Wolves drive forward with win at Palace

Leave a comment
  • Wolves haven’t lost since Matchday 2
  • Mexico’s Jimenez sets up Doherty goal
  • Patricio makes stunning double save

Matt Doherty‘s second half goal sent Wolves’ unbeaten run to six matches with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

El Tri striker Raul Jimenez combined on a 1-2 with Doherty, as Wolves go seventh with 15 points. Palace is 14th with seven points.

[ STREAM: Watch every PL match live ]

Aaron Wan-Bissaka‘s dribbling wizardry in the right corner allowed him to produced a fine cross that neither Wilfried Zaha nor his teammates could turn into an effort on goal.

At the other end, a Wolves counter had Raul Jimenez in the driver’s seat for a fine chance, but it was wasted as well.

Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey made an amazing save on Jimenez moments later.

Wolves went ahead through Doherty’s near post smash as the clock struck 56, working a 1-2 with Jimenez.

Max Meyer and Jeffrey Schlupp were stunned at the goal line by a terrific double stop by Rui Patricio.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

Stoppage time drama as Wolves win at West Ham

Leave a comment
  • Neves with another star turn
  • Wolves 2-1-1
  • Pellegrini still winless at WHUFC boss

Adama Traore’s stoppage time winner condemned West Ham United to a fourth-straight loss and sent Wolves into the top half after a 1-0 win at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was fantastic for Wolves in the win.

[ STREAM: Watch every PL match live ]

Patricio stopped Felipe Anderson‘s early effort in a first half with very little to offer neutrals (or anyone, really).

A drowsy match sprung to life in the second half, with Rui Patricio stymying Michail Antonio and Lukasz Fabianski denying Wolves’ Leo Bonatini.

Matt Doherty‘s pinpoint cross to find Raul Jimenez was butchered by the Mexican striker as Wolves came close to an opener.

Marko Arnautovic‘s terrific combination with Javier Hernandez was foiled by an equally impressive save by the left shoulder of Rui Patricio.

That blast his Patricio in the face, and after several minutes treatment he was allowed to continue into the final seven minutes of the match.

But Wolves got the win off a Carlos Sanchez error, as Ruben Neves stripped the West Ham man at midfield and cued up a Traore winner.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

Wolves, 10-man Everton in electric 2-2

Leave a comment

Richarlison scored two goals for 10-man Everton, but Ruben Neves scored and posted an assist on the equalizer as the Toffees and Wolves drew 2-2 at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday.

Mexican international Raul Jimenez scored said equalizer, which came against an Everton side which played down a man for 50 minutes following a controversial red card to Phil Jagielka.

[ STREAM: Watch every PL match live ]

A boisterous Molineux settled into watching Everton having the better of early play, and Seamus Coleman forced an early save out of Rui Patricio.

Richarlison opened his account just a few minutes after collecting a yellow card. The Brazilian found Michael Keane‘s knockdown of a Leighton Baines free kick to make it 1-0 to the Toffees.

The Brazilian then led a 2v1 break, but opted for the outside of his right foot instead of the left for a cross, flubbing the chance to find Theo Walcott. Wolves broke right back, with Jordan Pickford saving a Helder Costa attempt.

The game changed wildly when Jagielka’s lunging recovery attempt of a casual touch clattered into the ankle of Diego Jota.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

And Neves curled the ensuing free kick upper 90 in sensational fashion, sending the clubs to the locker rooms level at one.

The game remained even, the pouring rain certainly depriving the match of a certain amount of flow.

Two saves marked the second half as it reached the 60th minute, with Cenk Tosun denied by Patricio and Wolves’ Jimenez blocked by Pickford.

Richarlison nearly had an assist when he knocked down a cross into the path of Walcott, but the ex-Arsenal man couldn’t get purchase on his shot.

And then he put the Toffees ahead, rewarding his manager for both buying him and leaving him in the game on yellow. It was a cute curling effort inside the far post and beyond the reach of a diving Patricio.

But hold on! Neves sent a beautiful cross over the head of a leaping Keane, and Jimenez buried his header to make it 2-2 with 10 minutes to play.

Season preview: Wolves a high-powered promoted team

Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Wolverhampton Wanderers at a glance

Premier League titles: 0 (English First Division titles – 3 — 1953/54, 1957/58, 1958/59)
FA Cups: 4 (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960)
League Cups: 2 (1974, 1980)

[ MORE: 2018-19 PL season preview hub ]  


They will challenge for top half because… The roster, man. Joao Moutinho? Rui Patricio? On a promoted team? Come on. There are questions of adaptability to the league, but it won’t be a surprise should Wolves scrap enough points to be in the discussion for a top half finish come January.

[ STREAM: Watch every PL match live ]

They’ll fail to launch and find relegation a probability if… they can’t quickly find their footing in a tricky first half-dozen match days. Apart from the challenges of Manchester City and Manchester United, Wolves will meet Leicester City, Everton, Burnley, and West Ham. Not a dud amongst the bunch.


Transfers in: Diogo Jota ($16 million, Atletico Madrid), Willy Boly ($14 million, Porto), Joao Moutinho ($7 million, Monaco), Leo Bonatini ($5.5 million, Hilal), Raul Jimenez ($4 million loan, Benfica), Rui Patricio (free transfer, Sporting Lisbon), Jonny Castro (loan, Atletico Madrid).

Transfers out: Benik Afobe (loan, Stoke City), Barry Douglas ($5 million Leeds), Ben Marshall ($2.5 million, Norwich City).


Best possible XI

—– Patricio —–

—- Jonny —-  Saiss —-  Boly — Vinagre —- 

—- Neves —- Moutinho —-

—- Cavaliero —- Costa —-Jota —-

 —- Jimenez —-


Ranking their offseason: 9/10 – Joao Moutinho for $7 million? That alone is insane, even with Wolves’ connection to Portugal. Throw in Raul Jimenez (El Tri!), Diogo Jota, and Rui Patricio, and it’s difficult to see Wolves not beating the drop.


Star player: Joao Moutinho — There are other candidates for this position, but the AS Monaco man was strong in both Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League last season. The 31-year-old has been linked with everyone from Manchester United to Real Madrid during his celebrated career; Who would have thought he’d wind up at the Molineux.

Coaches’ Corner: Nuno Espirito Santo — The 44-year-old is a rising name in the management, winning more than half his matches at Valencia and Porto before spearheading Wolves’ run to the Premier League. He’ll have a chance to really raise his profile as a story of the season.


PST Predicts: A hot enough start allows Wolves to focus on cups, where they make a decent run in either the League or FA Cup while finishing somewhere between 14th and 11th.

Almost unprecedented: Sporting Lisbon facing exodus, free agent frenzy

Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images
Leave a comment

There is an almost unbelievable state of play at one of the world’s most successful clubs right now.

That club is Sporting CP, the group that has been home to Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, and William Carvalho.

That last name is part of our story today.

[ MORE: Stoke signs Nigerian mid ]

When last we checked in with the Lisbon club, its players had been attacked mid-training session by a mob of supposed fans following the club’s failure to land its near-annual berth in the UEFA Champions League. This came a month after the club’s entire first team was suspended after a row with its president.

Sporting had spent four seasons in the UCL, rebounding from its lone season outside Portugal’s Top Four since 1976.

Now many on its laundry list of high-priced talents could be leaving the club for free, potentially setting one of the most storied clubs in Portugal back to its very roots.

Bas Dost, William Carvalho, Gelson Martins, and Bruno Fernandes reportedly requested to break their contracts on Monday, joining goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Daniel Podence.

Dost scored 27 league goals this season, and joined Fernandes and Martins as Top 15 performers according to WhoScored. Carvalho, the big 26-year-old midfielder, was 21st.

Sporting has done a remarkable job identifying talent from without and growing talent from within, only once spending more than $14 million on a player (Dost) while selling 11 individuals for that much or more (Adrien Silva, Ruben Semedo, Joao Mario, Islam Slimani, Marcos Rojo, Bruma, Joao Moutinho, Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Hugo Viana, Aldo Duscher).

Only a cursory search through our pages finds several of Sporting’s want-aways in the gossip section for almost thrice that figure. Carvalho (and/or Sporting) has resisted interest of as much as $50 million, often connected with Jose Mourinho. Dost has been linked with Newcastle, and Patricio said to be making a move to PL new boys Wolves.

To lose these players for free, largely because of an attack from “supporters” is bonkers. And in your gut, you have to think the players stand a very good chance of being allowed to leave for safety reasons, making for an unexpected sort of free agent frenzy.

How long would it take for a club to rebound from that, and how far could Sporting sink on the table? Fortunately, it would have some time to rebuild for its Europa League run, but wow.