Match Thread: Wolves V Middlesbrough (Home, 05/08/2017)
August 4 2017
It's back, Yes the new season starts for Wolves and we have a very tough opener against Middlesbrough who got relegated from the top flight last season. Wolves have a really poor record against Boro winning just 27 times in 92 meetings. Both sides have spent some money and also got new head coaches.
Nuno Espirito Santo will be looking to get his new side of to a flyer and push this club back into the premier league. Ivan Cavaleiro (suspension), Kortney Hause (knock) and Helder Costa (ankle) will all be missing but we will get a chance to meet some of our new heroes in Jota, Neves, Bolly & Ruddy to name a few.
- Wolves have won four and lost just one of their past seven opening-day matches.
- Middlesbrough have won just one of their past eight matches on opening weekend (D4 L3), beating Birmingham 2-0 in 2014-15.
- Middlesbrough have won their last four games against Wolves in all competitions, last winning five in a row in February 1995.
- Wolves have won four of their past six home games against Middlesbrough in all competitions, though lost the last meeting in October 2015.
- There will be five players who played in the Champions League last season set to appear for Championship clubs in 2017-18, three of those for Wolves (Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Willy Boly).
- Middlesbrough signing Martin Braithwaite hit double figures in each of his last two seasons in the French top flight for Toulouse, netting 22 goals in total.
- These two sides have met four times in the month of August with Boro winning all four.
Head To Head
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:08:11:22:05:52 by Badge32.
The former Porto boss opts for a 3-4-3 formation, tested heavily during pre-season, with Brazilian striker Leo Bonatini spearheading the attack with support from Atletico Madrid loanee Diogo Jota and Wolves academy graduate Bright Enobakhare.
The club and Championship record-signing Ruben Neves starts alongside Romain Saiss in the heart of the midfield, with Barry Douglas on the left wing and Matt Doherty on the right.
Conor Coady takes on the captaincy and marshalls the three-man defence, alongside Porto loanee Willy Boly at left-back and Roderick Miranda at right-back. John Ruddy, who joined on a free from Norwich City last month, takes his place between the sticks.
Ivan Cavaleiro is suspended for the clash after seeing red on the last day of last season, while Helder Costa (ankle) and Ben Marshall (hip) are out for the foreseeable.
Options on the bench include striker Nouha Dicko, who picked up a knock in pre-season, and Wolves stalwarts Dave Edwards and Danny Batth.
Keeping fingers crossed for a winning start to the new campaign for Nuno
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Miranda will have to be careful as he's on a yellow card and we seem to have a whistle happy ref.