Wolverhampton Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth do battle in the Premier League on Wednesday with both sides holding ambitions at opposite ends of the table.
For Wolves, the 3-month suspension of the season due to coronavirus came at a good time from a fitness perspective, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side having already played fifty competitive fixtures up til then.
The break has allowed the Wanderers players to return refreshed and rejuvenated, and that shone through in their comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Level on points with 5th placed Manchester United, Wolves will still harbour hopes of a Champions League place, something 5th position could offer them depending on the outcome of Manchester City’s European ban.
For Bournemouth it’s a different story, with their 5-year stay in the top flight under threat.
The Cherries go in to the game in the Premier League relegation zone, a point from safety and with games against Manchester United, Spurs, Leicester and Manchester City still to come.
Eddie Howe’s men will need to put in a better display against Wolves than the one which saw them beaten 0-2 by Crystal Palace on Saturday – but they will have to do so without Ryan Fraser and Jordon Ibe, both of whom have played their last games for the club and will depart the Vitality Stadium at the end of the month.
Josh King is a major doubt for the Cherries, with an ankle injury sustained against Palace likely to keep him out.
Charlie Daniels is expected to sit out this one too, as he continues his recovery from a lengthy knee injury.
For Wolves, Adama Traore wreaked havoc off the bench against West Ham United and is pushing for a start.
Nuno Espirito Santo may shuffle his pack from the side that won so easily at the London Stadium in order to maintain some freshness, and so Joao Moutinho and Ruben Vinagre may come in to the starting lineup at Molineux.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v AFC Bournemouth at Molineux is a 6pm kick off on Wednesday, June 24.