There are few matches in the Premier League that seem to have as unpredictable a dynamic as Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur. It’s a clash between a newly promoted team with a seesaw-like season and another big hitter falling a little below their usual standards. That’s not to mention the years that have passed since their last encounter. With so much changing since then, this matchup truly does feel about as brand new as the Premier League gets.
So, will this mark the beginning of the Wolves triumphant climb from the Championship to the top of the Premier League or will we see Tottenham regain their form? Only time will tell.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction: Wolves 0-2 Tottenham
It’s worth pointing out that, while there’s a lot of talk of Tottenham not meeting expectations so far this season, that’s only because those expectations were set so high to begin with. They’re still fifth in the league and have earned wins over some serious competitors, with their 3-0 victory over Manchester United in particular sticking out.
While Wolves have been impressive for a newly promoted side, they simply haven’t reached that level. Taking expectations out of it, Tottenham are clearly the favourites here and it would be a sizeable upset to see them lose. Considering the fragility of Wolves’ defence and their difficulties in coming from behind in recent matches, along with Tottenham’s ferocious striking ability, we predict this one will go 2-0 to Spurs.
Our recommended tip: Kane scores twice or more
Our recommended tip is really a natural continuation of our scoreline prediction. Against a team which has struggled defensively in the last few games, Tottenham might really be able to shine in doing what they do best, and that’s creating opportunities for some truly memorable attacks. And who’s better in such a situation than striking ace Harry Kane? We’ve not always seen the best of him this season but when we have, he’s been utterly brilliant. This feels like the ideal conditions for him to really show what he’s made of. With that in mind, our recommended tip is for Harry Kane to score two or more goals, with 9/2 odds available from William Hill.
One of the things that actually makes this match so interesting is the lack of recent encounters between these sides, giving this a sense of uncertainty few contests in the Premier League have. Their last battle was a lifetime ago in the football world, back in 2012, and even that went to a 1-1 draw.
On the plus point, this might be a point of confidence for the underdogs. Tottenham don’t even have much of a historical advantage, with Wolves matching their 2011 2-0 loss with back-to-back 1-0 victories in 2010. Before that, Spurs have a couple of victories but considering we’re now talking around 15 years ago, it doesn’t seem very relevant. It’s pretty much a tie in this regard.
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Players to watch: Raúl Jiménez & Harry Kane
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Raúl Jiménez
The Mexican forward might not yet be well known to British football – this is not just his first season with Wolverhampton Wanderers, but also his first season in the English leagues. However, those familiar with his past at Benfica will know that he could prove to be something very special as part of the Wolves team. His potential has only been hinted at thus far but when it has, he’s truly shone and we are looking forward to seeing him grow throughout this season.
Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane
Well, considering our pick for the recommended tip, we couldn’t really go with anyone else, could we? In all seriousness, when is Harry Kane not the one to watch? His brilliance thrives in situations just like this, and although a top performance here is by all means not a certainty, all the ingredients are there for a potentially explosive set of creative Kane attacks and assists. Watch this space.