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

Marcus Rashford snatches dramatic Manchester United 1-0 win over Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were forced to wait until the 93rd minute to edge out Wolves as Marcus Rashford’s strike secured a huge three points at Old Trafford.

Nuno Santo’s side actually started the brighter of the two sides with Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves testing David De Gea.

United had to wait until well into the second half to carve out their best opening as Bruno Fernandes’ drive brought the best from Rui Patricio.

But just as this one looked to be drifting off to a boring 0-0 the chance began to fly at both ends.

Rayan Alt-Nouri’s deflected effort kept De Gea sharp in the United goal before Paul Pogba blazed over from Fernandes square ball.

And Fernandes was right at the heart of it as Rashford nicked it in added time.

His long ball released the England star in behind and his powerful drive deflected past Patricio for the win.

Full Time at old Trafford it’s Manchester United 1 Wolves 0

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.

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

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.

Wolves depleted for pre-season preparations

As is a customary during the regular season, international breaks coincide with a break in the domestic calendar, allowing for sides not to be disadvantaged by the absence of a large chunk of their squad.

However, due to the complications of the football calendar in recent times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the latest batch of international call-ups means that Nuno Espirito Santo will be particularly light when it comes to pre-season preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

At least eight Wolves players have been selected for duty by their countries for the September internationals, with more expected to follow.

Wanderers are due to return to full training ahead of the new season next week, and several first-team stars will be away.

Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota – have all been called up for Portugal, with Ruben Vinagre and Pedro Neto named in the under-21 squad.

Matt Doherty is away with Ireland and Adama Traore with Spain to complete the eight.

With Wolves having a particularly long campaign last time around due to Europa League qualification, Nuno Espirito Santo will have been hoping for some more concrete time on the training ground ahead of this season – but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Wanderers start their Premier League campaign at Sheffield United on September 14.