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Tottenham player Cristian Romero, who took part in every minute of the first two games of the season, is out due to a muscle injury sustained against Chelsea. Oliver Skipp has started training again following a preseason injury, and summer signing Clement Lenglet is fit once more..
Wolves could give a debut to record signing Matheus Nunes following his move from Sporting Lisbon.
Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez have both returned to training this week and could be available.
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Here are the key lines from the press conference:
Wolves’ only injury concern is winger Chiquinho.
Lage said there are currently “three groups” within his Wolves squad – those who had a pre-season with the club, those who were injured in pre-season and the new arrivals.
He said: “Its time for patience, to put everyone together, to link and then create one solid group and get the team to understand the way we want to play.”
New arrival Nunes can be an “important player” for Wolves.
Lage said Nunes can give his new side “three parts of the game”, adding: “He can drop to the defenders to build up the play, drive into space and he can get into the box.”
Despite the signing of Nunes, Wolves’ summer business may not be over with their boss confirming they are still searching for a striker.
Despite his recent exit, Lage was full of praise for Morgan Gibbs-White, saying: “In one or two years he can be a big impact in the Premier League and one of the best young players in the league.”
- Tottenham have lost four of the past seven home league meetings, as many as they had in the first 38.
- Wolves have won three away games at Tottenham, more than anywhere else since returning to the top flight. Four of their five Premier League victories against Spurs have come in London.
- The home team has won only one of the past 11 league fixtures; both meetings last season were won by the visiting side.
- Tottenham have lost just one of their past 13 league matches, scoring 33 goals and conceding eight.
- They have earned four consecutive league wins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, equalling their best home run since leaving White Hart Lane.
- Spurs could become the fifth team to score 1,000 goals at home in the Premier League, emulating Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
- Antonio Conte’s side has conceded first in both Premier League games this season to beat Southampton and draw with Chelsea. The last time they conceded first but avoided defeat in three consecutive Premier League games was in October 2010,
- Son Heung-min has an unrivalled 15 Premier League goals in 2022 but has failed to score in seven meetings against Wolves.
- Wolves are winless in nine Premier League games, their longest streak without a top-flight victory since a run of 17 between February 2012 and August 2018.
- They had just one shot on target in their goalless draw with Fulham last week.
- Bruno Lage’s side have won just 29% of their Premier League fixtures without Raul Jimenez in the starting line-up (12 of 41), compared to 41% when he does start (46 of 113). The Mexican has scored in all three of Wolves’ wins against Tottenham since 2018.
- Wolves can lose their opening two away fixtures of a Premier League season for only the second time. They did so in their 2003-04 debut campaign: 5-1 at Blackburn Rovers and 1-0 at Manchester United.
Referee: Simon Hooper. Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Mark Scholes. Fourth official: Robert Jones. VAR: Lee Mason. Assistant VAR: Lee Betts.
Match kicks off at 12.30 on Saturday 20th August at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and can be watched live on BT Sport.