Monday, December 10, 2018

Prediction: Wolves vs Huddersfield

Verdict: Wolves win to nil

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to rebuild after the international break, Wolves will welcome Huddersfield to Molineux on Sunday afternoon.

Wolves

Starting with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, while Wolves do have the dream of securing a top half finish following their return to the Premier League, Sunday’s hosts did show some signs of a struggle prior to the International break. Now picking up just one point from the last 12 up for grabs, their Portuguese boss will be demanding they build on their 1-1 draw at the Emirates a fortnight ago.  Putting in an impressive showing in North London, Wolves would have been disappointed to have left without all three points. While they might be looking for their first Premier League win since the 6th of October, last years Championship winners have managed to take points off of the Gunners, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola’s defending champions. Managing to keep five clean sheets between September and October, along with getting their recent defensive record back on track, Santo will also be looking for striker Raul Jimenez to carry on his impressive start to the season. Finding the net against Spurs in their last home appearance, their leading marksman has been directly involved in seven of Wolves’ 12 league goals this campaign.

Team News

Wolves will be without Jonny Otto, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury suffered playing for Spain.

But fellow wing-back Matt Doherty has recovered from the facial injury that saw him miss Ireland’s last two games.

Huddersfield

As for the visitors, while their 1-1 draw with West Ham prior to the International break may have seen Huddersfield pick up four out of an available six points, David Wagner’s side still find themselves sat in the relegation zone and tipped by many to be a leading contender in the relegation battle. Shipping three against Watford in their last outing on the road, their German boss will know that they must improve on their form away from The John Smith’s Stadium if they intend to pull off another famous survival. The Terriers have now failed to win any of their last 10 Premier League matches, a run that goes all the way back to a 2-1 win over West Brom back in February. Now sat 19th in the table, along with their recent issues on the road, it has been their form in the final third which has been arguably their biggest concern. Scoring just six league goals in their opening 12 games, they hold the worst attacking record in the top-flight and they have also failed to score more than once in any of their past 22 Premier League matches, managing just nine goals in total.

Team News

Huddersfield’s Chris Lowe is out with a shoulder injury, while Jon Gorenc Stankovic is set to replace Mathias Jorgensen, who is banned for one game.

All six Huddersfield players who went away on international duty have returned unscathed.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Wolves have earned just one point from the last 12 available.
  • They could lose three consecutive home league fixtures for the first time since February 2017.
  • The Terriers haven’t scored more than once in any of their past 22 Premier League matches, managing just nine goals in total.
  • Huddersfield are without a win in their last 10 Premier League away games (D5, L5).
  • Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in seven goals in his 12 Premier League appearances.

Conclusion

Although Wolves have had their struggles over the past six weeks, there is no doubt that Sunday’s hosts will see this as a perfect opportunity to get their season back on track. Given Huddersfield’s recent struggles both on the road and in the final third, we’re backing Santo’s side to pick up a clean sheet and also leave Molineux with all three points.

Verdict: Wolves win to nil

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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