Giving his prediction for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, Paul Merson thinks that Wolves could struggle to a 1-1 draw against Burnley. The former attacking midfielder was offering his opinions to Sky Sports.
Merson is no stranger to a slightly odd opinion but his view of how Burnley vs Wolves will play out is pretty realistic. He spoke about how the visitors could find life difficult despite the way their season has gone so far.
He noted how in particular their style of football might lead to them struggling to break their opponents down. Here’s what he said, courtesy of Sky Sports.
“Wolves have been one of the stories of the season, but they will find it tough to play at Turf Moor. They will be pinned back, unable to play their passing game and will find it tough.”
Burnley may be in relegation trouble but Turf Moor is still a difficult place to go, with their form at home last season giving plenty of evidence in that regard.
The Midlands side have had an exceptional season and are the polar opposite of Burnley. Last term it was the Clarets who were in Wolves’ position but how quickly things can change.
Wolves have been terrific against some of the Premier League’s top sides but have sometimes had a tendency to struggle against dogged teams such as Burnley on the road – hence why they may find life difficult again this weekend.
They haven’t won any of their last three matches away from Molineux, drawing with Chelsea but labouring to a stalemate with Bournemouth and losing to Huddersfield.
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The way Burnley set themselves up means that Nuno Santo’s side could struggle to play through the lines and as such, be limited in terms of their creativity.
It’s not unrealistic to suggest that the game could be a draw and with the hosts fighting for survival, they’ll have plenty of motivation.