2019-20 Season - July - October 2019

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London Wolves “Home matches”

 AFC Bournemouth Sat 23 Nov  Arsenal Sat 2 Nov Brighton Sat 7 Dec Chelski Sun 17 May

Crystal Palace Sat 21 Sep Norwich (for Abbswolf) Sat 21 Dec Southampton Sat 18 January

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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)

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EU lge 4 Thursday 7 November 2019 H Slovan Bratislava 20:00 Molineux (BT)  

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11 Saturday 2 November 2019 A Arsenal 15:00 Emirates

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

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

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09 Saturday 19 October 2019 H Southampton 15:00 Molineux

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

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

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07 Saturday 28 September 2019 H Watford 15:00 Molineux

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CC3 Wednesday 25 September 2019 H Reading Molineux

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

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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."

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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)

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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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11:00

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Newcastle

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30 July 2019

12:30

Sky

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25 July

19:45


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01 August

19:45


Crusaders Belfast

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4

Wolves

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08 August

17:00


Pyunik Armenia

0

4

Wolves





Pyunik A

1

Sun

11 August

14:00


Leicester City

0

0

Wolves

1

1

13

0

Foxes

EuQ3H

Thurs

15 August

19:45


Wolves

4

0

Pyunik Armenia

W 8-0 on aggregate

Pyunik H

2

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19 August

20:00

Sky

Wolves

1

1

Man Utd

1

2

13

0

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EuPOA

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22 August

20:00


Torino Italy

2

3

Wolves

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3

Sun

25 August

16:30


Wolves

1

1

Burnley

1

3

13

0

Clarets H

EuPOH

Thurs

29 August

19:45


Wolves

2

1

Torino Italy

 W 5-3 on aggregate

Torino H

4

Sun

1 September

14:00

Sky

Everton

3

2

Wolves

0

3

17

-1

Everton

5

Sat

14 Sept

15:00


Wolves

2

5

Chelski

0

3

19

-4

Chelski H

EuM1

Thurs

19 September

20:00

BT

Wolves

0

0

Braga

0

0

3

-1

Braga H

6

Sun

22 September

14:00


Crystal Palace



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Palace A

EFL3

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28 September

15:00


Wolves



Reading





Royals H

7

Sat

28 September

15:00


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Watford





Hornets H

EuM2

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03 October

20:00

BT

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Besiktas

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06 October

14:00


Man City



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9

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19 October

15:00


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24 October

20:00

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10

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27 October

14:00

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Newcastle



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Magpies

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02 November

15:00


Arsenal



Wolves





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20:00

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Wolves



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12

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10 November

14:00

Sky

Wolves



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13

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23 November

15:00


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EuM5

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16:55

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Braga



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14

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