Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Burnley: Predicted lineups
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: A general view as Chris Wood of Burnley scores their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Turf Moor on December 21, 2020 in Burnley, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers will host Burnley at Molineux as they look to make it three wins in a row in the Premier League for the first time this season.

1-0 victories against Fulham and Sheffield United made it back-to-back wins for the first time since October last year, where they also won consecutively with two 1-0 wins. 

In the reverse fixture at Turf Moor earlier this season, Nuno Espirito Santo's side lost 2-1 with goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood proving to be the difference. Fabio Silva also scored his first goal for the club, however, it couldn't spark any form of a comeback.

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers

It is safe to say that this season, albeit slightly disappointing, has been one that has been infested with injuries.

Pedro Neto, Raul Jimenez, Jonny Castro Otto, and Fernando Marcal all remain sidelined with long term injuries. 

Ruben Neves, who is currently in self isolation, is also added to the list of players unavailable for Burnley's visit this Sunday.

Nuno has also had to deal with sporadic injuries to Willy Boly, Daniel Podence, Rayan Ait-Nouri to name a few, which has disrupted their season massively.

This has been a huge reason as to why the chase for European football is more or less over. 

Despite their consecutive wins, Wolves still sit 12 points away from a Europa League spot, turning the attention on finishing in the top half of the table, which they remain five points adrift from.

One positive Nuno Espirito Santo can take from his last two games has been Adama Traore's form.

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The Spaniard was directly involved in both of the two winning goals in the last two games.

Traore latched onto Silva's through ball, drove into the box and smashed into the near post to seal the win at Craven Cottage in the 92nd minute. 

Against The Blades, Traore's drove down the right-hand side, and beat John Egan with ease, before delivering a low cross into the path of Willian Jose who scored his first goal for the club; relegating Sheffield United in the process. 

Traore also grabbed an assist in the 3-2 defeat to West Ham United, making it three goal contributions in three games. 

Throughout the season Nuno Espirito Santo has switched between a three and a four at the back system, with the change initially to compensate with absentees. 

With Neves out injured, and his first choice centre-backs available, it is likely that Nuno Espirito Santo will go for a three at the back system, which was utilised in the victory against The Blades. 

Predicted Line-up:

Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Dendoncker, Moutinho Ait-Nouri; Traore, Jose, Podence.

  • Burnley

After a terrible start to the season, which saw them fail to win a game until late November, Burnley now look as if they will comfortably avoid relegation. 

The Clarets sit in 17th place, six points clear of the drop, with a game in hand over Fulham, who occupy 18th spot. 

As comfortable as they look, Sean Dyche will know that the race is nowhere near over.

Burnley have won just one game in their last nine, with their only victory coming in the form of a 2-1 victory over Everton.

Dyche's men have also their lost last three games, and will be eager to ensure they don't make it four. 

The most recent of their three consecutive defeats came against Manchester United - where they lost 3-1.

Burnley equalised just two minutes after going behind, however, could not hold onto the win with late goals from Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani sealing three points for United.

There is a positive for Dyche ahead of his team selection, as Nick Pope is expected to be available.

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Pope has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell taking his place between the sticks.

Despite their lack of wins, Burnley have scored in their last six games, which will put Nuno Nuno Espirito Santo's side to the test, after keeping clean sheets in their last two games.

This has been even more impressive, knowing that Barnes hasn't been at their disposal since February. 

In addition to the 31-year-old, Robbie Brady and Kevin Long will be unavailable ahead of their visit to Molineux.

Matej Vydra, who has been playing in place of Barnes, has been in good form, scoring in his last two Premier League starts. 

Vydra was on the bench against The Red Devils, with Dyche opting for a different system. 

It would be no surprise though if the Czech returned to the line up against Wolves.

Predicted Line-up:

Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Guðmundssson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeill; Vydra, Wood. 

  • Prediction

Wolves will be the favourites going into the game, given their form, and their opponents form, and anything less than a win will certainly be disappointing.

Now Willian Jose has opened his gold and black account, his confidence will be high, and hopefully he can show that with another goal.

Traore's form is exactly what the fans have been desperate to see all season, and he will fancy his chances down the right-hand-side against Charlie Taylor

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