Whilst all eyes will be fixated on the teams below Wolves in the table, it’s still worth looking above.
Take Burnley for example, just 3 points ahead of Wolves. They face Cardiff this weekend before traveling to Molineux next Saturday. If they’re to secure safety they’ll have to do it without Charlie Austin, the man who has literally scored half of their goals this season. He’s sidelined after appendix surgery.
Peterborough, above Wolves courtesy of a 3 goal swing, have two difficult away games to navigate against Derby and Crystal Palace, sandwiching a potentially mammoth home fixture against Sheffield Wednesday.
Neither the Owls or Blackburn are out of it either, despite having favourable fixtures and a game in hand respectively.
Then of course there’s Barnsley and Huddersfield.
Barnsley are at Forest this weekend before a home game against Hull. Huddersfield have it a tad easier with Millwall at home tomorrow before a visit to Bristol City the following weekend. They then play each other on the final day of the season. Yowza!
With all these variables to consider, calculating the required points tally becomes difficult. I just completed the Championship Predictor on the BBC site and had Wolves relegated on goal difference with 55 points (drawing tomorrow, winning against Burnley and losing at Brighton).
Two wins would do it. A win and two draws would almost certainly do it. A win and a draw might do it. Anything less and we’ve almost certainly had it.
Tomorrow might or might not be a good opportunity to get a result.
On one hand Charlton are unbeaten in 5 and safely ensconced in the top half. They’ve also won their last two home matches against Bolton and Leeds.
But they’re overall home record is abysmal. The worst in the league in fact, with just 6 wins and 9 defeats.
Guts were busted in dragging themselves over the line against Hull on Tuesday, so Dean Saunders must be contemplating change. I’m just not sure who he can rest. I’d like to see the same XI:
But will he really do that? I doubt it. My concern is that if you remove the two players who’ll probably be struggling most (Doumbia and Hunt) you take away the essence of everything that was positive about Tuesday.
It’s a difficult situation. I don’t envy the manager.
9 people were brave enough to predict a win against Hull.
Well done in particular to Ben and slider, who also got the 1-0 scoreline correct. It’s 2 points for them and a single for the other 7.
I’m going for a draw tomorrow. No particular reason. Logic has long since left town.
Up The Wolves.