WATCH OUT PREVIEW FOR WOLVES V LEEDS
Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Cunha are both fit. Hwang has picked up another injury and will be out until after the international break and Boubacar is not quite ready to feature in this one.
Leeds midfielder Tyler Adams is ruled out with a hamstring problem. Fit-again forward Rodrigo could start his first game for eight weeks, while Liam Cooper is also in contention but Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw remain sidelined.
HEAD TO HEAD
Lopetegui confirmed that Hwang Hee-Chan has picked up a new injury and is out until after the international break. Boubacar Traore is close to returning but won’t be ready for Leeds, while Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Cunha are both fit for the match.
On the game against Leeds, he feels it “is important for both” and is expecting a “tough match”.
On whether they have improved since the last international break, he said: “Our only focus is game by game and step by step.”
When asked about Patrick Vieira’s sacking by Crystal Palace, he said: “When one colleague is sacked I am sorry a lot, because it is hard work our job and I think he has worked a very good way for many years here.”
Lopetegui feels “a lot of very good teams are fighting for the same aim” in the relegation battle, but that Wolves need to be “ready to continue in this race”.
On the importance of the Wolves supporters, he said: “They’re going to be very key and important to play in the environment that we need, to feel the support that we are going to need, because it is going to be a very balanced match.”
MATCH FACTS & STATS
- Leeds are vying to complete a first top-flight double over Wolves since the 1973-74 season.
- There has not been a goalless draw between these sides since August 2004, while the last stalemate in the top flight was in March 1973.
- Wolves have won three of their past four Premier League home matches, one more victory than in their previous 12 attempts (W2, D3, L7).
- They have kept a clean sheet in all five of their home league wins this season, and are winless in the last 10 top-flight games at Molineux in which they conceded (D2, L8).
- February’s 3-0 victory against Liverpool is the only time this season Wolves have scored more than twice in a match.
- Wolves’ last nine league goals have been scored by nine players, including own goals by Liverpool’s Joel Matip and Southampton’s Jan Bednarek.
- The Whites are winless in their last seven away league matches (D2, L5), while their overall tally of six points on the road is a joint low with Nottingham Forest and West Ham.
- Leeds have won each of their last three Premier League games when starting the day in the relegation zone, beating Brentford on the final day last season and Liverpool and Southampton this term.
- Illan Meslier is one short of 100 Premier League appearances. The 23-year-old would surpass Scott Carson as the youngest goalkeeper to reach the milestone.
- Patrick Bamford is vying to score in consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since May 2021.
Referee: Michael Salisbury. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Andre Marriner. VAR: David Coote. Assistant VAR: Lee Betts.
The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 18th March at Molineux, this will not be shown live on UK television.