Wolverhampton Wanderers took the Championship by storm last season(2017/18) under the leadership of Nuno Espirito Santo winning the league by being far the best team throughout the season. Nuno brought a very attacking style of play with a 3-4-3 formation being occupied that controlled possession whilst being purposeful with the aim of creating lots of overloads all the way through the pitch. The key question was can they do it in the Premier League? Were they able to dominate possession and continue to impose their style on other teams? So far they have delivered with a solid start to life back in the Premier League with 12 Points from 7 games (29th September 2018). In this analysis video we look at their last two away matches (West Ham – Won (0-1) & Manchester United (1-1) plus their last two home fixtures (Burnley – Won (1-0) & Southampton – (2-0).

Key Points:

  • 3 Centre Halves Boly (15), Coady (16) & Bennett (5) spread out to create width across the pitch – Coady (15) the central defender links with Neves (8).
  • Neves (8) & Moutinho (28) both excellent on the ball and break the lines passing into the 3 forward players.
  • Wing Backs Castro (19) & Doherty (2) stay touchline wide high up the pitch. Doherty (2) will rotate with Costa (10). Doherty (2) will step inside and stand on the full back to allow Costa (10) to receive the switch of play usually from Neves (8).
  • LWF Jota (18) & RWF Costa (10) will play in the half spaces and also position themselves on/close to the opposition full back. This distracts the Full Back and causes them a problem to go with the forward and over cover or hold position ready for the switch of play.
  • Jimenez (9) has superb movement in the box creating space by drifting away from centre half’s to then get across them. Also does great with back to goal in the box to setup chances.