Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Barnsley to Molineux this weekend, with the hosts comfortable in the knowledge that they could go top of the table if other results go their way.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s expensively assembled squad are beginning to prove their ability on the pitch in the division, and enter the game on the back of an impressive win at Nottingham Forest in their last league fixture.
Santo rested key players in the week as the Black Country side sneaked past League One Bristol Rovers to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, with Bright Enobakhare snatching a winner in extra time.
Barnsley’s form is a complete contrast to their hosts, with Paul Heckingbottom’s men having amassed just seven points in total this season.
The young boss will know his side face a difficult challenge when they face a Wolves side likely to consists of the likes of Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini, but will enter the game full of confidence, having narrowly lost to a strong Tottenham side at Wembley in their own Carabao Cup clash.
Wolves last game ended in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Bristol City, and dismantling a resilient Tykes side on Saturday will be no easy task, with Heckingbottom desperate for points towards the foot of the table.
Wolves biggest stars enter the game rested, whereas many of Barnsley’s key men may be jaded from their exploits in the Cup in mid-week.
I fancy a plucky Barnsley side to nab a goal, but Wolves’ quality will eventually shine through.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Barnsley
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