Winless Wolves look to kickstart their season visiting an eager and fired up Tottenham Hotspur team looking to brush over an intense and unexpectedly heated London derby.
Harry Kane’s last-minute equaliser was somewhat overshadowed by numerous heated exchanges by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and Tottenham gaffer Antonio Conte, who will both miss this round of Gameweek 3 fixtures in the Premier League.
However, Tottenham started brightly in their first 2022/23 season encounter at home to Southampton, grabbing a convincing 4-1 victory, living up to pre-season hype and excitement at this premature stage of the league campaign.
In such a highly contested fixture against a local rival, a last-minute equaliser will do a world of good for confidence and motivation. This comes at the worst time for Wolves’ Bruno Lage, who faces a tough test in the quest for Wolves’ first three points of the season.
However, history would point statistics in favour of a tough match-up for favourites Tottenham against a traditionally difficult and stubborn West Midlands side, with their most recent meeting resulting in a 2-0 upset in favour of the ‘The Wanderers’.
Furthermore, the return of veteran maestro Joao Moutinho who missed the encounter in Leeds will be immense, and those are not the only reinforcements – Portuguese international midfielder Matheus Nunes will be a Wolves player awaiting mere medicals, while Nations League hero and National team compatriot Goncalo Guedes has been signed, sealed and delivered, bolstering an attacking front suffering with the absences of talisman Raul Jimenez and handful Adama Traore.
Wolves have suffered from a lack of attacking output in the past, despite Bruno Lage’s reputation from his time at Benfica – this may be set to change with these additions allowing for more free-flowing play, especially with the ‘Black and Gold’s’ averaging more than 60% of possession in their first two league affairs and scoring more than two goals more often than not in pre-season.
Guedes, Gibbs-White, Podence, Neto will not replace the direct, powerful approach of Jimenez nor his classic centre-forward style of play, but against a shaky Spurs defence who have conceded 3 in 2 games, these tricky and technically gifted players could take advantage.
A transitioning Wolves back-line will face the same threat from an Dejan Kulusevski, and two world-class talents in Son Hueng-Min, bolstered with the ever-present threat of summer signing Richarlison.
After all that has been said, you could flip a coin between a blow-out/free flowing scoring affair, or an extremely cautious tense one. Either way, this occasion is one not to be missed. The ever unpredictable and entertaining Premier League at it’s best.