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How have Wolves been performing recently?

Rayan Ait-Nouri

Like several other clubs in the Premier League, things could be going a little better for Wolves. The team are sitting in the bottom half of the table and according to the odds in the online betting, there’s a very real chance they could still be pulled in to trouble.

Below is a look at some of the team’s recent matches and what led to the results.

Wolves 1 vs Tottenham 0

On 4 March, Wolves welcomed Spurs through the doors of their ground, but the reception was going to be anything but pleasant for the Londoners. The hosts sent them back to the capital empty handed after Adama Traore came off the bench and scored a late winner. Spurs may be rueing what could have been after they hit the crossbar either side of the interval.

Wolves had looked hesitant and seemed happy to counter attack as Spurs dominated the first half. Manager Julen Lopetegui has clearly had enough of that as he could take, however, and sent his side back out in the second half with a tactical change of shape. The decision sent Wolves six points clear of the relegation zone.

Liverpool 2 vs Wolves 0

After a 5-2 drubbing by Real Madrid the week before, Liverpool weren’t in the best of moods when they received Wolves at Anfield on 1 March — and they were about to take it out on Wanderers. A goal disallowed courtesy of VAR put them in an even uglier mood and made the Anfielders think it just wasn’t to be their day, but second-half goals by Mo Salah and Virgil Van Dijk within four minutes of each other put the game past Wolves’ reach.

Despite not keeping a clean sheet, Wanderers defended resolutely. The scoreline could have been worse had it not been for Mo Salah ignoring several penetrating runs in front of him during the game. Wolves’ problems were mostly in front of goal. The team felt the absence of striker Matheus Cunha. To make up for it, Lopetegui had stiffened up the midfield, but, except for one or two moments when the team briefly troubled the keeper in the first half, Wolves offered no real threat in front of goal.

Fulham 1 vs Wolves 1

Wolves travelled down to Craven Cottage to do battle with Fulham on 24 February, and it looked like it was going to be a highly productive trip when Pablo Sarabia put Wanderers ahead 23 minutes into the first half. The Londoners were sitting sixth in the table, and the game was their chance to go joint fifth with Newcastle United, a chance they missed.

Unfortunately, Wolves were unable to hold on to the lead. A strike by substitute Manor Solomon in the second half evened out the score, catching off a Wanderers team who may have been lulled into a false sense of security by a Fulham side that rarely looked threatening during the game.

Wolves weren’t ready to settle for just one point and brought on Diego Costa. Although the side had looked dynamic and worked hard, the introduction of Costa was too little too late. The team returned to Wolverhampton leaving two points behind in Fulham.

Wolves 0 vs Bournemouth 1

On 18 February, Bournemouth were the team visiting the Molineux Stadium, and it was a journey they’re glad they made.

Even though the hosts were dominant throughout the game, they had a hard time creating clearcut chances, and when they did, they didn’t put them away. Adama Traore proved a thorn in Bournemouth’s side, but the Cherries refused him any joy in front of goal.

Wolves were looking to come out swinging harder in the second half. They were dominant, but their failure in front of goal would haunt them. Bournemouth continued to frustrate them, and their persistence paid off when Marcus Tavernier struck in the 49th minute to put Bournemouth ahead. From there, they held firm and resisted half chances by Craig Dawson and Ruben Neves. Pablo Sarabia also had an effort saved.

Wolves have gradually managed to haul themselves clear of the relegation zone, but the season isn’t over yet. Although some fixtures will be undeniably a major test, no team should ever dismiss another team. Points are never in the bag, and Wolves will continue to battle so they can climb as high up the table as possible.

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