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Wolverhampton Wanderers could lose more games in coming weeks
24 January 2018, 11:04
Wolverhampton Wanderers could lose more games in coming weeks

Wolverhampton Wanderers did the unthinkable over the weekend. The Championship leaders lost their first match in the league since October.

Wolves 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest was very uncharacteristic of Nuno Espirito Santo's team. Not only were Wolves beaten, but the team didn't score a goal. Making things even worse was the fact Wolverhampton lost at home for only the second time this term. Now just nine points ahead of second place Derby, could the wheels be coming off of Wolves' once unstoppable train?

In Wolves' last six matches the team has dropped points. The club's three wins have been tempered by two draws and a loss. It has allowed Derby to make up ground as the Rams have got hot. Worryingly for Wolves, the team could drop further points. Wolverhampton's sure promotion via winning the Championship could come crumbling down.

Out of the FA Cup, Wolves will resume their league season on Saturday away to Ipswich. The Tractor Boys have been up and down this term, but only lost to Wolverhampton 1-0 at Molineux in December. Now at home, Ipswich are two games unbeaten, and could cause Santo plenty of headaches. It isn't just Ipswich that could take points off of Wolves, however. Games against Sheffield United, Fulham, Aston Villa and Derby are all to come. The four sides are chasing promotion, and will be fighting for points.

Wolves' lead once seemed so great that it allowed the players to take their foot of the accelerator. Now, Santo must get his team back to winning ways ahead of a trip to Ipswich. New Signing Rafa Mir hasn't hit the ground running. The Spanish striker arrived from Valencia for £2 million this month. He hasn't found the back of the net, yet. In Mir's defence, Santo has played him sparingly. Top goal scorer Leo Bonatini has hit a dry spell. The Brazilian hasn't scored since December 9th. That is a run of 10 games in all competitions without a goal. Bonatini has struck the back of the net 13 times, but Santo may favour new boy Mir to start Saturday's fixture against Ipswich.

Despite giving up two goals against Nottingham Forest, Wolverhampton's defence is still playing well. It is the three-man attack at the top of the formation that really needs to find form quickly.

Wolves are in a more dangerous position than some may think. A win against Ipswich on Saturday and all will be well. However, a loss could see Derby, Cardiff and Aston Villa make up ground. On paper, Wolverhampton are good enough to win the Championship. Unfortunately, football isn't played on paper. The club has lost two straight matches in all competitions. The teams below them are picking up wins. Wolverhampton need to take all three points in the coming weeks to ensure promotion back to the Premier League is achieved.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Norwich City 63 33 18 9 6 65 42 23
2. Sheffield United 61 33 18 7 8 58 34 24
3. Leeds United 61 32 18 7 7 53 36 17
4. West Bromwich 57 32 16 9 7 64 40 24
5. Middlesbrough 54 32 14 12 6 36 24 12
6. Bristol City 53 31 15 8 8 40 30 10
7. Derby County 51 31 14 9 8 43 36 7
8. Nottingham Forest 47 33 11 14 8 46 38 8
9. Birmingham City 46 32 11 13 8 49 40 9
10. Aston Villa 44 33 10 14 9 56 52 4
11. Preston North End 44 33 11 11 11 50 47 3
12. Hull City 44 32 12 8 12 45 42 3
13. Swansea City 44 32 12 8 12 42 39 3
14. Blackburn Rovers 43 33 11 10 12 43 50 -7
15. Sheffield Wednesday 41 32 10 11 11 36 47 -11
16. Brentford 40 31 10 10 11 50 43 7
17. Stoke City 40 33 9 13 11 34 41 -7
18. QPR 39 31 11 6 14 39 47 -8
19. Wigan Athletic 34 32 9 7 16 32 46 -14
20. Millwall 31 31 7 10 14 34 45 -11
21. Reading 29 33 6 11 16 34 49 -15
22. Rotherham 29 33 5 14 14 33 53 -20
23. Bolton Wanderers 26 33 6 8 19 21 51 -30
24. Ipswich Town 20 33 3 11 19 25 56 -31

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