How Wolves fared in reverse fixtures with three huge games approaching

A general view of Molineux Stadium before the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesborough at Molineux Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Wolverhampton,...

Wolverhampton Wanderers face three incredibly tricky fixtures in the next few weeks against Reading, Leeds United and Aston Villa.

A general view of Molineux Stadium before the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesborough at Molineux Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Wolverhampton,...

While it is not a time to hit the panic button at Molineux by any stretch of the imagination, two points from three games is hardly going to inspire supporters when they have spent most of the season running away with the league.

Alas, Wolves have been in this situation before and, while this is a completely different team to the one that won the Championship back in 2009, there is still a great deal of optimism to be found in Wolverhampton as we move into the latter stages of the campaign.

The next three games could prove to be crucial in Wolves' promotion venture, especially considering one of them is potentially the club’s biggest threat at the top of the table.

Reading 0-2 Wolves

Ivan Cavaleiro of Wolves celebrates scoring their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Ipswich Town at Molineux on December 23, 2017 in Wolverhampton,...

This was a trickier game than most had probably anticipated, especially after Ivan Cavaleiro gave Wolves the lead after just 15 minutes. The Royals were seriously struggling at the bottom of the table at this stage and yet, despite that, they threw everything they had at the Midlands side in search of a winner.

Thankfully for the fans, Nuno’s men remained calm before sealing the win late in the day and, after their loss midweek, Wolves should be confident about their chances of returning to winning ways.

Wolves 4-1 Leeds

Wolverhampton Wanderers gesture at a Leeds player during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in Wolverhampton,...

This was a standard Wolves performance when you consider the quality that has been on display this year, as they raced into an early lead before easily dispatching of a poor Leeds unit.

Wolves looked like they were in complete control from start to finish, and this is the game that showed the gulf in quality between them and the rest of the league. If they play their cards right, sneaking a one-goal victory at Elland Road should not be beyond them.

Wolves 2-0 Aston Villa

A general view of Molineux Stadium before the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesborough at Molineux Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Wolverhampton,...

It took two second-half goals to do it, but Wolves managed to topple their local rivals at Molineux. Wolves utterly dominated Steve Bruce’s men in the first 45 minutes but could not quite find the breakthrough.

However, once Jota found his way through, the result was academic. Unfortunately for the old gold & black, this was a shadow of the Villa side we are seeing on a consistent basis today, and a point at Villa Park would probably be considered a success.

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