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Wolves vs Burnley: Slow start to continue for Clarets

Wolves vs Burnley Match Preview and Predictions

Burnley will hope the international break and their European exit means they can begin to reproduce their form from last season when they face Premier League new boys Wolves.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

The Clarets have taken just one point from their first four matches, with their midweek exertions in the Europa League qualifiers seeming to take their toll.

Wolves secured their first victory of the season prior to the break thanks to Adama Traore's injury-time winner at West Ham.

Match information

When is it? Sunday 16th September

What time is kick-off? 13:30

Where is it being played? Molineux

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Andre Marriner

Wolves vs Burnley Betting Tips

The lowdown

The expected goals statistics suggested Burnley were one of the worst teams in the Premier League last season but they frequently defied the data to finish seventh.

That has now been the case in the new campaign though and with their attack and defence both ranked 17th based on expected goals, their position of 18th in the table looks a fair reflection of their performances so far.

Having conceded only 39 goals last season, they have already shipped nine in the new campaign despite a goalless draw at Southampton on the opening weekend.

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Wolves look capable of punishing any defensive lapses, having looked good going forward so far. Their average xG of 1.32 is the 12th best in the Premier League and a home win at 3/4 is the first of our Wolves vs Burnley predictions.

We think the international break will have come at a good time for Sean Dyche's men though and fancy them to at least get on the scoresheet so take odds of 23/20 for both teams to score, with a 3-1 win for Wolves at 17/1 catching the eye in the correct score betting.

First goalscorer tips

Ruben Neves scored the first goal for Wolves on their return to the Premier League when he equalised against Everton on the opening weekend.

The midfielder has the ability to produce moments of quality and he appeals at 17/2 to score first at Molineux.

Anytime goalscorer tips

The onus will be on Wolves to attack as the home team, with Burnley often happy to sit back and soak up pressure.

Wing-back Matt Doherty threatened against West Ham last time out and can be backed at 13/2 to add to the four goals he netted last season.

Where the game will be won or lost

Wolves may have left it late against West Ham but there was little doubt they were the better team.

They had several chances to go in front long before Traore broke the deadlock and will be on the front foot for much of the match against Burnley.

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Reflecting on the West Ham game, captain Conor Coady told the club website: "I thought we played fantastically well, we moved the ball really well and created chances against a really good team at a tough place to go.

"We'd have been devastated if we hadn't come away with the win so that was special for the boys."

More of the same from Wolves should be enough to get the better of a Burnley team looking short of confidence after a stuttering start to the season, which is why we're backing a home win in our Wolves vs Burnley betting tips.

Team news

Wolves could be without Raul Jimenez after the forward sustained a muscle injury while away on international duty with Mexico. Ivan Cavaleiro is still out with a back problem.

Burnley have Johan Berg Gudmundsson back available after a hamstring problem but Ben Gibson is to see a specialist about his groin issue. Fellow defender Stephen Ward is fit again after a foot injury saw him miss the Republic of Ireland's match against Poland on Tuesday.

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Wolves have made a solid start to life back in the Premier League and with a passionate Molineux crowd behind them, they can claim a second successive win at Burnley's expense.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football