24 June 2020 16:42
Tonight's clash with Bournemouth is their first at home since March 7 – which seems a lifetime ago. There will be no fans present, of course, but Nuno Espirito Santo, who insists the supporters are 'irreplaceable', will have been buoyed by how his players coped at the London Stadium. In beating the Hammers, they kept up a record of gaining maximum points against the current bottom four sides so far this term. Conversely, Wolves dropped points to Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff last campaign. But when asked about the improvement and possibly keeping that streak going against the Cherries, Nuno said: "It doesn't have to do with the table.
"It's not the way we look at things. "No matter what the table tells you, there's quality all over the place in the Premier League. "This is going to be the same as Bournemouth is a team full of quality and talent. "We expect a very tough challenge, so we don't measure ourselves by the table. "We've been able to sustain our levels, and that allows you to go through the games." While there will not be any fans at Molineux, the stadium will be draped in various banners and flags, including a mosaic which will cover the South Bank.
Despite all the change, Wolves are sticking to their usual pre-home match routine – which would usually see them sleep at a hotel the night before – as much as they possibly can, too. Nuno explained: "Normally, our routine is we sleep the night before in the hotel. "We want to make it as close as possible, but it's difficult and it requires imagination and a lot of dedication from the medical department – with all the PPE." Nuno also lifted the lid on how training has changed due to the pandemic. Pedro Neto could start the clash (PA) "The protocols we have to follow are really strict and require a lot of determination and patience," he said. "We have to follow those to prepare ourselves and train well. "For example, we're using the dome (Compton's academy building) as we cannot use our gym. We use the dome as it is a big area, with all the machines and equipment split all over the place. "We don't eat together, all the moments of socialisation have been interrupted. Even for a trip of 10 minutes, we have to use two buses (to get to the stadium). "It's hard, so you have to be really strong and confident that better times are in front of us. That enables you to proceed and keep following what you want." Nuno has a full squad available, with Adama Traore and Pedro Neto pushing for starts after their huge contributions off the bench at West Ham. On having plenty of options, he added: "We have a small squad, but it's full of talent and quality. "Even if you don't start, the way you help the team can be fantastic. Wolves would happily to take a repeat of the last time they welcomed the Cherries to Molineux. Raul Jimenez put Nuno's side ahead just 12 minutes in, tapping in Diogo Jota's low cross, with Ivan Cavaleiro rubber-stamping the win with a late strike on the counter – in front of 30,997. Raul Jimenez would love to score against Bournemouth again (AMA) Let's see if Wolves can come up with something similar in their first home game behind-closed-doors. Bournemouth have struggled for goals this season, scoring only 29 times in their 30 Premier League games. Wilson, though, has still managed a decent goal tally of nine. He is likely to be leading the line, and it is up to Wolves skipper Coady – who was ever so vocal at West Ham – to stop him from getting into double figures tonight. Predicted Wolves XI (3-4-3): Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Otto; Traore, Jimenez, Neto Wolves face Bournemouth in a clash between two Premier League teams facing opposite directions. Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves are right in the frame for a Europa League spot but could also be considered a dark horse for a Champions League place if Chelsea drop points in their upcoming Premier League fixtures. Wolves beat West Ham with ease at the weekend and will hope to dish out more misery to a relegation-battling side when the Cherries roll into town. Watch Wolves v Bournemouth with a BT Sport monthly pass Bournemouth are in the thick of it at the bottom end of the table. They sit in 18th, in desperate need of points to scramble clear and dunk West Ham or Watford below the water line. Eddie Howe's men have a game in hand – tonight's encounter – to really land a blow on West Ham following their defeat to Tottenham last night. The sides are level on points, but a victory for Bournemouth here would be greeted with panic alarms being sounded in east London. RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about how to watch the Wolves v Bournemouth game on TV and online. When is Wolves v Bournemouth on TV? Wolves v Bournemouth will take place on Wednesday 24th June 2020. Upcoming games will be staggered across multiple kick off times so you can tune in to watch every match live. Check out our Premier League fixtures guide for the latest times and information. What time is kick-off? Wolves v Bournemouth will kick off at 6pm – the match is followed by Liverpool v Crystal Palace at 8:15pm. Sign up to get alerts for football and receive television and entertainment email newsletters from our award-winning editorial team. You can unsubscribe at any time. What TV channel is Wolves v Bournemouth on? The game will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 5:45pm. There are multiple ways to get BT Sport. If you already have BT Broadband, you can add BT TV and Sport to your existing contract from just £15.00 per month. You can add the 'Big Sport' package for £40 per month which includes all BT Sport and 11 Sky Sports channels via a NOW TV pass. How to live stream Wolves v Bournemouth online You can watch the match with a BT Sport monthly pass without signing up to a contract. Regular subscribers can also stream matches via the BT Sport website or BT Sport app on a variety of devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets. Wolves v Bournemouth team news Wolves: Santo has a fully-fit squad to choose from, and his only selection issues are very good ones for any manager to have. Pedro Neto scored and Adama Traore nicked an assist from the bench at the weekend with both players chomping at the bit for a starting berth. Traore is more likely to start this one, but Neto is in contention. Bournemouth: David Brooks made his long-awaited return from injury at the weekend but was forced off late in the game due to fatigue and cramp. He may not be risked from the start here as Howe seeks to ease him back into the fold. Philip Billing remains a doubt, while Ryan Fraser will not feature again for the Cherries are rejecting a short-term contract extension to keep him at the club beyond next week. Wolves have simmered along nicely all season, turning their run of draws into wins and blossoming because of their increased proficiency in finding the net. Raul Jimenez picked up where he left off on the goal trail, Diogo Jota enjoyed top form prior to lockdown, Neto scored at the weekend, Traore is a TNT winger with the ability to blow holes in defences at will. Wolves have it all, and they're backed up by a resolute backline capable of digging deep and shutting down opponents. Bournemouth's season is likely to boil down to the Callum Wilson-Josh King partnership and their ability to turn little service into a lot of goals. 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