We beat Tottenham in the final match of 2018 to reach 29 points from 20 matches last season.
It would be some achievement to finish 2019 with the same points return (or better) this time.
To do it we’ll need 5 points from Spurs, Norwich, Man City and Liverpool. Difficult, but by no means impossible.
I believe I’m correct in saying this will be Mourinho’s first visit to Molineux – in the dugout at least – and it promises to be a great game.
They’ve got some superb players, but he will know they need more than individual talent to overcome this Wolves team.
You’ve got to keep refreshing a team or things eventually go stale and unfortunately, things went stale for Mauricio Pochettino.
It’s not his fault that the club continually failed to bring in the new faces they needed to push on, but this season it did look like the talented squad he already had simply weren’t performing for him anymore.
In that sense I think it was right to refresh the manager and I do believe Jose will bring them success.
They’ve won 3 of his 4 Premier League matches in charge, with defeat at Old Trafford last week the only blemish.
Suddenly Deli Alli is performing again and with Son, Moura and Kane also hitting top speed, goals are not a problem – as the 5 goal rout of Burnley demonstrated last weekend.
Defensively there are issues, but there probably shouldn’t be given the personnel they have to choose from at the back. I suspect this will soon get resolved with a head coach who demands organisation and discipline in and out of possession.
Their away form has been abysmal this season, with just 1 win from 8 matches to date. Nowhere near good enough for a team that made it to the Champions League final in May.
The away end
Some thoughts lifted from the match thread on The Fighting Cock forum.
Tough game-Jimenez, Jota, Traore and Moutinho have all been really good any time I have watched them recently but they are defending like clowns at times too-could be another high scoring win or draw imo. With a few key players kicking their feet up midweek that could make the difference for us. Traore as much as I’ve never rated him as anything but an athlete is beating his man so often atm, him against our full backs will be key. 2-3 Kane Dele Son
Going to be really, really tough, Wolves are playing well. They do seem to only have 60 minutes in their legs though so it’s vital we start well and then we should be able to manage the game.
Next two games can turn our season around. Possible we’ll be 4th/5th over Christmas. Usually, we’re shit in these pressure type games, so it should be a real test for Mourinho. Hope we win, but wouldn’t be surprised with a timid draw.
These are at least as good as Man Utd and we bottled that one big time. Can’t see us winning this
The team still picks itself unless Nuno thinks we need an extra midfielder to combat the considerable attacking threat Spurs carry.
If he did, say, move Dendoncker into midfield and bring Bennett into the back three, that would almost certainly mean dropping Traore or Doherty and I’m not a fan of that.
We’re unbeaten in 11, playing at home and should be aggressive. They’ve shown a weakness in the full-back areas that can be exploited and our combination play down the right could be the key.
With 6 of the above team getting a full week off for a change here’s hoping for a vibrant, high energy performance.
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