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Man City MUST replace Aguero sooner rather than later... 10 things we learned from the weekend
The sixth matchday saw Guardiola's Man City lose more ground in the title race and Arsenal fall victim to Vardy once again. Here, Sportsmail pick out 10 things we learned from the weekend action.

Kieron Dyer SLAMS Newcastle and says they have not entertained for FIVE years in the Premier League
Of the teams outside of the Premier League's bottom four, only Wolves had found the net fewer times than Steve Bruce's side before a goalless first half between the two goal-shy teams on Sundy.

Jacob Murphy had a pre-match call with brother Josh before he earned a point for Newcastle at Wolves
Almost two years since his last Premier League start for the Magpies and three years since his last top-flight goal, Jacob Murphy needed a little reassurance before his starring role at Molineux.

Wolves 1-1 Newcastle: Jacob Murphy's late free-kick earns visitors a point after Raul Jimenez goal
WOLVES 1-1 NEWCASTLE - CRAIG HOPE AT MOLINEUX: Jacob Murphy scored a dramatic late free-kick equaliser to snatch a point for Newcastle in a forgettable 1-1 draw.

Ruben Neves hails Wolves as 'a really complete team on our best form'
Neves had a rare chance to study his team-mates when he was used as a late substitute against Leeds on Monday night. He could be recalled for Sunday's home game against Newcastle.

Steve Bruce reveals Jonjo Shelvey is set to for a spell on the sidelines with groin injury
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is set for a spell on the sidelines with a groin injury. The 28-year-old has played with the problem in recent weeks but he will miss Sunday's trip to Wolves.

Thelwell was right: Wolves missed the perfect Jota heir in "exceptional" £9m monster - opinion

Wolves must surely rue not signing Hwang Hee-chan when they could've now he's joined Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig.

The post Wolves must surely regret not signing Hwang Hee-chan first appeared on FootballFanCast.com.

Forget Patricio: Nuno cost Wolves badly with crucial decision on electric £20m dynamo - opinion

Nuno Santo cost Wolves the game with his decision to remove winger Daniel Podence from the pitch late in the second half.

The post Nuno cost Wolves with Daniel Podence second-half withdrawal first appeared on FootballFanCast.com.

Lost 86% of his duels: £25.2m-rated Wolves passenger woefully let Nuno down vs NUFC - opinion

Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker badly let his side down during their 1-1 draw over Newcastle United with a passenger-like display.

The post Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker was a passenger vs Newcastle first appeared on FootballFanCast.com.

Kilman axed & £36m-rated ace returns in 3 changes by Nuno: Predicted Wolves XI vs NUFC - opinion

Predicted Wolves lineup as they host Newcastle United in the Premier League.

The post Neto and Kilman axed, Traore returns: Predicted Wolves XI vs Newcastle first appeared on FootballFanCast.com.

Latest blow for "sensational" £30k-p/w ace may be final sucker-punch to Wolves career - opinion

Morgan Gibbs-White may be running out of time to salvage his Wolves career after suffering a devastating injury blow whilst on loan to Swansea City.

The post Morgan Gibbs-White injury blow could damage Wolves hopes first appeared on FootballFanCast.com.

Nuno heading towards unforgivable mistake over "impeccable" £9m-rated Wolves monster - opinion

Wolves must activate the one-year option on Romain Saiss' contract after his phenomenal start to the season.

The post Wolves must activate Romain Saiss' contract option before it's too late first appeared on FootballFanCast.com.

Smashed it! Eight Premier League players who shone bright this weekend
This weekend’s Premier League action proved once again that this is perhaps the most unpredictable campaign in recent memory, with no side now possessing an unbeaten record after just six fixtures. Leeds secured an impressive 3-0 win at Aston Villa to end the host’s perfect start, whilst Southampton shocked league leaders Everton with victory at …

Premier League Team of the Week for Gameweek 6
A Premier League season that has fascinated from the first whistle brought another remarkable round of action this weekend, the final unbeaten records in the division ended as Aston Villa and Everton suffered emphatic defeats. Elsewhere Manchester United and Chelsea played out a goalless draw in a clash that saw both sides seem to prioritise …

Donkeys: Five Premier League players who ‘had a mare’ this weekend
The Premier League can once again lay claim to being world football’s most competitive domestic league following an unforgettable start to the current campaign, with every side in the division having now tasted defeat after just six fixtures. League leaders Everton and previously unbeaten Aston Villa were beaten this weekend and in convincing fashion, in …

Premier League Weekly Awards: Hat-trick Bamford, Evra vs Hasselbaink and mega Mendy
Every week we reward the best – and worst – of the Premier League action, and this week’s awards ceremony features an entertaining debate between Patrice Evra and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Patrick Bamford’s incredible performance, and Edouard Mendy  Moment of the Week “Scared is a big word.” “It’s the truth!” Patrice Evra and Jimmy Floyd …

Ranking the five Premier League partnerships with the most goal combinations
Tottenham forwards Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane have been the Premier League’s most dangerous double-act over the opening weeks of the new season, the duo dovetailing superbly for the north London side in attack. Son and Kane have already directly combined for a staggering eight goals already so far this season, their partnership flourishing during …

The best Premier League stats of the weekend: The Bamford Show, Pep’s worst start, Man Utd’s home discomforts
The pick of the best statistics from gameweek four of the Premier League, featuring Patrick Bamford running riot over Aston Villa, Manchester City’s lethargic start to the season, Manchester United’s contrasting form at home and away, and two clubs suffer their worst starts ever.  Man United home start slump Following a goalless draw with Chelsea …

Reports: Barcelona identify Lionel Messi replacement after ruling out Neymar return
Barcelona have ruled out Neymar’s return to the Camp Nou in the near future..

Liverpool advised to target 'ready-made' Van dijk replacement Conor Coady
Former Liverpool legend has urged the club to sign Wolves defender Conor Coady as he feels the player can fill the boots of Virgil van Dijk.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Newcastle United prediction, preview, team news and more | Premier League 2020-21
Just two points separate Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United in the early Premier League table.

Leeds United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers prediction, preview, team news and more | Premier League 2020-21
Leeds United will host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday in English Premier League action.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Fulham prediction, preview, team news and more | Premier League 2020-21
Wolves will take on newly-promoted Fulham at the Molineux on Sunday.

Manchester United Transfer News Roundup: Top target 'open to anything' amidst Red Devils links, Brazilian star unwilling to force move, and more — 25th September 2020
Manchester United target Raul Jimenez delivered a cryptic response when asked about his future.

Forget it Klopp – Liverpool signing this 24-year-old PL star would be a waste of resources

Why Liverpool signing Adama Traore would be a waste of money According to Sport Witness (h/t Daily Star), Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants Adama Traore at the club. He has made his demands known to the club and they should do everything to bring the Wolves star to Anfield. Profile A youth product of Barcelona, Adama […] More

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Wolves signing this sought-after 18-year-old starlet would be a great long-term investment

Why Nuno Mendes would be a good long-term investment for Wolves According to Calciomercato (h/t Football.london), Wolverhampton Wanderers are in the race for Sporting CP’s Nuno Mendes. Arsenal, AC Milan and Manchester United are the other clubs who are also in the running. The report also suggests that a bid from AC Milan was turned down […] More

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[Image] Predicted 3-5-1-1 Leeds XI to face Wolves – Can the Whites continue to impress?

Predicted Leeds United XI to face Wolves in the Premier League Leeds United face a tricky challenge in the form of Wolves. They had an impressive draw in the last game against Manchester City. Wolves managed to scrape out a win against Fulham. An interesting fixture by all means as Marco Bielsa goes up against […] More

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Well done Nuno – Why Wolves’ £36.8 deal for this 26-year-old Barcelona star is a really smart move

Why Wolves signing Nelson Semedo is a fantastic move Wolves have signed Barcelona star Nelson Semedo for a fee of £36.8m. The Portuguese ace arrives as a replacement for Matt Doherty, who joined Mourinho’s Tottenham earlier. Semedo had been struggling at Barcelona and after Ronald Koeman’s arrival as the manager. Profile The 26-year-old Portuguese right-back […] More

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Wolves offloading their 20-year-old starlet on loan is a win-win situation for both parties

Why Wolves made the right decision by loaning out Morgan Gibbs-White According to Birmingham Mail, Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White joined Swansea on a season-long loan last week. The 20-year-old, however, left for the Championship side after he had penned down a new three-year contract at Molineux. The youngster spent the majority of his last season […] More

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Wolves signing this £45m Europa League winner would keep them stable if Traore departs

Why Wolves should continue in their pursuit of Lucas Ocampos According to Daily Star, Wolves are ready to make a move for Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos ahead of the new campaign. The report suggests that the Midlands club have identified Ocampos as a replacement for Adama Traore, who has attracted the attention of Liverpool and […] More

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  • Mon, 26 Oct 2020 09:17:57 +0000: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    Bamford continues to prove doubters wrong, Van de Beek should be unleashed and Saints find perfect pairing

    Jamie Vardy proved his importance to Leicester City just as much when he was in the stands as he was on the pitch. The Foxes were flat from the off, without a functioning plan B to put into operation in Vardy’s absence. The team is so used to utilising the striker’s clever running in behind a defence, they seem to lack other creative ideas when he is not spearheading the team. Considering they ripped Manchester City apart just weeks ago, it will concern Brendan Rodgers that he cannot get his side to repeat that perfect performance, suffering home defeats to West Ham and Aston Villa in the two games that followed. Vardy’s arrival on the pitch enlivened Leicester, with his teammates looking more confident in the company of their talisman who duly scored a late winner. Rodgers might be best finding a striker in the mould of Vardy to ensure they can maintain the status quo whenever he is absent; otherwise they are just one tweaked muscle away from mediocrity. Will Unwin

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  • Sun, 25 Oct 2020 18:48:43 +0000: Jacob Murphy rescues point for Newcastle with late leveller at Wolves - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    After 80 minutes that felt like a slog deep in midwinter rather than Premier League game No 6, Wolves and Newcastle awoke. Raúl Jiménez’s strike from a poorly cleared Pedro Neto free-kick seemed to have made it a third consecutive 1-0 win for Wolves, only for Jacob Murphy to rewrite the script.

    Steve Bruce’s side had barely moved beyond the centre circle in the second half. Yet after claiming a free-kick to the left of Wolves’ area, up stepped Murphy to curl the ball around the wall and past Rui Patrício’s fingertips for the equaliser. If this was a touch unfair on Wolves they have to accept some culpability for taking the match to Newcastle only sporadically.

    Related: Southampton's bright start ensures first defeat for lacklustre 10-man Everton

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  • Sat, 24 Oct 2020 08:00:19 +0000: Wolves v Newcastle: match preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    Newcastle have an excellent recent record at Molineux, they are unbeaten there since 2003, and this might not be a bad time for another visit, since Wolves have yet to hit top gear. On the other hand, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side have shown signs of progress after winning their past two matches and facing a team who have looked defensively vulnerable could be the chance their attack needs to really click. Newcastle could find themselves leaving Wolverhampton on the back of a hiding. Paul Doyle

    Sunday 4.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

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  • Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:18:40 +0000: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    Axel Tuanzebe should start, Everton’s and Aston Villa’s credentials will be tested and Rhian Brewster returns to Anfield

    Following their last-ditch heroics against Tottenham, West Ham host Manchester City and in this white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of a season not even the combined forces of Mystic Meg, Nostradamus and Sally Morgan could boldly predict what might happen. City came from behind to beat Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday but their win was far from convincing. The Portuguese side carved open the City defence on several occasions, while Ederson was lucky to survive an uncharacteristic howler. Already without Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus, City were dealt a further blow with the news Fernandinho will be sidelined for four to six weeks. While undeniably valuable to their cause, the Brazilian may not be quite the loss Guardiola fears – the season before last, City averaged 2.7 points per top flight game in which he played, compared with 2.0 in those in which he didn’t. Last season, with Fernandinhooften covering in City’s now-replenished central defence, they earned more points in the eight games without him (2.4 per game) than in matches he played in (2.13). BG

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    Southampton v Everton – Sunday 2pm GMT

    Aston Villa v Leeds United – Friday, 8pm BST

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  • Mon, 19 Oct 2020 21:11:51 +0000: Leeds United 0-1 Wolves: Premier League – as it happened - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    Raul Jimenez’s deflected winner earned Wolves a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds in a tight game at Elland Road

    I have a match report fresh off the press for you – by our very own Jamie Jackson!

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    Jamie Carragher momentarily embarrasses the affable Coady by pretending Jurgen Klopp has said he wants him to replace Van Dijk and what does he think? Everyone comes out laughing after some mild awkwardness.

    Conor Coady speaks: “Massive result for us, we knew how tough it was going to be. They were fantastic last year and we saw their performance against Man City. It’s about 100mph when you play them but we had a gameplan and stuck to it.

    “We’d never come up against a Bielsa team before so it’s all about managing a game, looking at how the other team plays. It’s hard to get after them. It’s 100mph so you’ve got to play with your brain. Second half we knew we’d get a little bit more control, because they work so hard and would tire a bit, and we defended really well too.”

    30 - Since the start of last season, Raúl Jiménez (30) is one of only four Premier League players to have scored 30+ goals in all competitions alongside Raheem Sterling (35), Harry Kane (34) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (31). Reliable #LEEWOL pic.twitter.com/mLwl7psmHz

    He is very good.

    For fans of the early-season table, Leeds stay 10th and Wolves climb all the way to sixth. Maybe that flop at West Ham was an aberration; tonight suggested so.

    Was that Leeds’ first real “schooling” in the Premier League? They tore around like dervishes in the first 20 minutes and I do wonder if Wolves showed them a little too much respect. The visitors calmed things down before half-time and then emerged with much more aggression and intent, being unfortunate not to see Saiss’s goal count and then getting slightly luckier with Jimenez’s deflected winner. Leeds, for all their endeavour, didn’t create anything you could call a clear chance in the entire game – Coady, Boly and Kilman were all superb at the back. Well played Wolves – and for Leeds, look, it happens. Some of these players were doing fairly averagely in the second tier two or three years back. There will be wobbles and this one doesn’t bring much shame.

    The points go back to Wolverhampton and, in the end, deservedly so.

    90+6 min: And now they win a late, late, late corner! It’s aimed high and beyond everyone, and Wolves repel a subsequent ball in too.

    90+5 min: Leeds win a late free kick around 45 yards out. Time to pack the box? Maybe, but they work it short and squander possession.

    90+3 min: They were nearly well out of it just then though, Phillips and then Ayling blocking from the marauding Neves as the pitch opened up for him.

    90+2 min: Six added minutes here though! We’re well into them but Leeds are still in it ...

    90+1 min: There’s a bit of a to-do now, as Jimenez is down after a tangle with Koch near halfway. Was Jimenez, in fact, the sinner with a little kick out – even if little contact was made – towards Koch? VAR sensibly decides there’s been no offence. I think Jimenez made a lot of that mind you, and maybe to cover his own back.

    89 min: Neto is now replaced by Marcal, the experienced Brazilian left-back, as Wolves look to make sure.

    88 min: Still isn’t happening for them though. They’ve come up against a very well-drilled, consummate unit tonight. Patricio collects a slightly desperate looking Ayling cross.

    86 min: Time is running out for Leeds now. It’s been half-chances all night and little more. Can they find the big one?

    83 min: And Raphinha is almost involved in a goal, tearing to the line and cutting back from the left side. The ball eventually falls to Poveda, whose shot is blocked and loops up in front of goal with Patricio flailing. Nobody can convert.

    82 min: The big-money winger Raphinha – signed from Rennes for about £17m – comes on for his Leeds debut in Harrison’s place, while Wolves introduce Neves for Moutinho.

    81 min: Hernandez is making a difference to Leeds and sees a deflected shot loop over from inside the area. It’s another corner, but Phillips’ delivery is sub-par. Jimenez is back there to do some dirty work and clear.

    80 min: Leeds win a corner after tenacious work from Bamford. Now can they build a head of steam? Nope – Hernandez crosses but Wolves hold firm again.

    77 min: Better from Leeds but Harrison puts the ball in too high for Bamford when in a promising area.

    76 min: Pablo Hernandez, Leeds’ veteran creative maestro, now comes on for Struijk, who was very unlucky in the buildup to the goal and did well otherwise.

    74 min: Traore breaks and finds Neto, and maybe Wolves fancy some more. This time, Ayling blocks and the ball does not threaten the goal.

    72 min: Leeds immediately bring on the youngster Poveda in Costa’s place. They haven’t been at it since half-time and Wolves are decent value for the lead now.

    This one counts! Jimenez and Struijk contest a direct ball down the right and the defender slips. It means Jimenez can carry the ball infield, carry it further, and carry it some more. He eventually checks onto his right foot, aims a relatively harmless-looking shot from 20 yards, and watches in delight at is hits Phillips on the head and completely wrong-foots Meslier!

    68 min: “The whole notion of VAR was to end disputes from bad calls from the refs,” notes Mary Waltz. “How is that working? Keep the goal line technology and bin the rest of VAR.”

    I agree.

    67 min: Moutinho is booked for shoving Klich over. It’s got a bit untidy again. One goal will win this, if there is a goal.

    65 min: Harrison shanks a difficult cross into the stand and here comes Traore. Slightly surprisingly he’s on for Podence, who has oozed menace early in this half.

    63 min: Wolves remain on top for now and Meslier dashes out to gather ahead of Saiss.

    62 min: “These hairline VAR offside calls are tedious and time-consuming, and chlorinating football of all its spontaneity and celebration. I’m off to my local library for some real excitement,” writes the bookworm Justin Kavanagh. Meanwhile, Phillips get a yellow for too many fouls.

    60 min: Podence cleverly finds Jimenez in the box but the striker takes too long to look for the perfect shooting chance and the opportunity goes. Wolves are carrying a real threat now though and can feel hard done by not to be ahead.

    58 min: Still, this has all livened things up. Neto sprints down the left now and Struijk does very well to turn his cross away, before a Harrison delivery for Leeds is untidily defended.

    57 min: Now the increasingly lively Podence, very much onside although frankly who knows these days, sees a left-footer smartly tipped wide by Meslier. The Wolves corner comes to nothing.

    Podence is found by a raking pass that sets him away down the right. He chests it down, buzzes to the line, dinks the cross over and it’s not really cleared. Saiss, steaming in beyond the back stick, blasts it wonderfully beyond Meslier from 15 yards! All good, but then VAR decides a tiny part of Podence’s lower body – I think – was offside. I’m fed up of this football-killing rubbish to be honest, calls as tight as this simply have to favour the forwards.

    51 min: This game could do with a bit of Adama Traore, I think.

    48 min: A snappy start, Wolves suggesting they might get a little closer to Leeds as Dendoncker takes a swipe at Phillips in midfield.

    Leeds get us back underway.

    Not long til the second half here. Tough to see beyond a draw at the moment. Is two goalless affairs in one evening to be the Premier League’s attempt at correcting itself?

    Half-time reading from Suzanne Wrack on why Sergio Aguero was well out of order at the weekend.

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    “Tough watch” or “tactically intriguing”? Until that Podence chance, Leeds had been much the brighter without creating all that much. Wolves showed at the end there that they carry a menace. Let’s hope this opens up a bit, though.

    45+2 min: And in the second of them, Wolves counter and Meslier saves really well with a strong hand as Podence unleashes a vicious drive from 12 yards. That was the closest anyone has come by some way!

    45+ 1 min: Leeds win a corner in the first of those, but it’s overhit by Phillips.

    45 min: Meslier does well to punch a deep Neto free-kick and is taken out in the process. That should soon be pretty much that for the half; we’re entering the two added minutes.

    43 min: Apropos of, well, the action out there – interesting that, while crossing tends to be derided these days, this undoubtedly very sophisticated Bielsa team nonetheless *really* likes to put a cross in.

    42 min: “With their intellectual manager and their preponderance of man-buns, could Leeds be the team to thrive most in the library-like atmosphere of the Premier League this season? Bookies’ favourites maybe?” asks Justin Kavanagh.

    40 min: Leeds win another corner though. Again it’s inventively cut back to the edge of the box but Harrison doesn’t really catch the shot well and it’s deflected behind. From the *next* flag kick, Rodrigo gets a shot in at the far post but it’s down Patricio’s throat. That was probably the best chance so far, actually.

    39 min: Dallas centres from the byline now but still nobody can quite fashion a real opportunity out there.

    38 min: Phillips pings a lovely diagonal to Harrison, who volleys across goal. Coady has to make a last-ditch intervention to stop Bamford converting, right in front of the watching Gareth Southgate.

    35 min: It’s whipped in low towards the near post by Neto and Jimenez has read it, running across his man. He can’t get his bearings right though, and scoops high.

    34 min: Neto, Wolves’ biggest threat so far, glides away on the right and wins a corner ...

    31 min: Leeds wake up and Kilman is alert to Costa’s attempted header across the box. Then Semedo gets a head to the ball ahead of Bamford at the back stick ... and then Kilman, in perhaps the edgiest bit of action yet, sticks out a leg to block an on-target drive from Ayling. I suspect Patricio, who had started to dive, had it covered though.

    29 min: Jimenez tries to run onto the ball just outside the area but Leeds clear. Seeing a little more from Wolves as an attacking force now, though.

    26 min: Meanwhile, not too much is happening out on the pitch. It’s been a fairly bleak 10 minutes, although now Harrison wins a free-kick from Neto on the left. A chance to threaten again? In short: nope, and Leeds are required to flock back and snuff out a counter from the prior miscreant Neto.

    24 min: Peter Oh is back with a good observation about Wolves’ kit. “The visitors’ burgundy and green third kit looks suspiciously like the Portugal national team strip. Perhaps a nod to the Portuguese manager and several of his compatriots in the Wolves squad. Leeds missed a trick by not adding sky blue stripes to their white shirts, in further homage to their messianic Argentinian gaffer.”

    21 min: A slightly sloppier period from Leeds now, and a steadying of the ship for Wolves – who, save for that surprising 4-0 defeat at West Ham, tend to be one of the steadiest around.

    18 min: Now Wolves enjoy their first real spell of possession, although it ends with an awry long pass from Coady.

    16 min: The speed of some of this stuff from Leeds is just stunning. Now Bamford is sprung down the right and centres for Rodrigo, who tees up Costa, but the eventual shot is dragged wide.

    15 min: Ayling, who is really bombing on from defence, is booked for a mistimed challenge on the edge of the Wolves box.

    13 min: A long pause now, though, with Podence taking treatment. He should be OK. Moutinho has a few words with his colleagues. On early evidence they need a wake-up.

    11 min: Leeds are so bright and brisk, it’s really striking. They also *cannot bear* for the ball to run out of play, keeping it in at every opportunity or recycling it at speed in the worst case. It’s so urgent and vital.

    9 min: “If they were getting £14.95 for every viewer of this one, I’m sure they could afford another 50p for the light meter!” writes Michael George.

    Credit where it’s due, this one is on the small fortune I already pay Sky each month.

    7 min: Leeds work a clever corner that’s headed through to Bamford by Harrison from the edge of the box. He converts but is well offside.

    5 min: Now Phillips slips Ayling away with a quick free-kick but his cutback from the byline is defended. Leeds have come to look the sharper.

    4 min: The play speeds up and Costa, once of Wolves, wins Leeds the game’s first corner. England’s Kalvin Phillips will outswing from the right ... and it’s nodded away at the near post but not cleared completely, Leeds working the ball back into the box and Rodrigo knocking on neatly for Bamford, who slices wide.

    3 min: An unremarkable start, Wolves attacking briefly in the first minute and then Leeds keeping possession. The Elland Road pitch doesn’t really seem the best-lit, although perhaps that’s just by modern standards. Or maybe my eyesight is going.

    Wolves, wearing ... crimson? ... and shooting right to left, get us going.

    Out come the teams – soon we begin! You’d love a crowd for this one, on a Monday night at Elland Road ...

    A big blow for Leeds – their captain Liam Cooper pulls out in the warm-up. Pascal Struijk is in for only his ninth senior game.

    Here is Ben Fisher’s report from that tie at the Hawthorns:

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    “Between Bielsa being depicted in a mural as Christ the Redeemer and Espirito Santo being Portuguese for ‘holy spirit’, this is shaping up to be symbolic clash of heavyweights. God knows what will happen on the pitch,” writes Peter Oh.

    It would be “holy” inappropriate to speculate.

    Nuno speaks: “Joao and Ruben both keep good possession but we go to Joao because we want him to develop his talent in higher parts of the pitch, so let’s try it. [Leeds are] a very good team, fantastic manager, the only thing we miss is the atmosphere bit it’s a very tough game for us.”

    Bielsa spoke too, via his interpreter, but it wasn’t much of a line – he is pleased they have stuck to their principles since coming up.

    Tonight’s referee? It’s David Coote, who was in charge of VAR at Goodison on Saturday. I’ll say no more because elements of the pile-on since then have been ridiculous.

    By the way, the score in this evening’s other top-flight game was ... wait for it ... West Brom 0-0 Burnley. Own up, any of you spend £14.95 on that?

    Phil Russell emails on Wolves:

    “For all the talk of Wolves missing Doherty and Jota its probably the injured Jonny they’ve missed most this season. Goes under the radar but provides width and balance down the left. Semedo looks like he could be an upgrade on Doherty and in Podence, Neto and Traore, with the new signing Silva as well, the front line is well stocked. Left wing-back seems to be picked out of a hat at the moment though, and the lack of quality there reduces the attacking options. Anyway should be a belting game, one where you really miss not having a crowd to watch it.”

    Before the show starts you can squeeze in a very decent chunk of the new Football Weekly – reviewing the controversial, sublime, ridiculous weekend that was.

    Related: Moyes dances, Liverpool lose Van Dijk and Villa march on – Football Weekly

    So, Joao Moutinho replaces Ruben Neves in Wolves’ starting lineup. Adama Traore remains on the bench. Rodrigo and Harrison return for Leeds, who contested that ragingly fun draw with Man City last time out.

    Leeds: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Costa, Klich, Harrison, Rodrigo, Bamford. Subs: Casilla, Alioski, Struijk, Roberts, Hernandez, Poveda, Raphinha.

    Wolves: Patricio, Semedo, Boly, Coady, Kilman, Saïss, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neto, Podence, Jiménez. Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Marcal, Neves, Silva, Traore, Otasowie.

    Revitalised old power meet ... revitalised old power. Time was, and not so long ago, when Leeds and Wolves met regularly in the Championship. They faced off at that level 10 times earlier this decade and only missed each other by a whisker in League One, too. But it always felt like a matter of when and how, rather than if, these two got their acts together. They’ve done it – and in style!

    We’ve seen Leeds this season. It’s Bielsaball as you always dreamed it: ambitious, flawed, rattling good fun. It will be enough to carry them to a good league finish, I’m sure of that, and perhaps even better given the brain-scrambling start to the season we’re all enjoying.

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