Wolves v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 12, 2018
Molineux Stadium - Premier League
Wolves face Burnley in Sunday Premier League action, with the two sides experiencing very different starts to their seasons. After such an impressive season last term Burnley have yet to win a league match, whilst Wolves are sitting comfortable mid-table.
The two sides met two seasons ago in the Championship with the match grinding out to a 1-1 draw. Burnley's XI on the day had a very similar feel to this season, with Sam Vokes opening the scoring for the hosts, whereas Wolves entire first team has changed since 2016, with Danny Batth equalising against Burnley.
Ivan Cavaleiro is nearing a return for Nuno Santo's side, although this is likely to cause more of a headache for the manager with a wealth of forward options. Record signing Adama Traore has yet to make a start, although scored his sides winner from the bench against West Ham whilst Diogo Jota and Helder Costa are well accustomed to their manager's system.
Sean Dyche has a number of key decisions to make going into Sunday's game, with Joe Hart and Tom Heaton fighting it out for the start in goal, whilst Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Sam Vokes and Mattej Vydra are all competing for two spots up front. Steven Defour remains a long-term absence for Burnley, and is yet to play a competitive game for the Clarets.
Wolves v Burnley Preview and Predictions
Having made big moves in the summer transfer market the weight of expectation was heavy on newly-promoted Wolves. However, Nuno Santo's side has handled the pressure admirably with the side currently unbeaten in three games, including a draw against reigning champions, Manchester City.
With their away win against West Ham, Wolves proved that they were capable of defending as well as going forwards, and Santo will undoubtedly enjoy having the experience of Portugal's number one, Rui Patricio between the sticks. Furthermore, the manager's back-five looks firmly established and has seen minimal change from last season, allowing the central midfield duo of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho the freedom to push forward and feed the front line.
Playing two attack-minded defensive midfielders has, at times, left Wolves open, especially on the counter-attack, and it is this that Sean Dyche may be aiming to exploit on Sunday. Burnley's success last season came largely from defensive solidarity and fast-paced, aggressive attacks. This season, the Clarets have struggled with both dimensions of their tactics, however, their disappointing failure to qualify for the Europa League may prove a blessing in disguise, with the side able to save key players for league games.
Despite sitting second from bottom the Premier League table, Burnley are not the only team to have suffered a poor start to the season, and a draw on Sunday could see them leave the relegation zone, a win theoretically taking them to twelfth place. This will be no easy task for Dyche's team, and the worry remains over the quality of his summer reinforcements, with the likes of Vydra more of a back-up than a first team calibre player.
Having spent the third least in transfer fees, less than a third of the amount of Wolves, Burnley may struggle against Santo's side on Sunday.
Adama Traore to score anytime at 3/1
The winger can surely do little more to justify a start having made an impression in his last two appearances.
Under 2.5 goals at 6/5
Having conceded nine goals in his last three games, Dyche will want to get back to basics and tighten up his defence before looking further forward.