Tottenham v Wolves Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 27, 2018
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
Tottenham hope to continue their goalscoring form as they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium for their final game of 2018. The away side will have been disappointed with their draw at Fulham, but would likely be happy with a repeat performance in this visit to the capital.
Spurs won a thrilling encounter when the last sides met back in November, with Harry Kane, Son Heung Min and Lucas Moura all scoring to cancel out two Wolves penalties.
Maurizio Pochettino will make a number of changes to the side that beat Bournmeouth, with Dele Alli set to reclaim his place, joining Kieron Trippier and Ben Davies. Erik Lamela will also be keen to start, although faces intense competition, especially given the form of Son. Eric Dier and Jan Vertongen are likely to miss out, meaning another start for Davinson Sanchez.
Nuno Santo may not have the squad depth of his opponents, but still rested star midfielder Ruben Neves against Fulham. The Portugese midfielder should return on Saturday, and may replace his compatriot Joao Moutinho. Leander Dendoncker is another pushing for a role, having made his first Wolves start earlier in the month.
Tottenham v Wolves Preview and Predictions
December has certainly been an enjoyable month for Tottenham, who have scored 11 goals over their last two matches, and preceded that with a win over rivals Arsenal. However, a loss on Saturday could turn that all around, given how close the top of the table is, and Pochettino will be keen to impress that on his players. They're 3/8 to claim another three points, with Wolves 9/1 for the surprise win and the draw at 17/4.
Following a similarly impressive start to the festive season, Wolves have failed to win their last two games, one of which was admittedly against Liverpool. Regardless, Santo will have an eye on the table himself and will have seen his side overtaken by both Watford and Everton, dropping into 10th. Whilst a mid-table finish is a perfectly respectable result for a newly promoted team, the manager will be keen to avoid a drop in expectations, but is likely to struggle this weekend.
Spurs have looked near unbeatable in recent weeks, and have benefited from a number of key players returning from injury. However, perhaps most influential has been Son's goalscoring form, which has taken the burden from Harry Kane, who was looking slightly weary at the beginning of the season. The South Korean has contributed towards 10 goals already, scoring five in his last three games and must now be nearly as indispensable to his manager as the England captain.
For Wolves, this has been the job even harder,unlike earlier this season when due to a combination of injuries and poor form, it was possible to stop Kane and thereby stop Tottenham. Currently, goals are coming from all over the pitch, with the defence looking sturdier too.
However, all is not lost for Wolves, who managed a surprise win over Chelsea recently, with Nuno Santo praised for his tactical acumen. Spurs may play a very different style to their London rivals, but the Portuguese coach will be studying their flaws, and perhaps hoping that they have used up their goal quota for 2019!
Tottenham to win and both teams to score at 2/1
Spurs have a good record against Wolves, but the Midlands club have hit the target in two of their last three meetings.
Son Heung Min to score first at 5/1
Spurs' in-form man may be fielded as a striker on Saturday in order to give Kane a rest.