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Battling Tottenham aim to hold onto top four spot against Wolves
Tottenham to win 1-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: LONDON, Tottenham Hotspur StadiumBet Now
Last week was a long time coming for Tottenham and their fans.
No, they couldn’t win away to Chelsea for only the second time in 30 years, but they managed to claim a draw when playing below their best.
This has always been the sign of a good team, and Antonio Conte is close to achieving that at Spurs, even if he still has work to do. In truth, they were second best against Chelsea.
Wolves have been underwhelming so far this season, earning a single point from their two games so far. Defeat against Leeds was followed up by a 0-0 stalemate against newly promoted Fulham
This shows Wolves’ struggle in front of goal right now, something that will limit their ambitions this season.
Spurs are favourites here.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Conte has his players performing at a very high level
Won three of the last four against Wolves
Reasons to be fearful:
Were overwhelmed at times against Chelsea
Conte likely to be banned from touchline this weekend
Spurs may have to play this match without their manager on the touchline, as Conte was shown a red card for his actions against Chelsea.
Passionate scenes between him and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel caused the referee to send both off, meaning he’ll likely miss this game.
Nevertheless, Spurs will be eager to continue their good form, pressing onward for a spot in the top four of the Premier League.
They weren’t at their best against Chelsea, but earned a point regardless, showing their determination and fighting spirit.
Their record against Wolves is good and three points will be expected at home here.
Star Man – Harry Kane
Has four goals from his eight appearances against Wolves and will be keen to add to his tally here. Opened his account for the season with a late equaliser against Chelsea.
Reasons to be cheerful
Won corresponding fixture last season
Remain hard to play against
Reasons to be fearful
Finding it hard to score goals
Haven’t won in nine Premier League games
Unless Wolves make one or two additional signings before the transfer window slams shut in two weeks’ time, they are unlikely to attain a top-half finish.
Such is the level of investment of teams surrounding them, such as Aston Villa, Newcastle and others, that you cannot afford to stand sit in this league.
They still have quality players, but teams that struggle to score goals in the Premier League are often met with a relegation battle before long. Burnley found that out for themselves, when they were sent down last season.
Still, they will believe they can cause Tottenham some problems this weekend, even without best player Raul Jimenez.
They remain a team that can play good football, even if they haven’t won any of their last nine Premier League fixtures, dating back to last season.
Star Man – Goncalo Guedes
New striker Guedes was only given 30 minutes against Fulham. He should start the game here, and Wolves will hope he can have an immediate impact.
Tottenham are favourites to win
Hugo Lloris to keep a clean sheet
Kane to continue his scoring run
If recent history tells us anything, it’s that Kane usually keeps scoring once he gets going.
His first goal of the season against Chelsea was important, if not spectacular, and he will fancy his chances of grabbing another this weekend.
Wolves have problems upfront, but are a good side when it comes to keeping the ball and frustrating the opposition.
It’ll be close, but Spurs should win.
Tottenham to win 1-0
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