Wolverhampton Wanderers host Leeds United in round 30 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Friday, March 18th at Molineux Stadium (Wolverhampton)
Wolverhampton is in eighth place in the standings with 46 points after 29 rounds. Bruno Lage’s team gained 14 victories and four draws and suffered 11 losses. The Wolves had an unsuccessful period at the end of February, during which they lost to Arsenal (2-1), West Ham (1-0), and Crystal Palace (0-2). However, then the Wanderers regained their good name in games with outsiders. On March 10, they stopped Watford (4-0), and three days later they dealt with Everton in Liverpool (0-1). The outcome of the match against the Toffees was decided at the beginning of the 2nd half, when Conor Coady used a cross from the flank. The Wolves were on the power play from the 78th minute due to a send-off, which helped them keep a minimal victory.
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Leeds United is ranked 16th in the Premier League standings with 26 points after 29 games. The Peacocks gained six victories and eight draws and suffered 15 defeats. But they have looked very weak in the championship lately. If we look at the previous eight rounds, Leeds was content with a home draw against Aston Villa (3-3) and lost six times. The club’s management dismissed head coach Marcelo Bielsa and invited Jesse Marsch to correct the situation in the standings. The American manager started with losses to Leicester (0-1) and Aston Villa (0-3), but on March 13, the Whites broke their unbeaten streak with a home victory over Norwich City (2-1). Goals by Rodrigo and Joe Gelhardt (he scored in the 94th minute) gave the Peacocks their first home win since early January.
Leeds is a convenient opponent for the Wolves in terms of playing style. The Whites got used to open and attacking football even under Bielsa, and Lage’s team likes to play defense first and punish its opponents for defensive mistakes with quick counterattacks. Given the history of recent head-to-head matches, the Wanderers may once again leave Leeds without a victory. Three previous games against the Peacocks ended with low production. This streak may continue, as three of the last four matches of the Wolves didn’t please the fans with a goal show. Moreover, Leeds has obvious problems with the conversion of scoring chances. In the previous five games, the Whites upset only Norwich City, whose defense is among the three worst in the championship.