Regardless of what happens in the next four games, this is already Wolves’ best ever season in the second tier.
The 92 points on the board eclipses the efforts of the 2008/09 title winning side and Wednesday’s 28th win of the campaign puts this year’s graduates one up on the 27 achieved under McCarthy.
Promotion hasn’t been achieved as I write this post, but if Fulham fail to beat Brentford on Saturday, this derby becomes a celebration – for Wolves at least.
Not that Nuno will see it that way. I imagine he’ll be preaching focus right up until the final whistle at the Stadium of Light at the start of May.
I thought Blues were toast a few weeks back, but three consecutive wins has given them control of their own destiny down the home stretch.
However, their remaining four fixtures are daunting with Sheffield United, Fulham and a trip to QPR to navigate after they leave Molineux on Sunday.
Barnsley are three points back in 22nd but with a game in hand and a slightly more favourable run-in, so there’s still work to be done.
Having twice narrowly avoided the drop into League One you wonder if they’ll finally come out on the wrong end? My gut instinct is they’ll survive, just about.
The other Jota has come good for them in recent weeks, while Lukas Jutkiewicz has rediscovered the goal scoring touch. However, top scorer Che Adams sits this one out at the tail end of a three match ban.
Also worth noting they have the second worst away record in the division with 14 defeats from 21 matches and just three wins.
I wouldn’t say I was surprised how comfortable it was against Derby, but it was thoroughly satisfying to see the team produce one of their best performances of the season to all but confirm promotion.
The only place Nuno seems interested in rotation is the front three, so we’ll see what he goes with this time.
Jota looked sharper than he’s been for a good while against Derby, while Helder Costa, who didn’t start in midweek, looks almost back to his best.
If Wolves play anything close to their best they should win comfortably. Even the most ardent Blues supporter would have to concede that point.
I expect they’ll do a better job than Derby of closing down the spaces and making it difficult for passes to penetrate.
Beyond that, it will be very interesting to see how adventurous Garry Monk is prepared to be, which might be influenced by the results that come in on Saturday.
Either way though a home victory is the logical outcome and I think that’s exactly what we’ll see.
Up The Wolves!