 25' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 25' Myenty Abena (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW). 23' Vernon (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Attempt saved. Rúben Vinagre (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romain Saïss. 19' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW). 19' Vasil Bozhikov (SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Foul by Andraz Sporar (SB). 16' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 15' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Max Kilman. 13' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Max Kilman. Goal! 11' Goal! Slovan Bratislava 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Andraz Sporar (SB) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rabiu. 8' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Vernon. 8' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 8' Foul by Vasil Bozhikov (SB). 3' Hand ball by Patrick Cutrone (WW). 1' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Kick Off First Half begins.


Ryan Bennett is out of Wolves' Europa League trip to Slovan Bratislava.  The defender came off with a groin injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southampton and has not travelled to Slovakia for the Group K game.  Ruben Neves has shaken off a calf knock and Romain Saiss has also travelled after a hamstring problem but Pedro Neto (hamstring) is out.  Teenagers Chem Campbell and Taylor Perry are also included in the squad.

'Champions League would be the dream' Nuno Espirito Santo's side face Slovan on Thursday with the hosts having already been sanctioned by the governing body this season - hit with a two-game stadium closure because of racist chants and a banner at a Europa League play-off game against PAOK in August.  Slovan, who played their 4-2 win over Besiktas in front of 6,000 children last month, have taken advantage of a Uefa loophole for Thursday's game and gifted 21,000 tickets, mostly to under-14s, with Wolves allocated just 200.  Wolves are third in group K after one win from two matches, with Thursday's opponents top.

Wolves fans told not to wear club colours at Bratislava Europa League tie  "This is why we kind of busted a gut at the back end of last season to finish seventh," said defender Matt Doherty. "These are the kind of challenges that we want, and we want to get out of the group and go as far as we can, there's no doubt about that at all. It's very attractive [that Europa League winners claim a Champions League spot]. I guess this is the start for us on our European adventure and we want to do that best we can.   If that means winning and getting into the Champions League then that would be the dream for us this season."

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Wolves are facing Slovakian opposition for the first time. Slovan Bratislava last faced an English side in the 1997-98 Cup Winners' Cup first round, losing both legs 2-0 to Chelsea. Having beaten Besiktas 4-2, Slovan could win consecutive home matches in major European competition for the first time since a run of three Uefa Cup wins ending in September 1995. Wolves have won all four of their away games in Europe this season, netting 12 goals while conceding only three in return. Slovan had only scored five goals in 12 Europa League matches before this season, but have already netted six goals in their opening two matches this time.


Wolves fans have been told not to wear club colours at Thursday's Europa League game at Slovan Bratislava.  

The club have given 200 corporate tickets for the 'behind-closed-doors' Group K fixture to long-standing fans. The fans will take their place in a crowd likely to be around 21,000 after Uefa told Slovan they could invite children aged 14 and under to the game. The restrictions are Uefa's punishment for previous instances of racism at the club's stadium.  

Uefa ruled in August that Slovan must play two European games in an empty stadium as a consequence of racist chanting and banners during a Europa League play-off against PAOK.  It is not known whether the 'away' section will be closed or used by home supporters. The corporate tickets are in the main stand close to the halfway line.  

Champions League would be the dream - Doherty "As we understand it, there are going to be kids groups from all over Slovakia and even some from the Czech Republic," said Wolves fan Peter Abbott, who estimates he has only missed two Wolves games in 44 years. "It will be an interesting experience. I really don't know what to expect." Under Article 73 of Uefa's regulations, accompanied children, aged 14 and under, from local schools and football academies can be invited. Abbott arrived in Bratislava on Wednesday and reported there had been no issues. The Wolves supporters will collect their tickets from club officials  on Thursday. "I don't think Slovan Bratislava's corporate will be the same as the corporate at Molineux," said Abbott.  "We have been told not to wear club colours, which is what we will have to do. "It seems a shame Wolves fans can't buy tickets as normal because we have done nothing wrong." Wolves are currently third, with three points from two games in Group K. Slovan Bratislava top the group with four points, ahead of Braga on goal difference.



09 Saturday 19 October 2019 H Southampton 15:00 Molineux D1-1 VAR rules out two goals

09 Wolves 1 Jiménez (61'  pen) Saints 1 Ings (53' )  HT 0-0

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said his side knew it was "time to show up" after they carved out a point against Wolves.  Danny Ings' opening goal was cancelled out by Raul Jimenez's equaliser from the penalty spot but it marked their first league point since victory over Sheffield United five weeks ago.  Jimenez had two goals disallowed by the video assistant referee in the first half at Molineux, which was hosting its 100th Premier League fixture.  But it was a confidence-boosting performance for Saints - one in which they dominated spells of possession - following defeats by Chelsea and Tottenham before the international break.  "You could feel it in the dressing room. Everyone knew it was time to show up," said Hasenhuttl. "I know it was two difficult games we lost before but we were very critical with ourselves and that is the right way to make something better. If you are not honest, it is difficult to improve. It was a step forward. We were more stabilised in this game, better organised with our shape.  It absolutely helps morale. After the last three games, the situation is never easy."

Jimenez thought he had put the hosts ahead midway through the first period when he rounded Angus Gunn before scoring into an empty net, but the video assistant referee ruled it out for handball. He then finished from close range as half-time approached, but Patrick Cutrone was judged to have been offside in the build-up to the goal. Ings put Southampton ahead soon after the break - scoring in his fourth consecutive appearance in all competitions for the first time in his career - but the visitors' lead lasted only eight minutes as Jimenez equalised from the penalty spot.

"We have to get used to VAR. It's fine margins. They are small details but they are there to decide," said Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. "We celebrate then lose that, that is what's tough. The mood, it has a terrible impact and the other team celebrates. This is VAR and we have to get used to it. Every time the referee makes a signal for VAR, everybody is worried."


Nuno made two changes to the Wolves side which beat champions Manchester City two weeks ago, bringing in Jonny and Ryan Bennett for the injured Romain Saiss and Ruben Vinagre, who dropped to the bench. The hosts showed no sign of sluggishness after the international break, which came just as they were finding form with three consecutive league wins, but they were dealt an early blow when Bennett went off with a muscle twinge. Southampton applied some early pressure while Wolves' Willy Boly played several exquisite balls forward, twice handing his team-mates good opportunities in and around Gunn's box. It was Boly who put Jimenez in to find the back of the net for the first time, but VAR ruled the Mexican had handled the ball when bringing it down.  The second disallowed goal soon followed, Wolves making the most of some sloppy Saints play in the middle as Cutrone poked an effort towards goal. Gunn could do little but push it into Jimenez's path to finish, but VAR replays showed Cutrone had been marginally offside. Tempers started to fray towards the end of the first half, and after Ings' goal at the start of the second, Wolves looked to have lost their way. But when substitute Matt Doherty was clipped in the box by Saints skipper Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Jimenez made no mistake in making it third time lucky, coolly slotting the ball past Gunn for the equaliser.  Jimenez has scored three Premier League goals for Wolves this season

Southampton looked a different side to that beaten 4-1 at home by Chelsea two weeks ago, despite boss Hasenhuttl making just one change to his starting XI with Jannik Vestergaard replacing Shane Long. They matched Wolves through the majority of the match, Ings and Nathan Redmond proving thorns in the hosts' side as they carved out several chances with the former going close from a tight angle early on. It was Hojbjerg who had the best opportunity to put his side ahead but he failed to keep his effort low after being fed in by Ings, and punched the air in frustration as he quickly rued the missed chance. They no doubt sighed with great relief when Jimenez's first and then second goals were ruled out, sandwiching another missed chance by Ings after he was played in by Ryan Bertrand, before Redmond saw out the first half with a half-volley into the side netting. Ings finally put Southampton ahead just after the hour mark after a slip up at the back by Wolves, the striker finding the ball at his feet with only the goalkeeper to beat. Their celebrations were soon muted by Jimenez's equaliser but they showed great promise in the latter stages of the match, James Ward-Prowse going close with a free-kick and there was slick play from substitute Sofiane Boufal. Man of the match - Danny Ings (S)  Ings carved out six chances of his own in front of goal, and his strike to put Southampton ahead saw him score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January 2015.

Jimenez makes Wolves history - the stats Wolves have lost just one of their past 13 Premier League matches at Molineux (W7 D5 L1). Southampton have won just twice in their past 14 Premier League games, drawing five and losing seven times. Seven of Southampton's eight points this season have come on the road - a league-high share in 2019-20 (88%). Raul Jimenez has scored more penalties than any other Wolves player in Premier League history (four). Wolves have scored their past nine penalties in the Premier League. Southampton's Danny Ings has scored in four consecutive appearances in all competitions for the first time in English football (five goals). All 25 of Danny Ings' Premier League goals have been scored from inside the penalty area, with 11 coming for Southampton.

What's next? Following Thursday's trip to Slovakia for their Europa League tie against Slovan Bratislava, Wolves travel to Newcastle on Sunday, 27 October (14:00 GMT). Southampton welcome Leicester to St Mary's Stadium on Friday (20:00 BST).


        Wolves  Southampton

Possession 56%  44%

Shots       4   14

Shots on Tgt 1   5

Corners     1    3

Fouls      10   17


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett sub for Vallejoat 18' Booked at 68' 16CoadyBooked at 45' 15Boly 37Traoré 32Dendoncker 8Neves sub for Dohertyat 45'  28João Moutinho

19Castro Otto 9Jiménez Booked at 29' 10Cutrone sub for Jotaat 62'  Substitutes 2Doherty 4Vallejo 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 49Kilman

Southampton

28Gunn 35Bednarek 3Yoshida 4Vestergaard 43Valery Booked at 10' sub for Boufalat 76'  14Romeu sub for Dansoat 82'  23Højbjerg 21Bertrand Booked at 90' 16Ward-Prowse 22Redmond 9Ings Substitutes 1McCarthy 5Stephens 7Long 10Adams 17Armstrong 19Boufal 38Danso

Referee: Peter Bankes Attendance: 30,915


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Southampton 1.

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

Booking 90'+3' Ryan Bertrand (S) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+3' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Ryan Bertrand (S). 90'+2' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (S). 90'+1' Corner, (S) Conceded by Jesús Vallejo. 89' Attempt missed. Kevin Danso (S) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner. 88' Corner, (S) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 88' Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (S) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 87' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 87' Sofiane Boufal (S) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 85' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 85' Foul by Jannik Vestergaard (S). 82' Sub, (S) Kevin Danso replaces Oriol Romeu. 82' Hand ball by Ryan Bertrand (S). 80' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 78' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Dangerous play by Danny Ings (S). 77' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 77' Foul by Maya Yoshida (S). 76' Sub, (S) Sofiane Boufal replaces Yan Valery. 75' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 75' Foul by Oriol Romeu (S). 74' Offside, (S) Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Oriol Romeu is caught offside. 73' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 73' Maya Yoshida (S) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 73' Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (S) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. 69' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 69' Maya Yoshida (S) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 68' Jesús Vallejo (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 68' Foul by Jesús Vallejo (WW). 68' Danny Ings (S) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 65' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Yan Valery. 64' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 64' Foul by Oriol Romeu (S).  62' Sub, (WW) Diogo Jota replaces Patrick Cutrone. Goal!

61' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Southampton 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

59' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty draws a foul in the penalty area.

59' Penalty conceded by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (S) after a foul in the penalty area. 55' Hand ball by Nathan Redmond (S). 55' Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (S) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oriol Romeu. Goal! 53' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 1. Danny Ings (S) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. 49' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 49' Ryan Bertrand (S) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Attempt saved. Danny Ings (S) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 45' Sub, (WW) Matt Doherty replaces Rúben Neves because of an injury.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 0.

Half Time 45'+6' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Southampton 0.

45'+5' Attempt missed. Ryan Bertrand (S) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 45'+3' Attempt blocked. Jannik Vestergaard (S) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand. Booking 45'+1' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+1' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 45'+1' Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (S) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 43' VAR Decision: No Goal Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Southampton.

42' GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Raúl Jiménez (WW) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review. 42' Offside, (WW) Leander Dendoncker tries a through ball, but Patrick Cutrone is caught offside.

38' Attempt missed. Danny Ings (S) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. 34' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 34' Foul by Danny Ings (S). 31' Attempt missed. Danny Ings (S) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner. 30' Corner, (S) Conceded by Rúben Neves. Booking 29' Raúl Jiménez (WW) is shown the yellow card for hand ball. 28' Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 27' Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (S) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Ings. 26' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 26' Foul by Jan Bednarek (S). 24' Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (S) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross. 22' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 22' Danny Ings (S) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (S) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. 20' Jesús Vallejo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (S). 19' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 19' Foul by James Ward-Prowse (S). 18' Sub, (WW) Jesús Vallejo replaces Ryan Bennett because of an injury. 15' Attempt saved. Danny Ings (S) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a through ball. 14' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. 13' Offside, (S) James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Yan Valery is caught offside. 12' Foul by Jonny (WW).  12' James Ward-Prowse (S) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  Booking  10' Yan Valery (S) is shown the yellow card. 10' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Foul by Yan Valery (S).  9' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Foul by Yan Valery (S). 7' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 7' Danny Ings (S) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 6' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick Cutrone. 2' Hand ball by Danny Ings (S). Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves are assessing the fitness of Diogo Jota, Romain Saiss, Pedro Neto and Morgan Gibbs-White.  Leander Dendoncker should be available despite missing Belgium's recent games because of illness.  

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted he is considering a recall for goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in place of Angus Gunn. Moussa Djenepo and Cedric are nearing a return from injuries but Saturday's game will come too soon.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@alistairmann01: A month ago, Southampton moved up to 10th with a victory at Sheffield United as Wolves slumped to 19th following a crushing defeat by Chelsea; their fortunes have changed dramatically since.  Wanderers may have initially been affected by their European travails but, perhaps now more accustomed to the schedule, are enjoying a five-match unbeaten run, culminating with a stunning victory at the Etihad Stadium. Saints will arrive at Molineux having not added another point since Bramall Lane; nobody would be surprised if it was they that ended the weekend in the bottom three, while Wolves move into the top 10 for the first time this season.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "It's always the same, we always try to build on our performances. Southampton is a totally different game.  All of the games are tough. Southampton is a very good team with a very good manager. We've seen that, we've analysed them and tomorrow will be a tough challenge."

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl on regrouping during the international break: "I think the good thing was that we had a lot of players here and not so many players away, which gave me the chance to work with them on a few weaknesses in our game. We must defend better when you lose the ball, and this is something we've been working on for the last two weeks."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves have taken seven points from their past three league games and have climbed the table, while Southampton have lost all three of theirs and slipped down it. Some of the Saints' defending in their 4-1 defeat by Chelsea was pretty dire and, if there is a repeat of that, then it will be an extremely comfortable

Wolves

MATCH FACTS Head-to-head Wolves have won four of the past five meetings in all competitions. However, they have only won once in the last 10 top-flight encounters - 2-0 at home in September 2018 (D2, L7).  Wolves are vying to equal their club record of three consecutive Premier League wins. They could keep three top-flight clean sheets in a row for the first time since 1981. This is their 100th Premier League game at Molineux (W34, D24, L41).

Wolves have lost just one of their last 12 home league games, winning seven and drawing four. They have used seven different starting line-ups in their eight league matches this season, having gone nine matches from the start of last season without making a single change.

Southampton have won just two of their last 13 Premier League games, drawing four and losing seven. They could lose four consecutive Premier League fixtures for the first time since April 2018. Six of their seven points this season have been earned away from home - a league-high 86%. Their tally of four away clean sheets this season in all competitions is just two fewer than they kept in 23 away games last season. Danny Ings could score in four successive appearances for the first time. He is looking to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January 2015.

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08 Sunday 6 October 2019 A Man City 14:00 Etihad W0-1

08 Manchester City 0 Wolves 2 Traoré (80', 90'+4')

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Champions Manchester City fell eight points behind Liverpool in the title race after suffering a shock home defeat against Wolves.  Adama Traore scored twice in the final 10 minutes as Wolves won in the top flight at Manchester City for the first time since 1979.  Traore scored the first 10 minutes from time as the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Joao Cancelo. He added a second on the break deep into injury time.  

City have now dropped five points in their opening four home games of the season, having dropped just three in the whole of last season and seven the year before that. David Silva came closest for the hosts when he hit the bar with a second-half free-kick. Raheem Sterling also had a shot blocked in the scramble that followed. It was only the second time in 45 league games that City have failed to score. The last time that happened at home in the league was against Huddersfield in May 2018, by which time they had already won their first title of the Guardiola era.

Traore had not scored since September 2018 but the £18m man made no mistake as Wolves twice broke clear of the home defence. Raul Jimenez provided the assist on both occasions.

Manchester City 0-2 Wolves: Pep Guardiola says City were 'nervous' in defeat It is 20 years since Wolves last beat City away from Molineux and 40 since they did so in the top flight. The impact of this victory could have a significant bearing on the title race, so fine are the margins in the battle between the champions and leaders Liverpool. City and Wolves had both been engaged in European combat this week - and the fact City were at home, rather than travelling 4,000 miles to Turkey and back - and had an additional two days' rest, should have given them a clear advantage. That they failed to make the most of it was almost entirely due to their own failings. Through either misplaced passes by Riyad Mahrez or Nicolas Otamendi, or the latter man needlessly charging out of position, Wolves forwards were allowed to run free three times in the opening half, straight down the middle of the pitch.  Patrick Cutrone screwed one opportunity badly wide and Jimenez appeared to be clipped in the penalty area by Fernandinho, costing him a shooting chance. In between, Fernandinho, currently operating as a makeshift central defender, denied both men with a magnificent double block. City thought they had survived the worst. But as they pushed for a winner in the final 10 minutes, their mistakes finally cost them. This time, Cancelo lost possession, allowing Jimenez to race on. As Otamendi slipped, the Mexican rolled the ball to Traore, who finished cleanly. As City's desperation increased, Traore's pace was too much for them. And in the final minute of stoppage time, Jimenez again fed the £18m signing from Middlesbrough, who completed his first double since February 2018, when he was still on Teesside.

Are City's problems already insurmountable?  This was the day when City's injury problems finally caught up with them.

It is tempting to dismiss Guardiola's travails as first-world issues. After all, City were able to give a full Premier League debut to Cancelo, who cost £60m to sign from Juventus in the summer, and could afford to leave Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus on the bench. Nevertheless, without Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane, they are being robbed of creativity and the absence of central defenders Aymeric Laporte and John Stones denies them continuity. It already feels as though the problems they face in this title battle are insurmountable. Cancelo's selection at left-back meant Guardiola had picked four different players in that single position in the last four games. One of them, Benjamin Mendy, has not started back-to-back Premier League games for 11 months and is facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in training. Cancelo did OK during the opening period. Evidently, that was not good enough for Guardiola, who switched the Italian to right-back at the break - sacrificing Kyle Walker in the process three days after he was left out of the latest England squad - and brought Oleksandr Zinchenko on instead. There was marginal improvement. But it was limited. And that Cancelo made the mistake that gave Wolves the advantage they were never to lose, just highlighted the consequences of the City weakness that has been exposed.

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A week to kickstart Wolves' faltering season

Manchester City 0-2 Wolves: Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves will 'always' compete

The victory completed a fantastic week for Wolves. They started it in the bottom three of the Premier League but a 2-0 win against Watford - their first of the season - lifted them out of the relegation zone.  Then, an injury-time goal by central defender Willy Boly earned them a Europa League victory in Turkey against Besiktas and raised their hopes of reaching the knockout stage. This win, in their 17th match of a campaign which began on 25 July, leaves them four points off a top-four spot. In the past 12 months, they have now beaten all of the 'big six' in the Premier League apart from Liverpool, who they knocked out of last season's FA Cup.

Man of the match - Willy Boly (Wolves) - Willy Boly was at the heart of Wolves' resistance. His 12 clearances was three more than any other player

'It is a bad day' - what they said Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola tells BBC Sport: "We were not at our best. We had chances to score but it was a bad day and we lost the game. We did not make good process, we had problems in that sense. We are a team that plays a specific way but it is a bad day, that happens sometimes. When you win games, you think about the other one. Now we have the international break, then we can come back and go to the other games."

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo tells BBC Sport: "We played good, the performance was good but defensively was very good and very organised. The boys worked hard until the end. The fans enjoyed it. We had a couple of good chances early on but it is too difficult to play against Manchester City. They play so fast but the chances came eventually. More importantly is how the players did their tasks, very good. Adama Traore is improving. He is special because he is very fast, he is unique in that and we searched for a moment of talent. It has been a long season already, too many games, but we always compete. I cannot say any game they have not done that. This is the way we want to work, maintain and sustain this."

Wolves' landmark win - the best stats

Wolves have beaten Manchester City away from home in a top-flight match for the first time since December 1979, having drawn once and lost six there since then before today.

Manchester City have lost at home in the Premier League for just the fourth time in 61 matches under Guardiola.

Manchester City have lost a Premier League match at Etihad Stadium without scoring for the first since March 2016 against Manchester United (0-1), with Manuel Pellegrini in charge.

Wolves have beaten the reigning champions of the top flight away from home for the first time since January 1984, when they defeated Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield.

Guardiola has a 25% win rate in all competitions against Nuno Espirito Santo (1/4) - of managers Guardiola has faced at least three times while in charge of Manchester City, only against Ronald Koeman (0%) and Jurgen Klopp (22%) does he have a worse win rate.

Traoré had not scored in his past 32 Premier League games before netting twice against City, last scoring against West Ham in September 2018.

What's next?

Manchester City will look to get their faltering title bid back on track when they travel to Crystal Palace - one of the few teams to beat them last season - on 19 October. Wolves host Southampton on the same day.


Man City

31Ederson booked 62' 2Walker sub Zinchenkoat 45' 30Otamendi 25Fernandinho booked 76' 27Cancelo booked 50' 8Gündogan booked 71' 16Rodri booked 50' 26Mahrez sub Bernardo Silvaat 60' 21Silva sub Gabriel Jesusat 75' 7Sterling 10Agüero Substitutes 1Bravo 9Gabriel Jesus 11Zinchenko 12Angelino 20Bernardo Silva 47Foden 50Garcia

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss sub Bennettat 13' 37Traoré 32Dendoncker 8Neves booked 84' 28João Moutinho booked 86' 29Vinagre sub Castro Ottoat 74' 9Jiménez  10Cutrone sub Dohertyat 68'  Substitutes 2Doherty 4Vallejo 5Bennett 17Gibbs-White 19Castro Otto 21Ruddy 49Kilman

Referee: Craig Pawson Attendance: 54,435


       Man City Wolves

Possession 76%  24%

Shots      18    7

Shots on Tgt 2   2

Corners     9    1

Fouls      11   14

Match ends, Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

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

Goal! 90'+4'

Goal! Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a fast break.

90'+3' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko with a cross. 90'+2' Attempt missed. Fernandinho (MC) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko with a cross following a corner. 90'+2' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 90'+1' Gabriel Jesus (MC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+1' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 90' Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (MC). 90' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Sergio Agüero (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 89' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 88' Foul by Bernardo Silva (MC). 88' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87' Dangerous play by Gabriel Jesus (MC). 87' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 86' João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card. 86' Bernardo Silva (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). Booking 84' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 84' Raheem Sterling (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 82' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Willy Boly. 82' Attempt blocked. João Cancelo (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay  Gündogan. 82' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício.

Goal! 80'

Goal! Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a fast break.

79' Fernandinho (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). Booking 76' Fernandinho (MC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 76' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 76' Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Cancelo.  75' Sub,  (MC) Gabriel Jesus replaces David Silva. 75' Attempt blocked. Oleksandr Zinchenko (MC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo. 74' Sub,  (WW) Jonny replaces Rúben Vinagre. 73' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. Booking 71' Ilkay Gündogan (MC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 71' Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (MC). 71' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  68' Sub,  (WW) Matt Doherty replaces Patrick Cutrone. 68' Attempt missed. David Silva (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Rodrigo. 68' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero. 68' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 67' David Silva (MC) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick. 66' David Silva (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 66' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 65' Attempt blocked. Oleksandr Zinchenko (MC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan. 63' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko. 63' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. Booking 62' Ederson (MC) is shown the yellow card. 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fernandinho. 62' Foul by David Silva (MC). 62' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  60' Sub,  (MC) Bernardo Silva replaces Riyad Mahrez. 60' Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (MC). 60' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 58' João Cancelo (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive  half. 58' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 58' Foul by David Silva (MC). 58' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Corner, (MC) Conceded by João Moutinho. 56' Foul by David Silva (MC). 56' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Foul by Fernandinho (MC). 54' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 50' João Cancelo (MC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Booking 50' Rodrigo (MC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 50' Foul by Rodrigo (MC). 50' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 50' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Conor  Coady.

45' Sub,  (MC) Oleksandr Zinchenko replaces Kyle Walker.

Second Half begins Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time

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

44' Attempt saved. Kyle Walker (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rodrigo. 40' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 39' Rodrigo (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 39' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 34' Nicolás Otamendi (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 34' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW). 34' Attempt missed. João Cancelo (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Rodrigo. 33' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by David Silva. 32' Rodrigo (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 32' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 30' Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick. 28' Raheem Sterling (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 28' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 27' Offside, (WW) Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Patrick Cutrone is caught offside. 27' Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 26' Foul by Sergio Agüero (MC). 26' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 19' Attempt blocked. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 19' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 18' Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 17' Rodrigo (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 17' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 15' Riyad Mahrez (MC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 15' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 13' Sub,  (WW) Ryan Bennett replaces Romain Saïss because of an injury. 7' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Willy Boly. 7' Hand ball by Patrick Cutrone (WW). 5' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a through ball. 4' Offside, (MC) João Cancelo tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside. 3' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Kick Off

First Half begins.


pre match

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has been ruled out after missing the midweek Champions League win with a groin injury, although the problem is not thought to be serious. Defender John Stones, who has a thigh problem, is expected to return after the international break.  Forward Diogo Jota is unavailable for Wolves after missing Thursday's Europa League victory with an ankle injury.  Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has an otherwise fully-fit squad.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@Guymowbray: It's been an excellent week for Wolves. Last Saturday's win against Watford was essential, and Thursday's last-gasp success in Istanbul a real statement. They're getting used to the Thursday-Sunday schedule and back to somewhere near where they were last season again. A shame for them then that this fixture comes now, with the prospect of it being a real momentum-killer going into the international break. As most expected, City have shrugged off that shock defeat at Norwich last month as a blip, winning all five games since - and scoring 19 goals. They've not had to travel this week, and shouldn't be troubled in terms of result here. Would Wolves winning be an even bigger surprise than Norwich? I think so.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on City's home form: "Our first season was not consistent. I had just landed here and thought home would be strong and away tough and it was the opposite. "Since then, we are strong at home. To maintain, to try to win the title you have to be strong at home to have a chance but we start good because we want to play in that way for 90 minutes doing everything. Sometimes we are lucky, sometimes not."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves are better when they come forward than they are when they sit in, and I am expecting City to find a way through them. Prediction: 3-0 City have won 19 of their last 21 Premier League matches

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head Wolves have won just two of their 10 Premier League matches against Manchester City, both at home. City have not lost a top-flight home game against Wolves since December 1979.

Manchester City's total of 27 goals in their opening seven league games is the most by any top-flight team since Everton also netted 27 in 1894.

Eight of those goals have come in the final 20 minutes of matches - twice as many as any other side (Arsenal and Wolves both have four in that period).

However, City have dropped five points in their opening seven fixtures, as many as after 16 games last season. They are undefeated in their last 13 outings following a Champions League fixture, winning 12 times. The reigning champions faced eight shots on target in the win at Everton last weekend - the most they have ever conceded in 121 Premier League games under Pep Guardiola. City have failed to score in just one of their last 44 home Premier League games, a goalless draw with Huddersfield in May 2018. They've scored 142 goals at the Etihad during that run, netting five or more on 11 occasions.

Gabriel Jesus has scored in each of his last six starts for Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 17 goals in his last 17 starts for City in all competitions (seven goals, 10 assists).

Wolves recorded their first league win at the seventh attempt (W1, D4, L2) against Watford. It was also the first time they had been in front this season.

Since promotion in 2018, Wolves have lost just one Premier League fixture in which they scored the first goal, against Cardiff in November 2018.

Wolves have lost 15 of their last 16 top-flight matches away to reigning champions. Their only victory came at Liverpool in 1984. They have picked up just one win in their last 10 Premier League away games (D4, L5), beating Watford 2-1 in April. Wolves have used six different starting line-ups in seven Premier League matches this season. They used the same starting line-up in their opening nine fixtures of 2018-19.

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EU lge 2 Thursday 3 October 2019 A Besiktas 16:55 UK Vodafone Park  (BT)  W0-1

 3Oct19 EU Group md2 Besiktas 0 Wolves 1 Boly (90'+3minutes) HT 0-0

Pix Mark Feehan Peter Abbott

Group K table

Team                 P GD Pts

1 Slovan Bratislava 2  2  4

2 Sporting Braga       2  1  4

3 Wolves                2  0  3

4 Besiktas         2 -3  0

Wolves captain Conor Coady insists the Premier League side are not in the Europa League "to make up the numbers" after they claimed their first win of the group stage with a 1-0 victory at Besiktas. Willy Boly struck deep in stoppage time to seal a dramatic win.

Wolves are in the main stage of a European competition for the first time in 39 years, and Coady is determined to make the most of the opportunity. "We want to compete to win," he said. "We've said the whole time we've been here, we're not here to make up the numbers, we're here to have a good go." Boly's goal was his first of the season but he showed great composure after he was picked out inside the box by Ruben Neves, taking a touch before placing a neat finish into the bottom corner. It was a thrilling end to what had largely been a cagey affair, with Wolves not managing a shot on target until midway through the second half. Besiktas, meanwhile, went closest to scoring in the first half when a corner deflected off Coady and on to the post. "Besiktas are a good team, they pushed us, so I'm happy for the boys," Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said. "We worked hard, we were competitive, we were organised and didn't concede too many chances to Besiktas."

The result means Wolves have three points from two games in Group K after losing their opener to Sporting Braga at Molineux last month. They are just one point behind joint leaders Slovan Bratislava and Braga, who drew 2-2 in the group game, and firmly in the hunt for a top-two finish.

A moment to savour for improving Wolves - Boly's goal was his first of the season This was a long awaited and historic victory for Wolves, who two seasons ago were in the Championship and last played in Europe almost four decades ago. It will have been particularly special to have come in Istanbul, where Premier League sides have historically struggled in the competition. Since the Uefa Cup was rebranded the Europa League in 2009, Besiktas have won all three of their home matches against English sides - defeating Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool - and their fans created an intimidating atmosphere from the outset. Wolves understandably took a cautious approach against their Turkish opponents and first tested Loris Karius in the Besiktas goal in the 67th minute, when Romain Saiss shot straight at the on-loan Liverpool keeper. But as the game headed into the final 10 minutes, Wolves upped the pressure and Saiss had a strike ruled out for offside. Nuno's side did not settle for the point, however, and with seconds left Boly produced a composed finish to snatch all three points and cap a perfect away performance. After failing to win any of their first six Premier League games, Wolves' form is now improving. They are unbeaten in four and have now won back-to-back games after beating Watford in the league at the weekend.

What next? Wolves head to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday 6 October (14:00 BST).


Besiktas

1Karius 5Pereira dos Santos 24Vida 20Uysal 23Braga Rebocho 26Tokoz Booked at 31mins Subs rOzyakupat 79'minutes Booked at 90mins 15Elneny 22Ljajic 27LensS ub Gönülat 84'minutes 9YalcinSubstituted forNayirat 27'minutes 88Erkin Substitutes 3Roco 8Nayir 10Ozyakup 11Boyd 13Hutchinson 77Gönül 97Yuvakuran

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto Booked at 67mins 17Gibbs-White Sub Dendonckerat 62'minutes 9 Jiménez Sub Cutroneat 79'minutes 7Neto Sub Traoréat 45'minutes Substitutes 4Vallejo 5Bennett 10Cutrone 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 37Traoré

Referee: Harald Lechner

Match Stats

       Besiktas Wolves

Possession 62%  38%

Shots      11    8

Shots on Tgt 1   3

Corners     6    3

Fouls       8    #15

Match ends, Besiktas 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Besiktas 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Booking 90'+4' Oguzhan Ozyakup  (B) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

90'+3' Goal! Besiktas 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Willy Boly (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

90'+2' Foul by Necip Uysal  (B). 90'+2' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Foul by Necip Uysal  (B). 90'+1' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  90' Pedro Rebocho  (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 89' Attempt missed. Mehmet Umut Nayir  (B) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Caner Erkin with a cross. 89' Offside, (WW) Leander Dendoncker tries a through ball, but Romain Saïss is caught offside. 89' Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot 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 Mehmet Umut Nayir. 88' Attempt blocked. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny with a cross. 87' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Oguzhan Ozyakup. 86' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Cutrone. 85' Foul by Caner Erkin  (B). 85' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  84' Sub,  (B) Gökhan Gönül replaces Jeremain Lens. 83' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho. 82' Adem Ljajic  (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 79' Sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez. 79' Sub,  (B) Oguzhan Ozyakup replaces Dorukhan Tokoz. 74' Necip Uysal  (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 72' Attempt missed. Domagoj Vida  (B) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Caner Erkin following a corner. 71' Attempt blocked. Douglas  (B) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremain Lens. 71' Corner,  (B) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 69' Foul by Jeremain Lens  (B). 69' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 68' Attempt missed. Domagoj Vida  (B) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adem Ljajic with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 67'  Jonny (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 67' Jeremain Lens  (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 67' Foul by Jonny (WW). 67' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 64' Douglas  (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 64' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 63' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Necip Uysal.  62' Sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 55' Mehmet Umut Nayir  (B) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 55' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. 54' Foul by Caner Erkin  (B). 54' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 53' Offside,  (B) Domagoj Vida tries a through ball, but Jeremain Lens is caught offside. 49' Corner,  (B) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 49' Mehmet Umut Nayir  (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 49' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 48' Domagoj Vida  (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by Jonny (WW). 47' Attempt saved. Caner Erkin  (B) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adem Ljajic. 46' Dorukhan Tokoz  (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 46' Foul by Jonny (WW).

Second Half begins Besiktas 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Pedro Neto.

Half Time

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

44' Attempt blocked. Mehmet Umut Nayir  (B) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caner Erkin. 43' Corner,  (B) Conceded by Conor Coady. 42' Attempt blocked. Dorukhan Tokoz  (B) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 42' Corner,  (B) Conceded by Conor Coady. 42' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Elneny  (B) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adem Ljajic with a cross. 42' Corner,  (B) Conceded by Morgan Gibbs-White. 41' Mehmet Umut Nayir  (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 41' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 39' Foul by Dorukhan Tokoz  (B). 39' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Corner,  (B) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 35' Offside,  (B) Domagoj Vida tries a through ball, but Caner Erkin is  caught offside. 34' Attempt missed. Caner Erkin  (B) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jeremain Lens with a cross. 32' Jeremain Lens  (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 32' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 31' Mehmet Umut Nayir  (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). Booking  31' Dorukhan Tokoz  (B) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  30' Foul by Dorukhan Tokoz  (B). 30' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  29' Attempt missed. Adem Ljajic  (B) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. 27' Sub,  (B) Mehmet Umut Nayir replaces Guven Yalcin because of an injury.  24' Offside,  (B) Mohamed Elneny tries a through ball, but Guven Yalcin is caught offside. 22' Jeremain Lens  (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Foul by Jonny (WW). 18' Attempt missed. Guven Yalcin  (B) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Caner Erkin. 13' Foul by Douglas  (B). 13' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Pedro Rebocho  (B) wins a free kick on the left wing. 8' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 4' Douglas  (B) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 4' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). Kick Off

First Half begins.

pre match

Forward Diogo Jota has not travelled to Istanbul with the Wolves squad for their Europa League group stage match against Besiktas on Thursday.  Jota picked up a toe injury before the Premier League draw at Crystal Palace and missed Saturday's win over Watford. The Portuguese will have to "wait and see" if he will return in time for Sunday's trip to Manchester City. Wolves are seeking their first victory in the main stage of a European competition since 1980.

The victory against Watford was their first in the Premier League this season, following five successive games without a win in normal time. Nuno Espirito Santo has no other fresh injury concerns, while Besiktas could field two players on loan from English clubs - Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Liverpool keeper Loris Karius. The Turkish side are bottom of Group K after a 4-2 defeat by Slovan Bratislava in their opening game.

'I've heard Besiktas is even louder' Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker is wary of the atmosphere his side could face in Istanbul. Their first appearance in a European competition's main phase for 39 years ended in a 1-0 defeat by Sporting Braga in their opening group game. "Besiktas is obviously known for its fans  and its stadium, and it's tough to go and play there," said Dendoncker. "I played my first Champions League game with Anderlecht in Galatasaray and I've heard Besiktas is even louder!" Wolves boss Nuno added: "We expect a very tough match. The Europa League is a very tough competition so we have to be ready."

The best of the stats

This will be the first competitive meeting between Besiktas and Wolves, and the first time Wolves have faced a Turkish side in European competition.

Including qualifiers, Besiktas are unbeaten in their last four home games against English sides in European competitions (W3 D1), keeping clean sheets in their last three.

Besiktas have lost their last two Europa League games - they have not lost three in a row in the competition since March 2012, with two of the three defeats in that run coming against that season's champions Atletico Madrid.

Wolves have won each of their three away games in Europe in 2019-20 (all qualifiers), scoring 11 goals across three trips - 4-1 v Crusaders, 4-0 v FC Pyunik and 3-2 v Torino.

Adem Ljajic has been directly involved in three goals in his last five Europa League starts for Besiktas, scoring once and providing two assists.

07 Saturday 28 September 2019 H Watford 15:00 Molineux W2-0

07 Wolves 2 Doherty (18'), Janmaat (61' og) Watford 0 HT 1-0


Matt Doherty was involved in everything down the right-hand side for Wolves and capped a fine performance with the opening goal (BBC)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has called on his side to "embrace the challenge" of matching England's top teams by combining domestic and European success, after winning their first Premier League game of the season against Watford.  The home side claimed all three points with a 2-0 victory at Molineux to move up to 14th in the table, while winless Watford remain bottom. A Matt Doherty strike followed by a Daryl Janmaat own goal either side of half-time was enough to secure the three points.  Wolves are in the Europa League alongside Arsenal and Manchester United following their impressive seventh-placed finish last season and have already played 15 games in this campaign. They next travel to Turkey to face Besiktas on Thursday. Santo said: "We play on a Thursday, we have to travel. But this growing is a natural thing. We started off in the Championship, then we had more difficulties in the Premier League. "Now we are competing Thursday and Sunday. It is harder. We are growing. We are embracing the challenge and trying to improve. "We don't have time to work on the training ground - we are recovering, so we have to do other things to improve our performance. This is a new thing for a lot of the players. It is very tough but big teams do it, we are doing it this season. We have to embrace it. We are doing well - it is difficult."

Wolves 2-0 Watford: Nuno happy with 'important win' over Watford

Unlike in the FA Cup semi-final between these sides at Wembley in April, when Watford memorably fought back from two goals down to win the tie in extra time, there was limited response from the visitors once Rui Patricio had denied Danny Welbeck with a full-length save.  Matt Doherty's close-range first-half effort was doubled by a woeful own goal from Watford defender Daryl Janmaat, who reacted to Morgan Gibbs-White's flick by turning a header into an empty net after 61 minutes. Watford have conceded 12 goals in three league games since Quique Sanchez Flores returned to the club to replace Javi Gracia on 7 September. And the Hornets have now gone 11 league games without a win, their worst run since the 1999-2000 campaign, which ended in relegation from the top flight. In contrast, Wolves' first win of the season moves them clear of the bottom three.

The Wolves players were delighted to have finally secured their first Premier League win of the season It has been an unexpectedly difficult start to the Premier League season for Wolves. Seventh last term, this time around they have struggled as manager Nuno Espirito Santo tries to manage the twin demands of domestic and European campaigns. Six league games without a win represented their worst run under Nuno - and a return to the disappointment Wolves' Chinese owners experienced in their early months in charge during 2016. Under the chairmanship of Jeff Shi, the Fosun Group has since presided over a phenomenal rise in fortunes at Molineux, but this week Fosun have been grappling with a sharp downturn in fortunes at another of their businesses, Thomas Cook, in which they have an 18% stake. Wolves say they will not be affected by the travel company's collapse, while Fosun themselves say their financial exposure is nowhere near the £1bn reported and is actually about £37.6m. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen what view the Chinese government take over Fosun's overseas investment. The group made it known a few weeks ago they were looking at an injection of funding from a third party. Evidently, Wolves are a better side than their recent form suggests - when Doherty scored the opener it was the first time they had been ahead in a league game all season. Raul Jimenez had already gone close by that point and 19-year-old winger Pedro Neto impressed on his first league start.  

Quique Sanchez Flores says his Watford team need to work harder and eliminate 'easy goals' Watford must cut out costly errors If there was some consolation for Watford, it came from the knowledge that at the same time Doherty was scoring the opener for Wolves, seven days previously they had been about to go 5-0 down at Manchester City. Sanchez Flores is not the most demonstrative coach and he tended to watch the game unfold from the edge of his technical area with his hands behind his back whether Watford were doing well or badly. Making his first Premier League start, England striker Welbeck worked hard enough but was limited to a single chance in the first half, from an acute angle, which Jonny blocked. A double save from Rui Patricio to deny Jose Holebas and Tom Cleverley came at the expense of a corner, which substitute Roberto Pereyra - on for a disappointing Gerard Deulofeu - curled straight out of play. It was the kind of basic error Watford can ill afford if they are to get themselves out of trouble and much worse was to come as Janmaat seemingly had time to do many other things with Gibbs-White's header rather than turn it into his own goal. It completed another bad afternoon for Watford, with goalkeeper Ben Foster having to endure the gleeful taunts of the home fans at the end because of the six years he spent at Wolves' fierce local rivals, West Brom.


Man of the match - Matt Doherty (Wolves) Matt Doherty scored the opening goal - Matt Doherty was involved in everything down the right-hand side for Wolves and capped a fine performance with the opening goal 'We were looking to improve and we did' - what they said Watford manager Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC Sport: "It was a good performance. We started very well, created good problems and played with good lines. We did not allow many situations to worry us. We had clear chances to score so I am happy for the players and the fans." On Pedro Neto's first start: "He was good. He is 19 years old, all the talent that he has has to be organised and used well. He is growing with the game and that's important that we use him the right way."

Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue: "We had to play much better than last week. We had to improve. We are not in a good run. We created chances to score but we need to work harder. We are not lazy people, we are pushing each other which is a good sign and we need to keep going. This is football, sometimes things happen but we know we will get points real soon."

Watford's unwanted own goal record continues - the stats

Wolves have ended a run of seven Premier League matches without a win, earning their first victory in the competition since beating Fulham 1-0 at Molineux in May of last season. Watford are winless in 11 Premier League games (D3 L8) - equalling their longest run without a win in the competition (also 11 ending in January 2007 and December 1999). Watford are the fourth side to concede as many as 20 goals after their opening seven Premier League games of a season, after Bolton (21) in 2011-12, Derby (20) in 2007-08 and Southampton (20) in 2012-13. Daryl Janmaat's own goal was Watford's fifth in the Premier League since the start of last season - no side has put the ball past their own keeper more in the competition since then. Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has conceded 24 Premier League goals via own goals - only Mark Schwarzer (28) has conceded more (Tim Howard also conceded 24 in his career). Since the start of last season, Matt Doherty (five goals, five assists) is one of only four defenders to have been directly involved in 10+ goals in the Premier League, after Trent Alexander-Arnold (16), Andrew Robertson (13) and Lucas Digne. Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is winless in his last 12 games on a Saturday in all competitions (D2 L10) since his Espanyol side beat Alaves 1-0 in a La Liga tie in April 2017.

What's next? Watford have a crucial game against newly-promoted Sheffield United at Vicarage Road on Saturday, 5 October (15:00 BST). Wolves go to Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday (17:55 BST) before travelling to champions Manchester City on Sunday, 6 October (14:00 BST).


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 2Doherty 32Dendoncker 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 37Traoré sub for evesat 87' 7Neto sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 57' 9Jiménez sub for Cutroneat 80' Substitutes 5Bennett 8Neves 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 49Kilman

Watford

26Foster 2Janmaat 4Dawson 15Cathcart 25HolebasBooked at 68mins 8Cleverley 16Doucouré 29Capoue 23Sarr sub for Grayat 71' 10Welbeck 7Deulofeu sub for Pereyraat 45' Substitutes 1Gomes 14Chalobah 18Gray 20Quina 21Femenía 27Kabasele 37Pereyra

Referee: Paul Tierney Attendance: 30,711


         Wolves Watford

Possession 39% 61%

Shots       6  14

Shots on Tgt 2  5

Corners     1   6

Fouls       5   6



Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

89' Foul by Craig Cathcart (WFC). 89' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 88' Foul by Etienne Capoue (WFC). 88' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 87' Sub(WW) Rúben Neves replaces Adama Traoré. 87' Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (WFC) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a corner. 86' Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (WFC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cleverley. 86' Corner, (WFC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 85' Attempt blocked. Etienne Capoue (WFC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra. 84' Attempt saved. Abdoulaye Doucouré (WFC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 82' Attempt saved. Andre Gray (WFC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra. 80' Sub(WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez. 78' Roberto Pereyra (WFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 78' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 76' Corner, (WFC) Conceded by Willy Boly. 73' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 72' Attempt missed. Roberto Pereyra (WFC) with an attempt from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat with a cross. 71' Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (WFC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andre Gray with a headed pass. 71' Sub, (WFC) Andre Gray replaces Ismaila Sarr. Booking 68' José Holebas (WFC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 68' Foul by José Holebas (WFC). 68' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 65' Offside(WW) Morgan Gibbs-White tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 64' José Holebas (WFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 64' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 63' Attempt missed. José Holebas (WFC) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Welbeck. Goal!

61' Own Goal by Daryl Janmaat, (WFC) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

61' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 57' Sub(WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Pedro Neto. 55' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 54' Corner, (WFC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 54' Attempt saved. Tom Cleverley (WFC) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. 54' Attempt saved. José Holebas (WFC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra with a cross. 51' Corner, (WFC) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 48' Roberto Pereyra (WFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 48' Foul by João Moutinho (WW).

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Watford 0.

45' Sub, (WFC) Roberto Pereyra replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Half Time 45'+6' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Watford 0.

43' Craig Dawson (WFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 43' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 38' Corner, (WFC) Conceded by Jonny. 38' Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (WFC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cleverley. 37' Offside(WW) Rui Patrício tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 36' Foul by Craig Cathcart (WFC). 36' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 35' Attempt missed. Ismaila Sarr (WFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu. 27' Corner(WW) Conceded by Craig Dawson. 24' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 24' Ismaila Sarr (WFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 19' Attempt missed. Gerard Deulofeu (WFC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by José Holebas.

Goal! 18' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Watford 0. Matt Doherty (WW) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro Neto.

16' Offside, (WFC) José Holebas tries a through ball, but Ismaila Sarr is caught offside. 12' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Foul by Ismaila Sarr (WFC). 9' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto following a fast break. 8' Corner, (WFC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 3' Hand ball by Ismaila Sarr (WFC). 2' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willy Boly. 1' Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (WFC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ismaila Sarr.  Kick Off

First Half begins.

Last weekend's 8-0 loss to Manchester City was the heaviest league defeat in Watford's history

TEAM NEWS

Wolves made 10 changes in the Carabao Cup in midweek and will recall most of the players rested against Reading.  Bruno Jordao and Meritan Shabani were injured on debut in that game and are missing, with Shabani out for at least six months after injuring his knee. Romain Saiss returns after completing a one-game ban following his sending off at Crystal Palace last weekend. Watford will monitor defender Craig Cathcart, who is back in training after several weeks out with a thigh problem.  Danny Welbeck is fit after scoring in midweek on his comeback from injury, though the Hornets are likely to be cautious with the injury-prone striker.

 

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@vksparks: When these two met towards the end of last season, they were fighting it out for Europe. Now, they're scrapping at the foot of the table - and are yet to record a league win between them this campaign. Quique Sanchez Flores has at least picked up his first victory since rejoining Watford, as they responded to their humbling at Manchester City - whilst Wolves needed penalties to progress to the Carabao Cup fourth round. But keeping goals out remains a big problem for both sides - and given the 'must not lose' nature of this one, injured Watford skipper Troy Deeney is anticipating "either 4-4 - or a real boring tight affair".  Let's hope it's the former!


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores: "I'm not used to being in this kind of position. I don't remember teams I had bottom of the league table never in my life, but I have the feeling that I know the team, I know the atmosphere here in Watford and all of these kind of things can help a lot at the moment to take good decisions. I like these players, I like the squad, I trust in them and I think they are able to change the situation."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "Quique [Sanchez Flores] is a fantastic manager and he has done very good jobs around the world. "Anything can happen. Last week and this week are different. We must analyse the games they've played and take important information to pass onto the players."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Watford were lucky to get away with just an 8-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, so they have got to recover from that. This is a great fixture for Wolves. They are also in the bottom two and without a win, but at least they got some encouragement from the way they nicked a point against Crystal Palace last time out, and I would back them to get all three here.  Prediction: 2-0  The Hornets are winless in 10 Premier League games (D3, L7), their longest run since an 11-match streak between November 2006 and January 2007

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - None of the four top-flight matches between the sides has ended in a home win, and last season's two games - the only previous Premier League encounters - were both won by the away team. The last home win in this fixture (in any division) was Watford's 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road in a Championship match in November 2012.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have won only three of their 12 Premier League matches against teams starting the day bottom of the table (D2, L7).

The five goals Wolves let in against Chelsea in their last home league game were as many as they had conceded in their previous nine top-flight matches at Molineux.  Since promotion in 2018, Wolves have lost just one Premier League fixture in which they scored the first goal (against Cardiff in November 2018).

They have failed to score the opening goal in any of their last seven top-flight matches (including one 0-0 draw).

Watford The 8-0 defeat to Manchester City was the heaviest league loss in Watford's history; their record cup defeat is a 10-0 loss to Wolves at Molineux in the FA Cup in 1912. The Hornets are winless in 10 Premier League games (D3, L7), their longest run since an 11-match streak between November 2006 and January 2007. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 18 top-flight games, two short of their worst top-flight run (set from September 1999 to March 2000). Watford have registered the fourth highest total number of shots (91) in this season's Premier League, and have the ninth highest figure for expected goals (8.5). However, their tally of four goals is a joint-league low, while their conversion rate of 4% is the worst in the division.

Watford are only the third team to concede 18 goals in their first six games of a Premier League campaign, after Newcastle (1999-00) and Southampton (2012-13) - both of whom avoided relegation at the end of the season. Gerard Deulofeu has attempted the most shots (16) without scoring in the Premier League this season, with eight of his efforts to date on target (also a league-high).

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CC3 Wednesday 25 September 2019 H Reading Molineux

EFL3 Carabao Cup 3rd Round Weds 25 Sept Wolves 1 Cavaco Jordao (27') Reading 1 Boyé (90'+9minutes)

HT 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers win 4-2 on penalties


Wolves beat Reading in a penalty shoutout as John Swift and Lucas Boyle missed their spot kicks - after the pair combined to score a 99th-minute equaliser for the visitors. Swift's sensational 'rabona' cross set up Boyle to head in deep in added time of the Carabao Cup third-round tie.  Wolves debutant Bruno Jordao gave the hosts a 1-0 lead but was later taken off on a stretcher before half-time. Ruben Vinagre scored the decisive fourth penalty to win the shootout. Bruno pic BBC / Getty

Wolves travel to Aston Villa in the fourth round.

But Championship side Reading fought until the end to produce a dramatic climax.  Midfielder Yakou Meite was denied by a goal-line clearance from Wolves' defender Ryan Bennett shortly after the restart but the visitors eventually got the equaliser they needed to set-up a penalty shootout finale. And some equaliser it was too - Swift deceiving the full-back with a skillful 'rabona' which Boyle duly dispatched before the heroes turned to villains in the shootout. Wolves keeper John Ruddy made a smart save low to his left to deny Swift and Boyle blasted over the bar as Wolves netted all four of their spot kicks. It was an encouraging victory for Wolves, who sit 19th in the Premier League and are winless after six top-flight matches. They have now progressed from each of their last 10 domestic cup ties against teams from a lower division. Wolves also avoided a third successive penalty shootout defeat in the competition - losing to Manchester City in 2017-18 and Leicester in 2018-19. But there will be concern for Wolves debutants Meritan Shabani and Jordao, who both left the pitch on a stretcher. German midfielder Shabani, who came on as a 74th-minute substitute, went off 15 minutes later, leaving Wolves playing the final stages with 10 men.

'It looks bad' - what the managers said Wolves boss Nuno Esperito Santo: "Shabani looks like a long one, he is now being analysed by the doctor, then we will know what happened but it looks bad. We don't know yet. Jordao's is a different situation - someone fell on him and he twisted his ankle. "The second half was not so good and after, when we went to 10 men, and Reading were pushing, it becomes harder."

Reading manager Jose Gomes: "He (Virginia) did good things but we cannot hide the way we conceded that goal so we need to help him recover to be better in the future. "The second half was completely different. We controlled the game and created a lot of chances and recovered the ball very quickly. "We could have scored before the goal but we didn't. Wolverhampton were better at us in the penalties."

Pre match encounter with Peter Knowles from Fireman John


Stats

        Wolves Reading

Possession 47%  53%

Shots       6   13

Shots on Tgt 3   5

Corners     6    4

Fouls       4    7

Wolves

21Ruddy 4Vallejo 5Bennett 49Kilman 2Doherty 6Cavaco Jordao sub forPerryat 42'Booked at 90' 8Neves 29Vinagre 7NetoBooked at 20' sub forCundleat 83' 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White sub forShabaniat 74' sub forat 89' Substitutes 11Rui Patrício 16Coady 23Sanderson 26Perry 28João Moutinho 57Shabani 68Cundle

Reading

20Neves Virgínia 22Howe sub forPuscasat 66' 5Miazga 16McIntyre sub forEjariaat 57' 24Blackett 27Richards 19Meite 26Adam sub forSwiftat 56'Booked at 63' 8Rinomhota 18Boyé 39Barrett Substitutes 1Walker 9Baldock 10Swift 14Ejaria 21Olise 34Osho 47Puscas

Referee: Peter Bankes Attendance: 20,702


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1(4), Reading 1(2).

Penalties over

96' Penalty Shootout ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1(4), Reading 1(2).

95' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1(4), Reading 1(2). Rúben Vinagre (WW) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

95' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1(3), Reading 1(2). Matt Miazga (Rdg) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

94' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1(3), Reading 1(1). Ryan Bennett (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

93' Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Lucas Boyé (Rdg) right footed shot is too high. Lucas Boyé should be disappointed.

93' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1(2), Reading 1(1). Jesús Vallejo (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

92' Penalty saved! John Swift (Rdg) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

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

91' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Reading 1(1). George Puscas (Rdg) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress


T

06 Sunday 22 September 2019 A Crystal Palace 14:00 Selhurst Park D1-1

06 Crystal Palace 1 Dendoncker (46' og) Wolves 1 Saïss (Dismissed at 73'), Jota (90'+5minutes)

HT 1-0

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says his team's dramatic draw at Crystal Palace is the "starting point" for their Premier League recovery. Wolves appeared set for a fourth consecutive defeat across all competitions until Diogo Jota's stoppage-time goal rescued a point. Despite the draw, they remain 19th and remain winless after six top-flight matches but the nature of their fightback - completed in the 96th minute and made more difficult by Romain Saiss's dismissal for two yellow cards - has given Nuno optimism.  "This is football. We have the spirit, the heart and the character to believe until the end," said Nuno, whose side have regular Thursday night Europa League matches adding to their fixture list this season. The boys were running up and down and tired. The growing of the team relies on these kind of aspects. We are in the situation where we play Thursday and Sunday. This is a starting point. What we did in the first half, lets try to do over and over again."

Leander Dendoncker's own goal had put Palace in front, with the unfortunate Belgian midfielder diverting Joel Ward's wayward shot past Rui Patricio. But Wolves, who enjoyed the better of the first half with Dendoncker, Matt Doherty and Jota all having chances to open the scoring, merited their point. The equaliser came through Wilfried Zaha's failure to maintain possession for Palace, Adama Traore galloping clear on the right, with his far-post cross poked home by Jota from four yards as defender Ward lost his balance. That denied Roy Hodgson's Palace side, who move up to 12th in the table, a fourth win in five matches against Wolves, a win could also have moved them into the top six.

While Nuno has not shown signs of being a man under pressure, the way in which the visiting bench exuberantly celebrated Jota's last-gasp goal told a different story. It had looked like being another miserable afternoon for the Black Country side, who had arrived in London having failed to win any of their opening five top-flight fixtures. On every occasion that has happened to them in the past, relegation has followed - 2003-04, 1983-84, 1975-76, 1964-65, 1905-06 - but the way in which his side rallied suggests Nuno's team have the quality and heart to avoid the same fate. With Ruben Neves relegated to the substitutes bench, captain Conor Coady assumed the early responsibility for orchestrating Wolves' attacking play from the centre of defence. The former midfielder, who was converted into the central figure of Wolves' three-man defence when Nuno arrived in 2017, sprayed several raking cross-field passes to initiate openings. In the first half, there were few signs of a lack of confidence or fatigue - Wolves have now completed 13 matches this season, almost double the number of most of their domestic rivals. Doherty's header forced Palace keeper Vicente Guaita into a fine stop, while Dendoncker's close-range strike was blocked close to the  Palace goalline. But it was their attitude to adversity which stood out, as they persevered despite being a man and a goal down in the last 20 minutes. Substitute Neves curled a right-footed shot just wide while Jota and Traore both saw efforts blocked by a posse of home defenders before Jota's goal.

Palace revert back to type - After a humbling 4-0 reverse at Tottenham this was very much a Palace performance that reverted back to Roy Hodgson's blueprint of defensive discipline and organisation. Forward-thinking midfielder Andros Townsend was sacrificed for James McArthur in the starting XI as the former England manager again deployed a five-man midfield but this time with personnel capable of stifling the opposition, And that strategy worked during the first period - albeit aided by some errant Wolves finishing - as the teams largely cancelled each other out. The problem for Hodgson arrived once Ward's deflected strike and Saiss' dismissal put Palace in complete command. Luka Milivojevic and Kouyate both saw shots from distance deflected behind while substitute Christian Benteke and Jeffrey Schlupp forced Patricio into one-versus-one saves. But they were simply unable to kill off the game and in committing men forward to do so they showed a lack of game management as they left themselves open to Wolves on the counter-attack. "I am bitterly disappointed," Hodgson said. "It feels like a defeat. I didn't expect them to get such a clear goal chance. You want game management and players to use experience to see games through but the feeling is one of disappointment and anguish that we weren't able to see the game through. We have surrendered two points."

Man of the match - Diogo Jota (Wolves)

Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota put in an industrious shift for Wolves and was their most dangerous attacker with four shots on goal

Capital gains for Wolves - the stats

Crystal Palace haven't lost any of their last 10 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the bottom three (P10 W7 D3 L0) since a 0-4 defeat to Sunderland in February 2017. Following Diogo Jota's late equaliser, Wolves remain unbeaten in their seven Premier League games in London since their promotion back to the top-flight in 2018, winning three and drawing four of those games. Crystal Palace (P6 W2 D2 L2) have won eight points from their opening six Premier League games this season, their most after six games since the 2016-17 season (10 points). Wolves have conceded five own-goals in the Premier League since their return to the competition in August 2018, the joint-most alongside Burnley in that timeframe (Conor Coady (3), Matt Doherty (1) and Leander Dendoncker (1). Since making his Premier League debut in December 2013, Wilfried Zaha has induced six opposition red cards - the most of any player. Romain Saïss became the eighth Moroccan to receive a red card in the competition. Leander Dendoncker's own goal was Crystal Palace's 100th goal in the Premier League under Roy Hodgson - the first time the Eagles have scored as many under one manager and the first club he has managed in the competition to reach this total.

Wolves have made one more change to their staring XI after six Premier League games this season (12) than they did through their first 16 games in the competition last season (11). Diogo Jota's goal for Wolves (94:53) is the latest Crystal Palace have conceded at Selhurst Park in the Premier League since March 2016, when current striker Christian Benteke netted for Liverpool (95:10).

What's next?

Crystal Palace face Norwich at Selhurst Park in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday 28 September (15:00 BST).

Wolves host Reading in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday 25 September (19:45 BST) before resuming their Premier League duties at Molineux against Watford on Saturday 28 September (15:00 BST).

Crystal Palace

31Guaita 2Ward 24Cahill 12Sakho 3van Aanholt 11Zaha 18McArthur booked  45' sub for McCarthyat 83' 4Milivojevic 8Kouyaté 15Schlupp 9J Ayew booked  62' sub for Bentekeat 69' Substitutes 6Dann 7Meyer 10Townsend 13Hennessey 17Benteke 22McCarthy 34Kelly

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady booked  44' 27Saïss booked  73' 2Doherty sub for Nevesat 57' 32Dendoncker sub for Netoat 65' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 37Traoré 9Jiménez sub for Cutroneat 76' 18Jota Substitutes 4Vallejo 7Neto 8Neves 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy  29Vinagre

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Crystal Palace WolvesPossession 50% 50%

Shots      13  13

Shots on Tgt 4  4

Corners     6   7

Fouls       7  10

Palace pic JoeEdwardsStar


Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Goal! 90'+5'

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

90'+4' Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke. 90'+4' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 90'+2' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 90'+1' Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James  McCarthy following a corner. 90' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Conor Coady. 89' Attempt missed. Gary Cahill (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation. 89' Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 88' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 88' Foul by João Moutinho (WW).  83' Sub, (CP) James McCarthy replaces James McArthur. 81' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt. 81' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a cross. 80' Offside, (CP) Jeffrey Schlupp tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside. 78' Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (CP) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp. 76' Sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez.  Dismissal 73' Second yellow card to Romain Saïss (WW) for a bad foul. 73' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 72' Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (CP) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 70' Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Cahill following a set piece situation. 70' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 70' Patrick van Aanholt (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 69' Sub, (CP) Christian Benteke replaces Jordan Ayew. 65' Sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Leander Dendoncker. 65' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Gary Cahill. 63' Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (CP) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.  63' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonny with a cross. Booking 62' Jordan Ayew (CP) is shown the yellow card. 61' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 61' Foul by Jordan Ayew (CP). 59' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 59' Joel Ward (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 58' Corner, (CP) Conceded by João Moutinho. 58' Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 58' Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (CP) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur. 57' Sub, (WW) Rúben Neves replaces Matt Doherty. 57' Rui Patrício (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Foul by James McArthur (CP). 56' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 56' Attempt blocked. Luka Milivojevic (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 54' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 54' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 52' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 50' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 50' Gary Cahill (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking  48' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.   48' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).  48' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. Goal! 46' Own Goal by Leander Dendoncker, (WW) Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 46' Attempt missed. Joel Ward (CP) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James McArthur. Second Half

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time

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

Booking 45' James McArthur (CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45' Foul by James McArthur (CP). Booking 44' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 44' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 44' Jordan Ayew (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 43' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 43' Foul by Joel Ward (CP). 43' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 43' Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 42' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joel Ward. 38'  Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 32' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 31' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 31' Foul by James McArthur (CP). 30' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Conor Coady. 29' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner. 29' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 29' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vicente Guaita. 26' Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (CP) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross. 26' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 24' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 23' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp. 21' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Gary Cahill. 21' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 20' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Foul by Wilfried Zaha (CP). 10' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.  10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Gary Cahill. 10' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Gary Cahill. 10' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 8' Foul by Wilfried Zaha (CP). 8' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace are weighing up whether to recall fit-again defender James Tomkins after he was named as a substitute last week at Tottenham. James McArthur and Cheikhou Kouyate have both overcome recent injuries but Connor Wickham remains an absentee.  Wolves centre-back Willy Boly is available after a one-match league ban. Fellow defender Ryan Bennett is also pushing for a recall, while forward Patrick Cutrone may keep his place after impressing in the Europa League. Wolves are underperforming and must improve - Santo

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@TonyHusband: Europe is dominating the news headlines at the moment and it will be a subject of much debate if you're a Wolves fan too. Thursday's opening Europa League group stage match was their 12th game of what is feeling like a long season already at Molineux. Europe has been both a blessing and a curse so far for Nuno Espirito Santo's team. They've won six games in the early rounds, including an impressive victory at Serie A side Torino, which somewhat masks their failure to win in the top flight.  At Crystal Palace they'll find a home team who will be eager to erase memories of their walloping last week. Goals have been in short supply at Selhurst Park this season and I expect it may only take the odd goal to decide this one.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "They (Wolves) have had a few disappointing results, and they will be upset about the cruelty of fate. I watched their Europa League game and if a team was going to win, I thought it would be them, so to lose will be a bitter blow.  I think they have been a bit unlucky. I would base my judgement more on the football they play, rather than the results."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We face the reality and the reality says we not performing well, so we have to analyse it and find solutions in the team to improve. This is what we have to do, we have to come strong on Sunday, we must react immediately."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Crystal Palace got taken apart at Tottenham last time out but I am expecting to see a reaction from them here. Wolves will just have to ride this rough patch out.  Prediction: 2-1

Wolves are the only side yet to have been in front in any Premier League game this term

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Crystal Palace have won three of their past four league matches against Wolves. Wolves have scored in each of their last 14 away league games at Palace.  The away side has won six of the last eight league meetings. Crystal Palace Victory would ensure Palace equal their highest Premier League tally of 10 points after six matches. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last four home league games, keeping three clean sheets. They are in danger of losing successive league fixtures for the first time since January. Only one goal has been scored at Selhurst Park so far this season. Luka Milivojevic has been booked a league-high four times.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are winless in six Premier League matches (D3, L3). This is the sixth time they have failed to win any of their opening five top-flight fixtures - they were relegated on the five previous occasions. They have conceded eight goals in their past two league fixtures. Wolves have won only one of their last nine away league matches (D3, L5).  Based solely on second-half performances, Wolves would be fourth in the table with nine points (W2, D3). Raul Jimenez has scored six goals in Wolves' most recent five away fixtures in all competitions.


T

EU lge 1 Thursday 19 September 2019 H Braga 20:00 Molineux (BT)  L0-1 T


EULmatch1 Wolves 0 Braga 1 da Luz Horta (71')

HT 0-0


Group K table

Team                           P GD Pts

1 Slovan Bratislava 1   2    3

2 Sporting Braga       1   1    3

3 Wolves                    1   -1   0

4 Besiktas                 1    -2   0


Wolves' first appearance in the main stage of a European competition since 1980 ended in defeat as they lost 1-0 to Sporting Braga in their Europa League Group K opener at Molineux.   The Chairman’s recollections were in the programme (pic Mark@ontheballtravel.com)

 The visitors struck in the second half through Ricardo Horta's fierce effort.  Leander Dendoncker had Wolves' best chance but his close-range effort early in the second half was saved. The defeat was Wolves' third in succession after Premier League losses against Everton and Chelsea. The hosts had been the better side in the first half, with Patrick Cutrone a particular menace and the Italian should have done better with a low strike that flew wide of the far post.

Sporting Braga had rarely threatened up to that point with their only shot on target in the first 70 minutes a tame Paulinho effort. But the Portuguese side, who reached the final of the competition in 2010-11, took full advantage of a defensive mistake when Ryan Bennett's hit a sloppy pass straight at Wenderson Galeno and the forward charged towards goal before squaring a ball for Horta to finish. Wolves threw everything at the Braga defence in the final few minutes to try and rescue a draw but were unable to find an equaliser, with Raul Jimenez flicking a header wide of goal in the final minute of stoppage time.

Wolves fall just short on historic occasion

There was a real sense of occasion before kick off as Wolves fans gathered at Molineux to witness their side play in a major European competition for the first time since the 1980-81 Uefa Cup, with kick-off preceded by a dazzling light show. Initially, the game itself failed to live up to the glitzy opening with Wolves looking nervous, perhaps still licking their wounds following the 5-2 defeat at Chelsea last time out. As the game wore on they grew in confidence but promising attacks often ended in disappointment with decision-making in the final third letting them down. Wolves' impressive seventh-place finish on their return to the Premier League last season was built on a high-tempo style of football, with quick, incisive passing and clinical finishing - but those characteristics have only been seen in glimpses in this campaign and it was more of the same in this game. Including the six Europa League qualifiers, this was Wolves' 12th game of the season - many of their domestic rivals have only played half that. The challenges of fighting on numerous fronts appears to be proving a difficult balancing act for Nuno Espirito Santo's side. Defensive frailties come to the fore again - Wolves boasted one of the best defences in the Premier League last season, conceding just 46 goals - a record only bettered by Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool. However, defending has been a particular issues for Nuno's side this term, particularly in recent games with 10 goals conceded in their first five games with eight of those coming in their last two fixtures. In an effort to tighten things up at the back, Nuno reverted to his tried and tested back three of Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady and Willy Boly and in the main they did well to limit Braga to few chances. But in the end it was another defensive error that proved costly, with Bennett punished for a sloppy pass. Frailty at the back is something Nuno will have to resolve soon if Wolves are to improve.


Wolves have lost three consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since November 2018. It's the first time they've failed to score at home in any competition since April. At Molineux, Wolves have suffered back-to-back defeats across all competitions for the first time since January 2019 (0-2 v Liverpool and 0-2 v Crystal Palace). Braga remain unbeaten in each of their opening group stage games of a Europa League campaign, winning four and drawing one (all four wins coming in away games). Braga have won two of their last three European away games in England (L1), having failed to win any of their first six such games (D2 L4). Braga's Ricardo Horta has scored his fifth goal of the season, with all five coming in European competition (Including qualifiers).  Man of the match - Patrick Cutrone

What next?

Wolves' focus returns to the Premier League with a trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday (14:00 BST).

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly Booked at 90' 2Doherty sub for Traoréat 80' 32Dendoncker sub for Jota at 76'

8Neves 17Gibbs-White sub for João Moutinho at 67' 19Castro Otto 9Jiménez 10Cutrone Substitutes 7Neto 18Jota 21Ruddy 27Saïss 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 37Traoré

Sporting Braga

1Lima Magalhães Booked at 78' 47de Sousa Esgaio  36Viana Willemen Da Silva 14dos Santos 5Cruz Jerónimo Sequeira Booked at 70' 90do Nascimento Galeno sub for Machado Trincãoat 84' 27Rodrigues Barbosa 60Alves Palhinha Gonçalves Booked at 90'

15Luz Horta sub for Barradas Novaisat 86' 21da Luz Horta sub for de Souza Costa at 88' Booked at 90' 20Dias Fernandes Substitutes 6Domingues de Souza 9Hassan Mahgoub 11Guerreiro Viana 17Barradas Novais 19de Souza Costa 77Machado Trincão 82dos Reis Carvalho

Referee: Jakob Kehlet


        Wolves Sporting Braga

Possession 60%  40%

Shots      13    7

Shots on Tgt 5   2

Corners     3    1

Fouls       9    8

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sporting Braga 1.

Full Time 90'+8' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sporting Braga 1.

90'+8' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 90'+8' Murilo Souza ,(SB) is shown the yellow card. 90'+7' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+7' Foul by Nuno Sequeira ,(SB). Booking 90'+6' Willy Boly (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+6' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 90'+6' Fransergio ,(SB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+5' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matheus. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 90'+1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ricardo Esgaio. Booking 90' João Palhinha ,(SB) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90' Foul by João Palhinha ,(SB). 88' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 88' Foul by Nuno Sequeira ,(SB). 88' Sub, (SB) Murilo Souza replaces Ricardo Horta. 87' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 87' Ricardo Horta ,(SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87' Attempt blocked. João Novais ,(SB) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Trincão. 86' Sub, (SB) João Novais replaces André Horta.

84' Sub, (SB) Trincão replaces Wenderson Galeno. 82' Attempt saved. Willy Boly (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonny. 80' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Matt Doherty. 80' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Willy Boly. Booking 78' Matheus ,(SB) is shown the yellow card. 77' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 77' Bruno Viana ,(SB) wins a free  kick in the defensive half.  76' Sub, (WW) Diogo Jota replaces Leander Dendoncker. Goal! 71' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sporting Braga 1. Ricardo Horta ,(SB) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wenderson Galeno following a fast break. Booking 70' Nuno Sequeira ,(SB) is shown the yellow card. 69' Nuno Sequeira ,(SB) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation. 67' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 65' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ricardo Horta. 63' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 63' Foul by Nuno Sequeira ,(SB). 62' Attempt missed. Fransergio ,(SB) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ricardo Horta. 61' Attempt missed. Paulinho ,(SB) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nuno Sequeira. 56' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 55' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55' Foul by André Horta ,(SB). 54' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 51' 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. 47' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 46' Attempt saved. Paulinho ,(SB) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fransergio. 46' Hand ball by Paulinho ,(SB). Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Sporting Braga 0.

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

43' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 41' Foul by Jonny (WW). 41' Wenderson Galeno ,(SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 35' André Horta ,(SB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Corner, (SB) Conceded by Willy Boly. 26' Attempt blocked. Ricardo Horta ,(SB) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 25' Nuno Sequeira ,(SB) wins a free kick on the left wing. 25' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 22' Offside, (SB) Pablo Santos tries a through ball, but Paulinho is caught offside. 22' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 17' Wenderson Galeno ,(SB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 17' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 16' Fransergio ,(SB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 16' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 11' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Morgan  Gibbs-White with a headed pass following a set piece situation. 11' Foul by João Palhinha ,(SB). 11' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Ricardo Horta ,(SB) wins a free kick on the left wing. 5' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 1' Attempt blocked. Fransergio ,(SB) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Kick Off

First Half begins.


Ruben Neves says the Wolves' run in Europe has not contributed to their poor Premier League start. Nuno Espirito Santo's side finished seventh last season but are winless this term after advancing to the Europa League group stage following six qualifying games. "Fatigue doesn't have anything to do with it, we're all top players and are used to it," Neves said. "The Europa League doesn't have anything to do with our position."

Wolves have beaten Armenian side Pyunik and Serie A club Torino to reach the main stage of a European competition for the first time since 1980. The Black Country club's route to their opening Group K fixture - a first-ever meeting with Braga - began against Crusaders in July, meaning they have played nearly twice as many matches as most of their domestic rivals. "It's been a beautiful journey into the Europa League and it's a historic moment for Wolves; we're going to do our best," Portugal midfielder Neves added. "It hasn't been an easy start to the season - we've had extra Europa League qualifying games and the Premier League is the best league in the world. You are always going to have these moments in the season and we need to return to winning ways as soon as possible. We have these games ahead of us and the most important thing is the game tomorrow. Our objective is to win the game. It'll be difficult but we're going game-by-game."


Team news

Wolves head coach Nuno has no injury worries with Ryan Bennett expected to be available after he missed the 5-2 home defeat by Chelsea in the Premier League last Saturday. Left winger Wilson Eduardo and defender Vitor Tormena could both be absent for Braga, who finished fourth in Portugal's Primeira Liga last term. Braga coach Ricardo Sa Pinto has no other major injury concerns although his side have - like Wolves - made a disappointing start domestically, sitting a point above the relegation zone after one win in their opening five games.

Match facts

This will be the first competitive meeting between Wolves and Braga. Wolves have won five of their six previous meetings with Portuguese opponents (L1), though all of those came between 1971 and 1974. Braga have only won one of their eight away matches against English opposition (D2 L5), beating Birmingham 3-1 in the 2011-12 Europa League. The Portuguese side have never lost their opening group stage game in the Europa League before, winning three and drawing one. All three of those wins have come in away games. This is Wolves' first appearance in a major European competition since the 1980-81 Uefa Cup. They won all six of their Europa League qualifiers this season, netting 19 goals, with Diogo Jota having a hand in eight of those goals (three goals, five assists).




05 Saturday 14 September 2019 H Chelsea 15:00 Molineux  L2-5


04 WW 2 (Saiss) Abraham (69' og), Cutrone (85')   helski 5 Tomori (31'), Abraham (34', 41', 55'), Mount (90'+6’)

HT 0-3


Tammy Abraham says he hopes this can be "his season" after scoring a brilliant hat-trick - and an own goal - as Frank Lampard's young side destroyed Wolves at Molineux.  The England striker, 21, scored his treble in the space of 21 minutes to make it seven goals in his past three appearances - and is joint leading scorer in the Premier League with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Abraham joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli in becoming only the third Premier League player aged 21 or younger to score two or more goals in three consecutive appearances. "I hope this is my season," said Abraham, who spent last season on loan in the Championship with Aston Villa. "I have to keep working hard in every training session, every game. Every game I want to prove myself to the gaffer." Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said Abraham has an enthusiasm to succeed and score goals. "I'm so delighted for him. I know how hard the academy works and Tammy has a fantastic approach to the game and how he wants to progress," added Lampard. "All three goals of his goals were so different, it just shows what he can do."

Abraham scored twice in the space of seven first-half minutes after Fikayo Tomori - another 21-year-old - had opened the scoring with a stunning 25-yard finish. Abraham doubled the lead with a shot on the turn after referee Graham Scott had played an advantage following Conor Coady's foul on Mason Mount. Wolves, who remain without a top-flight win this season, fell further behind when Abraham headed home, before the striker became the youngest ever Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick following a superb finish after beating Coady. In an eventful game, Abraham then scored an own goal as Romain Saiss' header struck his right hand before crossing the line, before Patrick Cutrone added a second Wolves goal from close range. Mount, 20, added Chelsea's fifth goal with virtually the last kick of the game. Chelsea have 11 Premier League goals this season - and Abraham has scored seven of them during an outstanding start to the campaign. Having scored two goals in each of his previous two league games, against Sheffield United and Norwich City, the forward showed off his repertoire of skills in front of goal at Molineux. Hungry to impress, his first was a clever, instinctive finish, while his second was a scorching header from a cross by Marcos Alonso, who was making his first league start of the campaign. Abraham's third, from a Jorginho assist, was perhaps the best, as he calmly beat Coady before producing an angled finish. His own goal was unfortunate - Saiss' header was heading for the net when it struck the forward's hand - while Abraham was also booked for a foul on Diogo Jota. Later, when replaced by Michy Batshuayi after landing awkwardly, Abraham was booed by Wolves fans. He responded by showing the crowd three fingers - one for each of his goals at the right end.  This is the start of a huge week for Chelsea, who launch their Champions League campaign at home to Valencia on Tuesday, before entertaining Liverpool next weekend. Yet they head into it with a spring in their step after an emphatic victory which left Lampard delighted. Under his predecessor Maurizio Sarri, the Blues suffered defeat at Molineux last season, while Wolves took a point from the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge. This side might be young and a little naive - yet it is also bursting with youthful promise and energy.  "I'm delighted for them all but particularly for Fikayo Tomori," added Lampard. "He has worked so hard from where he started to now - it's superb. We're trying to give chances to the youngsters and they are scoring and showing us why we should keep putting them in the team." Tomori's goal was breathtaking, while Mount produced a finish a Premier League veteran - let alone someone making only their fifth top-flight appearance - would have been proud of. Mason Mount has scored three goals in five Premier League appearances The only negative for Lampard was his side's defending. They are still searching for a first clean sheet of the season while they have the second worst defensive record in the Premier League after conceding 11 in five games.  In addition, Germany defender Antonio Rudiger went off injured on his first appearance of the season.  Having already tied Mount and 23-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek to new deals, there are reports that Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, has agreed a new five-year contract worth over £100,000 a week. Hudson-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in January, has been injured but is close to returning - another reason for Chelsea to be optimistic about the season ahead.

What's happened to Wolves?

Wolves 2-5 Chelsea: Nuno Espirito Santo won't blame Europa League for bad performance Wolves won a legion of new admirers on their way to finishing seventh last season. Nuno Espirito Santo's side took an impressive 16 points from the Premier League's top six yet, five games into this campaign, they remain without a win and are 19th in the table.

It is far too early in the season to talk about a crisis, but alarm bells must surely be ringing after conceding eight times in two games. A good performance and result was required after being beaten 3-2 at Everton before the international break. Instead, they will launch their Europa League group campaign on Thursday on the back of a dispiriting defeat. "That was a bad, bad performance," said Nuno. "We lost concentration and I am dissatisfied. There is no point being angry in them but I need them to get better." Can Wolves cope with Europa League commitments?

Wolves' Premier League campaign is 450 minutes old - yet they are the only team who have not been in front for a single minute in a game this season in the top flight. Wolves have made 10 changes to their starting line-up across their opening five Premier League games. Last season, it took them 16 matches to make as many changes in the competition. Indeed, only Chelsea (11) have made more in the Premier League this season than Wolves. The next two weeks are vital. After visiting Crystal Palace, who also suffered a hammering on Saturday against Spurs, Wolves entertain Watford - the only team below them in the table. Man of the match - Tammy Abraham (C) A day to remember for Abraham, who is joint top of the Premier League goalscoring charts alongside Manchester City's Sergio Aguero

Young guns make history - the stats Excluding own goals, Chelsea have become the first team in Premier League history to have 11 consecutive league goals scored by players aged 21 or younger. Wolves conceded five goals in a home Premier League game for the first time since a 5-0 defeat by Manchester United in March 2012. This was Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo's 300th match as a manager. In Abraham, Mount and Tomori, Chelsea now have three English scorers aged 21 or younger in a single Premier League season for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign (Eddie Newton, Neil Shipperley and Graham Stuart).

What's next? Both teams are in European action in midweek. Chelsea host Valencia of La Liga in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Wolves welcome Portuguese side Braga to Molineux in the Europa League on Thursday (both 20:00 BST).


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 4Vallejo 16Coady 27Saïss Booked at 79' 37Traoré Sub for Dohertyat 56' 32Dendoncker Sub for Cutroneat 45' 8Neves 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 9Jiménez Sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 70' 18Jota Substitutes 2Doherty 7Lomba Neto 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 49Kilman

Chelsea

1Arrizabalaga 2Rüdiger Sub for Zoumaat 45' 4ChristensenB ooked at 64' 29Tomori 28Azpilicueta 5Jorginho 17Kovacic Sub for Barkleyat 70' 3Alonso 10Willian 19Mount 9Abraham Booked at 62' Sub for Batshuayiat 77' Substitutes 8Barkley 11Pedro 13Caballero 15Zouma 18Giroud 22Pulisic 23Batshuayi

Referee: Graham Scott Attendance: 31,534

Ratings E&S

Rui Patricio

Tomori's opener was a fine strike but a goalkeeper of Patricio's class might have expected to get a little closer to the shot. Could do little about the rest of Chelsea's goals and ensured the scoreline wasn't made worse by denying Batshuayi. 5


Jesus Vallejo - The Spaniard endured a Premier League debut to forget as Wolves shipped five. Started out promisingly and looked assured in the early stages but as Chelsea ramped up the pressure, so his composure departed. Turned too easily by Mount and looked ponderous. 4

Conor Coady - A nightmare afternoon for the Wolves skipper whose troubles mirrored that of the team. Would have given away a penalty had Abraham not netted his first, then lost the striker for his second before being soundly beaten for the third. 3

Romain Saiss - The Moroccan international has done a steady job at the back for Wolves in the past but this was an afternoon on which he struggled and looked off the pace. Did at least play a part in Wolves' opener, though the final touch was credited to Abraham. 4

Adama Traore - Began promisingly and delivered a couple of decent crosses into the Chelsea box during the opening 10 minutes. Didn't see enough of the ball after that but remained Wolves' best attacking outlet before being taken off in the second half. 5

Leander Dendoncker - A disappointing performance from the Belgium international who was wayward in his passing and struggled to have any real impact on proceedings. Taken off at half-time with Wolves three goals down and Nuno looking for a response. 4

Ruben Neves - Another who began OK before fading. Didn't see enough of the ball and when he did struggled to do much with it. On the whole a quiet performance from a player who has been such a big part of Wolves' success these past two years. 5

Joao Moutinho - Tried to spark Wolves into life in the early stages with some neat passing in the Chelsea half and was one of their better performers on an otherwise miserable day. Delivered the corner which led to Wolves first goal. 6

Jonny Castro Otto - Failed to have the same kind of attacking impetus offered by Traore on the opposite wing with Wolves struggling to create anything of note down their left. Another player who was well below par. 5

Raul Jimenez - Sent one first half header over the bar but for much of his time on the pitch looked isolated and more than a little frustrated. Found himself dropping far too deep during the opening period as Wolves struggled to put the visitors under any sustained pressure. 5

Diogo Jota - Summed up Wolves' first-half performance when he dallied too long and was dispossessed, after a slaloming run by Traore had created panic in the Chelsea defence. Improved after the break but this was simply not his day. 5


Subs

Patrick Cutrone (for Dendoncker, HT)  - Netted his first goal for the club. A positive on a generally bad day. 7

Matt Doherty (for Traore, 56) -  Had a hand in the second when his shot was saved by Kepa. 6

Morgan Gibbs-White (for Jimenez, 70) - Nice ball over the top in the build up to Cutrone’s goal. 6

FT Stats

        Wolves Chelsea

Possession

          44%  56%

Shots     11   15

Shots on Tgt 4  6

Corners    7    5

Fouls      8   11

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 5.

Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 5.

Goal! 90'+6' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 5. Mason Mount (C) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi.  90'+5' Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (C) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jorginho. 90'+4' Ross Barkley (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 90'+4' Attempt saved. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho. 90'+2' Foul by Kurt Zouma (C). 90'+2' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+2' Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (C) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. 90'+1' Foul by Jorginho (C). 90'+1' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90' Corner, (C) Conceded by Jesús Vallejo. 89' Marcos Alonso (C) wins a free kick on  the left wing. 89' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 88' Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (C) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross following a set piece situation. 87' Willian (C) wins a free kick on the right wing. 87' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 86'

VAR Decision: Goal Wolverhampton Wanderers - Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-4 Chelsea (Patrick Cutrone). Goal! 85'

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 4. Patrick Cutrone (WW) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.Goal confirmed following VAR Review.

85' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White.  84' Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (C) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley. 83' Corner, (C) Conceded by Conor Coady. 80' Attempt missed. Kurt Zouma (C) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 79' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 79' Willian (C) wins a free kick on the right wing. 79' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 77' Sub, (C) Michy Batshuayi replaces Tammy Abraham because of an injury. 75' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Marcos Alonso. 74' Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (C) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ross Barkley. 70' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Raúl Jiménez.  70' Sub, (C) Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic. Goal! 69' Saiss Own Goal by Tammy Abraham, (C) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Chelsea 4. 69' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 69' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fikayo Tomori. 68' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fikayo Tomori. 68' Attempt blocked. Patrick Cutrone (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 66' Attempt missed. Mason Mount (C) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jorginho with a through ball. Booking 64' Andreas Christensen (C) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 64' Foul by Andreas Christensen (C). 64' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Andreas Christensen. Booking 62' Tammy Abraham (C) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 62' Foul by Tammy Abraham (C). 62' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 60' Hand ball by Marcos Alonso (C). 60' Foul by Tammy Abraham (C). 60' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 59' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation. 59' Foul by Willian (C). 59' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 58' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 58' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) left footed shot from very close range misses to the right. 57' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fikayo Tomori.  56' Sub, (WW) Matt Doherty replaces Adama Traoré. Goal! 55' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 4. Tammy Abraham (C) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jorginho. 51' Foul by Tammy Abraham (C). 51' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the  defensive half. 51' Offside, (WW) Diogo Jota tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 50' Tammy Abraham (C) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 50' Foul by Jesús Vallejo (WW). 49' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Mateo Kovacic. 48' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tammy Abraham. 48' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 48' Foul by Jorginho (C). 48' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 3.

45' Sub, (C) Kurt Zouma replaces Antonio Rüdiger because of an injury.  45' Sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Leander Dendoncker.

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

45'+2' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. Goal! 41' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 3. Tammy Abraham (C) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Marcos Alonso with a cross. 38' Willian (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Foul by Jonny (WW). 36' Marcos Alonso (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). Goal! 34' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 2. Tammy Abraham (C) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Goal! 31' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 1. Fikayo Tomori (C) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a corner. 30' Corner, (C) Conceded by Jonny. 29' Attempt missed. Willian (C) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by César Azpilicueta. 22' Offside, (C) Antonio Rüdiger tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside. 20' Corner, (C) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 20' Attempt blocked. Antonio Rüdiger (C) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross. 20' Corner, (C) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 19' Foul by Willian (C). 19' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 7' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 7' Willian (C) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Foul by Marcos Alonso (C). 4' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (C) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Kick Off First Half begins.

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04 Surday 31 August 2019 A Everton 15:00 Goodison Park L3-2

04 Everton 3 Richarlison (5',80'), Iwobi (12') Wolves 2 Saïss (9'), Jiménez (75')

HT 2-1

Richarlison scored twice as Everton beat Wolves 3-2 in an entertaining Premier League contest at Goodison Park. Wolves thought they had earned a point when Raul Jimenez bravely headed home in the 78th minute, but Richarlison showed his own aerial prowess two minutes later to rise above Willy Boly and give Everton all three points. The Brazilian had put Everton in front in the fifth minute after converting from 16 yards following defensive miscommunication between Conor Coady and Rui Patricio. Alex Iwobi scored his first Premier League goal for Everton, converting Gylfi Sigurdsson's pin-point cross, after Romain Saiss had put Wolves level from close-range in a blistering opening 12 minutes.

Boly capped his side's disappointing day by being dismissed in the dying seconds after a receiving second booking for a foul on the impressive Richarlison. With only four Premier League games played, Everton climbed to fifth in the table, while Wolves remained in 17th and without a league win.

Everton came into the game having only scored one goal in their previous three Premier League matches. But with Iwobi and Moise Kean making their first league starts, the Toffees looked transformed in the attacking third. The summer signings added extra verve to Everton's attack and allowed more space and time for team-mates Richarlison and Sigurdsson to work their magic. Kean made a telling contribution in the build-up to Everton's first goal, his hustling causing confusion in the home defence and allowing Richarlison to pounce. Then, after Saiss had quickly levelled the scores, Sigurdsson was afforded far too much room to whip in a delicious ball that Iwobi converted unmarked at the far post. With his side pegged back for a second time, Richarlison, determined to be to on the winning side, made an excellent run into the box and leapt high above the Wolves defence to seal a hard-fought victory for Marco Silva's side.

Traore's new role

Everton 3-2 Wolves: Fixture schedule not to blame for Everton loss - Nuno Due to their successful involvement in the Europa League qualifiers, Wolves came into the match having already played five more times than opponents Everton this season. Nuno Espirito Santo shuffled the pack and made four changes from his side's victory over Torino on Thursday as he continued to manage European and Premier League commitments. With Matt Doherty missing through fitness issues, Adama Traore kept his place to make his first Premier League start of the season. Traore, featuring in the new right wing-back role he has adopted, played a pivotal role in Saiss's equaliser, showing pace and power that Everton and France defender Lucas Digne couldn't handle. But just three minutes later, his lack of defensive awareness was exposed when he allowed Iwobi to drift into the box unmarked to put Everton back into the lead. Wolves have gained 16 points from losing positions since the start of last season and showed resilience to come from behind at Goodison Park. But with Wolves needing to rotate players to cope with the demands of Europe, they will require regular positive contributions from players like Traore if they are to be successful this season.


Everton

1Pickford 23Coleman 5Keane 13Mina 12Digne 21André Gomes 8DelphBooked at 63' 7Richarlison 10G Sigurdsson 17Iwobi sub for Bernardat 76' 27Kean sub for Calvert-Lewinat 76' Substitutes 2Holgate 9Calvert-Lewin  14Tosun 18Schneiderlin 19Sidibé 20Bernard 22Stekelenburg

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5BennettBooked at 58' 16Coady 15BolyBooked at 49' 37Traoré 32Dendoncker 8Neves sub for Lomba Neto at 84'Booked at 90' 27Saïss sub for João Moutinhoat 59' 29VinagreBooked at 38' 9JiménezBooked at 44' 10Cutrone sub for Jotaat 68' Substitutes 4Vallejo 7Lomba Neto 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 19Castro Otto 21Ruddy 28João Moutinho

Referee:

Anthony Taylor


       Everton Wolves

Possession 59% 41%

Shots      14   8

Shots on Tgt 6  5

Corners     7   7

Fouls      12  11


Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Everton 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Dismissal 90'+5' Second yellow card to Willy Boly (WW) for a bad foul. 90'+5' Richarlison , (Ev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+5' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Dominic Calvert-Lewin , (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Booking 90'+4' Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+4' Richarlison , (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 90'+2' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 90'+2' Séamus Coleman , (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+2' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 88' Foul by André Gomes , (Ev). 88' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 87' Attempt missed. Michael Keane , (Ev) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross following a corner. 87' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 86' Attempt saved. Yerry Mina , (Ev) header from the centre of the box is saved. 86' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by João Moutinho. Substitution 84' Substitution, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Rúben Neves. 84' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 83' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Keane. 83' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 82' Attempt saved. Richarlison , (Ev) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Goal! 80' Goal! Everton 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Richarlison , (Ev) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross. 77' Delay over. They are ready to continue. Substitution 76' Substitution, (Ev) Bernard replaces Alex Iwobi. Substitution 76' Substitution, (Ev) Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Moise Kean. 75'Delay in match because of an injury Raúl Jiménez (WW).

Goal! 75' Goal! Everton 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Willy Boly with a headed pass.

74' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 74' Delay in match because of an injury Alex Iwobi , (Ev). 72' Attempt blocked. Yerry Mina , (Ev) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 72' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by João Moutinho. 72' Attempt blocked. Lucas Digne , (Ev) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 70' Moise Kean , (Ev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 70' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). Substitution 68' Substitution, (WW) Diogo Jota replaces Patrick Cutrone. 67' Foul by Lucas Digne , (Ev). 67' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Gylfi Sigurdsson , (Ev) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 66' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). Booking 63' Fabian Delph , (Ev) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 63' Foul by Fabian Delph , (Ev). 63' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61' Attempt missed. Moise Kean , (Ev) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a set piece situation. 60' Richarlison , (Ev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 60' Foul by João Moutinho  (WW). Substitution 59' Substitution, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Romain Saïss. Booking 58' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 58' Lucas Digne , (Ev) wins a free kick on the left wing. 58' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 54' Lucas Digne , (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 53' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Séamus Coleman. 49' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson , (Ev). 49' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 49' Willy Boly (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 49' Richarlison , (Ev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 47' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 46' Attempt blocked. Moise Kean , (Ev) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richarlison.

Second Half begins Everton 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.


Half Time

       Everton Wolves

Possession 61% 39%

Shots       6   6

Shots on Tgt 3  4

Corners     2   5

Fouls       8   3

Half Time 45'+3' First Half ends, Everton 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Keane. 45'+2' Offside, (Ev) Jordan Pickford tries a through ball, but Moise Kean is caught offside. 45' Michael Keane , (Ev) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Booking 44' Raúl Jiménez (WW) is shown the yellow card. 39' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 39' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. Booking 39' Rúben Vinagre (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 38' Richarlison , (Ev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 38' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 36' Foul by Moise Kean , (Ev). 36' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Keane. 30' Attempt saved. Moise Kean , (Ev) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.  28' Attempt saved. Yerry Mina , (Ev) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross. 28' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Conor Coady. 28' Attempt blocked. Moise Kean , (Ev) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross. 28' Fabian Delph , (Ev) wins a free kick on the right wing. 28' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 25' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Keane. 25' Attempt blocked. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 24' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Bennett. 23' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrick Cutrone with a cross. 22' Foul by André Gomes  , (Ev). 22' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 21' Foul by Richarlison , (Ev). 21' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 18' Delay in match because of an injury Richarlison , (Ev). 18' Foul by Lucas Digne , (Ev). 18' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 17' Foul by André Gomes , (Ev). 17' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 16' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Coady. 16' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson , (Ev). 16' Patrick Cutrone (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Corner, (Ev) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 15' Attempt blocked. Séamus Coleman , (Ev) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 15' Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson , (Ev) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Gomes with a cross. 14' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Pickford. 14' Attempt saved. Patrick Cutrone (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Willy Boly. 13' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lucas Digne. Goal! 12' Goal! Everton 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Alex Iwobi , (Ev) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross.

Goal! 9' Goal! Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

6' Foul by Fabian Delph , (Ev). 6' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal! 5' Goal! Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Richarlison , (Ev) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Moise Kean. 4' Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson , (Ev) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Iwobi with a cross. Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Fabian Delph could play his first Premier League game for Everton after making his comeback from a groin injury in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.  Injured midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin is their only unavailable player.

Wolves' Adama Traore will hope to start his first league game of the season after impressing in the Europa League qualifying win against Torino. Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Ryan Bennett did not play on Thursday and could return to the starting line-up. Wolves beat Torino to reach Europa League group stage

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@Guymowbray:If Everton win, they can consider seven points from four games a good start. Draw, and it becomes distinctly average. Lose, and it's like last year again, with another summer's optimism fading fast. They're strong at home though, and really ought to make it six Goodison wins in a row, especially against a team burdened by Europa League qualification since July. I say 'burdened', but ever-impressive Wolves have made it look a breeze, with relatively little rotation of players too.  The Thursday-Sunday pattern they are committed to will really test the squad, and the sooner they get a first Premier League win the better.  After another busy week, they'd surely settle for still being unbeaten after this.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Everton manager Marco Silva: "They [Wolves] had a very good season last season, this will be the third season where almost all the players are playing together, they know each other well. "They [are] a strong team, a solid team, they are really strong in a counter-attack, they will be solid every time, waiting for the right moment in a counter-attack to create problems for us and in set-pieces as well. "For us to play in our way, we have to be always in a good balance, prepare well in our attacking moments but be ready to lose the ball because in that moment they are really strong."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves are now dealing with the Europa League. I know they have more players but it is just a funny thing playing Thursday and Sunday. It is also a balancing act for the manager and I think Wolves will be up and down this season. Prediction: 2-0



MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

Wolves can win back-to-back league games at Goodison Park for the first time since 1960. They could also secure consecutive league wins in this fixture for the first time since 1979.

Everton's loss against Aston Villa was just their third in 14 top-flight games.  The Toffees have kept clean sheets in their last six league games at Goodison, winning the last five of those matches. They could set a new club record by winning six successive Premier League home fixtures without conceding a goal. Everton have not conceded a top-flight goal at Goodison since a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on 6 February. The Merseysiders have recorded 12 top-flight clean sheets this calendar year - a tally exceeded only by Manchester City (prior to the latest round of matches), who have 13. Everton's three Premier League games this season have seen a league-low three goals scored, with the Toffees having the joint-worst attack (one goal) and the joint-best defence (two goals conceded) in the competition. Jordan Pickford has completed 90 minutes in all 110 of his top-flight appearances. He is one shy of equalling the record for the most Premier League games while playing the full 90 minutes in each one, matching Ali Al Habsi's tally (for Bolton and Wigan).

Wolves have drawn their opening three league games for only the second time in their history and first since 1938.

They have won only one of their last eight Premier League away fixtures (D3, L4), a 2-1 victory at Watford on 27 April.

Wolves have gained 16 points from losing positions since the start of last season, a joint league-high with Liverpool.

They have come from behind to salvage a point in their last two Premier League matches. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has faced Marco Silva away from home three times previously in league football - twice in the Portuguese top flight and once in the Premier League - and won all three games.  Raul Jimenez has scored seven goals in seven starts in all competitions in 2019-20.T

Thursday 29th August  Europa  Play off round H Torino W2-1 5-3 agg

 EUPO-2 Wolves 2 Jiménez (30'), Dendoncker (58') Torino 1 Belotti (57')

HT 1-0 (Agg 5-3)


Wolves booked their place in the Europa League group stage after beating Torino in front of a jubilant Molineux The Black Country side are in the main stage of a European competition for the first time since 1980 after coming through three rounds of qualifiers.

Raul Jimenez opened the scoring as he hooked home Adama Traore's cross. Andrea Belotti gave Torino brief hope with a header to make it 4-3 on aggregate, but seconds later Leander Dendoncker put the game out of reach. That goal meant Torino - who lost last week's home leg 3-2 - needed to score twice to force extra time, and, despite some late chances, a comeback never seemed likely. Wolves will discover their group opponents during Friday's draw at 12:00 BST in Monaco. Manchester United, Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers are also in the draw. No sides from the same country can be in one group, but an English team and Scottish team can be drawn together. United, the 2017 winners, and last season's beaten finalists Arsenal will be among the top seeds. Celtic are in pot two, Wolves are in the third and Rangers are among the bottom seeds.

Wolves' European run may end up causing problems for their 21-man first-team squad - this was their ninth game in 36 days - but that is a problem boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants. The Portuguese - who has turned the club around since his 2017 appointment when they were in the Championship - named a strong team, making only four changes from Sunday's draw with Burnley. They started the game on the back foot, with Torino dominating possession and Wolves playing a counter-attacking game. But wing-back Traore was lively down the right and forced a save from Salvatore Sirigu after a sensational surging run - before setting up Jimenez for the opener. The Mexican has scored six goals in as many qualifiers this season. Torino needed three goals at that stage and for about 60 seconds they seemed back in the tie when Italy international Belotti headed in Daniele Baselli's free-kick. But before television replays of that goal were even shown, Wolves had restored their two-goal aggregate advantage when Diogo Jota's shot was saved and Dendoncker's first-time shot from 16 yards went in via the post. Torino, who finished seventh in Serie A last season, had a go with Simone Zaza and Soualiho Meite going close. But the Italian side went the way of Northern Ireland's Crusaders and Armenian side Pyunik, Wolves' victims in the previous two rounds.

'This is massive for us' Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "Work started two years ago and this is the next step. This is massive for us. It has been tough so far. The way the fans push us, they are the 12th man. Tomorrow, after training, we will watch the draw. I don't want to look too far ahead. We want to improve during the competition and use the games as a tool to improve the team."

What's next?

Wolves visit Everton on Sunday in the Premier League (14:00 BST). The West Midlands side are yet to play a Saturday league game this season because of the Europa League.


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 4Vallejo 16Coady 15Boly 37Traoré 32Dendoncker 27Saïss 28João Moutinho sub for Nevesat 90'minutes 19Castro OttoBooked at 45' 9Jiménez sub for Lomba Netoat 90+2'minutes 18Jota sub for Cutroneat 81'minutes Substitutes 5Bennett 7Lomba Neto 8Neves 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre

Torino

39Sirigu 5Izzo 36Silva NascimentoBooked at 63' 14Bonifazi 29De Silvestri 8BaselliBooked at 33' 88Rincón sub for Meitéat 72'minutes 7LukicBooked at 48' 34Aina sub for Berenguer Remiroat 70'minutes 11Zaza sub for Millicoat 82'minutes 9Belotti Substitutes 17Singo 21Berenguer Remiro 22Millico 23Meité 25Rosati 27Parigini 30Djidji

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano att 29,222

          Wolves Torino

Possession 42%   58%

Shots       8    15

Shots on Tgt 5    3

Corners     4     6

Fouls      16    17

Match report Tim Spiers

Nuno reverted to the XI which had won 3-2 in Turin a week earlier, except Jonny Castro Otto came in for the bench Ruben Vinagre. Matt Doherty, as in Turin, wasn't included in the squad. Torino arrived at Molineux surely needing to score the first goal to have a realistic chance of progressing through to the group stages. And, in the early stages, they threatened to do just that with Wolves struggling to get out of first gear. Midfielder Daniele Baselli tried his luck with an ambitious volley from a corner, Paul Scholes-style, but that didn't trouble Rui Patricio in what was the theme of the opening 20 minutes – Torino arguably the more threatening side but unable to bother the keeper. A free-kick bounced just wide after skimming off a Torino head and then Tomas Rincon caused serious concern with a firecracker of a volley which flashed past the post. Wolves were continuously conceding possession, often in their own half, with Adama Traore the chief culprit, while Jesus Vallejo endured a really poor first-half in which the Spaniard was often hesitant and could barely find a gold shirt with a pass. Nuno's team desperately needed an injection of life – and it came via Traore who embarked on an explosive dart into the box, searing past two helpless defenders who could only watch as he teed himself up for a low shot which was blocked by keeper Salvatore Sirigu. From that moment onwards Wolves were on the front foot. Diogo Jota saw a shot blocked and a couple of promising attacks came to nothing as questions were suddenly asked of the visitors.

Then came the game's pivotal moment – via two familiar sources. Traore, after good work from Wolves' best player in the first half, Willy Boly, picked his moment to surge past his man and then cut back onto his left foot to swing over a low cross, which was cleverly diverted in at the near post by Raul Jimenez. It was Traore's fourth assist in seven appearances this season – and Jimenez's seventh goal from just nine matches.

Wolves were given another scare soon after when Simone Zaza got up above Conor Coady to head goalwards from Lorenzo De Silvestri's cross, but he put his header too close to Patricio who made a comfortable save. That was it for the half, with Wolves in complete control with 45 minutes remaining and Torino needing to score three goals to advance.

The Italians had to go for it and they started the second half intent on doing just that, with Patricio smartly pawing a Baselli free-kick out from the top corner. They then levelled things up on the night and made it 4-3 on aggregate when the dangerous Andrea Belotti diverted Baselli's powerful inswinging free-kick past Patrico with what looked like a training ground routine enacted perfectly. Undeterred, Wolves immediately restored their two-goal advantage on aggregate when, after Jota found space to test keeper Sirigu via a sharp burst of pace, Leander Dendoncker cleverly side-footed the rebound home from 18 yards, in off the post. While that put Wolves back in front on the night the situation changed little for Torino – they still needed to score two goals to progress. Wolves looked to close the game out, with Traore behind most of their sporadic attacks as he gave Temitayo Aina a torrid time down the flank. The hosts were comfortable enough for the fans to give it the old 'ole' as they controlled possession. They were given a couple of late scares with substitute Soualiho Meite curling wide from a superb position and then Belotti firing wide after wriggling past Coady. In between Dendoncker almost added a second but his effort from 10 yards was blocked by Sirigu. Torino had their moments. But Wolves were just too good.


Key moments

19 - Torino have started very much the brighter of the two teams. Rincon lets fly from the edge of the box, and his thunderous volley flashes inches wide of the far post. Wolves have looked nervous. 30 - GGGGOOOALLLLLL! Wolves are ahead! Wing wizardry from Traore, with his low cross being tapped home by Jimenez. Traore toys with Aina and perfectly picks his moment, and Wolves' No.9 does the rest in typically exceptional style. And breathe.

37 - Hold on, a chance for Torino - a big one too. Zaza rises above Coady to meet a cross from the right, but his header lands in the grateful hands of Patricio. Should have scored. 58 - Goal! Torino pull one back. Baselli whips a powerful free-kick into the danger zone, and Belotti meets it well with his head to put the ball past the helpless Patricio. 59 - GGGGGOOOOOOAAALLLLL!! An immediate response from Nuno's side! Jota breaks through and has his low strike kept out by Sirigu,  but the ball falls kindly for Dendoncker, who slots it home via the post. 87 - Meite almost makes it an anxious final few minutes as he tries his luck from the edge of the box, but his right-footed curler goes just wide. The Torino substitute cuts a frustrated figure.

Teams

Wolves (3-5-2): Patricio; Vallejo, Coady (c), Boly; Traore, Saiss, Dendoncker, Moutinho (Neves, 90), Otto; Jimenez (Neto, 90+2), Jota (Cutrone, 81) Subs not used: Ruddy (gk), Bennett, Vinagre, Gibbs-White Goals: Jimenez (30), Dendoncker (58)

Torino (3-5-2): Sirigu; Izzo, Bremer, Bonifazi; De Silvestri, Baselli, Rincon (Meite, 72), Lukic, Aina (Berenguer, 70); Zaza (Millico, 81), Belotti (c) Subs not used: Rosati (gk), Singo, Parigini, Djidji Goal: Belotti (57)

Attendance: 29,222



Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has urged his players not to start focusing on a European campaign beyond Thursday's match against Torino.  Nuno's side hold a 3-2 lead going into Thursday's Europa League play-off second leg at Molineux, with a place in the group stage for the winners. But the Wolves boss has warned his players not to be side-tracked. "They look at the game of tomorrow, not further ahead, just think about tomorrow," Nuno said. "It's a new game. The [first-leg] result doesn't mean anything. It starts from zero again and that's how we approach it. We are really embracing all the games, we want to compete. They want to play, they want to raise their game, improve and play. This is what football is all about - to play. We want to play well against a very tough opponent. They have quality players. We need to take care, know there will be weaknesses or advantages for them. It's a new game, play it."

Wolves, playing in their first European campaign since 1980-81, will advance if they avoid defeat, or on the away goals rule if they lose 1-0 or 2-1. With Thursday's game being their ninth match in 36 days at the start of this season, they are expected to make some changes from Sunday's last-gasp 1-1 Premier League draw with Burnley - a result which maintained their unbeaten start to the season. Jesus Vallejo may return in defence while Ruben Vinagre, Leander Dendoncker and Adama Traore are options for the manager. Nuno said: "This is what we believe. The players know it's a small squad and everyone has to prepare for their chance and their moment.


"All the players have been involved in all the games so far but the season is only just starting and we have a lot of things to improve on."

T

03 Sunday 25 August 2019 H Burnley 16:30 Molineux D1-1

Wolves 1 Jiménez (90'+7' pen) Burnley Barnes (13')

HT 0-1


Raul Jimenez scored a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a point for Wolves and deny Burnley victory at Molineux. Ashley Barnes looked to have won it for the Clarets after pouncing from around 25 yards - his fourth goal in three Premier League games this season - against a disjointed Wolves side playing their third game inside a week.  The hosts beat Torino in a Europa League play-off match on Thursday after drawing with Manchester United last Monday, and their hectic schedule appeared to have caught up on them as they struggled for long periods.

Burnley were denied a second goal when Rui Patricio produced an excellent save to keep out Chris Wood while Ben Mee headed against the bar with the rebound coming off Wolves defender Ryan Bennett and hitting the post.  However, Wolves were awarded a penalty in the dying moments when Erik Pieters fouled Jimenez.  After a video assistant referee check, Jimenez stepped up to calmly roll the ball past Nick Pope and earn Wolves a third successive Premier League draw.  


Jubilant Wolves fans reacted to the equaliser by chanting "VAR, VAR, VAR" as their team secured a fortunate point. This was a big test for Wolves, who are on the cusp of qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League following a 3-2 first-leg victory over Torino in Turin.  Should they complete the job against the Italians in Thursday's second leg, Nuno Espirito Santo's side face a testing schedule of Thursday-Sunday games.  

On a hot sunny day in the Black Country against Burnley, they were flat, lacklustre and flaky for long periods, only coming alive in the closing stages. Having come from behind to take a point off Manchester United before travelling to Italy, Wolves were facing a Burnley side who were refreshed and full of energy after a free week to prepare for the match.  Six Wolves players - Patricio, Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Joao Moutinho, Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota - were making their third starts of the week, and Wolves were a shadow of the side that finished seventh in the Premier League last season. An early dipping attempt from 25 yards by Ruben Neves was as close as they came to scoring in the first half, but having struggled for the first 80 minutes Wolves did step it up towards the end. When Jimenez rolled the ball invitingly across the six-yard area, there was no Wolves player to poke it home, while Nick Pope was forced to keep out a deflection off his own player Ben Mee before the late penalty drama.

Burnley's players were crestfallen at the final whistle - Jimenez' equaliser virtually the last kick of the game The Clarets had looked set for a second win of the season after a typically hard-working performance by Sean Dyche's side, and three points would have taken them up to third in the table. Having peppered Arsenal's goal with 18 shots in the narrow 2-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium last week, they had another 13 attempts at Molineux. Barnes' early-season form has been a highlight for the Clarets and his cracking finish from distance past the diving Patricio had Burnley's travelling fans in raptures. Barnes and attacking partner Chris Wood hassled Wolves' defence throughout and it required a fine save by Patricio - after a long kick by Pope - to prevent the visitors from doubling their lead. It was a critical moment in the game as Wolves went on to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat.

Man of the match - James Tarkowski (B) who typified Burnley's resilience as Wolves struggled to carve out chances.

'We have to embrace it' - what they said Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "The boys worked very hard. Burnley are a very good team. The way they do things is so good. They score, they create chances. [Chris] Wood and [Ashley] Barnes hold the ball. It's a physical game they force from us, but the boys did well.  The patience was about circulating the ball and still having patience and possession. I just told the boys it's the next step we have to take - managing the game when you are tired.  We are very aware of the cycle that we have. We started competing on the 25 July. We have to embrace it and go again on Thursday."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking to Match of the Day: "We deserved to win the game. I thought we were out of the box sharp, we mixed the play enough to cause them problems. They didn't cause us too many problems. I'm not going to knock the players because their mentality is good. It was just taken away by a late  decision. We're looking a different animal to last season, which is important at this early stage. There's a real good energy, some good quality and some good moments.  They hit the post, to be fair, but I don't think they had too much today. Defensively we were very strong."


Six in six starts for Jimenez - the stats

Wolves have drawn their first three games of a league campaign for the first time since 1938-39, when they finished second in the top flight. Burnley are winless in their last five away games at Wolves in the top flight (W1 D4), with their last such victory coming in September 1973. Wolves are unbeaten in their last 10 home games in the Premier League (W6 D4); their longest run without defeat in the top flight since April to October 1979 (also 10 games). Burnley have only won one of the last five Premier League away games in which they've scored the opening goal (D3 L1), including none of the last three. Wolves' equaliser in the 97th minute was just their second shot on target in the game, with their first coming in the 87th minute. Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has scored six goals in six starts in all competitions this season, however this was his first in the Premier League this season. Only Sergio Aguero (16) and Sadio Mane (15) have scored more Premier League goals than Burnley's Ashley Barnes (13) in 2019. Jimenez' goal for Wolves after 96 minutes and 55 seconds was the latest scored in the Premier League since January  017, when Alexis Sanchez netted after 97 minutes and 14 seconds for Arsenal against Burnley. Burnley midfielder Dwight McNeil has made six assists in the Premier League in 2019 - the only English player with more in this period is Trent Alexander-Arnold (11).

What's next? The games keep coming at a rapid rate for Wolves who take a 3-2 lead into Thursday's Europa League play-off second leg against Torino at Molineux (19:45 BST). Burnley are also in midweek cup action - against Sunderland in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday (19:45 BST).


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty sub Traoréat 76' 17Gibbs-White sub Lomba Netoat 67' 8Neves 28João Moutinho sub Dendonckerat 59' 19Castro Otto 9 Jiménez 18Jota Substitutes 4Vallejo 7Lomba Neto 10Cutrone 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 37Traoré

Burnley

1Pope 2Lowton 5TarkowskiBooked at 59mins 6Mee 23Pieters 7Berg Gudmundsson sub Lennonat 66'Booked at 88mins 4Cork 18Westwood 11McNeil sub Hendrickat 86' 9Wood 10Barnes sub Rodriguezat 78' Substitutes 3Taylor 13Hendrick 19Rodriguez 20Hart 25Lennon 27Vydra 28Long

Referee: Craig Pawson Attendance: 30,522


        Wolves Burnley

Possession 65% 35%

Shots      17  13

Shots on Tgt 2  4

Corners     4   3

Fouls       9   11


Full Time 90'+9' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Burnley 1.

Goal! 90'+7' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Burnley 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. 90'+6' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 90'+6' VAR Decision: Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. 90'+6' Delay in match (WW). VAR checking. 90'+5' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Raúl Jiménez draws a foul in the penalty area. 90'+5' Penalty conceded by Erik Pieters (B) after a foul in the penalty area. 90'+5' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 90'+3' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matthew Lowton. 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. 90'+3' Raúl Jiménez (WW) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Booking 88' Aaron Lennon (B) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 88' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 88' Foul by Aaron Lennon (B). 87' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Willy Boly.  86' sub,  (B) Jeff Hendrick replaces Dwight McNeil. 85' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 85' Foul by Erik Pieters (B). 84' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 84' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a through ball. 83' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 83' Erik Pieters (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 81' James Tarkowski (B) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 80' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 79' Corner, (B) Conceded by Jonny.  78' sub,  (B) Jay Rodriguez replaces Ashley Barnes. 77' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 77' Foul by Dwight McNeil (B).

76' sub,  (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Matt Doherty. 74' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 72' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 72' Dwight McNeil (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  67' sub,  (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 66' Delay over. They are ready to continue.  66' sub,  (B) Aaron Lennon replaces Johann Gudmundsson because of an injury. 65' Delay in match because of an injury Johann Gudmundsson (B). 63' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 63' Dwight McNeil (B) wins a free kick on the left wing. Booking 59' James Tarkowski (B) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 59' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 59' Foul by James Tarkowski (B).  59' sub,  (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces João Moutinho. 58' Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (B) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson. 57' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).  57' Ashley Barnes (B) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 54' Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (B) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. 53' Attempt blocked. Dwight McNeil (B) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Pieters. 49' Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (B) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross. 49' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 48' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 1.


Half Time 45'+3'

        Wolves Burnley

Possession 60% 40%

Shots       6   9

Shots on Tgt 1  4

Corners     3   2

Fouls       4   6

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 1.

45'+3' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bennett with a cross. 45'+2' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved. 45'+1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matthew Lowton. 43' Offside, (B) Erik Pieters tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside. 41' Attempt saved. James Tarkowski (B) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross. 40' Corner, (B) Conceded by Conor Coady. 39' Attempt blocked. Johann Gudmundsson (B) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Wood. 36' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Ashley Barnes (B). 35' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Jack Cork (B). 34' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 33' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Tarkowski. 32' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 32' Foul by James Tarkowski (B). 32' Attempt saved. Chris Wood (B) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 30' Attempt missed. Chris Wood (B) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Lowton. 29' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 28' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Tarkowski. 26' Delay over. They are ready to continue.24' Delay in match because of an injury Matthew Lowton (B). 24' Foul by Jonny (WW). 24' Matthew Lowton (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 23' Foul by Ashley Westwood (B). 23' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. .320' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 20' Foul by James Tarkowski (B). 18' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 18' Ben Mee (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Ben Mee (B) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross following a corner. 16' Corner, (B) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 15' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 15' Ashley Westwood (B) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal! 13' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 1. Ashley Barnes (B) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a headed pass. 12' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Foul by Matthew Lowton (B). 11' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 11' Ashley Barnes (B) wins a free kick on the right wing. 10' Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (B) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Lowton. 4' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White with a headed pass. 2' Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (B) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will reshuffle his team following their Europa League win in Italy on Thursday.  Matt Doherty missed that match after being withdrawn at half-time against Manchester United on Monday due to illness and will be assessed. Burnley's Danny Drinkwater built up his fitness by playing 45 minutes for the club's Under-23 side this week, but will not feature in this match. Robbie Brady and Steven Defour remain on the sidelines.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@johnrodercomm: As Burnley know only too well from this time last year, attempting to qualify for the Europa League can have an enormous impact on your domestic form.  Wolves come into this fixture, their seventh competitive match this month, having won 3-2 at Torino on Thursday to give themselves a great chance of making the group stage. Both teams have impressed so far this season. Ashley Barnes already has three goals for the Clarets, who were unfortunate to lose at Arsenal last weekend, while Ruben Neves scored what could be Match of the Day's August 'Goal of the Month' against Manchester United on Monday.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Burnley have made a good start and were unlucky to lose 2-1 at Arsenal last Saturday. We know the threat Ashley Barnes has for them but Wolves create a lot of chances of their own. Wolves will have enough time to recover from their Europa League game on Thursday and I think they will grind out a win. It's always tough against Burnley, though - that's a given. Prediction: 2-1


Wolves have won more league games versus Burnley than they have against any other side.

Wanderers have won their last four top-flight home games against Burnley - they haven't won five in a row since a run of seven which ended in April 1900.

This will be the first top-flight meeting between Wolves and Burnley where neither side were newly promoted since February 1976.

Burnley's win in March at Turf Moor ended a run of seven successive top-flight defeats to Wolves and was their first over Wanderers in the Premier League.

Wolverhampton Wanderers


Wolves are unbeaten in their last nine home matches in the league. They last went 10 league matches at Molineux without defeat between April and October 1979.

If the scores finish level, it would be only the second time in their history that Wolves have drawn their opening three matches of a league season.

In league matches for Wolves, Ruben Neves has scored three more goals from outside the box (nine) than he has had touches in the opposition box (six).

Burnley


Since the start of last season, Burnley have kept only three clean sheets in 20 Premier League away games. All three have been in 0-0 draws (at Southampton, Leicester and Watford).  They have won just two of their last 15 Premier League games on a Sunday, losing eight of the last 10. Only Sadio Mane (15) and Sergio Aguero (14) have scored more Premier League goals in 2019 than Ashley Barnes' 12.


Thursday 22nd August  Europa Play off round A Torino W 2-3


London Wolves on Tour - pix Peter Abbott, Cheesey, John, Mark

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TEU PO1 Torino 2 De Silvestri (61'), Belotti (89' pen) Wolves 3  Silva Nascimento (43' og), Jota (59'), Jiménez (72')

HT 0-1



Wolves are in a good position to qualify for the Europa League group stage for the first time after winning 3-2 away in Italy against Torino. The visitors went ahead when Joao Moutinho's free-kick was headed into his own net by Torino's Gleison Bremer. Diogo Jota doubled the advantage as he finished after Adama Traore's pass. Lorenzo de Silvestri pulled one back, Raul Jimenez's calm finish restored Wolves' two-goal lead before Andrea Belotti's late penalty for Torino.

The two teams meet again at Molineux on 29 August with the winners of this play-off tie moving into the main group phase of the competition. Wolves, playing in their first European campaign since 1980-81, will advance if they avoid defeat or only lose by one goal in a low-scoring second leg.  Wolves win despite tough schedule Nuno Espirito Santo will be delighted with the performance of his team, who were playing for the second time in four days after drawing 1-1 against Manchester United in the Premier League, while Torino are yet to start their Serie A campaign. This was the English side's seventh match in 29 days and Nuno opted to rest midfielder Ruben Neves, who had scored a wonderful goal against United. But the gamble paid off as Wolves edged a thrilling game at the Stadio Olimpico Grande in Turin.  Indeed, Nuno may even be disappointed they do not have a two-goal advantage as Belotti's 89th-minute penalty - following a clumsy challenge on him from Ruben Vinagre - gave the Italians a lifeline.  In added time, Torino had a chance to snatch an equaliser but goalkeeper Rui Patricio produced a fine save to deny Belotti his second goal.

Lightning-quick Traore impresses again - The half-time introduction of the rapid Traore changed the game against United on Monday and the Spaniard was rewarded for his efforts with a place in the starting line-up in Italy. Operating again at right-wing back, his speed and directness caused Torino serious problems, with Wolves nearly scoring after 12 minutes when Traore's run and cross found Jota, whose low shot was kept out by the legs of home goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. Nicolas Nkoulou headed against the bar for the hosts before Sirigu was beaten, albeit by one of his own players as Bremer headed in following Moutinho's excellent set-piece delivery. Traore was heavily involved again as Wolves doubled their lead after another direct run and a well-timed Cruyff turn gave him space to set up Jota who this time converted the chance. However, two minutes later Torino grabbed their first goal with De Silvestri heading in from Cristian Ansaldi's cross. But it was not long before Wolves were two goals in front again, with the referee playing a good advantage after Pedro Neto was fouled and Jimenez running through the defence to beat Sirigu for his fifth goal in this Europa League campaign. Wolves had reached this phase with a 6-1 aggregate win over Northern Ireland's Crusaders and then an 8-0 overall success against Pyunik of Armenia.  Torino, who finished seventh in Serie A last season and are managed by former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri, were always going to be a tougher challenge and Belotti's penalty gives the Italians hope for the second leg.


Man of the match - Adama Traore (Wolves) Adama Traore (number 37) has started four Europa League matches, but has only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League this season

'Far from being over' - what they said

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said: "It's far from being over, it's a close tie. We played good, we were organised, we stayed in shape, we produced some goals but,  I say, there's still one game to go and we have to be really, really good to perform again against a very, very good team." On the performance of Traore, Nuno added: "I'm pleased. He helped the team, others did what they had to do. It's about tasks, it's about rules, it's about always being a team."

What's next? Wolves play for the third time in a week when they entertain Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, 25 August (16:30 BST). Torino have a week off before the second leg at Molineux next Thursday.

Torino

39Sirigu 5Izzo 33Nkoulou 36Silva Nascimento booked 72' 29De Silvestri 23Meité sub Rincónat 64' booked 85' 8Baselli booked 71' 15Ansaldi booked 48' sub Ainaat 71' 11Zaza 9Belotti booked 45' 21Berenguer Remiro booked 56' sub Lukicat 59' Substitutes 7Lukic 14Bonifazi 22Millico 25Rosati 30Djidji 34Aina 88Rincón

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 4Vallejo booked 81' 16Coady 15Boly 37Traoré sub Castro Ottoat 64' 32Dendoncker 27Saïss booked 79' 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 9Jiménez sub Cutroneat 76' 18Jota sub Lomba Netoat 69' Substitutes 5Bennett 7Lomba Neto 8Neves 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White 19Castro Otto 21Ruddy

Referee: Artur Manuel Soares Dias


        Torino Wolves

Possession 63% 37%

Shots      16   7

Shots on Tgt 5  3

Corners     4   1

Fouls      16  14

90 + 4' FULL-TIME -  Wolves clear to the halfway line and that's the final whistle! What a game!

90 + 4'  Ruben Vinagre stretches to poke the ball out for a throw-in to Torino. This will be launched into the Wolves penalty area....90 + 3'Torino 2-3 Wolves Both teams look out on their feet here, it's going to be a match of attrition for the final few minutes. Wolves nearly catch them on the counter but Ola Aina does well to usher the ball away from Pedro Neto. 90 + 1' GREAT SAVE! Whooah there! Andrea Belotti hammers in an effort from distance that Rui Patricio does well to push behind for a corner. What a finish! 90' Four minutes will be added on.  89' GOAL -  Andrea Belotti No penalty heroics from Rui Patricio this time as Andrea Belotti slams home the spot kick! A late twist! 88' PENALTY TO TORINO Ruben Vinagre trips Andrea Belotti and the referee gives the penalty! 87' Jesus Vallejo is ok, some more magic spray and he sprints back onto the pitch. 86' YELLOW CARD Jesus Vallejo is caught late by Tomas Rincon and goes down in pain holding his knee. It was clumsy from the Torino substitute, who is booked for his troubles.  Vallejo meanwhile is getting some treatment from the Wolves physio. 82' YELLOW CARD Jesus Vallejo is booked for a rather innocuous-looking foul on the halfway line. The referee is enjoying flashing his yellow card at the moment. 80' The free-kick is taken short and Torino manage to force a corner. In comes the cross but Ola Aina heads over at the near post. 80' YELLOW CARD Romain Saiss is booked for tugging back Andrea Belotti. Free-kick to Torino in a decent position. 77' Sasa Lukic hits a rather optimistic effort from distance straight at Rui Patricio. That's not troubling the Wolves goalkeeper. 76' SUBSTITUTION Wolves make their final change as Raul Jimenez is replaced by summer signing Patrick Cutrone. 75' YELLOW CARD In all that excitement Gleison Bremer was booked for that foul on Pedro Neto in the build-up to Wolves' third goal. 74' It is the visiting Wolves supporters who are making all the noise now. You wouldn't bet on their team scoring another either.

72'Torino 1-3 Wolves GOAL - Raul Jimenez  That's the goal of the night! The referee plays the advantage after Pedro Neto is dragged to the floor allowing Raul Jimenez to drive forward, waltz into the area and calmly slot low past Salvatore Sirigu! 71' YELLOW CARD Daniele Baselli is the latest player to be booked for a foul on Pedro Neto. 69' SUBSTITUTION Cristian Ansaldi, who has had a busy night to say the least, comes off for former Chelsea youngster Ola Aina. 69' SUBSTITUTION

Another change for Wolves as Pedro Neto comes on for goalscorer Diogo Jota. 68' Chance for Wolves to make it 3-1! A superb long ball finds the onrushing Raul Jimenez, he turns inside Gleison Bremer but his left-footed shot is superbly blocked by the outstretched Torino defender! 67'Torino 1-2 Wolves Getting that goal back so quickly has galvanised the Torino players and got the crowd going again. Wolves will just look to draw the sting from the game for the next few minutes. 64' SUBSTITUTION Torino respond to that goal by making another change as Soualiho Meite is replaced by Tomas Rincon. Wolves also make a sub as the impressive Adama Troare is taken off and replaced by Jonny Castro Otto.

59' GOAL - Torino 0-2 Wolves Diogo Jota Wolves double their money and it's all about Adama Traore! The Wolves wing-back turns Cristian Ansaldi inside out near the right touchline before laying the ball off for the unmarked Diogo Jota to sidefoot the ball into the net from near the penalty spot! 59' SUBSTITUTION  Torino's first change of the night sees Sasa Lukic come on for Alex Berenguer. 58'  Simone Zaza is played in down the left of the area but is taken well wide and his rather optimistic shot from a tight angle hits the side netting. Torino are having the better of the possession but aren't really threatening Rui Patricio's goal at present. 56' YELLOW CARD  As cynical as you . Alex Berenguer trips Adama Troare as he crosses the halfway line. Berenguer is rightly booked. They are struggling to handle Traore at times this evening. 54'  There's a decent battle developing on the Wolves right between Cristian Ansaldi and Adama Troare. Ansaldi, on the attack this time, escapes the Wolves man and gets close to the byline but he slices his cross behind for a goal kick. 51'  Adama Troare finds himself doing some defending at the other end of the pitch and is penalised for a foul Cristian Ansaldi. Looked harsh that. The resulting free-kick comes in from the left but a Wolves head clears. 49' From the resulting free-kick, Joao Moutinho finds the head of Romain Saiss but the ball goes over. Moutinho's delivery from set pieces has been a constant threat this evening. 48' YELLOW CARD Adama Troare motors down the right once more before being cleaned out by Cristian Ansaldi. Yellow card shown to the Torino defender.

46' KICK-OFF Wolves kick-off the second half.

HT: Torino 0-1 Wolves

Wolves' opening goal has now been credited as a Gleison Bremer own goal rather than Romain Saiss. Not that Wolves will mind much in the circumstances.

HT

         Torino  Wolves

Possession 59%   41%

Shots       8     4

Shots on Tgt 1    1

Corners     1     1

Fouls       9     7


HALF-TIME And that's the half. A really entertaining first 45 minutes between two evenly matched sides. But it is Wolves who nicked the opener just before the break. So far, so good for Nuno Espirito Santo's men. 45 + 1' YELLOW CARD Andrea Belotti is booked for a high boot on Adama Troare. Belotti can't believe it. Replays suggest he always had eyes for the ball so he is perhaps hard done by there. One minute to be added on.

43' GOAL - Torino 0-1 Wolves Gleison Bremer (OG)And it leads to a goal! Moutinho's teasing, in-swinging cross is flicked into the corner! Romain Saiss looked to have got the initial touch but it goes in off Gleison Bremer for an own goal! Wolves have the lead and a precious away goal in Turin!  42' Joao Moutinho is dragged to the ground by Lorenzo de Silvestri. Free-kick to Wolves just on the left of the area, Moutinho to take....  40' GREAT SAVE! A dangerous cross from the left is met by Armando Izzo at the far post but his downward header is pushed away by Rui Patricio! I'm not sure how this game is still goalless. 37' Raul Jimenez finds himself sprinting towards the retreating Torino backline but his pass towards the onrushing Adama Troare is poor and a defender can intercept. Moments later, at the other end, Andrea Belotti curls an effort just wide of Rui Patricio's left-hand post. 35' Simone Zaza does well to turn away from Conor Coady but his left-footed effort from the edge of the box goes way over the bar. 33' A bit of the physio's magic spray and Andrea Belotti is fine to continue. 32' This is developing into a really entertaining game, both sides going at it 100 percent. The home fans aren't happy with a thumping challenge by Willy Boly on Andrea Belotti that leaves the Torino striker on the floor. The referee waves play on and Belotti limps gingerly from the field for treatment. 28' Torino are pinning Wolves deep inside their own half here, but the visitors' defence is holding firm for now. A looping cross from the left looks for Simone Zaza but he can't get a head on the ball and it goes behind for a goal kick. 24' Chance - but wide! Joao Moutinho picks out the unmarked Leander Dendoncker but his downward header goes wide! Perhaps should have done better there, the Belgian. 24' Leander Dendoncker is fouled by Armando Izzo near the right touchline, free-kick to Wolves level with the edge of the area. Chance for Joao Moutinho to cross.... 20' HITS THE WOODWORK Chance for Torino! A free-kick from the left is only partially cleared to Armando Izzo at the far post and his cross is headed onto the bar by Nicolas N'Koulou! 13' Chance! But it's saved! Adama Traore sprints down the right again and his cross picks out Diogo Jota. But low shot is straight at Salvatore Sirigu who saves with his feet! 12' First opportunity for Wolves as Ruben Vinagre gets to the left touchline but his cross towards Raul Jimenez is cleared by Gleison Bremer. 9' Conor Coady goes through the back of Andrea Belotti for a free-kick near the halfway line, perhaps just gently reminding the striker that he is in for a game. It's going to be an interesting battle between Belotti and the Wolves skipper this evening. 8' Torino have made the better start here and their fans are responding. There's a cracking atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico, meaning there's a real big-match feel about the game. 4' Lorenzo de Silvestri looks for Andrea Belotti, but his knock down in the direction of Simone Zaza is over-hit and Rui Patricio can claim. Moments later, Belotti squirms free of Willy Boly down the right but his low cross is cleared. 2' There's an early half chance for Torino as Lorenzo de Silvestri's cross finds Simone Zaza, but his glancing header goes well wide. 1 min

Adama Traore - so impressive as a substitute against Manchester United on Monday - goes on an early surge down the right flank but his cross is over-hit and goes out for a goal kick. 1 min KICK-OFF Torino get the game started!


Posted at 20:0120:01 Torino v Wolves (20:00 BST) As the players make their way onto the field, here is a reminder of the two teams:

Torino: Sirigu, Izzo, N'Koulou, Bremer, De Silvestri, Meite, Baselli, Ansaldi, Zaza, Belotti, Berenguer.

Wolves: Rui Patricio, Traore, Vallejo, Coady, Boly, Ruben Vinagre, Dendoncker, Saiss, Joao Moutinho, Jimenez, Jota.

Plenty of Wolves supporters have made the trip too and they are giving as good as they can get.  The teams are gathering in the tunnel. Not long to go now. The Stadio Olimpico is not full, but the Torino fans who are in the stadium are generating a rowdy atmosphere as we edge closer to kick-off. This will definitely be a step up for Wolves this evening.

Torino boss Walter Mazzarri: "Wolves certainly need no introduction as they stopped Manchester United, who are one of the best teams in the world. They picked up a similar number of points to us and finished in the same position as us.  They have kept their backbone of last season and made some important signings, who are slowly being integrated into a very organised team."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: “We’ve been preparing since the beginning of the season for this kind of cycle. Two days is difficult, but we are ready to play. It doesn’t change anything. Our approach is exactly the same, game by game. Thursday is the game, the next game will be in the Premier League, then the second leg, so we go game by game, it doesn’t change anything at all. The table (last season) doesn’t mean much at this moment. What we did last season is not so relevant now, what I know now is it’s going to be tough, because Torino are a very good team.”


Though they have never played in the Europa League group stage, Wolves do have European pedigree. They played in the European Cup for two seasons between 1958 and 1960 as well as reaching the 1972 UEFA Cup final, where they were beaten 3-2 over two legs by Tottenham.


Their last European campaign was in 1980 when they were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by PSV Eindhoven in the first round of the UEFA Cup. After a hefty 6,370 mile round trip to Armenia in the previous round, Wolves will be relieved that the trip to northern Italy clocks in at a much more manageable 1,820 miles there and back. 48 intrepid Wolves fans made the trip to Yerevan to see their side’s 4-0 win over Pyunik on August 8, with captain Conor Coady writing to each supporter individually to thank them for their efforts.


Familiar faces

Torino v Wolves (20:00 BST)


The man in the Torino dugout in Walter Mazzarri, who you may recognise from his short spell as Watford manager during the 2016-17 season. He was sacked at the end of the campaign after guiding the Hornets to a 17th-place finish in the Premier League.  He has fared better since his appointment as Torino boss in January last year, guiding the club to seventh in his first full season in charge. That normally would not have been enough to earn a Europa League spot but fifth-placed AC Milan are serving a one-year ban for breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations, handing Torino a place in Europe for the first time in five years. Summer signing Simone Zaza will be familiar to West Ham fans, though he perhaps won’t be remembered fondly. The 28-year-old failed to score in 11 appearances on loan at the London Stadium in 2016. Meanwhile, Nigeria defender Ola Aina is a product of the Chelsea academy but made just six appearances for the club before joining Torino this summer after a loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico last season.


The story so far

Torino v Wolves (20:00 BST) While the rest of the Premier League are easing their way into the season, Wolves are already preparing for their seventh match of the campaign – and they have yet to lose. Things began on July 25 with a 2-0 second qualifying round first leg win over Irish League side Crusaders at Molineux, followed up with a 4-1 win in the return leg in Belfast. They then beat Armenian side Pyunik 8-0 on aggregate with their Premier League draw at Leicester sandwiched between both legs. Monday’s 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United is the start of a run of five games in 14 days, taking both Europa League ties against Torino as well as Premier League meetings with Burnley and Everton.


Wolves will be aiming to reach the Europa League group stage for the first time when they face Serie A side Torino in the play-off round. The first leg takes place in Italy on Thursday (kick-off 20:00 BST).  Nuno Espirito Santo's side, who finished seventh in the Premier League last season, have already progressed through two qualifying rounds. They last played in the competition in 1980, when they lost in the first round of what was then the Uefa Cup. Wolves started their season on 25 July and are unbeaten in six games so far, beating Crusaders and Pyunik Yerevan in Europe, while drawing against Leicester and Manchester United in the Premier League. Opponents Torino also advanced through two qualifying rounds and are managed by former Watford and Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri. "Wolves certainly need no introduction as they stopped Manchester United, who are one of the best teams in the world," he said. "They picked up a similar number of points to us and finished in the same position as us.  us, they have kept their backbone of last season and made some important signings, who are slowly being integrated into a very organised team."


Latest odds 22/8  Torino - 8/5  Draw - 2/1 Wolves 15/8

To Qualify Torino - 5/4 Wolves - 4/7 (All odds via thepools)


02 Monday 19 August 2019 H Man Utd 2000 Molineux Sky

02 Wolves 1 Neves (55') Man Utd 1 Martial (27') HT 0-1


Paul Pogba had a second-half penalty saved as Manchester United were held to a Premier League draw at Wolves.  With the score 1-1 in the second half, the Frenchman was fouled by Conor Coady and got up to take the spot-kick, despite failing with three penalties last season and Marcus Rashford scoring from one against Chelsea on the opening weekend.  Pogba's powerful shot was pushed away by Rui Patricio, who saved low to his right.


In a first half containing just three shots, Anthony Martial had put United in front with his 50th goal for the club - a fine left-footed finish - only for Ruben Neves to level with a sensational strike from the edge of the area, which bounced down off the crossbar 10 minutes after the break.  Wolves' Raul Jimenez had flicked a header against the inside of a post just before Neves' effort but neither keeper was troubled after Pogba's miss.

In his news conference on Friday, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he wanted Martial and Rashford to be more clinical in front of goal.  He might well have been talking about the cross Rashford floated over to the far post midway through the opening period. It is easy to imagine someone like Alan Shearer taking every defender with him in his desire to make sure the ball ended up in the net. Martial barely extended his right leg, let alone made contact as the opportunity drifted away. What followed underlined just how many goals the Frenchman is capable of getting if he did adopt that ruthless streak. After a fantastic move, which started with Jesse Lingard, included Luke Shaw and ended with Rashford prodding a short pass beyond the Wolves defence, Martial struck a first-time shot, with barely any backlift, that gave Patricio no chance. It was part of an excellent opening period for the visitors, only spoiled by the booking winger Daniel James received for diving.

The second half was a different story but United probably would have won had Pogba not missed his penalty. The key question is why was Pogba taking it? In addition to scoring against Chelsea, Rashford also converted in stoppage-time to seal that magnificent Champions League win at Paris St-Germain last season, in addition to scoring in England's World Cup shootout against Colombia at the 2018 World Cup. At the final whistle, Pogba covered his head with his shirt, then chuntered to himself as he headed for the tunnel. Martial's effort turned out to be the only shot on target in that first half of three efforts on goal. There hasn't been a top-flight game with fewer since 2003-04, when such statistics started to be collated. It also meant Wolves had managed only two shots on target in the first match and a half of their Premier League season, something that will need to change if they are to match last season's excellent seventh-placed finish. Having beaten them twice at Molineux last season, Wolves were aiming for a third successive win against United for the first time in almost 40 years. After a disappointing opening period, Adama Traore's half-time introduction changed the game in their favour. Traore's pace unsettled the visitors' defence and from a free-kick Harry Maguire conceded for a foul on the Spaniard, Jimenez hit the inside of a post with a deft flick from Joao Moutinho's cross. It turned out to be a temporary reprieve for United as Moutinho picked Neves out with his corner. On the bench, manager Nuno Espirito Santo leapt in delight. There was barely any room between David de Gea's outstretched hand and the top of the visitors' net.  The goal provided another video assistant referee (VAR) talking point.

Before this season, Molineux would have erupted in joy at Neves' wonderful equaliser, those watching on TV would have said 'wow' and the Manchester United fans would have shrugged and accepted they had seen a phenomenal goal. Instead, home celebrations were cut short as referee Jon Moss took instruction from the video referee Paul Tierney on a potential offside. The decision eventually went their way but the Wolves fans were loud in their collective view that the ends do not justify the means.

Man of the match - Ruben Neves (Wolves) Neves has fantastic technique' - reaction Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to the BBC's Match of the Day: "I'm pleased with the performance. In the first half United controlled the game and pressed very high. In the second half the reaction was very good. I'm proud of all the performance. Adama Traore helped the team when he came on. He's about that. The squad is about managing the options you have. When Neves lined up the shot for the equaliser I was hoping, not expecting. He has fantastic technique."

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "We dominated possession, we get the first goal and second half we know they'll come out like a house on fire. They probably got the goal they deserve. I thought we took control again and could have won it. First half was a mature performance. Second half was a bit sloppy. We are improving. We are a young team who will learn, we learned on the pitch today. We get a penalty that normally would get us another two points, sometimes the keeper makes a good save."


Solskjaer's bogey team - the stats

Wolves are the first to team to come from behind and avoid defeat in three consecutive Premier League games against United. Wolves are unbeaten in their past four games against Manchester United in all competitions (W2 D2 L0), last tasting defeat in March 2012 (5-0). Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed to win any of his four games in all competitions against Wolves (D1 L3); they're the side he's faced most without winning in his managerial career.  The average age of United's starting XI was 24 years and 173 days - the youngest in the Premier League this season and their youngest in the competition since the final day of the 2016-17 campaign (22 years, 284 days v Crystal Palace).

Premier League referee Jonathan Moss has shown 12 cards for diving in the competition since the start of the 2017-18 campaign; double the amount of any other referee. Martial scored with the very first shot in this match, becoming the 53rd player to score 50 goals in all competitions for United.

What's next? Wolves travel to Italy for Thursday's Europa League play-off first leg against Torino (20:00 BST) before entertaining Burnley (16:30 BST) in the Premier League on Sunday. Manchester United play Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday at 15:00 BST.


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5BennettBooked at 67mins 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty sub for Traoréat 45' 32Dendoncker 8NevesBooked at 51' 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 9Jiménez sub for Cutroneat 90+1' 18Jota sub for Lomba Netoat 86' Substitutes 7Lomba Neto 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 37Traoré

Man Utd

1de Gea 29Wan-BissakaBooked at 84mins 2Lindelöf 5Maguire 23Shaw 6Pogba 39McTominay 21JamesBooked at 24mins sub for Greenwoodat 89' 14Lingard sub for Mataat 81'  10Rashford sub for Pereiraat 89' 9Martial Substitutes 8Mata 15Pereira 18Young 22Romero 26Greenwood 31Matic 38Tuanzebe

Referee: Jonathan Moss Attendance: 31,314


        Wolves Man Utd

Possession 35% 65%

Shots       6   9

Shots on Tgt 2  2

Corners     4   6

Fouls      17   8


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 1.

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 1. 90'+4' Foul by Andreas Pereira (MU). 90'+4' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Scott McTominay (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (WW).  90'+2' Paul Pogba (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Foul by João Moutinho  (WW).  90'+1' Sub, (WW) Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez. 90' Offside, (MU) Harry Maguire tries a through ball, but Anthony Martial is caught offside. 89' Sub, (MU) Andreas Pereira replaces Marcus Rashford. 89' Sub, (MU) Mason Greenwood replaces Daniel James. 88' Daniel James (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 86' Sub, (WW) Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota. 86' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break. 85' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. Booking 84' Aaron Wan-Bissaka (MU) is shown the yellow card for hand ball. 83' Hand ball by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (MU). 82' Attempt saved. Jonny (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 81' Sub, (MU) Juan Mata replaces Jesse Lingard. 79' Foul by Anthony Martial (MU).  79' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 78' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Jonny. 77' Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (MU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 77' Daniel James (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 73' Attempt missed. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (MU) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Paul Pogba following a corner. 72' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Adama Traoré. 71' Luke Shaw (MU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 71' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 71' Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (MU) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross following a corner. 70' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 70' Attempt blocked. Daniel James (MU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68' Penalty saved! Paul Pogba (MU) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner. 67' Penalty Manchester United. Paul Pogba draws a foul in the penalty area. 67' Penalty conceded by Conor Coady (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. Booking 67' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 67' Marcus Rashford (MU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 67' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 63' Anthony Martial (MU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 63' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 63' Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (MU) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left from a direct free kick. 62' Marcus Rashford (MU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 62' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 61' Attempt blocked. Scott McTominay (MU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Shaw. 60' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 59' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho. 58' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 57' Delay in match (MU). VAR checking. 57' VAR Decision: Goal Wolverhampton Wanderers - Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Manchester United (Rúben Neves).

Goal!  55' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester United 1. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho following a corner.

55' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Harry Maguire. 54' Raúl Jiménez (WW) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. 53' Foul by Harry Maguire (MU). 53' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Booking 51' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card. 51' Daniel James (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 51' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 48' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 47' Delay in match because of an injury Diogo Jota (WW). 47' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Harry Maguire. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Manchester United 1. 45' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury.

Half Time  45'+2' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Manchester United 1.

44' Scott McTominay (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 44' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).  41'Attempt missed. Scott McTominay (MU) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Maguire with a headed pass following a corner. 41' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 39' Foul by Paul Pogba (MU). 39' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Daniel James (MU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 37' Foul by Jonny (WW). 33' Daniel James (MU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 33' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 32' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 31' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 30' Foul by Jesse Lingard (MU). 30' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! 27' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Manchester United 1. Anthony Martial (MU) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Rashford. Booking 24' Daniel James (MU) is shown the yellow card. 24' Daniel James (MU) has gone down, but that's a dive. 22' Paul Pogba (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 22' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 16' Scott McTominay (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 16' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 15' Foul by Paul Pogba (MU). 15' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Scott McTominay (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 9' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 8' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Shaw. 6' Daniel James (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 6' Foul by Jonny (WW). Kick Off

First Half begins.

TEAM NEWS

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to revert to the XI that faced Leicester after making nine changes for Thursday night's win over Pyunik. Forwards Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez are among those expected to return to the starting line-up. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær says Alexis Sanchez is "very close" to a return following his late start to pre-season training. Defenders Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah remain out with knee injuries. Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez will 'come good' this season - Solskjaer Wolves reach Europa League play-off round

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "It's a new game, for sure, totally different to what we did [against Manchester United] in the past. "We know we're going to face a very tough opponent - fantastic players, all over the place. We want to compete. We want to play."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "Wolves are a hard team to break down. They defend deep and they don't give you a lot space. But our form, our attitude and the mood of course after a win is great, so we go into Monday's game confident."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Manchester United got a great result against Chelsea, and a 4-0 win was the perfect way for them to start the season - but let's see if they can build on it over the course of the campaign. To do that, they will need to find a way to beat teams like Wolves, who did so well against the top six sides last season and beat United at Molineux in the league and FA Cup. Prediction: 1-1

Lawro's full predictions v Olympic and world swimming champion Adam Peaty

Manchester United's Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic and Jess Lingard

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves were undefeated in three matches against Manchester United in all competitions last season. They are aiming to win three consecutive meetings for the first time since 1980. United have lost more Premier League away games at Wolves than they have won (W2, L3). The only other three teams they've faced at least five times away and have a negative record against are Chelsea, Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves are unbeaten in eight successive league games at home, a run which includes a victory over Manchester United.

They are aiming to win three consecutive top-flight fixtures at Molineux for the first time since November 1980.

Their 16 points earned against established top-six sides last season was the division's third-best record, behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

They have never won a Premier League game on a Monday in five previous attempts. Only Hull, with 10, have played more Monday games in the division without winning.

Manchester United

Manchester United are without a victory in their last four Premier League away games, their worst run since a seven-game streak between April and November 2014.

They only won two of their nine Premier League away matches last season against the other teams that finished in the top half of the table.

They have won 68% of their Premier League games played on a Monday, which is the highest on a specific day of the week for any team (who have played a minimum of 10 games on that day).

Paul Pogba, with 10 goals and eight assists, has been directly involved in nine more goals than any other player since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over.

  

Thursday 15th August  Europa H Pyunik Armenia third qualifying round second leg W4-0 Agg 8-0

EUQ3-2 Wolves 4 FC Punik 0 (Wolves win 8-0 on agg)

Lomba Neto (54' minutes), Gibbs-White (58' minutes), Vinagre (64' minutes), Jota (87' minutes)



Wolves face Torino after stroll on easy street seeing off Pyunik - Gruniad's Paul Doyle at Molineux

• Teenager Neto sets Nuno’s side on way with first goal for club

• MGW's first competitive goal for Wolves first team, and Diogo Jota's stunner late clincher highllights



After over-running modest Armenian visitors here, Wolves will begin duelling next week with Torino for a place in the Europa League group stage. That is when things will get wonderfully serious; this was an entertaining breeze. Nuno Espírito Santo and nearly 30,000 fans watched with glee as a youthful Wolves side completed an 8-0 aggregate win over Pyunik thanks mainly to a thrilling 10-minute spell in the second half.


Fringe players came to the fore, suggesting that one of the Premier League’s smallest squads has encouraging strength in depth. Pedro Neto and Morgan Gibbs-White struck their first goals for the club before Ruben Vinagre rounded off a fine move to claim another. Diogo Jota came off the bench to add a spectacular fourth.


The fact that Molineux was close to capacity reflected Wolves’ fans enthusiasm for their club’s first campaign in a major continental competition for nearly four decades. There will be a full house in a fortnight when they host Torino for the second leg of their play-off following next Thursday’s first leg in Italy. Wolves are unlikely to have come back from that with as comfortable a lead as they had here. Their 4-0 win in Armenia meant they went into this match with not so much a cushion as a chaise longue but Nuno did his bit for diplomacy by insisting that the Armenian side could not be taken lightly. If hubris is best avoided, so too are injuries, especially before a gruelling series of matches, and that is why Nuno began with an unfamiliar lineup.


Monday’s Premier League duel with Manchester United is the first of five matches in 14 days for Wolves, including the two-legged showdown with Torino, so Nuno made nine alterations to the side that kicked off their domestic campaign with a draw at Leicester last Saturday. Three summer signings made their first starts for the club, two of them forming the strike force. Neto, a 19-year-old Portuguese forward who joined from Lazio for £16m, impressed the most but his new strike partner, the 21-year-old Italian Patrick Cutrone, also caught the eye.


At the back Jesus Vallejo, who joined on loan from Real Madrid after captaining Spain’s U-21s to victory in this summer’s European Championship, started in central defence. That rearguard also included Max Kilman, a 22-year-old making his first senior start for Wolves – his prior international experience consisted of 25 caps for England’s futsal team.


The home crowd were in good voice, excited by the prospect of a memorable European campaign. They could even have convinced themselves that Pyunik, clad all in white, were Real Madrid until, that is, the visitors started playing. Though capable of dainty one-touch stuff, Pyunik offered no penetration and little physical presence. After 10 minutes of tippy-tappy tedium Wolves raised the tempo and nearly took the lead.


Neto was the instigator, turning smartly on the right before charging towards the box and drilling a low shot just wide. Cutrone went close moments later, blasting a volley a yard over after a Wolves corner triggered chaos in the visitors’ area. Neto, pleasingly busy throughout, should have done better in the 20th minute when the ball broke to him at the edge of the area and he curled a first-time shot into the Stan Cullis Stand. One minute later Romain Saïss tried to show him how it’s done but his free-kick from 20 yards brushed past the post.

Wolves killed off the tie with three well worked goals in 10 minutes. Neto scored the first, tapping in from close range after a low pass across the face of goal by Cutrone. Then Neto matched that service by providing a perfect cross from the left for Gibbs-White. The 19-year-old arrived at speed to slam in his first goal for Wolves from close range. Adama Traoré set up the third with a storming run from the right and – all too rare from him – a good final pass from the byline. Cutrone helped it on to Vinagre for another close-range finish.


Jota and Raul Jiménez came off the bench to give a reminder of why they are Wolves’ first-choice strikers, Jiménez providing a lovely looping pass that Jota volleyed wonderfully into the net from 10 yards. “It is a pity that Wolves play Torino next because both those teams belong in the group stage,” said Pyunik’s manager, Alexander Tarkhanov, nicely setting up next week’s duel.


Teams

Wolves (3-5-2)

Ruddy; Vallejo, Coady, Kilman; Adama, Moutinho (Dendoncker 52), Gibbs-White, Saiss, Vinagre; Neto (Jota 72), Cutrone (Jimenez 72). Substitutes Patricio (g), Bennett, Neves, Jonny. Booked: Vallejo.


FC Pyunik (4-5-1)

Dragojevic; Stankov, Zhestokov, Belov, Manucharyan; Efimov (Galimov half-time), Vardanyan, Mkrtchyan, Simonyan (Edigaryan 71) , Shevchuk (Mahmudov 75); Miranyan. Substitutes Kobozev (g), Grigoryan, Marku, Burzanovic.


Referee: Donatas Rumsas (Lithuania)

Beeb

Diogo Jota scored a stunning acrobatic volley as Wolves beat Armenians Pyunik 4-0 at Molineux and 8-0 on aggregate to set up a Europa League play-off tie with Italian side Torino.

Jota came off the bench late on to power home a sublime finish from Raul Jimenez's excellent lob. Pedro Neto opened the scoring with a debut goal before academy graduate Morgan Gibbs-White turned in a cross. Ruben Vinagre made it 3-0 from close range before Jota struck. The 8-0 aggregate win is Wolves' biggest in Europe and means they are now just two games away from reaching the Europa League group stage. But they will face a sterner test in Serie A side Torino, who beat FC Shakhtyor of Belarus 6-1 on aggregate. The two games against the Italians will take place on 22 and 29 August.

Wolves captain Coady writes to 48 fans in Armenia trip

Wolves are competing in Europe for the first time since 1980 and recorded their biggest ever continental victory in Armenia last week with a 4-0 win. That result allowed them to be more relaxed about the return leg at Molineux and, unsurprisingly, manager Nuno Espirito Santo rang the changes. Only skipper Conor Coady and Joao Moutinho retained their places from the side that drew with Leicester in their Premier League opener, while Jesus Vallejo, Neto and Patrick Cutrone were all given their full debuts.

Morgan Gibbs-White scored his first senior goal for Wolves on his 46th appearance for the club The lack of urgency was clear in a first half largely devoid of chances and it was not until early in the second half that Wolves registered their first shot on target, Gibbs-White hitting an effort straight at the Pyunik goalkeeper. But that chance seemed to stir the hosts into life and any glimmer of hope Pyunik had of staging an unlikely comeback was ended by a devastating 10-minute spell in which the hosts scored three and could have had more. At 3-0 up, Nuno may have been tempted to tell his players to ease up but instead brought on star forwards Jota and Jimenez. And the pair combined for a sensational goal as Jimenez scooped the ball up for Jota to dispatch a stunning volley. Wolves looked comfortable in their first season back in the Premier League as they finished seventh. But the addition of competing in Europe this time presents an additional challenge - a congested fixture list. Their progression to the play-off round means they face the prospect of five games in just 16 days between now and 1 September.

What they said

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "It wasn't easy. Pyunik started the game very well again. I've spoken to their coach and wish them all the best for the future. I thought all my players did a very good job, not just the new players. The second-half display was very good. It was a good game. I think we started the game normally because some players take more time. As the game went by we started performing better and the second half was very, very good. I am pleased with all the team, all the players did a very good job."

        Wolves Pyunik

Possession 43% 57%

Shots       21 6

Shots on Tgt 6 4

Corners      6 4

Fouls       14 6                    

01 Sunday 11 August 2019 A Leicester D 0-0 14:00 King Power Stadium

Leicester 0 WW 0 after VAR incident and rule change


Leander Dendoncker thought he had scored his third Premier League goal, but it was ruled out

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said video assistant referee decisions are affecting "the spirit of the game" after his side had a goal ruled out in their scoreless draw at Leicester.  Joao Moutinho's right-wing corner was headed goalwards by Leander Dendoncker and hit the arm of Wolves' Willy Boly at close range before Dendoncker shot the rebound past Kasper Schmeichel from eight yards out. But, after one minute and 38 seconds and a VAR review, the goal was disallowed by on-field official Andre Marriner, with Leicester fans cheering when no goal was announced via the stadium's big screens.

Premier League

The Premier League tweeted to explain why the goal had been cancelled "What I'm concerned about is, let's not ruin the game," said Nuno. "It's what fans come for, to celebrate a goal, not to celebrate a no goal - that's not the real celebration of football. It's not good for the atmosphere of football. The Leicester fans were celebrating the no goal. That's not the mindset of the game. Six months ago it would've been a goal, so that is an issue for VAR. We have such a nice Premier League, such a product, we cannot lose that. Two minutes the game stopped. The anxiety of us celebrating, then we waited - it's not the spirit of the game."


VAR moment overshadows game

These two sides have been tipped as potential challengers to the Premier League's top six, but this game did not sparkle, with only three shots on target in total, and Leicester having to wait 83 minutes before their solitary goal-bound chance.  Foxes substitute Harvey Barnes had a curling effort well held by Rui Patricio, and Wolves' best legal effort fell to Raul Jimenez, but he shot straight at Schmeichel. But the main controversy came early in the second half when Dendoncker put the ball in the back of the net and Wolves were celebrating before the goal was overturned. "I thought it was a goal, we were ready to start again and VAR [on the big screen] said it might've seen something and I was surprised," said Dendoncker. "Willy Boly was just jumping and I had no clue it was a handball. It's a new rule so we have to adapt to it and get used to it."

Confirmation that Wolves' goal had been ruled out was cheered by Leicester supporters Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers joked he "was a massive fan of VAR, especially today", but also added: "I've said all along that it will work really well in the game and that some will go for you, like it did today, and some will go against you, like it has done for Nuno today. It has to always be consistent and if there's a handball and that leads to a goal, it gets ruled out.  The officials are trying to work it the best they can. It's not perfect yet but as long as you get to the right decision, that's what we want."


After kick-off on Sunday, the hosts were the most wasteful side in the opening half. Ben Chilwell, Ricardo Pereira, Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans all shot wide, while Jamie Vardy failed to get a touch from close range on a low cross fizzed in from the right side of the six-yard box by Tielemans.  For Wolves, Diogo Jota should have done better than drag a shot wide from a central position just outside the penalty area, and only an excellent last-ditch challenge from Jonny Evans denied Ryan Bennett a shooting chance six yards out. Within seconds of the restart, Jimenez, who scored 13 Premier League goals last season, shot straight at Schmeichel after a quick counter-attack. Wolves had a round trip of more than 6,000 miles for their Europa League tie on Thursday against Armenian side Pyunik, but Nuno's side ended with more shots on target than Leicester, with Jimenez again denied by Schmeichel. The visitors brought on striker Patrick Cutrone, an £18m summer signing from AC Milan, but they could not find their way past a well-organised Leicester defence. Caglar Soyuncu, who came in for Harry Maguire after the England international's £80m move to Manchester United, was among those impressing. "Caglar was excellent," said Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers. "He got a round of applause at the end from his team-mates and it's not easy to come in for a special player like Harry, but Caglar was strong and comfortable on the ball."

Man of the match - Willy Boly (Wolves) - No player made more blocks than Willy Boly's eight. He also made three tackles, gained possession eight times and won 75% of his duels, including all of his aerial duels - even if his handball did lead to the goal being ruled out

'Every point is important' - what they said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers told Match of the Day: "It was a good game, two well-matched teams. At this time of the season it's never going to be perfect but I'm really pleased with the attitude. Sometimes in these games you can lose 1-0 but we kept fighting to the end. At this level every point is important and if you cannot win you take a point and work hard to improve next week."


Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo told Match of the Day: "We did OK. We were very organised, a very good shape.  Leicester are a very good team, well-managed and know what to do. We had very good situations in counter attacks. Both teams compete and that's fantastic. Both managers will say 'maybe I could've had it' but the boys worked very hard and I'm proud of them."

Leicester fail to win season opener again - the stats Leicester have won their opening Premier League match of a season just once in their last 11 attempts (drawn five, lost five) - against Sunderland in 2015-16. Wolves have drawn 0-0 in their opening game of a top-flight season for the first time since 1951-52.

Wolves had failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous 15 away league games before today - a run stretching back to a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in October 2018. Each of the last two occasions in which a side has faced no more than one shot on target despite having less than 30% of possession in a Premier League game have been Wolves - against Leicester today and against Arsenal in April 2019. Leicester didn't have a shot on target until the 83rd minute, courtesy of substitute Harvey Barnes - their latest first attempt on target in a Premier League game since May 2018 v West Ham (86th minute). Leicester have failed to score in each of their last three games - this is only the second time a Brendan Rodgers side has done so, after a run of three games with Swansea City in November 2011. Jamie Vardy failed to attempt a single shot in a home Premier League game in which he started for just the seventh time - the last occasion was also against Wolves in August 2018.

What's next? - On Thursday, Wolves play the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie against Pyunik (19:45 BST), but Nuno Espirito Santo may have a chance to rest some of his players after his side's 4-0 opening leg win.  They are at Molineux again four days later, on Monday 19 August, when they host Manchester United in their first home Premier League game of the season (20:00 BST). Leicester have a week off before they play at Chelsea on Sunday (16:30 BST) in Frank Lampard's first home game in charge of the Blues.


Leicester

1Schmeichel 21Ricardo Pereira 6Evans 4Söyüncü 3Chilwell 25Ndidi 17PérezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 76'minutes 8Tielemans 20ChoudhurySubstituted forBarnesat 61'minutes 10Maddison 9Vardy Substitutes 2Justin 5Morgan 11Albrighton 12Ward 14Iheanacho 15Barnes 26Praet

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 32Dendoncker 8NevesBooked at 60minsSubstituted forSaïssat 81'minutes 28João Moutinho 19Castro OttoBooked at 31mins 9Jiménez 18JotaSubstituted forCutroneat 76'minutes Substitutes 7Lomba Neto 10Cutrone 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 37Traoré

Referee: Andre Marriner Attendance: 32,015



     Leicester Wolves

Possession 70%  30%

Shots       16   8

Shots on Tgt 1   2

Corners     12   3

Fouls        3  13

 

Thursday 8th August  Europa A ko 17:00 (Uk = 8pm Local) Pyunik Armenia 3rd Q round first leg W 0-4

draw for the next round is Monday August 5th 12:30 on the UEFA site

Conor Coady writes to the 48 fans including Stan

Cutinoe wins pen on debut  - The Low-Down on Italian Whizz Kid  Patrick Cutrone

Pyunik 0 WW 4 Doherty (29'), Jiménez (42', 46'), Neves (90'+1 minutes pen) HT 0-2

Raul Jimenez scored twice as Wolves took firm control of their Europa League third-round qualifier against Armenian side Pyunik with a dominant first-leg display in Yerevan.


Returning from pre-season injury, Republic of Ireland right-back Matt Doherty slotted into the bottom corner from Diogo Jota's pass to put the visitors ahead after 29 minutes.


Jota provided two further assists for strike partner Jimenez either side of the interval, allowing the unmarked Mexican to fire into the roof of the net three minutes before half-time and then add his side's third 35 seconds after the restart.


Second-half substitute Ruben Neves converted an injury-time penalty, won by £16m summer signing Patrick Cutrone, as Wolves - competing in Europe for the first time since 1980 - recorded their biggest ever continental victory.


Manager Nuno Espirito Santo handed a first appearance to AC Milan arrival Cutrone as Doherty, Jota and Jimenez were withdrawn in anticipation of the club's opening Premier League fixture away to Leicester City on Sunday (14:00 BST).


The second leg against Pyunik takes place at Molineux next Thursday (19:45), with the winners playing either Italian side Torino or Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus in the play-off round on 22 and 29 August - the final qualifying round before the group stages.


A 6,370-mile round journey to the Armenian capital three days before the club's opening Premier League fixture presented a far from ideal situation for Wolves, who claimed a seventh-place league finish last term. Following a comfortable 6-1 aggregate victory over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the previous round, Wolves prepared meticulously for their trip to Yerevan with the squad reportedly undertaking a mid-flight workout in preparation. A similar post-match session is planned for the players - who began their Europa League qualifying on 25 July - and, on Thursday's evidence, they appear suitably fit and hungry to build on last season's achievements. Initially lacking a cutting edge, Doherty's fine finish from his side's first shot on target prompted slick waves of attacks as Jota missed his opportunity to double the lead.

Jimenez, Gold Cup winner with Mexico over the summer, was twice presented ample time to select his spot following tireless work by Jota - with the pair continuing their electric form of last season. It took 50 minutes for 14-time Armenian champions Pyunik to register a shot on target, as their hopes of reaching the group stages of European competition for the first time were all but ended for another year. Neves' late penalty added deserved gloss for Wolves, for whom another promising and eventful season dawns.


Line-ups


Pyunik

25Dragojevic 8Stankov 66Zhestokov 63Marku 5Manucharyan 6Mkrtchyan 7Simonyan 13EfimovSubstituted forBurzanovicat 55'minutes 77MahmudovSubstituted forAlfredat 63'minutes 70Shevchuk 9Miranyan Substitutes 1Manukyan 2Grigoryan 4Belov 17Yedigaryan 42Alfred 65Galimov 98Burzanovic

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2DohertySubstituted forCutroneat 63'minutes 32Dendoncker 27SaïssBooked at 32mins 28João  MoutinhoBooked at 70mins  29Vinagre 9JiménezSubstituted forNevesat 71'minutes 18JotaSubstituted forCastro Ottoat 63'minutes Substitutes 4Vallejo 8Neves 10Cutrone 19Castro Otto 21Ruddy 26Perry 49Kilman

Referee: Michael Fabbri



Match Stats

         Pyunik Wolves

Possession  47% 53%

Shots        6   8

Shots on Tgt 2   5

Corners      0   0

Fouls        6  13

For London Wolves Fireman John Abbswolf and Stan.  Pix John


Thursday 1st August  Europa second qualifying round second leg H Crusaders N Ireland W1-4 (6-1 Agg)

Wolves progressed to the Europa League third qualifying round as a 4-1 victory over Crusaders in Belfast secured a 6-1 aggregate win.  Next up away to Pyunik of Armenia in  Yerevan, 17:00 ko KU 8pm local.  Home match 15th August 7:45pm ko

Should Wolves progress the draw is Monday 5th Auust at 12:30;  the Burnley match will move to Sunday

London Wolves on tour pix Fireman John, Abbswolf & Roy Crues pix Jason Guy Tim Spiers


Ryan Bennett's own goal gave the Irish League hosts hope but Raul Jimenez quickly fired in an equaliser.  Bennett made amends with a powerful header to make it 2-1 and Jimenez added the third courtesy of a sweet strike. Jordan Forsythe's own goal in a low key second half sealed the win with Armenia's Pyunik next up for Wolves.

First-leg goals from Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre at Molineux put the Premier League side in control of the tie as the two teams ran out in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 3,000 at Seaview. Wolves had to fight hard for that win and they were given a scare in north Belfast before hitting back and outclassing the Irish Cup winners. It required Bennett's own goal to spark Wolves into life and striker Jimenez was the perfect spearhead as the English side seized control. His classy turn and instant strike brought Wolves level within two minutes of the opener and he completed his double by rifling into the top corner just before the break.

Jimenez was making his first pre-season appearance after helping Mexico to Gold Cup success. Bennett headed into his own goal when under pressure and he connected perfectly again, this time at the other end, to divert Joao Moutinho's corner high into the net. The match fizzled out in the second half and Forsythe was unfortunate to see his attempted clearance loop over keeper Sean O'Neill and into the net with 13 minutes left. Wolves pushed for a fifth goal in the dying minutes but the job was already completed and their first European venture since 1980 continues. Stephen Baxter's side put in an excellent defensive performance at Molineux and they showed their attacking prowess in the early stages on Thursday. Jordan Owens saw his header cleared off the line by Conor Coady before an inswinging cross from Forsythe just evaded Paul Heatley but it met the head of Bennett and the ball flew into the top corner. It sent the Crues faithful into raptures and at 2-1 down on aggregate there was just that chance, however small, the minnows could upset the Premier League big boys. It was not to be - the goal merely propelled Wolves to a level which the hosts could not match. Crusaders will, however, take confidence into their Premiership opener against Carrick Rangers on 10 August.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said: "We knew what we were going to find - a team difficult to break down. We had a really fast and good reaction to the own goal and then managed the game much, much better."

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter said: "To play a team of that quality over two legs and lose 6-1 says a lot about what we've accomplished here. Credit to our boys - I'm very proud of how they handled the two legs and how they played."


Crusaders

1O'Neill  14Forsythe 2BurnsBooked at 54mins 8Ward 3Hegarty 15O'Rourke 25ClarkeSubstituted forCaddellat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins 7Lowry 10HaleSubstituted forThompsonat 83'minutes 22Heatley 18OwensSubstituted forCushleyat 80'minutes Substitutes 4Beverland 6Coates 11Cushley 12Caddell 17Ruddy 21Thompson 30Doherty

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett  16Coady 15Boly 37Traoré 32Dendoncker  8NevesSubstituted forSaïssat 68'minutes 28João Moutinho 19Castro Otto 9JiménezSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 55'minutes 18JotaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forVinagreat 68'minutes Substitutes 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 23Sanderson 26Perry 27Saïss 29Vinagre 49Kilman

Referee: Nejc Kajtazovic

        Crusaders Wolves

Possession  24%   76%

Shots        7    18

Shots on Tgt 0     7

Corners      3     6

Fouls        4     8


Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter is hoping his players can "ask a few questions" of Wolves in Thursday's Europa League qualifier second leg. The Irish Cup winners are 2-0 down to the Premier League side after frustrating them in last week's first leg at Molineux. Baxter said the match was his proudest moment as the Crues manager and has called on his players to raise their game again at Seaview. "They are leagues above us," he said. "They have the ability to slaughter you. We have to make sure we stay in the game, even though it is our home tie. It'll be a different type of atmosphere, a Crusaders home atmosphere, it'll be something different. I hope we can bring something which will ask them a few questions."

Wolves enjoyed 80% possession in the first leg at Molineux Organised Crusaders produced an inspired defensive display at Molineux, only conceding a second goal after goalkeeper Sean O'Neill's error allowed Ruben Vinagre to score in stoppage-time. Diogo Jota's 37th-minute goal had given the Premier League side a well-earned lead after they created a host of chances. It's making sure their confidence levels are high, mentally," Baxter added. "They stood up to the test last week and they have to do it again. If you've done it once there's no reason why you can't do it again. You're playing against world stars, not a team you feel like you've got a chance of beating."

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has said his players must "adapt and perform" on the north Belfast side's artificial pitch, which they trained on at Seaview on Wednesday. "Some of the players don't have that experience," said Nuno. "[But] they assure me that with water it's almost like natural grass."

Crusaders are expected to have the backing of a vocal home support following their impressive showing in the first leg in what was Wolves' first European match since 1980. "They showed that they are well organised and difficult to break down," the Wolves manager added. "It was tough and I went personally to their manager to say that.The best compliment there is in football is respect, and we really do respect Crusaders."

The winners of the tie will meet either Czech side FK Jablonec or Armenia's Pyunik in the third round of qualifying.


Thursday 25th July Europa League second round first leg (draw 19 June ) A  Crusaders N Ireland W2-0

22nd July Europa League thirds round draw (Matches 8/15 August)

EuQ2-1 Wolves Jota (37'), Vinagre (90'+3')  Crusaders 0 Ht 1-0



Ruben Vinagre's injury-time strike gave Wolves a two-goal lead at the halfway point of their Europa League second round qualifier against Crusaders. Diogo Jota's 37th-minute goal gave the Premier League side a well-earned lead after creating a string of chances.


But the hosts, who are back in Europe after a 39-year absence, were frustrated by their opponents who dug in to limit the damage. And it took until the 93rd for Vinagre to pounce and put Wolves in command. The sides will meet again for the second leg in Belfast on Thursday, 1 August.

The winners will meet either Czech side FK Jablonec or Armenia's Pyunik in the third qualifying round, with the latter taking a 2-1 lead into their second

Euston pic via Hackneywolf

 leg.

Holding Wolves to a 2-0 win at Molineux is the 'proudest moment' Wolves dominate on European return In truth, Wolves' tally of 30 shots gives a far more accurate depiction of their dominance than their two-goal winning margin. In front of nearly 30,000 fans at Molineux, the hosts were always expected to dominate proceedings against a side that only offered players their first professional contracts at the beginning of last season. After Crues midfielder Rory Hale sent a dipping volley just wide after seven minutes, the game settled into the pattern that most onlookers had expected.  With wing-backs Adama Traore and Jonny Castro Otto pushing forward to make the pitch as wide as possible, Wolves sought to overwhelm the visitors in the final third. Adama Traore enjoyed plenty of the ball at Molineux but his end product was often found wanting However Crusaders set up camp with two banks of five forcing Wolves into long range efforts which were well dealt with by goalkeeper Sean O'Neill. With less than 10 minutes to go before the break, Jota eventually broke Crusaders resistance with a wonderful strike, swivelling to power home Traore's cross on the half-volley.

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter said before the game that a loss of three goals or less would reflect a job well done for his team. Indeed, Baxter will return to north Belfast thoroughly pleased with his side's display. Captain O'Neill made a string of good saves including a fantastic stop with his legs to deny Jota a second before half-time. In front of him, veteran defender Sean Ward marshalled the five-man defence with aplomb, forcing manager Nuno Espirito Santo to bring on striker Raul Jimenez, who has only recently returned to training after featuring for Mexico in the Gold Cup. Teenager Morgan Gibbs-White had a number of opportunities for Wolves, the best of which coming in the 63rd minute when the striker sent his downward header wide of the post. After passing up a number of opportunities, clear chances seemed to dry up as Wolves seemed destined to take a 1-0 lead to Seaview next week. However, O'Neill, after all his endeavours earlier in the contest, took his eye off a late cross allowing Vinagre the simplest of tap-ins at the back post.

'Our best performance in 20 years' - what the managers said...

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo to Premier Sports: "It's tough, the season starts earlier. Players come in on different dates. We showed we are ready but not as sharp and accurate as we should be. Crusaders fought for every ball to prevent goals. It will be tough [in the second leg]. We will have to be focused in Belfast. It [the second goal] makes a difference. To control the levels of anxiety during the game is tough. When a team are organised and fight for their lives, it's difficult. It was a special night at Molineux, the atmosphere was good. We must bring players. That's obvious. But we must bring quality to maintain our high standards."

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter to Premier Sports: "We thought we'd got out of here with a 1-0. It wasn't to be. "Sean O'Neill was one of our best players, he made some wonderful saves. He's a wee bit gutted. We gave a masterclass in defending. We're a small part-time football club from Northern Ireland but we held a great shape. It might be a little bit different [in the second leg] with a 3,000 stadium and plastic pitch. It was difficult to get any possession tonight. We could have come here and lost by 10 goals. But this is a proud moment in our history. I've been here 20 years as a player and manager and that's the best performance I've ever seen from us."


Line-ups

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 37Traoré 32Dendoncker 8NevesSubstituted forJiménezat 58'minutes 28João Moutinho 19Castro OttoSubstituted forVinagreat 64'minutes 17Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forSaïssat 85'minutes 18Jota Substitutes 9Jiménez 21Ruddy 23Sanderson 26Perry 27Saïss 29Vinagre 49Kilman

Crusaders

1O'Neill 14Forsythe 2Burns 8Ward 3Hegarty 15O'Rourke 12CaddellSubstituted forThompsonat 67'minutes 10HaleSubstituted forCushleyat 82'minutes 7Lowry 22Heatley 25ClarkeSubstituted forOwensat 61'minutes Substitutes 4Beverland 9Hale 11Cushley 17Ruddy 18Owens 21Thompson 26Doherty

Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson Attendance: 29,708


Match Stats

           Wolves Crusaders

Possession   80%  20%

Shots        30    1

Shots on Tgt 10    0

Corners      11    1

Fouls         6    5



Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo says his team will respect Northern Ireland side Crusaders in Thursday's Europa League qualifier.  Wolves are hosting European football for the first time in 39 years and Nuno wants to make the club proud. "I feel a lot of pride because I'm the manager of a fantastic group of players who want to improve," Nuno said. Irish Cup champions Crusaders defeated B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying round.

The Crues, who finished fourth in the Irish Premiership last season, will host Wolves in the second leg at Seaview next Thursday. First Stephen Baxter's side must try to leave Molineux with as little damage inflicted as possible from a side which finished seventh in the Premier League last season. "We're trying to get enough work done, trying to get as much information as we can and see what type of formation they (Wolves) work to," said the Crusaders manager. "It will be a full house and a fabulous experience for everybody. We've played big teams before but it will be a tough task. If we can get out of there even with a 2-0 or 3-0 (defeat) that might be a very good result."

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez and Morocco midfielder Romain Saiss are unlikely to feature after only returning from international duty on Monday. Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Doherty is sidelined with a knee injury but Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and captain Conor Coady should start. Wolves last played in Europe in 1980 when they beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0, losing 3-2 on aggregate in the first round of the Uefa Cup, and Nuno is relishing their big night. "It's our third year together, we know each other very well and we expect things to improve.

"Of course (we will respect Crusaders). No matter who you play against it's about how you prepare yourself to compete. It's a big, big game for the club. It's up to us to make something special so people are proud of us." The winners of the second round tie will play Pyunik of Armenia or Czech Republic side Jablonec in the Europa League third qualifying round.




NUNO interview https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/07/24/nuno-espirito-santo-interview-wolverhampton-ready-face-situation/

Nuno Espirito Santo interview: 'Wolverhampton ready to face any situation' on return to European football


Nuno Espirito Santo has had a successful two years since joining Wolverhampton Wanderers

It is a little over two years since Nuno Espirito Santo first grabbed Wolverhampton Wanderers by the shirt collar and gave this famous old club an almighty shake.

In that time he has delivered a Championship title, a seventh-place Premier League finish with the scalps of many big clubs along the way, an FA Cup semi-final and now European football to Molineux for the first time since 1980.  Add the Premier League Asia Trophy triumph from last weekend to the list and it has truly been a remarkable period of progress for this brilliant, brooding, football obsessive. Yet at the same time there remains a sense that Wolves’s journey, backed by ambitious owners Fosun, is only just beginning.

So, as he prepares for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier at home to Crusaders, how does Nuno reflect on the last two years? “I didn’t know it was going to be like this. I came here on day one and I haven’t changed since then. Working and trying to improve, trying to find the best way to do it,” he says, sitting in the small media room at Compton. It’s very hard for me to re-evaluate things that have happened in the past. Even my family say: ‘You don’t enjoy it!’ They say I should enjoy it more. They say: ‘Even when you lose you shouldn’t be so down. But how can you not be down? When the team doesn’t play good you go home and you say: ‘Why? Why? Why? Why?’ It’s very hard to enjoy. But whenever I go around Wolverhampton I feel the appreciation of the people. We work to give joy to the fans. If the fans are not happy, what’s the point?”

Nuno will never have to buy a drink in Wolverhampton again and the return of European football for the first time in 39 years has only increased the feel-good factor. Wolves will begin their Europa campaign at home to the north Belfast club, who only became full-time last season, and optimism is already building that Nuno can take the club far in the competition.

“Of course we know what it means to achieve European football in the Premier League. It means a lot, but for the club and the city it will be amazing to get this atmosphere again,” says Nuno.“It depends on us to really make it real because the qualification is not done yet. We are still talking about the group stages so we look forward to it. We know there is expectation outside, anything can happen.”

The Europa League has frequently been viewed by some managers with similar levels of trepidation to a visit to the dentist, and juggling the demands of Thursday night football with domestic games has proven difficult for clubs, most recently Burnley, in the past. Nuno was managing in the Champions League with Porto in 2017, while many of his squad have operated in this competition before [Joao Moutinho won it as a player], but it will undoubtedly present a different challenge to the Old Gold. The final in Gdansk in May is 20 games away. “With the travelling, there is no big difference and it’s just a question of adapting it. First of all we have to know where we travel, where we’re going to play, all these things. We play the first leg, then away, and then it’s going to be Leicester [in the Premier League on August 11].  We are ready to face any situation. The players have done this before, not only with clubs but the national team.  Just look back at year one when we were in the Championship, how many games we played. If you count, there’s not much difference to what we’re going to face in this initial moment of the season.”


This is a rare audience with Nuno, a fascinating hour in the company of the 45-year-old Portuguese, and he is far removed from the often brusque figure you see immediately after games. He is never more comfortable when talking about the intricacies of the game, with his eyes lighting up when asked about his switch from a 3-4-3 to 3-5-2 formation midway through last season.  It is the Wolves ‘identity’ which gives Nuno the most satisfaction yet, intriguingly, he believes English football is facing significant change in the future. “The identity is the most important thing. When things don’t go so well, what are you gonna grab to? Stick to it.  It is like Coca-Cola, they never change the recipe. Diet, full sugar, no caffeine, maybe, but the recipe is always there. [But] we have to go and look for better solutions, trying to anticipate. You look at that, you look at systems, tactical aspects.  I will not give you clues but in two seasons time, football in the Premier League will change.  It is a lot like chess. I tried to put myself inside the other managers’ heads. If I played against Wolves, what would I do. It is a good exercise.”

The one negative for many fans this summer has been the lack of summer signings - though Wolves will point out that Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker’s loan deals became permanent this summer for a combined total of £42 million. But the full focus, for now, is on Crusaders and securing a path to the next qualifying round.  “It is up to us to make it a special night,” said Nuno on Wednesday, and few Wolves fans would bet against it.


Pre Season Premier League Asia Trophy Singapore


Sat 20th July FINAL Wolves 0 Man City 0 (penalties Wolves win 3-2)

Asia Trophy Final: Wolves 0 Manchester City 0 (3-2 on pens) - Report by Tim Spiers


Rui Patricio was Wolves' hero as they won the Premier League Asia Trophy on penalties against Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling had blazed a penalty over the bar in a first-half that City largely dominated. Wolves created half chances for Morgan Gibbs-White, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota and then Patricio brilliantly saved from a David Silva free-kick.  The game finished 0-0 and went to penalties. Patrico saved City's first two efforts and then their fifth from Lukas Nmecha – Ryan Bennett, Taylor Perry and Ruben Vinagre netted for Wolves who triumphed 3-2.


Analysis

Two games played against Premier League opposition, no goals conceded, some great football played – and a trophy in the bag. On and off the field it's been a very successful first ever trip to China for Wolverhampton Wanderers, writes Tim Spiers at the Hongkou Stadium. In the stifling Shanghai heat they weathered the inevitable Manchester City storm (Pep Guardiola's team were walking through them in the early stages and spurned five chances before missing a penalty) and gave the Premier League champions a couple of scares before seeing out a hard-earned draw, showing plenty of flashes of quality along the way. During their thrashing of Newcastle on Wednesday, Wolves displayed excellent creativity, movement and clinical finishing.  This encounter was more about resilience, shape and good defending, displayed expertly by all three of their centre halves, backed up by a fine performance from Rui Patricio who made a couple of very good saves and then a top-drawer one to deny David Silva. Adama Traore suggested again that he can back-up Matt Doherty at right wing-back and Morgan Gibbs-White was lively, albeit he and Diogo Jota didn't get the joy they'd had against Newcastle. What with more minutes for youngsters including the impressive Dion Sanderson, who was in the thick of the action and produced some lovely moments, Terry Taylor, Taylor Perry, Niall Ennis, Hong Wan and Max Kilman, it was a productive evening in the rowdy and packed 33,000 Hongkou Stadium. Regardless of the outcome of the shoot-out it had a been a great cake – but Patricio's outstanding display ensured some icing on the cake in Fosun's backyard.


Match report

Nuno stuck with the same XI which started the 4-0 victory over Newcastle on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola named the likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne and new boy Rodri in his line-up, with Bernardo and David Silva on the bench. Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho weren't in China owing to their late return from the Copa America. With Wolves (sporting their new black away kit) having selected such a strong side there were hopes they could give City a good game – but the opening 20 minutes suggested the opposite. City – and in particular Sterling – were all over Wolves and created a succession of chances as Wolves struggled to stem the flow with City showing their quality. In the first few minutes Sterling wriggled through the defence before shooting low at Rui Patricio, youngster Adrian Bernabe fired across goal, Sterling just missed a right-wing cross, Aymeric Laporte's effort from a corner was well blocked and then Patricio did brilliantly to get a hand to the ball as Sterling tried to round him. Unfortunately for the keeper he took a nasty kick to the face in the process and the game was stopped for almost 10 minutes as he received treatment to a nasty cut on his cheek. Thankfully he was OK to continue. A few seconds after the restart City had the ideal opportunity to take a deserved lead when Sterling when down in the box under a Traore challenge. The same player stepped up to take the spot kick – but blazed his effort miles over the crossbar. Thereafter the game evened up, with that stoppage having quelled City's momentum. Wolves, after some stern instructions from Nuno, began to exert some control and get their foot on the ball, aiming for Traore as an outlet over the top on the right.  That nearly yielded a spot kick of Wolves' own but referee Martin Atkinson said no when Traore went down. (Clear shirt pull)  Wolves created a few half chances – a Conor Coady ball over the top was cushioned beautifully by Leander Dendoncker to Gibbs-White whose shot was blocked, while Traore almost got on the end of a Gibbs-White through ball in the box and Joao Moutinho volleyed over from a good position as Wolves began to ask City a few questions, but the half ended goalless.  

City began the second half with the same intention they had in the first. Substitute Bernardo Silva saw a menacing effort deflected wide and then Ryan Bennett threw his head at a mis-hit Ilkay Gundogan effort in front of Patricio.

Wolves almost fashioned a couple of good opportunities, firstly when Traore embarked on a fantastic run down the right before chipping nicely towards Gibbs-White but he couldn't bring the ball down, then Jota found space 25 yards out and drove goalwards but Danilo deflected it wide.  Just after the hour mark Nuno made the same four substitutions as he had at the same time against Newcastle,with Dion Sanderson, Ruben Vinagre, Taylor Perry and Niall Ennis replacing Traore, Otto, Gibbs-White and Ennis. Seconds later Sanderson was in a great position on the right from Dendoncker's pass but couldn't get a cross over. From the resulting corner he and Bennett both saw efforts blocked. With a raft of substitutions made the game's quality suffered but then Patricio produced one of the moments of the match to stunningly push a corner-bound David Silva free kick past the post. Nuno changed his entire midfield with Hong Wan, Luke Cundle and Terry Taylor on for Moutinho, Neves and Dendoncker, while Max Kilman replaced Willy Boly in defence. The last 10 minutes yielded no chances so a penalty shoot-out was needed to decide the winner of the Asia Trophy and Wolves triumphed thanks to Patricio's heroics.

Teams

Wolves (3-5-2): Patricio; Bennett, Coady (c), Boly (Kilman, 80); Traore (Sanderson, 63), Moutinho (Hong, 80), Neves (Taylor, 80), Dendoncker (Cundle, 80), Otto (Vinagre, 63); Gibbs-White (Perry, 63), Jota (Ennis, 63). Subs: Ruddy, Norris, Francis, Marques, Miranda, Samuels.

Man City (4-3-3): Bravo; Danilo, Stones (Walker, 45), Laporte (Harwood-Bellis, 63), Zinchenko (Angelino, 63); Bernabe (David Silva, 45), De Bruyne (c), Rodri (Nmecha, 63) (Gundogan, 45); Poveda, Sterling (Bernardo Silva, 45), Sane (Garcia, 63).

Penalties

Wolves 1 – Coady missed (saved by Bravo)  Man City 1 – Gundogan missed (saved by Patricio) (0-0)

Wolves 2 – Bennett scored Man City 2 – David Silva missed (saved by Patricio) (1-0)

Wolves 3 – Kilman missed (wide) Man City 3 – Danilo scored (1-1)

Wolves 4 – Perry scored Man City 4 – Garcia scored (2-2)

Wolves 5 – Vinagre scored Man City 5 – Nmecha missed (saved by Patricio) (3-2)


Referee: Martin Atkinson

Wed 17 July Newcastle Utd 0 Wolves


Diogo Jota scored twice in China as Wolves comfortably beat Newcastle 4-0 in their first official game of pre-season.


The Portuguese forward scored Wolves' first and third goals with tidy finishes from inside the box. Morgan Gibbs-White curled in the second from the edge of the area as impressive Wolves went 3-0 up by half-time.  Newcastle's misery was complete in the closing minutes when Tom Allan headed past his own keeper from a Ruben Vinagre corner.


Analysis

While the need for new signings remains pressing, winning football matches will always help calm any nervous supporters down - and on this display, Wolves look in pretty good shape. Yes they're further ahead of Newcastle in their pre-season preparations and yes the Magpies - managerless until just 90 minutes before this game kicked off - are what you could legitimately call a crisis club - but you can only beat what's in front of you, and Wolves played far better football than their Premier League opponents, writes Tim Spiers in the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre. In searing heat and humidity in Nanjing, Wolves moved the ball about with intelligent and precision, producing brisk and clever movement whenever their energy levels allowed. Amid the nervousness over a lack of signings, Nuno could still put out an XI only shorn of two of his cemented first XI from the end of last season (the injured Matt Doherty and the resting Raul Jimenez).


And as we know, Wolves have got a pretty decent team. They looked in good nick here and, while it's unwise to read too much into individual performances for a game played in an alien climate during pre-season, there were impressive displays from the two-goal Jota and the two-assist Otto.  Gibbs-White, who struggled for end product during his substitute cameos in the second half of last season, also netted a confidence-boosting goal from the edge of the box.  Adama Traore and Ruben Vinagre got the exciteable home fans on their feet with some pacey runs down the flanks, Leander Dendoncker impressed with his tenacity in midfield and Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho zipped the ball around in their usual stylish manner.  Four goals, a victory, a clean sheet and some important minutes on the pitch ahead of next Thursday's Europa League opener, then. You can't ask for much more than that.


Match report

Nuno selected the strongest XI at his disposal with Adama Traore and Morgan Gibbs-White filling in for Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez, with Gibbs-White playing off Diogo Jota. In an impressive stadium, the temperature (which had reached 34C and with 90 per cent humidity to boot) thankfully dropped a touch as the game got underway but the conditions were still sweltering - leading to a slow-paced start to the game as the players got to grips with their surroundings. The stadium was about half full and the local generated a very un-English-like atmosphere, creating a buzz of excitement whenever a player sprinted past a man or got close to goal, but observing in total silence in-between.  Traore's bursts of pace were certainly being appreciated, with the home fans marvelling at his speed. There were also a few "Ashley out" chants from local fans shouting in Chinese accents directed at Newcastle's unpopular owner - the latest surreal moment in a trip full of them. Wolves were moving the ball with more creativity and they soon began to venture forward in search of goals. Joao Moutinho curled not too far over after a clever dummy by Gibbs-White as the game began to be played mostly in the Newcastle half. Jota and Jonny Castro Otto were looking lively down the left and it was via those two players - who both ended 2018/19 in such sparkling form - that Wolves took the lead. Jota turned the ball to Otto with a clever flick, the Spaniard then played inside to his team-mate before Jota, from the left of the box, drove left-footed past Karl Darlow at his near post via a slight Jamaal Lascelles deflection. At the other end Rui Patricio, sporting a new bright orange goalkeeper kit (Wolves were in their new home kit complete with shirt sponsorship from Fosun, owing to Chinese betting sponsor regulations), had nothing to do via a regulation save.  Wolves were well on top and they doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when Gibbs-White sent a lovely finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Jota was again involved, starting the move with a pass from deep before Leander Dendoncker won back possession and Otto passed to Gibbs-White for his second assist. Gibbs-White has yet to score in a competitive game for Wolves but his tidy finish belied that fact - and Nuno will hope it's a sign of things to come.  Before half-time broken Newcastle succumbed to a third goal, of their own making. Gibbs-White played to the right flank where the rampaging Dendoncker cut the ball back into the box - it was intercepted by Isaac Hayden but he was caught napping by Jota who nicked the ball off his toes and drilled past Darlow from 12 yards for 3-0.


John Ruddy replaced Rui Patricio at half-time and the keeper's regulation save from a free-kick was the only thing of note to occur before the hour mark as the second half began at a snail's pace. Nuno made four changes on 62 minutes - right-sided defender Dion Sanderson, Ruben Vinagre, attacking midfielder Taylor Perry and striker Niall Ennis replaced Traore, Otto, Gibbs-White and Jota. Perry got in on the action almost immediately with his pass inside deflected past the post for a corner. From that, the ball came to Ruben Neves who sent a 25-yard daisy-cutter not far wide. The sprightly Vinagre then tested substitute keeper Freddie Woodman with a decent effort from a tight angle on the left. And Vinagre bagged himself an assist with the game's last proper action, with his corner being diverted past his own keeper by Newcastle youngster Tom Allan. It had been a second half largely to forget amid a raft of substitutions, but Wolves played it solid at the back and looked for more opportunities at the other end.

Nuno will have liked what he saw.


Team

Wolves (3-5-2): Patricio (Ruddy, 45); Bennett, Coady (c), Boly; Traore (Sanderson, 62), Moutinho (Hong, 81), Neves (Taylor, 81), Dendoncker (Cundle, 81), Otto (Vinagre, 62); Gibbs-White (Perry, 62), Jota (Ennis, 62). Subs not used: Norris, Miranda, Francis, Marques, Kilman, Corbeanu Samuels. Goals: Jota (15, 40), Gibbs-White (32), Allan (OG, 85)

Next up

Wolves will face the winner/loser of Manchester City at 8.30pm at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai. Sky coverage from 12:15





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30 July 2019

12:30

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25 July

19:45


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11 August

14:00


Leicester City

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Wolves

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13

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15 August

19:45


Wolves

4

0

Pyunik Armenia

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2

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19 August

20:00

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1

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2

13

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22 August

20:00


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2

3

Wolves

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3

Sun

25 August

16:30


Wolves

1

1

Burnley

1

3

13

0

Clarets H

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Thurs

29 August

19:45


Wolves

2

1

Torino Italy

 W 5-3 on aggregate

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4

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1 September

14:00

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3

2

Wolves

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3

17

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14 Sept

15:00


Wolves

2

5

Chelski

0

3

19

-4

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Thurs

19 September

20:00

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Wolves

0

0

Braga

0

0

3

-1

Braga H

6

Sun

22 September

14:00


Crystal Palace

1

1

Wolves

1

4

19

-4

Palace A

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28 September

19:45


Wolves

1

1

Reading

 W4-2 penalties

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7

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28 September

15:00


Wolves

2

0

Watford

3

7

13

-2

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Thurs

03 October

18:00

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0

1

Wolves

3

3

3

0

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8

Sun

06 October

14:00


Man City

0

2

Wolves

3

10

11

0

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9

Sat

19 October

15:00


Wolves

1

1

Saints

1

11

12

0

Saints H

EuM3

Thurs

24 October

20:00

BT

Slovan Brat

1

2

Wolves

3

6

2

1

SlovanBA

10

Sun

27 October

14:00

Sky

Newcastle

1

1

Wolves

1

12

12

0

Magpies

EFL4

Wed

30 October

19:45


Aston Villa

2

1

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11

Sat

02 November

15:00


Arsenal

1

1

Wolves

1

13

11

0

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Thurs

07 November

20:00

BT

Wolves

0

0

Slovan Brat

4

9

2

2

SlovanB H

12

Sun

10 November

14:00

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Wolves

2

1

Aston Villa

3

16

8

1

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13

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23 November

15:00


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