Wolves’ FA Cup win against Manchester United has made them a piece of history – and it could help them to another.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side became the first team to knock both Liverpool and United out of the Cup in the same season without needing a replay (both 2-1 home wins), according to The Times.
If they maintain their position of seventh in the Premier League, the Molineux men will become the first newly promoted team since United in 1975-76 to finish in the top seven and reach the FA Cup semi-finals in the same season.
Wolves and Watford in the semi-finals mean that two teams beginning with the letter W are in the last four for the first time since West Bromwich Albion and Woolwich Arsenal in 1907.
The same newspaper also reveals a few interesting facts about Wolves which present a strong case for their defence.
In the Premier League, Wolves’ record of 36 goals conceded is the fifth lowest, after Liverpool (18), Manchester City (21), Tottenham (32) and Chelsea (33).
Wolves’ tally of four blocks per game is matched by Brighton but bettered only by next opponents Burnley (5.5), with Bournemouth and Southampton both recording 3.9.
Where Wolves top the table is of xG, the quality of chance faced. Bear with!
xG is an attempt by statisticians to measure the quality of a goalscoring chance, with one being the easiest chance possible.
The average xG of shots faced by Wolves this season is the lowest in the Premier League – an indication that they are good at restricting opponents to more difficult opportunities.
Wolves lead the way in this with 0.087, followed by Liverpool (0.091), Burnley (0.098), Crystal Palace (0.101) and Manchester United (0.107).