Wolverhampton vs Brentford Preview

 Aiming to put yet another capital club to the sword at Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Brentford to the West Midlands for Saturday afternoon's Premier League contest.

Wolverhampton vs Brentford Preview

Julen Lopetegui's side stunned Chelsea in a 1-0 triumph last time out, while the Bees could not hang onto a one-goal lead against Newcastle United, falling to a 2-1 defeat.

Scoring a goal worthy of Frank Lampard's approval, Wolves' marquee midfield signing Matheus Nunes has found consistency hard to come by at Molineux, but the Portugal international's rocket was enough to spoil Lampard's Chelsea homecoming.

With just over half an hour gone last Saturday, Nunes arrived in the right-hand side of the area and unleashed a thunderbolt of a half-volley across Kepa Arrizabalaga's goal and into the back of the net, and a toothless Chelsea side could not come up with the required response.

By returning to winning ways after a dismal three-game victory-less run, Lopetegui's side have opened up a four-point gap to the relegation zone in 13th place, but Wolves are not out of the woods yet as the chasing pack aim to close the gap in the coming weeks.

Since returning to domestic duties after the World Cup, Wolves have followed a specific pattern of results at Molineux - winning one then losing one across all tournaments - and such a streak is not a good omen for this weekend after their success over Chelsea.

However, all of West Ham United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been sent back to London with no points from their trips to Molineux in 2023, and each of Wolves' last eight home wins have been to nil, so the Bees would do well to bring their most potent sting to the West Midlands.

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:

Sa; Semedo, Kilman, Dawson, Toti; Podence, Gomes, Lemina, Nunes; Cunha, Costa

Brentford possible starting lineup:

Raya; Hickey, Mee, Pinnock, Henry; Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt; Mbeumo, Toney, Wissa