Tottenham wingers vs Wolves Fullbacks
For much of the season, Nuno Espirito Santo has preferred a three-man backline for Wolves, deploying a three-man formation more than 20 times in the league. However, over the last several weeks as Santo has been breaking in some younger players he has gone to a four-man defense.
Rayan Ait-Nouri and Ki-Jana Hoever, both just 19-years-old, both started the last game for Wolves in the win over Brighton. Ait-Nouri has more or less claimed the right-back role, starting six straight since the start of April. Hoever has not gotten the same kind of playing time but could again get a run-out given the injuries at Wolverhampton.
Tottenham needs to dominate on the flanks
Regardless of who plays on the left opposite Ait-Nouri, both backs should have their hands full with the Tottenham wingers. There has been a greater effort to get some wing play under Ryan Mason and with Heung-Min Son and potentially Gareth Bale – Tottenham are in a position to exploit the young backs.
We know Bale dominates lesser opposition and Son has been picking up steam. If the Spurs can get the ball out wide and get their wings in some space, it might be a long day for the young defenders.