Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leeds United

Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leeds United

Leeds United will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time this season when they head to Molineux on Friday to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Whites will enter the match off the back of a huge 2-1 victory over Norwich City, while Wolves beat Everton 1-0 last time out to make it successive wins in England’s top flight.

Wolves lost three straight matches to Arsenal, West Ham United and Crystal Palace between February 24 and March 5, which seriously dented their hopes of a top-four finish, but they have responded impressively with back-to-back victories over Watford and Everton, scoring five times and conceding zero.

Last time out, Bruno Lage’s side were 1-0 winners over a struggling Everton at Goodison Park, with Conor Coady netting the only goal of the contest early in the second period, and the result moved Wolves back into seventh spot in the table above Tottenham Hotspur.

As it stands, Lage’s team are five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, but the Gunners have three games spare, and an extraordinary turn of events would have to occur for Wolves to finish fourth this term, so a top-five or top-six finish is a more realistic aim in the final months of the campaign.

The former Championship winners, who finished 13th in the Premier League last season, have struggled for consistency at Molineux this term, winning six, drawing two and losing six of their 14 league matches in front of their own supporters.

Wolves are unbeaten in their last six league games with Leeds, though, including a 1-0 victory in the corresponding match during the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.

The home side will enter this match full of confidence, but the same could be said for Leeds following their incredibly important 2-1 home success over Norwich on Sunday.

Kenny McLean appeared to have earned a point for Norwich when he cancelled out a first-half Rodrigo effort in the 14th minute of the contest, but Joe Gelhardt netted in the 94th minute to hand Leeds all three points, sparking jubilant scenes inside an emotional Elland Road.

The victory was the team’s first in the Premier League since the middle of January, and new head coach Jesse Marsch will be tasked with making it back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this season.

A total of 26 points from 29 matches has left the Whites in 16th position in the table, just four points clear of the relegation zone, so they are very much in a battle to remain in the top flight, and it remains to be seen whether the decision to move on from Marcelo Bielsa was the right one.

Leeds, who will start April with back-to-back games against Southampton and Watford, have struggled on their travels in the league this term, picking up just 10 points from 14 matches, which is the fourth-worst record in the division behind Everton, Norwich and Burnley.

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We say: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Leeds United
Leeds will be desperate to build on the win over Norwich, but we are finding it really difficult to back the Whites to pick up a positive result at Molineux. Wolves have been back to their best in their last two matches and should have enough to secure another victory in front of their own supporters here.a

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