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Nuno's Wolves: Is the Champions League a real possibility?



(Emirates FA Cup Final Final Saturday 23 May 2020)



38 Sunday 17 May 2020 A Chelsea 15:00 Stamford Bridge

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37 Saturday 9 May 2020 H Crystal Palace 15:00 Molineux

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36 Saturday 2 May 2020 A Burnley 15:00 Turf Moor

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35 Saturday 25 April 2020 H Everton 15:00 Molineux

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34 Sunday 19 April 2020 A Sheffield Utd 14:00 Bramall Lane Sky

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33 Monday 13 April 2020 H Arsenal 20:00 Molineux Sky

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32 Saturday 4 April 2020 A Aston Villa 12:30 Villa Park  BT

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31 Sunday 22 March 2020 H Bournemouth 14:00 Molineux (moved as WW progress to round of 16)

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EU16H Thursday 19 March Olympiacos H 17:55 UK time00

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30 Sunday 15 March 2020 A West Ham London Stadium Sky 14:00

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Premier & Europa Leagues are suspended, PL until at least 3rd April


EU16A Thursday 12 March Olympiacos A 8pm UK10pm local

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EU16A Olympiacos 1 Borges Semedo (Dismissed at 28'), El-Arabi (54') WW 1 Neto (67')

HT 0-0 pix Getty Tim Spiers

Pedro Neto's free-kick, which took a deflection, was one of only a handful of efforts on goal from Wolves

Substitute Pedro Neto scored a valuable away goal for Wolves as they drew with 10-man Olympiakos in their Europa League last-16 tie played behind closed doors over coronavirus concerns.  The Premier League side, who wanted the game postponed, faced 10 men from the 28th minute after last-man Ruben Semedo was sent off for fouling Diogo Jota. But Wolves laboured and went behind when Youssef El Arabi tapped home. Neto equalised with a low driven free-kick that took a deflection.

Wolves had largely underwhelmed inside the eerie Karaiskakis Stadium and their only other clear-cut chance was when Raul Jimenez's angled strike struck the face of goalkeeper Jose Sa.  The second leg is next Thursday, but whether it is played depends on Uefa's decision over whether to cancel its club competitions because of the increasing threat of coronavirus. If it does go ahead Wolves will need to be in a better frame of mind. They did not want to play this fixture and manager Nuno Espirito Santo said it was "absurd" it proceeded despite concerns over the pandemic. Wolves failed to take advantage of Ruben Semedo's early red card

Some of the concerns were prompted by the news Evangelos Marinakis, owner of the Greek club as well as Nottingham Forest, had contracted the virus this week. However, no other Olympiakos players and staff tested positive. The unusual build-up may have played on the minds of the players during the opening quarter - or it could have been the atmosphere inside the Karaiskakis Stadium, which was like that of a practice match.

Neto comes to Wolves' rescue Semedo's sending off, after bringing down Jota on the edge of the area, should have sparked the Midlands club into life as the match headed towards half-time. But save for winger Adama Traore, whose livelier efforts were ultimately fruitless, no Wolves player raised their game. The introduction of Neto at half-time failed to have an immediate effect; instead nine minutes after the restart, El Arabi, the bane of Arsenal, fired in after good work by Guilherme in the area. The Greek side looked comfortable until the 67th minute when Neto drove in a free-kick that beat Sa thanks to a deflection off Andreas Bouchalakis. At 20 years and three days, the Portuguese forward became the club's youngest goalscorer in major European competition since Steve Daley netted against Ferencvaros in the Uefa Cup in April 1972. The rest of the match was as uneventful as the first quarter and Nuno's side now face a wait to find out if their Europa League journey, which started in July, will continue.

'It was not the best game to watch for sure' - reaction Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to BT Sport: "It stays with me because I have to work on it and analyse it. The beginning of the game was strange. The energy levels were missing... someone to push. It was not a very good game of football. We had control and possession of the ball but didn't imbalance them with chances. It was not the best game to watch for sure." On whether the players were fully focused: "Let's be fair to the players and everybody with what's happening. During the game they were focused. Olympiakos is a very good team. "Now we are going to think about West Ham. We keep on working. Now we have West Ham and hopefully next Thursday we play again. We have a long way to go. A lot of matches. So tough, so tough. The schedule is very tight."

El Arabi on song again in Europe - statsWolves have lost just one of their eight Europa League away games this season including qualifiers (W5 D2), a 2-3 defeat at Espanyol in the last round. Including qualifiers, Olympiakos have lost just two of their last 10 home games in all European competition against English sides (W5 D3), with both defeats coming against Arsenal. Wolves have conceded the first goal in eight of their last nine away games in all competitions, with the only exception during this run being a goalless draw at Manchester United in February. El-Arabi has scored in four of his last five appearances for Olympiakos in Europe (four goals - Europa League and Champions League combined). No Premier League side has seen their opponents receive more red cards in all competitions this season than Wolves (six - level with Aston Villa). Semedo was sent off in the 28th minute - the fifth-fastest red card to be shown in the Europa League this season.

Line-ups

Olympiakos

1Malheiro de Sá booked 90mins 14Elabdellaoui 3Borges Semedo booked 28mins 24Ba 21Tsimikas 8dos Santos Torres 5Bouchalakis 4Camara 28Valbuena sub Boialvo Gasparat 84' 11El-Arabi sub Fortounisat 74' 19Masouras sub Cisséat 34' Substitutes 7Fortounis 16Allain 22Lovera 35Torosidis 66Cissé 76Boialvo Gaspar 97Randjelovic

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady booked 38mins 27Saïss 2Doherty booked 8mins sub Netoat 45' booked 90mins 8Neves 28João Moutinho sub Dendonckerat 85' 29Vinagre sub Castelo Podenceat 79' 37Traoré 9Jiménez 18Jota Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 10Castelo Podence 21Ruddy 32Dendoncker 49Kilman 59Buur

Referee:

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FT Match Stats

 

     Olympiakos Wolves

Possession 51%  49%

Shots       6   13

Shots on Tgt3    4

Corners     1    7

Fouls       7   13


Match ends, Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

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

90'+2' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willy Boly. Booking 90'+1' Pedro Neto (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+1' Bruno Gaspar (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+1' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). Booking 90' José Sá (Oly) is shown the yellow card. 89' Hand ball by Konstantinos Fortounis  (Oly). 88' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willy Boly.  85' Sub, (WW). Leander  Dendoncker replaces João Moutinho. 85' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Guilherme. 84' Offside, (Oly) Guilherme tries a through ball, but  Konstantinos Fortounis is caught offside. 84' Sub, (Oly) Bruno Gaspar replaces Mathieu Valbuena. 83' Mohamed Camara (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 83' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 81' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 80' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.  79'Sub, (WW). Daniel Podence replaces Rúben Vinagre. 79' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Konstantinos Tsimikas. 74' Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly). 74' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Camara (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Fortounis. 74' Sub, (Oly) Konstantinos Fortounis replaces Youssef El-Arabi. 73' Mohamed Camara (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 72' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 70' José Sá (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 69' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Omar Elabdellaoui.

Goal!

67' Goal! Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Pedro Neto (WW) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

66' Foul by Andreas Bouchalakis (Oly). 66' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 60' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a corner. 59' Corner, (WW). Conceded by José Sá. 59' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a through ball. 57'

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a fast break. 57' Guilherme (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 56' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Pape Abou Cissé. Goal! 54' Goal! Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Guilherme.  53' Andreas Bouchalakis (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 53' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 51' Youssef El-Arabi (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 48' Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 47' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation. 46' Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly). 46' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half begins Olympiakos 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Sub, (WW). Pedro Neto replaces Matt Doherty.

HT Match Stats

     Olympiakos Wolves

Possession 66%  34%

Shots       4    3

Shots on Tgt2    0

Corners     1    2

Fouls       3    4

Cards      1R   2Y

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

44' Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly). 44' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 43' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Booking  38' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 38' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 36' Guilherme (Oly) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 34' Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. 34' Sub, (Oly) Pape Abou Cissé replaces Giorgos Masouras. 30' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Andreas Bouchalakis. 30' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Dismissal 28' Rúben Semedo (Oly) is shown the red card. 28'  Foul by Rúben Semedo (Oly).

28' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 27' Attempt missed. Guilherme (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Youssef El-Arabi. 24' Offside, (Oly) Mathieu Valbuena tries a through ball, but Youssef El-Arabi is caught offside. 23' Attempt saved. Mohamed Camara (Oly) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Guilherme. 19' Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Oly). 19' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Omar Elabdellaoui. 14' Corner, (Oly) Conceded by Conor Coady. 14' Attempt blocked. Giorgos Masouras (Oly) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Tsimikas with a cross. 9' Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Booking 8' Matt Doherty (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 8' Konstantinos Tsimikas (Oly) wins a free kick on the left wing. 8' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 6' Mathieu Valbuena (Oly) wins a free kick on the right wing. 6' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 3' Offside, (Oly) Guilherme tries a through ball, but Omar Elabdellaoui is caught offside.Kick Off First Half begins.


Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo (right) says it would be better for the match to be postponed

Wolves defender Conor Coady says he is concerned about his family's health as his team prepare to play at Olympiakos in the Europa League having wanted the game postponed because of coronavirus.  Thursday's last-16 first-leg match will be played in the absence of supporters because of the spread of the virus.  "You go home to your wives and kids after the game so that's the priority," Coady said. "We need to make sure it's right when we're going home."

Uefa, European football's governing body, rejected the Premier League side's request to postpone the game on Wednesday. Wolves said they were not only concerned about their own players and staff but also those of Olympiakos, whose owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus. Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, met a number of Arsenal players when the club hosted the Greek side in a Europa League match two weeks ago. As a consequence, some Gunners players are in self-isolation and Wednesday's Premier League game against Manchester City was postponed.  Many European club competition fixtures are to be played behind closed doors this week, while the Europa League fixtures between Sevilla and Roma, and Inter Milan and Getafe, have been postponed.  Coady, 27, added: "We've seen the game postponed between City and Arsenal but as players there's not a lot we can do.  All we can do is train, prepare and listen to our manager and play tomorrow [Thursday] night.  We're ready to play. We've looked at it and a lot of people have spoken, we've read a lot of things and seen a lot of things but listen, we're professional footballers."   Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo added: "We have all the insurance in terms of health situations and we are OK. It's just the fact that we love to compete in a normal situation."

Wolves say Olympiakos Europa League tie is 'unnecessary risk'  "I think it will be better for the competition, for the tie [for the game to be postponed]. Nuno added that his players will not train at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the build-up to the match.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves have two injury concerns. Full-back Jonny has a foot injury and Adama Traore has a shoulder problem. MGW didn't travel either

As for Olympiakos, right-back Bruno Gaspar (hamstring) and keeper Bobby Allain (calf) are doubts.


MATCH FACTS

This will be the first competitive meeting between Olympiakos and Wolves. English sides have been eliminated from both of their last two knockout ties against Olympiakos in European competition (Burnley in 2018-19 Europa League play-offs and Arsenal in the previous round).

Wolves have never travelled to face Greek opposition in any competition. However, including play-offs this season, Wolves have won more away games in their seven matches this campaign (five) than they managed across their 16 European away days beforehand (W4 D4 L8).

Olympiakos are looking to become the first side to eliminate English opposition in back-to-back knockout rounds in a single season in major European competition since Bayern Munich beat Arsenal (last 16) and Manchester United (quarter-final) in the 2013-14 Champions League.

Heading into the last 16 of this season's Europa League, only Basel (six) have won more matches in the competition than Wolves (five), while no side has netted more goals than the English side (17 - level with Sporting Braga).

Wolves striker Diogo Jota is looking to become the first player in major Uefa competition (Uefa Cup/Europa League, European Cup/Champions League, Cup Winners' Cup) to score a hat-trick in three successive appearances. The last player to net three separate trebles in the same Europa League campaign was Radamel Falcao in 2010-11 for FC Porto.

29 Saturday 7 March 2020 H Brighton 15:00 Molineux bore draw 0-0

29 WW 0 Brighton 0


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Wolves moved up to fifth in the Premier League with a dull goalless draw against out-of-form Brighton. There was only one shot in each half at Molineux, with Brighton's Davy Propper drawing a routine save from Rui Patricio from distance.  Wolves' Raul Jimenez hit a shot on the turn straight at Mat Ryan with 15 minutes to go. Leander Dendoncker went close to winning the game for Wolves late on when he shot over the crossbar. Brighton, who have yet to win in 2020, are now two points above the relegation zone  Romain Saiss pic Getty.

Lacklustre Wolves miss their chance?

Wolves 0-0 Brighton: Nuno says Wolves "have to improve" for European trip to Olympiakos  Wolves did not look their usual fluid self, although boss Nuno Espirito Santo denied that it was an indication of fatigue in their 47th game of the season. Only League One sides Oxford and Portsmouth have played more in England.  Wolves would have gone fourth with victory, but fifth place could still yield a Champions League spot if Manchester City do not win an appeal against their two-year European expulsion. Most of Wolves' chances were from distance, with Ruben Neves shooting over on a couple of occasions and Raul Jimenez poking a shot wide. Jimenez had one of their best chances of the game with a fine volley from Willy Boly's long pass but it hit the stanchion behind the goal. They looked brighter when Adama Traore, who dislocated a shoulder in last weekend's win at Tottenham, came on in the second half. He had a hand in their only effort on target.  Traore ran down the right and found substitute Daniel Podence. His effort was blocked by Lewis Dunk and the loose ball fell to Jimenez, whose shot took a slight nick off Adam Webster and Ryan saved.  Wolves - who have only beaten Brighton four times in 32 league meetings - pushed for a late goal but none came, with Jimenez laying the ball off for Dendoncker to shoot over.  

Brighton buoyed but search for win goes on - Wolves 0-0 Brighton: Seagulls were "terrific" at Molineux - Graham Potter This could yet prove a crucial point for Brighton, who are the only team left in the top four divisions not to win this year. This was their 10th attempt, drawing six and losing four.  Graham Potter's side were well organised and kept their first clean sheet since that most recent win, 2-0 against Bournemouth on 28 December. They will need to match that resilience in their next five games, four of which are against Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City. Propper's shot from 25 yards was their only effort on goal, but they had several other chances. Yves Bissouma was especially bright with three of their four shots off target. Attacking midfielder Alexis Mac Allister made his debut in the second half - the Argentina international joined Albion in January 2019 but has spent loan spells with Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors. The 21-year-old was lively, with several dangerous set-pieces causing concern for Wolves. The visitors spent the latter stages pushing for a goal but struggled to create a clear-cut chance.

'All the games in this league are quite brutal' - manager reaction  Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC Match of the Day: "We didn't perform so well, like we wanted. It was a tough game against a very good team. They were organised, but so were we. It was a game of not too many chances. It's about where we came from. We started three years ago and we keep on building, trying always to sustain the level of performance. I think today we didn't, and we have to improve for the next one."

Brighton manager Graham Potter told MOTD: "It was important for us to keep a clean sheet. We took part in a game against a team with a lot of dangerous players, but we restricted them to not too many clear-cut chances. We did well. Defensively we're really pleased. It was a collective effort. With the quality they have they can put you in dangerous places. We took part in the game. We tried to play and attack when we could. We had opportunities but it wasn't to be. We move forward really positively with a clean sheet - we hadn't had one for a while. All the games in this league are quite brutal. We just need to keep working, fighting and preparing for the next game."

Man of the match - Yves Bissouma Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma won possession 16 times (six more than anyone else), made as many tackles (five) as anyone else and had more shots than any other Albion player (three)

Match stats - Wolves are the 0-0 kings - Wolves have drawn five games 0-0 this season in all competitions, the most of any Premier League side. Wolves have played 47 matches this season, one more than in the whole of last season. Wolves have kept four clean sheets in their past five Premier League games, as many as they in their previous 25. Seven of the past nine league meetings between Wolves and Brighton at Molineux have ended as draws, with last season's encounter at Molineux also finishing goalless. Despite coming on in the 64th minute, Adama Traore completed more dribbles than any other player (five). What's next?

Wolves visit Greek side Olympiakos in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday, before travelling to West Ham in the Premier League on 15 March.

Brighton host Arsenal on Saturday, the first of four games against the 'big six' in five matches.


Line-ups

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss Booked 45' 2Doherty 32Dendoncker 8Neves sub Traoréat 64' 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 9Jiménez 18Jota sub Castelo Podenceat 74' Substitutes 6Cavaco Jordão 7Neto 10Castelo Podence 21Ruddy 37Traoré 49Kilman 59Buur

Brighton

1Ryan 22Montoya Booked 37' 15Webster 5Dunk Booked 54' 33Burn Booked 54' 8Bissouma 24Pröpper 18Mooy sub Stephensat 89' 20March sub Mac  Allisterat 80' 7Maupay 11Trossard sub Jahanbakhshat 82' Substitutes 4Duffy 6Stephens 10Mac Allister 13Groß 16Jahanbakhsh 17Murray 27Button

Referee: Andre Marriner Attendance: 31,490

Match Stats


        Wolves Brighton

Possession 43% 57%

Shots      11   7

Shots on Tgt 1  1

Corners     2   0

Fouls       4   7


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

90'+3' Alireza Jahanbakhsh (BHA) wins a free kick on the left wing.  90'+3' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 90'+1' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 89'  sub  Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces Aaron Mooy. 88' Neal Maupay (BHA) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 88' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 87' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Adam Webster.  84' Attempt blocked. Alexis Mac Allister (BHA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Maupay. 82' Alireza Jahanbakhsh (BHA) wins a free kick on the left wing. 82' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 82'  sub  Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Leandro Trossard. 81' Foul by Aaron Mooy (BHA). 81' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 80'  sub  Brighton and Hove Albion. Alexis Mac Allister replaces Solly March. 80' Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (BHA) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy. 76' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 76' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 74' Foul by Neal Maupay (BHA). 74' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74'  sub  Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Diogo Jota. 73' Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (BHA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Trossard. 70' Foul by Aaron Mooy (BHA). 70' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 66' Attempt missed. Solly March (BHA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leandro Trossard. 64'  sub  Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Rúben Neves. 61' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 58' Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (BHA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Solly March. 57' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Booking 54' Lewis Dunk (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Booking 54'  Dan Burn (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 54' Foul by Lewis Dunk (BHA). 54' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 49' Foul by Solly March (BHA). 49' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.


HT Match Stats

        Wolves Brighton

Possession 42% 58%

Shots       6   2

Shots on Tgt 0  1

Corners     1   0

Fouls       1   2


Half Time 45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Booking 45'+1' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+1' Neal Maupay (BHA) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 40' Foul by Martín Montoya (BHA). 40' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 37' Martín Montoya (BHA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 37' Foul by Martín Montoya (BHA). 37' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Attempt blocked. Solly March (BHA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

35' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break. 33' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. 29' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker with a headed pass. 20' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 18' Attempt saved. Davy Pröpper (BHA) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lewis Dunk. 8' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a fast break. 7' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Kick Off

First Half begins.


Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen three clean sheets in four Premier League matches

TEAM NEWS

Wolves winger Adama Traore could feature on Saturday despite sustaining a dislocated shoulder in the win at Tottenham last weekend. Injured pair Jonny Otto and Morgan Gibbs-White have both been ruled out. Brighton & Hove Albion welcome back defender Shane Duffy, who missed the defeat against Crystal Palace for family reasons. Midfielder Dale Stephens, who has not featured since 1 February, is available after recovering from a groin injury.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: All Premier League clubs now invest millions in data analysis. Number crunching improves preparation. But it can't win matches. That's down to adrenaline, athletic sinews, heart and utter belief in the manager.  Wolves have all of that. Nuno Espirito Santo has a real aura on the touchline. Their football has flowed gloriously despite a demanding fixture list. He has played to their strengths.

I worry that Brighton have tried to change their DNA too quickly. The defensive protection of last season has gone. Passing football won't keep them up unless they can score. Too many fans I spoke too after the Crystal Palace defeat fear the worst.  But football is fickle. Brighton are Wolves' bogey team. On paper it has to be a home win. You never know!


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "It's not about the table, it's about your opponent. It's going to be very difficult; Graham [Potter] since the beginning has implemented an idea, a pattern of play - it's a good team, full of quality players."

Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter: "You can't predict the future in this sport.  Togetherness is important, I have full confidence the lads will keep giving everything they can. I have been through a lot in life both inside and outside of football - it isn't always an upward journey. We have a wonderful challenge ahead of us now."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Brighton need a win to halt their slide towards the drop zone, but I just don't see them having enough of the ball to cause Wolves problems. Prediction: 2-0

Brighton are the only team in the top four tiers of English football yet to win in any competition in 2020.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won only four of the 31 league meetings (D12, L15). All four of those victories were in the second tier. Brighton are unbeaten in all nine top-flight matches against Wolves (W7, D2).

Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to secure three consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since May 2019. The six goals they have scored in the past two league games equals their total from the previous seven. They can keep three consecutive top-flight home clean sheets for the first time since December 1983. Wolves have conceded first in 18 Premier League matches this season, more than any other side. However, they have recovered 21 points from losing positions, six more than anyone else. In the last two seasons, Wolves have come from behind to claim a league-high 35 points. Raul Jimenez's 13 Premier League goals this season have been worth 16 points, a joint-high with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Jimenez also scored 13 goals last term. Diogo Jota has scored six goals in his last three games for Wolves in all competitions.

Brighton & Hove Albion have drawn five of their nine league and cup matches this calendar year, losing the other four. Albion have just one win from their past 14 games in all competitions. Their solitary victory in 13 Premier League away games came at Arsenal in December (D4 L8).Brighton's tally of 28 points is their lowest after 28 fixtures of a Premier League season. The Seagulls had 24 attempts on goal against Crystal Palace last weekend, their highest tally in a Premier League game.


28 Sunday 1 March Spurs at Tottenham Stadium (W2-3)

 report Spurs A










Match

Day

Date

KO

Sky

HOME

Score

Score

AWAY

Pts

Cum

Posn

GD

report

2019 Pre Season Friendlies

July 2019-November 2019

December 2019-February 2020

March 2020-May 2020

28

Sun

1 Mar

14:00


Spurs

2

3

Wolves

3

42

6

7

Spurs A

29

Sat

07 March 2020

15:00

Sky

Wolves

0

0

Brighton HA

1

43

5

7

Seagulls H

EU16

Thur

12 March

8pmUK

BT

Olympiacos

1

1

Wolves

Neto




EU16A

Premier & Europa Leagues are suspended, PL until at least 3rd April

30

Sun

15 March 2020

14:00

Sky

West Ham



Wolves





Iron A

EU16

Thur

19 March 2020

17:55

BT

Wolves



Olympiacos





EU16H

31

Sun

22 March

14:00


Wolves



Bournemouth

 WW in EU16

Cherries H

32

Sat

04 April

12:30

BT

Aston Villa



Wolves





Vile A

33

Mon

13 April

20:00

Sky

Wolves



Arsenal





Gooners H

34

Sun

19 April 2020

14:00

Sky

Sheffield Utd



Wolves





Blades A

35

Sat

25 April

15:00


Wolves



Everton





Toffees H

31

Sat

2 May

15:00


Burnley



Wolves





Clarets A

37

Sat

9 May

15:00


Wolves



Crystal Palace





Palace H

38

Sun

17 May

15:00


Chelsea



Wolves





Chelski A


Sat

23 May 2019

tbc


FA Cup Final









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