Wolves have made a promising start to the 2020/21 season.

Without pulling up too many trees, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have climbed their way up to sixth in the Premier League table, and currently lie just three points behind league leaders Liverpool.

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It had been a sluggish start really, but the team finally came alive against Crystal Palace last Friday with a 2-0 win over the Eagles.

Hopefully from here, the creation of chances and scoring of goals will pick up – there is certainly the personnel for that to happen.

Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Raul Jimenez are all top players, and then there’s the likes of Nelson Semedo who can support in the final third, and Adama Traore when the situation demands him.

These players will undoubtedly be key for Wolves if European football is to return to Molineux in 2021/22.

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But arguably, there is another aspect that needs to remain solid and consistent if the Europa League, or even the Champions League is to become a reality.

With just eight goals conceded, Wolves have the joint-second best defensive record in the division so far, and it’s this that will always form the foundation for points to be picked up.

Wolves’ defence will be key

So far Wolves have kept four clean sheets in the Premier League, meaning Rui Patricio currently leads the race for the Golden Glove.

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The likes of Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Max Kilman really have been outstanding up to now.

To have shipped only eight goals after seven games is pretty good going in this crazy, goal-filled season, and it’s even more impressive when you consider four came in one freak game against West Ham.

Simply put, Wolves will give themselves and huge chance of a top-four finish next year if that defensive solidity remains – with the destructive forces in attack hopefully proving to be match-winners.

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