Wolves vs Burnley: Match Preview

Wolves look to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions this season as they take on Burnley at home on Sunday afternoon, Wolves’ third game in seven days.

 

 

Introduction

Wolves head into this fixture off the back of an impressive 3-2 away win against Torino in the Europa League playoff round on Thursday night whilst Burnley lost 2-1 at Arsenal last Sunday, however they did beat Southampton 3-0 in their opening day fixture.

In this fixture last season, Wolves beat Burnley 1-0 very convincingly but they got their own back at Turf Moor when Sean Dyche’s side won 2-0.

Wolves are yet to be beaten in any games this season, including pre season, and they will certainly want to continue that in front of a packed Molineux crowd.

Burnley, who had their Europa League campaign this time last year, will be looking to try take advantage of Wolves’ extra games this season but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be looking to get their first win of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

 

Team News

Nuno Espírito Santo will have a fully-fit squad available to him, Matt Doherty however being a potential doubt with recent illness.

Burnley will be without Robbie Brady, who has returned to training, Steven Defour and new loanee signing Danny Drinkwater.

 

Key players

Wolves – Adama Traoré

In Wolves’ last two games, Adama Traoré has had a big say on things and is seriously starting to push Matt Doherty for that starting spot in right wing back. The Spaniard was introduced at half time against Man United and he gave Luke Shaw the runaround, also winning the corner which lead to Ruben Neves’ equaliser. If you thought Traoré was good that game, well on Thursday night he pretty much career ended Christian Ansaldi who will be panicking about potentially facing him next Thursday in the return leg. Adama’s pace and power is key for Wolves unlocking defences, especially when teams sit back which I expect Burnley to do. Beating his man regularly and getting balls into the box will help Wolves but this is all providing he starts as Doherty could start having not featured at all on Thursday but even if Traoré was to come on, I feel like he’s improving all the time that he will play a crucial part.

 

Burnley - Ashley Barnes

I’m confident that Burnley will offer a more defensive approach to this game but when they do get chances and go forward, Barnes will be key for them. He’s already scored three premier league goals in two games this season, including one at the Emirates last weekend. His goal scoring record has improved every season whilst playing in England’s top flight, managing 12 last season. He is a player who works very hard off the ball and isn’t afraid to get stuck in so it will be another test for Wolves’ back three.

 

Match Facts

· Wolves are unbeaten at in their last 14 home games (all competitions) - their last defeat at Molineux coming on 2nd January in a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

· Burnley have conceded exactly two goals in each of their previous three Premier League away matches.

· All three of Ashley Barnes’ PL goals this season have came from right-footed shots in the box.

. Raúl Jiménez and Diogo Jota have a combined 13 goals and assists in five Europa League qualifying campaign games.

 

Score Prediction

Wolves 2-0 Burnley – I fancy Wolves to continue their fantastic run and to win convincingly. Burnley will make it difficult but I believe there is enough quality in the squad for Wolves to break Burnley down. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s only one goal in it either but I can’t see Sean Dyche’s side keeping out Wolves’ attacking players for 90 minutes at Molineux.

 

Adam Virgo is a Talking Wolves blogger and sports writer. You can follow him here.

 

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