Premier League

Wolverhampton-Brentford Preview

Bruno Lage is hopeful that the goals will continue to flow for his Wolves side when they make the trip to Brentford for Saturday's Premier League contest.

Wolves have seemingly put their goalscoring issues behind them with six goals in their past two matches in all competitions.

That is as many as they managed in their previous 11 games combined, which provides Lage with some confidence heading into the clash with Brentford in west London.

"We talked before and I was worried that we didn't create chances, but now we are creating a lot of chances," he said. "When you don't score goals, if you're creating chances the goals will come and here we are. After two games we've scored six goals.

"I'm not putting pressure on the players to score goals. We're working hard every day to improve and to give confidence to the players. The most important thing is teamwork."

Brentford beat Wolves 2-0 at Molineux in September's reverse fixture, but they have lost three league games in a row – and five of their last six – ahead of this latest encounter.

Despite the drop-off in form, Bees boss Thomas Frank is pleased with what he has seen from his side in recent defeats to Liverpool and Manchester United.

"I'm unbelievably proud of my team," he said. "We are the smallest club in the Premier League, Manchester United the biggest. Now we have a huge challenge against Wolves.

"They defend unbelievably well in a low and mid-block with a good structure and big desire. They are a challenge for any team in terms of creating chances. Their number of goals conceded, backed by expected goals conceded, is very low. It is a big challenge."

Brentford - Ivan Toney

Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa has conceded just 15 goals in his first 20 Premier League starts, so Brentford's attackers have a tough task on their hands on Saturday.

Toney scored a late consolation in the loss to Man United and now has five top-flight goals this term, making him the most likely Bees player to find a breakthrough.

Wolves - Adama Traore

Traore finally got off the mark with his first Premier League goal of the season on what was his 19th appearance in last weekend's 3-1 victory over Southampton.

Intriguingly, the Spain international has scored the most goals in the competition's history without ever netting in the first half of a game (eight goals).

- Brentford are looking to secure the league double over Wolves for the first time since 2015-16, though this is just the third different campaign in which they have met since then.

- Wolves have failed to score in three of their last four away league games against Brentford, having found the net in each of their previous eight such visits before this.

- Having lost four of their first five Premier League games this season (W1), Wolves have lost just three of their last 15 (W8 D4).

- Only Manchester City (13) have conceded fewer goals than Wolves this term (15), while Lage's side are the only team not to concede as many as three goals in a match so far.

- Wolves have lost just one of their last nine Premier League away games against promoted sides (W5 D3).

Updated January 21, 2022