Promoted teams in profile: Wolverhampton Wanderers

By SFC Media time Thu 07 Jun First team
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Ahead of the 2018/19 fixture release, we look at the three teams joining the Premier League from the Championship, starting with champions Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Outright victors, Wolves lead the Championship since midway through November, and ended up clinching the title by nine points, sealing promotion with four matches to spare.

In the 46-game league campaign, the Molineux side recorded 30 wins and only seven defeats, following each of those losses with victory - until the reverse at Sunderland on the final day of the season.

The West Midlands club are ending a six-year spell away from the top flight, with ex-Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo masterminding their route back to the Premier League in his first year in charge.

Santo took over from the departing Paul Lambert last summer and revamped the teams' playing style, while also smashing the club's transfer record by signing Porto star Reuben Neves for over £15million.

Manager

DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Nuno Espírito Santo manager of Wolves looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo

New to the English game, Santo had to manage a squad containing players from 12 different countries, who had five different native languages - no mean feat!

Yet the Portuguese succeeded to navigate a route out of the Championship, in his first season in English football - equally as impressive.

Previous teams managed include Rio Ave, Valencia and most prominently Porto - the club whom the former goalkeeper won the UEFA Champions League with in 2003/04.

Connections

- Polish forward Marek Saganowski scored a hat-trick in a stunning 6-0 victory at Wolves in 2007 - the scoreline still exists as Saints' biggest margin of victory for a competitive away fixture.

- Striker Henri Camara played for both clubs in the Premier League, and was in fact loaned to Saints from Wolves in 2005. He scored six goal during that loan spell, before being bought by Wigan.

Head-to-head record

Saints wins: 26
Draws: 16
Wolverhampton Wanderers wins: 21

Previous three meetings:

Nov 2008: Saints 1-2 Wolves (Championship)
April 2009: Wolves 3-0 Saints (Championship)
Aug 2017: Saints 0-2 Wolves (League Cup)

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