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A continuation of Wolves mediocre form saw them narrowly lost out to Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton during the week at Molineux. That leaves them down in 13th or 14th depending on other results this week, as they continue to slide down the table.
West Brom looked like they might be turning a corner when Sam Allardyce took over back in December, holding Liverpool to a stalemate at Anfield, but it has only been downhill from there.
Both Leeds and Arsenal thumped them 5-0 and 4-0 respectively, while a trip to League One outfit Blackpool in FA Cup saw them lose out on penalties.
That means they’ve gone W1-D3-L8 from their 12 matches across all competitions since the start of November, as six of those defeats were without them getting on the scoreboard and only once netting more than once, coming against that lower league side.
Nuno Espirito Santo has voiced his concern about Wolves’ current form, having won just one of their eight matches since the start of December, losing five of them.
It’s hardly a surprise that that dip in form has come at the same time as the injury to Raul Jimenez, although their fixtures haven’t exactly been the easiest, facing the likes of the Reds, Villa, Chelsea, Spurs, Man Utd and the Toffees over that period.
The striker fractured his skull after a clash with David Luiz against Arsenal at the end of November, and it doesn’t seem like their £36 million new young singing Fabio Silva is quite up to the task.
That becomes a concern when they also have both attacking players Daniel Podence and Adama Traore out, while Willy Boly still remains a doubt.
The four games Podence hasn’t started this term, they’ve lost three of their four winless outings, failing to score in half of them, while they’re a much improved W6-D3-L5 from the 14 he’s been on the pitch from the off, only firing a blank in 21%.
Along with Jimenez and Podence, Wilfred Boly completes the list of the three most influential players for the hosts since the start of last term, and that doesn’t exactly surprise us.
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They’ve gone just W6-D7-L9 in the 22 matches the Ivorian centre back failed to start since the beginning of last season, conceding 1.59 goals per game, while they’re a much better W15-D11-L8 in the 34 he started, conceding nearly half the amount at 0.91 gpg.
Interestingly, four of their five defeats without him last season came against ‘Big Six’ opposition, while this term alone, only Villa, Burnley, Man Utd and Everton have managed to beat them in his absence.
You certainly wouldn’t put the Baggies anywhere near the ability of those sides, and so Wolves will still have a strong chance with the available players they have.
It is hard to ignore the fact that Nuno’s men have still won eight of their last 10 against prompted sides dating back to 2018/19 campaign, winning five of six unbeaten such outings at Molineux, conceding just twice.
Moreover, against the bottom-six sides since the beginning of 2018/19, they’ve won 10 of their 14 matches here by an aggregate scoreline of 18-4, winning to nil in nine.
All but one of those victories finished either 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, and with that multi-score, it gives us a little cover if the defence does falter without Boly.
By contrast, although the hosts will be without influential players, the Baggies look to be in a crisis.