Burnley-Wolverhampton Preview

Wolves head coach Bruno Lage is expecting a "big challenge" ahead of a daunting schedule as his side prepare to host Burnley on Wednesday.

Despite losing their first three games, Wolves sit sixth in the league after being held to a goalless draw at Norwich City last time out.

The hosts face Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all by December 19, but Lage insists his side's preparations for the challenging period are well under way.

"Every day is a challenge, but that's why we are working hard every day, not just on the pitch, but also in meetings, so they understand my ideas," Lage said.

"We started the season with a big challenge, against Leicester, Tottenham and Man United, now, it's going to be a big challenge for us.

"We want everyone to be fit and ready, and we have players who are working to play more than one position because you never know what's going to happen."

Burnley managed to have the weekend off after their home clash with Tottenham fell foul to the snowy conditions that covered the Turf Moor pitch.

The Clarets, though, have just one win to their name as they sit three points adrift of safety and manager Sean Dyche knows his side must be at their best at Molineux.

"Results against teams don't guarantee you get the next one, but I think we have had a very good record against Wolves, the various meetings we've had," Dyche said.

"We've mostly played well against them and we're going to have to do that again, they're having a decent season.

"They're a good outfit Wolves, they have been the last few seasons and now it seems they've found their feet and are having a strong season so far, so we know we've got to be on top of our game."

Wolves - Raul Jimenez

Raúl Jiménez has been directly involved in 80% of Wolves' goals at Molineux so far this season (2 goals, 2 assists).

Burnley - Chris Wood

Chris Wood has scored five goals in his last three Premier League appearances against Wolves, netting a hat-trick (and assisting the other) in the Clarets' 4-0 win in this exact fixture last season.

- Burnley have only won four of their last 27 Premier League matches (D10 L13), although one of those wins was away at Wolves in April, a 4-0 victory that was their biggest away top-flight win since 1965 against Sunderland (also 4-0).

- In the seven Premier League games in which Adama Traoré has started this season, Wolves average 14.1 shots per game, compared to just 7.7 when the Spaniard doesn't start. However, Wolves have just won just two of the seven games Traoré has started (29%), compared to four of the six he hasn't (67%).

- Burnley have won four of their last five Premier League away games played on Wednesdays (D1). The Clarets had lost their first three such games in the competition.

- Wolves have won each of their last three Premier League home games, last winning four in a row in the top-flight at Molineux in March/April 1975.

- Burnley did the league double over Wolves last season - they've not won more consecutively against them in the league since a run of four straight victories between 1912 and 1931.

Updated November 30, 2021

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