Wolves vs Brentford EPL Game Preview & Betting Tips: Stats Suggest Goals

Matheus CunhaAfter what was an excellent win in West London last weekend, Wolves return home to take on familiar foes Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm). Can the hosts sting the Bees yet again this season? Or will the visitors take the honey on this occasion? This preview, with its betting tips, will clarify.

After going on an impressive unbeaten run between late December and early February, Gary O’Neill’s WWFC chucked away a point at home to Manchester United, despite equalising in the 95th minute last Thursday. It was a result that should have led to a lack of confidence going into Sunday’s away game against Chelsea, though that was far from evident as the men from Molineux impressed in the capital, picking up a 4-2 win. That was thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from the impressive and now prolific Matheus Cunha. They will now be looking to kick on.

Unlike the hosts, Saturday’s visitors Brentford come into this game off the back of a defeat. Despite taking the lead against Spurs, one that they held going into the break, Thomas Frank’s men left the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium empty handed when last in action. That was due largely to a poor start to the second half, in which they conceded three goals in less than nine minutes. Not for the first time this season, the Bees looked weak at the back. Fortunately, they did not play at the weekend, so they have had over a full week to tighten up and prepare for this fixture.

WWFC hurting teams at home

One thing that this Wolves team has done in recent times under Gary O’Neill is improve in terms of offensive output, especially at home. Nowadays, this is a Wolves team that can hurt just about any opponent and they have made a habit of hurting teams quite a lot in recent weeks.

In their last four home games against Premier League opposition, including that FA Cup replay against Brentford, Saturday’s hosts have scored an impressive total of 11 goals, netting at least twice in all four. They have also scored two or more in six of their last eight home games against top-tier opponents, so they are certainly a team that can do some damage. Unfortunately, they have improved offensively at the expense of keeping things tight at the back. Clean sheets have been few and far between, even at home.

WWFC & Brentford Bees know each other well

This won’t be the first time that the pair have met this season, nor will it be the second or the third. Somewhat oddly, this will be the fourth meeting between Wolves and Brentford in just over five weeks. Between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, Saturday’s hosts went to West London and recorded a pleasing 1-4 win in the league, before grinding out a 1-1 draw at the same venue in the FA Cup just a week late, despite having a player sent off early doors. It was then back to the Molineux for the replay a fortnight later and on that occasion, Gary O’Neill’s men came out on top, thanks to an extra-time strike from the now reliable Matheus Cunha, who secured a 3-2 win for his side.

Goals on the menu at Molineux

Whichever way we look at this fixture, it’s difficult to believe that the crowd in attendance at Molineux will witness a lack of goals on Saturday afternoon. At the very least, when we take everything into consideration, a lack of goals seems slightly less likely than the early prices suggest. Therefore, a bet of ‘over 2.5 goals’ with one of the big bookies is warranted.

For starters, both teams have offensive players in hot form. Matheus Cunha comes into this game in the form of his life having scored not only a hat-trick last time out, but six goals and three assists in his last seven starts. Pedro Neto has come back with a bang too, producing two goals and an assist in his last three. Speaking of players who have returned in fine form, Ivan Toney has scored twice in three games since returning, whilst French forward Neal Maupay has notched five goals in his last five games, including both home and away against the Bees in the cup.

As well as both having offensive players at the top of their game right now, this pair has that recent history of hurting each other, which is hard to ignore. They shared five goals in the EPL, before again sharing five goals at this venue just three weeks ago. Had Wolves not had a player sent off in the first FA Cup match between the two, there would almost certainly have been more than two goals scored too.

Factor in that there has been a steady flow of goals for both teams in general of late and a low-scoring game starts to look very unlikely. It is certainly less likely than the early odds with the layers suggest. Thomas Frank’s men have both scored and conceded two or more in each of their last four fixtures, while they are without a clean sheet since October. At least three goals have been scored in all but one of their last nine games (home and away). Only one of their last six away games has contained less than three goals.

We also know that the hosts adopt a high-intensity approach at home, which often leads to open and end-to-end games. That naturally lends itself to goals flying in. Take that 3-4 loss to Manchester United at Molineux last week for example.

In terms of the betting tips for this WWFC vs Brentford Bees preview, this fixture looks primed for goals, so much so that the early odds likely won’t be around for long. So get in early doors and make this one pay by betting on ‘over 2.5 goals’.