In this blog, FPL draft Hub will walk you through Wolves key players, signings and tactics throughout preseason, direct from the clubs match reports to guide your Fantasy Premierleague Draft picks on Draft Day.
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Newcastle 0-4 Wolves
17th July 2019
Goalscorers: Jota 15’, Gibbs-white 32’, Jota 40’, OG 85’
Wolves secured their place in the Asia Trophy final, comfortably moving past Newcastle United after four goals without reply. Diogo Jota bagged either side of a curling Morgan Gibbs-White finish to assert Wolves’ dominance in the opening period, before a late Thomas Allan own goal made it four.
In the first official pre-season outing of the summer, and their first ever in China, Wolves showed no signs of cobwebs. It was Leander Dendoncker who carved out the first opening, charging down the right and, after Gibbs-White dummied his pass, Joao Moutinho curled over the bar.
Man City 0 – 0 Wolves
20th July 2019
Wolves were crowned Asia Trophy champions to round off a successful pre-season tour of China. After 90 goalless minutes with the Manchester City, Wolves prevailed on penalties after Ryan Bennett, Taylor Perry and Ruben Vinagre scored from 12 yards.
Rui Patricio saved three of the Premier League champions’ penalties after an impressive display during the 90 minutes to help them come out on top in their first ever participation in the competition.
Wolves 2 – 0
25th July 2019
Goalscorers: Jota 37’, Vinagre 90’
A goal in either half from Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre ensured Wolves’ first European tie in almost 40 years ended in victory, as Northern Irish outfit Crusaders came to Molineux for the first leg of a Europa League second qualifying round clash.
A sweetly struck half-volley from Jota and Vinagre’s tap in from a matter of inches came in a game where Wolves dominated possession, but lacked the crucial touch in the final third of the pitch. However, the side still take a two goal advantage to the second leg of the fixture in Belfast next week.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo named the same starting 11 who took to the field in Wolves’ recent Premier League Asia Trophy-winning matches, but did welcome Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss to the squad after the pair missed the tour of China due to their summer international exploits.
Crusaders 1-4 Wolves
1st August 2019
Goalscorers: Jimenez 15’, Bennett 38’, Jimenez 15, OG 78’
Two goals from Raul Jimenez set Wolves on their way to securing a place in the Europa League third qualifying round with a comfortable victory over Crusaders in Belfast.
The Mexican netted either side of a Ryan Bennett header after Wolves found themselves going behind to their Northern Irish opponents when Paul Heatley opened the scoring, but an own goal from Jordan Forsythe gave the visitors a 6-1 aggregate victory.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo – who was marking his 100th competitive game in charge of Wolves – made one change from the side which took the first leg 2-0 last Thursday evening at Molineux by bringing in Jimenez for Morgan Gibbs-White.
Despite Nuno reverting to the same 11 which played the majority of games last season, it was the home side who started the match looking the most dangerous.