Tottenham Hotspur will brace themselves for a stern challenge ahead when they meet Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux tomorrow. The Lilywhites are coming on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in a Champions League dead-rubber in midweek. But, a win this weekend could help them continue their push for the top four places.
Wolves, meanwhile, will also be keen on sealing all three points, knowing it could help them close the gap with fourth-placed Chelsea. They are currently leading sixth-placed Tottenham by one-point, and it won’t be surprising to see if they dominate this game, largely thanks to their home advantage.
Nuno Espirito Santo is unlikely to drift away from his preferred 3-4-3 shape. The midfielders will play a key role here, with Tottenham likely to miss out on few of their important stars. They will be tasked with the responsibility of providing additional security in the build-up while the attackers will look to infiltrate the Spurs defence from the wider areas, where they are more vulnerable.
Mourinho, on the other hand, is expected to persist with his 4-2-3-1 shape despite knowing the fact that Wolves will employ a three-man backline. The Portuguese, however, could ring in the changes following a gruelling midweek fixture against Bayern. The likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are expected to return and provide the much-needed boost going forward.
The continued absence of Willy Boly could serve as a huge blow for Wolves. Nonetheless, the likes of Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker are more than good enough alternatives. Nuno is unlikely to make any real changes to the side that has drawn 2-2 with Brighton and Hove Albion in the last game.
Wolves predicted lineup: Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Jimenez Jota.
As for Mourinho, he will miss out on the services of Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies while both Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks are doubts heading into this game. Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko could continue in midfield, should those two fail to get fit in time. And as mentioned earlier, Kane, Dele Alli and Son are all expected to return to the attack after not featuring in the defeat to Bayern.
Spurs predicted lineup: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Sissoko, Dier; Moura, Alli, Son; Kane.
Given Tottenham’s weak defence, the onus will be on Wolves’ Raul Jimenez to produce the end product in front of goal for the home side. The likes of Traore and Jota could also play a key role in exploiting Spurs’ lack of solidity in the wider areas of the pitch as Wolves look to cause an upset.
For the visitors, the return of Kane and Son could significantly boost their attacking firepower. But, it will be equally interesting to see how the two experienced yet ageing defenders in Vertonghen and Alderweireld fare against a pacy Wolves attack.
Wolves win = 9/4
Draw = 49/20
Tottenham win = 5/4
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