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It's been more than two months since Wolverhampton won back-to-back Premier League games. That followed a defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
Wolves aim to finally repeat that feat when they visit Spurs on Sunday.
Whilst things are going well for Wolverhampton (9-12-6) on the Europa League front, they've struggled to string together victories in the Premier League but are still in position for a top-six finish. They did manage to end an 0-2-1 rut with last weekend's 3-0 victory over Norwich City.
Diogo Jota recorded a brace and Raul Jimenez also scored as Wolves posted their third consecutive clean sheet within the top-flight. Now, Wolverhampton will try to win back-to-back league contests for the first time since Dec. 21 and 27.
The last time they did that came after a 2-1 home loss to Tottenham (11-7-9) on Dec. 15. Jimenez assisted on Adama Traore's equaliser in the 67th minute, but Jan Vertonghen posted the winner in the first minute of stoppage time. Tottenham played that match with stars Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, but injuries will keep both out of this contest.
Still, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo knows the challenge that awaits for his club this weekend in London is significant.
"We have to show a lot of respect because the quality's there," Nuno, whose club is one point behind Spurs in the table, told Wolverhampton's official website. "I know how hard it is going to be because no matter who is not involved, the squad has quality players all over."
Kane (17 overall goals) is back training, but his return to the pitch remains uncertain. That means some of the scoring load, at least this weekend, could fall to the likes of Lucas Moura, who has seven goals over all competitions - including one against Wolves in December.
"We need to fight," Moura told Tottenham's official website. "Every team have these problems, injuries, suspensions. I know we're strong mentally strong."
Spurs will try to avoid a third consecutive defeat after their three-game overall winning streak ended with a 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig in the Champions League and they fell 2-1 at Chelsea last weekend within the top-flight.
"We did well in the last few games before Chelsea, now, a big game in Sunday against Wolves and we need to win to keep in touch with the top four, our objective," said Moura, who has recorded two goals in three league games versus Wolverhampton.
"We are ready and will fight in every game."
Jota has five goals in his last two matches over all competitions.
Updated February 28, 2020