Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Burnley 16 September 18

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Match Day 5
Wolverhampton Wanders vs Burnley
Sunday, September 15th, 2018
21:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molyneux Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers:   
Last five matches form: L D L D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.78
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.85
Top Scorer 17/18: Diogo Jota (17)

Last five matches form: L D L L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.95
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.03
Top Scorer 17/18: Chris Wood (10)

Wolves have impressed many with the start to the season they have made, with their attacking play being a breath of fresh air at times. Backing up a draw with Manchester City with a win away at West Ham they head into this game on a high.

The same certainly can't be said for visitors Burnley who look unlikely to match last seasons heroics even at this early stage. Beginning the campaign with a bore draw away at Southampton, they have slumped to defeat in all three games since, losing to Watford, Fulham and Manchester United. Particularly concerning for Sean Dyche will be the fact they have conceded nine goals in their past three games. That's a stat which is always likely to cause problems for a side who are far from prolific in front of goal.

Ivan Cavaleiro remains out for the home side. Burnley will be without Nick Pope, Steven Delfour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Whereas Burnley rode their luck a little at times last season in the number of narrow victories they secured, so far this season that luck seems to have deserted them with early goals conceded forcing them to alter from Plan A.

Wolves seem likely to dominate the ball in this one and have more than enough about them from an attacking standpoint to cause Burnley some serious problems. It's a home win for us here.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 - 0 Burnley


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  22 - 6
Shots on target: 10 - 1
Corner Kicks: 8 - 2
Possession: 56% - 44%

Phil Bardsley, Jack Cork, Johann Gudmundsson and Charlie Taylor were booked for Burnley, with referee Andre Marriner also showing the yellow card to Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves of Wolves.

A thoroughly one-sided contest this one, with Wolves dominant in the possession stats, and racking up a whopping 22 efforts on goal. Burnley for their part managed just a solitary effort on target.

This was the pattern of play in many of Burnley's games on the road last season, but whereas last season they tended to be picking up a point or maybe even nicking a win, things don't seem to be falling quite so kindly for Sean Dyche's men so far this term.

Wolves were on the front foot throughout here as the game quickly turned into an exercise in attack vs defence. An impressive effort from the hosts against last season's seventh placed side.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men couldn't find the breakthrough though, with the closest they came being when James Tarkowski cleared off the line. 0-0 at the break.

The winner came in the 61st minute. Matt Doherty doing well on the right-hand side to play in a low ball to Raul Jimenez. Jimenez didn't get all that much power on his strike, but it was well placed and found the bottom left corner, going in off the post.

Wolves are up to ninth and now have eight points from their opening five games - a more than respectable total for a newly promoted side. Burnley meanwhile are rock bottom with their opening day point on the road at Southampton remaining their only point of the season to date.

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