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Struggling Wolves needing victory travel to dangerous Brentford side
Brentford to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Brentford, Brentford Community StadiumBet Now
Now that Wolves have made the decision to not appoint a permanent manager until 2023, they must now buckle up and make do with what they have.
Steve Davis has been placed in charge on a caretaker basis, although it has done little to inspire the fans that Wolves are set for improvement any time soon.
The Wanderers are now firmly wedged in the bottom three, level on points with Nottingham Forest at the bottom and two points from safety. They must start to pick up points soon otherwise it could be a disaster before the new manager even gets there.
They face Brentford, a team who have suffered mixed fortunes themselves of late, but still retain a very respectable 11th place after a good start to the season.
We know how strong the Bees are at home. Their organisation and the passion of their fans makes the Community Stadium a daunting prospect for most teams.
Can they see off a struggling Wolves here?
Reasons to be cheerful:
Just one defeat at home this season
No team has kept more home clean sheets than Brentford this season
Reasons to be fearful:
Only one win from their last six in the league
Four defeats from their last six against Wolves
Brentford have been the downfall of many big teams at home since earning promotion to the Premier League at the start of last season.
With just one defeat at home this season, it is a prospect that very few teams welcome when travelling to Brentford’s Community Stadium.
Thomas Frank’s team don’t concede too many goals either at home, with no team keeping more clean sheets in their own back yard than the Bees. All of this adds up to a very promising game for Brentford.
They don’t have a good record against Wolves, however, having lost four of their last six against this weekend’s opponents.
Brentford will also need to address their last game – a 4-0 defeat away to Aston Villa – in which they were particularly poor.
Star Man – Ivan Toney
Has scored six goals in his last seven appearances for the club, which represents three-quarters of Brentford’s goals in that period.
Reasons to be cheerful
Had 21 shots on goal despite defeat against Leicester
Decent record against Brentford
Reasons to be fearful
Winless in their past 10 away games
Three points from the last 18 available is the second-worst record in the league
Wolves’ situation is threatening to become chaotic before they can even bring in a new permanent manager.
Since returning to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have become one of the most stable clubs in the league and on their day, could go toe-to-toe with some of the biggest teams.
Over the past 12 months however, we’ve seen them slowly slip down the league with a poor set of results during that time. It led to the sacking of Bruno Lage and their current league position of 19th.
They still play some good football and an attacking threat, demonstrated by their 21 shots on goal against Leicester. However, there is little quality in the final third, despite bringing in Diego Costa.
After this, they then face Brighton and Arsenal in the league, two tough opponents indeed.
Star Man – Diego Costa
The striker is still awaiting his first goal since returning to the Premier League. He must use his experience to help his new team lift themselves out of trouble.
Both teams will go for the win
Possession will be evenly shared
Wolves must be more ruthless in front of goal
To go to the Community Stadium needing a win to move outside of the bottom three is a troubling situation for Wolves to find themselves in.
It could be the game where Wolves can kickstart their recovery, or another defeat that sends them further into chaos.
We know what we’ll get from Brentford and that is organisation, intensity and quality through the likes of Toney.
The home side are favourites unless we see a huge performance from Wolves.
Brentford to win 2-1
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