Tottenham are facing a difficult test on Sunday as they travel to the Midlands to face an in-form Wolves team. The home side are currently in the top six with a higher points total than their more illustrious opponents. Many expected them to drop off due to the Europa League, but they have managed the competition well with a small squad. For the visitors, there has been an improvement under Jose Mourinho and they will see this as an opportunity to move up the league table. This match will tell us a lot about the hopes of both teams.
Wolves are currently in sixth position and only five points off of the top four. This will be the ultimate aim for the club and they may sense an opportunity to challenge in the current campaign. The festive period will be testing due to the number of games. The players have already been pushed to their limits due to the Europa League and this run of matches may be a step too far. If they manage to maintain consistency during this period, they will enter the new year in a great position. During their short time in the top-flight, they have performed well in matches against the top-six and they will be confident of earning a positive result on Sunday.
This will be a big early test for Jose Mourinho. They underwhelmed during the recent loss to Manchester United, but their convincing reaction against Burnley does suggest an improvement among the players. They have the attacking players to win any game, with Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane all entering the Christmas period in good form. Their start to the season has left them with little margin for error, therefore they need to go into Sunday with a positive style and look to win the game. If they perform like they did against Burnley, they will have a great chance.
Wolves are having their best start to a top-flight season since 1979. This underlines their progression under Nuno Espírito Santo.
Tottenham haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home since the first day of 2019.
The Mexican has emerged as the most important player for Wolves over the last couple of years. The decision to make his loan move permanent looks to be a smart one as there has been interest from elsewhere. The consistency that Jimenez has shown in the Premier League is very impressive, especially as he is the fulcrum of the attack for Wolves. Everything goes through him and he is regularly creating chances and getting shots away. He is a live-wire and he performs at his best in big matches. Tottenham are poor away from home at the back and Jimenez is the man most likely to cause them problems. He has a great chance to add to his six goals and four assists in the Premier League this season on Sunday.
Son Heung-min has been excellent for the last few years and there can be an argument made that he is the most important player in the current squad. Few players in the Premier League offer the danger that the South Korean does. That was evident last weekend, as he ran the length of the pitch to score a goal of the season contender. His dynamism brings an extra dimension to the Spurs’ attack and he often creates more space for Harry Kane to operate. This will be a tight game and the South Korean has the ability to make a difference for his team.
Wolves don’t have many major injury concerns. They are set to be at full strength on Sunday with Raul Jimenez partnering Diogo Jota in attack. Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho will be expecting to dominate the central areas.
Harry Winks and Serge Aurier are doubts, but both are expected to be available. Tanguy Ndombele could miss out with a groin issue.
This is a very difficult game to call. The midweek exploits may be a factor. Tottenham managed to rest key players in their dead rubber against Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, a number of first team players started for Wolves in their Europa League victory. A team with the size of Wolves’ squad will always suffer more following midweek fixtures. They have shown impressive league form in recent weeks, but that could come to an end on Sunday
. A Tottenham victory to move higher in the league table looks a good bet.