22 points separated these teams in the Premier League table last season, although that gap is likely to be cut in half this term, with Wanderers having a chance to go ten points clear of Spurs by winning Saturday’s match.
Mick McCarthy’s team certainly have momentum going into the game at Molineux after collecting seven points from games against Blackburn, Fulham and Aston Villa, with the manager hoping that Wolves can sustain this kind of form after experiencing a similarly bright start last term.
They certainly catch the eye at 2/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) for Saturday’s game against a Tottenham team that looked very average when losing 5-1 at home to Manchester City a fortnight ago. There was no belief among the home ranks and Harry Redknapp later revealed that Luka Modric had asked not to play.
Even so, Modric now knows that he is staying at White Hart Lane and his manager will be looking for him to link up with Scott Parker in the middle of the park, with odds of 7/5 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) available about Spurs claiming their first points of the season.
Last season’s fixture saw the game end in a 3-3 scoreline and the draw is hard to rule out this time around, with Redknapp looking for his defence to start keeping things tighter after eight goals conceded against the two Manchester teams.
However, Rafael Van der Vaart will be missing for several weeks and there will now be a degree of reliance on Jermain Defoe to step up to the mark, with the England man having scored twice in that 3-3 draw last season.