Wolverhampton Wanderers fans far and wide will be itching for the return of club football.
International breaks can be a drag, but especially so when your team hasn’t started the season well results-wise, despite looking promising.
Wolves have lost every game in the Premier League 1-0 so far.
Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have all taken maximum points against Bruno Lage’s men.
But arguably, Wolves have been the better side in each game so far. And there was that 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
Lage has instilled a very exciting-to-watch brand of football.
Bad luck and some poor finishing are the reasons behind Wolves currently languishing in 18th place.
Lage will have been racking his brains in recent days trying to give his side the platform to push on, and here’s how things could pan out in the coming weeks.
Watford defeated Aston Villa in their first game but have since been beaten twice.
Fans would like to think Wolves replicating the same level of performance as in the first few weeks against the Hornets will result in a first victory.
It is an absolutely golden chance for the team to get off the mark, no doubt.
Prediction: 0-2 Wolves win.
Brentford have made a fine start, picking up four points from their first three games.
They have demonstrated that they will press and make life difficult for their opponents, but can also knock the ball around with confidence.
It could be a tricky game, although Wolves have won three of the last four meetings between the two sides and may take confidence from that recent record.
Prediction: 2-2 draw.
Tottenham Hotspur (Carabao Cup Fourth Round) (H)
It was a winning return to Molineux for Nuno Espirito Santo last month.
Revenge will be on the cards for Lage and Wolves, as Nuno makes another trip back to his old stomping ground.
Wolves were much the better side last time out, and maybe the magic of the cup will carry the hosts to victory this time.
Prediction: 1-0 Wolves win.
Wolves go to St. Mary’s on September 26.
Southampton are currently without a win in the league, drawing two and losing one.
They could well record a victory before Wolves visit, but it has been a sluggish start from them.
The fact they no longer have Danny Ings is a big boost – the English striker has four goals in eight career appearances against Wolves.
Prediction: 1-2 Wolves win
Newcastle United (H)
Newcastle United have started poorly this season and, like Southampton and Wolves, are yet to win.
They’re also out of the Carabao Cup, meaning confidence could be low.
Having said that, this fixture loves a 1-1 scoreline. That’s been the case in the last four meetings and it’d be no surprise to see it again.
Prediction: 1-1 draw.
Maybe it’s being overly confident that Wolves won’t lose any of their next five.
But the positive signs are there and the fixtures are good. It’s been too long since Wolves put together a good mini-run, and it just feels like now is a time it could happen.
The players and the manager have been working hard and should have more to show for it. Their just rewards will hopefully now start coming.