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Wolves vs Stoke City | U23 Match preview

The battle for automatic promotion looks set to go down to the wire for Wolves’ under-23s and victory over Stoke City at Molineux would be crucial to their title aspirations.

Defeat to Aston Villa a week ago has proved costly, with Southampton taking the impetus with two games remaining, but playing in front of a healthy crowd at Molineux will give Rob Edwards’ side a further boost.

In the penultimate game of the season, victory would move Wolves back to the summit, above Reading on goal difference, with Southampton not in action until Thursday, but Newcastle and Villa remain in the mix too, with just four points separating the top five teams.

Back in November the two teams shared four goals and the points, as Benny Ashley-Seal’s brace was cancelled out by a Stoke fightback, but Wolves have beaten Manchester United and Southampton at Molineux this term, so will be targeting three more points in home comforts.

WHEN

Monday 7pm

WHERE

Molineux, Wolves

LAST THREE

Wolves

0-1 v Aston Villa (A)

0-2 v Newcastle United (A)

1-2 v Derby County (A) PLC

Stoke

2-3 v Newcastle United (H)

2-2 v Norwich City (A)

4-1 v West Bromwich Albion (H)

WHAT THE BOSS THINKS

On the test Stoke will pose at Molineux

“We’ve had three really good games at Molineux so far this season; let’s try and make it four. You never know what will happen, but it’s good experience for the boys to be playing there, but it will be another really tough challenge.

“Stoke are a good team, I know they lost to Newcastle in their last game, but we will see. I think it will be a good challenge and we’ve had a week to prepare and are looking forward to it.”

On three points separating top five teams

“Southampton are in the box seat for the title now, especially with just two games to go and the fixtures they have, but we’re definitely going to keep fighting.”

REMAINING GAME

26/4 Manchester United (A)