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16 Dec 28-Man Utd (a)

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15 Dec 26-Spurs (h)

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14 Dec 19-Burnley (a)

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13 Dec 15-Chelsea (h)

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12 Dec 12-Aston Villa (h)

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11 Dec  5-Liverpool (a)

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08 Sun Nov 8-Leicester (a)  2pm Sky L1-0

08 Leicester City 1 Vardy (15' pen) Wolves 0


HT 1-0Leicester City went top of the Premier League, if only for a few hours, after a highly contentious penalty by Jamie Vardy was enough to beat Wolves at King Power Stadium.   Vardy took his tally for the season to nine goals after sending Rui Patricio the wrong way, with Wolves' players incensed the spot-kick was given after Max Kilman handled Dennis Praet's cross. Wolves claimed Kilman had no time to move his hand out of the way but referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot after consulting the pitchside monitor.  Portugal keeper Patricio saved a second Vardy penalty with his leg before half-time - Leicester's eighth Premier League spot-kick of the season - after Rayan Ait-Nouri brought down James Justin.  Wolves threatened an equaliser after half-time, 19-year-old Wesley Fofana producing an excellent challenge to deny Pedro Neto a certain goal, Kilman fired over from close range, while Kasper Schmeichel made an outstanding flying save to keep out Ruben Neves.

Leicester replace Tottenham, who beat West Brom earlier in the day to go top, at the summit, two points ahead of Liverpool who are playing Manchester City at 16:30 GMT. Leicester had to dig deep in the second half as Wolves came back strongly but Brendan Rodgers' side head into the international break on the back of six straight wins. Three of those have come in the past week, the Foxes hammering Leeds and, in Europe, Sporting Braga before Vardy scored for the fourth successive game to see off Wolves. Having qualified for the Europa League group stages by finishing fifth last season, Rodgers' side are handling the busy workload of Thursday-Sunday football with aplomb. They were hungry chasing the ball and intelligent when they had possession. Christian Fuchs went close with a low drilled attempt, Vardy forced Patricio to tip his ferocious attempt over and substitute Harvey Barnes was denied a late goal by a deflection. Schmeichel's save to deny Neves was breathtaking. Having turned 34 on Thursday, the Denmark keeper remains a key ingredient of this hard-working side and showed great agility to deny Wolves an equaliser. Strong finish but no reward for Wolves  But for Schmeichel's wonderful save, Wolves would have headed back to the Black Country with a point. Neves' shot from the edge of the penalty area was heading for the net before the Dane stuck out a strong hand to divert it away. Wolves will be upset by the circumstances that led to Vardy scoring his ninth goal in eight games.  Their players surrounded Taylor after he awarded the penalty for Kilman's handball after watching the incident on a screen.  Wolves started sluggishly but sprung into life after Patricio kept out Vardy's second penalty which Wolves did not bother protesting. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have made a solid start to the season but the Wolves boss has much to ponder during the international break - not least his side's lack of goals.  They have managed just eight in the top flight - only the bottom four have scored fewer.

Best Premier League start - the stats - Leicester have won 18 points in their opening eight Premier League games, their best start to a top-flight season and best start to a season since winning 19 points in their first eight games in 2008-09 in League One.  Wolves have won none of their four away Premier League matches against Leicester (D2 L2), failing to score in every match.  Leicester have won their past six matches in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and conceding just twice. The Foxes have scored seven penalties in the Premier League this season, four more than any other side. They have been awarded eight so far in 2020-21, the earliest in a campaign a team has been awarded that many. The previous earliest was Manchester United last season (16th game). Rui Patricio has saved three of the 10 penalties he has faced in the Premier League.

What's next? Leicester's first game back from the international break is against reigning champions Liverpool at Anfield on 21 November (15:00 GMT), while Wolves host in-form Southampton on the same day at the same time.


Leicester

1Schmeichel 3Fofana Booked at 81' 6Evans Booked at 63' 28Fuchs 2Justin 8Tielemans 24Mendy 33Thomas sub Albrightonat 45' 26Praet sub Morganat 80' 10Maddison sub Barnesat 72' 9Vardy Substitutes 5Morgan 11Albrighton 12Ward 14Iheanacho 15Barnes 19Ünder 20Choudhury

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 49KilmanBooked at 90' 22Nélson Semedo 32DendonckerBooked at 41' 8NevesBooked at 50' 3Aït-Nouri sub Marçal de Oliveiraat 76' 7Neto sub Soares Silvaat 79' 10Castelo Podence sub Traoréat 60' 9Jiménez Substitutes 5Marçal de Oliveira 17Soares Silva 21Ruddy 27Saïss 28João Moutinho 37Traoré 54Otasowie

Referee: Anthony Taylor


     Leicester Wolves

Possession 50% 50%

Shots       10  7

Shots on Tgt 3  2

Corners     6   3

Fouls       12  8


Match ends, Leicester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+3' Booking Maximilian Kilman (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+3' Youri Tielemans (LC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+3' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 90'+1' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 90'+1' Marc Albrighton (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  89' Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Willy Boly. 88' Foul by Harvey Barnes (LC). 88' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 83' Attempt blocked. Christian Fuchs (LC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 82' Corner, (LC) Conceded by  Maximilian Kilman. 82' Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (LC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Justin. 81' Booking

Wesley Fofana (LC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 81' Foul by Wesley Fofana (LC). 81' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 80' Sub, (LC) Wes Morgan replaces Dennis Praet. 79' Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Pedro Neto. 78' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 77' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel. 77' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 76' Sub, (WW) Marçal replaces Rayan Aït-Nouri. 72' Sub, (LC) Harvey Barnes replaces James Maddison. 67' Offside, (WW) Nélson Semedo tries a through ball, but Maximilian Kilman is caught offside. 67' Foul by Dennis Praet (LC). 67' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 65' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 64' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick. 63' Foul by Jonny Evans (LC). 63' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Justin. 60' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Daniel Podence. 59' Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (LC) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner. 58' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 57' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Willy Boly. 56'  Attempt blocked. James Maddison (LC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 55' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 53' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 53' Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (LC) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Wesley Fofana. 52' Foul by James Justin (LC). 52' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Attempt missed. Youri Tielemans (LC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James Maddison following a set piece situation. 50' Booking Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 50' James Maddison (LC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 50' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 49' Foul by James Maddison (LC). 49' Maximilian Kilman (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Attempt missed. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 47' Foul by Christian Fuchs (LC). 47' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Attempt missed. Youri Tielemans (LC) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross. 45' Sub, (LC) Marc Albrighton replaces Luke Thomas.

Second Half

Second Half begins Leicester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+3 Half Time

     Leicester Wolves

Possession 55% 45%

Shots       7   3

Shots on Tgt 3  1

Corners     3   1

Fouls       8   6

First Half ends, Leicester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+1' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 45' Foul by James Maddison (LC). 41' James Maddison (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW).

39' Penalty saved! Jamie Vardy (LC) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal. 39' VAR Decision: Penalty Leicester City. 38' Penalty Leicester City. James Justin draws a foul in the penalty area. 38' Penalty conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 36' Foul by Jamie Vardy (LC). 36' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Christian Fuchs. 34' Foul by Youri Tielemans (LC). 34' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 31' Attempt missed. Christian Fuchs (LC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Youri Tielemans. 17' Foul by James Justin (LC). 17' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 16' Christian Fuchs (LC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 16' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 15' Goal! Leicester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Jamie Vardy (LC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner. 13' VAR Decision: Penalty Leicester City. 13' Penalty conceded by Maximilian Kilman (WW) with a hand ball in the penalty area. 10' Hand ball by Luke Thomas (LC). 5' Corner, (LC) Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 3' James Maddison (LC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 3' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 14:0514:05 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Jonny Evans is set to feature for Leicester City after missing three games with a back injury. Jamie Vardy and Nampalys Mendy should return after being rested for Thursday's Europa League win against Sporting Braga.

Wolves have no new injury concerns, with Fernando Marcal in contention after missing the win against Crystal Palace with a minor injury. Rayan Ait-Nouri may be preferred after an impressive debut last weekend.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Both teams are playing so well that it is hard to decide either way. I've gone with Leicester, but I could make a case for either side to come out on top. Prediction: 2-1


Rayan Ait-Nouri could become only the fourth teenager to score on his first two Premier League appearances after Alan Smith (1998, Leeds), Federico Macheda (2009, Manchester United) and Anthony Martial (2015, Manchester United).

MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

Leicester have lost just one of their past 23 home league games against Wolves (W13, D9). Wolves are winless in 10 top-flight away meetings since a 2-1 victory in December 1971 (D4, L6). They have failed to score in six of their last seven top-flight matches at Leicester.

Leicester City have won five of their opening seven top-flight matches in a season for the first time. However, the Foxes could lose three successive home league games without scoring for the first time since 1983. Their tally of 17 Premier League goals is bettered only by Tottenham's 18 prior to the weekend. Leicester have the best shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season, scoring with 26.2% of their attempts.  Jamie Vardy has scored seven goals in six Premier League games this season, matching his total tally from the previous 19 matches. However, Vardy has failed to score in 11 of his last 13 home league appearances and is yet to score in six league meetings versus Wolves.  Youri Tielemans has scored three Premier League goals this season. He finished with three goals in total in both 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves are unbeaten in four Premier League games (W3, D1). Their tally of 13 points is a club record after seven fixtures of a Premier League campaign. Wolves have kept a clean sheet in each of their past nine Premier League victories. Raul Jimenez has scored half of Wolves' eight Premier League goals this season.

  



 

07 Friday Oct 30-Crystal Palace (h) live on BT Sport pay per view Protest

07 Wolves 2 Aït-Nouri (18'), Castelo Podence (27') Palace 0    


HT 2-0


Teenager Rayan Ait-Nouri scored on his Wolves debut as Nuno Espirito Santo's side moved joint top of the Premier League with a deserved victory over Crystal Palace at Molineux.  The France Under-21 left-back, 19, joined the club on a season-long loan - with an option to buy - from Ligue 1 Angers this month and took just 18 minutes to announce himself with a first-time strike from Cheikhou Kouyate's headed clearance.   Portuguese winger Daniel Podence doubled the hosts' advantage nine minutes later, carefully guiding in Pedro Neto's cross at the back post. "For Rayan Ait Nouri I am really pleased because it is the first game and what a better start can he have" said Wolves manager Nuno. "He is 19 with a lot of things to improve. He has to get so many things on board and that's the work." On moving into the top three, he added: "It's all about the performance, the table is not important. The work is important. Playing without fans requires a lot of focus, we haven't the edge of Molineux."  Wolves went close to more first-half joy as Nelson Semedo and Leander Dendoncker narrowly missed with efforts from outside the box, while the video assistant referee denied Palace a lifeline from the penalty spot when Patrick van Aanholt was found to be offside, prior to being felled by Willy Boly.  Palace were much improved after the break but a frustrated Wilfried Zaha had a penalty appeal dismissed and a disappointing night for Roy Hodgson's side was compounded when Luka Milivojevic was shown a red card for a tackle on Joao Moutinho in the closing stages.   Referee Martin Atkinson watched the incident back on the pitchside monitor, but Hodgson said: "My view is it's not a sending-off and I've told Martin Atkinson that."

A fourth victory from seven games moved Wolves up to third in the standings, level on 13 points with Everton and Liverpool who both have a game in hand.

Ait-Nouri typifies confident Wolves display - While his last match in an Angers shirt was a 6-1 defeat by Paris St-Germain, this was a night that will live long in the impressive Ait-Nouri's memory.  Manager Nuno had challenged his side to become much more clinical after they were held 1-1 by Newcastle last weekend, their failure to kill the game punished by Jacob Murphy's 89th-minute free-kick.  Only the bottom three sides had scored fewer Premier League goals than Wolves prior to kick-off, while another well-documented concern has been their slow starts to matches.  But debutant Ait Nouri's goal - Wolves' first in the first half since the opening day - marked the start of a pleasing evening for the Portuguese coach.  Podence, whose two Premier League goals have both come against Palace, led the early Wolves charge as his curling shot forced Vicente Guaita to tip over, after Dendoncker had earlier headed on to the post from his cross.  Dendoncker struck the bar before denying Scott Dann from a corner at the other end as Wolves effectively kept Palace at bay - and though they were forced to work much harder after the interval, they never looked at risk of relinquishing their lead.  With Podence's goal proving crucial in avoiding another nervous finish, Nuno will be eager for his team build on their rapid start at Molineux going forward.

Half-time response not enough for Palace - Crystal Palace arrived at Molineux looking to take 13 points from their first seven games of a Premier League season for the first time ever, with the added  incentive of climbing into the top four. Despite returning to winning ways against Fulham last weekend, Hodgson's side were second best for much of the first half and were lucky not to find themselves more than 2-0 down at the break.  It was a night when things did not fall the Eagles' way, as Michy Batshuayi had a goal ruled out for offside after 17 minutes and Zaha was shown no sympathy after going down under a challenge by Ait-Nouri after the restart.  A consolation for Hodgson on a disappointing evening was the notable second-half response from his players, despite the all-important absence of a breakthrough. Zaha, having contributed five goals and one assist to Palace's eight league goals to date, cut an increasingly frustrated figure in attack, most evident as he received a yellow card for a shove on Ait-Nouri.  Milivojevic's dismissal, awarded retrospectively by VAR for a studs-up challenge, only served to further dampen a result Hodgson will want to bury quickly after a promising start to the campaign.  On the red card, Hodgson said: "I'm very disappointed with that one. It's the worst part of the evening in a way. There would have been positives to take, but to lose a player for three games for a challenge I didn't even consider a foul will be very hard to take.  If it's up to me I certainly want to appeal against it."


Wolves' highest position in 41 years - the stats- Wolves' third-place position in the Premier League is their highest at the end of a day this far into a top-flight season since October 1979, when they went on to finish sixth and win the League Cup.  Wolves' Rayan Ait-Nouri is the 15th Frenchman to score on his Premier League debut and, at 19 years and 146 days, he is also the youngest Frenchman to do so. Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has now played more Premier League minutes against Crystal Palace without scoring than against any other team (421). Only relegated Norwich City (14) have lost more Premier League games in 2020 than Crystal Palace (13). Since Roy Hodgson's first game in charge in September 2017, the Eagles have failed to score in 39 Premier League matches. Only rivals Brighton have done so more (40). Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic received his first red card in league competition since February 2016 for Olympiakos, with this his 145th game since.

What's next? Crystal Palace host Leeds United on Saturday (15:00 GMT), before Wolves travel to Leicester on Sunday (14:00).

Player of the match Rayan Aït-Nouri with an average of 8.45

Wolverhampton Wanderers

 3 Player Aït-Nouri Average rating 8.45

10 Player Daniel Podence Average rating 8.07

 7 Player Pedro Neto Average rating 7.82

22 Player Nélson Semedo Average rating 7.72

16 Player Coady Average rating 7.69

32 Player Dendoncker Average rating 7.56

49 Player Kilman Average rating 7.52

 8 Player Rúben Neves Average rating 7.50

 9 Player Jiménez Average rating 7.29

11 Player Rui Patrício Average rating 7.14

15 Player Boly Average rating 7.03

28 Player João Moutinho Average rating 6.85

37 Player Traoré Average rating 6.84

17 Player Fábio Silva Average rating 6.49


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 49Kilman 22Nélson Semedo 32Dendoncker 8Neves 3Aït-Nouri 7Neto  sub by João Moutinhoat 76' 10Castelo Podence  sub by Traoréat 76'

9Jiménez  sub by Soares Silvaat 90+1' Substitutes 2Hoever 17Soares Silva 21Ruddy 27Saïss 28João Moutinho 37Traoré 54Otasowie

Crystal Palace 31Guaita 17Clyne 8Kouyaté 6Dann 3van AanholtBooked at 45' 44Riedewald 4MilivojevicBooked at 86' 15Schlupp  sub by Ezeat 65' 10Townsend  sub by J Ayewat 72' 23Batshuayi  sub by Bentekeat 84' 11ZahaBooked at 62' Substitutes 9J Ayew 12Sakho 18McArthur 19Henderson 20Benteke 25Eze 34Kelly

Referee: Martin Atkinson

         Wolves Crystal Palace

Possession 45%  55%

Shots      15   11

Shots on Tgt 5   2

Corners     7    6

Fouls      13    4


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crystal Palace 0.

90'+5' Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crystal Palace 0.

90'+1' Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Raúl Jiménez. 90'+1' Eberechi Eze (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 86' Dismissal Luka Milivojevic (CP) is shown the red card. 85' VAR Decision: Card upgraded Luka Milivojevic (CP). 84' Sub, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Michy Batshuayi. 83' Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 83' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 83' Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 79' Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) left footed  shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick. 77' Luka Milivojevic (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 77' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 77' Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (CP) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt with a cross. 76' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Daniel Podence. 76' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Pedro Neto. 74' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michy Batshuayi. 73' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Scott Dann. 72' Sub, Crystal Palace. Jordan Ayew replaces Andros Townsend. 70' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 69' Nathaniel Clyne (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 69' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 68' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a headed pass. 65' Sub, Crystal Palace. Eberechi Eze replaces Jeffrey Schlupp. 65' Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick. 64' Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 64' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 64' Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (CP) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross. 62' Booking Wilfried Zaha (CP) is shown the yellow card. 61' Foul by Wilfried Zaha (CP). 61' Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high  nd wide to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a fast break.  59' Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri. 58' Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Willy Boly. 57' Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (CP) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend. 56' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 55' Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Clyne (CP) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross. 54' Hand ball by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 52' Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 48' Foul by Michy Batshuayi (CP). 48' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the  goal. 46' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 46' Michy Batshuayi (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crystal Palace 0.

45'+3' Half Time

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crystal Palace 0.

         Wolves Crystal Palace

Possession 49%  51%

Shots      11    3

Shots on Tgt 3   1

Corners     5    4

Fouls       5    2

45'+3' Attempt missed. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.  45'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vicente Guaita. 45' Booking Patrick van Aanholt (CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45' Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (CP). 45' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 41' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW). 41' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 40' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 40' Luka Milivojevic (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 38' VAR Decision: No Penalty Crystal Palace. 38' Offside, Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha tries a through ball, but Patrick van Aanholt is caught offside. 37' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 37' Michy Batshuayi (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 35' Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 35' Attempt blocked. Scott Dann (CP) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. 35' Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Rúben Neves. 34' Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 33' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 33' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 30' Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (CP). 27' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crystal Palace 0. Daniel Podence (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross.

27' Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jairo Riedewald. 25' Leander Dendoncker (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 21' Attempt missed. Nélson Semedo (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 18'  Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crystal Palace 0. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

17' Offside, Crystal Palace. Patrick van Aanholt tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside. 14' Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Conor Coady. 13' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp. 12' Attempt blocked. Rayan Aït-Nouri (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 12' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jairo Riedewald. 9' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vicente Guaita. 9' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 7' Leander Dendoncker (WW) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 6' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 3' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 3' Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (CP) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

Kick Off First Half begins.

18:58 30 Oct18:58 30 Oct Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Daniel Podence celebrates scoring for Wolves against Crystal Palace - Daniel Podence's first Premier League goal helped Wolves beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in July


TEAM NEWS

Wolves wing-back Jonny continues his rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury but he is likely to be their only absentee.  Adama Traore, Joao Moutinho and Marcal could return to the starting line-up.

Crystal Palace will monitor full-backs Tyrick Mitchell and Joel Ward, both of whom are nursing minor problems. James McCarthy, Gary Cahill and James Tomkins are back in training, while Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland are fit after recovering from coronavirus.

Wolves must be more clinical, says Santo

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves should really be heading into this game on the back of three straight wins - they conceded a late equaliser against Newcastle last weekend, when they'd done enough for the three points. The way Newcastle were set up to try to stop Wolves is exactly what Crystal Palace will do on Friday, only the Eagles will carry a bit more of a threat at the other end. With five goals in his first six league games, Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has already bettered his tally from last season [which was four goals in 38 league appearances]. Zaha is playing very well at the moment and will be dangerous no matter how much possession Wolves have. I still fancy Nuno Espirito Santo's side here, though. Palace are a good hard-working team, but Wolves are not just a good side, they are a classy one. Prediction: 2-0

Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their 11 top-flight games on a Friday

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have lost three of the past six league meetings, as many defeats as in the previous 13 encounters. Crystal Palace have won three of their last five away league matches against Wolves, although they lost 2-0 at Molineux in July. Neither team has scored more than two goals in any of the 16 top-flight meetings.

Wolverhampton Wanderers - Wolves' total of 10 points from six matches represents their best start to a top-flight season since 1979, when they had 13 points (once adjusted to three points for a win).  They have failed to score a first-half goal in 58 of their 82 Premier League matches since winning promotion in 2018, including in each of their past five games. However, they have lost just one of their last 21 top-flight fixtures which were level at half-time (W8, D12).

Wolves have won just one of the 11 Premier League games under Nuno Espirito Santo in which they have had at least 60% possession. They have kept a clean sheet in each of their past eight Premier League victories.  Raul Jimenez has 13 Premier League goals in 2020, a tally bettered only by Danny Ings (14) and Mohamed Salah (16). Jimenez has scored two-thirds of Wolves' six league goals this season and taken 41% of their shots.

Crystal Palace  - The Eagles have led for 316 minutes in the top flight this season, more than any other side. Palace's tally of 10 points equals their best start to a Premier League campaign, set in 2016-17. Five of the nine league goals they have conceded this season have come in the final 15 minutes of matches. Wilfried Zaha has scored five goals in six Premier League games this season, one more than he managed in 38 appearances last term.

   



06 Sun Oct 25-Newcastle (h)  4:30pm Sky

lessons in wall building needed.


06 Wolves 1 Jiménez (80') Newcastle 1 Murphy (89')


HT 0-0


Nuno Espirito Santo wants his side to be "more clinical" after Newcastle's late equaliser denied Wolves a third consecutive win. Jacob Murphy's 89th-minute free-kick rescued a point for Newcastle shortly after Wolves had taken the lead through Raul Jimenez.  Newcastle midfielder Murphy bent his low effort around the wall and just inside the post past goalkeeper Rui Patricio. (Awful wall set up) It was just the second shot on target from the visitors.

"We were patient, we were a threat, we didn't concede many chances and it is a game that we should finish with a victory," said Nuno. Jimenez had fired home with 10 minutes to go of what had been a lacklustre encounter that Wolves had dominated for long stretches.  Both sides managed just one shot on target in the first half, and while Wolves seemed the likelier to take three points they had to settle for a point that takes them into eighth. "The mistake is that we need to be more clinical," Nuno added. "We had many chances but we did not test the goalkeeper too many times. We were the better team."

Newcastle remain in 14th after the fourth consecutive 1-1 result between the two clubs.

Karl Darlow saved Daniel Podence's shot in the sixth minute in what turned out to be Wolves' best chance of the first half, while Allan Saint-Maximin's effort pushed away by Patricio just before the break was Newcastle's first attempt on target.  Blocks by Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez to deny Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto typified a dogged display by the away side in the second half, and they battled back strongly after Jimenez's fine goal had seemed set to send them home empty-handed.

Wolves fail to land killer blow

Wolves lived up to the statistic that says they are the Premier League's slowest starters, failing to score in the first half for the 58th time - more than any other side in the top flight.  Podence forced Darlow into a save low to his left after six minutes, but after that the home side failed to make the most of having nearly two-thirds of the possession.

Wolves need to be more clinical - Nuno - Nuno Espirito Santo's side showed was more urgency after the break, and even had vague hopes of a penalty shout for handball when Fernandez got in the way of Podence's effort, but replays showed the Newcastle defender could have done nothing to get the back of his arm out of the way. Jimenez's excellent shot from just outside the area from a corner had enough power behind it to take it in off Darlow's left hand, giving Wolves' leading scorer his fourth of this campaign and what seemed to be the game's decisive moment. But with their next three games all against sides near them in the table - versus Crystal Palace, Leicester and Southampton - Nuno will be keen for his team to finish off sides when they have the chance.

Gutsy Newcastle battle through - A heavy defeat to Manchester United last time out, combined with illness and injuries affecting his squad, saw Steve Bruce make four changes to his starting line-up. Jonjo Shelvey's groin problem and an illness affecting Sean Longstaff resulted in a redrawn side with an attacking edge, and included Ryan Fraser making his first Premier League start since his transfer from Bournemouth. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce praises the performance of goalscorer Jacob Murphy But for all their potential threat going forward, Newcastle worked hard without the ball for much of the match and Wolves' main threats came from shots a long way from goal. Fraser and his former Bournemouth team-mate Callum Wilson lined up alongside each other for the first time this season, while Murphy, who spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, made his first Premier League start since December 2018. The 25-year-old Murphy, named at wing-back, took his chance with a clever free-kick that just squeezed in to give Newcastle a point from a match that they were never quite out of despite spending so much of it on the back foot.  Newcastle manager Steve Bruce on BBC Sport: "We didn't have any natural midfield players who want to win the ball back today. We have to defend better than we have done of late, we have to be hard to beat.  It was hard work but that's the Premier League. Almiron does the hard work, it's very hard for me to leave him out, he's a manager's delight. He ran himself to a standstill.  We are trying to find a balance to the team, it won't happen overnight but we are trying to change the way we play."

The draw specialists - the stats you may have missed

73% of the Premier League matches between Wolves and Newcastle have ended level (8/11); of Premier League ties to have been played at least 10 times, this is the highest percentage. All 11 Premier League games between Wolves and Newcastle have seen both sides score a goal, making it the most played tie in the competition in which neither side have kept a clean sheet. Wolves have won just one of their 11 games under Nuno Espirito Santo in which they have had at least 60% possession (D5 L5), with that win coming against a Manchester City team who played with 10 men for more than 75 minutes. Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 27 Premier League goals since the start of last season (21 goals & 6 assists - more than twice as many as any other Wolves player. Each of Jimenez's last two Premier League goals have been scored from outside the box after each of his previous 32 goals in the competition had been scored from inside the penalty area. Jacob Murphy scored Newcastle's first direct free-kick goal in the Premier League since a Jonjo Shelvey strike against West Ham in November 2019.

What's next? - Wolves are at home again in their next outing when they host Crystal Palace at 20:00 GMT on Friday, 30 October, while Newcastle are back at St James' Park when they play leaders Everton at 14:00 on Sunday, 1 November.


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 49Kilman 22Nélson Semedo 32Dendoncker 8Neves sub by João Moutinhoat 83' 27Saïss sub by Marçal de Oliveiraat 68' 7Neto 9Jiménez 10Castelo Podence sub by Traoréat 68' Substitutes 2Hoever 3Aït-Nouri 5Marçal de Oliveira 17Soares Silva 21Ruddy 28João Moutinho 37Traoré

Newcastle

26Darlow 23Murphy 5Schär 6Lascelles sub by Carrollat 88' 18Fernández 15Lewis 21Fraser sub by Joelintonat 78' 16Hendrick 24AlmirónBooked at 40' 13C Wilson 10Saint-Maxi'ubstituted forS Longstaffat 79' Substitutes 7Carroll 9Joelinton 14Hayden 17Krafth 19Manquillo 29Gillespie 36S Longstaff

Referee: Lee Mason



FT      Wolves Newcastle

Possession 63% 37%

Shots      16   5

Shots on Tgt 3  2

Corners     2   3

Fouls      10  10


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 1.

90'+4' Full Time

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

90'+3' Foul by Marçal (WW). 90'+3' Miguel Almirón (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Hand ball by Sean Longstaff (NU). 90'+1' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 90'+1' Jeff Hendrick (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Foul by Callum Wilson (NU). 89' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 1. Jacob Murphy (NU) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. (Awful wall and Dendoncker moved) 88' Sub, (NU) Andy Carroll replaces Jamaal Lascelles.  87' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 87' Callum Wilson (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Foul by Jacob Murphy (NU). 83' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Rúben Neves.

80' Goal!Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

80' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 80' Foul by Fabian Schär (NU). 79' Sub, (NU) Sean Longstaff replaces Allan Saint-Maximin. 78' Sub, (NU) Joelinton replaces Ryan Fraser. 77' Attempt blocked. Marçal (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 77' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 77' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 76' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marçal. 73' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 73' Allan Saint-Maximin (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jamal Lewis. 71' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 69' Foul by Marçal (WW). 69' Ryan Fraser (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin. 68' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 68' Foul by Callum Wilson (NU). 68' Sub, (WW) Marçal replaces Romain Saïss. 68' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Daniel  Podence. 67' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 67' Jacob Murphy (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation. 66' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 66' Foul by Jacob Murphy (NU).  61' Attempt blocked. Miguel Almirón (NU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Wilson. 56' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 56' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 53' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 52' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 51' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 48' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 48' Foul by Allan Saint-Maximin (NU). 46' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Podence.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Newcastle United 0.

45'+2' Half Time

        Wolves Newcastle

Possession 65  35%

Shots       4   2

Shots on Tgt 1  1

Corners     1   2

Fouls       4   3

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Newcastle United 0.

41' Attempt saved. Allan Saint-Maximin (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miguel Almirón. 40' Booking

Miguel Almirón (NU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 40' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 40' Foul by Miguel Almirón (NU). 28' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 28' Allan Saint-Maximin (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 23' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 23' Jamal Lewis (NU) wins a free kick in the  defensive half. 21' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 19' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 19' Jamal Lewis (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  18' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (NU). 17' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 17' Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (NU) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy. 13' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 11' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 11' Foul by Callum Wilson (NU). 11' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 9' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 8' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jamal Lewis. 5' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 2' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 2' Ryan Fraser (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kick Off First Half begins.

Posted at 16:44 25 Oct16:44 25 Oct Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says several unnamed players are fitness concerns and will be assessed. Jonny continues his rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury.

Newcastle will make a late decision on goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who is still sore after colliding with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford last weekend. Isaac Hayden will also be monitored after being forced off with a minor muscle problem, while Sean Longstaff has recovered from tonsillitis.

Wolves defender Kilman signs new contract Newcastle fans' pay-per-view protest raises £20,000 for food bank

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves were very good at Leeds on Monday. They understood exactly what Leeds were about, and matched them, but looked really dangerous on the counter-attack too. It was a tight game but Wolves did enough to win it and they are clearly a very good side. I like the way they are set up. They will probably create more chances on Sunday and I don't see Newcastle keeping them out. Prediction: 2-0 (Wrong again)

Steve Bruce is winless in his last seven away league games versus Wolves

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Seven of the 10 Premier League meetings have been drawn, with six of those games - including the last three - ending 1-1. Wolves' last top-flight home win against Newcastle was 1-0 at Molineux in November 1977. (+FA Cup 2003)

Wolverhampton Wanderers - If Wolves win it would be the first time since 1979 they have claimed at least four victories from their opening six top-flight matches.

They have kept seven clean sheets in their past nine Premier League home games. Wolves have failed to win any of the last six top-flight matches in which they conceded, last doing so in March's 3-2 victory at Tottenham. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have failed to score a first-half goal in 33 of their past 45 league games.

However, they have lost just one of their last 20 top-flight fixtures which were level at half-time (W8, D11). Raul Jimenez has scored the winning goal in 10 Premier League matches since the start of last season, more than any other player prior to the weekend. Willy Boly is set to play his 100th Premier League game.

Newcastle United - A win would give Newcastle their best start to a Premier League season since 2011, when they took 12 points from their opening six matches.

The Magpies have kept clean sheets in two of their past 13 league games. Callum Wilson can become the first player to score in each of Newcastle's opening three away matches in a Premier League season. Wilson has been directly involved in five of his side's seven league goals this term, scoring four and assisting one.

  


05 Mon Oct 19-Leeds (a)  8pm Sky

05 Leeds 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Jiménez (70') Assists Kilman (70')

HT 0-0


Raul Jimenez  scored his third goal of the season for WolvesWolves' win at Leeds United, which moved them into sixth in the Premier League, was a "massive result" according to defender Conor Coady.  After losing two of their first three games of the season, Nuno Espirito Santo's side have now won their past two, although Coady said it was difficult to achieve this victory, decided by a 70th-minute deflected Raul Jimenez strike. "It was a massive result for us, we knew how tough it would be," he said. "They were fantastic last season and play at 100mph, but we stuck at our plan. It's hard to get after them, you have to play with your brain." Although Leeds dominated the opening period, the visitors were in charge from the final minute of the half when Daniel Podence's shot was saved.  They were very attacking, we looked at that and then we got a bit of control in the second half," Coady added to Sky Sports.

In only the second top-flight Elland Road meeting between these two famous old clubs since 1981, Wolves were well on top by the time Jimenez took the ball across field from the right flank after 70 minutes, before checking inside to shoot from the edge of the box. Kalvin Phillips tried to block the Mexican's effort but only succeeded in heading into the opposite corner, leaving goalkeeper Illan Meslier stranded and unable to stop Jimenez netting his third goal of the season.  Wolves thought they had scored earlier in the half when Roman Saiss lashed home Podence's cross, but after taking guidance from VAR Michael Oliver, referee David Coote ruled it out for offside. Though close, it was the right call. It certainly created far less controversy than the incident the pair were involved in on Saturday when - with Oliver in charge and Coote at Premier League HQ - they deemed Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford did not deserve a red card after injuring Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk with a reckless challenge.


Reality check for Leeds - Leeds dominated against Wolves - Bielsa - Leeds have enjoyed an excellent start to their first top-flight season since 2004 and victory would have taken them into third, but this first home defeat since February was a bit of a reality check for Marcelo Bielsa's side. The Argentine's deep thinking about the game has turned the West Yorkshire side into a tactical conundrum.  At different times they can have three, four or five players in defence depending whether Stuart Dallas is pushing up the left flank or Phillips is dropping deep.  And as they did in their thrilling draw with Manchester City in their last home game, Leeds enjoyed long periods when they were the better side.  Patrick Bamford had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half  Luke Ayling had a shot blocked by Max Kilman and Patrick Bamford got to Jack Harrison's cross but was unable to turn his first-time effort goalwards.  They rallied after Jimenez had broken the deadlock and Pablo Hernandez did have chance to level, but the effort was blocked and with it went Leeds' hopes of avoiding a second defeat of the season.

Wolves in transition - Nuno pleased with Wolves' second-half display Wolves will be delighted at three wins from their opening five games, particularly as manager Nuno is in the early stages of revolutionising his team's style of play, changing them from a largely counter-attacking unit into one that is comfortable in possession.  However, with three of his new recruits on the bench, including £35.6m teenager Fabio Silva, the indications are Nuno has not quite settled on his preferred use of the talents at his disposal.  A first-half possession statistic of 31% underlined Wolves' labours, as did their return of zero shots on target before Podence drove the best chance of the opening period straight at Meslier with virtually the final kick before the whistle. Jimenez's forward partnership with Podence will be the key to Wolves' hopes of progress as Nuno's rebuilding work continues.  The Mexican remains one of the Premier League's most feared strikers - only Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have also scored 30 top-flight goals since the start of last season - and Podence is blossoming into a capable replacement for Diogo Jota.

'They were so dynamic' - reaction Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to BBC's Match of the Day: "It was a good performance with some aspects to improve. We were better in the second half, but at the start it was very difficult for us. They broke us, created chances, they were so dynamic. We had to adjust and be more clinical in front. The goal was fortunate but we had chances.  There was a proposal from [former Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger for daylight for offsides - VAR is fine margins and we want them to make good decisions. It is a challenge for referees to improve, to be better, be faster and let the game flow.  Nobody likes to celebrate and then come back. VAR can go both ways, let's try to help and make things better together."

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa: "In the first half we should have established a difference. In the second half it was more even. We had the sensation that we could unbalance them. We created enough opportunities to establish a lead.  I don't think they were better than us, but they neutralised our game better. The game was very hard, very physical and there was a lot of interruptions."

Jimenez hits milestone - stats - Leeds suffered their first home defeat in 12 games in all competitions (W8 D3), since a 0-1 defeat to Wigan in the Championship in February 2020. Wolves have won four league meetings in a row against Leeds for the first time since February 1958 to April 1960 (a run of five). Wolves have won three of their first five games (L2) of a top-flight campaign for the first time since 1979-80.  This was Leeds' first home defeat in the Premier League since April 2004 (1-2 v Portsmouth). Jimenez has netted 33 goals in the Premier League for Wolves, 11 more than any other player Steven Fletcher managed, while only Joao Moutinho has more assists (14) than the Mexican (13). Max Kilman registered his first goal involvement in his 14th game for Wolves in all competitions.

What's next?

Leeds next play in the Premier League at high-flying Aston Villa on 23 October (20:00 BST), while Wolves entertain Newcastle on 25 October (16:30 GMT).

Player of the match = Maximilian Kilman

with an average of8.07

Wolverhampton Wanderers

#49 Kilman Average rating 8.07

#16 Coady Average rating 7.79 #9 Jiménez Average rating 7.56 #7 Pedro Neto Average rating 7.32 #11 Rui Patrício Average rating 7.32 #10 Daniel Podence Average rating 7.23 #15 Boly Average rating 7.02 #27 Saïss Average rating 6.82 #28 João Moutinho Average rating 6.79 #32 Dendoncker Average rating 6.75 #8 Rúben Neves Average rating 6.59 #37 Traoré Average rating 6.40 #22 Nélson Semedo Average rating 6.30 #5 Marçal Average rating 6.14

Match Stats

          Leeds Wolves

Possession 68%   32%

Shots      13     7

Shots on Tgt 2    3

Corners     8     3

Fouls      13    12

Line-ups

Leeds

1Meslier  2Ayling  booked 15' 5Koch 21Struijk subHernándezat 75' 15Dallas 23Phillips  booked 61' 17Hélder Costa subPoveda-Ocampoat 71' 43Klich 20Rodrigo 22Harrison subDias Belloliat 82' 9Bamford Substitutes 7Poveda-Ocampo 10Alioski 11Roberts 13Casilla 18Dias Belloli 19Hernández 46Shackleton

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 49Kilman 22Nélson Semedo 32Dendoncker 28João Moutinho  booked 66' subNevesat 82' 7Neto subMarçal de Oliveiraat 89' 27Saïss 9Jiménez 10Castelo Podence subTraoréat 65' Substitutes 2Hoever 5Marçal de Oliveira 8Neves 17Soares Silva 21Ruddy 37Traoré 54Otasowie

Referee: David Coote

Player ratings - (E&S)

Rui Patricio - A second successive clean sheet for the Portuguese – and fifth counting international games. Not majorly tested despite all the first-half pressure from Leeds, only having to gather an effort from Rodrigo. 7

Willy Boly Steady enough outing from the Frenchman. Gradually getting back to his best after a couple of uncharacteristic displays early this campaign. 7

Conor Coady Continues to lead by example, constantly organising and confident while England boss Gareth Southgate watched on from the stands. Played a lovely crossfield pass to Podence, who was unfortunately offside before he teed up Saiss for the goal which was chalked off. 8

Max Kilman A little nervy early on but Kilman really grew into the game and looked assured after the break. Two clean sheets from the last two games, with him not at all looking out of place in defence. He has taken his opportunity. 8

Nelson Semedo Still finding his way in gold and black, it must be said. Wolves kept Leeds at bay, of course, but Semedo did struggle against Harrison on the left and found himself pulled out of position a fair few times. 6

Leander Dendoncker Wolves' midfield did not make their presence felt in the first half. Dendoncker grew into it a bit more in the second with some decent runs but can do better. 6

Joao Moutinho Got better as it went on but has not properly dictated a game for a while. Hopefully, we will see a top-class outing from him soon. 6

Romain Saiss Targeted by Costa, who had a fair bit of joy, early on, but did a decent job considering left-wing-back is not his position. Such a sweet strike for the goal which was agonisingly chalked off, before Jimenez won it via a huge deflection off Phillips. 7

Pedro Neto Always looking to drive at players and use his pace to get into dangerous areas. Really has bulked up and had his moments going forward. 7

Raul Jimenez A huge slice of luck with his goal, but you also earn your luck and it was a splendid run from Jimenez to create the chance. Three for the season for the Mexican, who just keeps scoring. 7

Daniel Podence Did really well to tee up Saiss for the disallowed goal and tested Meslier with a couple of fierce strikes. Taken off for Traore but a decent display. 7

Subs

Adama Traore (for Podence, 65) Couple of trademark runs from the winger. 6

Ruben Neves (for Moutinho, 82) N/A

Fernando Marcal (for Neto, 89) N/A

Match ends, Leeds United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+7' Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+5' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 90'+4' Ian Poveda-Ocampo (LU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+4' Foul by Marçal (WW). 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 89' Foul by Robin Koch (LU). 89' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 89' Sub, (WW) Marçal replaces Pedro Neto. 85' Foul by Patrick Bamford (LU). 85' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 83' Attempt blocked. Ian Poveda-Ocampo (LU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 82' Sub, (WW) Rúben Neves replaces João Moutinho. 82' Sub, (LU) Raphinha replaces Jack Harrison. 81' Kalvin Phillips (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 80' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Willy Boly. 80' Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (LU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison. 80' Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (LU) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross. 79' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 78' Foul by Stuart Dallas (LU). 78' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 75' Sub, (LU) Pablo Hernández replaces Pascal Struijk. 75' Rodrigo Moreno (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 75' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 74' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Robin Koch. 74' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 73' Foul by Ian Poveda-Ocampo (LU). 73' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Sub, (LU) Ian Poveda-Ocampo replaces Hélder Costa. 70' Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Maximilian Kilman.

68' Foul by Robin Koch (LU). 68' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Booking João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 66' Mateusz Klich (LU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 66' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 65' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Daniel Podence. 61' Booking

Kalvin Phillips (LU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 61' Foul by Kalvin Phillips (LU). 61' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (LU) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross. 56' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Illan Meslier. 56' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 53' VAR Decision: No Goal Leeds United 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers. 53' GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Romain Saïss (WW) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review. 52'  Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside.

51' Foul by Jack Harrison (LU). 51' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 48' Jack Harrison (LU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 48' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW). 48' Kalvin Phillips (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 46' Foul by Robin Koch (LU). 46' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Stats

          Leeds Wolves

Possession 69%   31%

Shots       9     1

Shots on Tgt 2    1

Corners     5     1

Fouls       5     6

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

45'+2' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romain Saïss. 45'+1' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 45' Illan Meslier (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 44' Foul by Mateusz Klich (LU). 44' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 40' Attempt saved. Rodrigo Moreno (LU) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 40' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 40' Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (LU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips. 39' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 38' Hand ball by João Moutinho (WW). 37' Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (LU) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross. 36' Foul by Kalvin Phillips (LU). 36' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 34' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Pascal Struijk. 32' Attempt missed. Rodrigo Moreno (LU) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross. 31' Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (LU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 30' Offside, (WW) Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside. 26' Luke Ayling (LU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 25' Stuart Dallas (LU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 25' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 24' Foul by Jack Harrison (LU). 24' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23' Luke Ayling (LU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 23' Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 16' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (LU) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodrigo Moreno. 15' Booking Luke Ayling (LU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 14' Foul by Luke Ayling (LU). 14' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10' Foul by Kalvin Phillips (LU). 10' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Attempt missed. Rodrigo Moreno (LU) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross. 7' Offside, (LU) Jack Harrison tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside. 6' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Nélson Semedo. 5' Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (LU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mateusz Klich. 5' Hélder Costa (LU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 5' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 4' Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (LU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rodrigo Moreno following a corner. 3' Corner, (LU) Conceded by Conor Coady. Kick Off First Half begins. Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Deadline day signing Raphinha could make his Leeds debut, while Pablo Hernandez hopes to be involved for the first time since the opening weekend.  Captain Liam Cooper is a doubt because of a groin injury and Diego Llorente is out with a similar problem. Wolves summer signing Fernando Marcal has recovered from a calf problem and is expected to play. Fellow wing-back Jonny Otto is the only definite absentee for Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves have been a bit up and down so far and this will be another tough test for them. Leeds were impressive again in their draw with Manchester City, and their attacking outlook is going to win them a lot of fans. Prediction: 2-1

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Wolves could win four consecutive league meetings for the first time since a run of five between February 1958 and April 1960. This is only the third Premier League encounter - the home side have won both previous games.  Leeds United have lost just twice in 18 league games, winning 14 and drawing two.

They are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches, earning seven points. Leeds had faced a Premier League-high 73 shots after the first four rounds of fixtures.  Patrick Bamford has been involved in four goals in his four league starts against Wolves, scoring three and setting up one.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Twelve of Wolves' last 16 Premier League goals have come in the second half of their matches. Wolves have lost three of their last five league away games, as many as they had in their previous 16. They have lost just one of their past 10 Premier League games against promoted sides, winning seven and drawing two. They have won just two of their nine Premier League games played on a Monday, drawing two and losing five.



04 Oct  3-Fulham (h) W1-0

04 Wolves 1 Neto (56') Fulham 0


Pedro Neto's goal was his first at Molineux since joining Wolves in 2019

Pedro Neto's goal helped Wolves return to winning ways as they condemned Fulham to a fourth straight Premier League defeat.  The hosts, who had lost their two previous top-flight games by an aggregate score of 7-1, move up to 12th in the table with the victory.  However, they were still far from their best and created few clear-cut chances against a resolute Fulham side. Neto's goal was a rare moment of quality in the final third, with the Portugal Under-21 international superbly driving an effort into the bottom right corner early in the second half. With Alphonse Areola impressing in goal, the visitors had looked good value for a point at Molineux, where they have not won in the league since 1985.  And even after Neto's strike, substitute Aboubakar Kamara spurned a glorious opportunity to level the scores, firing a close-range shot straight at Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.  F

After being thrashed by West Ham last Sunday, the visit of a Fulham team yet to earn a point on their return to the top flight seemed an ideal opportunity for Wolves to get back on track.  Fans of the West Midlands club were buoyed in the week by the news that the club had secured the long-term services of captain Conor Coady and forward Raul Jimenez. However, for the second week running, it appeared as though Nuno Espirito Santo is yet to find a way to ignite the attacking spark of a side that has lost Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty to Liverpool and Tottenham respectively. The duo supplied 23 goals last term and were integral to Wolves' ability to counter-attack with pace and penetrate with runs behind opposition defences.  In the first period in particular, those qualities were absent in a display short on imagination and intensity.  Neto's sweet left foot provided the solution, in part. The 20-year-old winger was Wolves' most purposeful player throughout, drawing a fine save from Areola before emphatically breaking the deadlock.  Nelson Semedo was denied a goal on his first home start, following up Neto's drive, while Jimenez also saw the Fulham keeper save after opportunistically latching onto a long clearance over the top.

Progress without a point- Fulham boss Scott Parker has accused his side of being naive, particularly in defence, since their Premier League return. But he will have been encouraged by this display, albeit their progress came without delivering the reward of a point.  Antonee Robinson, Maxime le Marchand and on-loan Torino defender Ola Aina all started in a new-look defence and the visitors appeared unrecognisable from the side that shipped 10 goals in their opening three matches. Former AC Milan target Robinson was assured in defence and attack but should have done better with a first-half attempt after bursting past two home defenders.  Aina, a Nigeria international who started his career with Chelsea and Le Marchand, also contributed to a disciplined rearguard effort.  Pleasingly for Parker, his side also did not concede any real chances once they had started to chase the game, while Ademola Lookman impressed on his debut, starting the move from which Kamara ought to have equalised.

'It was important to bounce back' - what they said  Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live: "We started the game well, organised. We had some problems in attack. Fulham were organised. Second half we were much better, we created and were on the front foot and got the goal.  It was important to bounce back from last week but we know it is important to improve.  We made a lot of things better than last week but with our standards I believe we should do better. We should manage the game better after we score." On players going for international duty: "We are proud our players go to national teams but I think the schedule is not correct. It is the pandemic and everyone has to adjust so we assess and decide and keep them going."

Fulham boss Scott Parker, speaking to Sky Sports: "I am delighted and proud of the team in what they produced today. They showed every facet of what a team needs to show, it has been well documented defensively in terms of conceding goals. For large parts we nullified their threat as a counter-attacking team and on the other side of it we defended as best we can. We have been absolutely gutted at some of the goals we have conceded - the players are hurting as much as anyone they are not winning games.  I think we got a performance today. We have had that in other games as well. If you could, you would wave a magic wand or click a finger and everything would be perfect but it is not that easy." On Ademola Lookman: "You saw the boy's quality in the time he had on the pitch. There is a directness about him, a willingness to cause problems and that is what we need. He will be a massive asset for us." On potential transfers: "We are in the market, we are hoping to get some players in to help us. If it is not the case then this group of players will come out fighting."


Second-half side Wolves - the stats

Wolves have kept more home clean sheets in the Premier League in 2020 than any other side (seven), keeping seven shutouts in their last nine league matches at Molineux. Fulham have lost each of their opening four matches to a top-flight season for only the second time, and the first since 1951-52.  In all competitions, Wolves are now unbeaten in 16 home matches against Fulham, winning 12 and drawing four. Fulham have conceded 11 goals from their opening four Premier League games of 2020-21, the most they've shipped after their first four matches of any league campaign since 1960-61 (14). Fulham boss Scott Parker has lost 11 of his 14 Premier League games as a manager (79%); of managers to have taken charge of 10+ games in the competition, only Jan Siewert (80% - 12/15) has a poorer ratio of defeats. Of Wolves' last 16 Premier League goals, 12 have come in the second half of their matches. Indeed, Wolves have failed to score in the opening 45 minutes in 20 of their last 26 league fixtures. Pedro Neto scored his fourth Premier League goal for Wolves, but first at Molineux, with this his 16th home league appearance for the club.

What's next? Following the international break, Wolves travel to Leeds for their next Premier League fixture on Monday 19 October (20:00 BST). Fulham's next Premier League match is at Sheffield United on Saturday 17 October (15:00 BST).

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 49Kilman 22Nélson Semedo sub Hoeverat 78' 32Dendoncker 8NevesBooked at 90' 7Neto sub Traoréat 82' 27Saïss 9Jiménez 10Castelo Podence sub João Moutinhoat 71' Substitutes 2Hoever 17Soares Silva 20Machado Ferreira  21Ruddy 28João Moutinho 37Traoré 59Buur

Fulham

1Areola 34Aina 13Ream 20Le MarchandBooked at 79' 33Robinson 10Cairney 29Zambo Anguissa 17Cavaleiro sub Lookmanat 67' 14De Cordova-Reid sub Kebanoat 81' 23Bryan sub Kamaraat 67' Mitrovic Substitutes 3Hector 4Odoi 7Kebano 8Johansen 12Rodák 19Lookman 47Kamara

Referee: Darren England

            WW  FFC

Possession 47%  53%

Shots      14   10

Shots on Tgt 5   2

Corners     6    2

Fouls      15    8


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Fulham 0.

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

90'+2' Booking Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+2' Ademola Lookman (F) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+2' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 90' André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (F) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 89' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (F) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic. 87' Attempt missed. Maxime Le Marchand (F) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation. 87' Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (F) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 86' Tom Cairney (F) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (F) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ademola Lookman. 82' sub,  (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Pedro Neto. 81' sub,  (F) Neeskens Kebano replaces Bobby De Cordova-Reid. 80'

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.  79' Booking Maxime Le Marchand (F) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 79' Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (F). 79' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 78'  sub,  (WW) Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Nélson Semedo because of an injury. 78' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tim Ream. 78' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 77' Attempt blocked. Aboubakar Kamara (F) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 75' Corner, (F) Conceded by Willy Boly. 73' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (F) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic. 72' Nélson Semedo (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 72' Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (F). 71'  sub,  (WW) João Moutinho replaces Daniel Podence. 69' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maximilian Kilman. 67'  sub,  (F) Aboubakar Kamara replaces Joe Bryan. 67'  sub,  (F) Ademola Lookman replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 66' Tom Cairney (F) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 65' Attempt missed. Nélson Semedo (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro Neto following a corner. 64' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joe Bryan. 63' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ola Aina with a cross. 63' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross following a corner. 63' Corner, (F) Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 56' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Fulham 0. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

56' Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 55' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 55' Joe Bryan (F) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55' Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 55' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maximilian Kilman. 55' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 55' Ola Aina (F) wins a free kick on the right wing.  52' Hand ball by Aleksandar Mitrovic (F). 51' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 51' Foul by Tim Ream (F). 50' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 48' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross following a set piece situation. 47' Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) wins a free kick on the right wing. 47' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW).

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Fulham 0.

HT

        Wolves Fulham

Possession 49% 51%

Shots       5   1

Shots ontgt 2   1

Corners     4   0

Fouls       8   4

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

45' Maxime Le Marchand (F) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 43' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (F) wins a free kick on the right wing. 43' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 38' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Bobby De Cordova-Reid. 37' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 37' Ola Aina (F) wins a free kick on the right wing. 35' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (F). 32' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker with a cross. 31' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Foul by Antonee Robinson (F). 28' Foul by Maximilian Kilman (WW). 28' Ivan Cavaleiro (F) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker with a headed pass. 27' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Alphonse Areola. 27' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 27' Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 24' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Antonee Robinson. 22' Ivan Cavaleiro (F) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 18' Antonee Robinson (F) wins a free kick on the left wing. 18' Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW).  16' Hand ball by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (F). 15' Aleksandar Mitrovic (F) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 15' Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton  Wanderers). 12' Attempt blocked. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tim Ream. 6' Attempt saved. Antonee Robinson (F) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa. 2' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (F). 2' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1. Ola Aina (F) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). Kick Off First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves pair Fernando Marcal and Daniel Podence are fitness doubts for Sunday's meeting with Fulham.  Marcal limped off early on against Manchester City with a calf injury, while Podence missed the 4-0 defeat at West Ham because of a shoulder problem.

Fulham's Harrison Reed could miss a fourth successive game, while fellow midfielder Mario Lemina remains out.

Kenny Tete is also nursing an injury but new loan signing Ademola Lookman will be involved.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves were well beaten by West Ham over the weekend but I don't see Fulham giving them too many problems. The Cottagers are bottom of the table with three defeats from three and 10 goals conceded, and I don't think the comments from their vice chairman Tony Khan, who apologised to fans after they lost to Aston Villa, has helped their situation much. The one positive that might come from it is that Khan mentioned some new signings and you have to presume Fulham boss Scott Parker might get them now. Prediction: 2-0

Fulham are winless in 12 league visits to Molineux since April 1985 (D3, L9).

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head Wolves have lost only one of the past 10 league meetings, a 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage in the Championship in February 2018.

There has not been an away victory in their 10 Premier League encounters.

Wolverhampton Wanderers uffered their heaviest Premier League defeat since March 2012 by losing 4-0 at West Ham last Sunday. They could lose both of their opening two home matches of a top-flight season for only the third time. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have lost five of their past nine league fixtures (W3, D1). Wolves are in danger of conceding three or more goals in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since March-April 2004. They are unbeaten in seven Premier League home games against promoted sides since a 0-3 loss against QPR in September 2011. Santo and Scott Parker were opposition players when Porto won 2-1 at home to Chelsea in the Champions League group stage in December 2004.

Fulham have only once lost their opening four top-flight games of a season - they were relegated at the end of that 1951-52 campaign. The last four sides to start a Premier League campaign with four consecutive defeats all avoided relegation that season, most recently West Ham in 2018-19. Fulham have conceded 10 goals in their three matches. The Premier League record for most goals conceded in a club's opening four fixtures of a season is 14, set by Swindon Town in 1993 and equalled by Southampton in 2012. The Cottagers have conceded at least twice in 17 of their 21 Premier League matches since January 2019. Fulham and Sheffield United are the only sides yet to take the lead in a Premier League game so far this season.



03 Sep 26-West Ham [A] L4-0


West Ham Bowen (17', 57'), Jiménez (66' og), Haller (90'+3) Wolves 0

HT 1-0


Jarrod Bowen scored twice as West Ham registered their first Premier League win of the season against a disappointing Wolves side. The result lifts the Hammers from 18th up to 10th in the table, with Wolves dropping down to 16th. It was no more than the hosts deserved, David Moyes' side delivering a fine performance while he controlled team affairs from home after testing positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. Dominant throughout, they rarely looked like relinquishing their lead once Bowen had opened the scoring at the London Stadium. Bowen, who had managed just one goal for West Ham since joining them in January, superbly set them on their way, curling a left-foot effort into the bottom corner after being sent clear by Pablo Fornals' quick free-kick. The former Hull forward doubled West Ham's lead after the break, prodding in from close range after a Fornal effort had come back off the post. The Hammers had lost each of their last four top-flight fixtures against Wolves without scoring a single goal, but they created several excellent chances to put the game out of sight. Tomas Soucek made it three with a header that flicked in off Raul Jimenez from Aaron Cresswell's corner, and Sebastien Haller's stoppage time header added the gloss to a fine victory.


After showing improvement in their narrow defeat to Arsenal last Saturday this performance represented a large leap in the right direction for the Hammers.  Having started the evening in the bottom three, few would have predicted that they would end up thrashing Wolves using a similar template. While manager Moyes was not present, it was clear from the opening moments that his side had been set up to operate on the counter-attack. West Ham United 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Irvine praises 'fantastic performance' That, coupled with taking advantage of a 3-4-3 Wolves formation without natural full-backs, helped the Hammers establish control. Ryan Fredericks, Bowen, Arthur Masuaku and Fornals all impressed working in or coming off wide positions and Michail Antonio's physical presence and pace provided another type of outlet up front. The 30-year-old, who has kept record signing Haller out of the side since his conversion into a central striker at the end of last season, was a menace throughout. And he tellingly contributed to both of the hosts' opening two goals, winning a free-kick from Willy Boly for the first and powering clear on the left to tee  up Fornals before Bowen's second. Moyes, communicating with assistant Alan Irvine from home throughout, will have been buoyed by the nature of the victory and the fact that his side could have enjoyed an even more emphatic win, had Fornals and Soucek both converted good chances from close range. It was also the perfect way in which to go into a challenging set of fixtures in October when the Hammers will face Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and champions Liverpool.

Woeful Wolves lack threat

While Wolves enjoyed the majority of possession they simply lacked the speed of thought and foot to trouble the hosts. Adama Traore barely got a touch on the right of their attacking trio, while behind him debutant Nelson Semedo endured a tough start to life in the Premier League after signing from Barcelona.  The Portugal full-back, who was deployed on the right of a midfield four, was eventually withdrawn, while Pedro Neto, who did show purpose on opposite flank, was too often ignored to make an impact.  In many ways Ruben Neves' 45th-minute shot summed up Wolves' evening, lacking in power and conviction to beat Lukasz Fabianski. Had that gone in Nuno Espirito Santo's side would have reached the interval all square after being outplayed. And while they briefly rallied, not even the introduction of their new record signing Fabio Silva could help them turn the contest around.

'David was in control' - what they said West Ham assistant Alan Irvine talking to BBC Sport: "There were a lot of phone calls with David Moyes. Stuart Pearce was inundated. David picked the team and controlled the s. All the messages that were passed down were very clear. I have worked with David for many years and I have an idea of what he is looking for. All the players and staff have been fantastic."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo talking to BBC Sport: "We played a very bad game with a lot mistakes and West Ham were better than us. A lack of concentration, anxiety and we must improve. We must bounce back. We defended very bad. We must find a solution in the squad we have, the solution is not in the transfer market."

Wolves' heaviest top-flight defeat for eight years - the stats

This was West Ham United's biggest home league win since David Moyes' first game back in charge at the club on New Year's Day this year (4-0 v Bournemouth), while  it was also their first league clean sheet at the London Stadium since then. West Ham have scored three or more goals in three consecutive home matches in all competitions for the first time since March 2011.

Wolves suffered their heaviest Premier League defeat since March 2012 against Manchester United (5-0). West Ham's Jarrod Bowen scored his first league double since December 2019 for Hull against Stoke in the Championship; he had only scored once in his first 22 Premier League appearances before tonight. Since the start of last season, Pablo Fornals has assisted more goals in the Premier League than any other player for West Ham (six). Nelson Semedo was the 14th Portuguese player to appear in the Premier League for Wolves - at least three more than any other side in the competition's history.

What's next?

West Ham travel to Everton in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday 30 September (19:45 BST) before travelling to Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday 4 October (12:00 BST).

Wolves are next in action when they welcome Fulham to Molineux in the Premier League on Sunday 4 October (14:00 BST).


West Ham

1Fabianski 24Fredericks sub Johnsonat 49' 4Balbuena 21Ogbonna 3Cresswell 26Masuaku 20Bowen sub Nobleat 88' 28Soucek 41Rice 18Fornals 30Antonio sub Hallerat 88' Substitutes 7Yarmolenko 8Felipe Anderson 10Lanzini 16Noble 22Haller 31Johnson 35Randolph

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady Booked at 51' 27Saïss 22Nélson Semedo sub Hoever at 73' 8Neves 28João Moutinho sub Machado Ferreira at 73' 29Vinagre 37Traoré sub Soares Silva at 62' 9Jiménez 7Neto Substitutes 2Hoever 17Soares Silva 20Machado Ferreira 21Ruddy 32Dendoncker 38Shabani 49Kilman

Referee: Martin Atkinson

      West Ham Wolves

Possession 37%  63%

Shots      15   11

Shots on Tgt 7   2

Corners     1    3

Fouls       7   11

Match ends, West Ham United 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+5' Full Time Second Half ends, West Ham United 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 90'+4' Foul by Vitinha (WW). 90'+4' Mark Noble (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Goal! West Ham United 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Sébastien Haller (WH) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku with a cross. 88'  sub, (WH) Mark Noble replaces Jarrod Bowen.  88' sub, (WH) Sébastien Haller replaces Michail Antonio. 87' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fábio Silva. 82' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 81' Ki-Jana Hoever (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 81' Foul by Pablo Fornals (WH). 81' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.  80' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Cresswell. 80' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki-Jana Hoever with a cross. 79' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted  by Vitinha. 78' Attempt blocked. Fábio Silva (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross. 78' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 78' Foul by Fabián Balbuena (WH). 74' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74' Foul by Tomas Soucek (WH). 73' sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces João Moutinho. 73' sub, (WW) Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Nélson Semedo. 73' Offside, (WH) Tomas Soucek tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio  is caught offside. 73' Attempt missed. Tomas Soucek (WH) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku. 68' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 68' Foul by Michail Antonio (WH). 66' Goal! Own Goal by Raúl Jiménez, (WW) West Ham United 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 66' Attempt missed. Tomas Soucek (WH) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner. 65' Corner, (WH) Conceded by Willy Boly. 64' Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (WH) left footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku with a cross. 64' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 64' Pablo Fornals (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Adama Traoré. 57' Goal! Goal! West Ham United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Jarrod Bowen (WH) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. 57' Pablo Fornals (WH) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Michail Antonio. 56' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 53' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 53' Michail Antonio (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Attempt missed. Angelo Ogbonna (WH) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a set piece situation. 51' Booking Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 51' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 51' Michail Antonio (WH) wins a free kick on the left wing. 49' sub, (WH) Ben Johnson replaces Ryan Fredericks because of an injury. Second Half

Second Half begins West Ham United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


45'+2'

Half Time

First Half ends, West Ham United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 45' Jarrod Bowen (WH) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 43' Attempt missed. Pablo Fornals (WH) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. 43' Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (WH) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a headed pass. 39' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Foul by Tomas Soucek (WH). 38' Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (WH) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross. 37' Attempt blocked. Tomas Soucek (WH) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross. 36' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 36' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tomas Soucek. 36' Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 34' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 34' Jarrod Bowen (WH) wins a free kick on the right wing. 33' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 33' Tomas Soucek (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 33' Offside, (WH) Fabián Balbuena tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside. 32' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 32' Michail Antonio (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Attempt saved. Tomas Soucek (WH) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the  goal. 28' Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 26' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 25' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 25' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (WH). 25' Attempt saved. Tomas Soucek (WH) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku with a cross. 23' Attempt  blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross. 21' Offside, (WH) Aaron Cresswell tries a  through ball, but Pablo Fornals is caught offside. 19' Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (WH) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell. 17' Goal! West Ham United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Jarrod Bowen (WH) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pablo Fornals following a set piece situation. 17' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 17' Michail Antonio (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fabián Balbuena. 11' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 11' Michail Antonio (WH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 7' Foul by Tomas Soucek (WH). 7' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 6' Jarrod Bowen (WH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 6' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). Kick Off First Half begins. Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Manager David Moyes will not attend West Ham's game because of his positive coronavirus test, and will relay instructions via assistant Alan Irvine.  Issa Diop and Josh Cullen also miss out because of positive tests, but Mark Noble returns after a toe problem.

Wolves' new signing Nelson Semedo is available for his debut following a move from Barcelona.  Fernando Marcal is likely to miss out after being forced off against Manchester City with a calf injury. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says several other unnamed players are injury doubts.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION - Wolves will feel they deserved something out of their game against Manchester City and, if they create as many chances as they did in that game, I don't think they will end up empty-handed again this time. West Ham need a win but they will have to try to get one without their manager David Moyes, who is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. He should still be able to speak to his players before kick-off via a video call though. The Hammers were actually pretty decent in defeat against Arsenal last weekend but I think a draw would be a good result for them here. Prediction: 1-1


Wolves have three goals from five Premier League shots on target this season

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won four successive Premier League games against West Ham without conceding a goal. The Hammers' last top-flight win in this fixture was 2-0 at Upton Park in 2011.

West Ham United The Hammers are in danger of losing their opening three league matches for the third time in four seasons. They could fail to score in their opening two top-flight home fixtures for the first time since 1971. West Ham have failed to keep a clean sheet in their past 10 league games at the London Stadium. Their last shut-out in a Premier League home match came in the 4-0 win against Bournemouth on 1 January in David Moyes' first game since being reappointed. Michail Antonio has scored nine Premier League goals since the competition resumed in June - no player has more in that period prior to this weekend's fixtures. Mark Noble has scored 46 Premier League goals for West Ham and is one short of equalling Paolo Di Canio as the Hammers' all-time top scorer in the division.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nuno Espirito Santo's side lost 2-0 at Chelsea on the final day last season but that is their only defeat in their past 11 Premier League matches in London (W5, D5). Wolves have lost four of their eight most recent top-flight games, as many as they had in their previous 27 in the competition. They could win their opening two away fixtures in a top-flight season for the first time since 1969. Raul Jimenez has scored three goals in his past three Premier League games against West  Ham, including the opener in June's 2-0 win at the London Stadium. Jimenez can become the first player to score in each of Wolves' opening three top-flight fixtures since Derek Dougan in 1973.


NUNO


Standing still is not in Nuno’s make-up and he has been key to Wolves new approach CREDIT: Shutterstock

It was in the dressing room at the MSV Arena, after the 1-0 defeat to Sevilla in last season’s Europa League quarter-final, when the Wolves reboot began to take shape.

Nuno Espirito Santo had known for months that a shake-up was required, but it was the performance in Duisburg that convinced him to undertake major surgery on his squad this summer.

Six weeks later, Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty have been sold, Wolves have smashed their transfer record and Nuno has committed the next three years of his life to his own Project Restart.

Standing still is simply not in Nuno’s make-up, and the style of play established in the Premier League over the last two years - built on counter-attacking football and switches of play to the wing-backs - is evolving. In July last year, shortly before the start of Wolves’s Europa League odyssey, Nuno suggested that a fresh approach was around the corner.  “I know a new cycle is coming. In two seasons the football in the Premier League will change,” he said. “I know what I’m trying to build and improve is going to change. It’s a lot like chess. I’ve tried to put myself inside the other managers’ heads. If I played against Wolves, what would I do?”  

Nuno wants his teams to now rely more heavily on possession, with the intention to dominate games rather than chase them and wait for the turnover.  Moving away from such an effective game-plan is a gamble, but he believes it is necessary to keep the club on an upward trajectory. The summer recruitment to carry out the next phase has been ruthlessly executed. While the work of ‘super-agent’ Jorge Mendes and his deputy at agency Gestifute, Valdir, is impossible to overlook, the rebuilding job is all down to the Portuguese head coach. The £45 million sale of Jota to Liverpool has been the most calculated decision, yet Nuno had made that call in the final weeks of last season.  There can be no revisionism over Jota’s three years at Molineux - he was outstanding following his move from Atletico Madrid, scoring 44 goals in 131 appearances and emerging as a key weapon in Nuno’s armoury. He epitomised Wolves’ fearless approach when facing the bigger clubs, wreaking havoc with Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore. But last season his stats did drop off. Daniel Podence, the £17m buy from Olympiacos, already has double the number of assists in two Premier League matches that Jota managed in the whole of last season. Equally, Jota was seeking a new challenge so the deal worked for both clubs. Another key player from the last three years, Doherty, has also been moved on - to Tottenham Hotspur. Jota and Doherty are both Gestifute clients but Nuno essentially felt neither player could do the job he envisions for his team this season - so the notion that Mendes has a degree of control over Wolves and Nuno’s decision-making is inaccurate.  Nuno sanctioned their departures almost dispassionately, demanding that the sales be completed as quickly as possible. He does not believe in players hanging around the place who will not be involved, as Patrick Cutrone, Jesús Vallejo and now Ryan Bennett have discovered. That cold, clinical approach has been a constant - shortly after Wolves had been promoted and were preparing for the Sky Sports video shoot, left-back Barry Douglas arrived at the training ground to be informed he was being sold to Leeds.  Douglas had played 39 games in the Championship title season but had fulfilled his job, and was now not required. Nuno makes the final decisions on who to sign, and has absolute power over transfers. The transfer hierarchy consists solely of chairman Jeff Shi and Nuno.  Shi relies on the advice and support of chief scout Matt Hobbs, head of academy Scott Sellars and club secretary Matt Wild, but this is Nuno’s baby. The signings this summer have been eye-catching and made at vast expense. Fabio Silva, the 19-year-old forward, is the club record signing at £35m from Porto. Wolves view the deal as a “no-brainer” as Silva once had a €125m release clause and is regarded as one of the brightest young talents to emerge from Portugal since Cristiano Ronaldo.  Nélson Semedo arrived from Barcelona for an initial £27.5m this week, signed as Doherty’s replacement. This is where Mendes comes in, as he was the one who performs the sales pitch on behalf of Nuno, convincing him to swap the Camp Nou for Molineux.


go behind the scenes of @_nelsonsemedo_'s signing video...  pic.twitter.com/27RH6GIaEL — Wolves (@Wolves) September 24, 2020

Mendes carried out the same job by persuading Ruben Neves and Jota to join Wolves in the Championship, and his involvement has enabled the club to emerge as an attractive proposition to players across Europe. A regular with Barcelona and a Portugal international, Semedo’s sale was sorely required for the La Liga club’s finances which have taken a huge whack from Covid-19. There are other crucial signings, such as Ki-Jana Hoever from Liverpool. Hoever made his debut against Wolves in the FA Cup and has been monitored ever since.  He is only 18 and ticks a number of boxes for Wolves: he is versatile (right wing-back or centre-half), has huge potential and will also count as a homegrown player when he turns 21.  

Wolves face West Ham away on Sunday evening, and the two clubs could not appear to be more disparate in their strategies. Nuno is aware that the modifications will require patience, but there have already been tangible signs of progress against Sheffield United and Manchester City. He has high hopes for Podence and Pedro Neto to step up in Jota’s absence, while in Jimenez he has unquestionably one of the finest centre-forwards operating in world football at the moment. The ‘old guard’ of defenders Conor Coady and Willy Boly, midfield master Joao Moutinho and Traore remain integral members of the Wolves set-up.

Joao Moutinho remains key to Wolves CREDIT: Getty Images

“I think we already have our identity, it is clear and evident,” said Nuno on Friday. “It is there for everyone to see, how we operate and do things, our philosophy as a club and our idea of football.  This foundation of knowledge that we already have can provide us with a good way to make one more step forward. The game has already changed, and now it is different. It’s trying to find the small details that can change big things.”







02 Monday Sep 21 8pm Man City (h) Sky L1-3


02 Wolves 1 Jiménez (78') Manchester City 3 De Bruyne (20' pen), Foden (32'), Gabriel Jesus (90'+5minutes)

HT 0-2


Manchester City held off a second-half Wolves fightback to begin their quest to regain the Premier League title with a win at Molineux. City did the damage in a superb first half as Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden, playing for the first time since being sent home from England duty in disgrace, both found the net. At that stage it seemed a case of how many the visitors would get, with Foden and Raheem Sterling both going close and Wolves keeper Rui Patricio making two decent saves. However, City ran out of steam after the break. Daniel Podence twice went close for the hosts and Kyle Walker hacked a scuffed Ruben Neves shot off the line, before Raul Jimenez, scorer of 27 goals last season, netted 12 minutes from time to give Wolves hope. However, they were unable to repeat last term's exploits, when they came back from 2-0 down to win this fixture, and Gabriel Jesus' injury-time effort sealed victory for Pep Guardiola's side.  De Bruyne was superb in the number 10 role as City made light of the absence of seven senior players.  In opening the scoring from the penalty spot, after he had been fouled by Romain Saiss, the Belgian extended his record of being involved in more goals than any other player since the start of the 2019-20 league campaign. While it was those attributes that led to him winning the PFA prize despite playing for a team that finished the season 18 points behind champions Liverpool, it was De Bruyne's tenacious streak that came to the fore in the second period on Monday, when City had to be on their toes defensively and new £40m centre-back Nathan Ake showed his class. But if De Bruyne was the standout City player, it was also a good night for Foden.  The 20-year-old England midfielder has been shielded to an extent by City since that breach of coronavirus quarantine guidelines in Iceland, for which he has apologised. Whatever lessons Foden needs to learn off the field, he is evidently a very able student when it comes to matters on it. His goal was a thing of beauty, as he firmly finished off a move he started from Sterling's cutback. Foden also nearly scored a sensational second with a floated effort that went narrowly wide of the far post.

Wolves pay for slow start - Raul Jimenez's 78th-minute header was Wolves' first attempt on target in the match  In signing his three-year contract extension, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has set himself the task of reshaping his team. Matt Doherty, who has gone to Tottenham, is yet to be replaced in the right wing-back role. Nelson Semedo is earmarked for that job but a £30m deal is still to be completed. In the meantime, Adama Traore is being asked to fill in. However, the Spaniard does not have a defender's instinct and can fail to read opponents' runs, and using him in that position blunts him as an attacking force. On the other side, with Jonny on the long-term injured list, Nuno brought in Marcal from Lyon for £3m. Unfortunately for the hosts, the game was barely five minutes old when the Brazilian wandered over to his manager to tell him he had to come off. It weakened Wolves on both flanks and, in trying to cover, they were carved up down the middle. By half-time, they were in big trouble. Coming back from 2-0 down to win the corresponding fixture 3-2 was one of the Premier League highlights of last season. With no fans in the stadium on Monday, the hosts had to try to generate their own momentum. They rallied after the break and Podence crashed an effort off the frame of the goal before Neves' tame shot was turned away by City defender Walker. Podence's attempt to chip Ederson when clean through ended up on the roof of the net and Jimenez sent a good chance wide before the Mexico striker did eventually find the net, heading in after Podence had cleverly nutmegged De Bruyne. But Wolves lost their way and City had the game under control before Jesus administered the final blow.

'I expect us to suffer in moments' - what they said

Wolves 1-3 Manchester City: Wolves must strengthen squad, says Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo to Sky Sports: "The first half we didn't start very well. Manchester City moved the ball well and created a lot of problems for us. We conceded the penalty and from then on it become much harder. In the second half we improved. We created a lot of moments and chances we could score from. We knew one moment could change everything. We changed and tried to adapt. We blocked City's possession through the middle. We were able to press and recover the ball. We had a lot of things to change and work out. Too bad we didn't finish with a different end to the game."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to Sky Sports: "It was a good performance. We know how difficult it is. Sometimes the opening is good and sometimes we need more time to get our best conditions - but the start was good. The period that we are in and the situation that we had in these past two weeks, I expected that in some moments we would suffer, but in general we controlled the game."

Taking all three points was 'so important' - Guardiola

10 openers in a row - the best of the stats - Wolves have lost two of their past four Premier League home games, as many defeats as in their previous 13 at Molineux. City have become the first team to win 10 opening Premier League games in a row. It was Jimenez's sixth headed goal in the league since the start of last season - no player has scored more in that time. City have won six Premier League games in a row for the first time since August 2019 (a run of 15). In 2020, Manchester City have won more penalties than any other side in the English top flight (eight, scoring four). Since the start of last season, De Bruyne has been directly involved in more Premier League goals (35 - 14 goals, 21 assists) than any other player - three ahead of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Since the 2019-20 season restarted in June, Raheem Sterling has had a hand in 13 goals in 14 appearances for City (11 goals, two assists), with only Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Abameyang registering more in that time (14).

What's next?

Wolves travel to London Stadium to take on West Ham United on Sunday (19:00 BST kick-off).

Manchester City host Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup third round on Thursday (19:45), before taking on Leicester City at Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday (16:30).

Player of the match Patricio for Wolves KDB for City

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 37Traoré 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 5Marçal de Oliveira sub Vinagre at 8' 28João Moutinho sub Dendoncker at 78' 8Neves 7Neto sub Soares Silvaat 78' 9Jiménez 10Castelo Podence Substitutes 17Soares Silva 20Machado Ferreira 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 49Kilman 59Buur

Man City

31Ederson 2Walker 5Stones 6Aké 22Mendy Booked 35' 25Fernandinho 16Rodri Booked 86' 47Foden 17De Bruyne 7Sterling sub Torres at 82' 9Gabriel Jesus Booked 35' Substitutes 13Steffen 21Torres 26Mahrez 30Otamendi 48Delap 69Doyle 82Bernabé

Referee: Andre Marriner


        Wolves Man City

Possession 35% 65%

Shots      10  14

ShotsonTgt  1   9

Corners     4   6

Fouls       7   8

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 3.

90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 3.

90'+5' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 3. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne. 90'+4' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 90'+4' Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne. 90'+1' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 89' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Fernandinho. 88' Foul by Benjamin Mendy (MC) 88' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 87' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a set piece situation. 86' Booking Rodrigo (MC) is shown the yellow card. 86' Foul by Rodrigo (MC) 86' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 82'  sub, (MC) Ferran Torres replaces Raheem Sterling. 80' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner. 79' Raheem Sterling (MC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 79' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 79' Raheem Sterling (MC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 79' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 78' Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 2. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross following a corner.

78' sub, (WW). Fábio Silva replaces Pedro Neto. 78' sub, (WW). Leander Dendoncker replaces João Moutinho. 77' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Benjamin Mendy. 74' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady. 71' Offside, (MC) Phil Foden tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside. 69' Foul by Fernandinho (MC) 69' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 65' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 63' Attempt missed. Fernandinho (MC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. 63' Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne. 62'

Fernandinho (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62'  Foul by Daniel Podence (WW). 60' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 59' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a through ball following a fast break. 57' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Phil Foden. 56' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Neto. 54' Attempt missed. Daniel Podence (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 53' Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (MC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Manchester City 2.

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

45' Offside, (WW). Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 44' Attempt missed. Rodrigo (MC) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a headed pass following a corner. 43' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 43' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus with a headed pass. 41' 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 following a corner. 41' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Benjamin Mendy. 40'  Foul by Rodrigo (MC) 40' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 40'

Gabriel Jesus (MC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 40' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 39' Attempt missed. Phil Foden (MC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne. 36' Gabriel Jesus (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 35' Booking Benjamin Mendy (MC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 35' Foul by Benjamin Mendy (MC) 35' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 35' Booking Gabriel Jesus (MC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 35' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (MC) 35' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Offside, (MC) Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside. 30' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Foden. 28' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 22' Hand ball by Kevin De Bruyne (MC) 22'

Corner, (MC) Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 21' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 20' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Manchester City 1. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. 19' Penalty Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne draws a foul in the penalty area. 19' Penalty conceded by Romain Saïss (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 16' Offside, (MC) Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught  offside. 16' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 11' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 10' Gabriel Jesus (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 10' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 8' Attempt blocked. Benjamin Mendy (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo. 8' sub, (WW). Rúben Vinagre replaces Marçal because of an injury. 6' Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (MC) 6' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 4' Offside, (WW). Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Pedro Neto is caught offside.  Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves are without forward Diogo Jota following his departure to Liverpool, while Jonny remains on the sidelines with a long-term knee injury.  Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez is available after a spell in isolation because of a positive coronavirus test.  However, Aymeric Laporte is not yet ready to feature having been in isolation himself, while Sergio Aguero remains out injured.  Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres are available to make their debuts.


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves away is one of the hardest games any team will face this season, so it is hardly the ideal way for Manchester City to belatedly start their campaign.  There are plenty of question marks over how Pep Guardiola's side will line up at the back - who will be their centre-half pairing? Where will new signing Nathan Ake play? Wolves are already up and running - we saw that with their early goals against Sheffield United - and City cannot afford to be off their game because we all know what happened when they played Wolves last season. They lost, home and away. All things considered, a point would be a good result for City, who are playing catch-up at the top of the table before they have even kicked a ball.  Prediction: 1-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves were one of just two sides, along with Manchester United, to complete a Premier League double over Manchester City last season. They haven't managed three straight top-flight victories against City since October 1961.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Victory would make Wolves just the fourth team to win 2,000 games in the top four English division, emulating Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Wolves are unbeaten in their opening home league fixture in each of the past 10 seasons. They are aiming to win three consecutive top-flight home matches for the first time since November 1980. Conor Coady is one short of 200 league appearances for Wolves. He has played in 112 consecutive league matches for them dating back to September 2017.  

Manchester City can equal Aston Villa's record of winning 10 consecutive opening fixtures to a top-flight season, set between 1891 and 1900. Last season, City lost seven of their 12 Premier League matches against the other teams who finished in the top seven of the table. They won their final five Premier League fixtures of last season by an aggregate score of 21-1. Pep Guardiola is in danger of losing three consecutive league games against a single opponent for the first time in his managerial career.


CC2 Thursday? Sep 17 7:00pm-Stoke City (h) L0-1


EFL3 3rd Round Wolves 0 Stoke City 1 Brown 85'


Wolves fell at the first hurdle in the Carabao Cup as Jacob Brown's late strike saw Stoke grab a surprising second-round win at Molineux.

Jacob Brown scored a late winner as Stoke City beat Wolves in the Carabao Cup to set up a third-round tie with Gillingham next week.  The summer signing from Barnsley popped up to slam home a shot which John Ruddy should have saved after a pass from fellow substitute Steven Fletcher.  The game was far from a classic with each goalkeeper making a single save. Premier League Wolves named a strong team with £35m summer signing Fabio Silva getting a debut. The former Porto forward, 18, shot wide from the edge of the box in the first half, had a shot blocked after the break and fired over in injury time. Championship Stoke had chances before their winner with Harry Souttar forcing a save with a header and Fletcher having a shot deflected over.  Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo brought on Raul Jimenez as he looked to avoid penalties - but they fell to Brown's late strike.  Stoke manager Michael O'Neill said: "It was a great result for us against a very good team. You can come into these games and not have anything to lose and the boys handled the game very well. We made seven changes and everyone who came in did very well. It creates competition which is what we want. When we looked at their team and they have a new £35m striker and Adama Traore playing up front I knew we were going to be challenged. They threw a lot at us but clean sheets give you a chance to win games."

Nuno Espirito Santo went for it with his team selection, handing a debut to £35million record signing Fabio Silva, but they never got going against the solid Championship side. The Potters then snatched it at the death as substitute Brown's shot in the 87th minute proved too hot to handle for John Ruddy. A disappointing night for Wolves and Nuno will be keen to work on things ahead of hosting Manchester City, back in the Premier League, on Monday.

Analysis: This competition may not have been at the top of everyone's list of priorities, but Nuno certainly will not be happy with what he saw.  Wolves lacked urgency in their play while Stoke, to be fair to them, waited for their moment and pounced when it arrived. Silva was bright on his first appearance, cleverly linking up play while also taking a few whacks from Bruno Martins Indi. But, equally, he spurned the big chance that came his way, while the Potters - and more specifically Brown - made the most of theirs. Ruddy, at the same time, will be disappointed not to have kept it out. Brown may have given him the eyes, but he should have done better. The absence of Diogo Jota was another strange part of the night, with Nuno extremely guarded on the subject afterwards. Ultimately, this was one to forget for Wolves.  

Match report

Nuno made changes, but not to the level we have seen previously in the Carabao as five kept their places from the 2-0 Premier League-opening win at Sheffield United on Monday night. The big talking point was the debut of Silva, while Vitinha also made his first start in gold and black. Ruddy, Oskar Buur, Ruben Vinagre and Ruben Neves were the others who came in. Surprisingly missing out altogether though was Jota, who Nuno did not say much on when pressed afterwards, only insisting he was 'not available'.  Meanwhile, Stoke - making seven changes - had former Molineux man Sam Vokes in attack and two more ex-Wolves stars in Danny Batth and Steven Fletcher on the bench.

Silva, easing any pre-match nerves he may have had, came up with some nice early touches. The 18-year-old calmly brought down a lofted pass with his chest before having the game's first shot.   It went high and wide from the edge of the box, but it was good early intent. He was keen to drop into midfield to get on the ball and always on the move, and compatriot Vitinha also looked pretty tidy in the opening stages. Wolves were enjoying the lion's share of possession and, while not carving the Potters open, had a couple of half-chances. Vinagre broke down the left and could have drilled it across goal, but it ended up in the arms of Adam Davies. On the other flank, Adama Traore gathered an inch-perfect crossfield pass and put it into the mixer, where Silva's toe-poke was blocked. Fluidity up front, which Wolves displayed at Bramall Lane, was there to see again, with Vitinha drifting in from the left and Traore often staying wide on the right.

Silva's willingness to make runs was encouraging, as was Vitinha's close control. Still, they were unable to create a clear-cut opportunity before the break as Stoke sat very deep. All the visitors managed going forward in the first half was a Vokes header which looped well over. Wolves had seen so much of the ball, but they needed to move it that bit quicker in the second period to unsettle Michael O'Neill's robust outfit. The Potters, though, were the ones who were more adventurous immediately after the interval as Harry Souttar's header was gathered by Ruddy. They were pressing eagerly rather than sitting off, too. Nuno's pack had lost their impetus, so he turned to his bench. Pedro Neto replaced Vitinha on the hour mark, and then star striker Raul Jimenez entered the fray. Buur was the one sacrificed as Wolves switched to a 3-5-2, with Traore dropping back.  There was £67m of talent up top in Silva and Jimenez, and the former would soon have a couple of chances - one with a fair bit to do, the second a glorious opportunity. The first saw him teed up following a fantastic run from Neto, cutting inside and seeing his side-footed strike deflect out for a corner. Silva then had the ball fall kindly to him at the far post but snatched at it, dragging his attempt agonisingly wide from close range. After that big miss, it very much seemed set up to go to penalties - but Stoke dealt Wolves, who ended with five forwards on the pitch, a late sucker-punch on the counter.  Brown was given plenty of room in the area, and his powerful drive was enough to beat Ruddy, who got a hand to it but could not keep it out as Wolves were knocked out.  

"The first half, I think we should have produced more. We had a lot of the ball but didn't break the lines of Stoke," said Nuno.  "In the second half, it was better and we created more as we pressed better. But it was disappointing. We created a couple of chances and we worked hard, but there are a lot of things to improve. When you are not well organised, you suffer. And in the moment of the goal, we were not well organised. Let's recover from this one and prepare for the next one because it's going to be very tough for us." Among the few positives on the night were the showings of Silva and Vitinha, and Nuno added: "Of course there are things they can improve, they have to know each other better, get better, but they worked well, Vitor and Fabio, they were available, creating lines of passing, trying to win the game. Fabio had a couple of good moments in the box, good movements, next time he will try to be more creative. We will try to work on that, those chances can be better finished. Him and Vitor are very young, joined us just this season, it’s about them knowing their team mates better, us trying to create better movement, better solutions because they are talented boys. It’s always the same process, to integrate into the team so we can take advantage of the options we have."

Teams

Wolves (3-4-3): Ruddy; Boly, Coady (c), Saiss; Buur (Jimenez, 66), Dendoncker (Podence, 77), Neves, Vinagre; Traore, Silva, Vitinha (Neto, 60) Subs not used: Patricio (gk), Marcal, Moutinho, Shabani

Stoke (3-5-2): Davies; Collins, Souttar, Martins Indi (c); Smith, Thompson, Tymon, Oakley-Boothe, McClean (Cousins, 90); Gregory (Brown, 70), Vokes (Fletcher, 63) Subs not used: Noukeu (gk), Fox, Batth, Campbell

Goal: Brown (87)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Swindon)

By Joe Edwards


    Wolves Stoke

Possession % 64.7  35.3

Total Shots  10     7

On Target     1     2

Off Target    5     1

Blocked       4     4

Passing %    88    78

Clear-Cut Chances 0 0

Corners       4     5

Offsides      0     4

Tackles %    60    38.5

Aerial Duels % 58.3  41.7

Saves         1     1

Fouls Committed 8  10

Fouls Won    10     7

Yellow Cards  0     1

Red Cards     0     0


 Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 1.

90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 1.

90'+5'  Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+5' Foul by Tashan Oakley-Boothe (SC). 90'+5' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 90'+5' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 90'+4' Attempt missed. Fabio Silva (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a headed pass.

90'+4' Substitution, (SC). Jordan Cousins replaces James McClean. 90'+1' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Bruno Martins Indi. 90' Offside, (SC). Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Jacob Brown is caught offside. 89'  Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' James McClean (SC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 88'  Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88' Foul by James McClean (SC). 86' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 1. Jacob Brown (SC) right footed shot from the left side of the box. 85' Offside, (SC). Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Jacob Brown is caught offside. 85' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Willy Boly. 85' Attempt blocked. Jacob Brown (SC) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross. 84' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 84' Harry Souttar (SC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 81' Corner, (WW). Conceded by James McClean. 80' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 80' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 79' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 79' Foul by James McClean (SC). 77' Substitution, (WW). Daniel Podence replaces Leander Dendoncker. 75' Attempt missed. Fabio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box following a set piece situation. 74' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74' Foul by Jordan Thompson (SC). 74' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 72' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Nathan Collins. 72' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Nathan Collins. 70' Substitution, (SC). Jacob Brown replaces Lee Gregory. 69' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 69' Jordan Thompson (SC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 56' Substitution, (WW). Raúl Jiménez replaces Oskar Buur. 64' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Conor Coady. 64' Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (SC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Tymon. 64' Substitution, (SC). Steven Fletcher replaces Sam Vokes. 63'  Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 63' Sam Vokes (SC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oskar Buur. 60' Substitution, (WW). Pedro Neto replaces Vitinha.

55' Attempt blocked. Jordan Thompson (SC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tashan Oakley-Boothe. 53'Fabio Silva (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 53'Foul by James McClean (SC). 53' Attempt saved. Harry Souttar (SC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Thompson with a cross. 52' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 0.


            Wolves Stoke

Possession % 69.9  29.2

Total Shots   5     2

On Target     1     0

Off Target    3     1

Blocked       1     1

Passing %  90.7  81.1

Clear-Cut Chances 0 0

Corners       1     2

Offsides      0     2

Tackles %    75    22

Aerial Duels % 62.5 37.5

Saves         0     1

Fouls Committed 4   3

Fouls Won     3     3

Yellow Cards  0     0

Red Cards     0     0

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

45'+2' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 44' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Romain Saïss.

36' Offside, (SC). James McClean tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside. 35' Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (SC) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross. 31' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW).

31'

            Wolves Stoke

Possession % 70.8  29.2

Total Shots   4     1

On Target     1     0

Off Target    3     0

Blocked       0     1

Passing %  92.4  81.2

Clear-Cut Chances 0 0

Corners       1     1

Offsides      0     1

Tackles %   100    25

Aerial Duels % 50  50

Saves         0     1

Fouls Committed 4   3

Fouls Won     3     3

Yellow Cards  0     0

Red Cards     0     0


31 Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 31' Tommy Smith (SC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 29' Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (SC) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross. 27' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27'Foul by Josh Tymon (SC). 27' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 27'Jordan Thompson (SC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23'Corner, (WW). Conceded by Nathan Collins. 22'Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 22'Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (SC). 20'Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a cross. 19'Attempt saved. Fabio Silva (WW) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. 16'Offside, (SC). Bruno Martins Indi tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside. 11'Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss. 10'Attempt missed. Fabio Silva (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 9' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW).  7' Tommy Smith (SC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 7' Foul by Fabio Silva (WW). 4' Foul by Tommy Smith (SC). 4' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW).

First Half begins. Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


01 Monday Sep 14 8pm-Sheff Utd (a) W0-2


01 Sheffield United 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Jiménez (3'), Saïss (6') Assists Castelo Podence (3'), Neto (6')

HT 0-2

Raul Jimenez scores Wolves' opener at Sheffield United - he scored 17 goals in the Premier League last season

Wolverhampton Wanderers scored twice in the first six minutes as they made a winning start to the new Premier League season with victory at Sheffield United. Both sides had enjoyed hugely impressive campaigns last term, with the Blades upsetting the odds to finish ninth on their return to the top flight, while Wolves secured seventh and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League. But it was Nuno Espirito Santo's side who picked up where they left off as Raul Jimenez's excellent finish gave them a third-minute lead following a quick break. Sheffield United barely had time to recover from that early blow before Wolves added a second three minutes later, this time Romain Saiss rising unmarked to guide a header beyond Blades debutant Aaron Ramsdale. The home side looked sluggish and struggled to create many meaningful chances in the first half, with their first shot on target not arriving until seven minutes before the half-time, when Oli McBurnie headed at Rui Patricio. A half-time team talk by Chris Wilder had the desired impact as United came out flying in the second half, with John Fleck striking the base of the post with a powerful low drive before John Lundstram just failed to get to a teasing Billy Sharp cross. However, only a superb Ramsdale save denied Wolves a third on the break as the 22-year-old - an £18m summer signing from Bournemouth - pushed a Saiss strike on to the post before Jimenez shot wide from the rebound. Jimenez then struck the outside of the post and although the Blades pushed to reduce the deficit in the final few minutes Wolves held firm to secure an opening win.

Wolves make flying start, despite lack of pre-season Wolves' performances both domestically and in Europe last season were all the more impressive considering the sheer volume of games they played as a result of their Europa League commitments. Their campaign started in July last year and ended last month - more than 60 games later - as they reached the last eight of Europe's second-tier club competition - losing to eventual winners Sevilla. The late finish to a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic meant Wolves have not had time to squeeze in any friendlies before the start of the new campaign.  But despite the lack of preparation they showed no signs of rustiness and they were at their clinical best from the outset, scoring from their first two chances of the game. Jimenez showed great composure to let a cross run across his body before finishing and then Saiss placed a header beyond the reach of Ramsdale in the Blades' goal. The lack of preparation for the new campaign perhaps showed as they saw less of the ball in the second half, although they did still have the better chances on the break.

Sheffield United youth team product Aaron Ramsdale conceded two goals in the first six minutes of his first game following his return to the club from Bournemouth, although there was little he could do about either It would be very premature to suggest this defeat is an indicator of Sheffield United being destined to fall foul of 'second-season syndrome' but there will be some causes for concern for Blades boss Wilder. Despite playing four pre-season friendlies compared to Wolves' none it was the hosts who looked short of sharpness in the first half.  They were slow to build attacks and lacked bite in the final third, while their defence - the backbone of their impressive campaign last season - was well below par. But they were much improved after the break as they pressed Wolves high, while the overlapping runs from defence that were utilised to deadly effect last season were also more prominent. A significant portion of Sheffield United's summer spending went on Ramsdale, who showed that he should be a more than capable replacement for Dean Henderson - returned to parent club Manchester United - with his superb second-half save from Saiss. Otherwise Wilder has, so far, invested in promising youth rather than making wholesale changes to his squad in pre-season, and while his side's first-half display will have left him wondering whether that decision was justified, the second-half performance will give him hope that the Blades can once again upset the odds this season.


Man of the match - Raul Jimenez (No - Romain Saiss)

Raul Jimenez celebrated scoring against Sheffield United Jimenez was one of the best forward's in the Premier League last season and picked up where he left off with an excellent all-round display. As well as his superb finish for the opener he had good movement throughout and held the ball up well.

What next? - The second round of the Carabao Cup is up next for both sides as Sheffield United travel to Premier League rivals Burnley on Thursday, 17 September (17:30 BST), while Wolves host Championship side Stoke later on the same day (19:00 BST).

Sheff Utd

1Ramsdale 6Basham sub McGoldrickat 71' 12Egan Booked 33' 5O'Connell 2Baldock 7Lundstram 16Norwood sub Bergeat 76' 4Fleck 3Stevens 9McBurnie Booked 39' 10Sharp Substitutes 8Berge 14Burke 15Jagielka 17McGoldrick 18Foderingham 22Ampadu 23Osborn

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 37Traoré 32Dendoncker 28João Moutinho sub Machado Ferreiraat 86' 5Marçal de Oliveira Booked 90' 9Jiménez 10Castelo Podence  sub Nevesat 76' 7Neto  sub Buurat 69' Substitutes 8Neves 17Soares Silva 18Jota 20Machado Ferreira 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 59Buur

Referee: Mike Dean

FT Stats

    Sheff Utd Wolves

Possession 55% 45%

Shots       9  11

Shots onTgt 2   4

Corners    12   5

Fouls      13   7


Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

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

90'+5' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 90'+4' Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie  (SU) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross following a corner. 90'+3' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 90'+3' George Baldock  (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Oliver McBurnie  (SU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sander Berge with a cross. 90'+1' Booking Marçal (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jack O'Connell. 90' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 88' Attempt missed. John Egan  (SU) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross following a corner. 88' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 87' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Marçal. 86'

Sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces João Moutinho. 84' Raúl Jiménez (WW) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 83' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jack O'Connell. 83' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 80' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 80' Marçal (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 79' Foul by David McGoldrick  (SU). 79' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 76' Sub, (WW) Rúben Neves replaces Daniel Podence. 76' Sub,  (SU) Sander Berge replaces Oliver Norwood. 75' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 75' Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick  (SU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Lundstram. 72' Attempt missed. Billy Sharp  (SU) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by George Baldock. 71' Oliver McBurnie  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 71' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 71' Sub,  (SU) David McGoldrick replaces Chris Basham. 70' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break. 70' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 69' Sub, (WW) Oskar Buur replaces Pedro Neto. 67' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 64' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 64' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 59' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Willy Boly. 58' Offside,  (SU) John Egan tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 56' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 56' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Foul by Oliver McBurnie  (SU). 53' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 52' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Enda Stevens. 51' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 51' Attempt blocked. George Baldock  (SU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 51' John Fleck  (SU) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by John Lundstram. 50' Foul by Marçal (WW). 50' Oliver McBurnie  (SU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 48' Billy Sharp  (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 47' Foul by John Egan  (SU). 47' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Attempt missed. Enda Stevens  (SU) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie.


Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

45'+2' Half Time

     Sheff Utd Wolves

Possession 51% 49%

Shots       1   4

Shots on Tgt 1  3

Corners     4   2

Fouls       7   3

First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

45'+1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by John Egan. 41' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by João Moutinho. 40' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 40' Oliver McBurnie  (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 39' Booking Oliver McBurnie  (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 39' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Foul by Oliver McBurnie  (SU). 38' Attempt saved. Oliver McBurnie  (SU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross. 38' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 36' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 33' Booking John Egan  (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 33' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 33' Foul by John Egan  (SU). 33' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 33' John Lundstram  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 31' Offside,  (SU) Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Jack O'Connell is caught offside. 29' Offside,  (SU) John Fleck tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 28' Offside,  (SU) Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 24' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

    Sheff Utd Wolves good 20 minutes

Possession

Home       39% 61%

Shots       0   3

Shotsontgt  0   3

Corners     1   1

Fouls       5   1

21' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 21' Foul by Enda Stevens  (SU). 20' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 20' Foul by John Lundstram  (SU). 14' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 14' Billy Sharp  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 12' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 12' Foul by Chris Basham  (SU). 9' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 6'Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner.

6' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale. 6' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker with a cross. 3' Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross following a fast break.

1' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Foul by John Fleck  (SU). Kick Off First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge sustained a knee problem on international duty with Norway and might miss out on Monday.  Summer signings Aaron Ramsdale, Jayden Bogle, Max Lowe, Oli Burke and loanee Ethan Ampadu could all be involved. Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo must decide whether to give debuts to teenage record signing Fabio Silva, Fernando Marcal and Vitinha. Adama Traore is set to start at wing-back following Matt Doherty's sale.

Wolves sign Vitinha on loan from Porto

Premier League predictions 2020-21

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Sheffield United did far better than I expected last season, but I still have my doubts about whether they have got enough goals in their side. I look forward to them proving me wrong. Wolves also had an excellent campaign, and now they have to try to match it. Like the Blades, they are always very competitive and I'm expecting a decent battle here. Prediction: 1-1


Raul Jimenez scored 27 goals in all competitions last season, the third-most of any Premier League player after Raheem Sterling (31) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29).

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Sheffield United can win consecutive league matches against Wolves for the first time since 1996. The Blades won the only previous opening day top-flight meeting back in 1961. Wolves' most recent away win came on the 125th anniversary of Sheffield United's formation, a 2-0 triumph in League One on 22 March 2014.

Sheffield United are yet to lose on the opening day of a Premier League season, winning two and drawing two. However, they have won their opening league match just once in six seasons, a 1-0 home victory versus Brentford in the Championship in 2017. The Blades could lose four successive league matches for the first time since a run of six defeats in September 2013 in League One. Chris Wilder has won 99 of his 195 matches as Sheffield United manager and needs one victory to become the first Blades boss to reach 100 wins in fewer than 200 games. Their ninth-place finish last season was the first time the Blades had ended a top-flight campaign in the top half of the table since 1991-92. Last season, Sheffield United recorded a league-low 114 shots on target. However, they conceded only 39 goals, a Premier League record for a newly-promoted club.

Wolverhampton Wanderers played 59 matches in all competitions in 2019-20, with their season lasting for 383 days. Last season, Wolves set new club Premier League records for most points (59) and most goals scored (51). They have finished seventh in both of their Premier League seasons under Nuno Espirito Santo, their best top-flight returns since finishing sixth in 1980. Wolves are unbeaten in their opening league match in the past seven seasons since defeat against Leeds in 2012. They won only three of their 18 Premier League matches in 2019-20 against the other teams who finished in the top half of the table (D8, L7). Wolves recovered an unrivalled 21 points from losing positions last season and dropped the fewest points when ahead.

Match

Day

Date

KO

Sky

HOME

Score

Score

AWAY

Pts

Cum

Posn

GD

report

Sep-Dec 2020



Jan 2021-May 2021



01

Mon

14 September

18:00

Sky

Sheffield Utd

0

2

Wolves

3

3

6

2

SheffUtd

CC3

Thur

17 September

19:45


Wolves

0

1

Stoke City





CC2

02

Mon

21 September

20:00

Sky

Wolves

1

3

Man City

0

3

12

0

ManCity

03

Sat

26 September

15:00

tv

West Ham Utd

4

0

Wolves

0

3

16

-4

WHamUtd

04

Sat

 3 October

15:00


Wolves

1

0

Fulham

3

6

13

-3

Fulham



Internationals



Traore selected for Spain 16 Call-ups for Autumn Internationals Portugal

05

Mon

19 October   

15:00

Sky

Leeds Utd

0

1

Wolves

3

9

6

-2

LeedsUtd

06

Sun

 25 October

16:30

Sky

Wolves

1

1

Newcastle Utd

1

10

9

-2

Newcastle

07

Fri

30 October  

20:00

ppv

Wolves

2

0

Crystal Palace

3

13

3

0

Palace

08

Sun

  8 November

14:00

Sky

Leicester City

1

0

Wolves

0

13

8

-1

Foxes



Internationals












09

Sat

21 November

15:00


Wolves



Southampton





Saints

10

Sat

28 November

15:00


Arsenal



Wolves





Gooners

11

Sat

  5 December

15:00


Liverpool



Wolves





Liverpool

12

Sat

 12 December

15:00


Wolves



Aston Villa





Villa

13

Tue

 15 December

19:45


Wolves



Chelski





Chelski

14

Sat

 19 December

15:00


Burnley



Wolves





Clarets

15

Sat

 26 December

15:00


Wolves



Spurs





Spurs

16

Mon

 28 December

15:00


Man Utd



Wolves





ManUtd

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