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Tottenham vs Wolves: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

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The State of Play

Ange Postecoglou has Tottenham Hotspur sitting in the top four of the Premier League but they have had some bizarre form throughout this season with unconvincing victories in terms of the margin of victory but then losing games when absolutely dominant. They needed a 96th minute winning goal via Brennan Johnson to complete a second-half turnaround at home to Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.

Wolverhampton Wanderers, coached by former AFC Bournemouth boss Gary O´Neil, has proven themselves to be more than capable of being extremely difficult to play against for some of the leading teams in the Premier League; as shown by doing the double over Chelsea as well as beating both Manchester City and their upcoming opponents, Tottenham Hotspur, at Molineux earlier this season.

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Team News

Tottenham welcomed Son Heung-min back from the AFC Asian Cup last weekend and he came off the bench to assist Brennan Johnson’s aforementioned winner. The South Korea international should return to the starting line-up this weekend.

Wolves were also able to welcome back their key Korean forward, Hwang Hee-chan, and he could also come back into the starting eleven this weekend after Gary O’Neil left him out for Wolves’ 2-0 defeat at home to Brentford, especially after Matheus Cunha suffered a serious hamstring injury.

Expected Line-ups

Tottenham: Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bentancur; Johnson, Maddison, Son; Richarlison

Wolves: Sa; Kilman, Dawson, Toti; Semedo, Joao Gomes, Lemina, Ait-Nouri; Sarabia, Hwang; Pedro Neto

What they Said

Ange Postecoglou lavished praise on the aforementioned Son Heung-min, describing the forward and club captain as ‘world class’ ahead of his return to the eleven this weekend.

Gary O’Neil had to be drawn on commenting on Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha, describing his absence as a ‘big blow’ and saying that his hamstring issue is ‘significant’ with the likelihood being he is unavailable for the rest of this season.

When and How to Watch

This match will be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at 15:00 on Saturday February 17th but will not be televised live on the UK. It will also, therefore not be able to be streamed live in the UK.

Prediction

As mentioned, Tottenham have endured some unconvincing performances but they have been able to be carried to victory on several occasions. They now face a Wolves side that are expected to deploy similar strategies to ones that have been successful against better sides in the league so whilst Spurs are the favourites for this one, especially with their home advantage, it would not be a surprise if it was a low-scoring home win.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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