Tottenham face a difficult fixture away to newly-promoted Wolves on Saturday. The home side had a tricky couple of weeks with back-to-back defeats, but they have impressed since arriving in the Premier League. There is a lot of talent in their squad and they have already competed well against established teams in this division. Their home performance against Manchester City was a particular standout display. It should be a good contest between the two sides on Saturday, with both teams looking to play attack-minded football.
Wolves are currently 10th in the Premier League. That represents a good start for the club, but they will be keen to maintain their position in the top ten and progress as the season develops. As stated above, they have a lot of talent in their squad and the ambition being shown by the owners means that they have the right to target a high level of success. They will realise the importance of not rushing themselves and a top-half finish would represent a successful campaign, providing them with a platform to build from.
There are five teams doing well at the top of the Premier League with Tottenham in 5th position. They have won seven of their opening ten matches and have picked up key wins, despite not reaching their peak performance levels. Last week, they were beaten by Manchester City, but it wasn’t a terrible performance. Spurs had chances and on another day, they would have taken something from the game. It is important that they get back to winning ways on Saturday, as the teams above them are all in superb form.
- Wolves had 25 attempts on goal against Brighton last weekend, but they failed to score a single goal.
- Tottenham have won 34 Premier League matches that they have trailed at half-time, which is more than any other team in the competition.
The Portuguese midfielder has been praised a lot for his performances in the Premier League this season. It is clear that Ruben Neves is destined to play at a higher level and it could be his performances in matches like this that get him there. At the age of 21, he is already performing to a very high level, but there is belief that there is more to come from the Wolves playmaker. He has a passing accuracy of 85% and he often dominates matches from the central areas. Neves’s ability to control a football match has been one of the major reasons for the team’s success since promotion. Tottenham are strong in the midfield areas, therefore it is crucial that the young player has a good game on Saturday if the home side are to have any chance of taking anything from the game.
There are a number of players that can cause damage to opposition players in the Tottenham team, but it is difficult to argue against Christian Eriksen being the player to watch out for. He regularly performs to a high standard and rarely dips below that. Tottenham are a much better team when they have the Danish international available to call upon. Since his return from injury, his steady improvement has been noticeable and there is going to be more to come from him over the coming weeks. He’s yet to score in the Premier League this season and that will be something that he will want to do sooner rather than later.
Wolves don’t have any injuries to contend with this weekend. Diogo Jota will be hoping to return to the starting eleven soon, as he tries to prove himself at the highest level.
Jan Vertonghen won’t be back in time to face Wolves. Dele Alli and Eriksen are both expected to return to the starting eleven. Son Heung-min is pushing to feature after two goals in the Carabao Cup.
This is going to be one of the eye-catching matches of the weekend, as both teams have talent on show. Tottenham are the favourites, due to their league position and experience. However, Wolves have done well in the big matches this season and they will be confident of taking something from the game at home. There will be goals in this one and an entertaining score draw looks to be a good bet.
Wolves 2-2 Tottenham