Wolves are flying, on the edge of the Champions League places having won their three games since the restart pretty convincingly.
In those games they have not only kept three clean sheets, but have allowed only three shots on target, and goalkeeper Rui Patricio has only saved one from inside his own box in six hours of football.
But those three games have been against West Ham, Bournemouth.
As Rory Smith put it on the Totally Football Show this week: “The way the fixtures have fallen works brilliantly for Wolves. To have those three slightly more appealing games right off the back of the restart has given them that sense of pre-season. The closest you’re going to get to a pre-season game is Bournemouth.”
So the question then becomes: how good are Wolves really?
“It is difficult to say when you look at that standard of opposition,” said Lynsey Hooper. “I think defensively they;’re looking surer than I’ve seen them all season. Since Boly came back from injury this back three has developed so well, but not only that, [we should give] a mention for Romain Saiss, who has slotted into that back three seamlessly.
“They are really now a very difficult team to break down. And if you get past the defence, you’ve still got to beat Rui Patricio in goal: he has also looked really, really solid.
“Defensively Wolves look better than ever. In attack, they’ve had this tactic of bringing Adama Traore off the bench and injecting some pace into the last 20 minutes of matches. I don’t know whether that will continue to work. There are other things that need to be worked on in attack: they haven’t had as many shots on target [as they would like].
“But when you look at the teams around them, apart from Manchester United, they have to be a front-runner for the top four.
Theoretically at least, their game this weekend should be a bigger challenge. They face Arsenal – not the Arsenal of yore, and an Arsenal who have been a little wobbly since the restart, but it is part of a run-in that looks favourable for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
“There are points there for Wolves,” said Rory Smith. “Sheffield United are in free fall [or were before the Spurs game], Everton are going well but have nothing particularly to play for, Burnley have nothing to play for, Palace have nothing to play for, then it’s Chelsea on the last day. That’s not bad, if you’re looking at getting enough points to overhaul one of Chelsea or Leicester.
“That is feasible for Wolves, perhaps not to get top four, but certainly top five.”
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