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Wolves are still dark horses for a top-four spot

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 20 Jan 2020

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At the beginning of the Premier League campaign, Wolves, Leicester and Everton were all considered as dangerous outsiders in the race for the Champions League spots this season.

Leicester have enjoyed a sensational season and are ensconced in the top-four. Meanwhile, Everton have underachieved and currently occupy a midtable position in the table. Wolves are sixth-place and well placed to still challenge for a top-four spot.

A poor run ended in Yorkshire

Wolves would have been in the Premier League’s top-four if it were not for a poor recent run of form. A 3-2 victory at Sheffield United last time out ended a five-game winless run for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team in the top-flight. The victory illustrated Wolves fighting spirit and quality, as they came back from two goals down to record a victory.

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez grabbed a brace to end a five-game streak without a goal for the 28-year-old, who has proven to be a shrewd signing for the team from the Midlands. The victory will no doubt restore confidence within the team and amongst the fans at a crucial time in the season.

Not far from the top-four

This season’s fight for the Champions League spots could be fascinating. Leicester’s form has dipped of late, while the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have been highly inconsistent in recent weeks in the Premier League.

Wolves are level on points with fifth-place United and have proven just as inconsistent as the Red Devils this season. However, the team from the Midlands have the excuse of having started the campaign in the summer in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League.

They also did not spend massively in the summer on new additions to their squad either, as United did. Wolves are now just five points behind Chelsea, who have proven wildly unpredictable this season.

The fact that the Midlander’s are even in the race for top-six or even top-four is testament to the good work of Santo and his coaching team. They have gone from the Championship to challengers for Europe’s elite competition within the last 18 months.

The club’s owners are highly ambitious and they must be delighted by the team’s progress in recent years. The team from the Midlands are building slowly but surely and are in a great position.

Still dark horses for the top-four

For Wolves to be in their current position is impressive considering that aforementioned early start to the campaign. The team from the Midlands have overcome a terrible start to the season to rise to their current lofty position.  It would be wrong to rule Wolves out of finishing in the Premier League’s top-four this season. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are now odds of 9/1 to finish in the Champions League spots this season.

Even if Wolves fails to finish in the Premier League’s top-four this season, a top-six finish would be progress from last season and one step closer to establishing themselves as a team that can challenge at the top end of the top-flight table for years to come.

Do Wolves have a realistic chance of clinching a top-four spot in the Premier League this season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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