Premier League Preview: Brighton v Wolves

Midfielder Lallana missed Tuesday’s defeat to Arsenal due to a groin issue, while forward Welbeck was an unused substitute because of a knee problem.

Striker Aaron Connolly (groin) will also be assessed but full-back Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) and midfielder Steven Alzate (illness) remain sidelined.

Leander Dendoncker and Willy Boly remain doubts for the trip to the south coast.

The pair have missed the last three games, including the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, after picking up injuries in Wolves’ win over Chelsea two weeks ago.

Raul Jimenez remains a long-term absentee after fracturing his skull in November while Jonny (knee) is still sidelined.

Kick off at the Amex is at 5.30 on Saturday.

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.

Raul Jimenez hoping for swift Wolves return after fracturing skull against Arsenal

The Mexican received lengthy treatment on the pitch after a sickening clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday before being taken to hospital.

Jimenez posted a tweet late on Monday which read: “Thanks for your support messages. I will be under observation and I hope to return to the pitch soon.”

Wolves released an update on Jimenez’s condition on Monday morning, saying on their official website: “Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital.

“He has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting. He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.”

The seriousness of the first-half clash during Wolves’ 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium was immediately clear from the reaction of both sets of players and Jimenez was given oxygen before being carried off.

Arsenal have faced criticism for allowing Luiz to play on with a bandaged head only to withdraw him at half-time, although the club insist protocol was followed.

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

Newcastle secure late comeback 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolves

Nuno Santo’s side struggled to break down the Magpies, but two goals in the final 10 minutes from Raul Jimenez and Murphy ensured a tense finale.

The home side were bright and busy in the opening stages with Daniel Podence drawing a smart stop from Karl Darlow.

But in truth that was the only real chance in a dull first 45 minutes in the West Midlands.

Wolves did improve slightly after the break with Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves testing Darlow.

However, with the game seemingly drifting to a boring goalless draw Jimenez edged the hosts in front.

Neto’s free kick caused chaos inside the Newcastle box and Jimenez did brilliantly to keep his cool and
power home.

But with just a single goal lead heading into added time, Wolves left the door open for and unlikely Newcastle comeback and Murphy took full advantage as he curled home a superb free kick.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 1 Newcastle 1

Wolves up to sixth after narrow 0-1 victory at Leeds.

The Mexico striker’s tame second-half effort wrong-footed the Leeds United goalkeeper after hitting Kalvin Phillips on the head to seal his side’s third league win of the season.

But in reality, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who were poor in the first half, were fortunate to leave Elland Road with all three points having been outplayed by Leeds in the first 45mins.

Leeds made a flying start. Patrick Bamford had an early header ruled out for offside and they had a penalty appeal turned down after Helder Costa went down under Joao Moutinho’s challenge.

Rodrigo also headed over and Costa dragged another effort wide after more slick build-up down the right, with Wolves pinned in their own half. Captain Luke Ayling and Rodrigo also squandered good chances in the first half which, had they found the net, could have changed the course of the night of Bielsa’s team.

Wolves woke up in the second half starting the period with a VAR ruled-out goal after the officials deemed Daniel Podence to be in an offside postion. Podence had another chance moments later forcing Meslier into a flying save and suddenly the game looked to be turning in Wolves favour.

It was talismanic striker Raul Jimenez who finally broke the deadlock on the 70th minute after he was allowed far to much time, cutting in from the right and deflecting a shot in off Phillips head which wrong footed Meslier, and the Leeds keeper could only watch the ball hit the opposite corner of his goal.

Pablo Hernandez had a chance to pull it back for Leeds but was denied by a Willy Boly block and even late substitue Raphinha, making his debut in place of Jack Harrison, but failed to carve out a clear opening and Wolves held on.

Leeds United 0 Wolves 1… and up to Sixth.

Fulham lose again in 1-0 defeat at Wolves

Scott Parker’s side are yet to pick up a point on their top-flight return, but Nuno Santo will be relieved to see own his side end a two-game losing streak.

The Cottagers were bright in the opening stages, as full back Antonee Robinson tested Rui Patricio.

But the hosts slowly began to gain control as the first half wore on with Alphonse Areola denying Pedro Neto and Nelson Semedo.

Wolves picked up that momentum again after the break, as Areola produced another vital stop, this time from Raul Jimenez.

But with his teammates unable to do much to offer protection, Areola was unable to do anything about Neto’s opener.

The visitors had three chances to clear their lines inside the box and Neto pounced on the loose ball to fire home.

Fulham did show some life in the final minutes, as Patricio saved from Neeksens Kebano, but another defeat means it will be another difficult week for Parker.

FULL TIME AT MOLINEUX IT’S WOLVES 1 FULHAM 0

Wolves 1-3 Manchester City: City get season off to winning start against Wolves.

The midfielder’s penalty and goals from Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus gave Pep Guardiola’s side a statement victory to open their Premier League campaign.

City were unplayable at times before losing their way after the break and Wolves made it nervy when Raul Jimenez pulled a goal back before Jesus struck in stoppage time.

Guardiola’s men still sent out a message to champions Liverpool as they look to reclaim the title they surrendered last season.
De Bruyne, last term’s Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year, delivered a near faultless display while debutant Nathan Ake was assured.

City finished last season – just over a month ago – in disarray after their Champions League quarter-final exit to Lyon but immediately ended any fears of a hangover with a dominant first-half display.
They quickly swarmed all over Wolves and the hosts’ night was made harder when Ruben Vinagre replaced the injured Marcal after just eight minutes.

City pinned them back and Wolves needed Rui Patricio to parry De Bruyne’s free-kick but the dominant visitors kept probing and got their reward after 20 minutes.

Foden slipped De Bruyne in on the right and Romain Saiss’ foolish lunge brought the midfielder down just inside the box.

The Belgium international buried the penalty and Guardiola’s unrelenting side continued to pile the pressure on.

City threatened to slice through Wolves several times before they did again to double their lead after 32 minutes.

De Bruyne had conducted City and he was at the heart of a slick move involving Ake, Rodrigo, Fernandinho and Foden.
De Bruyne then slipped in Raheem Sterling to cross for the arriving Foden to finish as Wolves were torn apart.

Wolves hit back from 2-0 down at Molineux last season to win 3-2 but without the backing of a vociferous fan-base – and the fact City were just too good – there was no way back.

Jimenez headed Adama Traore’s cross wide five minutes before the break but it was Wolves’ only opening of a chastening half.

It would have been worse had Patricio not turned De Bruyne’s shot over after he was sent clear by Jesus’ header.

There was no desire from City to sit on their lead after the break, demonstrated by their fierce pressing and Jesus’ shot at Patricio.
But Wolves finally found their spark and created a flurry of chances, starting when Daniel Podence curled wide.

Ruben Neves’ low drive was then cleared by Kyle Walker in a warning to City and Podence went closer after 59 minutes.

The forward was sent through by Neves only to chip over and, a minute later, Jimenez side-footed Traore’s cross wide from six yards.

The striker did pull a goal back with 12 minutes left when Podence nutmegged De Bruyne and crossed for him to head in.

But Jesus ended any City fears when he made it 3-1 in injury time, his shot deflecting in off Conor Coady.

Final score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – Mancheter City 3.