Tottenham vs Wolves: Can Spurs escape limbo to finish season strongly?

Wolves and Tottenham - the two 'what might have been' clubs of the 2020/21 Premier League season - prepare to meet at White Hart Lane.

When: Sunday May 16, 14:05 GMT

How to watch: Sky Sports

Best Bets

Heung-min Son to assist Harry Kane and Kane to assist Son at 40/1 (Sky Bet)

Tottenham to win from behind at 7/1 (Bet365)

Wolves to win from behind at 20/1 (Bet365)

There will be few fanbases that would have been more hurt than Tottenham's by Liverpool's fine 4-2 win over Manchester United this week.

That result saw a four-point gap open up between Spurs and the European positions as they currently stand, although more will open up further down the Premier League once the FA Cup and Champions League winners have been decided.

Nevertheless, seeing Tottenham managerless and so far disconnected from the top sides in the Premier League is still far from what they envisaged at the start of the campaign.

Wolves meanwhile pretty much don't have a care in the world. They are 12th in the table and unable to move either up nor down this weekend. That may be seen as a disappointing season given their previous two finishes in the Premier League, but it's solid nonetheless.

Last Three meetings

Wolves 1-1 Tottenham (December 27, 2020)

It was something of a heartbreaker for Spurs at Molineux back in December, and rather summed up their season - loads of early promise, but slowly surrendered and finished with a whimper.

It took just 57 seconds for Tanguy Ndombele to hand Spurs the lead as they took full advantage of a sluggish Wolves start.

However, the hosts slowly started working their way back into the match, and they ultimately made Spurs pay for their lack of ruthlessness when Romain Saiss bagged an 86th minute equaliser.

Tottenham 2-3 Wolves (March 1, 2020)

Spurs' lack of the kind of ruthlessness that had defined Jose Mourinho teams at other clubs was once again evident at White Hart Lane shortly before the first Covid lockdown.

The Londoners led twice in this one, with Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier handing Tottenham a 2-1 half time lead. It was Matt Doherty, who joined Spurs last summer, who grabbed the Wolves goal.

Again, though, Tottenham just couldn't find a way to turn promise into points, and second-half goals from Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez saw Wolves win a hugely absorbing game.

Wolves 1-2 Tottenham (December 15, 2019)

On this occasion, it was Tottenham who enjoyed a decisive late goal to give the then new manager Mourinho a fourth Premier League win in his first five matches.

Lucas Moura put the visitors ahead inside ten minutes, but the game looked to be heading for a draw when Adama Traore equalised for Wolves.

Ultimately, though, Tottenham stalwart Jan Vertonghen had the last word as he scored an injury time winner - just his second Premier League goal since 2013.

Premier League head-to-head

Tottenham wins: 6

Draws: 3

Wolves wins: 4

Tottenham goals: 25

Wolves goals: 19

Tottenham a club in limbo

Right now, Spurs have the feel of a club in absolute limbo. They are impossible to define right now, and don't seem to know what their own identity is anymore.

They don't want to be big-spenders, but they also don't want to be a developmental club. One minute they are entrusting in a huge name like Jose Mourinho and all his experience, and the next they are tossing the job to 29-year-old Ryan Mason despite there still being plenty to play for.

Is Harry Kane staying or going? What is their recruitment policy? Do they even know what kind of manager they want for next season?

There are just far more questions than there are answers with Spurs right now, and that indecision is certainly detectable in their football too.

What next for Wolves?

If you were to take Wolves' season in isolation, it certainly hasn't been a bad one. They have been competitive throughout the whole season and never been anywhere near any danger of relegation.

Certainly, when the club were toiling in League One a few years ago, being a solid mid-table Premier League team would have seemed like the stuff of dreams.

However, Wolves have set high standards for themselves in the last three years, and you can be sure they will be seeing this season as a pause for breath rather than the sum of their ambitions.

Goalscorer bets

Goalscorer bets for Totenham are usually quite straight forward given the superb partnership forged by Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

Harry Kane, right, and Son Heung-min
Harry Kane, right, and Son Heung-min

The deadly duo don't only score but tend to be involved in each other's goals too, so the 40/1 on offer from Sky Bet for Son to assist Kane and Kane to assist Son is surely worth a punt.

Dele Alli is back in favour too, and he can be backed at 9/2 to score anytime.

Wolves have understandably been less prolific in front of goal this season after losing Diogo Jota to Liverpool and Raul Jimenez to injury.

Youngster Morgan Gibbs-White bagged his first Premier League goal recently, though, and he can be backed at 11/2 to score anytime.