West Brom battle out vital Black Country derby win at Wolves

The result comes as Sam Allardyce’s first win as Baggies boss and brings them to within touching distance of moving out of the drop zone.

And it was the under pressure visitors who were the brighter side in the opening stages with Wolves gifting them an opener on eight minutes.

Willy Boly collided with Callum Robinson inside the box and star man Matheus Pereira calmly tucked home from the spot.

But that goal only served wake Wolves up as Adama Traore tested David Button and Portuguese international Pedro Neto lashed wide.

And with the traffic heading in one direction Wolves netted a quick-fire double to take the lead before the break.

Fabio Silva turned home his first Molineux goal before Boly made up for his penalty gaffe as he reacted quickest to smash home from a corner.

But despite ended the first period strongly the game was flipped on its head once again within minutes of the restart.

Centre back Semi Ajayi bulleted a header past Rui Patricio and Robinson tumbled inside the box once again and Pereira fired home.

The tie did rock back in Wolves’ favour in the closing minutes and Nelson Semedo missed perfect chance to nick a point.

Full Time on a cracker of an afternoon at Molineux it’s Wolves 2 West Brom 3

Wolves cruise past Crystal Palace into the FA Cup Fourth Round

Nuno Santo’s side bossed things right from kick off in this one with Fabio Silva wasting a brilliant chance to head home before Traore lashed wide.

But the Spaniard wasn’t to be denied second time around as he cut inside Eberechi Eze and crashed one past Jack Butland.

Palace failed to muster up a response after the break as Butland worked overtime to keep them in it.

The England international reminded Roy Hodgson of what he can do with superb stops from Leander Dendoncker and Pedro Neto.

But in the end a limp Palace attack never troubled Santo’s back line as they bowed out in Round Three.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 1 Crystal Palace 0

Brighton fight back to secure 3-3 thriller at home to Wolves

Both sides showed their best in attack and their worst in defence as Nuno Santo’s visitors threw away a two-goal lead in the second half.

Wolves looked the more inventive in the opening stages but it was Brighton that struck first on 14 minutes as Aaron Connolly turned home Leandro Trossard’s pass.

But Wolves weren’t down for long as the determined visitors struck back just after as Roman Saiss nodded home Nelson Semedo’s corner.

That goal tipped the balance for Wolves before half time, as Seagulls defender Dan Burn suffered a nightmare few minutes.

The giant centre back poked home an own goal form Pedro Neto’s deflected shot before his late lunge on Adama Traore allowed Ruben Neves to make 3-1 from the spot.

But despite a horror show at the end of the first half, Brighton roared back into life in the second period as Neil Maupay tucked home a penalty.

That gave Potter’s side a foothold back in the game, and despite Wolves creating more chances, Brighton carried the bigger threat.

Adam Webster fired a warning comeback shot as his header thumped back off the bar before Lewis Dunk powered home from Trossard’s corner.

Wolves substitute Owen Otasowie almost pinched it in added time for Wolves but his header flashed wide.

Full Time at an action-packed AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 3 Wolves 3

Premier League Preview: Wolves v Tottenham

Defeats to Liverpool and Leicester have forced Spurs out of the Top Four in recent weeks with Nuno Santo’s Wolves winning just once this month.

Mourinho rang the changes for the midweek cup win over Stoke and the Portuguese boss is likely to recall most of his big hitters.

Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Reguilon and Son Heung-min were all rested against Michael O’Neill’s team and should be fresh to return at Molineux.

Defeat to Burnley in midweek will have raised some selection problems for Santo to mull over and he will look to overhaul his starting side.

Willy Boly and Fernando Marcal should come back to stiffen up the defence with Adama Traore and Fabio Silva set to add some greater attacking power.

Kick Off in this one is at 8pm at Molineux.

Burnley scrap out 2-1 Premier League win over Wolves

And on a cold wet night in Lancashire there was only ever going to be one winner as Sean Dyche’s Clarets grabbed a vital 2-1 win over Wolves.

It wasn’t pretty, but Dyche as his players couldn’t care less, as goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood moved them out of the relegation zone.

Both teams exchanged a few half chances in the opening stages as Barnes tested Rui Patricio and Nick Pope gobbled up Pedro Neto’s drive.

But despite failing to really create much in the final third, Burnley always looked to have the edge and Barnes deservedly put in front before the break.

Charlie Taylor’s lung busting run down the left wasn’t tracked by Wolves and he hung in a cross for the bustling Barnes to power home.

Burnley certainly looked the fresher of the two sides after the break, as Josh Brownhill cracked one off the post, and Wood eventually made it 2-0.

Once again it was classic Burnley, as Wolves failed to win a second ball inside the box, and the New Zealander reacted quickest to smash past Patricio.

Nuno Santo threw on Adama Traore and Fabio Silva to inject some life into his side and the Spanish Mr Universe immediately tested Pope.

But with Burnley digging in in the final minutes, Wolves were handed a lifeline, as Silva netted his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot.

However, in the cold and the rain it was Dyche’s war dogs that held out.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 2 Wolves 1

Sam Allardyce’s Premier League return ends in defeat as West Brom lose to Aston Villa

The Baggies played the majority of the game with ten men following Jake Livermore’s red card but Allardyce’s new team were never really in it against the Villa.

Dean Smith’s side were quick out of the traps against the cross city rivals with Anwar El Ghazi putting them in front after just five minutes.

Summer signing Bertrand Traore’s cross drifted over a line of West Brom defenders inside the box and the Dutchman arrived on cue to finish at the back post.

That goal put the Baggies on the back foot before the break and their task was made even harder after Livermore was dismissed for a lunge at Jack Grealish.

With a goal and a man advantage after the restart Villa looked to move through the gears as Scottish international John McGinn headed wide just wide of the post.

But Smith’s side did finally wrap the points up with five minutes to go, as Traore cooly slotted home and El Ghazi netted his second of the night from the spot after Semi Ajayi bundled over Grealish inside the box.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Aston Villa 3

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Wolves

Nuno Santo’s side secured an impressive 2-1 win over Chelsea last time out and the Portuguese boss is only set to make minor changes.

Influential midfielder Leander Dendoncker was forced off against the Blues and Santo is unlikely to risk the Belgian for this one, with Joao Moutinho set to come back into the starting team.

But there is more positive news on centre back Willy Boly, after he passed a fitness test and will keep his place with Adama Traore pushing for a starting comeback.

And for the home side, Burnley have been back to their stubborn best in the last month with Sean Dyche’s side picking up five points from three games in December.

And true to form, the experienced boss has stuck with same starting XI in each of those games and he will stick with tried and trusted against Wolves with Ashley Barnes and Erik Pieters staying on the bench.

And kick off is all set for 5.30pm at Turf Moor

Wolves pick up vital 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal

Mikel Areta’s team have won just once in Premier League action since October and goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence condemned them to another home defeat.

Both teams struggled for fluidity in the opening stages as Neto converted the first genuine chance on the night.

Leander Dendoncker powered Adama Traore’s cross against the Gunners crossbar and Neto reacted quickest to the rebound to slot home the opener.

But despite the setback, Arsenal did react quickly as Gabriel emphatically nodded home Willian’s corner.

However, the game seesawed back into Wolves’ favour as Podence edged them back in front before the break.

Again it was the Arsenal defence that shot themselves in the foot as Bernd Leno could only parry Neto’s drive and the sharp Podence pounced on the rebound.

Arsenal did look to haul themselves back into after the break, but their sporadic threat only yielded a wasted effort from Reiss Nelson as Nuno Santo’s Wolves stayed on course for all three points.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 1 Wolves 2

Premier League Preview: Wolves v Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have win five of their last six in the Premier League and the Austrian could name an unchanged team at Molineux.

James Ward-Prowse and Theo Walcott have both shaken off minor knocks, and will play, but Ryan Bertrand could replace Jan Bedranek at left back.

Wolves endured a mixed run of results before the international break, with Nuno Santo’s side winning just once since mid-October.

The Portuguese boss will wait on some late fitness news before naming his starting line up, with Conor Coady and Rayan Ait-Nouri both doubtful.

But Joao Moutinho, Roman Saiss and Adama Traore are all set to return as Santo looks to get back to winning ways.

And it’ll be an 8pm kick off on Monday night at Molineux.

Brighton fight back to secure 2-1 Premier League win at Aston Villa

Goals in either half from Danny Welbeck and Solly March secured a vital three points for the Seagulls as Dean Smith’s Villa slip to a third defeat of the season.

Neither side created much in a busy opening quarter of an hour before Welbeck showed an ice cool calmness to put the visitors ahead.

Villa’s attempt to play a high offside trap were exposed by Adam Lallana’s through ball and Welbeck strode on an confidently chipped past Emiliano Martinez.

That early breakthrough opened the game up at both ends, with Bertrand Traore firing a brilliant chance against the post and Neil Maupay bringing the best from Martinez.

Villa worked hard to turn the tide after the restart, and Ezri Konsa deserved edged them level on 47 minutes.

Traore’s deep free kick evaded a line of Brighton defenders and Konsa bravely slid home at the back post.

But just as Villa looked on course to wrestle control of the game away from Brighton, March produced a brilliant strike on the hour.

Pascal Gross switched play to him on the edge of the box and with Villa unable to recover in time, he whipped a fantastic effort past Martinez.

But just as the game seemed to be drifting to a quiet end, referee Michael Oliver put himself right at the centre of the action in added time.

Firstly, he sent off Tariq Lamptey for two tired tackles on Jack Grealish before controversially awarding Villa a 93rd minute spot kick.

He originally awarded a penalty for March’s late challenge on Trezeuget inside the box, but in yet another VAR talking point this season, he opted to overturn the decision and hand Brighton all three points.
Full Time at Villa Park it’s Aston Villa 1 Brighton 2

Impressive Wolves secure 2-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace

Nuno Santo’s side moved up to third in the table as first half goals from debutant Rayan Ait-Nouri and Daniel Podence secured the three points.

Wolves dominated right from kick off in this one as Leander Dendoncker struck a post and the lively Podence forced a save from Vicente Guaita.

And with wave after wave of pressure from Wolves it was only a matter of time before they broke through.
Podence’s ball from the right wasn’t cleared by Palace and Ait-Nouri fired home a precise finish.

Palace were unable to react to that setback as Wolves poured forward again.

This time it was Pedro Neto who escaped down the right and Podence raced into the box to finish off a flowing move.

Roy Hodgson failed to rouse a response from his team in the break and Wolves could and should have extended their lead.

Raul Jimenez tested Guaita from distance before making a reaction stop from Adama Traore.

Palace’s misery was compounded in the final minutes as Luka Milivojevic was sent off but for Wolves, they look firmly back in the groove.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 2 Crystal Palace 0

Premier League Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle

Nuno Santo’s side picked up back to back 1-0 wins either side of the international break and three points in this one could lift Wolves into the Top Four.

Santo has no fresh injuries to deal with ahead of this clash but he could recall Ruben Neves and Adama Traore to the starting line-up.

Newcastle’s main injury concern is over midfielder Isaac Hayden with the former Arsenal man almost certain to miss out with a thigh problem.

Keeper Karl Darlow should be fit to start but Sean Longstaff, Matt Ritchie and Martin Dubravka are all still sidelined.

And kick off is set for 4.30pm tomorrow at Molineux.