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Mastery at Molineux: Why Wolves are a class apart from the rest of the Premier League – opinion

Wolverhampton Wanders are dispelling early doubts that they would struggle to compete in both the Premier League and the Europa League this season, by collecting 35 points after 25 games. Moreover, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have progressed from a challenging Europa League group, their furthest run in the competition since reaching the final in 1972. But Wolves’ success this season has been achieved by unconventional means, and it highlights the strong mentality in Santo’s squad.

No other side in the Premier League has won more games from losing positions than Wolves’ three. All of which have been there three most recent victories, against Norwich City, Manchester City and Southampton. It is testament to their character that even after falling behind in matches the Midlands side have battled back to overturn the deficit.

Though on a further nine other occasions Wolves have drawn level after first conceding, meaning that only league leaders Liverpool – who are yet to lose after falling behind – have overturned a higher percentage of games from losing positions. The never say die attitude of Santo’s side has seen them save 1-1 draws against Manchester United, Sheffield United and Arsenal. Without the extra points, they would be six places lower down the Premier League, instead of six points from the reaches of Champions League qualification.

But no other side in the division can eclipse Wolves’ total of gaining 18 points from the 18 occasions they have gone behind in the Premier League this season. Only Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester City have picked up the same number of points or above the number of times they have gone behind, and it is a compliment to Santo’s side they are in that bracket.

Without their record of coming from behind Wolverhampton Wanderers would be battling relegation at the foot of the Premier League table. 51 per cent of their points this season have been won from losing positions and it highlights the outstanding attitude of their players to never admit defeat.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Liverpool 26 25 1 0 76
2 Manchester City 25 16 3 6 51
3 Leicester City 26 15 5 6 50
4 Chelsea 26 12 5 9 41
5 Tottenham Hotspur 26 11 7 8 40
6 Sheffield United 26 10 9 7 39
7 Manchester United 26 10 8 8 38
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 8 12 6 36
9 Everton 26 10 6 10 36
10 Arsenal 26 7 13 6 34
11 Burnley 26 10 4 12 34
12 Southampton 26 9 4 13 31
13 Newcastle United 26 8 7 11 31
14 Crystal Palace 26 7 9 10 30
15 Brighton & Hov… 26 6 9 11 27
16 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 5 14 26
17 Aston Villa 26 7 4 15 25
18 West Ham United 25 6 6 13 24
19 Watford 26 5 9 12 24
20 Norwich City 26 4 6 16 18

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