Wolves next six fixtures compared to Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham in Champions League race

The Premier League resumes next week after a mid-season break, and the stakes are high for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Despite the odds being stacked against Bruno Lage in his first season with Wolves, he has guided the team to eighth place at the halfway point.

A perfect January brought wins against Manchester United, Southampton and Brentford to put Wolves top of the Premier League’s form table.

Wolves are just four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, with a game-in-hand, making a return to Europe a very realistic possibility.

The top three of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea seem to be out of touch, but the race behind them for the final Champions League spot (4th), two Europa League places (5th and 6th) and Europa Conference League football (7th) is incredibly tight.

February will be a decisive month for all of the clubs in contention, so we’ve taken a look at the fixtures coming up.

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Wolves (8th – 21 played, 34 points)

Next six fixtures: Arsenal (h), Tottenham (a), Leicester (h), West Ham (a), Crystal Palace (h), Everton (a)

Wolves face three of their immediate rivals in the next four matches, making February absolutely crucial to their hopes of securing continental football.

A double-header against Arsenal and Spurs in the space of four days isn’t ideal, but Lage’s squad should return refreshed from their winter break.

Spurs and Leicester were among two of the three teams who fortunately defeated Wolves in August, but the Molineux men were completely outplayed by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in November.

Patrick Vieira’s side have only won two of their 11 Premier League games since, whereas Wolves have shown their class with five wins from 10.

Away trips to West Ham and Everton won’t be easy and the task against the Toffees has been made more difficult by Frank Lampard’s appointment as manager.

Spurs (7th – 20 played, 36 points)

Next six fixtures: Southampton (h), Wolves (h), Man City (a), Leeds (a), Everton (h), Man United (a)

Arsenal (6th – 21 played, 36 points)

Next six fixtures: Wolves (a), Brentford (h), Watford (a), Leicester (h), Aston Villa (a), Crystal Palace (a)

West Ham (5th – 23 played, 37 points)

Next six fixtures: Watford (h), Leicester (a), Newcastle (h), Wolves (h), Liverpool (a), Aston Villa (h)

Manchester United (4th – 22 played, 38 points)

Next six fixtures: Burnley (a), Southampton (h), Brighton (h), Leeds (a), Watford (h), Man City (a)

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