Wolverhampton vs Brenton promises to be an intriguing encounter between two teams striving to find their feet this season. Both squads have passionate fans, so this should be a spirited clash. On the one hand, this could make a result unpredictable, but it may open up the market for some excellent value betting tips.
Wolverhampton vs Brenton
Date: Saturday 18th September
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Time:13:30 (UK TIme)
The climb for Brenton to the Premier League has been long and arduous. For fans, it’s been a lifetime slog up from the fourth division, culminating in last season’s spectacular win in the Championship final. To date, that tenacity and fighting spirit has carried on in football’s upper echelon as the newly-promoted club finds itself in the respectful middle of the log.
On the other hand, Wolverhampton has settled in quite nicely into the Premier League after being promoted a few years back. However, they are a club that thrives on the support and cheers of their fans, so the pandemic certainly took a toll on the performance of the Wolves squad last season. It was hoped that things would turn around for the clubs with the return of packed stadiums and the appointment of former Benfica coach Bruno Lage. However, this season, that hasn’t proved accurate as Wolves languish in the bottom half of the log.
Odds for Wolverhampton vs Brenton
Before we break down the intricacies of this match, let’s acquaint ourselves with the market, which is quite surprising considering the form of the two teams in question. Undeniably, Wolves have the advantage of playing in their home stadium – however, their record is less than stellar this season. Nonetheless, the bookies have them as favourites, so let’s weigh up the odds underneath and see if we can come up with some betting tips:
Highlight: Nottingham Forest 0 – 4 Wolverhampton (Carabao Cup)
It says something about Wolves current Premier League from that their top performance was in the Carabao Cup. While they did pick up their first league points recently with an away win over Watford, it’s their performance in the Carabao Cup that gives Wolves fans reason for hope. Both squads came into the match on a losing run, with no fireworks expected. But, Wolves put the home team under massive pressure from the opening whistle and eventually broke through just before the first hour concluded. Then, the floodgates opened, and it was one-way traffic, with Wolves putting in a performance that would trouble any top team.
Lowlight: Leicester 1 – 0 Wolves
Bruno Lage’s first game in charge at Wolves was a disappointing, uninspiring and unimaginative defeat to the Foxes. The visitors looked in need of new blood as a tired squad went through the motions, squandering any chances they had of scoring with errors. After Leicester scored in the 41st minute, there was never a comeback in sight. Wolf’s other losses this season were to top teams (we’ll get to that a bit later), but they had no excuses in this game.
Highlight: Brentford 2 – 0 Arsenal
The return of Brentford to the Premier League in itself was a fairy tale, but the good news continued in their opening match as they hosted Arsenal in what was an emotionally charged affair. A dominating performance from the Bees saw them find the net in each half. They looked superior to the visitors in almost every way. For a brief moment after the match, Brentford topped the Premier League log – for the first time in over 70 years. While nobody seriously expected them to stay there for long, it was a sweet victory to be savoured.
Lowlight: Brenton 0 – 1 Brighton
Brenton had fought tooth and nail not to lose a match in the Premier League up until hosting Brighton. Back in front of their home crowd, the Bees seemed to play aggressively but failed to capitalise on the many, many chances that came their way. Then, to add insult to injury in a game that they probably played slightly better in, Brighton found the back of the net in the 90th minute. It was an agonising game to stomach – even for the battle-hardened Brenton fans.
It’s rumoured that Wolverhampton will not be looking to make any significant changes to the team. The last changes were implemented and proved successful. Any significant changes now are likely to happen during the game’s latter stages.
Excitement is high at Brentford with the signing of Danish Mathias Jørgensen to bolster the central defence. When he makes his debut for the club hasn’t been announced, though. Apart from that big news, Brentford doesn’t have the depth to make many changes – plus the players on the current roster have more than proven their ability and determination so far this season.
Bookies must have been scratching their heads when pricing up on this match! Wolverhampton is finding their form after what appeared to be a bad start to the season. So why did it only seem to be bad? Well, the form of Wolves in the Premier League is against solid sides. Supporters can hardly hang their heads in shame because of their team losing close games to Tottenham and Manchester United. And, after all – they did have an impressive four-goal away rout of Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
Moreover, the squad seems to be coming together cohesively in their last three fixtures. So on the positive side – a team starting to “click” and fulfil their potential. On the negative side, however, is that Wolves have lost their last two games at home – although their performances are better than the record reflect.
On the flipside is Brentford, a team many believe to be punching above their weight. That argument is bolstered by their 2- 0 win over Arsenal. However, it might just be a case of “the Premier League is where the Bees belong” – so they’re just living up to their full potential. While they have an away win under their belt this season, there’s little question that Brenton feeds off the passion and favour of their home crowd. No doubt there will be plenty of Brenton supporters in the stands, but Wolves fans will drown them out. And, even though Brenton is higher on the log than Wolves, they have arguably had an easier path so far.
So, while we always look for football betting tips with value, sometimes the obvious conclusion is the right one – and that might be the case in this scenario. Wolves, despite faltering at home recently, will enjoy the home crowd support. Furthermore, their form is on a decided upswing. Nobody’s going to crack it, backing odds on shots, but Wolves are our pick to come out on top in this encounter.
They would even begin to gain some momentum and move up the Premier League log. So if you’re looking for a long term bet, have a gander at the odds to lift the trophy.
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