In their first Saturday 15:00 kick-off since October, Wolves made it three wins in three after seeing off Bournemouth 2-0. Goals from Raúl Jiménez and Ivan Cavaleiro ensured another three points in the bag and pushed Wolves up to seventh place in the Premier League table, just one point behind Manchester United and nine points behind fifth-place Arsenal. Nuno’s side are unbeaten so far in December, now what was that about Wolves playing rubbish in the winter? We’re going to analyse the stats and see where it all went right for Wolves against the Cherries.
Living the dream
If you had told any Wolves fan at the start of the season that we’d have equalled our entire points total from the 2011/12 Premier League season, that we’d be in 7th place going into the festive period and taken points from four out of the five top six teams that we’d played, they’d probably have laughed in your face. Nuno seems to have fixed the glitch and even though the match against Bournemouth wasn’t the most exciting, it was actually one of Wolves’ best performances.
When we look at the statistics, Wolves only had 37% of the possession throughout the entire 90 minutes yet managed to comfortably keep Bournemouth at bay. Out of ten shots, four on target, they scored two and in their last three matches, have scored two goals in each match. Whatever our problem was with scoring goals before, it certainly isn’t a problem anymore. Now, Wolves are pouncing on opposition mistakes and actually taking their chances.
Defensively, they made 25 clearances, 16 interceptions and were successful with 13 out of 21 accurate tackles. Rui Patricio also bagged himself a clean sheet, which must have felt good. He made three saves to keep Wolves in the game and performed well, especially considering the horrendous weather conditions.
Finally, it feels so good to say Diogo Jota is back and he’s on fire! Scoring two goals in his birthday week, one being the impressive winner against Chelsea, Jota is proving himself again as a worthy member of the pack. He has been directly involved in three goals in his past three league appearances (two goals, one assist). He also set up Matt Doherty‘s injury-time winner at Newcastle, as his shot was palmed into the path of Doherty for him to head straight into the net. This ended his run of 15 league games without a goal for Wolves.
Sadly, he didn’t have much chance to carry on wow-ing the Molineux crowd as he limped off injured just before half-time. Hopefully, it’s not too serious and he will back in the running for Liverpool on Friday night.
Wolves have bitten and clawed their way back, collecting all nine points from their last three matches, to end a bad run of form. Jota is looking much more like himself again and will hopefully be back scoring goals on Friday night when Liverpool visit the Black Country.
Liverpool will be a tough match and Wolves will need to fight hard to take points from them, however, Liverpool shouldn’t underestimate the boys in gold and black. Whatever happens, it should be an entertaining clash.