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

Nuno Espirito Santo charged by FA over criticism of referee Lee Mason

The Portuguese was highly critical of the official after his side’s Premier League match against Burnley on December 21 where he said: “The referee does not have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League.”

Santo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.

A statement from The FA said “It is alleged that comments made by the head coach during a post-match interview constitute improper conduct as they were personally offensive to the match official and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

Nuno has until January 5th to respond to the charge.

Premier League: Manchester United vs Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could climb to 2nd place with a win, only 2 points behind league-leaders Liverpool.

The Red Devils could be without star-man Marcus Rashford though after he aggravated a long-standing shoulder problem in their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

United will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches whilst Wolves will be looking for only their second win in 6 matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side did show signs of promise, however, after a strong performance at the Molineux earned them a point against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, despite going a goal down in the opening minute.

Meetings between the two sides don’t generally produce many goals, with only 3 in the last 4 outings but Solskjaer’s side are in fine goal-scoring form, netting 13 in their last 4.

United are likely to rotate heavily for the game, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani could all see returns to the line-up after starting from the bench on Saturday.

The game is a 20:00 pm kick-off at Old Trafford on Tuesday 29th December.

Premier League: Manchester United vs Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could climb to 2nd place with a win, only 2 points behind league-leaders Liverpool.

The Red Devils could be without star-man Marcus Rashford though after he aggravated a long-standing shoulder problem in their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

United will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches whilst Wolves will be looking for only their second win in 6 matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side did show signs of promise, however, after a strong performance at the Molineux earned them a point against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, despite going a goal down in the opening minute.

Meetings between the two sides don’t generally produce many goals, with only 3 in the last 4 outings but Solskjaer’s side are in fine goal-scoring form, netting 13 in their last 4.

United are likely to rotate heavily for the game, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani could all see returns to the line-up after starting from the bench on Saturday.

The game is a 20:00 pm kick-off at Old Trafford on Tuesday 29th December.

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.

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

Premier League: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea

It was a weekend to forget for both clubs, with Chelsea’s chase of Premier League top spot scuppered by a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park, whilst Wolves’ weekend ended in hurt after losing to fellow midlands club Aston Villa in their last outing.

Chelsea’s impressive unbeaten run was halted at the hands of former manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose Everton team scored the first goal past Blues keeper Edouard Mendy in 5 matches.

Wolves meanwhile saw Raul Jimenez make a training ground visit before the game for the first time since surgery on a fractured skull, but Nuno Espirito Santo was on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against Aston Villa in a fiery affair which saw Joao Moutinho sent off.

Wanderers have now slipped in to the bottom half of the table after defeat, with Chelsea now outside of the Champions League spots in 5th after 12 games.

In terms of team news, Wolves will be without Joao Moutinho at Molineux due to his red card against Aston Villa, so Ruben Neves is likely to come in to replace him.

Striker Raul Jimenez is of course absent as he continues to recover from that fractured skull sustained against Arsenal.

Willy Boly was amongst the substitutes at the weekend and may be considered from the start, along with Rayan Ait Nouri who is pushing for inclusion in the starting eleven.

Christian Pulisic missed Chelsea’s loss at Everton with a recurrence of a niggling hamstring issue and Frank Lampard is unlikely to have him fit for Tuesday’s game.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech are also both absentees and aren’t expected to see any action this side of Christmas.

That means it is almost inevitable that Timo Werner and Kai Havertz will be operating on either flank from the get-go.

Wolves v Chelsea in the Premier League kicks off at 6pm on Tuesday 15th December.

Premier League Preview: Wolves v Aston Villa

Nuno Santo’s side have been inconsistent in recent weeks with just one win from their last four games in the Premier League.

A win at Arsenal two weeks ago was followed with defeat at Liverpool last time out but the Portuguese boss is only expected to make limited changes to his starting XI.

With Raul Jimenez the only long-term absentee for Santo he could name an unchanged side from the defeat at Anfield.

But if Wolves’ form is a cause for concern for Santo, Dean Smith has even deeper worries with just one win from five for the Villa.

Smith is expected to be a bit more liberal with his changes than Santo with eight players sidelined for the visitors.

Ross Barkley and Keinan Davis are back in training but Smith will not risk them this weekend with a busy run of games coming up.

Matty Cash should shake off a minor knock in time to play and Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi should also return to freshen up the attack.

Kick Off is 12.30pm tomorrow at Molineux

Premier League Preview: Wolves v Aston Villa

Nuno Santo’s side have been inconsistent in recent weeks with just one win from their last four games in the Premier League.

A win at Arsenal two weeks ago was followed with defeat at Liverpool last time out but the Portuguese boss is only expected to make limited changes to his starting XI.

With Raul Jimenez the only long-term absentee for Santo he could name an unchanged side from the defeat at Anfield.

But if Wolves’ form is a cause for concern for Santo, Dean Smith has even deeper worries with just one win from five for the Villa.

Smith is expected to be a bit more liberal with his changes than Santo with eight players sidelined for the visitors.

Ross Barkley and Keinan Davis are back in training but Smith will not risk them this weekend with a busy run of games coming up.

Matty Cash should shake off a minor knock in time to play and Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi should also return to freshen up the attack.

Kick Off is 12.30pm tomorrow at Molineux

Jimenez leaves hospital

The 29-year-old sustained a fractured skull in a horror clash of heads with David Luiz in Wolves’ victory over Arsenal last month and underwent surgery.

A statement on Wolves’ Twitter feed read: “Some good news from over the weekend… Raul Jimenez has been discharged from hospital and is now resting at home with his family.”

Speaking about Jimenez last week, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo expressed his confidence that the Mexican will be able to resume his career.

“I am positive he’s going to come back,” said Nuno. “He’s going to come back. What the medical team did was amazing – both teams, Arsenal’s and ours. This is why we trust them and we thank them so much.

“This is what the doctor insists to me – first days are crucial. He was really well taken care of on the pitch and during the journey in the ambulance.

“There was not even a moment when he was not being given oxygen so this is what determines the next steps to take.

“Now he is recovering. Now our real concern is that he recovers totally. After that we will have time.”

Jimenez posted a message on Twitter a day after sustaining the injury, saying: “Thanks for your support messages. I will be under observation and I hope to return to the pitch soon.”

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v Wolves

The Reds will have fans back for the first time in 2020 in what is a timely boost for Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

The German boss is without nine first teamers for the visit of Nuno Santo’s side, meaning he will once again need to rely on his young stars to step up.

Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson should be OK to start for Klopp but Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold are not yet fit enough to return.

Klopp’s injury list means Neco Williams and Curtis Jones should keep their starting spots with Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher in line for his Premier League debut.

Wolves talisman Raul Jimenez misses this game after suffering a head injury at Arsenal last weekend, with Portuguese teenager Fabio Silva set to fill in as his replacement in Santo’s only likely change.

And kick off is 7.15pm on Sunday night at Anfield.

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Wolves

The Gunners have won just once since the start of October in Premier League action and Mikel Arteta is certain to rotate his options.

Nicolas Pepe misses out through suspension, with Alexandre Lacazette set to return to the starting team as his replacement.

Bukayo Saka and Willian are also back in full training and should start, but Thomas Partey and David Luiz are expected to miss out.

For the visitors, Santo and his players are also stuck in a rut, with one win in four in the league.

But the Portuguese boss is set to stick to his guns in North London, with skipper Conor Coady the only change to his side, replacing Matt Kilman in defence.

And it’s all set for a 7.15 kick off on Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium.