Wolves head into Sunday’s Molineux curtain-raiser against Fulham knowing they have the opportunity to achieve something at the first attempt that took them 37 games last season – back to back wins.
Following the encouraging victory at Ewood Park, a home match against Martin Jol’s side must be seen as another great chance to put points on the board early doors.
Fulham are difficult side to beat, particularly on their own ground, but have never really been a significant force away from Craven Cottage.
They registered just 3 wins on their travels last season, the same as a Wolves side who had the second worst away record in the league.
They did however pick up 9 draws, which suggests they’re more than capable of digging in and making life difficult for the home side, something we know from experience following the 1-1 draw at Molineux in April.
Steven Fletcher gave Wolves the lead just prior to half-time in that match, but after Andy Johnson equalised with ten minutes to go, we were lucky to hold on for a point.
Much better is expected from Mick and the boys this time around.
I’d like to see us really go after Fulham in this match and playing 442, there’s certainly no reason we can’t do that. I’m expecting to see one change from the side that started at Ewood Park, with Kevin Foley coming in for Richard Stearman at full-back.
I was hugely impressed with the way Wolves played in the second half against Blackburn. Both wide players had a major impact on the game and Hunt in particular really caught the eye with some clever touches and driving runs in-field.
The threat posed by those two players, along with O’Hara, Fletcher and Doyle was significant and looking at that eleven, creating chances and scoring goals shouldn’t really be a problem.
We’ll look to Roger Johnson to shackle the physical presence of Bobby Zamora and if we can prevent the big striker from holding the ball up, it should give us the ideal platform to go on the attack ourselves.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the opening day Prediction League. We had record numbers participating, which was wonderful to see. But if you missed out last week, it’s certainly not too late to join in the fun.
29 people correctly predicted Wolves would win and 15 of those got the score spot on too, picking up the maximum 3 points on offer. Well done to Erick Wolf, Hudds Wolf, Chad, Andrew N, Irish Wolf, dboy, Paul Foz, Hamlet, sleachy, Sam 2.0, Tipsy McStagger, Yoda, supersenna, CrazyPete and (of course) me, for setting the early pace.
This weekend I’ll once again back Wolves for the win.
There’s absolutely no reason to believe we can’t get the job done at home to Fulham and I think we will pick up those all important back-to-back wins.
Again, I think we’ll score a few but concede.
A hugely optimistic 3-1 to Wolves.
If you’re at Molineux on Sunday, lets really get behind the lads. Obviously this is the first and hopefully last home game of the season where supporters will be in just three of the stands, so we need to compensate for that.
Up The Wolves.