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MATCH PREVIEW: WOLVES V TOWN

22 December 2017

A look at this weekend’s game as Blues travel to table-toppers Wolves

Current standings: Wolves are flying at the top of the Championship and have a four point cushion on their closest rivals Cardiff. Nuno Esperito Santo’s men are unbeaten in their last eight league games (W7 D1) and have lost just once at home this season against Cardiff in August. Town sit eighth with three wins from the last four and are two points outside the Play-Offs.

League form
Wolves – 13/15 points   
Leeds (H) W 4-1  
Bolton (H) W 5-1 
Birmingham (A) W 1-0  
Sunderland (H) D 0-0     
Sheffield Wednesday (A) W 1-0        

Town – 9/15 points
Aston Villa (A) L 2-0
Derby (A) W 1-0
Forest (H) W 4-2
Middlesbrough (A) L 2-0
Reading (H) W 2-0

Last time we met: Town 0-0 Wolves 07.03.17
In a complete contrast to this season, a struggling Wolves side earned a point at Portman Road back in March. The visitors ended a six-match losing run, but could have snatched victory late on with both Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Ben Marshall striking the woodwork. Mick McCarthy remained unbeaten in seven games against his former side, and extended Town’s unbeaten Championship run (Feb 17 – Mar 17) to seven games.

Previous meetings at Molineux:
16.08.16 Wolves 0-0 Town
02.04.16 Wolves 0-0 Town
18.04.15 Wolves 1-1 Town
29.12.12 Wolves 0-2 Town
10.03.09 Wolves 0-0 Town

One to watch: Leo Bonatini
Leo Bonatini has excelled with Wolves this season. On loan from Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal, the forward has taken no time to settle into English football and is the joint second top scorer in the Championship with 12 goals. The Brazilian has also contributed five assists and looks more than likely to be a key member in the west midlands club’s push for automatic promotion.

Could be the difference: Conversion rate.
With Wolves top of the Championship scoring charts (42), and Blues joint second (37), both teams will be looking to exhibit their attacking prowess this weekend. The two sides also have a similar conversion rate but it’s Town who edge it 15 per cent to 14 per cent.

Match officials:
Referee:
David Coote
Assistants:
Adam Matthews and Nick Hopton
Fourth official:
Samuel Allison

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