Wolves, while much lauded this season, are without a win in their last four games. A 3-2 defeat to Spurs and a draw against Arsenal were respectable results the last two times out. The previous defeats to Brighton and Watford less so.
These results have seen Nuno Espirito Santo’s side tumble out of the top half of the table. Despite a paucity of points in their last few games, they still create their fair share of chances and will do well not to hit the panic button.
Things are decidedly worse for Huddersfield. The fact that it took them until game 11 of this season to pick up their first league win serves to highlight their struggles.
That win, a relegation six pointer against Fulham, was followed by a draw against a West Ham side starting to play decent stuff. Green shoots? That could be stretching things.
The Terriers’ away form is the stuff of nightmares. They’ve played five, lost three, drawn two, won none, and kept zero clean sheets.
There’s one rather damning statistic that David Wagner has doubtlessly come across this week. Huddersfield have the worst goal scoring record in the league and their opponents this weekend have the best defensive record of any side outside the top four.
Wolves, despite not scoring half as much as they should in games, have still racked up twice as many goals as Wagner’s side.
Santo’s side control the ball and the space when they can. They will feel that Huddersfield offer a clear opportunity to do just that.
In terms of how the game will play out, aside from expecting the home side to maintain possession, we can expect a tight first half. In fact, Wolves score 80 per cent of their league goals in the second half. While Huddersfield score 80 per cent of their six league goals in the first half, they typically don’t score at all.
It’s hard to see past the Molineux side based on these figures.
Wolves will have to do without Jonny Otto who faces six weeks out with ligament damage. They have however confirmed that Matt Doherty has recovered from facial injury sustained on international duty.
Huddersfield are missing Mathias Zanka through suspension. Chris Lowe will be absent due to a shoulder injury.
— Wolves (@Wolves) November 23, 2018
With very little other than spirit propelling Huddersfield at the moment, Wolves are the only choice here. I’m looking at the Half-Time/Full-Time market for a bit of extra value.
Half-Time/Full-Time – Draw/Wolves 13/5