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Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brentford

All the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Molineux

17 September 2021

Seven years ago we were battling with Wolves in the third tier, tomorrow we head to Molineux with Premier League points on the line. Last weekend was a weekend of firsts for the two sides, Wanderers picking up their first league win of the campaign while we suffered our maiden Premier League defeat. Get all the build-up to tomorrow's early kick-off below.

THE OPPOSITION

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While three defeats from four might suggest some early struggles for Wolverhampton Wanderers under new boss Bruno Lage that, in reality, couldn't be further from the truth.

The Black Country outift had the better of all three of their opening defeats, which came at the hands of Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United, before finally getting up and running with a dominant win at Watford last time out.

Wolves have registered the third most shots per game so far this campaign (17.8), behind only Liverpool and Manchester City, and conceded the second fewest (8.3) behind Manchester City.

In the Carabao Cup they put four past Nottingham Forest to set up a home tie against former boss Nuno and Tottenham next Wednesday. 

Lage's first summer at Molineux saw Wolves add Trincao (Barcelona) and Hwang Hee-Chang (RB Leipzig) on loan as well as Rayan Ait Nouri (Angers), Jose Sa (Olympiakos), and Bendeguz Bolla (MOL Vidi) on a permanent basis. They've also welcomed back star striker Raul Jimenez (above) after nearly a year out with a head injury. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press The Athletic's Tim Spiers, warns: "You can’t fail to keep an eye on Traore (above). The things he has being doing already this season are actually ridiculous. He is bang in form - and the cynics would suggest that was because Spurs were lurking during the transfer window – and has been phenomenal. He has got a slightly new role in that he is on the left and cutting inside as Bruno plays with inverted wingers, although he can switch, but he has already torn a few full-backs and defensive midfielders to shreds.

They have stuck with Nuno’s tried and trusted 3-4-3 for now, with Conor Coady still at the heart of defence. They have had the same team for a couple of games now, so I would anticipate something like this: Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Trincao, Jimenez, Traore.

TEAM NEWS

Mads Bech (knee) and Josh Dasilva (hip) are out but otherwise it's as you were from last week with everyone else fit and available.

Hwang Hee-chan is pushing to start following a debut goal off the bench in last week's 2-0 win at Watford. Jonny and Pedro Neto (both knee) remain long-term absentees for Wolves with Neto not expected back until early next year.

THE MANAGER

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Bruno Lage is the new man in the hotseat at Molineux, replacing countryman Nuno Espirito Santo in June.

The 45-year-old had a short-lived playing career in his native Portugal before going into youth coaching with his hometown club Vitória de Setúbal in 1997. Between 2004 and 2012 he coached every level of Youth Team at Benfica before joining Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and then Swansea City as Assistant Manager. Lage returned to Benfica as manager of their reserve team in July 2018, taking over the main job the following January. During his short tenure as coach, he won the 2018/19 league title and the 2019 Super Cup, picking up the Primeira Liga and Portuguese FA Coach of the Year prizes at the end of that campaign. After a strong start to 2019/20, which included 16 straight league wins between September and January, a run of just two wins in 13 saw Lage resign in June 2020 as Benfica failed to retain their league title. 

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Bruno Lage told wolves.co.uk: "What I can see from them is that they have the work with a good base.

“They’ve had two or three years in the good work and we can see they dominate a lot of things, they know how to start from the back, they know how to link the games, how to find the space between the lines, how to create problems to the other team, and when they lose the ball they are very strong and compact and they like to press. But that’s the way they play all the games and that’s the way we’re preparing all week, creating the scenario of the week to be ready for that.

“Getting promoted to the Premier League was not a surprise, and we know we need to be at our best tomorrow, because they are a strong, competitive team and they have shown that with what they did before in the Championship and how they have started the competition"

MEMORABLE MEETING

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Harry Lennard and Peter Kirkup

Fourth Official: David Coote

Video Assistant Referee: Stuart Attwell

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Stuart Burt

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2021/22

39 fouls - 9th in Premier League  

9 yellow card - 3rd most in Premier League

0 red cards - Joint-Fewest in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

Car parking for tomorrow's game can be booked online for just £8.

Coaches for tomorrow's game will depart from the Ealing Road at 7.30am. 

Important Covid-19 suppporter information for those heading to Molineux can be found here

HOW TO FOLLOW

If you haven't got a ticket to join us at Molineux, you can still buy a BT Sport Monthly pass to watch all tomorrow's action live, kick-off 12.30pm. 

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iFollow match passes are also available as Ben Burgess joins Mark Burridge for live commentary from the Black Country.

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Match Reports

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Brentford 2

Toney and Mbeumo on the score sheet as Bees get win

18 September 2021

Brentford clinched their first away win as a Premier League side with a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Toney converted a penalty just before the half hour and then set up Bryan Mbeumo to score a second soon after. Brentford’s 2-0 half time lead looked like it could be threatened when Shandon Baptiste was sent off, but a superb defensive performance kept the hosts out and Brentford took the points.

It was a win that they fully deserved. Brentford had the ball in the net four times in the first half and hit the woodwork in the second even when down to ten men. They limited Wolves to one really good chance and David Raya, in the Brentford goal, did not have a save to make as The Bees got the win.

The hosts went on the front foot in the early stages. They looked to get Marçal high up on the left side of the pitch, linking with Adama Traoré and Raúl Jiménez and attacking behind Sergi Canós in the Brentford right wing back area. One long diagonal ball from right to left gave Marçal the room to cut in off the left and curl a shot well wide of Raya’s far post.

Marçal also volleyed wide from a half cleared corner in the opening exchanges and Brentford were pushed back for parts of the first quarter of the contest with Wolves having a lot of the ball. The Bees did, however, have the ball in the net inside the opening ten minutes. Kristoffer Ajer drove out of defence and Canós was found in space in the Wolves half. The next pass put Mbeumo in behind the home defence and he cut the ball back for Toney to finish first time left footed, off the far post. But Assistant Referee Harry Lennard raised his flag, signalling Mbeumo was offside when he had the ball, and a check from Video Assistant Referee Stuart Attwell confirmed the decision.

Wolves had the better of the early minutes, but Brentford were able to change the flow of the game. The seemed to push their central midfield players a little closer together and made it harder for the hosts to play out of midfield. Marçal was in the game less and was deeper when he did get on the ball, giving The Bees the chance to get in to attacking areas.

Toney headed a lofted ball wide for The Bees and Traoré blasted over from distance for the home side as the pattern of the game started to establish midway through the first half. Brentford were looking to get on the front foot and play more in the home side’s half with Christian Nørgaard seeing a lot of the ball in the centre of the pitch. And when the game exploded in to lift just before the half hour, it was Brentford that took the initiative.

They won a corner from the left and the first ball from Canós was cleared behind to allow him to take another. This time he looked for Toney in the middle and referee Darren England spotted that Marçal had hauled down the Brentford striker. After confirmation from Mr Attwell, Toney took the responsibility from the spot. José Sá, who was booked for trying to scuff up the penalty spot, dived to his right and watched helplessly as the ball went the other way. Toney celebrated and Brentford had the lead.

That lead was almost doubled within seconds. Brentford won the ball back from kick-off with Baptiste and Canós leading the charge. The ball was fed to Vitaly Janelt inside the penalty area, but his low show was saved by Sá. The ball bounced up, Canós headed down, Toney controlled and back heeled the ball in to the net. There was immediate confusion as Toney was flagged offside, but Mr Attwell deemed that decision was incorrect. However, the VAR did adjudicate that Toney had used his arm to control the ball and disallowed the goal anyway.

That almost had immediate consequences when Sá smashed the ball down the pitch and Traoré got to it after Pontus Jansson had won the initial header. He let fly with a shot that whistled past Raya but hit the underneath of the crossbar and bounced down, not crossing the line. A vital interception from Rico Henry prevented Jiménez putting the loose ball in and Brentford’s lead survived.

Indeed, moments later, it was doubled. A ball down the left isolated Toney against Max Kilman and the striker came out on top, bursting through a challenge. Toney had time to pick his spot across Sá but instead, unselfishly found the arriving Mbeumo, who tapped in from close range, this time staying onside. Mbeumo had a first Premier League goal and Brentford had a two-goal lead to take in to the break, with a long range effort from Romain Saïss, which failed to trouble Raya, all Wolves could muster in response.

That was the last contribution from Saïss, such as it was, as he was sacrificed at half time. The hosts brought on Hwang Hee-chan and shifted to a back four as they looked to alter the flow of the game. Traoré was pushed over the right and did get to by-line to deliver a cross that arced over Raya, but no Wolves player was on hand to put it in.

Brentford had the best chance of the opening exchanges in the second half. Janelt robbed Rúben Neves deep inside his own half and released Mbeumo. Mbeumo had Toney in support to his left but curled a shot from 18 yards just over the bar. Sá was static and helpless but Mbeumo failed to hit the target and Wolves escaped.

The start of the second half was a stop-start affair. Brentford were content for the game to be slow, and Mr England halted it often for free kicks. Unfortunately for Brentford two of those free kicks were given against Baptiste. He was cautioned for a foul on Marçal in the Brentford right wing area and then again soon after. He was robbed by Francisco Trincão and pulled him back to halt the break. Mr England had little choice but to show a yellow card, the second for Baptiste, and then a red.

Brentford attempted to reshuffle, introducing Frank Onyeka in the place of Canós, but Wolves almost found a way through immediately after the red card. Jiménez got on to a cross from the left and looked set to lay it off to Trincão. Ajer arrived from nowhere to make a recovery challenge and prevent the Wolves man from finishing it off.

With a man advantage, the hosts dominated possession and territory. Brentford introduced Mads Roerslev on the left to try and combat Traoré and they largely kept the home side at bay. There was a melee in the penalty area that saw Raya make a save and the ball bounce wide, but the offside flag had been raised for many seconds before Mr England blew his whistle, and the ball didn’t find the net anyway.

Trincão fired a free kick well over, but Wolves were unable to create much with their possession. Zanka came on for a debut to replace Jansson but with Ajer filling in at right back, Brentford held firm. Their best chance came when Traoré pulled a cross from an impossible position on the right and it flew to Jiménez, but he planted a header inches wide. Other crossing opportunities from both sides failed to find a target or were met by the Brentford back line.

It was Brentford who came closest to the last goal of the game. Toney went for an audacious lob from 25 yards and saw it bounce wide. The striker, not content with scoring one and making one also filled in as an auxiliary defender for much of the later stages, doing more than his but to secure the points.

Janelt set up Mbeumo for a shot from 18 yards that fizzed past Sá but cannoned off the crossbar. Onyeka then went down the right and a cross broke to Janelt, but he placed a shot wide. A third goal would have eased late tension in a game that was well contested and saw tempers raised at times. But Brentford did not need it to secure the points, a second win in five top flight games so far and a first on the road.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Sá; Kilman, Coady, Saïss (sub Hwang h/t); Semedo (sub Silva 82 mins), Moutinho, Neves, Marçal (sub Podence 72 mins); Trincão, Jiménez, Traoré

Subs (not used): Ruddy, Hoever, Aït-Nouri, Mosquera, Boly, Dendoncker

Bookings: Sá (27 mins), Saïss (38 mins), Neves (58 mins), Coady (90 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson (sub Zanka 82 mins), Pinnock; Canós (sub Onyeka 68 mins), Baptiste, Nørgaard, Janelt, Henry (sub Roerslev 75 mins); Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Fernández, Thompson, Jensen, Ghoddos, Wissa, Forss

Bookings: Henry (47 mins), Baptiste (59 mins), Jansson (74 mins)

Sent Off: Baptiste (65 mins)

Attendance: 29,724

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Ticket News

Confirmation of departure time for Wolverhampton Wanderers coaches

Information for Bees fans travelling to our Premier League match on Saturday

15 September 2021

Brentford FC would like to confirm the departure time of our official coaches for our Premier League match away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, 18 September. The coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford, at 7.30am. Fans booked on the coaches should arrive early, we will not be able to wait for late arrivals.

Some supporters may have seen a departure time of 8am publicised. The coaches will leave at 7.30am in order to counter potential traffic problems in the Birmingham area. All those booked on coaches should have received contact by email to confirm departure time and details. Booking for the coaches is now closed.

Bees fans that want to attend the match can still buy tickets. They are on General Sale now. They can only be purchased from our Box Office, at our new stadium, which is open from 9.30am tomorrow, Thursday 16 September. Ticket sales will end at 5pm tomorrow. Full information on prices can be seen here.

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