Sometimes an extended break comes at the right time.
Wolves needed a reset after that meek outing at St James’ Park and hopefully, they can now attack this fixture with more energy and intent.
Results elsewhere were positive for the most part with the gap below still substantial and West Ham unable to cement their position above.
If the lads can rouse themselves to collect six points from the next two, they’d give themselves a wonderful chance of finishing seventh.
We’ve yet to win at Turf Moor since returning to the Premier League and now would be a handy time to improve our record.
If sacking Sean Dyche was supposed to give them a bounce, it worked. Four points from the last two games has put them right back in contention for survival and might even make them slight favourites given Everton’s difficult run-in.
Southampton were routinely swept aside on Thursday so morale in their camp should be high for this one. They know a draw would be enough to lift them out of the relegation zone ahead of Everton’s trip to Anfield.
Scoring goals has been a problem for the Clarets again this season, with just 28 in the league so far. Only Norwich have managed fewer.
Defensively, they’re still strong with a better goals-against record than both Man Utd and Leicester. They’re always competitive and that always gives them a chance.
A home record of won four, drawn six, lost six isn’t particularly intimidating but they’ve won the last two at Turf Moor and scored five goals in the process so the danger signs are there.
With Neves, Podence and Kilman all out Bruno is operating with limited options, but at least a few of the senior players are back.
The above is the team I’d like to see, which I think has the physicality to combat Burnley’s direct style and inflict enough damage when we’ve got the ball.
Semedo down the right and Jonny down the left is an experiment I feel Bruno has to attempt at some point so it might as well be now. Both are too good not to be in the side.
Raul should be hungry after a couple of weeks of clicking his heels and maybe Pedro might have enough football in him now to be more effective from the start.
News that Moutinho reportedly wants to stay and Wolves want to keep him is encouraging, so I hope they get that worked out. He’s once again been a major part of our success this season.
Last time out
Although we couldn’t break Burnley down at Molineux earlier in the season I felt the approach was right and we did a lot of good things. Traore smashed the underside of the bar in a typically frustrating night in front of goal.
We lost 2-1 in this fixture last season, which already feels a lifetime ago. They completely bullied us and the only shining light was Fabio who came on to win and score a penalty on an otherwise horrible night. It was even worse at Molineux when they drummed us 4-0 later in the season.
Nobody thought we’d lose 1-0 to Newcastle so that’s nice and easy.
Brompton Wolf remains clear at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 32.
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