Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leeds United
A look ahead to Saturday's match.
Leeds United face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon (3pm), looking to go into the international break on a high.
The Whites head to Molineux to face a Wolves side who are four points ahead of them in the table, in what is a fiercely contested battle in the bottom half of the league.
Last time out, Javi Gracia’s side came from behind twice to pick up an important point at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. Julen Lopetegui’s side were defeated at St James’ Park, against Newcastle United.
The earlier league fixture this season was on the opening day of the campaign. Daniel Podence put Wolves ahead, but Rodrigo hit back to level, before a second half winner came for Leeds courtesy of an own-goal from Rayan Ait-Nouri.
Rodrigo 🤝 Scoring against Wolves pic.twitter.com/JEBF6eDnCH— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 6, 2022
This time around, both teams are in need of the three points as they aim to move clear of a hotly-contested relegation fight, which involves no fewer than nine teams.
Wolves have won five from 13 matches at Molineux this season, whilst also drawing two and losing six. On the road, Leeds have only secured the one victory so they will now be looking to add that tally this weekend.
Against the Seagulls in the draw last time out, the trio of Luis Sinisterra, Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford returned to the squad, giving Javi Gracia more attacking options. It has however been confirmed that midfield regular Tyler Adams will miss Saturday’s game through injury.
A player the United defence will know well is top of the scoring charts for Wolves this season. Having scored on the opening day, Podence has five in the league, joint top with Ruben Neves.
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Ahead of the match, the home club have provided supporters attending the fixture with some key information and a supporters guide, which you can download using the link above.
The match on Saturday has not been selected for live television coverage within the UK. For those not attending the game, you can stay right here on leedsunited.com to follow live updates throughout the 90 minutes, or listen to uninterrupted commentary on LUTV!
What has Javi Gracia said, ahead of the match?
“In all my experience playing against Wolves, they always were really, really demanding games. I think this time will not be different, it will be the same. In my opinion they are playing well, it’s a well organised team with good players.”
🎙 Ahead of Saturday's clash with Wolves, watch Javi Gracia's pre-match press conference https://t.co/8BaUxcB3kB— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 16, 2023
Head to head:
Inside training this week:
👀 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝗪𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀#LUFC x @Boost_Drinks pic.twitter.com/2v7UQEbwKV— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 17, 2023
A stat ahead of the match:
🔢 @LUFC travel to face Wolves in the @premierleague this weekend. 👇 #LUFC #MOT @g_relectrical pic.twitter.com/rW8rFLrcbo— Leeds United StatZone (@lufcsz) March 15, 2023
Premier League top scorer:
Wolves: Daniel Podence & Ruben Neves (5)
Leeds: Rodrigo (10)
Referee - Michael Salisbury
Assistant Referee - Gary Beswick
Assistant Referee - Adam Nunn
Fourth Official - Andre Marriner
Video Assistant Referee - David Coote
How to watch:
The match has not been selected for live television coverage within the UK. For those not attending the game, you can stay right here on leedsunited.com to follow live updates throughout the 90 minutes, or listen to uninterrupted commentary on LUTV!
🎙 𝗝𝗮𝘃𝗶 𝗼𝗻 𝗪𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀: “All my experiences of playing against Wolves, were very demanding games. This time will be no different. They're playing well, they're a well-organised team with good players." pic.twitter.com/cCwNaEMR45— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 16, 2023