Wolves will look to keep up their European challenge when they take on struggling Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Molineux, Wolverhampton, England
Key Stat: Bournemouth are without a win in their last five games, taking just one point in that time.
Expert Verdict: Wolves go into these fixtures in sixth place in the Premier League table, keeping pace with Manchester United in fifth above them. Against struggling Bournemouth - without a win in their last five matches - this is a big chance for Nuno Espirito Santo's side to hammer out another statement of intent.
After their impact coming off the bench last time out, Adama Traore and Pedro Neto could start this time out and Wolves may adopt a slightly more attacking system.
Raul Jimenez – Scored his 14th league goal of the season last time out – a Premier League best for Wolves – to show his attacking worth.
Adama Traore – Four goals to his name and he made a real difference from the bench last time out, injecting pace into the game and setting up the first goal.
Pedro Neto – His goal last time out, after coming on as a substitute, was his second in as many games for Wolves. He is pushing hard for a start.
Wolves made it four games without defeat as they restarted their season with a 2-0 win away to West Ham. Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto scored second-half goals in a relatively comfortable win.
Defenders:Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss
Midfielders:Matt Doherty, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Jonny Castro
Forwards:Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto
Josh King could miss out with a minor ligament strain – with so many fixtures coming up, it would seem silly to risk a key player – but Philip Billing may return. Ryan Fraser will not play for the Cherries again this season, having turned down a short-term contract extension.
Aaron Ramsdale – Attracted good reviews for his performances in goal and he will need to be at his best again in this one.
Callum Wilson – Not as prolific as in previous campaigns but with Ryan Fraser unavailable and Josh King injured, the onus is on him to deliver.
Harry Wilson – The Welsh winger has caught the eye this season and will be particularly key given the aforementioned absences.
A 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace on their return was Bournemouth’s fifth game in a row without winning. They have taken just one point from that run – at home to Chelsea.
Defenders:Jack Stacey, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Adam Smith
Midfielders:David Brooks, Jefferson Lerma, Lewis Cook
Forwards:Harry Wilson, Callum Wilson, Dominic Solanke
Wolves are unbeaten against Bournemouth in their three previous Premier League encounters. They won 2-0 at Molineux and drew at the Vitality Stadium last season, while in November this season they won 2-1 – Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez scoring first-half goals before Steve Cook pulled one back after the break for the ten-man Cherries. Simon Francis had been sent off for two yellow cards in the first half.
Wolves can keep themselves firmly in the hunt for European qualification with a win in this game, and it would be a surprise if they did not win.
Raul Jimenez scored again on his return to action last time out and with a full-strength squad still available to them, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side can move to within two points of fourth place.
Bournemouth have not won in five matches, no longer have Ryan Fraser available and could lose Josh King for this match too.
It does not bode well for a team desperate for points as they languish in 18th place in the Premier League table.West Ham’s defeat on Tuesday night gives them a chance to pull out of the bottom three with a win, but they do no look capable of that at the moment.
Instead, they come against a Wolves team who are unbeaten in four games and who continue to impress in the top flight.
Jimenez has been scoring goals, Ruben Neves is running the midfield and they have lost less games than everybody except Liverpool.
If Wolves play as expected, this should be a very one-sided affair.
Wolves are favourites to beat Bournemouth and can be backed at 4/7 to win Ladbrokes and Betfair.
With the Cherries missing key players up front, betting against both teams to score will return 4/6 with Bet365, Betfair and 10Bet.
Under 2.5 goals – there were two in each of their matches on their returns – is a best price of 3/4 with Betfair, meanwhile.
After restarting the campaign with a goal last time out, meanwhile, Raul Jimenez can be backed at 23/20 to score at any time with Ladbrokes.
Wolves are in good form and looked good on their return, Bournemouth are not and did not. It is as simple as that.