Preview: Las Palmas vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Preview: Las Palmas vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers will continue their preparations for the 2021-22 campaign with a pre-season clash against Segunda Division outfit Las Palmas on Monday morning.

Wolves are building towards their Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 14, while Las Palmas will begin their league season at home to Real Valladolid on August 15.

Las Palmas were a top-tier side in Spain between 2015 and 2018 but have played the last three seasons in the Segunda Division, finishing ninth in their last two campaigns at that level of football.

La Union Deportiva will be looking to challenge for promotion to La Liga next term, and they have the well-respected Pepe Mel at the helm; the 58-year-old has previous experience of managing in the Premier League, having taken charge of West Bromwich Albion in 2014, but he only lasted four months at the club.

Las Palmas have played twice this summer, opening their preparations for the new season with a 1-0 win over Espanyol on July 21 before suffering a 1-0 loss to Sevilla on Thursday.

The Canary islanders are due to take on Wolves and Cadiz on July 26 and July 27 respectively, but at this moment in time, the club do not have any more confirmed friendlies ahead of their Segunda Division opener against Real Valladolid, who were relegated from La Liga last term.

Wolves, meanwhile, opened their preparations for the 2021-22 campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra last weekend, as Bruno Lage took control of the team for the first time.

The result would have been disappointing for the new head coach, but Raul Jimenez’s return from a serious head injury was a major plus for Wolves, with the Mexican given 33 minutes of action in the friendly contest.

Wolves will take on Real Betis in their second friendly of the summer on Saturday evening before returning to the field less than 48 hours later to tackle Las Palmas.

The Premier League club will then take on Stoke City, Coventry City and Celta Vigo in their final three pre-season matches before opening their 2021-22 season against Leicester on August 14.

Lage’s side have been relatively busy this summer in terms of incomings, with Jose Sa and Francisco Trincao among those to arrive, and it will be interesting to see how many more players pitch up at Molineux before the transfer deadline, as the club enter a new era following Nuno Espirito Santo’s departure.

Las Palmas Pre-Season Friendlies form:
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Wolverhampton Wanderers Pre-Season Friendlies form:
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