Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Sunday, December 15, 2019


Molineux Stadium

Punter's Pick

Wolves are a highly tempting 5/1 to take all three points and both sides to score, and could be worth a small punt at this generous price. The safer bets given Wolves tendency to draw a lot of games could be for this result at 12/5 with Betfair, or a draw with both sides again to score, available at 10/3 with Bet365.

Jose Mourinho faces another stern examination of his recent mini revival of Spurs as they head north to meet a tough Wolves side who have simply forgotten what losing a game is in recent times.

Is Mourinho the real deal?

After a couple of impressive wins to kick off his Spurs’ career, Mourinho’s side were caught short by a tactically and physically better Manchester United side in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, raising a few concerns about the true impact the Portugese has had so far. Little would have been learnt from a subsequent 5-0 demolition of a poor Burnley side last weekend, with the Clarets looking like a side sinking into a relegation battle. 

A midweek 3-1 defeat in a dead Champions League rubber against Bayern Munich again would not have raised too many concerns with both teams make wholesale changes, although several Spurs players failed to take a chance to impress. A trip to Wolves ranks amongst one of the toughest assignments in the Premier League at present, and a win here will definitely give the feeling Mourinho is beginning to build something sustainable, although a defeat will resurface doubts about his effectiveness.

Wolves look to extend unbeaten run

Wolves have not been defeated at home or anywhere else in the Premier League since mid-September – a run that currently stands at an impressive eleven games. With no glaring weaknesses in their side, it is not hard to see why they are so difficult to beat, and even more impressively they have managed to juggle Europa League commitments whilst also still flying high domestically. They perhaps are guilty of drawing too many games to be considered genuine challengers for the Champions League positions, although it would take a brave person to rule them out going deep in the Europa League knockout stages and finding another possible route into Europe’s elite competition.

Team News

Both sides are set to be much changed from the teams that contested dead rubbers in midweek European fixtures. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo made seven changes for the 4-0 win against Besiktas and the likes top scorer Raul Jimenez will be restored to the starting XI. Willy Boly and Morgan Gibbs-White still remain sidelined with injuries.

Spurs also look set to restore their first choice XI, with the likes of Harry Kane returning after sitting out the midweek defeat in Munich. Harry Winks could also feature after resuming training following an ankle injury, but Tanguy Ndombele is struggling with a groin problem.

Similarly matched sides may cancel each other out

With just one point separating these two sides currently, it promises to be an intriguing if not open affair with both sides not short on goals, but generally short of clean sheets in recent weeks. Spurs have not had a shutout away from home since New Years Day, suggesting Wolves will be able to breach their defences. At the other end the likes Heung Min-Son and Harry Kane look back to their best, so expect to see goals in what could end up an entertaining draw.

Punter's Pick

Wolves are a highly tempting 5/1 to take all three points and both sides to score, and could be worth a small punt at this generous price. The safer bets given Wolves tendency to draw a lot of games could be for this result at 12/5 with Betfair, or a draw with both sides again to score, available at 10/3 with Bet365.

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