Swansea City Vs Wolves Preview

The cup competitions have highlighted just how much Wolves have progressed this season.

Without using hardly any of his key performers, Nuno has routinely taken on Premier League opposition and emerged in credit every time.

Yes, you can point to a good FA Cup run last year, but that was real backs to the wall stuff. Wolves have taken the game to the opposition more this time.

Swansea were lucky to get this replay on the balance of chances created, despite enjoying a numerical advantage for a good chunk of the game at Molineux.

Tonight’s winner is rewarded with a fourth round tie at Notts County.

Swansea

The Swans took a useful point away to Newcastle on Saturday, but left disappointed it wasn’t two wins in two league matches for Carlos Carvalhal.

They should been given a penalty that would have also resulted in a straight red for Mo Diame, but the handball was missed by the officials. VAR anyone?

But having taken the lead anyway in the final third of the game, they can only blame themselves for not hanging on.

With West Brom and Bournmouth both winning, they’re still rooted to the bottom and four points from safety. It’s a tall order for them to stay up. Not impossible, but very tough.

After this game they’ve got home games against Liverpool and Arsenal, so all the more reason to rest their best and brightest. I don’t think they’ll be overly disappointed if they’re eliminated.

Wolves

Looking back at the highlights on Saturday, Wolves did enough to get the win. Having watched the game, it was a scrappy old affair, but when you see the chances back-to-back you realise we were the dominant force.

Still, it’s going to be all change tonight. Batth is back from his suspension so will likely start. Miranda has been frozen out lately too so might get some game time in a second-string back three.

Wing-backs are tricky with Vinagre out and no immediate cover for Doherty. Marshall is an option but he looks like he’s heading for the exit. Our first choice picks may have to fill in.

Jordan Graham is back from the wilderness of Fulham reserves, so must be another contender. Not sure where he slots in though. Perhaps down the left instead of Costa in the above lineup.

Mir should get a start. Why not?

Predictions

This one could go in any direction, but based on the first match I’ll back us for a win.

2-1.

Impossible to say with any certainty given that both teams will use their squad and it then just becomes a case of who gels better. Hopefully it’s us as victory here opens up a good opportunity to make it into round five.

Up The Wolves!

Comments

  1. Bedford Wolf (my wife's a quarter Portugeuse y'know) says:

    Wolves to devour the Swansea sardines and then the world will be our lobster.

    2-0 Wolves

    Team above I agree with though the two wing backs might be different perhaps?

    Best wishes to all the Bloggers making the trip to South Wales.

    Stu – don’t forget my programme please.

    And remember……….

    Barry
    Oh Barry Douglas
    Goes down the wing for me…………….

    OODCL

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  2. Marney says:

    I’ll go for 2 1 also , nice chatting to brompton at Barnsley and very briefly meeting the Bedford’s but I never got to see a goal ( legitimate) in my two games so we should be right back on it against Swansea, the best thing about watching nunos wolves is they go for the win every time, so much better than lambert last year
    Utw

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  3. admant says:

    I’d really like to see Graham given some time – he was unplayable before his injury but has not been given a chance to prove himself since recovery.

    Costa has shown it can take some time to get back to your best so just as helder is getting cup time so too should Jordan

    thought barnsley was a bit of a damp squib and a couple of fringe players will fancy their chances of a look-in with pretty much the entire team underpferorming.

    I hope we go through tonight – since I think we have enough depth to handle a cup run and that would be great, but maintaining a healthy gap at the top is still priority.

    Hoping for one or two signings through the door especially up front and cover for Doc

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  4. Tipton Exile ( Keep the faith for Carl) says:

    Can’t argue with team selection.

    Will go for a win just

    1-0

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  5. DancesWithWolves says:

    Agree with your forecast of the 2-1 win Thomas. I don’t entirely agree that our good cup run last season was backs-to-the wall stuff though. We were outstanding in attack at Stoke and Anfield in my opinion and worthy winners. Lambert didn’t get much right but he did impress in these matches. Maybe it swung the Stoke job his way?

    The new Swansea coach has had an immediate effect, but staying in the PL will be his priority. And, truth be told, getting to the PL will be our priority over another cup run. Nuno will probably use the match to try and play Costa back into form, and give Batth and Miranda match time. Jordan Graham is surely not match fit and match sharp?

    With the news that the Newcastle takeover has collapsed, I think it’s good news for their relegation rivals Swansea, Bournemouth and West Brom. I reckon Benitez might well walk if he’s not given funds. If this happens, they’re toast.

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  6. Brompton Wolf says:

    Swansea City 0
    Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

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  7. vicsmith says:

    Shame no one takes the cup seriously until maybe the quarter or semi finals. Pity because with the depth of the squad and the lead we have in the league we can at least try to win the game by dominating the midfield. Maybe Saiss and Neves can play a half each helping out N’Diaye/MGW. Hopefully we’ll have a forward with shooting boots on (Mir??). And I hope we have practised our penalty taking as that is where I think the 120 mins will be headed.

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  8. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    0 0 full.time 0 0 aet
    Another clean sheet for norris
    Wolves win on pens 6 4
    County away next game on!!!

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  9. In my view especially given our very strong league position there is no reason not to go properly for a win with if not the strongest team at the start having the likes of Neves Jota and Cavaleiro in the bench to bring in as needs be .The Carabao cup run was great for confidence in the whole club and the sane should be true for an FA cup run .

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  10. ExiledWolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

    This could go either way but I’m hoping we’ll sneak it. I’ll be happy with a 1-0 to us.

    I would be interested to know where people are going prematch. The pubs around the Liberty Stadium don’t look great so I might just have a pie and a pint in either the local Harvester or Frankie and Benny’s. Both are on on the Morfa Retail Park adjacent to the stadium.

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  11. theDOOGooder says:

    I’ve got a small wager on us winning tonight at odds of 3-1.

    I would like to predict a similar scoreline but want Norris to keep up his run of clean sheets.

    I think we’ll have enough to book our trip to Nottingham.

    2-0

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  12. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    I will be listening on Signal 107 radio as the BBC have decided that their 2 commentry matches on 5 live and 5 live extra are Chelsea v Norwich and Wigan v Bournemouth which, as we all know are much more exciting fixtures. Well done to everyone making the long trek down to South Wales. I salute you. Swansea 0 Wolves 1. Bright to find his shooting boots.

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  13. It is a shame, although quite understandable, that the cup takes second place behind promotion and relegation issues. Although, I can’t speak for Swansea but we have enormous strength in depth so Nuno can’t be accused of throwing the tie if he plays a lot of his squad players.
    Terrific, tremendous brilliant effort from our fans to have 2000 turn out on a filthy night to cheer on the lads. I know the transport has helped, but even so……..
    Would love to see Mir play the 90, and Jordan Graham get a decent spell on the pitch. Like admant, I thought he was great before his injury so we know it’s in there somewhere. I wouldn’t like to see the Doc or Bazza on the pitch at all, as they run immense distances every game and with the short turnaround before Forest, they need a break.

    Either way, whatever team takes the field, I foresee:

    Swans 1 v 3 Wolves (Mir 3)

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  14. Ferris says:

    I really do fancy a good cup run this year. We’re a runaway winning train and are going to take some stopping in both competitions so if we get through I think we’ll beat Notts County then it’s back into the lucky dip. 2 nil wolves tonight with Costa and Mir on the scoresheet

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  15. AmberWolf says:

    I have to say like wolfstroker I’m ambivalent on the cup run, unless its based pretty much solely on the second string and the youngsters coming through. I would hate to find one our key players like Willy or Coady getting injured in a cup game, then adversely affecting our league form and jeopardising our automatic promotion. Winning the league and being promoted is the only goal for me this season, yes we have a good pack and yes we’re doing well, but we have to follow Nuno’s philosophy of one game at a time.

    Wolves ton win 1-2

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    • robin says:

      Hope we will win.
      For me the priority has to be promotion.
      The Cup could be a distraction.
      Think Jordan Graham’s problems are personal &, unfortunately, difficult enough to affect his playing ability.
      Must happen with plenty of footballers.
      Mir to score his first goal.

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  16. London wolves loyal says:

    I’ll go for a wolves win and I would love to see Jordan Graham pull on the gold shirt again
    He always seems to enjoy his football when he’s played for us – and let’s be honest .. who’s seen him have anything but a fantastic game in a wolves shirt.
    I think when he’s happy, he’s a top top player who loves being at wolves

    Oh and Thomas… what about that geezer that’s found that rare commemorative wolves tie ?
    Think your old mans should go in in the museum next to it ! ?

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    • Clive from Houston says:

      I only seen him once, last game of last season, and he was crap!!

      Tried to do clever shit, and should have been yanked off at half time.

      ( We only used to get half an orange at half time when I played!)

      Anyrode, easy 5-1 tonight, don’t think Wolvestv showing it.

      We got frozed pipes so working out how to flush bog bit more pressing today!!

      FOwb

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  17. MILDENHALL WOLF says:

    Wolves to win 2-0. By the way, this was the view from my window this morning…omen?

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  18. Larry Talbot says:

    I can’t see Swansea beating us.

    The team that goes out will be drilled in 3 4 3 the same as the first choice eleven and I can’t see how the taffs can stop us.

    2-1 Wolves (unless we score early, then it will be more)

    UTW

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  19. GoWolves says:

    I don’t see us wining this with our 2nd team. I think Nuno made a mistake not fielding a stronger team last game and winning it first time. Personally I’d field a stronger team tonight and go all out for the win, but if not, then I fear Swansea 1-0 Wolves.

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  20. Dorset Wolf says:

    Brilliant support think we will edge it 1-0

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  21. StuWolf says:

    That’s me and Lowves on our way down to Swansea, pretty impressive sight all the coaches leaving, bit like a convoy.

    Going for Wolves 1-0 Swansea

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  22. Matt Cook says:

    Fully expect a number of changes but it interesting to note that Jota & Neves have travelled. Which ever team we put out I am confident on us getting the win

    1-0 Wolves

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  23. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Looks like it might be live commentary on Talk Sport tonight if any one wants to listen in.

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  24. 0-2 Wolves.

    (Have we signed Andre Silva yet?)

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    • ExiledWolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

      According to latest press reports Swansea are now favourites to land Silva.

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  25. Mark G Davies says:

    Having seen the weather forecast this evening I salute the fans travelling down tonight and I`m sure a victory is very possible. So a 1-0 win, Norris has a blinder and the home side play a weakened side to protect their Saturday side and their premiership status. Hope our new Spanish wonder kid gets the goal.

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  26. spikeyboy says:

    Our so called second string are more than that.
    As a team they are seriously close to the first string but maybe lack that bit of individual flair .
    Hopefully Costa will provide that , a full on effort is required from him tonight.
    Swansea won’t risk their first team they have bigger fish to fry.
    Can see extra time looming so a late one for all you travelling people.
    Wolves will edge this 1-0 but not a bore a sintilating end to end ding dong.
    Looking forward to listening on wm

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  27. sevlow says:

    I would be surprised if Graham makes an appearance tonight as he’s not had much football time, still he might get 15mins as a sub. T
    We will do well to get anything out of this game., however I am still going for a Wolves win. 🙂

    2-1

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  28. Dont we forget.
    Winning the FA Cup gives us a place in Europe!

    I’m just saying……

    We are better than Swansea.

    2-0

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  29. Steve showcase says:

    Ok let’s do this for fun then..Jordan grahams career re starts from here perhaps ..FA cup final and league …
    COYW

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  30. Surely no one thinks NES is not going for a win tonight!
    Anyone that plays will want to say “pick me” in the next game.
    NES has a squad & no first team & I’m convinced he wouldn’t disrespect the 2,000 fans going to Swansea.
    Norris has only clean sheets when playing for us.
    We do really well against prem teams & we’re away so we’ll have room to play & play into.
    So win tonight, Notts County on 27th & then the next FA Cup round is mid Feb then 1/4 final mid Mar, semi mid April & final 19th May – that’s only 4 games after tonight to be at Wembley after winning the Chumpionship around 4th April & a mahousive party in Sundurlund on 5/6th May
    Fekin Wolves Ay Fekin We
    Go for it Wolves & give the 12th man another brilliant away day for the memory banks – just fekin pissed I couldn’t get there cus of work!

    Sheepies 0
    Wolves 2

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  31. Graham from Horsham says:

    Nothing to lose, everything to gain. The 2nd string will want to give NES something of a headache so will attempt to put in a great performance. Would be another confidence booster if we claimed the scalp of a Premiership team; albeit one that most likely will be going in the opposite direction to us come May. Will go for 2-1.

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  32. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    If the coaches come back home after the game anywhere near Cardiff get the driver to pull over and everyone have a shit in Warnock’s garden.

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  33. john Payne says:

    I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t put out a team to win well tonight – Swansea manager has already said his priority is prem survival.

    Wolves to win 3 – 0

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  34. Brompton Wolf says:

    I just had a chat with someone who remembers me from Wodensfield Primary School. He showed me a photo of our school football team at the time. I did not realise that Mel Eves was at the same school as me.

    Small world

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    • Hey Brompt,
      That’s brought back a memory from my school days that tied into the Wanderers in later years.
      I’m sure that Mel Eves’s mom & dad used to keep the Red Lion on Prestwood Rd
      And I used to go to Pool Hayes Comp where Wayne Clarke also used to go.

      FWAW

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  35. Steve showcase says:

    Whoops Jordan not eligible…all Costa and Mir then..

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  36. slider says:

    There is a Swansea!
    It’s where Wolves go through to the 4th round, Tubbs!
    There are Wolves in Swansea? There is tonight Tubbs, there is tonight.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mN3A0qbq6yM

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  37. Brompton Wolf says:

    Ooops 1-0 down after 11 mins. I wonder if anyone was at fault.

    Wonder what score it will be now that my O-1 is out the window.

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  38. kiwiwolf says:

    Just got the e-mail and already 1-0 down’ going on what Wolves TV call “Live Commentary” (they were talking about Cyril Regis when the goal went in) we aint going to pull it back.

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  39. Brompton Wolf says:

    Was not at all fussed about this one. Can remain focussed on the league now!

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  40. Bedford Wolf says:

    Free to concentrate on the league.

    On winning the league.

    Champions.

    Unbeaten for the rest of the season.

    Sign a striker NOW!

    OODCL

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  41. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Talk sport saying wolves dip in form. Last 13 league games won 10 drawn 3 lost 0.for 25 against 5.points 33. A real fuckin crisis.

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  42. StuWolf says:

    Three words sum us up tonight.
    P
    P
    P

    PISS
    POOR
    PASSING

    Right then that’s that done,
    Onwards to the Premiership.

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    • ExiledWolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

      The view was not any better from row Y, right at the back of the North Bank. The lack of game time was most evident by the incomers as I thought they were particularly hesitant.

      So good to be back home and out of the wind and rain.

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  43. Steve showcase says:

    Conclusive regarding the ‘old’ team defence ie although Hause slipped up DB was there..
    Boly king cong and his influence.,
    Mir a worry and get the £34M+ out plse ..
    Back to the important one.

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  44. Johnok says:

    Yeah we need a striker.? If we want to really make the prem,because teams are starting to find us out.
    So someone different up top.UTW

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  45. Clive from Houston says:

    Another monkey off our back………………..we finally lost.

    So, this is our dip in form.
    Whoop de do.
    Sir Nuno will have it sorted by Saturday, when Newark Wolf’s favorite second team come to town.
    Got me bog working, froze pipes unfreezed, all is well with the world.

    Thanks for the Xmas card, Barbara and Dougie, came today.
    I assume its a real early one for next Christmas!!

    FOwb

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    • ExiledWolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

      Wow! Sorry about that Clive. It was posted at least 10 days before Christmas …..and I would be surprised if they couldn’t read Barbara’s handwriting. As you say, you can always put it aside for Christmas 2018!

      Glad you’re plumbing is sorted – and FOWB.

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  46. Larry Talbot says:

    Shame about last night but it’s time to bring this losing run to an end against forest on Saturday. Don’t wanna get in no ruts, d’we?

    The annoying aspect is Saiss picking up his 9th yellow card aka 1 away from a 2 match ban.

    Didn’t go, so can’t comment on the performance. According to Signal commentator and Thommo, Hause tried to trap the second goal and play it out a la Boly. He’s gotta realise he ain’t Big Wily, yet! And I reckon our french colossus would have put it in row X on such a filthy night as was had in Swansea.

    So, concentration is well and truly on the league.

    UTW

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