Wolves v Tottenham Prediction: Premier League Match on 22.08.2021
We move onto week two of the new English Premier League season with games scheduled to be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There are some fascinating contests on the schedule, as well as a few derbies and grudge matches. Arsenal look to bounce back from defeat to Brentford with another London derby against Chelsea on Sunday, but our pick of the round sees Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Tottenham Hotspur. That fixture kicks off at 14:00 GMT on Sunday and will be shown to a capacity crowd in attendance in addition to the millions watching worldwide.
New Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo returns to his former home and past employers looking to put a dent in the club he helped drive through the rankings to the Europa League. Santo enjoyed some memorable games at Wolves, and it will be an emotional return for him, his backroom staff and the home fans, but he must concentrate on the job at hand. Spurs aim to collect three points to continue their winning ways.
These teams met twice last season in the Premier League, with Wolves failing to register a win over the Londoners. The first game was played at this venue a few days after Christmas and ended in a 1-1 draw after Tanguy Ndombele scored inside 60 seconds before Romain Saiss struck a late leveller. In the return match earlier this year, Spurs won at a canter, battling to a deserved 2-0.
Wolves pushed Foxes hard
Wolves finished last season down in 13th, which was a disappointing return for a team and manager that had become accustomed to ending closer to the European places in recent times. The club then lost Santo to Spurs, replacing him with new gaffer Bruno Lage who will be eager to put his own stamp on the team. He knows what is needed this season, and it’s not a huge overhaul. Lage must build on the team’s success of the last few seasons and continue to develop the players at the club. He doesn’t have a huge budget to spend in the transfer windows but will be targeting a place in the top 10.
The home team opened their season with a defeat at the King Power Stadium, where they went down 1-0 to Leicester City. The Foxes have narrowly missed out on a top-four finish in each of the last two years and will be hoping to crash back into the Champions League by grabbing a top-four spot this term. The Foxes got off to the perfect start but were made to work hard for the points by a determined Wolves side that never stopped working. The beaten team came away with many positives to take from the play.
The winning goal last Saturday was scored by Mr Reliable Jamie Vardy, who found the net just before half time. He raced through to slot home with 41 minutes on the clock, and despite both teams creating chances in the second 45, that was to be the game’s decisive goal. The losing manager blamed his attack for passing up several good scoring chances and said that is something certain players must work on if they are to improve.
Tottenham stun the champions
Last season was one to forget for Tottenham fans as the club staggered from one poor result to the next. They failed to secure a top-four finish and place in this season’s Champions League, and that will have a huge financial impact on the team. They also lost manager Jose Mourinho much earlier than was hoped, as the special one was released from his contract following a run of poor performances. The backroom staff took their time weighing up his replacement before turning to Santo.
Appointing the former Wolves manager was a bit of a gamble for a club of Tottenham’s side and with their lofty ambitions, but Santo is a proven Premier League manager. He has already shown he has an eye for emerging talent and doesn’t shrink under the intense pressure of managing a club in the most-watched division on the planet. He’ll be eager to show he is good enough to manage at the top level, and leading Spurs back to the Champions League would help him achieve it. Fans are excited about what the future holds, and they haven’t been for quite some time.
The visitors got off to the perfect start when beating champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season. Despite holding the home advantage, that was a match City were expected to take three points from, but Spurs got the victory and fully deserved it. They out-fought and out-played Pep Guardiola’s men, and if they can take six points from their first two outings, it will breed confidence in the squad.
Wolves v Tottenham prediction
Wolves v Man City has never been described as a grudge match, but that is the case this season following Santo’s arrival in London. The home team will be going all out to prove they are able to cope without their former boss and show fans an exciting season lies ahead. The best way to do that is by grabbing all three points at home while derailing their opponent’s strong start.
Spurs were spectacular last weekend when beating Man City, and they now head into this match full of confidence. The visitors must be careful not to get carried away as anything less than a win would be a disappointment, but Wolves are a good side capable of matching the visitors.
Premier League odds
The pre-match betting odds at 22bet attached to this game has Wolves priced at 4.14 with Tottenham available at 3 and the draw 2.
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