The first international break of the season has only just begun, but the second one is also not too far away. When the Premier League resumes on the 15th September, Wolves will play just 4 league games until the next international break which commences on the 6th October. Let’s look at how they may fare during each game.
Burnley – H (16th September – 13:30)
Prediction (2-1 Wolves).
Another fixture at Molineux and another broadcast on Sky. After this game, all 3 of Wolves home fixtures will have been on TV. Obviously, the cameras love the fireworks at Molineux (or perhaps the exciting football displayed on the pitch). Burnley, who were recently knocked out of Europe, have had a tough and hectic start to the season. This will be Wolves 6th competitive game, whereas it will be Burnley’s 11th.
After only picking up 1 point in their opening 4 games, as well as elimination from the Europa League qualifying stage, many Clarets fans are unhappy, with both results and their summer transfer window which saw them bring in Ben Gibson, Matej Vydra, and Joe Hart. They ended up with very little squad depth with Sean Dyche turning to talented youngster Dwight McNeil due to the absence of Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson.
The international break will do Dyche’s men some good, giving them a much-needed rest. Given Wolves’ recent results and their form at Molineux, losing only twice under Nuno, I would make them favourites for this Super Sunday clash.
Manchester United – A (22nd September 15:00)
Prediction (2-1 United).
Suffering two defeats so far against Brighton and Spurs, many have called for Mourinho’s head, along with vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Although, last time out they were victorious as they beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor with Marcus Rashford receiving a red card. This will have eased the pressure a little, nevertheless the results must get better for United.
United looked good against Spurs for 30 minutes but defensive errors once again proved costly. Wolves would hope to come away from Old Trafford with a positive result but Mourinho needs a result here. Against United’s defence Wolves have every chance of scoring but I think United will just about edge this one.
Southampton – H (29th September 15:00)
Prediction (2-1 Wolves)
Southampton picked up their first league win of the season against Crystal Palace winning 2-0. A draw against Burnley, followed by narrow defeats to Leicester and Everton have yielded an indifferent start for Mark Hughes, who looks to have finally found a goal scorer for his team in Danny Ings. Mohammed Elyounoussi has also impressed but there won’t be many teams fancying a trip to Molineux at the moment so another home win for me.
Crystal Palace – A (6th October 15:00)
Palace have also only won one league game this season, over fellow Londoners Fulham and have suffered two disappointing defeats in their last two Premier League games. A 2-1 loss to Watford was followed by a defeat to Southampton. Palace were unfortunate against Southampton and if they had been more clinical, the result would have been different.
Selhurst Park is a tough place to go and Palace, with a rejuvenated Wilf Zaha, will be extremely threatening. Wolves will hit Palace on the counter attack and will earn themselves a good away point.
The two home fixtures are winnable whilst Wolves are more than capable of giving United and Palace a good game. How would you feel if Wolves picked up 7 out of 12 points over the next four games?Embed from Getty Images