Wolves Set to Land Experienced Moutinho in Premier League Survival Bid
Wolves continue to build ahead of their return to the Premier League and they look set to add some much needed experience to their team. They have agreed a deal to bring Joao Moutinho to the club, another Portuguesse player who will really help them in their survival bid. At just a reported £5 million he also represents good business, coming in at a manageable price and allowing them to spend further funds elsewhere on other needed areas.
At 31 Moutinho still has the legs to play in the Premier League, but brings vital experience both from the leagues of Europe and also at international level. With 113 Portuguesse caps to his name he is their third most capped player of all time behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo. Those caps include this summer's World Cup, when he started the firsty two games for his country.
Now in the Premier League there is no doubt that Wolves will encounter some tough times. They will need to rally as a team and work out how they are going to get out of tricky situations. Things went their way last season for pretty much the entire season, but that won't be the case when they begin their Premier League campaign. It will be up to players like Moutinho and any other experienced heads they bring in to keep the squad together and focused on their main aim which is survival at the end of the season.
Wolves 33/1 for a Top Four Finish
The bookmakers think that Wolves are going to have a very good season on their return to the top flight. They are outsiders for relegation at 15/2, and are a as short as 33/1 to finish in the top four. This is a big price, but makes them the same price as an established Premier League club like Leicester and shorter than West Ham, Southampton and Burnley. The bookmakers clearly think a good season is in order for Wolves, despite this being their first season back in the big time.
On the opening day of the season we will see Wolves on TV when they take on Everton. They are priced up as favourites to win the game, which is another sign that the bookmakers think they will perform well and they can be backed at 13/10 to pick up three points from their first game.