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Pereira talks impressive personal form and Wolves derby

1st May
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Matheus Pereira is hoping to fire Albion to victory in the Black Country derby on Monday evening – just as he did back at Molineux in January.

The gifted Brazilian attacker scored twice from the spot as the Baggies recorded an impressive 3-2 win at Wolves in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.

His brace at the home of the club’s midlands neighbours has been followed up by a further six Premier League strikes so far in 2021, taking Pereira’s tally to 10 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this season.

And Matheus, who also scored in last weekend’s derby at Villa Park, is targeting further success in front of goal with the Baggies searching for another morale-boosting triumph over Wanderers.

“I think we are more than capable of winning the game,” said Pereira.

“We won away last time we played Wolves and we deserved those three points.

“I managed to score two goals that day which I was really pleased about and proud of.

“It’s always special to score goals in the Premier League, but to score two in a derby and win the game was an amazing feeling for me and one I’ll always remember.

“On a personal level I am happy with my numbers for what has been my first season in the Premier League.

“I have managed to score a few goals and contribute with some assists too. I am happy to have helped the team.

“Obviously I am happy to be scoring goals and providing assists, but my main aim is to help us stay in the Premier League.

“I’ve scored three goals in derbies this season and I’d love to add to that on Monday.”

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Matheus celebrates scoring at Wolves in January

The Baggies have lost just one of their last six home games in the Premier League heading into Monday’s encounter with Nuno’s men.

Pereira is wary of Wolves’ threat, but insists “belief” and “positivity” could prove crucial for Albion.

“We need to believe we can win.

“That's not based on the result we got earlier in the season, but on what we're doing now. 

“We've been improving, and I think the team goes into every game prepared. 

“Yes, it'll be a derby game. It's special as always. It'll be hard like any other game, but we've got good expectations going into the derby. 

“We think our belief and positivity will lead to something. 

“At the same time, we've got to show respect to Wolves. They've been on a bad run, losing some games of late, but they're a good team. 

“We're just focused on going into it and playing our game and trying to get the three points.

“Obviously, it'll be special because they're a direct rival. It's a derby game but we focus on trying to just win every game. It would be special, beating them in a derby again.”

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