Betting preview: Wolves v Brentford - Bees unlikely to rediscover sting at Molineux

Both Wolves and Brentford look like they are lacking a little momentum in the Premier League right now.

Saturday's Premier League action kicks off with a clash between two of the competition's big unknowns for this season as Wolves host Brentford.

Wolves appear to have established themselves at this level now, although they are still readjusting to life after losing manager Nuno Espirito Santo to Spurs during the summer.

Brentford, meanwhile, are complete newcomers to the Premier League this season and still have everything to prove in terms of their longevity at the top.

When, where and how to watch

When: Saturday, September 19, 12:30PM BST

Where: Molineux

How to watch: BT Sport 1

Wolves vs Brentford best bets

Hee-Chan Hwang to score first goal at 19/4

Wolves to score in both halves at 13/5

Wolves to win 2-0 at 13/2

(All text odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change)

Wolves have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Brentford, although that does mean the continued absences of Pedro Neto and Jonny Otto.

All eyes will be on summer signing Hwang Hee-chan, though. The South Korean came off the bench to score in Wolves' first win of the season at Watford last week, and that should have pushed him to the forefront of Bruno Lage's thoughts.

Should he opt to go with Hwan from the start, then Francisco Trincao, the man he replaced at Vicarage Road, looks the most likely to step down.

Brentford have only managed one goal in the last three games, although Thomas Frank is likely to keep faith in his attack.

He spoke in glowing terms about Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo following defeat to Brighton last week, so expect them to retain their places.

One option open to Frank is Frank Onkyenka, who is back in the squad after a brush with Covid-19. He was a substitute against Brighton, but could come back into the starting line-up.

Previous meetings

This will be their first ever meeting in the top division, so their recent head-to-head is of limited value. There has been no shortage of recent meetings in the Championship, though.

Wolves 3-0 Brentford (Championship - January 2, 2018)

Wolves were well on their way to the Premier League when these two sides met last, and they comfortably put Brentford to the sword.

They needed to be patient on the day, though, with all the goals coming in the second half.

Ruben Neves opening the scoring and Barry Douglas added another just two minutes later. Diogo Jota wrapped things up neatly with ten minutes remaining.

Brentford 0-0 Wolves (Championship, August 26, 2017)

For all Wolves were exceptional that season, their trip to Brentford in August was a largely forgettable affair.

There wasn't much meaningful goalmouth action at all although it turned out to be a pretty decent away point for Wolves.

Brentford 1-2 Wolves (Championship, March 14, 2017)

This one took place mere months before the arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo and shows how nicely things were starting to build for Wolves.

It was also a feast for fans of late drama. Maxime Colin gave Brentford a first-half lead, and that looked like it was going to be enough for them to secure three points.

However, Matt Doherty equalised with just four minutes remaining and Helder Costa pinched a winner just three minutes later.

Wolves vs Brentford head-to-head (historic)

Wolves wins: 10

Draws: 2

Brentford wins: 8

Wolves goals: 33

Brentford goals: 33

Wolves sharpening their teeth

There can be no real doubt that Wolves have found themselves in something of a transition this season.

Nuno Espirito Santo delivered European qualification to the club as well as establishing them in the Premier League, and it's reasonable to wonder how they will do without him.

Additionally, the new manager, Bruno Lage, has arrived in the Premier League with no experience of English football at all. That may not be significant, but it probably won't help either.

Wolves started the season with three successive 1-0 defeats, admittedly all against fine opposition.

Leicester beat them 1-0 on the opening day, then Nuno Espirito Santo came back to haunt them as his Tottenham side won at Molineux before Manchester United did the same.

They finally got their season up and running at Watford last week, though, and with a seemingly attractive list of fixtures on the horizon they will certainly be looking to put a good run together.

Bees lost their sting

Brentford got off to a dream start when they beat Arsenal on the opening day of the season, but things haven't gone great since.

They haven't gone especially badly either, in fairness. Away draws at Crystal Palace and Aston Villa were hard-earned, although the home defeat to Brighton would have disappointed Frank.

The problem has been the lack of goals and what is coming up after their trip to Molineux.

Liverpool, West Ham, Chelsea, and Leicester are the Bees' next four Premier League games after Wolves, so they could really do with getting some more points on the board before the pressure starts to build.

Wolves vs Brentford goalscorer bets

Hwang Hee-chan made a big impression off the bench at Watford last week and he can make Wolves history with another goal in this one.

No Wolves player has ever scored in both of their first two appearances for the club in the Premier League. He can be backed at 9/4 to score anytime.

Raul Jiminez has that look of a player who is 'due' a goal too. The Mexican has had more shots without scoring (13) than any player in the Premier League this season and is 31/10 to bag the first goal in this one.

Shots, meanwhile, are something that Brentford are struggling to generate. Only Norwich have had fewer shots on target than Brentford this season, and that makes goalscorers hard to predict.

It also makes the 9/2 on offer for Ivan Toney to score the first goal look very good value as he is better than the odds offered.

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