You can’t fail to notice the similarities between Wolves and Blackburn, particularly since the end of last season.
Both relegated from the Premiership. Both failing miserably to come to terms with life in the Championship. Both sacked their Norwegian managers in the last month.
It’s almost funny.
Blackburn have done well since disposing of Henning Berg, winning all three matches under caretaker boss Gary Bowyer.
As I write this, Michael Appleton is in for talks. That would be strange appointment all round. Why they’d want an unproven manager and why he’d push for the move are both baffling questions. If it does go ahead, I’ll wait with interest to hear what they say.
Despite the ongoing pantomime at Ewood Park, they retain a nucleus of good players and in Jordan Rhodes, a striker whose star continues to rise. He has 13 goals to date.
Rovers might be sitting just four points above us, but they’ve lost considerably fewer matches – 8 in total compared to Wolves’ 13. They’ve drawn 7 of their 13 away matches, easily the most in the league.
Dean Saunders has been quick to make himself heard since arriving in town on Monday. His approach is in stark contrast to his predecessor but you can’t help be impressed by his feisty, no-nonsense attitude. Recent performances have smacked of ill-discipline and you sense he’ll kick that into touch.
The team he puts out tomorrow will be fascinating. I have no idea what he’ll do, so this is the team I’d put out:
Don’t know if Siggy is back yet and don’t know if O’Hara is fit enough, but we need more attacking intent, particularly at home. We never even looked like scoring against Ipswich.
Saunders has spoken about the importance of working as a team, so it will be interesting to see how he uses a maverick like Sako, if at all. Will others that have been out of favour get a look in?
46 of you got the outcome correct against Palace, so it’s an avalanche of PL points for me to update. If less of you could get it right in this one, I’d be appreciative.
Well done to Exeter Wolf, Tettenhall Wolf, Ledbury Lupus, carl wolves, Raydewolf, mick the wolf and johnok who all got the 3-1 scoreline correct and doubled up. A single point for everyone else.
Pick a score, any score for this one.
Blackburn have done well of late, but we’re overdue a decent home performance and I think Saunders will get a response.
Up The Wolves.