Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is desperately hoping for a victory over the Wolves on Sunday.
Consecutive defeats against RB Leipzig and Chelsea, as well as an injury to Heung-Min Son, have killed an increasing positive mood in north London.
It looked like they could somehow get Chelsea into the top four by hook or crook, but two horrible performances saw them exposed and they looked worrisome and incompetent at a key point in the season.
The losses also showed Mourinho’s struggles against the teams playing with a back-three, so it will be even more worrisome for the fans whether it is the wolves who will be heading to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were also a bit of a bogey team for the Spurs, despite a few wins against them.
In their three Premier League clashes, the Lilywhites struggled with the Old Gold, winning Molineux last quarter before losing in an abject performance at Wembley.
Earlier this season, the Spurs won an undeserved 2-1 victory thanks to the late strike from Jan Vertonghen and their inability to manage Adama Traoré will be of real concern.
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Tottenham team news
His (arm), Harry Kane (hamstring), Moussa Sissoko (knee), Ryan Sessegnon (hip) and Juan Foyth (groin) remain for the Spurs who have had a free week to work on things on the pitch training.
Son and Kane could now return before the end of the season, while Foyth has started training with the team. Sissoko and Sessegnon are carrying out rehabilitation on the ground.
Wolves team news
Espirito Santo were able to turn part of their team on Thursday evening in the Europa League thanks to their impressive 4-0 victory in the 32nd first leg against Espanyol.
However, they lost 3-2 in Spain in the second leg with stars of the first team Adama Traoré, Matt Doherty, Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker, all starting.
There are, however, no new injury issues for the Midlands.
How Tottenham should watch against wolves
Given Mourinho’s difficulty in dealing with a counter three in the last two games, the Spurs must appoint a tactically fluid team capable of adapting to the problems they face on Sunday in N17.
With this in mind, it seems wise to start Japhet Tanganga on the left side of a back-oven alongside Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier.
Sanchez should play to the left of the central defender with his rhythm allowing him to better face Adama Traoré, who gave Jan Vertonghen a scorching weather in December.
With this quartet, the Spurs can push the right back Aurier forward and move Tanganga in a back-three if the state of the game requires it.
In the midfield, a high-energy triumvirate of Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso and Gedson Fernandes will have to upset Wolves aces Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.
Meanwhile, Dele Alli should return to the starting XI and take on a fake new role, allowing Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura to run past him, or to provide him with the ball.
What the Spurs XI could look like