I know we had the Celta Vigo friendly and the Man Utd game at the end of last season, but this is the real return to Molineux.
And boy is it gonna be rocking.
Nuno’s own rapid return adds some extra spice, but once it kicks off it’s just another game between Wolves against Spurs.
They’re normally pretty entertaining too, so here’s hoping for another rip-roaring afternoon.
That said, I don’t really care if it’s pig ugly. I just want to see Wolves put a point on the board.
It was a classic Nuno performance to see off Man City last weekend, underlining to any doubting Spurs supporters that this is a coach who knows what he’s doing.
I suspect he’ll do quite well in North London and garner a lot of goodwill with his humble approach in stark contrast to Mourinho.
He’ll be glad when August is over and he knows what Harry Kane is doing. That saga looks like it’s going to the wire and I suspect City will eventually stump up the full asking price.
Without their captain, they lost in the Europa Conference League qualifier first leg last night, albeit using an entirely different XI to the one that kicked off in the Premier League last weekend.
Although that might damage morale, it’s not a disaster and you’d back them to turn things around in the home tie.
Whether or not they even want the distraction of that third-tier competition though is debatable.
The away end
Some comments lifted from the pre-match thread on the Fighting Cock forum.
This is going to be a tricky game, fans in the stadium again is going for make a huge difference for a few months until the furore dies down, and Wolves is an intimidating atmosphere. In many ways Wolves is going to be a harder game than City who were clearly undercooked. Can see us dropping points, maybe a draw. I don’t think there is any chance of Kane starting, and Romero played a full 90 last night so it will be the same team as against City.
Start Kane. It sends a message to City that we aren’t messing around. Not starting it sends the wrong message. I’ve put Romero in on hope more than expectation. Not sure what to make of Wolves. New manager again, and not spent much on freshening up the squad. Reckon we could swap Winks for Neves at the game?
If Kane stays he is going to have to earn his place back the hard way, after the way they performed against City nobody should be making way for him just because he’s Harry Kane. Only players ready to die for Tottenham should be out there. I doubt his head is right anyway, until the window closes he isn’t going to be ready to play.
It will probably be the same team that started against Leicester, other than Semedo in for Hoever.
Everyone did alright at Leicester but again, we drew a blank. Our inability to score a goal means we’re only one slip of concentration away from losing, as we saw with Vardy getting the run on Coady last weekend.
We did however create some good chances and it was just unfortunate they fell to Traore and Kilman instead of Raul, as the end result would have been different.
Getting the Mexican on the end of our decent approach play is the winning ticket and he’s done that plenty of times against Tottenham already.
With Neto rumoured to be out for most of the season now, attacking reinforcements are a must with cover for that front three woefully lacking. You’d assume arrivals are imminent given the departures of Cutrone and Mir.
Last time out
It was 1-1 at Christmas when this fixture came around last season. Tottenham got an early goal and then spent the remainder of the game trying to hold onto that lead in customary Mourinho style. Thankfully, Romain Saiss spoiled the party right at the death.
Later in the season, we were comprehensively beaten in the return fixture. Adama got us into some decent positions but we never looked like scoring and Spurs could easily have added to the 2 goals they did score.
The majority of us correctly predicted defeat against Leicester last weekend but remarkably, nobody plumped for 1-0 so it’s 2s rather than 3s for everyone. Here’s the league table.
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