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Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview

The final part in our look ahead at next season's opponents

19 June 2017

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2016/17 season

League Position: 15th (2015/16: 14th)

Average league attendance: 21,570 (2015/16: 20,157)

Top league goalscorer: Hélder Costa (12)

Life wasn't dull at Molineux last season as Fosun International's first 12 months in charge of the club saw four managers, a remarkable FA Cup run, and relegation fears before Paul Lambert eventually guided Wolves to a mid-table finish last month. 

After taking over last June, the new owner's first major decision was to sack Kenny Jackett and replace him with journeyman coach Walter Zenga. The Italian was backed heavily in the transfer market with Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro, and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson all arriving amid much fanfare in the West Midlands. 

Things started well for Wolves as they took eight points from their opening four games and made good progress in the EFL Cup in August. However, that was as good as it got for Zenga and Wolves as six defeats from their next ten, and exit from the EFL Cup, saw Zenga pay with his job in late October. Paul Lambert was appointed permanently 11 days later but just one win from his first six games meant that Wolves headed into December firmly in the relegation scrap.

The FA Cup offered solace to Wolves as first Stoke City and then Liverpool were beaten on their own patch. League form too improved in January, with seven points from a possible ten, before the wheels well and truly fell off in February. Wolves lost six straight games, including a 2-0 FA Cup defeat at home to Chelsea, as those relegation fears raised their heads again. 

19th in early March and with just one point from six league games not many would have predicted what would happen next as Wolves reeled off five straight league wins, including successes at both Griffin Park and Fuham, to secure Championship survival before Easter.  

The Ground

Molineux Stadium 
Waterloo Road 
WV1 4QR 
Click here for directions to Molineux Stadium.

The Manager

It was all change again this summer at Molineux as former Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo replaced Lambert, becoming the fifth man in charge in ten months. The 43-year-old made nearly 200 appearances during an 18-year-playing career in his native Portugal, Spain, and Russia. The goalkeeper won the 2002 Copa Del Rey with Deportivo La Coruna before going on to win four league titles, three Portuguese Cups, the Champions League, and the UEFA Cup at Porto.

His first managerial job came with Rio Ave who he led to the Portuguese Cup and League Cup during his second season in charge: securing European football for the first time in the club's history. He joined Valencia CF that summer and secured a fourth place finish in his only season in charge. A trophyless year at Porto last season saw him leave in May before heading to Molineux a week later. 

Last Season

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 11 
Draws: 2 
Wolves wins: 12

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