Wolves will be playing Premier League football next season and bet365 are quoting the Molineux side at 400/1 to win the 2018/19 title race.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s impressive side are also 7/4 for a top half finish, 20/1 to end the campaign in the Top 6 and 5/1 to be relegated.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “After years of mediocrity there’s a bullishness from Wolves fans about their return to the Premier League and you sense the club aren’t returning to the top flight just to make up the numbers.”
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Champions : 400/1
Top 6 Finish: 20/1
Top Half Finish: 7/4
Bottom Half Finish: 2/5
Relegated : 5/1
Former striker turned pundit Don Goodman, meanwhile, has predicted that Wanderers will find life in the top flight easier than most promoted clubs and thinks there’s already enough at the club to remain in the Premier League next season.
“Having watched them on a very regular basis and having watched regularly the clubs in the bottom half of the Premier League, I would have guessed that, with the same squad of players, they would survive comfortably,” Goodman told Sky Sports.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are within touching distance of the Championship title after an excellent victory over West Midlands rivals Birmingham City.
Goals from Diogo Jota – his 17th of the season – and Benik Afobe ensured Wolves won again and moved 12 points clear of second-placed Cardiff City.
One more point will secure the title for Wolves with Nuno’s dream now very much a reality.
John Ruddy – 7
One double save from Maxime Colin with the score 0-0 was breathtaking. The man voted the best goalkeeper in the Championship now has 22 Championship clean sheets this term.
Ryan Bennett – 7
A solid and composed display from Ryan Bennett. The man released by Norwich City at the end of last season is now a Premier League player.
Conor Coady – 8
You run out of words for this man. Having been a defensive midfielder during the early part of his Wolves career, Coady has been transformed into the best central defender in the Championship. Outstanding.
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Willy Boly – 7
There hasn’t been a striker to come up against Boly this season who hasn’t felt the full force of Wolves’ battering ram of a defender.
Boly has been immense this season and a permanent move needs to get done.
Matt Doherty – 8
Doherty has been hailed as one of the many unsung heroes in this Wolves side so let’s give him the credit he deserves.
A brilliant overlapping run left Blues’ Jota for dead in the first half and the Irishman’s powerful cross for Diogo Jota to fire home was wonderful.
So much of Nuno’s philosophy centres around Doherty and Douglas, who play so high up the field.
This has been the best season of Matt Doherty’s career and he’s displayed the ability and temperament throughout this season to suggest he’ll take the Premier League by storm.
Ruben Neves – 8
Molineux rose as one to salute their talisman Neves as he was withdrawn after 70 minutes.
The Portuguese playmaker was the victim of some brutal challenges throughout the game which left Wolves fans and Nuno furious.
Neves’ passing wasn’t quite as potent as it has been in previous weeks while his finishing wasn’t as ferocious.
Nevertheless, Neves still had Wolves dancing to his tune and whipped a free-kick a matter of inches wide.
Romain Saiss – 7
Saiss is often overshadowed by Neves but he’s been superb this season. He kept Wolves ticking nicely and put in the hard yards in midfield.
Barry Douglas – 7
Douglas has had to watch in awe as fellow free-kick taker Neves has grabbed the headlines recently and he also stepped aside as the Portuguese fired one wide today which was possibly better suited to his wand of a left peg.
The Scot was again efficient on the ball and looked dangerous down the left.
It’s testament to his defensive ability that Jota, who is Blues’ most creative outlet, barely had a kick in the second half.
Helder Costa – 8
Costa’s twinkle toes have given Wolves fans so much joy throughout the last two seasons and he flourished this afternoon.
His pace and trickery bewildered Blues on a number of occasions and he might have had a goal to his name had Dean not hauled him down when he raced through on goal.
Diogo Jota – 8
As he did in December, Diogo once again won the battle of the Jotas as his class and craft came to the fore.
Jota was also subjected to some poor challenges, as he has been all season, but got up and got on with it.
The 21-year-old took his tally to 16 in the Championship after connecting with Doherty’s cross.
Ivan Cavaleiro – 6
Cavaleiro’s party ended prematurely as he picked up an injury early on. The Portuguese winger hadn’t been able to show off any of his party tricks by the time he was heading down the tunnel.
Leo Bonatini (for Cavaleiro, 16) – 7
The powerful Brazilian gave a good account of himself, even if it didn’t bring the goal his game has been missing since the last meeting between these two sides.
Bonatini had one chance in the second half which he blazed into the South Bank. A striker lacking in confidence, but not in quality.
Alfred N’Diaye (for Neves, 70) – 7
A few stray passed tested Saiss’ hamstrings but N’Diaye was clearly saving himself. A worldie pass set Afobe away to make it 2-0 towards the end.
Benik Afobe (for Jota, 74) – 7
A short outing but an effective one. His brilliant chipped finish sealed the points and he now has the promotion medal he craves.
Wolves (3-4-3): Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Neves, Saiss, Douglas; Cavaleiro (Bonatini, 16), Afobe, Jota
Not used: Norris, Batth, Gibbs-White, Hause
Blues (4-4-1-1): Stockdale; Harding, Morrison, Dean, Grounds (Maghoma, 61); Colin, Ndoye (Gardner, 78), Kieftenbeld (Roberts, 54), Jota; Davis; Jutkiewicz
Not used: Kuszczak, Dacres-Cogley, Lowe, Lubala
Attendance : 29,536
Next up? Bolton (a), Macron Stadium, Saturday 21 April, 3pm
Source : BirminghamMail