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28 A Tue 26 Feb 19:45 Huddersfield  

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27 A Sat 23 Feb 15:00 Bournemouth       

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26 H Mon 11 Feb  20:00 Newcastle  Live on Sky   

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25 A Sat 2 Feb 15:00 Everton      

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24 H Tue 29 Jan 19:45 West Ham     

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FAC4 Sat 26 3pm January  Shrewsbury Town  

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23 H Sat 19 Jan 12:30 Leicester  Live on Sky

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22 A Mon 14 Jan at 20:00  Man City   Live on Sky   

22 Manchester City 3  Gabriel Jesus (10', 39' pen), Coady (78' og), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0  Boly (red 19')

HT 2-0

Pic Tim Spiers E&S

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City eased past 10-man Wolves to cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the table to four points. City did not manage a repeat of the scoring feats that had seen them hit 16 goals against Rotherham and Burton in their previous two games, but the outcome was rarely in doubt despite the relatively modest winning margin. Jesus opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Leroy Sane ran on to a peach of a pass by Aymeric Laporte and squared for the Brazilian to slide home.  A tough task for Wolves got even harder when Willy Boly was dismissed nine minutes later, with the French defender shown a straight red card for a dangerous jumping challenge on Bernardo Silva. City initially failed to take advantage of their extra man and were given a scare when Jonny narrowly failed to turn in Diogo Jota's cross on a rare foray forward by the visitors. That woke them from their slumbers and moments later they extended their lead from the spot. Ryan Bennett sent Raheem Sterling tumbling as he burst into the box and Jesus stepped up to take his personal tally to seven in City's past three matches and put his side in complete control by half-time. The only question left at the break was how many more City would score. Pep Guardiola's side had got five goals in the second half against Burton in the Carabao Cup and four against Rotherham in the FA Cup but had to settle for one this time. Substitute Kevin de Bruyne whipped in a cross from a short corner routine, and Connor Coady could only deflect it into his own net to complete a miserable night for the visitors.


Man City

31Ederson 2Walker 5Stones 14Laporte 3Danilo 20Bernardo Silva 25FernandinhoBooked at 14mins 21Silva sub for De Bruyneat 62' 7Sterling 33Gabriel Jesus sub for Agüeroat 76' 19Sané sub for Gündoganat 74' Substitutes 8Gündogan 10Agüero 17De Bruyne 18Delph 26Mahrez 30Otamendi 49Muric

Wolves

11Rui Patrício  5Bennett 16Coady  15BolyBooked at 19mins  2Doherty  28João Moutinho sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 72' 8Neves 32Dendoncker 19Castro Otto 9Jiménez sub for Traoréat 45' 18Jota sub for Saïssat 59' Substitutes 7Cavaleiro  10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 37Traoré

Referee: Craig Pawson Attendance: 54,171


         Man City Wolves

Possession  76%   24%

Shots       22     2

Shots on Tgt 8     0

Corners     12     1

Fouls        6     3


Full Time

90'+4' Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90' Corner, (WW). Conceded by John Stones. 90' Corner, (WW). Conceded by John Stones. 90' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. 86' Sergio Agüero (ManC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 85' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Matt Doherty. 84' Foul by Aymeric Laporte (ManC). 84' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Attempt missed. Danilo (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho. 80' Attempt missed. Fernandinho (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner. 80' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Matt Doherty. 80' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (ManC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva. Goal! 78' Own Goal by Conor Coady, (WW). Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 77' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Rui Patrício. 77' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (ManC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.  76' sub, (ManC). Sergio Agüero replaces Gabriel Jesus. 76' Offside, (ManC). Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker is caught offside. 74' Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (ManC). 74' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  74' sub, (ManC). Ilkay Gündogan replaces Leroy Sané.  72' sub, (WW). Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho. 72' Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danilo. 70' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Romain Saïss. 70' Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 69' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (ManC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a through ball. 69' Offside, (WW). Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 68' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (ManC). 68' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 67' Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 65' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Conor Coady.  52' sub, (ManC). Kevin De Bruyne replaces David Silva.  59' sub, (WW). Romain Saïss replaces Diogo Jota.  55' Attempt saved. Kyle Walker (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho. 54' Attempt saved. Fernandinho (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus. 53' Offside, (ManC). Gabriel Jesus tries a through ball, but Leroy Sané is caught offside. 51' Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (ManC) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Second Half begins Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

 45' sub, (WW). Adama Traoré replaces Raúl Jiménez.


Half Time


45'+4'

First Half ends, Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


Half Time

        Man City Wolves

Possession  79%  21%

Shots       10    1

Shots on Tgt 4    0

Corners      7    0

Fouls        3    2

45'+4' First Half ends, Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+3' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Matt Doherty.

44' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (ManC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danilo with a cross. Goal! 39' Goal! Manchester City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Gabriel Jesus (ManC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. 39' Penalty Manchester City. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area. 37' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Leander Dendoncker. 37' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by João Moutinho. 36' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (ManC). 36' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Matt Doherty. 35' Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (ManC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva. 31' Foul by Danilo (ManC). 31' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (ManC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker. 31' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 30' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 24' Offside, (ManC). Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside. 21' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 21' Delay in match Bernardo Silva (ManC) because of an injury. Dismissal 19' Willy Boly (WW) is shown the red card. 19' Bernardo Silva (ManC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 19' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 16' Corner, (ManC). Conceded by Rui Patrício. 16' Attempt saved. David Silva (ManC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danilo. Booking 14' Fernandinho (ManC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 13' Foul by Fernandinho (ManC). 13' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. Goal! 10' Goal! Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Gabriel Jesus (ManC) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leroy Sané. 7' Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (ManC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus. 4' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bennett. Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS

Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany could return to face Wolves after missing the past two cup games because of illness and a muscle problem respectively.  Fernandinho was rested for those two ties, while Fabian Delph returned from suspension for the EFL Cup demolition of Burton Albion. Wolves have no fresh injury concerns and will recall the likes of Rui Patricio and Matt Doherty. They were among several regulars rested in the FA Cup win over Liverpool. Diogo Jota played in that win on his return from a hamstring injury.


RADIO 5 LIVE COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@ConorMcNamaraIE: Seven-nil v Rotherham, 9-0 v Burton…Manchester City return to the Premier League title race after truly flexing their muscles in the cup competitions.  But Wolves enjoyed a fun cup weekend of their own, beating Liverpool, and Nuno Espirito Santo's side have a habit of raising their game against the big boys.  Wolves have beaten Chelsea and Tottenham and also taken points off both Manchester clubs and Arsenal. In fact, Wolves were the first team to take points off City this season. I was at Molineux when Willy Boly's controversial handball goal was allowed to stand. Can Wolves ride their luck again at the Etihad?  


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Wolves: "We realised in the first game how complicated they would be. They are strong physically, make good runs in counter-attack. They defend well and deep, they control many areas. That is why they are doing incredibly well in the Premier League."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture: "That was a very important moment, it made us realise we were ready to compete in the Premier League. We put our standards high. We have been doing well, we have had bad moments, and we want to find the consistency. There's always something to improve on."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

I think Wolves will go to the Etihad Stadium in confident mood, but I just see Manchester City kicking on now. The blip they had over Christmas seems a long time ago already. Prediction: 3-0  FIRST ONE HE'S GOT RIGHT ALL SEASON


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Wolves are winless in six top-flight away matches against Manchester City since a 3-2 victory at Maine Road in December 1979 (D1, L5).

The two sides met at the Etihad Stadium last season in the League Cup fourth round; City progressed 4-1 on penalties after the game finished goalless.

The reverse fixture this season ended 1-1 at Molineux in August, with Aymeric Laporte equalising after Willy Boly controversially opened the scoring.

Manchester City have won 12 of their past 14 home league fixtures, with their only defeat during that period coming against Crystal Palace three weeks ago.

They have scored at least twice in each of their last 12 Premier League home games. Manchester City could go nine consecutive Premier League fixtures without a clean sheet for the first time since a run of 10 in a row from February to April 2006 under Stuart Pearce.  They are unbeaten in 34 Premier League home matches against promoted opposition since a 2-0 defeat by Reading in February 2007 (W30, D4). Sergio Agüero has scored in each of his last five Premier League home starts. David Silva's next Premier League appearance will be his 267th - a record for a Manchester City player.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have the best record among the clubs seventh or lower against the Premier League's established top six, earning nine points (W2, D3, L2). A draw or better on Monday will ensure Wolves become the first promoted club to reach 30 points after 22 matches of a Premier League season since Birmingham City in 2009-10. They could win consecutive top-flight away fixtures in a season for the first time since March to April 1981. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have only scored five Premier League first-half goals, the fewest in the division.



 

FAC3 H Mon 7 Jan 19:45 Liverpool Live on BBC1 included tribute to Bill Slater

Wolves 2 Jiménez (38'), Neves (55') Liverpool 1 Origi (51')

HT 1-0


Next - away to Sam Ricketts' Shrews with Dave Edwards or Stoke 25-28 January


Ruben Neves' superb second-half strike sent Wolves through to the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of a Liverpool side that featured three teenagers making their full debuts.  Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to his starting XI, which included 17-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones and 18-year-old Rafael Camacho. They were joined by Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever - at 16, the club's third youngest debutant - in the sixth minute following an injury to Dejan Lovren. Wolves found it difficult to trouble the inexperienced backline until the 38th minute when Raul Jimenez fired them ahead following an error by midfielder James Milner. Divock Origi levelled for the visitors six minutes after the break with the side's first effort on target, when he fired a brilliant strike through the legs of Leander Dendoncker and past goalkeeper John Ruddy. But that parity lasted four minutes as Neves launched a venomous dipping shot from 31 yards that beat Simon Mignolet at his near post. Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick, magnificently pushed on to the post by John Ruddy, was the Reds' only other effort of note. Wolves, who knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup for the second time in three seasons, will be away to the winners of the tie between Stoke and Shrewsbury in the fourth round.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will have been dismayed with the way his first-team hopefuls performed for much of the match. His strikeforce of Daniel Sturridge, out of contract in the summer, and Belgian Origi failed to gel, managing only one pass between them in the first half and only one touch in the opposition's penalty area. Absent was the running into pockets and slick passing made into a fine art form by their regular attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and instead the makeshift XI littered the pitch with misplaced balls. Liverpool did improve slightly after the break. Origi's goal should have given them that much-needed impetus, but before they could pressure the home side again they fell behind again when Neves fired in. The Reds came agonisingly close to equalising again when Shaqiri's fantastic free-kick was tipped on to the post by an equally brilliant save from Ruddy. Klopp brought on big guns Salah and Firmino with 20 minutes to go, but the pair could not inspire a late fightback.


Wolves

21Ruddy 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 8Neves 19Castro Otto sub for Dohertyat 75' 28João Moutinho 32Dendoncker 29Vinagre 9Jiménez sub for Hélder Costaat 83' 18Jota sub for Cavaleiroat 52' Substitutes 2Doherty 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 27Saïss 31Norris 37Traoré

Liverpool

22Mignolet 64Camacho 6Lovren sub for Hoeverat 6' 3Fabinho 18Moreno 23Shaqiri 7MilnerBooked at 15mins 8Keita 48Jones sub for Roberto Firminoat 70' 15Sturridge sub for Salahat 70' 27Origi Substitutes 9Roberto Firmino 10Mané 11Salah 51Hoever 57Christie-Davies 62Kelleher 66Alexander-Arnold

Referee: Paul Tierney Attendance: 25,849



Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, (Liv) 1.

Full Time  90'+4' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, (Liv) 1.

         Wolves  Liverpool

Possession  39%  61%

Shots        8    8

Shots on Tgt 3    2

Corners      3    3

Fouls       10    2

90'+3' Attempt saved. Fabinho (Liv)) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino. 90'+3' Rafael Camacho (Liv)) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+3' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 90'+2' Corner, (Liv). Conceded by Conor Coady. 89' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside. 87' Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liv)). 87' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liv)) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.  83' sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Raúl Jiménez. 83' Attempt missed. Rafael Camacho (Liv)) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 82' Corner, (Liv). Conceded by Matt Doherty. 79' Attempt missed. Rafael Camacho (Liv)) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri. 75' Corner, (Liv). Conceded by Willy Boly.  75' sub, (WW) Matt Doherty replaces Jonny. 70' Alberto Moreno (Liv)) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 70' Alberto Moreno (Liv)) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW).  70' sub, (Liv). Roberto Firmino replaces Curtis Jones.  70' sub, (Liv). Mohamed Salah replaces Daniel Sturridge. 69' Xherdan Shaqiri (Liv)) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick. 68' Daniel Sturridge (Liv)) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 68' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 63' Rafael Camacho (Liv)) wins a free kick on the right wing. 63' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 63' Curtis Jones (Liv)) wins a free kick on the left wing. 63' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 62' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). Goal!

55' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, (Liv) 1. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre.

 52' sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota. Goal! 51' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (Liv) 1. Divock Origi (Liv)) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. 51' Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liv)) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri. 48' Naby Keita (Liv)) wins a free kick on the right wing. 48' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 47' Curtis Jones (Liv)) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). Second Half


Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (Liv) 0.

Half Time

          Wolves Liverpool

Possession 38%   62%

Shots       6     1

Shots on Tgt 2    0

Corners     3     0

Fouls       3     1


45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (Liv) 0.

43' Daniel Sturridge (Liv)) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 43' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 42' Offside, (Liv). Naby Keita tries a through ball, but Alberto Moreno is caught offside. 40' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. Goal!

38' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, (Liv) 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break. 35' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Fabinho. 35' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Rúben Vinagre is caught offside. 34' Attempt saved. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 31' Attempt missed. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liv)) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. 29' Fabinho (Liv)) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 29' Offside, (Liv). Naby Keita tries a through ball, but Divock Origi is caught offside. 27' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 26' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ki-Jana Hoever. 23' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 15' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.  Booking 15' James Milner (Liv)) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 15' Foul by James Milner (Liv)). 15' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Daniel Sturridge (Liv)) wins a free kick on the left wing. 12' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 12' Attempt missed. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.10' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Alberto Moreno. 10' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.8' Offside, (Liv). Naby Keita tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.  6' sub, (Liv). Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Dejan Lovren because of an injury. 6' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 4' Delay in match Dejan Lovren (Liv)) because of an injury. 4' Offside, (WW) Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. Kick Off

First Half begins.

Pic Mark F

TEAM NEWS

Wolves forward Diogo Jota returned to training on Friday after missing four matches with a hamstring injury and he will be available to face Liverpool.  Versatile Moroccan Romain Saiss has overcome a minor knee complaint.

Liverpool are likely to make several changes to the side that started Thursday's defeat by Manchester City.  Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno are confirmed starters, while teenagers Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones could make their senior debuts. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain out with a fractured leg and collarbone respectively.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo on Liverpool: "We know it's a fantastic team and manager. It's going to be very tough, we must prepare well. They are very organised, very intense, have individual quality, press well, and their counter-attack is one of the best there is."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "How can we speak in the first round of the FA Cup about winning it? It's a very important competition but we have to make sure we can play with the right intensity. For this you need - if you can do it - to make changes. We want to win everything but you cannot win it in the first game. You have to make sure you are as good as possible in that game, make the right decisions about the line-up - maybe tough decisions, maybe not that tough - and then we will see."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

There is no doubt that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will make a lot of changes to his team, while Wolves are on a strange run of results - including winning at Spurs then losing at home to Crystal Palace. That makes it very hard to know what they are going to do next. Prediction: 0-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Liverpool are unbeaten in six trips to Molineux - winning the last three - since a 1-0 top-flight defeat in August 1981. The Reds won 2-0 away on 21 December in the first league meeting between the sides for nearly seven years. Wolves have won four of their six FA Cup ties against Liverpool, including at Anfield in January 2017.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been knocked out at the first attempt in six of the past seven seasons. The exception was two seasons ago, when they stunned Liverpool in the fourth round before losing at home to Chelsea.  They have gone six FA Cup matches without a win at home, with a goalless draw against Swansea last season ending a run of five straight Molineux exits (including on penalties to Fulham). Their fourth and most recent FA Cup title came in 1960. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have lost five of their past seven home matches.

Liverpool have been knocked out in the fourth round in all three previous campaigns under Jurgen Klopp, including two years ago at Anfield against Wolves, who were then 18th in the Championship. They were last knocked out in the third round in 2010-11, losing 1-0 to Manchester United. Liverpool have been eliminated from five of their last seven FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents. The Reds have won only five of their past 18 games in all competitions in January (D5, L8).



 

21 H Wed 2 Jan  15:00 Crystal Palace      

21 WW 0 Crystal Palace 2 J Ayew (83'), Milivojevic (90'+5' pen)

Very poor performance by Wolves. Only one shot to test the Palace keeper.  N ofirworks on the pitch just this (by Tim Spiers)

Crystal Palace struck two late goals as Roy Hodgson's side edged further away from the Premier League relegation zone with victory over Wolves at Molineux. Jordan Ayew put the visitors ahead with seven minutes remaining, producing a sublime touch to control Patrick van Aanholt's effort before converting from close range. Luka Milivojevic then made no mistake from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time after Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Ryan Bennett.

The visitors dictated the early play and captain Milivojevic's dipping effort from the edge of the area forced Rui Patricio into a fine save after Willy Boly had been robbed of possession by Andros Townsend. Raul Jimenez registered Wolves first meaningful attempt - firing over from distance - before Matt Doherty missed the best chance of the first half as he headed over when left in space from a corner.  Palace had an escaped after the break as Doherty failed to connect with Ivan Cavaleiro's cross, having caught Aaron Wan Bissaka in possession, while at the other end Ayew failed to hit the target under pressure from Conor Coady. But Crystal Palace's late show ensured they move six points clear of Southampton in 18th, while Wolves lost ground on Leicester.


Teams

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5BennettBooked at 54' 16Coady 15BolyBooked at 23' 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 27SaïssBooked at 45' sub for Nevesat 73'minutes 19Castro OttoBooked  at 90' 10Hélder Costa sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 64'minutes 9Jiménez 7Cavaleiro sub for Traoréat 84'minutes Substitutes 8Neves 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 33Bonatini 37Traoré

Crystal Palace

31Guaita 29Wan-Bissaka 5Tomkins 12Sakho 3van Aanholt 8Kouyaté 4MilivojevicBooked at 62' 18McArthur 10Townsend 14J Ayew sub for Wickhamat 88'minutes 11Zaha Substitutes 2Ward 7Meyer 13Hennessey 15Schlupp 21Wickham 34Kelly 44Riedewald

Referee: Roger East Attendance: 30,666


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2.

        Wolves  Crystal Palace

Possession 52%   48%

Shots        9   17

Shots on Tgt 1    4

Corners      3    10

Fouls        9     7

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2.

Goal!  90'+5' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2. Luka Milivojevic (CP) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner. 90'+4' Penalty conceded by Ryan Bennett (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 90'+4' Penalty Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha draws a foul in the penalty area. 90'+3' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Connor Wickham (CP). 90'+3' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 90'+3' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Vicente Guaita. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. Booking 90'+1' Jonny (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90' Foul by Jonny (WW). 90' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 89' Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. Goal! 83' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 1. Jordan Ayew (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha. 83' Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 83' Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (CP) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 82' Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew following a corner. 82' Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 82' Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 82' Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (CP) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 81' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro. 81' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 79' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 79' Patrick van Aanholt (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 77' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a headed pass. 76' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 76' Foul by Jordan Ayew (CP).  73' Sub, (WW) Rúben Neves replaces Romain Saïss because of an injury. 71' Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (CP) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 70' Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur. 68' Offside, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 67'

Corner, (CP) Conceded by Conor Coady. 65' Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (CP) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Andros Townsend following a fast break.  64' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Hélder Costa. 63' Attempt blocked. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Booking 62' Luka Milivojevic (CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 62' Foul by Luka Milivojevic (CP). 62' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 60' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 60' Mamadou Sakho (CP) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 59' Attempt missed. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty.  Booking 54' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card. 49' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 49' Foul by James Tomkins (CP). 47' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt. 47' Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 46' Foul by Luka Milivojevic (CP). 46' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Half Time

        Wolves Crystal Palace

Possession 48%   52%

Shots       4     6

Shots on Tgt 0    2

Corners      1    7

Fouls        3    2

45'+2'

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Booking 45'+1' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+1' Wilfried Zaha (CP) wins a free kick on the left wing. 45'+1' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 44' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro. 44' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Willy Boly. 44' Attempt blocked. James McArthur (CP) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 42' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 41' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 39' Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (CP) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Ayew. 38' Attempt blocked. James Tomkins (CP) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew. 38' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 37' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  37' Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP). 36' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Willy Boly following a corner. 36' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner. 36' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 32' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 32' Foul by Jonny (WW). 29' Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 28' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny. 23' Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (CP) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt following a set piece situation. Booking 23' Willy Boly (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 22' Andros Townsend (CP) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 20' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 20' Attempt saved. Luka Milivojevic (CP) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend. 12' Corner, (CP) Conceded by Willy Boly. 11' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 2' Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (CP). 2' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS

Wolves will assess the fitness of forwards Diogo Jota and Adama Traore.  Jota has missed three matches with a hamstring injury, while Traore was substituted because of a similar problem during Saturday's win at Spurs.  

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is expected to make changes to the side beaten by Chelsea, with Max Meyer likely to return and Connor Wickham in contention to start. Christian Benteke remains out with a long-term knee injury.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@Wilsonfooty: Having each achieved stellar results away from home against one of the big guns over Christmas, it'll be intriguing to see how Wolves and Palace fare against each other in their first Molineux meeting in six years.  Wolves have been an absolutely terrific addition to the Premier League. There's every chance they could finish a season in the top half of the top flight for the first time since 1980. However, Palace will take heart from the fact that Wolves have lost four of their last six home games. The Eagles - who have scored as many goals in their last two games away from home as they have all season at Selhurst Park - seem to prefer life on the road.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We are back at Molineux. The home factor of the competition is very important, but it will be tough because Crystal Palace are a very good team. Knowing that the schedule is so tight...it's how you prepare the whole game. Fresh legs change a lot of things in football. Sometimes your plan works out great - Tottenham was one of those days - but we know that is not always the same."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on his side's poor scoring record: "As far as I know, there's not one team in the bottom seven or eight that has a good record in front of goal.  One or two may have scored more than us but we're all pretty much in the same ballpark. And the fact that we have the best goal difference of those teams is down to the fact that we haven't conceded many, so that's why we're on minus nine and the next best team around us has minus twelve. The players that have been working here deserve a lot of credit."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves are a good side, and the 3-1 win at Tottenham will kick them on. I had wondered where the goals would come from at Wembley Stadium - how wrong was I? Prediction: 2-0


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have lost only one of their past 12 top-flight matches against Crystal Palace, a 1-0 away defeat in January 1980. Palace are winless in all six top-flight visits to Molineux, their longest away run without ever beating an opponent.

Wolverhampton Wanderers earned 13 points from their last six games of 2018 - only Liverpool and Tottenham fared better over the same period.  If they avoid defeat on Wednesday, Wolves will become the first promoted team to have at least 30 points after 21 fixtures since Birmingham in 2009-10.  The last time Wolves had 30 points or more after 21 top-flight matches was in 1979-80, when they finished sixth. They have not lost their opening league match of a calendar year since 2013, when beaten 3-1 at Crystal Palace in the Championship on New Year's Day.  Their tally of five first-half goals is the lowest in the division.

Crystal Palace's defeat against Chelsea on Sunday ended their three-match unbeaten run.

They could fail to score in three successive league matches within a season for the first time since the opening three matches under Roy Hodgson in 2017-18. The Eagles have failed to score in nine league games in total, a joint league-high with Fulham and Huddersfield. Crystal Palace have earned 10 points in away matches this season, one more than at home. Wilfried Zaha has neither scored or assisted a Premier League goal in his last 11 appearances.

 

20 A Sat 29 Dec 15:00 Spurs W1-3  at Wem-Boly (Jason Guy)  

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Kane (22') Wolves 3 Boly (72'), Jiménez (83'), Hélder Costa (87').


Beeb: The win is Wolves' first against Spurs since 2010

Pic Laurie Dalrymple

Tottenham's Premier League title hopes suffered an unexpected setback as Wolves scored three times in the last 18 to come from behind and win at Wembley.  Spurs would have moved three points behind leaders Liverpool with a win, but defeat means the Reds can end the day nine points clear.  Willy Boly levelled with a powerful header in the 72nd minute to punish the hosts for a sloppy second-half performance after Harry Kane's spectacular first-half opener for Spurs. Raul Jimenez then beat Hugo Lloris with a weak effort from the edge of the area to put Wolves in front before Helder Costa added a third on the counter-attack three from time. The hosts did not have a single shot in the second half as their five-game winning run in the league came to an end. They remain second in the table but Manchester City can go back above them when they visit Southampton on Sunday.

Spurs' performance in the second half was in a stark contrast to their previous two games, in which they scored six times against Everton and put five past Bournemouth. That free-scoring form had led manager Mauricio Pochettino to admit his side were "intruders" in the title race, but a fifth league defeat of the season halts the momentum they had built.  The north London side played well in the first half and had 10 efforts on goal, though most - including Kane's goal - came from distance. Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min were particularly lively. But after the break they were flat and lacked cohesion, the influence of Kane, Son and Eriksen diminished, and the introduction of Lucas Moura failed to spark them into life.

The tension inside Wembley increased as the home support witnessed their team lose control of the game as Wolves, who had barely threatened in the first half, grew in confidence. After Boly's deserved equaliser, the Spurs fans tried to squeeze more from their team but it was Wolves, helped by some slack defending, who created all of the chances late on.


Resolute gameplan works for Wolves - Wolves had eight shots in the second half to Spurs' none Wolves' fans, players and manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrated wildly at full-time. They did not create chances in the opening 45 but, unlike Everton and Bournemouth before them, defended well enough to stay in the game. Then, when Spurs' performance dipped, they began to exert control on the game and Nuno made the right s. Joao Moutinho was introduced to the base of midfield in the 68th minute and dictated play, as well as providing the pin-point cross from the set-piece for  Boly's equaliser. Striker Costa, meanwhile, came on in the 59th minute and made an excellent run before a clinical low finish to seal the game with Wolves' third goal. Victory means they jump to seventh in the table, one place and three points behind Manchester United. They began 2018 as a promotion-chasing Championship side but end it as a team in the top half of the Premier League with a famous win over a title contender.


Tottenham

1Lloris 2Trippier 6D Sánchez 4Alderweireld 33DaviesBooked at 16' 8Winks 17Sissoko 23EriksenBooked at 42' 20Alli sub for Lucas Mouraat 68' 10KaneBooked at 81' 7Son Heung-Min Substitutes 3Rose 14Nkoudou 16Walker-Peters 21Foyth 22Gazzaniga 27Lucas Moura 52Skipp

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 32Dendoncker sub for João Moutinhoat 68' 8Neves 19Castro OttoBooked at 81' 37Traoré sub for Hélder Costaat 59' 7Cavaleiro sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 85'

9JiménezBooked at 84' Substitutes 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 27Saïss 28João Moutinho 29Vinagre 33Bonatini

Referee: Stuart Attwell Attendance: 46,356 (o/w 3158 WW)



Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.


Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

         Tottenham  Wolves

Possession   61%     39%

Shots             10      11

Shots on Tgt  3       4

Corners          6       7

Fouls              7       7


90'+2' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Morgan Gibbs-White is caught offside. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 90' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Matt Doherty.  Goal!

87' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a through ball following a fast break.

86' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Willy Boly.   85' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. Booking 84' Raúl Jiménez (WW) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration. Goal!

83' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Booking 81' Jonny (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Booking 81' Harry Kane (TH) is shown the yellow card. 81' Harry Kane (TH) has gone down, but that's a dive. 80' Kieran Trippier (TH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 79' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Kieran Trippier. 77' Foul by Davinson Sánchez (TH). 77' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Conor Coady. Goal! 72' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 72' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Davies.  68' Sub, (TH) Lucas Moura replaces Dele Alli.  68' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Leander Dendoncker. 67' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 62' Foul by Harry Kane (TH). 62' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  59' Sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Adama Traoré because of an injury. 57' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.  54' Hand ball by Adama Traoré (WW). 53' Offside, (WW) Rui Patrício tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 51' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Toby Alderweireld. 51' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 49' Harry Kane (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 49' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 48' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 47' Delay in match Kieran Trippier (TH) because of an injury. 47' Kieran Trippier (TH) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). Second Half

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time

        Tottenham  Wolves

Possession   67%   33%

Shots        10     3

Shots on Target 3   0

Corners       3     4

Fouls         4     3

45'+3' First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. 45' Attempt missed. Harry Winks (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen. Booking 42' Christian Eriksen (TH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 42' Foul by Christian Eriksen (TH). 42' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 31' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 31' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Davinson Sánchez. 29' Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (TH) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Harry Winks. 28'Harry Kane (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 28' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 216'Corner, (WW) Conceded by Dele Alli. 25' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Davinson Sánchez. 25' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré. 24' Offside, (WW) Jonny tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. Goal! 22' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Harry Kane (TH) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 20' Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (TH) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 20' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Conor Coady. 19' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 19' Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (TH) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dele Alli. 19' Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 18' Attempt missed. Dele Alli (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Son Heung-Min. 17' Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 16' Ben Davies (TH) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 16' Foul by Ben Davies (TH). 16' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 15' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Davies. 13' Attempt saved. Kieran Trippier (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 12' Harry Kane (TH) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 11' Foul by Son Heung-Min (TH). 11' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Foul by Dele Alli (TH). 9' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (TH) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen. 6' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 5' Delay in match Leander Dendoncker (WW) because of an injury. 5' Delay in match Moussa Sissoko (TH) because of an injury. 4' Moussa Sissoko (TH) wins a free kick on the right wing. 4' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 1' Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (TH) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen. 1' Corner, (TH) Conceded by Matt Doherty. Kick Off First Half begins.



TEAM NEWS Pic Jacqui Oatley Tottenham's Dele Alli faces a fitness test on the hamstring injury that ruled him out on Boxing Day.  Serge Aurier is back in training, but Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama remain on the sidelines.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed Diogo Jota is not yet fit enough to return. Leander Dendoncker and Kortney Hause will be assessed after they missed the draw with Fulham because of illness.

Pochettino: 'Spurs can achieve more in new stadium'


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@SteveBowercomm: Mauricio Pochettino says his Tottenham team are title 'intruders' not 'contenders', but there's no escaping their run and best points tally at the halfway stage of a Premier League season. It's a sign of the standard that they are still six points from the summit.  There's real momentum within the club at the moment as they look to build on the 11 goals scored in their last two games alone.  

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has promised his team's approach won't change. Their half-term report is a positive one with three wins on the road already. Spurs will also remember being pushed all the way in the corresponding fixture at Molineux.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We need to prepare not only physically but also our minds to be strong because it's going to be tough to compete in the second half of the season. It's so important for the team that we are fighting and in a very good position.  We were talking that last season was a fantastic season. Now we're in four competitions when last season we were in three because we were out of the Carabao Cup."


Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We've played already many games against top teams where we have shown that we don't change our identity. We are trying to build something, so when you try to build you do not look at the game like 'what is the best way to get a result?'  We've shown in previous games that we attack, we have shots on goals against heavy teams. The way we approach against Tottenham is going to be the same."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Tottenham are on a roll at the moment - the goals are flowing and they are playing fantastically well.  I would not be surprised if Wolves create a few chances in this game - Bournemouth managed it at Wembley on Wednesday - but Spurs have built up a head of steam and will be difficult to stop. Prediction: 2-0


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won just two of their previous nine Premier League meetings with Tottenham.

They are without a win in their last five meetings since a 1-0 victory at Molineux in February 2010. Wolves have won just one of their last 12 away games at Tottenham in all competitions.

Tottenham Hotspur have posted their best halfway return of any Premier League season of 45 points (W15, L4).  Spurs are without a draw so far this season. The last top-flight side to go longer from the start of a season without drawing a game were Burnley: 27 matches in 1953-54. They could equal the Premier League record of scoring at least five goals in three consecutive fixtures, set by Chelsea from May to August 2010 and Manchester City in September 2017.  Mauricio Pochettino's side have won 27 Premier League fixtures in 2018. Only in 1960, with 31 victories, have they earned more top-flight wins in a calendar year. Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 39 Premier League matches against newly-promoted teams since losing 1-0 versus QPR in April 2012 (W36, D3).

Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored 75% of their 20 league goals in the second half of games this season, the highest proportion in the top flight. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have 26 points at the halfway stage - one more than they managed in the whole of their last season in the Premier League in 2011-12. Wolves have won three of their nine away matches this season. They only need one more to match their best return in a Premier League season, set in 2009-10. This is their first match at Wembley Stadium since May 1988 in the Football League Trophy final (then Associate Members' Cup). They beat Burnley 2-0 with goals by Andy Mutch and Robbie Dennison. Matt Jarvis was the last English player to score a Premier League goal for Wolves back in May 2012.

 

19 A Wed 26 Dec 12:30 Fulham D1-1    Live on Sky

Romain Saiss tapped in for Wolves after Joe Bryan's slip on the line

A woeful performance though against the league's bottom team with little attacking impetus or initiative (apart from sub Cav) and nothing to do for the Fulham keeper apart from the fortuitous goal.  Good performances from Moutinho  Jiminex and Cav.  Coady made a goal like cleara

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Fulham missed out on just their third Premier League win of the season as Romain Saiss snatched a scrappy late equaliser for Wolves at Craven Cottage.  The hosts were on top in the first half but striker Aleksandar Mitrovic missed seven chances, while Raul Jimenez went close for the visitors with an acrobatic bicycle kick. Wolves were more assured after the break, dominating possession but without regularly troubling the Fulham defence. The introduction of Ryan Sessegnon, who had missed the previous two matches with a groin injury, gave the hosts more attacking impetus and the 18-year-old winger scuffed in a volley after Rui Patricio's weak punch on 74 minutes.

But the visitors struck 10 minutes later when substitute Ivan Cavaleiro got in down the left to slide the ball across goal, with Fulham wing-back Joe Bryan stopping the ball but then falling over - allowing Saiss to tap in his first Premier League goal.

Mitrovic got in behind from a long, clearing kick by Fulham keeper Sergio Rico on 90 minutes but his deflected, clipped effort was cleared off the line by Conor Coady. Wednesday's draw takes Fulham off the bottom of the table, three points from safety, before Huddersfield - who have replaced them in 20th - face Manchester United at Old Trafford at 15:00 GMT.  

The wasteful eight

Wolves captain Conor Coady cleared the ball off the line to ensure Aleksandar Mitrovic missed with all eight of his shots. Mitrovic failed to convert any of his eight chances against Wolves and has now not scored in his past six league appearances, having also had another six-game goalless streak earlier in the season. The Serbia international became the first player in the Premier League this season to have seven attempts in the first half, but he only got two on target, both of which were too close to Patricio. It took 25 minutes for the first effort on target by either side in a lifeless start, Mitrovic failing to get enough power on a header at the back post off Cyrus Christie's cross. He then picked up a loose ball in the Wolves area, before turning his man and shifting it past another - but his low effort was blocked by Patricio's legs. Mitrovic was kept quieter in the second half before missing the most crucial opening of the game - he did well to force his way on to Rico's clearance but then could not lift his effort over Ryan Bennett's outstretched leg, with Coady alert to scramble the ball away While he causes defences plenty of problems, Mitrovic's scoring rate of seven goals in the first half of the season is not likely to be enough to keep up a Fulham side that has conceded 43 times.

Improved Fulham still falter

Fulham have now taken six points from seven matches under Claudio Ranieri, one more than they managed in 12 games under predecessor Slavisa Jokanovic this season. While perhaps not a seismic improvement, the Italian has made the Cottagers more organised, their defence keeping Wolves to largely speculative efforts for long periods. The return of Sessegnon is also particularly welcome. His goal was a touch fortunate, deflecting off a Wolves defender and the underside of the crossbar on the way in - but he gave his side renewed vigour after replacing Andre Schurrle on 67 minutes when Wolves were no top. However, Fulham are still prone to lapses of concentration and Joao Moutinho was given far too much time and space on the ball to turn and slide in an unmarked Cavaleiro before Bryan's error on the line. With key matches against fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield and Burnley coming up - as well as tough games against Arsenal and Tottenham - Fulham could well rue missing out on two extra points here come the end of the campaign.  

Wolves find a way.  

Since Wolves came up as Championship winners last season and Fulham were promoted through the play-offs, the gap between these sides has increased. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have still only scored 20 times this season - three more than Fulham - but they look a much more accomplished team in possession and have a fine defensive record, conceding fewer than Manchester United and Arsenal so far. With Portugal international Moutinho running play from midfield, Wolves also have threats from the bench - Cavaleiro brighter than the anonymous Adama Traore after replacing him at half-time, and fellow substitute Helder Costa putting Bryan under pressure for Saiss' equaliser. This was far from Wolves' most fluent performance but they found a way to claim a point and will be delighted with an impressive first half to the season that gives them a fine chance of a top-10 finish in their first top-flight season since 2012.

Man of the match - Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

Romain Saiss and Joao Moutinho formed an assured central midfield pairing in the absence of Ruben Neves, with the Portugal international particularly impressive, helping to set up the equaliser

'A little frustrated but a draw is fair' - reaction

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, speaking to BBC Sport: "I am a little bit frustrated but the draw is right. Yes we missed the opportunity, but it's OK.  It was a good performance from my players, everyone understood the problem and was working for the problem. When you are bottom, you have to fight, take chances, continue to fight, I am satisfied with the performance. It was only the second match we have played with this system."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Sport: "I felt when Fulham scored it was unfair because we had so much of the ball and looked more likely to score - but this is the game. I am very happy with our second-half performance but in the first half we didn't quite get in the game - it was not well played because there was no space. Fulham were so well organised, they allowed us possession but were so compact, and we know how good Claudio is shaping his teams. After half-time, the players that came in for us gave width and we managed to play much better in the second half. I think we were closer [to winning], our attitude was more active in going for the game. Fulham did not risk, always looking for counter-attacks."


Still just the one clean sheet for Fulham - stats

Fulham have conceded in all but one of their past 23 Premier League fixtures.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have lost just one of their past eight Premier League games in London, winning three.

Wolves have scored 75% of their league goals in the second half of their games this season (15 of 20), the highest proportion in the competition.

Since his league debut in August 2016, Ryan Sessegnon has been directly involved in more league goals (including play-offs) than any other Fulham player (23 goals, 14 assists).

At 18 years and 221 days old, Sessegnon is the third-youngest player to score in the Premier League on 26 December, after James Milner (16 years on 356 days in 2002) and Michael Owen (18 years and 12 days in 1997).

Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss scored his first Premier League goal, becoming the 14th Moroccan to score in the competition, and the first since Sofiane Boufal for Southampton against Tottenham on 26 December last year.

What's next?

Fulham host Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 GMT kick-off) before travelling to London rivals Arsenal on New Year's Day (15:00).

Wolves have a league game at Tottenham at 15:00 on Saturday and host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, 2 January at 19:45.


Line-ups

Fulham

25Rico 4Odoi 26Mawson 13Ream 22ChristieBooked at 45mins 5ChambersBooked at 44mins 24SeriSubstituted forMcDonaldat 82'minutes 23Bryan 47KamaraSubstituted forCairneyat 73'minutes 9Mitrovic 14SchürrleSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 67'minutes Substitutes 1Bettinelli 3R Sessegnon 6McDonald 10Cairney 11Ayité 19Vietto 20Le Marchand

Rico was virtually unemployed for the whole match - apart from one save and the goal

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett  16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 27SaïssBooked at 44mins 19Castro OttoSubstituted forVinagreat 82'minutes 17Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forHélder Costaat 63'minutes 37TraoréSubstituted forCavaleiroat 45'minutes 9Jiménez Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 8Neves 10Hélder Costa 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 33Bonatini 49Kilman

Referee: Andre Marriner Attendance: 24,382

Match Stats

         Fulham Wolves

Possession  30%  70%

Shots       11    14

Shots on Target 5  5

Corners      2     0

Fouls        9     6


Match ends, Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+2' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross. 90'+1' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 90'+1' Tom Cairney (FFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  90' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Rico. 90' Attempt saved. Rúben Vinagre (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 86' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Goal!

85' Goal! Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Romain Saïss (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. 84' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked first by keeper then handball on the line. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.  82' Sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny.  82' Sub, (FFC). Kevin McDonald replaces Jean Michael Seri. 81' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross. Goal! 74'  Goal! Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Ryan Sessegnon (FFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation. 73' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 73' Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 73' Sub, (FFC). Tom Cairney replaces Aboubakar Kamara. 67' Sub, (FFC). Ryan Sessegnon replaces André Schürrle. 66' Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.  63' Sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 58' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 56' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 51' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny with a cross. 46' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 46' Aboubakar Kamara (FFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 46' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (FFC).

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Adama Traoré.

Half Time

45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Booking 45' Cyrus Christie (FFC) is shown the yellow card. Booking 44' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card. Booking 44' Calum Chambers (FFC) is shown the yellow card. 44' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 44' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (FFC). 43' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Bryan. 40' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 39' Offside, (WW) Adama Traoré tries a through ball, but Jonny is caught offside. 38' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 38' Denis Odoi (FFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Foul by Cyrus Christie (FFC). 35' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 33' Delay in match Romain Saïss (WW) because of an injury. 33' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 33' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (FFC). 32' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 31' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Rico. 28' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (FFC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara. 27' Attempt saved. André Schürrle (FFC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic. 26' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross. 24' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Foul by Calum Chambers (FFC). 21' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 21' Denis Odoi (FFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Ryan Bennett is caught offside. 18' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 18' Foul by Cyrus Christie (FFC). 17' Attempt missed.  Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by André Schürrle. 12' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho. 11' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 11' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (FFC). 10' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross following a corner. 10' Corner, (FFC). Conceded by Romain Saïss. 10' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle with a  cross. 9' Corner, (FFC). Conceded by Romain Saïss. 8' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny. 2' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 2' Foul by Cyrus Christie (FFC). 1' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 1' Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 1' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 1' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (FFC). Kick Off

First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Fulham are hopeful Ryan Sessegnon can play on Boxing Day after two games out with a groin injury.  Midfielder Frank Anguissa remains sidelined and is not expected to return until the new year, according to manager Claudio Ranieri.

Wolves are again likely to be without forward Diogo Jota, who missed the defeat by Liverpool because of a hamstring injury.  He is Wolves' only injury concern heading into the festive period.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri: "Nuno Espirito Santo is doing a very good job. I watched the match against Liverpool, and Wolverhampton played fantastically.  They created two or three great chances in the first half. It will be another tough match for us."

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves on facing bottom club Fulham: "We don't think about the table, we think about the game, we think about what we have to do. Fulham, we know already [from last season] is a very good team and it is a tough stadium to play, and we have to focus on that."


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head - Fulham ended a nine-match winless streak in this fixture by beating Wolves 2-0 at home when the sides last met in February.  This is their first Premier League meeting since March 2012, when Fulham recorded a 5-0 home win.  Wolves have never won in four previous Premier League trips to Craven Cottage, losing twice.



Fulham have claimed five points from six games since Claudio Ranieri was appointed manager.

The Whites kept their first clean sheet of the season at Newcastle last Saturday - it was their first in 21 Premier League matches.

They have failed to score in six of their last nine league games.

Ranieri has never won a Premier League Boxing Day fixture in six previous attempts, losing four of them.

Only three sides in Premier League history have avoided relegation having been bottom of the table at Christmas: Leicester in 2014, Sunderland in 2013 and West Brom in 2004.


Wolverhampton Wanderers


Wolves have won three and lost three of their last six league fixtures.

They have kept one clean sheet in 10 matches, having begun the season with four in their opening eight games.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have lost all three of their Premier League games played on Boxing Day.

This will be Wolves' 100th league game played on Boxing Day, making them just the second side to play as many on the date, after neighbours West Bromwich Albion.

Wolves have 25 points after 18 games, which is as many as they accrued in total in their last Premier League season in 2011-12.

 

18 H Fri 21 Dec 20:00 Liverpool   Live on Sky L0-2    

Slow down Adama Traore Article

18 Wolves 0 Liverpool 2 HT 0-1

Salah (18'), van Dijk (68')


Perhaps Nuno was resting his "A"team for the Fulham match in starting Traore who showed some speed (albeit beaten by Van Dyke) and missed two pretty straightforward chances

Beeb report: Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a victory at Wolves that took them four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.  The Reds went ahead when Fabinho played a one-two with Sadio Mane and crossed for Salah, who flicked the ball into the net with the outside of his foot. The Egyptian set up Liverpool's second with a wonderful lofted pass over the home defence, allowing Virgil van Dijk to side-foot a six-yard volley past Rui Patricio. City, the defending champions, play their game in hand on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace, but this victory ensures for Jurgen Klopp's side will be top on Christmas Day. Eight of the past nine teams to have been top on December 25 have gone on to win the title.

Wolves had several chances but failed to trouble the keeper

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 27Saïss 8Neves 19Castro Otto sub for Vinagreat 81' 28João Moutinho sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 63' 37Traoré sub for Cavaleiroat 63' 9Jiménez Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 33Bonatini

Liverpool

13Alisson 7Milner 6Lovren 4van Dijk 26Robertson 14Henderson 3Fabinho 10Mané sub for Clyneat 87' 9Roberto Firmino sub for Wijnaldumat 76' 8Keita sub for Lallanaat 58' 11Salah Substitutes 2Clyne 5Wijnaldum 15Sturridge 20Lallana 22Mignolet 23Shaqiri 27Origi

Referee: Craig Pawson Attendance: 31,358

         Wolves Liverpool

Possession 38%   62%

Shots       11   15

Shots on Tgt 5    6

Corners      1   10

Fouls        7    3

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 2.

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 2.

90'+5' Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liv) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. 90'+5' James Milner (Liv) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+5' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 90'+2' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro. 90'+2' James Milner (Liv) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+2' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 90'+1' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 90'+1'

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liv) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk. 89' Attempt missed. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. 88' Foul by James Milner (Liv). 88' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  87' sub, (Liv) Nathaniel Clyne replaces Sadio Mané. 85' Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liv) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner. 84' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 82' Hand ball by James Milner (Liv). 82' Georginio Wijnaldum (Liv) wins a free kick on the left wing. 82' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).  81' sub, (WW) Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny. 78' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Conor Coady. 78' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny.  76' sub, (Liv) Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Roberto Firmino. 72' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 71' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Henderson. 70' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Willy Boly. Goal! 68' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 2. Virgil van Dijk (Liv) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by  Mohamed Salah with a through ball following a corner. 67' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 67' Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Liv) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sadio Mané.63' sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Adama Traoré.  63' sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho.62'Offside, (WW) Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Jonny is caught offside.62'Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 61'Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Ryan Bennett.  58' sub, (Liv) Adam Lallana replaces Naby Keita because of an injury. 58' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 57' Delay in match Naby Keita (Liv) because of an injury. 55' Attempt missed. James Milner (Liv) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sadio Mané. 53' Attempt blocked. Naby Keita (Liv) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Robertson. 52' Attempt blocked. Naby Keita (Liv) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah. 51'Offside, (Liv) Virgil van Dijk tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside. 50' Mohamed Salah (Liv) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 50' Foul by Jonny (WW). 48' Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liv) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner. 47' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Conor Coady. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.


HT        Wolves Liverpool

Possession  37%  63%

Shots        8    5

Shots on Tgt 4    2

Corners      0    1

Fouls        3    1


Half Time 45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.

44' Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liv). 44' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 42' Fabinho (Liv) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 42' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 42' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 39'Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 38' Attempt saved. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 37' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Bennett. 37' Virgil van Dijk (Liv) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 34' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. 29' Offside, (Liv) Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside. 27' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross. 26' Attempt saved. James Milner (Liv) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson. 4' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside. Goal! 18' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1. Mohamed Salah (Liv) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabinho following a set piece situation. 18' Naby Keita (Liv) wins a free kick on the left wing. 18' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 16' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 15' Delay in match Jonny (WW) because of an injury. 14' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 13' Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Liv) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 12' Corner, (Liv) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 12' Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liv) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 10' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a fast break. 4' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho. 3' Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liv) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah. Kick Off  First Half begins.

 

TEAM NEWS

Wolves winger Diogo Jota is ruled out because of the hamstring problem that forced him off against Bournemouth. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has no other new injury concerns.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is again set to miss out with a sprained ankle, but he should return over the festive period.  James Milner, who sat out Sunday's victory versus Manchester United because of a minor muscle problem, is expected to be available. Liverpool can complete Premier League season unbeaten, claims Lovren

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@SimonBrotherton: Liverpool head to Molineux for the first of two trips in the space of two and a half weeks, knowing a win will leave them in top spot on Christmas Day. The previous four sides to lead the way on 25 December have gone on to win the title. The last team not to were Liverpool themselves. With 25 points, Wolves have already matched their tally from the whole of their most recent Premier League campaign in 2011-12.  Their record against the established top six this season has also been excellent. The only defeat in five such games came at home to Tottenham, and they have beaten Chelsea while taking a point off both Manchester clubs and Arsenal.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on the team's improved form: "It makes you proud that when you have a bad moment and you get out of it, the way we did it, credit to the players - we solved it.  It doesn't mean it can't happen again, but we are ready.  They [Liverpool] are top of the league, it says we're going to face one of the best teams in Europe. We look forward to it."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Wolves: "What they did last year in the Championship, I am not sure that happened too often. Very often you go up with this kind of old-school British football - it's a tough league and it makes sense to do it - [but] the only two teams [in] the last few years that did it differently were Huddersfield and now Wolves, so that's unbelievable.  Then they brought in players again and needed a bit of time so that everything fits. Now they are really strong again, they won the last three; we have to go there and be at our best again."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

We have already seen Manchester City and Chelsea drop points at Molineux this season, but I am backing Liverpool to leave with three points. Prediction: 1-2


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head: Wolves have beaten Liverpool in two of the last five meetings, with both of those wins coming at Anfield - including in the FA Cup fourth round last year. However, their last win against the Reds at Molineux was on 29 August 1981. Liverpool, then reigning European champions, gave debuts to Mark Lawrenson and Bruce Grobbelaar in that game, which they lost 1-0. Wolves are winless in four Premier League home meetings, with their only goal a 90th-minute equaliser from Kenny Miller in a 1-1 draw on 21 January 2004.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to win four consecutive top-flight games for the first time since a similar sequence from December 1971 to January 1972. That streak ended with a goalless draw against Liverpool at Molineux. They have 25 points this season, equal to their total tally in their most recent Premier League campaign in 2011-12. Wolves have lost 11 successive top-flight games played on a Friday. Their last win on a Friday came against Sunderland in April 1965. None of Wolves' last 20 Premier League goals have been scored by an Englishman, with the most recent netted by Matt Jarvis in 2012.  The only other club for whom an Englishman has not scored a Premier League goal this season, excluding own goals, is Newcastle; Harrow-born Ciaran Clark has netted for the Magpies but is a Republic of Ireland international.

Liverpool's haul of 45 points from their opening 17 league games is their best at this stage of a top-flight campaign. The Reds have won their last five games in league and cup.  They have earned seven successive league victories against newly-promoted sides, scoring a total of 23 goals and conceding just twice.  The team top of the table on Christmas Day has gone on to win the title in 14 of the 26 previous Premier League seasons, and in eight of the last nine campaigns (the exception being Liverpool in 2013-14). Wolves will be the 27th different side Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has faced in the Premier League - he has beaten all previous 26 opponents at least once. Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 10 goals in eight Premier League appearances against newly-promoted teams for the Reds, with five goals and five assists. Jordan Henderson could make his 300th appearance for the Reds in all competitions.

 

17 H Sat 15 Dec 15:00 Bournemouth W2:0   

17 WW 2 Jiménez (12'), Cavaleiro (90'+4) AFC Bournemouth 0  for London Wolves Xmas party click here


Beeb  - pic John Bray

Wolves climbed above Bournemouth and into seventh in the Premier League table with a home win over the Cherries.

Raul Jimenez got his fifth goal of the season for the opener, turning in Diogo Jota's deflected shot after a bad Charlie Daniels error. It was a gift of a goal that came against the run of play and from the first half's only attempt on target, before Jefferson Lerma hit a tame shot close to half-time. Jota picked up an injury (hamstring) and was replaced at half-time by Helder Costa, who should have doubled Wolves' lead but fired rashly wide with only Asmir Begovic to beat. Bournemouth top scorer Callum Wilson was introduced shortly after, but it was Junior Stanislas who almost found the equaliser with a free-kick that rattled Rui Patricio's crossbar. In driving rain, Eddie Howe's side dominated possession with much of the match played in Wolves' half, but they failed to find a way through a solid defence. And they were punished on the break as they threw everything forward in injury time, with substitute Ivan Cavaleiro finishing coolly in an easy one-on-one set up by Costa's pass on the halfway line. Defeat leaves the Cherries with just one win from their past seven league matches and they slip to 10th.

Wolves are now one point behind sixth-placed Manchester United, who play away to Liverpool on Sunday.


Wolves' tight defence impresses again - In their previous top flight season in 2011-12, Wolves finished on 25 points and were relegated as the bottom side. They have now matched that points total already with a third victory in a row after beating Chelsea at home and Newcastle away. It is the first time Wolves have won three in a row in the top flight since 1980. Jota scored two goals in those previous two wins and he played a big role in the opener at Molineux on Saturday. From a certain angle he looked to have cleverly disguised a shot to pick out Jimenez to his right, but in fact it was a deflected effort that clipped Steve Cook's heels and fell favourably to the Mexico striker for an easy finish. However, Jota was taken off at the break after emerging injured from a collision with Cook when he was clear on goal. The referee decided Cook's challenge was fair, although Jota appeared to land awkwardly. Perhaps if the 22-year-old Portuguese winger had not been forced off Wolves would have threatened more after the break. Instead, Nuno Espirito Santo's side once more relied on their impressively solid defence before sealing the points with Cavaleiro's simple 94th-minute winner.

In terms of expected goals, the value by which Opta values chances conceded, only Liverpool and Manchester City have a better record than Wolves so far this season.



TEAM NEWS

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 8Neves

19Castro Otto 17Gibbs-White sub for Saïssat 75' 9Jiménez sub for Cavaleiroat 89' 18Jota sub for Hélder Costaat 45'Booked at 66mins Substitutes

7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 21Ruddy 27Saïss 29Vinagre 32Dendoncker 37Traoré

Bournemouth

27Begovic 3S CookBooked at 34mins 5aké 26Mings sub for Ricoat 36' 10Ibe sub for Wilsonat 58' 6Surman 8LermaBooked at 39mins 11Daniels 19Stanislas sub for Moussetat 80' 24Fraser 17King Substitutes 1Boruc 7Pugh 9Mousset 13Wilson 18Defoe 20Brooks 21Rico

Referee: Simon Hooper Attendance: 30,997


Full time


          Wolves Bournemouth

Possession 38%   62%

Shots       9    13

Shots on Target 3 3

Corners     5     3

Fouls      15     7




Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bournemouth 0.


Full Time


90'+5'

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bournemouth 0.

Goal!

90'+4' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bournemouth 0. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a through ball following a fast break.

90'+3' Diego Rico (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 90'+2' Foul by Jefferson Lerma (AFCB). 90'+2' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Joshua King (AFCB) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Rico. 90' Offside, (WW) Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside.  89' sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Raúl Jiménez. 88' Attempt missed. Steve Cook (AFCB) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.  85' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Asmir Begovic. 85' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho. 82' Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).  80' sub, (AFCB) Lys Mousset replaces Junior Stanislas. 77' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jefferson Lerma. 75' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Willy Boly is caught offside.  75' sub, (WW) Romain Saïss replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 74'Hand ball by Jefferson Lerma (AFCB). 74' Attempt saved. Steve Cook (AFCB) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Rico with a cross. 74' Corner, (AFCB) Conceded by Willy Boly. 73' Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (AFCB) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King. 72' Corner, (AFCB) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 69' Junior Stanislas (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 68' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Asmir Begovic. 68' Foul by Joshua King (AFCB). 68' Jonny (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 66' Hélder Costa (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 66' Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 65' Attempt blocked. Jonny (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 63' Attempt saved. Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 63' Junior Stanislas (AFCB) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick. 63' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 61' Delay in match Conor Coady (WW) because of an injury. 60' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 60' Steve Cook (AFCB) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  58' sub, (AFCB) Callum Wilson replaces Jordon Ibe. 58' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White following a fast break. 55'Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White. 54' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 54' Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (AFCB) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jefferson Lerma. 53' Junior Stanislas (AFCB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 53' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 52' Andrew Surman (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 51' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Charlie Daniels. 51' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 51' Attempt blocked. Joshua King (AFCB) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser. 50' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.  49' Foul by Diego Rico (AFCB). 49' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 47' Joshua King (AFCB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).

Second Half


Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

45' sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota because of an injury.

Half Time

45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

Half Time

        Wolves  Bournemouth

Possession  36%  64%

Shots        3    4

Shots on Target 1 1

Corners      1    1

Fouls        7    3


45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

45'+2' Attempt saved. Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Surman. 45'+1' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 44' Delay in match Diogo Jota (WW) because of an injury. 41' Steve Cook (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 40' Foul by Diego Rico (AFCB). 40' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. Booking 39' Jefferson Lerma (AFCB) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 39' Foul by Jefferson Lerma (AFCB). 39' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Attempt missed. Diego Rico (AFCB) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.36' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joshua King. 36'Delay over. They are ready to continue. 36'sub, (AFCB) Diego Rico replaces Tyrone Mings because of an injury. 35' Delay in match Tyrone Mings (AFCB) because of an injury. Booking 34' Steve Cook (AFCB) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 34'Foul by Steve Cook (AFCB). 34' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 33' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 31' Delay in match Tyrone Mings (AFCB) because of an injury. 29' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 27' Joshua King (AFCB) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 27' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 23' Tyrone Mings (AFCB) wins a free kick on the left wing. 23' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 22' Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (AFCB) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tyrone Mings with a cross. 21' Charlie Daniels (AFCB) wins a free kick on the left wing. 21' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). Goal!

12' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

12' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. 11' Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 5' Steve Cook (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 3' Corner, (AFCB) Conceded by Conor Coady. 3' Attempt blocked. Joshua King (AFCB) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman with a through ball. 2' Jordon Ibe (AFCB) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Foul by Jonny (WW). Kick Off First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo must decide whether to recall regular starters Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez, who were both substitutes against Newcastle last weekend. Jonny Castro Otto is training after a knee injury and could be involved.  This is Ryan Bennett's 50th game for WWFC.

Bournemouth's leading scorer Callum Wilson should be fit to return from a hamstring problem. Dan Gosling is out following a knee operation, while Lewis Cook and Adam Smith are long-term absentees.


MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@alistairmann01: It's the first top-flight meeting between these two sides but it seems sure to be the first of many.  Two straight wins for Wolves has restored self-belief after a run of just one point in six games, and they continue to exhibit a quality in their play that is ideally suited to the Premier League.  They're a completely different proposition to their predecessors of 2011-12, who were relegated with fewer victories throughout the campaign than this current side have earned in their first 16 matches.  That Bournemouth arrive similarly placed in the top half of the table owes everything to their brilliant start to the season, as five defeats in their last six matches has begun to seriously stunt their progress.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "We know how hard it is to get back-to-back wins and we want to continue. It's a tough challenge we face. What is important is that we are ready for tomorrow."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "We want to get out there and put the Liverpool game to bed. The Christmas period is a really important time for us. We know we can build some real momentum and these periods can often define seasons. Wolves have done well and have carried their form and playing style forward from the Championship."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

I think Wolves will win. Their last-minute winner at Newcastle kept up their momentum after their win over Chelsea, and they will be full of confidence at the moment.  Prediction: 2-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

This is the inaugural top-flight meeting between the two sides. Bournemouth have won 2-1 in each of their last three games against Wolves in all competitions. Wolves have gone five matches without a win against Bournemouth since beating them 3-1 in December 1989.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves are vying to win three consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since March 1980. Their tally of six Premier League wins this season is already one more than they managed in the whole of their last top-flight campaign, in 2011-12.  They have failed to score a first-half goal in seven league games at Molineux since Ruben Neves' 44th-minute strike against Everton on the opening weekend. Wolves have scored two 90th-minute winners this season, a joint league high with Manchester United. Diogo Jota has scored in successive Premier League games, after not scoring in his first 13 appearances in the division.

Bournemouth

It's five defeats in six league games for Bournemouth, who had earned 13 points from their previous six fixtures. The Cherries could fail to score in consecutive Premier League matches for only the second time in 2018, having done so in April. Their last six Premier League goals have been scored before half time. Ten of Bournemouth's last 11 Premier League goals were either scored or set up by Callum Wilson or Ryan Fraser. Wilson has scored eight Premier League goals this campaign, equalling his career-best tally from last season.

 

16 A Sun 9 Dec 16:00 Newcastle   Live on Sky  W 1:2


16 Newcastle Utd 1 Pérez (23'), Yedlin (Dismissed at  57') Wolves 2 Jota (17'), Doherty (90'+4)

HT 1-1


150 up for Conor Coady


Matt Doherty headed home in the fifth minute of injury time to give Wolves victory over 10-man Newcastle at St James' Park. Doherty netted the rebound after Diogo Jota's shot was pushed into his path by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Jota had given Wolves the lead before the break when he side-footed home.


Ayoze Perez's superb header quickly pulled Newcastle level, but they were reduced to 10 men when DeAndre Yedlin was sent off after 57.  Newcastle had dominated the first half - Salomon Rondon smashing a free-kick against the crossbar with one of their 10 shots - but came under increasing pressure after Yedlin's dismissal. Doherty forced a diving save from Dubravka and Raul Jimenez hit the crossbar, before the former struck the decisive blow as the clock ticked down.  Victory is Wolves' second in succession in the Premier League - the first time they have secured back-to-back wins since early October.


Persistence pays off as Jota impresses - Jota has scored in back-to-back Premier League games, after not scoring in his first 13


Wolves' week could not have gone much better. This victory came four days after they ended a run of seven league games without a victory by beating fourth-placed Chelsea 2-1. They were made to work hard by Newcastle, who had the upper hand prior to Yedlin's dismissal. But Jota was again influential - scoring his second goal in as many weeks and winning the free-kick which led to the sending-off. It was also his shot that was palmed into Doherty's path late on, and Wolves will hope his bright form continues throughout a festive period that includes matches against Liverpool and Tottenham.

For now, though, they can celebrate a place in the Premier League's top 10.


Line-ups

Newcastle

12Dubravka 6Lascelles 18Fernandez sub for Manquilloat 45' 2Clark 22Yedlin booked at 57 10Diamé 4Ki Sung-yueng booked at 18 30Atsu sub for Kenedyat 89' 11Ritchie 17Pérez 9Rondón sub for Joseluat 86' Substitutes 3Dummett 13Muto 15Kenedy 19Manquillo 21Joselu 36Longstaff 41Woodman

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett booked at 80 16Coady booked at 72 15Boly 2Doherty booked at 33 27Saïss sub for Jiménezat 60' 8Neves

29Vinagre 10Hélder Costa booked at 65 sub for João Moutinhoat 76' 37Traoré sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 60' 18Jota booked at 73 Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 9Jiménez 17Gibbs-White 21Ruddy 28João Moutinho 32Dendoncker 33Bonatini

Referee: Mike Dean Attendance:50,223


Match stats

       Newcastle Wolves

Possession  51%  49%

Shots       12   13

Shots on Target 4 6

Corners      4    6

Fouls        9   17



Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time 90'+7'

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Booking 90'+6' Ciaran Clark (NU) is shown the yellow card. 90'+6' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+6' Foul by Ciaran Clark (NU).

Goal! 90'+4'

Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

90'+4' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho. 90'+1' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 89' Sub, (NU) Kenedy replaces Christian Atsu. 86' Sub, (NU) Joselu replaces Salomón Rondón. 86' Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 83' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 83' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 81' Delay in match Ayoze Pérez (NU) because of an injury. 81' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Martin Dubravka. 81' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota. Booking 80' Ryan Bennett (WW) is shown the yellow card. 80' Salomón Rondón (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 78' Offside, (WW) Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 77' Hand ball by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 76' Sub, (WW) João Moutinho replaces Hélder Costa. 76' Offside, (WW) Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 75' Raúl Jiménez (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Hélder Costa following a fast break. 75' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Conor Coady. Booking 73' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 73' Ayoze Pérez (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). Booking 72' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 72' Salomón Rondón (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 70' Foul by Matt Ritchie (NU). 70' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 70' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 68' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 68' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 67' Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (NU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. 66' Jamaal Lascelles (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). Booking 55' Hélder Costa (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 65' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 65' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 63' Ayoze Pérez (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 62' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White with a cross following a corner. 61' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ayoze Pérez.  60' Sub, (WW) Raúl Jiménez replaces Romain Saïss.  60' Sub, (WW) Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Adama Traoré. 59' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matt Ritchie. 58' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Dismissal 57' DeAndre Yedlin (NU) is shown the red card. 57' Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (NU). 57' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 56' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 53' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross following a set piece situation. 53' Foul by Ciaran Clark (NU). 53' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 51' Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (NU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a cross. 50' Ciaran Clark (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 46' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 46' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).  45' Sub, (NU) Javier Manquillo replaces Federico Fernández. Second Half


Second Half begins Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.


         Newcastle Wolves

Possession   60%    40%

Shots        10      3

Shots on Target 4    2

Corners       3      3

Fouls         6      6

Half Time


45'+2' First Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45'+1' Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (NU) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a cross following a corner. 45' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 45' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez. 44' Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (NU). 44' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 42' Foul by Mohamed Diamé (NU). 42' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner. 36' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matt Ritchie. Booking 33' Matt Doherty (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 33' Christian Atsu (NU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 33' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 30' Attempt saved. Federico Fernández (NU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a cross. 29' Mohamed Diamé (NU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 29' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 26' Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Atsu. 25' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 23' Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Ayoze Pérez (NU) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Salomón Rondón with a cross following a set piece situation. 22' Ayoze Pérez (NU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 22' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). Booking 18' Ki Sung-yueng (NU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

17' Goal! Newcastle United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

15' Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (NU). 15' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 14' Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (NU) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner. 13' Corner, (NU) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 13' Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (NU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross. 13' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. 12' Foul by Federico Fernández (NU). 12' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 11' Foul by Christian Atsu (NU). 11' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (NU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 9' Hand ball by Rúben Neves (WW). 8' Ciaran Clark (NU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 7' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matt Ritchie. 6' Corner, (WW) Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin. 2' Foul by Christian Atsu (NU). 2' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (NU) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé. Kick Off

First Half begins.



Diogo Jota scored his first Premier League goal in midweek. He was Wolves' top scorer last season with 17 Championship goals.

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle are hopeful Kenedy and Paul Dummett will be fit to play but Isaac Hayden, Florian Lejeune and Karl Darlow are certain absentees. Fabian Schar is banned after accruing five bookings but Matt Ritchie is available after suspension.

Wolves are boosted by the return of Ruben Neves following a one-game ban. Leander Dendoncker made his league debut in their midweek win over Chelsea and could be set for an increased role, but Jonny Otto is still out.  

Wolves v Liverpool: FA Cup third-round tie to be shown live on BBC Sport

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

@ConorMcNamaraIE: Wolves are rightly admired for their attacking verve, yet they have only scored three league goals more than Newcastle.  Although there is a huge gulf in the praise doled out to these teams, there are only two places between them in the table. Newcastle's set -piece defending again failed them in midweek as Everton's equaliser came from a corner. They have now conceded a league-high 10 set-piece goals and need to rectify that and quick. Wolves enjoyed one of their best results of the campaign against Chelsea on Wednesday, and Diogo Jota's first Premier League goal could be the start of a return to form for last season's top scorer.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "Wolves are a very good team - they have had the same manager for a while and have been playing the same way."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Apart from last weekend (against West Ham), Newcastle have been in decent form for the past few weeks, and I think they will get a draw here. Prediction: 1-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Newcastle have never lost in six previous Premier League matches against Wolves, winning two and drawing four. Both sides have scored in all six of those Premier League encounters - it is the competition's most-played fixture yet to produce a clean sheet. Wolves are winless in 15 top-flight matches away to Newcastle, losing 10 of them, since a 4-3 victory in February 1959. However, Wolves won 2-0 on their last league visit to St. James' Park, in the Championship in September 2016.

Newcastle United

Newcastle have lost six of their opening eight home league games, which is a joint-club record for this stage of the season. Nine of the Magpies' 12 league goals have been scored in the first half. Their only victory in the past 12 Premier League matches in the month of December came at West Ham last year. Newcastle are one of three teams, along with Brighton and Burnley, not to have scored a league goal from outside the penalty area this season. Rafael Benitez has not lost any of his 22 home Premier League matches against a promoted club, winning 16 of them. Newcastle and Wolves are the only teams not to have had an English goalscorer this season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves earned their first league win in seven attempts at the expense of Chelsea in midweek. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have scored three first-half goals, the fewest in the division. Wolves are yet to score more than once in an away league fixture this season. Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in eight of his team's 15 league goals, scoring four and providing four assists.


 

15 H Wed 5 Dec 19:45 Chelsea    W 2:1

Diogo goal https://twitter.com/i/status/1070426520378851328  Meanwhile Joey Feehan’s birthday featured in the match progamme

14 Wolves 2 Jiménez (59'), Jota (63') Chelski 1 Loftus-Cheek (18')


HT 0-1


Wolves fought back from a goal down to stun Chelsea and gain their first victory in seven Premier League matches.  The visitors went ahead when Ruben Loftus-Cheek's 25-yard effort was headed into his own net by Wolves captain Conor Coady. Chelsea had chances to extend their lead but Willian had a free-kick tipped over, Antonio Rudiger shot off target and N'Golo Kante fired just wide. Those misses proved costly as Raul Jimenez's low strike, following a fine run from 18-year-old midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, made it level.

Wolves scored what proved to be the winner four later as Matt Doherty's cross was finished at the back post by Diogo Jota for his first Premier League goal. It is now back-to-back away league defeats for Maurizio Sarri's side, who are set to drop down to fourth below Tottenham and remain 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, who they play at Stamford Bridge on Saturday


Wolves

11Rui Patrício 5Bennett 16Coady booked  61mins 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho booked  54mins 27Saïss booked  37mins 29Vinagre booked  68mins

9Jiménez sub for Dendonckerat 81'minutes 18Jota sub for Cavaleiroat 88'minutes 17Gibbs-White sub for Hélder Costaat 72'minutes Substitutes 7Cavaleiro 10Hélder Costa 21Ruddy 30Hause 32Dendoncker 33Bonatini 37Traoré

Chelsea

1Arrizabalaga 28Azpilicueta 2Rüdiger 27Christensen booked  90mins 3Alonso booked  90mins 7Kanté sub for Kovacicat 77'minutes 4Fàbregas booked  64mins 12Loftus-Cheek 22Willian sub for Pedroat 65'minutes 29Morata sub for Giroudat 65'minutes booked  85mins 10E Hazard Substitutes 5Jorginho 11Pedro 13Caballero 17Kovacic 18Giroud 21Zappacosta 30David Luiz

Referee: Jonathan Moss Attendance: 31,300


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 1.

         WolvesA Chelsea

Possession  30%   70%

Shots        6     17

Shots on Target 2   3

Corners      1      5

Fouls       18     10

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 1.

Booking  90'+4' Andreas Christensen (CFC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+4' Foul by Andreas Christensen (CFC). 90'+4' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+2' Offside, (WW) Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Ivan  Cavaleiro is caught offside. Booking 90'+1' Marcos Alonso (CFC) is shown the yellow card. 90' Foul by Marcos Alonso (CFC). 90' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.  88' sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota. 87' Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (CFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Booking 85' Olivier Giroud (CFC) is shown the yellow  card. 85' Foul by Mateo Kovacic (CFC). 85' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (CFC) with an attempt from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a cross following a corner. 84' Corner, (CFC) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 82' Foul by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CFC). 82' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  81' sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Raúl Jiménez. 80' Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (CFC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard. 78'

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (CFC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.   77' sub, (CFC) Mateo Kovacic replaces N'Golo Kanté. 76' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 75' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Marcos Alonso. 74' Corner, (CFC) Conceded by João Moutinho. 73'Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 73' Foul by Marcos Alonso (CFC). 73' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.  72' sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Morgan Gibbs-White. 69' Andreas Christensen (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). Booking 68' Rúben Vinagre (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. (No, wasn't a foul) 68' N'Golo Kanté (CFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 68' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 67' Foul by Olivier Giroud (CFC). 67' Ryan Bennett (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Olivier Giroud (CFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 66' Foul by Willy Boly (WW).  65' sub, (CFC) Olivier Giroud replaces Álvaro Morata.  65' sub, (CFC) Pedro replaces Willian. Booking 64' Cesc Fàbregas (CFC) is shown the yellow card.

Goal! 63' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Chelsea 1. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

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62' Attempt missed. Antonio Rüdiger (CFC) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation. Booking 61' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card. 60' Willian (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 60' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).

Goal! 59'Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Chelsea 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White.

57' Attempt missed. N'Golo Kanté (CFC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard. 56' Eden Hazard (CFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 56' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 55' Attempt missed. Willian (CFC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a through ball. 55' Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 55' Willian (CFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 55' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). Booking 54' João Moutinho (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 54' Eden Hazard (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 54' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 51' Willian (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 51' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 49' Marcos Alonso (CFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 49' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW).  48' Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (CFC) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 1.


Half Time

          Wolves Chelsea

Possession  33%   67%

Shots        2     9

Shots on Target 0  3

Corners      0     3

Fouls        8     4

45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 1.

45'+2' Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (CFC). 45'+2' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Cesc Fàbregas (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45'+1' Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (WW). 45' Foul by Álvaro Morata (CFC). 45'

Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Álvaro Morata (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 40' Foul by Álvaro Morata (CFC). 40' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Corner, (CFC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 39' Attempt blocked. Willian (CFC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a through ball. Booking 37' Romain Saïss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 37' Willian (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW).35' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. 32'

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (CFC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Morata. 31' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 30' Delay in match Cesc Fàbregas (CFC) because of an injury. 29' Álvaro Morata (CFC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 29' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 29' Marcos Alonso (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 28' Foul by N'Golo Kanté (CFC). 28' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. 25' Offside, (WW) Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 24' Attempt missed. Antonio Rüdiger (CFC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner. 24'Corner, (CFC) Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 23' Corner, (CFC) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 23' Attempt saved. Willian (CFC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 23' Eden Hazard (CFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 23' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 18' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CFC) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard 12' Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (CFC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard. 12' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 12'Álvaro Morata (CFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  10' Break by Gibbs White (WW) comes to nothing  9'Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (CFC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian. 8' Eden Hazard (CFC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 8' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 7' Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (CFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté. 2' Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (CFC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a through ball. Kick Off

First Half begins.


TEAM NEWS

Wolves are without midfielder Ruben Neves, who serves a one-game ban after accumulating five yellow cards.  That could mean Morgan Gibbs-White, 18, starts his first Premier League game, while alternative replacements include Romain Saiss and out-of-favour summer signing Leander Dendoncker.

Chelsea will monitor Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Alonso, who are nursing ankle and back problems respectively. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is set to make changes to keep his side fresh.  Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are among the players hoping for recalls.

Wolves are "in a bad moment", concedes Nuno Espirito Santo

 

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: After their bright start, Wolves are now on their worst run in 20 months. I doubt there's enough squad strength to turn their form around here.   Seven goals in their last nine league and cup games is a paltry return. It could get worse before it gets better for Nuno Espirito Santo, who is enduring his worst run as a coach in over five years.

Chelsea admit they were shell-shocked by the defeat at Tottenham. Two wins have followed but too many players are still below par.  Marcos Alonso has been affected by crowd taunts. N'Golo Kante has been sacrificed to accommodate Jorginho. Willian looks jaded. Alvaro Morata isn't strong enough or aware enough at the moment. With Manchester City to come at the weekend it will be interesting to see what team Maurizio Sarri picks.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "A team is like a player, it has ups and downs. "You have to find solutions to help them and give them good advice and work with them. It doesn't have to do with confidence, it has to do with so many aspects of the game - technical, tactical, mental - and we have to solve it. We have had a block of games with mistakes, from a team which is still growing. When the results don't come, what is important is how you approach the situation."

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri: "I expect a very difficult match because they are a very technical team. They have a lot of players who are very technical. So they were unlucky in the last few matches, I think, but it's not really very easy to play there."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Wolves' defeat at Cardiff means they have now taken only one point from their past six games, and things are not going to get any easier for them against Chelsea.  Nuno Espirito Santo's team need to find a decent performance from somewhere but, even if they do show some improvement here, that might not be enough for them to get a positive result.

Prediction: 1-2


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Chelsea have won the last four meetings in league and cup by an aggregate score of 13-1, including a 2-0 victory at Molineux in the FA Cup fourth round last season. Wolves' solitary victory against the Blues since 1983 came in a Premier League game at Molineux on 5 January 2011, courtesy of a Jose Bosingwa own goal.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves lost just one of their first eight league games this season but have been beaten in five of their subsequent six matches. They have scored only three first-half goals this term, the lowest figure in  the top flight, including just one at Molineux. They could suffer four consecutive home league defeats for the first time since a similar sequence in the Championship in October and November 2016. All four of their league wins this term have come against teams below them in the table prior to the latest round of games.

Matt Doherty has been directly involved in four Premier League goals this season (scoring two and assisting two). The only defenders with higher tallies after 14 games are Jose Holebas and Benjamin Mendy (six and five respectively).

Chelsea The Blues could keep clean sheets in consecutive league games for the first time under Maurizio Sarri. They have won seven of their last nine games in league and cup. The Londoners have lost just one of their last 13 away league games against newly-promoted sides (W10, D2), with that defeat coming at Newcastle on the final day of last season. Chelsea have kept clean sheets in four of their six Premier League away games this season. Three of the four goals they have conceded on the road came in their last away match, against Tottenham. Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 12 Premier League goals this season (scoring seven and assisting five) - only Raheem Sterling (14) has a better record prior to the latest round of games. Pedro has five goals in 12 league appearances this season - more than he managed in 31 games last season.

 

14 A Fri 30 Nov 20:00  Cardiff   Live on Sky

14 Cardiff i2 Gunnarsson (65'), Hoilett (77') WW 1 Doherty (18')

HT 0-1



Sky + Beeb

Junior Hoilett scored a spectacular late winner as Cardiff City staged a stirring second-half fightback to beat Wolves and climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.  Despite a barrage of set-pieces from the hosts in a first half low on quality from both sides, Wolves took the lead as Matt Doherty seized on a rebound to score on his 200th appearance for the club. Cardiff hauled themselves back into the contest by sheer force of will, with Harry Arter twice close to scoring before playing a role in the equaliser which summed up this frantic encounter. After a corner was half-cleared, Arter hoisted the ball back into the box and, with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio seemingly blocked by Cardiff's Callum Paterson, Sean Morrison was able to nod the ball down to Aron Gunnarsson, who struck from close range. If that goal was a microcosm of the match, the winner was a total outlier, as Hoilett whipped in a fabulous first-time effort from 25 yards, clipping the crossbar on its way into the net. That clinched just a third win of the season for Cardiff - lifting them up to 15th place in the table - and gave manager Neil Warnock a welcome birthday present before he turns 70 on Saturday. For Wolves, a fifth defeat from six matches leaves them winless since 6 October and still 11th in the Premier League


Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo to BBC Sport: "All defeats are hard to take. But when you have the lead and the game changes, it's very hard.  I think we had a better game than last week. The first half was good. But the second half we didn't do enough to hang onto the lead."Should Cardiff's equaliser have counted or did Callum Paterson foul Rui Patricio? "It's hard to judge. As a former goalkeeper I think it was a foul." "[On Wolves' form] It's about being cautious. We are in a bad moment. We have good and bad performances but are not achieving results."I'll have a nice chat with him [Neil Warnock] and congratulate him."

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock, who turns 70 on Saturday, talking about the win on Sky Sports: "I said to the boys it's about time they gave me something to celebrate. I'm really proud of them. I didn't think we deserved to be 1-0 down. In the second half we were on the front foot for most of the time.  "Gunnars (Gunnarsson) knows he made a mistake (for the Wolves goal) but he apologised. I said to the boys, 'you have to get Gunnars out of the cart'. I think we had some good opportunities after the break - I thought we wanted it more."  On the Wolves goal: "Set-pieces were our strength last year. Gunnars knew straight away. They're doing their best though. You saw the spirit."

Line-ups

Cardiff

1Etheridge 5Ecuele Manga 4Morrison 22Bamba 17Gunnarsson 21Camarasa 8Ralls 7Arter sub for K Harrisat 76' 33Hoilett 13PatersonBooked at 71mins

11Murphy sub for Reidat 66' Substitutes 2Peltier 3Bennett 9Ward 12Smithies 14Reid 19Mendez-Laing 23K Harris

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 27SaïssBooked at 66mins 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 28João Moutinho 8NevesBooked at 61mins 29Vinagre sub for Cavaleiro at 82' 9Jiménez

10Hélder Costa sub for Jotaat 66' 37Traoré sub for Gibbs-Whiteat 73' Substitutes 5Bennett 7Cavaleiro 17Gibbs-White 18Jota 21Ruddy

23Giles 33Bonatini

Referee: Andre Marriner Attendance: 30,213

Match Stats

         Cardiff Wolves

Possession  49%  51%

Shots       17   14

Shots on Target 3 4

Corners      7    6

Fouls        3   12

21:52 CARDIFF 2-1 WOLVES FT: What a win for Cardiff! Their first ever back-to-back home victories in the Premier League, having beaten Brighton last time out too. Not so good for Wolves, who lose when scoring the first goal for the first time in 45 matches.

21:52 90+4: Squeaky bum time. They just can't get the ball away as Wolves twice pump it into the box. Paterson eventually sticks his foot through it, full Peter Kay style, and hammers it downfield.

21:50 They look downbeat but will Nuno's men find a late equaliser in south Wales? Just under three of stoppage time remain...

90+1: OVER! The delivery is cleared by Gunnarsson, but there's no-one on the edge of the box picking up the second ball which Moutinho wins. He takes aim and sends well over with his second touch.

21:48 90+1: CORNER! Morrison has more time to deal with Cavaleiro's low ball into the box than he thinks, and boots it out for a corner.

21:48 90: FIVE added on. Or an eternity, if you're a Cardiff fan.

21:46 89: Gibbs-White sends a shot, or is it a cross - it doesn't look like either really - well over from 25 yards out.

21:45 1 - Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has scored his first Premier League goal since August 2013, when he netted the Bluebirds’ first ever goal in the competition (v Manchester City).

21:44 86: OVER! Wolves clear from Cardiff's corner and counter down the right-hand side. Cavaleiro looks up, fires a brilliant cross into the far post and Gibbs-White ghosts in to strike, but his volley flies well over from no more than 10 yards out.

21:43 85: CORNER! It could be 3-1 when another long throw is knocked down to Arter, who smacks a low cross-cum-shot towards the far post. Reid teases a foot at it but doesn't really commit, and it deflects behind for a corner.

21:41 83: BIG CHANCE! Wolves have a great chance for an equaliser but Cavaleiro bends it straight into Etheridge's arms. Jimenez finds Jota, who lays it into the path of Cavaleiro who has just peeled off of Manga, but on his stronger right foot when he shoots back across goal it's way too central.

21:41 CARRA AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM Wow, what a birthday present for Neil Warnock. Again, it comes from a ball going into the box, no messing about, Morrison does brilliantly holding it back with his chest. Get the second ball in, they react early and what a finish. We've spoken about the lack of quality from Cardiff at times, but you won't see a better goal this weekend in the Premier League. Every goal looks better when it bounces in off the crossbar.

21:40 81: SUB! Vinagre is replaced by Cavaleiro. Now or never for Wolves.

21:34 GOAL! CDF 2-1 WOLVES (Hoilett 77) Ralls puts the ball in the box from out wide and Paterson miscues his shot, but it lands for Reid whose effort rebounds away off Coady and to the left-hand corner of the box. There's Hoilett, standing and waiting for it, and he aims a first-time effort towards the far corner which curls beautifully around Patricio and lands in the back of the net via the crossbar.

21:34 77: SUB! Arter heads off and Harris, who scored in Cardiff's win over Fulham, is on.

21:33 76: WIDE! Neves has another go from 25 yards when Wolves move the ball across midfield. Arter goes down in pain after Moutinho just catches him after getting to the ball momentarily ahead of him. And it turns out, it'll be his final action...

21:32 73: Andre Marriner takes a tumble after walking into Gibbs-White and the stadium erupts in joy as one. Always lovely to see football bringing people together. 21:30 73: SUB! Gibbs-White replaces Traore.

21:30 71: WHAT A TACKLE! Morrison, who got the assist for Cardiff's leveller, stops them from going behind again with a stupendous challenge. Cardiff are a man light with Arter off the field after sliding into the hoardings and hurting himself.  Wolves play on and Jimenez beats Camarasa for pace down the wing, before firing a lovely ball in low with the outside of his boot. Jota has taken up a good position in the middle but as he readies to shoot, Morrison slides in and takes ball and man in one fell swoop.

21:26 CARRA AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM  I said the ball was going to come from a second ball from a set-piece, no doubt about that watching this game. The goalkeeper complained - was it a foul? It gets lifted back in by Harry Arter, Paterson goes for the goalkeeper, just nudges him but Gunnarsson finds the second ball. We don't often see that ball from Harry Arter in the game, Wolves players are on the line and should be going to win that second ball. It's no more than Cardiff have deserved.

21:26 YELLOW! Saiss looks to have been booked for his part in the complaints regarding Paterson's challenge on Patricio just before the goal.

21:25 SUBS! A change apiece for each side. Reid comes on for Murphy - which is a surprise to me and Jamie Carragher on commentary too. Jota replaces the ineffective Costa at the other end.

21:22 GOAL! CDF 1-1 WOLVES (Gunnarsson 65) Cardiff are level! The corner is cleared but again it's recycled by Cardiff, when Arter puts what you'd call a hospital ball in rugby back into the box. Paterson holds his ground ahead of Patricio to block his attempts to clear, and with the goalkeeper in no man's land the loose ball lands on Gunnarsson's chest, and he fires into the top corner.

21:22 SO CLOSE! Arter is at it again! It's another second ball from a set piece. Ralls' delivery is headed away from Morrison and Arter takes aim with another volley. It's heading straight for the far corner but takes a touch off Coady and behind.

21:20 YELLOW! Neves brings down Murphy when Cardiff attempt a counter-attack and he goes straight in the book. That's five for the season now and he'll miss next weekend's game with Chelsea.

21:19 CARRA AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM We know how lethal Ruben Neves is from range - he scored one of the goals of the season in the Championship last term. The ball is moving all over the place, the goalkeeper takes no chances and he was overly ambitious with the second. In the last five or six we're starting to see signs of Neves, Moutinho trying to control the game a little bit more, space is opening up. They are top quality players, we know that.

21:19 Wolves go for a fancy short corner which doesn't really work out at first. Moutinho has the ball returned to him but his cross is blocked at close range by Hoilett. Costa eventually takes over and his far-post delivery from the byline is just about won by Camarasa ahead of Jimenez, and falls kindly for Etheridge.

21:17 CORNER! Another corner on the way after Neves finds Vinagre on the left and his low cross is turned behind by Camarasa.

21:16 SAVE! Neves takes aim from 25 yards with a bending effort but at a nice height for Etheridge, who palms it away. Jimenez isn't close enough to get near it before Cardiff make sure they keep it.

21:15 CORNER! Doherty wins another flag kick for Wolves, who are enjoying a good couple of now. Bamba blocks his low cross behind for a corner, which Moutinho goes across to take.

21:12 Bobby Reid is in deep conversation on the bench with Neil Warnock. He's scored once for the Bluebirds this season, can he be the man to rescue them tonight?

21:10 WIDE! Cardiff win themselves a corner which is cleared away to the edge of the box, but Gunnarsson fires it back from whence it came with a fizzing volley that drops only a couple of yards wide of the near post.

21:08 50: Another long throw for Gunnarsson. The towel is out, fresh from Rory Delap's bathroom no doubt, but a fine headed clearance from Doherty clears ahead of Paterson. The Cardiff forward goes down under the collision between the pair, and Andre Marriner eventually blows up so he can get some attention.

21:06 48: CLOSE! If it's not Traore breaking up a Wolves attack, it's Jimenez. The Portuguese winger does well this time, turning inside one challenge and looking forward to Jimenez, but the return pass as he continues his run is terrible and hands possession back to the hosts.

21:04 47: WIDE! Murphy takes aim out of nowhere from 25 yards on the left but his low effort is a yard or so wide of Patricio's post and into the side netting.

21:04 46: CLOSE! Ralls gets in ahead of Moutinho from a throw-in, and spots Camarasa ahead of him. He gets beyond Boly and looks to curl the ball across the six-yard box, but it's ahead of Paterson and behind for a goal kick.

21:03 46: KICK-OFF! Wolves get us started again after half-time. A big 45 for the side sitting second bottom of the Premier League.


HT CDF 0-1 WOLVES

          Cardiff Wolves

Possession   51%  49%

Shots         7    5

Shots on Target 0  2

Corners       4    3

Fouls         2    6

20:47  HT: Wolves have the goal, but Cardiff probably shaved a first half of few chances. They've fought for every ball and done everything you would expect of a Neil Warnock team - well, apart from conceding from a corner. They're far from out of this, but Rui Patricio hasn't exactly been busy, so they'll need better quality to earn anything from tonight's game.

Two added on.

20:46 CORNER! Cardiff have a corner but they want more. There's a frankly pathetic bit of diving from Paterson in the midst of it though, going down under the slightest touch from Coady when a shot deflects into their path. The set piece is cleared away and Jimenez has a chance to break with Traore and Costa on either side, but only manages to pass it straight back to Bamba.

20:44 CARDIFF'S WORRYING STAT

 Cardiff have now conceded a joint-PL high 7 goals from set-pieces this season (joint-most with Newcastle) after Matt Doherty puts Wolves ahead on his 200th  app for the club.

20:43 42: AWFUL! Cardiff will have Neil Warnock smiling when Murphy's cross into the area is headed down by Paterson into the path of Camarasa, who's just inside the box. He has a great opportunity to strike but barely gets anything on the ball, hitting an air shot which Wolves clear.

20:40 BAD OMENS Wolves have not lost any of their last 44 league games in which they had scored the first goal - drawing only five - all the way back to a 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion in February last year.

20:39 WIDE! Wolves work the ball back into the box and it's then laid off for Neves, who is just outside the area. He takes it first time from a tight angle but still nearly finds the bottom corner, bending the ball just wide of the near post.

20:38 CORNER! End-to-end stuff now as Wolves win themselves their own set piece opportunity. This time Moutinho's inswinger is easily cleared at the near post.

20:37 OFF THE POST! Another corner is won for Cardiff by the ever-impressive Murphy. Ralls delivers to the back post, Morrison gets a head on it and even when it's half cleared Arter takes aim from 20 yards and smacks the far post with a superb strike. Murphy turns the rebound well over the bar. So close for Cardiff.

20:36 Ralls looks in towards Morrison from the corner and isn't far from reaching him, but it's headed away just before it reaches him. Hoilett heads back goalwards from the edge of the box, but it drops wide with Patricio never worried.

20:35 CORNER! It's turning into a real battle down the flanks for Cardiff, who win a corner when Paterson and Camarasa link up to take on Vinagre. The loose ball is thumped behind by Coady.

20:33 Traore shrugs off a challenge in midfield and races into the box, but instead of playing in the well-placed Jimenez inside he goes down the flank and looks to shape for a cross. Morrison blocks his delivery but it lands back at his feet, and he's almost caught by Bamba's leg before the Cardiff man pulls it away, and Traore gives the attack up when he runs into a dead end.

20:30 A nice Cardiff passing move is cut short after a long period of good play, with the hosts switching the ball right to left, but Ralls' attempted square ball for Murphy is behind the winger's run - and straight out for a throw.

20:29 It looks as though Rui Patricio enjoyed Matt Doherty's opener...

20:28 Cardiff are still looking lively but are attempting to pin Wolves back and get most of their joy down the wings, specifically their left. Murphy is doing an excellent job so far but he's doing it all on its own, and not getting too much joy.

20:24 Gunnarsson's long throw is punched away by Patricio and out for another throw-in. The second is cleared easily, and allows Traore a chance to run at the Cardiff defence with only Arter back. But the Wolves man's first touch is terrible, giving it straight back to the hosts, and it's whacked forward out of trouble.

20:22 More excellent attacking play by Murphy, who is running this show on his own at times. He shows great strength to refuse to bow to Coady's pressure as he dribbles down the left, and when he does eventually go to ground Doherty clears out for a throw.

20:21 Jimenez is down after getting a boot in the leg from Manga as he looked to control a Wolves throw-in on the half-way line. It wasn't a pretty challenge, but nothing is given by the referee.

20:17 GOAL! CARDIFF 0-1 WOLVES (Doherty 18) Pic SkySports

Wolves take the lead amid their first attempts on target! The corner is swung in from their right, where Jimenez rises highest at the near post to test Etheridge. He makes a superb save low to his right to turn the ball away, but Doherty is fastest to react and gets away from Gunnarsson to poke home from close range.

20:17 CORNER! Traore is played down the outside by Doherty, he waits for Morrison to commit and ends up taking it down the outside of him into the area. He looks up, crosses towards the back post but Manga gets a head onto it and clears behind.

20:17 There were plenty of smiles from Nuno Espirito Santo and Neil Warnock prior to kick-off, but will the pair be quite as civil come full-time? History suggests the answer could be no... 20:16 16: This game feels like it's waiting to spring into life - there's plenty of pace in both teams' play so far, but both are struggling to find space in the others' half and neither goalkeeper has been tested just yet

20:13 Murphy does brilliantly to launch a counter from inside his own half down the Cardiff left. He races beyond Coady with ease and then gets past Saiss too. When he looks to dink a little ball across the six-yard box Vinagre gets a touch on it, and it cruelly rebounds off Murphy and behind for a goal kick.

20:10 CARRA AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM For Adama Traore, the fact Cardiff are playing three at the back means there will be spaces down the sides. With Sol Bamba on the left side, he can drag Morrison over to this right side and could get some joy. I know from experience that centre-backs don't want to get dragged into those wide areas.

20:10 CORNER! Another long throw is flicked by Jimenez ahead of Morrison, and behind for the first corner of the game. Camarasa's delivery is poor but Wolves only half cleared away by Wolves, and Cardiff lump it back into the box twice before Hoilett, from the byline, puts a cross over the bar.

20:07 WIDE! Another set-piece delivery. Arter curls a free-kick into the area from wide on the left and Morrison gets his considerable frame onto it, as he has done so well all season. He looks back across goal towards Manga, but the ball drifts over him and out of play before he can get anything on it.

20:06 WIDE! Gunnarsson moves over to take a throw level with the edge of the Wolves box when the tricky Hoilett is tackled. His throw is headed away by Neves but deflects off Jimenez to Ralls, who strikes low and hard first-time but wide of Patricio's right-hand post from the edge of the area.

20:03 Costa runs onto a fine through-ball from Traore down the left and turns inside of Manga, but is tackled well by Camarasa who gets all of the ball with a perfect block challenge.

20:02  Cardiff have matched their visitors in the early stages, and have formed their own back three. It looks like two in attack, with Murphy and Paterson moving central, and Hoilett and Camarasa doing their best to run the channels.

20:00 KICK-OFF! Wolves get us underway in their all-white away kit in south Wales. Traore, one of two changes, takes kick-off


TEAM NEWS

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has hinted he will make changes with three games in eight days looming.  Josh Murphy will likely be recalled, while Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Jazz Richards and Gary Madine are being assessed after recent injuries.  

Wolves are again without Spaniard Jonny Otto because of a knee injury. Diogo Jota is among several attacking players pushing for a recall following the team's run of three matches without a goal.

Warnock unsure if Cardiff will be his last job

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES @johnrodercomm: The post-match handshake between managers is filmed as a matter of routine at all televised matches, and it's usually not very interesting. That wasn't the case in last April's Championship fixture between these two clubs, so there will be plenty of scrutiny on Neil Warnock and Nuno Espirito Santo on the touchline. The latter will be looking for a reaction from Wolves after their defeat by Huddersfield, while Warnock will be hoping his side can make it two home wins in a row. If they do, the Cardiff manager will enjoy the following day even more, as it's his 70th birthday.


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock: "We've had some good games against Wolves so [I've] been looking forward to it, not my birthday so much." Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on last season's spat with Warnock: "We had a chance to speak and clarified things, and now I can say we are good friends. It was a fantastic game last season, it was a very emotional game and we go again. Both teams know each other well and we expect a very tough game."


LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Cardiff were extremely competitive against Everton last weekend and I am expecting more of the same from them on Friday night Prediction: 1-1


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves have won two of the past three meetings, including 1-0 away in the Championship in April.  This is their first top-flight encounter since Wolves claimed a 3-2 away triumph in February 1962. Cardiff lost 9-1 to Wolves in the top flight in September 1955; it remains the Bluebirds' heaviest home league defeat and Wolves' biggest away league win.

Cardiff City have won two and lost three of their last five league matches.

Seven of the Bluebirds' eight points this season have come at home. They could record successive top-flight home wins in a single season for the first time since 1961-62.

The Bluebirds have not kept a clean sheet in 11 league and cup fixtures since August's goalless draw at Huddersfield. Cardiff have failed to score in seven of their 13 Premier League matches, a joint high with Crystal Palace. They have scored the first goal in only one league game, which was September's 4-1 loss at Chelsea.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves are winless in five league games, which includes four defeats and three matches without a goal. All four of their league wins have come against teams currently below them in the table. They have scored two first-half league goals in 2018-19, the lowest figure in the division. Wanderers have won all four of their previous league matches played on a Friday under Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves have used just 17 players - fewer than any other club - in this season's Premier League.

Matt Doherty could make his 200th league appearances for Wolves.



Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists there will be no repeat of his touchline row with Cardiff manager Neil Warnock when the teams meet on Friday. When Wolves beat Cardiff 1-0 in the Championship in April, Warnock reacted furiously to Santo running onto the pitch at the end of the match. Soon after, an enraged Warnock rejected Nuno's attempts to shake hands.

Nuno said the two had since met and said: "I'm going to shake his hand, before and after. I learned my lesson." Wolves won the Championship with 99 points last term, with Cardiff also securing automatic promotion after finishing nine points behind in second. This term, Nuno has presided over four wins, four draws and five defeats, which leaves Wolves in 11th place, while Cardiff are 19th, only above bottom side Fulham on goal difference. Ahead of the first meeting between the two clubs since that acrimonious encounter in April, Nuno, who in July signed a contract extension until 2021, said: "I respect him. What happened was clarified and we had a chance to speak, not only by phone but personally. We also spoke at the LMA awards and had a good moment. Things are clear, I respect him a lot."

In the post-match news conference after April's match Warnock, 69, called 44-year-old Nuno "a disgrace" but the Portuguese now says: "It's the past. I understood in that moment how Neil reacted and I apologised and I will not repeat it again."

 

 








Match

Day

Date

KO

Sky

HOME

Score

Score

AWAY

Pts

Cum

Posn

GD

report

2018-19 Pre Season Friendlies

August-November 2018


March 2019-May 2019



14

Fri

30 November

20:00

Sky

Cardiff  

2

1

Wolves

0

16

11

-4

Sheeps A

15

Wed

05 December

19:45


Wolves

2

1

Chelsea  

3

19

12

-3

Chelski H

16

Sun

09 December

16:00

Sky

Newcastle  

1

2

Wolves

3

22

10

-2

Toon A

17

Sat

15 December

15:00


Wolves

2

0

Bournemouth

3

25

7

0

Cherries H

18

Fri

21 December

20:00

Sky

Wolves

0

2

Liverpool  

0

25

7

-2

Pool H

19

Wed

26 December

12:30

Sky

Fulham  

1

1

Wolves

1

26

10

-2

Cottagers A

20

Sat

29 December

15:00


Spurs  

1

3

Wolves

3

29

7

0

Spurs A

21

Wed

 2 Jan 2019

19:45


Wolves

0

2

Crystal Palace

0

29

9

-2

Palace H

FAC3

Mon

7 January

19:45

BBC

Wolves

2

1

Liverpool

FA

Cup

3rd

rnd

FAC3

22

Mon

14 January

 20:00

Sky

 Man City

3

0

Wolves

0

29

11

-5

ManC A

23

Sat

19 January

12:30

Sky

Wolves



Leicester  





Foxes H

FAC4

SSM

25-28 January

15:00


 Shrewsbury Tn



Wolves





FAC4

24

Tue

 29 January

19:45


Wolves



West Ham  





Hammers H

25

Sat

 5 February

15:00


Everton  



Wolves





Toffees A

26

Mon

 11 February

20:00

Sky

Wolves



 Newcastle  





Toon H

27

Sat

 23 February

15:00


Bournemouth   



Wolves





Cherries A

28

Tue

 26 February

19:45


Huddersfield  



Wolves





Terriers A

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