Given that both of Tottenham’s equalizers might have been overturned or avoided by various refereeing decisions, the contentious post-game debate between Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel overshadowed what might have been considered a lucky draw for Tottenham. Despite this, Conte saw the 2-2 tie as “a step forward” as it brought their league winning streak to eight games against one of their main rivals (W5, D3).
Wolves have now won three of their previous four Premier League (PL) visits to Tottenham, and Conte became the newest manager to lose at home to them (0-2) in February 2022. Thus, Spurs’ second home game of the new campaign provides an additional chance for them to show their development before their upcoming return to the Champions League.
Wolves boasted by far the best record of the previous PL season as travelling outsiders (W7, D2, L8), so their opening round loss away to the nearly relegated Leeds United (1-2) was as rude a shock, as was the scoreless draw with Fulham that followed. Bruno Lage’s side are now lamenting their longest PL winless streak (D3, L6) since returning to the top flight in 2018/19.
Lage, who has once more openly indicated his desire for further signings before the deadline, is growing increasingly frustrated with their lack of progress in the transfer market. His team’s struggles are highlighted by the fact that they have only won once in eight Premier League away games (W1, D1, L6) since last season’s win at Tottenham, suggesting they are still a shell of their former selves as they enter this game looking for just their second goal of the season.
Players to watch: Harry Kane has now registered goals in five of Spurs’ current eight unbeaten PL games – although last Sunday’s was the only one one to arrive after half-time. Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker has scored in his last two appearances against Tottenham in all competitions.