Wolves vs Burnley Prediction: Clarets to be cut down to size at Molineux

 | December 04 | 

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Back-to-back defeats have ensured a miserable return from the international break for Wolverhampton Wanderers, who play host on Tuesday evening (19:30) to a Burnley side fresh off a 5-0 win over Sheffield United.

That victory over the Blades has reignited some belief in the Clarets ranks after six consecutive Premier League defeats piled huge pressure on manager Vincent Kompany, though the Belgian will be only too aware that a much stiffer test awaits at Molineux in midweek.

Gary O'Neil's side caused Arsenal a late scare in Saturday's 2-1 loss at the Emirates Stadium, and the West Midlands side are unbeaten in their last four home games, which includes 2-1 wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

Wolves vs Burnley Betting Tips:

  • Wolves to win and over 2.5 goals @ 15/8
  • Wolves to score in both halves @ 9/5

Team News

Wolves are hopeful goalkeeper Jose Sa is good to go after the 30-year-old was forced off with a back injury against Arsenal, while defender Rayan Ait Nouri could return after an ankle issue against Fulham denied him the opportunity of facing the Gunners.

Jonny Otto reportedly missed Saturday's trip to the capital as a result of disciplinary issues, so his involvement against the Clarets is in doubt.

Burnley are missing several first-team players for Tuesday's clash, with Jordan Beyer's fifth yellow card of the season against Sheffield United incurring a one-game suspension. Hjalmar Ekdal appears the most obvious replacement at centre-back.

Josh Cullen missed the weekend win with a knock that continues to keep him out, while Arijanet Muric, Jack Cork and Lyle Foster remain absent.

Match Odds

Wolves are 5/6 to pick up a third league win of the season at Molineux, while a draw is priced at 5/2. Burnley are 10/3 to make it successive wins, and both teams to score is available at 4/5.

Wolves to win and over 2.5 goals @ 15/8

The goals have been flowing at either end in games involving Wolves - their last 11 in the Premier League have seen both teams score, with nine of them featuring over 2.5 goals. Only one league game out of six at Molineux has finished with fewer than three goals, and Wolves' only defeats of the season there came in their first two, against Europa League sides Liverpool and Brighton.

Burnley have been shipping goals left, right and centre this season, and it took until the 14th attempt for them to record a first Premier League clean sheet, at home to the division's lowest scorers in Sheffield United. Four of their six away games have ended in over 2.5 goals, and their last three have all seen them lose.

Luton and Nottingham Forest are the only clubs who haven't scored more than once at home against the Clarets, and Wolves won't expect to find themselves on that list given they have already hit multiple goals past Spurs, Newcastle and City at Molineux.

Burnley might be feeling re-energised after a crucial victory on Saturday, but it's important to remember they beat a side now bottom of the table while Wolves have impressed this season, and only three points will suffice for the home side here.

Wolves to score in both halves @ 9/5

Wolves have scored in both halves of a game on three occasions this season, including twice at Molineux - in October's 2-2 draw with Newcastle and the 2-1 win over City in September. Given they last failed to score on the opening matchday, O'Neil's side should be extremely confident of finding the net on Tuesday, but they should be going for goals in both halves considering the record of their opponents.

Burnley have conceded in both halves of a Premier League game nine times since their return, a shocking statistic which has contributed heavily to 11 losses. At home, I expect Wolves to try and take an early lead, while their habit of losing them late on should motivate the side to continue looking for goals in the second half.

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