After waiting a month for football, two games come along in four days as Wolves make an immediate return to action at Molineux in the Carabao Cup this evening. Here are five things to know ahead of the second round match against Stoke City.
1. BRUSHED OFF THE COBWEBS
Despite only being together for four days prior to Monday night’s Premier League opening day victory over Sheffield United, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side showed no signs of rust, as they comfortably dispatched the Blades with two quick-fire goals within the first six minutes. Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss – two of only nine first-team players who were not on international duty a fortnight ago – were the goalscorers and the stand-out players on the night, with both putting in top quality performances to get Wolves’ season off to a stunning start.
Thursday night’s opponents have got two games of the current season under their belts, returning to action in late August with their first round tie against Blackpool, before Saturday’s Championship opener with Millwall. With both matches finishing 0-0 after 90 minutes, it took penalties for Stoke to progress through to this evening’s match, with keeper Adam Davies the hero, saving two spot kicks to earn his side the shootout victory.