Premier League action begins on Friday night this week, as Wolves host Leeds at Molineux hoping to overtake the Whites in the table.
Both sides have been in mixed form of late, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side picking up eight points from their last six Premier League games, one point less than Marcelo Bielsa’s topsy-turvy Leeds.
The Whites’ form matches their philosophy of late, with three wins and three defeats reflecting the all-or-nothing nature that has won the Yorkshire side plenty of fans and critics during their first season back in the top flight in 16 years.
There was talk from some corners of burnout affecting the second half of their season, but sitting 11th, two points behind Arsenal going into this game is something any newly-promoted side would be thrilled with.
Wolves have turned around their recent slump of late, and are unbeaten in three league games, a run that has helped ease the pressure after they went eight games without a win through December and January.
The introduction of Willian Jose has been important to the Midlands side, who now have a focal point in the mould of Raul Jimenez to lead their line. The Mexican hopes to make a playing return before the end of the season after his horrific head injury suffered against Arsenal earlier this season.
Also on the sidelines for Wolves are defender Willy Boly, who has a thigh injury, and forward Daniel Podence, who is expected to be out for another month with a thigh problem.
Leeds are no strangers to injuries this season, and once again will lineup with only one recognised centre-back in Liam Cooper. Robin Koch and Diego Llorente have both been injured almost entirely since signing in the summer and miss out again, as Pascal Struijk or Luke Ayling continue in the heart of defence.
Gaetano Berardi, Ian Poveda, Adam Forshaw and Rodrigo are all missing as well for Leeds, while midfield pair Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich are rated at 50-50.
A win for Leeds will take them above Arsenal into the top ten once again, while Nuno Santo’s side can leapfrog Friday’s opponents should they take the points.
Wolves take on Leeds at Molineux on Friday, February 19th. Kick-off is at 8pm.