Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview & Betting Tips: Can Wolves Bite?

Son Heung-MinSquads looking to bounce back after agonising defeats last time out will kick the new Premier League weekend off on Saturday lunchtime (12.30pm), as Wolves take on Tottenham at home. Can the hosts bounce back after their last-ditch defeat in Sheffield last weekend? Or can the visiting THFC regain the winning thread after their horror-show on Monday night? Read on for our WWFC vs THFC preview with betting tips.

Under Gary O’Neill, Wolves were seemingly moving very much in the right direction when they scored late in the day to secure a point against a very sturdy Newcastle side. It was a result that signalled four games without defeat. It looked as if they’d repeated the trick when summer signing and substitute Jean-Ricner Bellegarde scored a timely equaliser as the clock ticked over to 90 minutes at Bramall Lane last weekend. Unfortunately, they conceded from the spot inside the dying moments, ending their unbeaten run and it is now a case of needing to bounce back once again.

Similarly, Spurs were flying high ahead of their Monday night clash with London rivals Chelsea. Unfortunately, despite taking an early lead through Dejan Kulusevski and seemingly being on top when Son Heung-min had a goal ruled out for offside a few minutes later, things went rapidly awry for Ange Postecoglou’s men who ended up on the wrong end of a 1-4 scoreline, after seeing both Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie sent off. To make matters worse, key players James Maddison and Micky van de Ven were forced off through injury. Spurs remain in a favourable position and one defeat detracts from their fantastic start to the season, but they will need to steady themselves quickly if they are to keep themselves near the top.

Things looking good at home for WWFC

Wolverhampton Wanderers go into this match off the back of a disappointing result last time out, but their performance was far from poor, while in terms of chances created, they were the better team. Such a result should not take away from the fact that they look a good side under Gary O’Neill, especially at home, where they have been thriving in an offensive sense of late.

Last time out at Molineux, they notched twice against a Newcastle back-line that is anything but easy to breach. They have also scored in all their home games this season, netting multiple goals against the likes of Man City. They have got pace, power and a couple of smart finishers with the likes of Cunha and Hwang in the forward areas. They are tools which could really come in handy against a Spurs side that is always likely to leave space in behind.

Visitors Tottenham without several key players

Of course, this preview should not overreact to Spurs’ defeat against Chelsea. It is just one result and they still look a very strong side. The problem now is that they are about to be without a handful of key players for a while, so it will be interesting to see if they have the depth to cope.

Following red cards on Monday night, both Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie will miss this game. Romero is a big miss at the heart of the Spurs defence, even if he is somewhat rash at times, while Udogie has been one of the best performers over the course of the season so far. His power and rapid reactions at the back have come in handy defensively, while his willingness to get forward has often provided an extra outlet too, so the youngster also leaves a sizable gap. More worrying still, Micky van de Ven, who alongside Udogie and Romero has been a standout performer since joining in the summer, pulled up rather sharply in that game against Chelsea. He was clutching his hamstring in a way that players only do when something has gone horribly wrong. It would be a massive surprise if he was to be involved at any point in the next month, let alone in this game, which means that the visitors have only one of their regular back four available and that is a problem.

Wolves not averse to winning this fixture

In the last couple of seasons, Wolves have quite enjoyed themselves against Spurs, despite invariably being considered outsiders. They won when the teams last met, in March, coming out on top by a goal to nil, while they have now won two of their last three renewals of this fixture. They have also lost just one of their last four home games against Tottenham. Interestingly, both teams have scored in just one of the last five renewals.

Hosts Wolverhampton can have a huge say offensively

Had this game come under different circumstances, then this preview may not be saying this. As it is, with Spurs missing important personnel, this rates as a big chance for the hosts to continue impressing in that final third. At betting odds of 11/8 ‘Wolves to score over 1.5 goals’ looks an attractive with one of the better online bookies.

Tottenham will be without not just one, but three key defenders, which really should spur the hosts on. We must consider this in conjunction with the fact that Wolves have thrived against teams that don’t just sit back, which seemingly bodes well here.

It is abundantly clear that getting his team to drop deep and defend is far from the Ange Postecoglou way, so we can expect Spurs to go to Molineux and have a go. Such an approach may help them to make headway in this game, especially if Maddison’s early exit on Monday night was only precautionary, but it may also cost them defensively. After all, Man City paid the price for pushing forward against a very good counter-attacking Wolves team, so we really should not be surprised if the hosts enjoy themselves by scoring a couple of goals here. So for the betting tips for this WWFC vs THFC preview, it is just the one that we advise:

  • Wolves to Score Over 1.5 Goals (on the ‘total home goals’ market) @ best odds of 11/8 with Betfred or BetVictor.