Wolves welcome Watford to Molineux after another international break. Wolves are unbeaten in their last 6 Premier League games with Watford looking to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Bournemouth.
Wolves have taken to life in the Premier League with ease and currently sit 7th with 15 points. Many of us would have taken that after some tough fixtures to begin the season.
Watford are 9th with 13 points and after a blistering start have started to stagnate. They’ve lost their last 2 games against Bournemouth and Arsenal and were held to a 1-1 draw against Fulham. Watford should have had the game wrapped up before half time but failed to do so and Fulham came back.
Last time out, Wolves beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park with a sole Matt Doherty goal being the winner. Doherty’s form has seen him now play both of Ireland’s fixtures over the break. A loss to Wales and a draw with Denmark, Doherty seemed to be wasted playing for Ireland and you could see his frustration when the right pass wasn’t made to either him or a teammate. Harry Arter and Jeff Hendrick are obviously no Neves and Moutinho.
Wolves have only conceded 1 goal in their last 5, and much of their success has been built on a solid defence; a back 6 including Rui Patricio, which have so far been superb.
Watford have been impressive under Javi Gracia. The Spaniard took over in January 2018 and has so far won 9 out of his 25 games in charge.
A 2-1 win over Spurs this season has been a highlight but they have struggled when playing better quality teams, as seen by their losses to Arsenal and Manchester United. The latter match was another where Watford were slightly unlucky.
However, the same unluckiness can also be argued for Wolves, having only lost one game this season, a 2-0 loss to Leicester. That was a game Wolves should not have lost, but to only lose once as a newly promoted team is a real achievement.
10 Wolves players featured for their national teams over the last 2 weeks, the last player to do so being Raul Jimenez who featured for Mexico in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Hopefully, he’ll get some rest before the weekend.
As for everybody else, we should expect a fully fit squad. Nuno is likely to stick with his 11 that he has stuck with for every league game this season. That would make it 9 games unchanged!
Diogo Jota is probably the player most at risk, as he hasn’t looked himself this season and with Ivan Cavaleiro and Adama Traore waiting in the wings, they could replace him for this game. But we know Nuno rarely change a winning team so we will see.
Watford’s last visit to Molineux ended in a 2-2 draw back in March 2015. Watford were chasing automatic promotion whereas Wolves were fighting to get a play-off place. Wolves should have won that game but nevertheless, it was a solid point against Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.
Wolves fans will remember the game for Jack Price’s long-range goal but also for Bakary Sako’s red card. Referee Brendan Malone decided to send Sako off for allegedly raising his hands to Fernando Forestieri. It was clear to see that Forestieri pushed Sako and when Sako moved his hands off his chest, he theatrically fell to the floor to get Sako sent off. We all know what the Italian is like though, as do most of the Championship supporters.
Watford will be without influential duo Jose Holebas and Christian Kabasele and are winless in their last 4. With Wolves in good form and Watford struggling, you’d have to edge towards a slight home win although a draw wouldn’t be a bad result.
Predicted team (3-4-3)
Patricio; Bennett, Coady(C), Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Costa, Jimenez, Cavaleiro.
Predicted result – 2-1 Wolves.