Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Match Preview

Tottenham go in search of a second win in the space of 72 hours as they welcome Wolves at White Hart Lane as their title challenge starts to pick up speed.

Harry Redknapp’s side won at Everton on Wednesday night to move just three points behind leaders Manchester City and level on points with second place United. Spurs made 19 consecutive games in which they have scored in the Premier League this season – a record that shows no signs of abating. The return of captain Michael Dawson to the back four was a major boost for Redknapp who has lost a number of key defenders in recent weeks whilst the performance youngster Jake Livermore meant the absence of Scott Parker and Sandro wasn’t much of an issue for the North Londoners. It’s been a stunning season for the White Hart Lane faithful who have seen their side perform way above expectations as they continue to challenge for honours at the business end of the top flight. Another win could see them leapfrog United into second should they slip up at Bolton and give further credence to Tottenham being considered serious contenders for the title.

Wolves continue to flirt with the drop zone after a Christmas period that yielded just one win from seven. Mick McCarthy’s side beat managerless Sunderland at the start of December but took only a point from winnable games against Norwich and Bolton. Wanderers’ form since the end of August has been atrocious with just two wins in their last 18 seeing them having to put up another fight for survival. Even the return of chief net finder Steven Fletcher has failed to ignite a streak of improved form despite the Scotland striker providing a regular source of goals. Coming up against title chasing Tottenham at White Hart Lane will pose a huge test for McCarthy’s men as they struggle to pull themselves away from danger. Winning on the road has proved difficult this season as has keeping clean sheets having conceded 19 goals in 10 games away from Molineux. They’ll need to tighten up at the back on their trip to North London especially with Spurs scoring at leisure.

Tottenham Hotspur 3rd : 45 points

Last six: W W D W D W

Team news: Spurs will be without six first team players with Scott Parker remaining a doubt with a knee injury.

Key Player: Luka Modric

He’s the man that makes Tottenham tick and his effortless play making is crucial to the way they attack Modric was at his best once again in the victory over Everton and will surely carry his form over into the game against Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 16th : 17 points

Last six: L D D D L L

Team news: Captain Roger Johnson and Jamie O’Hara could both return to boost Wolves’ survival bid but Ronald Zubar remains out.

Key Player: Steven Fletcher

Goals have been easy to come by for the Scotland striker since his return from injury as Wolves continue to battle against the drop. Fletcher and strike partner Kevin Doyle are always a handful and could pose real problems for Tottenham’s injury hit back four.

PREDICTION

Spurs are like a run away steam train at the moment and they don’t look like stopping anytime soon in their pursuit of the Premier League title. Wolves are battling to stay in the division but will surely leave White Hart Lane empty handed.

Score: 3-0