⚽️ Match: Wolverhampton – Stoke City
⚽️ Competition: EFL Cup
🗓 Date: 17.09.2020
Predictions for Thursday’s Carabao Cup second-round contest at Molineux. Can Wolves push past Championship side Stoke and into the next stage of the competition?
- Wolverhampton kept eight clean sheets in their last nine home matches.
Wanderers lost just one of those nine assignments at Molineux.
Stoke scored just one goal in their first two fixtures of the new season.
Wolverhampton to prove too strong for Stoke
Wolverhampton started their 2020/21 domestic campaign with a fine 2-0 win at Sheffield United on Monday evening thanks to early strikes from Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss, though Wanderers have little time to revel in their victory with a Thursday Carabao Cup clash with Stoke on the horizon.
Nuno Espirito Santo will almost certainly be more concerned about Wolves’ next Premier League test against Man City on Sunday, and that should ensure that Wanderers field a much-changed XI against the Championship’s potters.
Luckily for the Portuguese supremo, Wanderers have quality in reserve, and Oskar Burr, Vitinha, Ruben Vinagre and new record signing Fabio Silva will all hope to see minutes this week.
Wolverhampton, who was beaten just once in their last nine games at Molineux, should have more than enough class to knock Stoke out this week, and Wanderers’ incredible defensive record that saw them keep eight clean sheets during the same period, strongly indicates another shutout is on offer.
Stoke managed to score just one goal in their first two competitive matches of the new season and the evidence suggests Michael O’Neill’s charges lack the cutting edge to trouble their host’s robust backline.
With those factors aligned, backing Wolverhampton to win to nil is advisable at the odds quoted, while our correct score prediction tips Wanderers to record a 2-0 victory.