EPL: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur

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2022/23 English Premier League

Matchday 26

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur

Wolverhampton, England
Saturday, 4 March 2023
Kick-off is at 17h00  
Tottenham will look to keep the momentum going when they travel to the Black Country to face Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, March 4.
Spurs recently climbed back into the top four when they beat West Ham and opened up a four-point gap to Newcastle with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea last Sunday.
It was a fourth win in five matches for Antonio Conte's side, who cannot afford many more slip-ups in the race for Champions League football as the Magpies have two games in hand on them.
Fulham could also put themselves in the frame with a strong run as they trail the North Londoners by six points, although a 1-1 draw with Wanderers last Friday didn't help their cause.

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Wolves are by no means safe yet after the point at Craven Cottage left them just three points clear of the relegation zone in 15th position.
Wins for West Ham (16th) and Leeds (17th) at the weekend saw them close right up on Julen Lopetegui's team, who are tied on 24 points with Leicester (14th) and find themselves one behind Nottingham Forest (13th).
The West Midlands outfit had claimed back-to-back victories against Liverpool and Southampton at the start of February but a two-match winless run has pushed them towards danger again.
Wolves are lacking an out-and-out goalscorer which is partly the reason they are amongst the lowest scorers in the league. Only Everton (17) have scored less than the 18 managed by Wanderers and defensive midfielder Ruben Neves is their joint-top scorer with five alongside Daniel Podence. The Portugal international remains an integral part of the team and continues to be linked with a move away from Molineux during every transfer window.

Ruben Neves
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Harry Kane scored his 18th goal of the season in the derby triumph over the Blues and he's just two shy of reaching the 20-mark in the Premier League for the sixth time in his career. If not for Erling Haaland, the 29-year-old striker would be on course to win his fourth Golden Boot.
In team news, Hugo Lloris (knee), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh), Yves Bissouma (ankle) and Rodrigo Bentancur (ACL) remain sidelined for the hosts, while the visitors continue to be without Sasa Kalajdzic, Chiquinho (both knee), Hwang Hee-Chan (thigh), Boubacar Traore (groin) and Matheus Cunha (ankle).
Conte's assistant, Cristian Stellini, who is standing in for the head coach while he recovers from gallbladder surgery, hailed another consistent performance from his players to get the job done against Chelsea and has urged them to keep going ahead of a busy period.
"It's a great win, an important win because it's the first game in a busy run, so it was important to continue the momentum," Stellini said.
"We want to be consistent, and we were today, but we have to continue. So, every day, we close the book, then you open the next book for the next game."
Lopetegui feels Wolves are moving in the right direction, with the point at Fulham pushing them slightly closer to the ultimate goal of avoiding relegation. 
"We are trying to win. It's not easy, it's the Premier League, it's a challenge. This was a very tough match because all the teams are very good teams, good coaches and good players, and now we need points.
"Today we have one point more, we came here with the intention to get three, it was a pity because we did good things. It's one point more, we have the need for a lot of points to get the aim to stay in the end out of the relegation zone. It's going to be a hard and tough task, but we have one more point."

Head-to-Head (Last Five Premier League Meetings)

Matches - 5
Wolves - 1
Tottenham - 3
Draws - 1

Premier League fixtures - matchday 26:

Saturday, March 4
14h30: Manchester City v Newcastle United
17h00: Arsenal v Bournemouth
17h00: Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
17h00: Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United
17h00: Chelsea v Leeds United
17h00: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur
19h30: Southampton v Leicester City
Sunday, March 5
16h00: Nottingham Forest v Everton
18h30: Liverpool v Manchester United
Monday, March 6
22h00: Brentford v Fulham

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Published: 03/01/2023