Wolverhampton Wanderers – Burnley: Wolves’ wing-play defeats uninspiring Burnley (1-0)
Burnley’s disappointing start to the season continued as their long-ball game and passive defence came up short against Wolves’ wing-focused attack.
Wolverhampton Wanderers came into the game on the back of a respectable draw against Manchester City, and a win away at West Ham thanks to a late Adama Traoré goal. Burnley on the other hand were still looking for their first win of the campaign. Last season Sean Dyche’s Burnley side boasted one of the best defensive records in the Premier League. In contrast, this time they had already conceded nine goals in their opening four league games.
Despite Traoré’s aforementioned scoring exploits against West Ham, he had to settle for a place on the bench against Burnley. His manager, Nuno Espírito Santo, has said that Traoré still has work to do in order to adapt to Wolves’ way of playing. Instead, the Portuguese coach named an unchanged lineup, with Hélder Costa and Diogo Jota preferred over Traoré for the wide-forward positions behind Raúl Jiménez in their 3-4-3. Behind them was the usual high-quality midfield pairing of Rúben Neves and João Moutinho.
Burnley lined up in a 4-4-2, with manager Sean Dyche making three changes from the team that was swept aside by Manchester United in the previous matchday. Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes came in as the two strikers, in place of Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood, meaning Jeff Hendrick dropped into midfield alongside Jack Cork. Furthermore, eighteen-year-old Dwight McNeil made way for Johann Berg Guðmundsson’s return from injury.
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