Match Day 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Burnley
Monday, August 26th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Last five matches form: W W L D D
Average goals per match (18/19):
Average goals against per match (18/19):
Top Scorer (18/19): Raúl Jiménez (13)
Last five matches form: L L L W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.18
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.79
Top Scorer (18/19): Ashley Barnes (12)
Two draws from two games for Wolves so far represents a solid enough start considering those games were away trips to Leicester and a home clash with Manchester United. Draws aren't going to get the job done though when it comes to building on last season, and they will be looking for nothing less than three points in this one as Burnley come to turn.
It was honours even between these two last season. Wolves coming out on top 1-0 here at Molineux but going down 2-0 at Turf Moor.
Wolves look to have the luxury of a fully fit squad from which to select. Steven Defour and Robbie Brady miss out for Burnley.
It's been a decent start to the season for Sean Dyche's men. 3-0 winners over Southampton on the opening day, they then put in a decent performance to only go down 2-1 at Arsenal last weekend.
Wolves are pretty strong favourites to win this in most people's eyes. Whilst we would tend to agree with that, we have been pretty impressed with what we have seen from Burnley so far this season. It's still early days but they have fared better on the stats than was the case in the majority of their games last season and look an improved outfit.
Overall though Wolves do still look a notch above Burnley and can do enough to take the points.
Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 1 Burnley
Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 17 - 13
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 65% - 35%
Two bookings at Molineux, both for the away side, with referee Craig Pawson taking the names of James Tarkowski and Aaron Lennon.
Burnley have looked an improved side this season, and we had further vindication of that opinion in his game. Matching Wolves in almost every aspect of the game - whilst they were behind in possession, they made more of the ball that they did have - they were in the end a little unlucky not to come away with all three points. On the evidence we have seen to date, Sean Dyche's men should be able to avoid the kind of relegation scrap they found themselves in last season.
Ashley Barnes had already given Wolves a warning when fizzing an effort wide in the tenth minute, and it was he who handed Burnley the lead just three minutes later. A long punt forward not being cleared effectively and Dwight McNeil heading the ball into the path of Barnes, who took one touch forward on his chest before unleashing a 25-yard volley from slightly to the right that flashed into the bottom left corner. Great strike.
It was very nearly two soon after. Ben Mee planting a header off the crossbar, with the ball also striking the post in the ensuing melee.
Chris Wood really should have then doubled his sides advantage, only to hit Rui Patricio, having done really well to create the chance for himself. 0-1 at the break.
Wolves were better in the second half, but it was still Burnley who looked the more dangerous side in truth. When Raúl Jiménez struck the post deep into stoppage time, it looked as though all three points were headed back to Turf Moor. Still time for late….late drama though.
Erik Pieters adjudged to have come through the back of Jiménez as the ball was played into the area and the referee pointing to the spot. 97 minutes on the clock by the time Jiménez kept his composure to wait until the keeper moved and finish to the right of centre. 1-1 final score.