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Match Pack: Wolves v AFC Bournemouth

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AFC Bournemouth will make the trip to the Midlands to face Wolves on Saturday.

It will be the Cherries’ first trip to Molineux since the promotion-winning campaign of 2014/15 when Harry Arter and Matt Ritchie were on the scoresheet for the Cherries.

Here’s some of the key information you need to know ahead of another Premier League game on the road.

Wolves vs AFC Bournemouth
Saturday 15th December, 3pm
Molineux
Premier League

The Cherries head into the fixture two places and one point ahead of the hosts who are 10th in the Premier League table.

Wolves went six games without a Premier League victory which raised a few eyebrows after their electric start, but back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Newcastle have propelled them back into everyone’s eyeline.

According to local reporter Tim Spiers, who we interviewed as part of Media View, Wolves do look more confident when they aren’t chasing a game and have the lead. But the Cherries’ last six Premier League goals have come during the first-half, so both sides will be looking for a bright beginning to the game at Molineux on Saturday.

Last time out 

Newcastle 1-2 Wolves

Despite not being at their flowing best, Wolves found a way to snatch three points from Newcastle United.

That says a lot about the mentality of the group – their 94th minute winner from Matt Doherty means that no team has scored more 90th minute winners than them.

They were helped thanks to DeAndre Yedlin’s red card in the 57th minute, but that late goal ensured back-to-back wins at St. James’ Park.

Wolves team: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Saiss (Jimenez 60), Neves, Vinagre, Costa (Moutinho 76), Traore (Gibbs-White 60), Jota.

2018/19 top scorer: Raul Jimenez (Four goals)

The manager

Nuno Espirito Santo is held in high regard at Wolves, revolutionising the club’s style of play and developing youngsters as the season goes on.  

Having arrived at Wolves in the summer of 2017, he guided the Midlands outfit to Championship champions, with two games to spare, at the first time of asking, and his side are now enjoying life in the top flight. Previous spells as Valencia and Porto manager seem to have lent plenty of experience to the Portuguese, who is winning over admirers in England for the job he is doing.

Injury news

Jonny hasn’t featured for Wolves since he was substituted for Spain in their 1-0 win over Bosnia in November, with a scan later revealing a partial tear of the ligament. The defender aside, Saturday’s hosts don’t look to have any fresh injury concerns.

As for the Cherries, midfield duo Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling will be out, while Callum Wilson also remains a doubt after missing last week’s game against Liverpool.

Top stats

Wolves have won six of their 16 top-flight games this season, that’s more than they managed in the whole of their last Premier League campaign where they won five in 2011/12.

AFC Bournemouth have won their last three matches against Wolves in all competitions 2-1.

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