Champions League dreams at the Molineux
Wolverhampton host Bournemouth at the Molineux Stadium just four days after their previous games leaving fans exalted over nonstop football but leaving players fatigued and much more injury-prone due to the intense schedule. Heavy rotation is expected in all teams due to the hectic schedule meaning betting has become slightly more nuanced, read on for my take on it.
Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
The Wolves sprang back to action with a solid 0-2 win over West Ham after a fantastic Adama Traoré cameo as well as goals from Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto sealing the deal. Wolverhampton had full control from start to finish further proving why they deserve their current 6th place.
Stellar run of form
Nuno Espírito Santo's men are currently on an impressive 6 game unbeaten streak consisting of 3 wins and 3 draws with one of the wins coming courtesy of a 2-3 victory against Spurs and 2 of the draws coming against Manchester United as well as Leicester. Their last defeat was furthermore a very unlucky one against none other than Liverpool further showcasing how good of a team Wolverhampton actually are.
The Wanderers are hard to break down having only conceded 34 goals but are also lethal going forward having scored 43 goals in league play this season. They have furthermore only failed to score on 5 occasions with only only 1 of those games ending in defeat.
Depth in the squad
Another show of force is the depth in their squad. The mercurially quick and beyond impressive Adama Traoré, January signing Daniel Podence as well as youngster Pedro Neto were all on the bench against West Ham meaning that they are more than likely to have a foot in against Bournemouth.
Wolverhampton now face a relegation threatened team without a win in 5 outings. The Champions League dream definitely lives on.
It is no doubt a tough time to be a Bournemouth fan with the team facing down the barrel of relegation and a very gruelling schedule ahead including games against Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester, Manchester City and Everton. There are only 8 games left. Quite the pickle in other words.
A great escape?
It must be said that stranger things have happened meaning that Eddie Howe's men still have every chance of surviving, but the hour glass is becoming dangerously bottom-heavy.
The Cherries last victory came against Aston Villa back in the beginning of February meaning that they have not won in their previous 5 outings. 4 of them ended in defeat. Their stats of 7 wins, 6 draws and 17(!) defeats is catastrophic for a team that managed a 14th place along with 13 victories last season.
Their goal difference of 29-49, 5th least amount of goals scored and 5th most amount of goals conceded, further illustrates the dire situation they currently find themselves in.
Eddie Howe and co. have to start working miracles or playing in the Championship will be much, much more than an abstract idea.
This is, in my eyes, as straightforward as can be. Wolves are chasing a Champions League finish and seeing off giants of the game whilst Bournemouth are struggling at the very bottom. I will be backing a Wolverhampton win at the surprisingly high odds of 1.61 with Betway.
A perfect game to have in your parlay bet.
For those looking for more value i can highly recommend a Wolverhampton win and over 1.5 goals at 2.00 times the money.