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Wolverhampton Wanderers are in electric form in the Premier League right now. It’s 11 games unbeaten, which includes the impressive scalp of reigning champions Manchester City.
This weekend’s game will be no easy task as Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a lifeline under Jose Mourinho and their resurgence has seen them already rise to seventh place, one spot behind the west Midlanders.
Given their form this season – only one team has lost fewer games than Wolves – they should still be full of confidence going into Sunday.
Nuno Santo has the ability to make their life easier too, just so long as he stops pondering over his defence.
Over the last two league games, the Portuguese boss has elected for a back three of Romain Saiss, Conor Coady and Leander Dendoncker with them coming away with a total of four points.
On the face of it, there appears to be no issue, but all three are technically midfielders by trade. You can maybe count the captain out of that now, however.
In the top nine of the Premier League, only two teams have conceded more goals than Wolves, so there is certainly still room for improvement.
Prior to the Brighton game, Nuno spoke about the recent absence of Ryan Bennett, he said: “[he] was on the bench, he is getting better, recovering his top form. He will work today, and then we can decide.”
Wolves have kept just one clean sheet since that win over City, in which the 29-year-old played a big part in having come off the bench early on.
Bennett was an integral member of last season’s historic seventh-place finishing squad, who also held the acclaim of being the joint-fourth best defence in the division.
No defender in the squad commits fewer fouls than he does either. He’d be a more than welcome return to the starting line up this weekend.