Foot Predictions shows Friday’s Premier League clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Wolverhampton Wanderers will try to win consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since October, when they will receive Leeds United to Molineux on Friday night.
Nuno Espirito SantoThe team’s team will enter the competition after a 2-1 win in Southampton on Sunday, while Leeds suffered a 4-2 loss to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium that same afternoon.
There is no escaping the fact that it was a disappointing 2020-21 campaign for Wolves, with Nuno’s team fighting for consistency and currently sitting at the bottom of the table.
Former league winners are just seven points out of the top seven, but it is very difficult to imagine them fighting for a possible Europa League spot due to the quality of the teams above them.
The wolves are currently 12th in the table, adding 30 points from 24 games, courtesy of eight wins and six draws, while they also suffered 10 losses, which is just one less than Fulham in 18th.
Nuno’s team enters this game with an encouraging victory over Southampton last Sunday, however, with goals from Ruben Neves and Pedro Neto turning around in the second period, the hosts will now try to win consecutive league wins for the first time since October.
Wolves have actually won their last four games with Leeds in all competitions, including a 1-0 win in the reverse game in October when Raul Jimenez scored the only goal of the contest.
Leeds, meanwhile, will enter the fray on Friday after a 4-2 loss at Arsenal’s field on Sunday; the whites were losing 4-0 at the start of the second period at Emirates Stadium before scoring two goals in the end Pascal Struijk and Helder Costa.
Marcelo BielsaThe team is currently one place above Wolves in the table, occupying 11th position, having added 32 points in 23 matches, and would return above Arsenal to 10th position with a victory at Molineux.
Leeds have won 10 Premier League games this season, which is just one less than champions Liverpool, but have suffered 11 losses, which is high considering their position on the table.
The Whites certainly will not change their style in the coming months and, despite the defeat with Arsenal, they have won two of the last three league games away from home, beating Newcastle United and Leicester City impressively.
Visitors also have two attacking players in particularly impressive campaigns, with Patrick Bamford winning 12 times in England’s top flight, and Raphinha, who was recently linked to Liverpool and Manchester United, scoring four goals and five assists in the league.
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Wolves will again be without the services of Daniel Podence, Willy Boly and Jimenez for Friday’s clash, but the home team is in good shape in terms of absentees.
There are great chances that Nuno will decide to choose the same XI that entered the field with Southampton, with Adama Traore and Neto again supporting the recent arrival Willian Jose.
Fabio Silva and Fernando Marçal they are both fighting for places in the team, but it is unlikely that Nuno will shuffle his opponents, considering the result against Southampton, who left three league games unbeaten.
Leeds, however, will definitely be without Diego llorente, Gaetano Berardi, Rodrigo Moreno, Adam Forshaw, Ian Poveda and Robin Koch by injury.
Mateusz Klich must overcome a modern problem to present in the middle of the park, but Kalvin Phillips remains a doubt due to a calf problem, with English needing to be evaluated before the start of the match.
The injury situation on Elland Road means that Bielsa’s options for change are limited and there are not expected to be major surprises in the XI, with Jack Harrison and Raphinha will probably support Bamford, while Jamie Shackleton and Struijk are also expected to maintain their positions.
Possible starting lineup for Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Willian Jose, Neto
Possible initial lineup for Leeds United:
Meslier; Shackleton, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski; Raphinha, Dallas, Struijk, Klich, Harrison; Bamford
Probability: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Leeds United
This is a very, very difficult match for several reasons. At full strength, Leeds would like to have a chance to get a positive result, but the whites will again lose important players. The wolves seem to have turned the corner on seven points in the last three matches, and we like Nuno’s team to win a close dispute in Molineux.
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