It’s amazing to think Wolves have won seven of their opening nine games, yet still sit outside the automatic promotion places.
That shows just how difficult it will be to get out of this division. The wins need to keep on coming because a points tally of 90+ looks like being the minimum requirement for a top two finish.
Bournemouth managed to get out with 83 points last year, which was unusually low. The year before Sheffield United missed out on second place to their city neighbours despite amassing 90 points. And the year before that, 92 points was only just enough for a second place finish for Southampton.
I’m already looking at Peterborough and Preston as teams that could conceivably ratchet up the pressure and who knows if Leyton Orient can carry on as they have been. It’s going to be a slog.
After narrowly avoiding relegation to League Two last season, I would think Colchester are satisfied with their current midtable position.
Their start has been solid if not spectacular with five draws and two wins from their nine games to date. That says to me they’re going to be tough to beat.
The juggernaut that is Leyton Orient are the only team thus far to return from the Colchester Community Stadium with three points. Crawley and Carlisle have managed draws but Port Vale were edged out 1-0.
Former West Ham striker Freddie Sears is one to watch out for. If I’m not mistaken he’s scored against Wolves before and has three goals to his name already this season, as does fellow forward and former Walsall man Jabo Ibehre.
Bravo to Wolves for rebuffing Nottingham Forest this week in their ongoing pursuit of Bakary Sako. As last week demonstrated he’s integral to our own promotion hopes and must be retained at all costs. I hope he’ll play tomorrow too, perhaps in a team of:
The above XI would also mean a debut to new signing James Henry. We seem to be doing a good job of getting established Championship players to drop down a division, which can only be a good thing.
I’ve heard good things from Millwall fans about the former Reading winger, but part of me hopes he’s crap just to hear my old man scream ‘bloody Henry’ again. I’ve missed that this season. ‘Bloody Davis’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Kenny continues to rotate the strikers, which I think is smart thinking. Doyle brings control and quality but as we know isn’t going to score the goals we need. Siggy is more of a direct threat but still far too erratic. Even Griffiths has been up and down after a strong start. The competition is good for them all.
Wolves are favourites to win and make it three victories on the bounce at odds of 17/20. Colchester are 10/3. Or if you fancy the draw, it’s available at 29/10.
Kevin Doyle is a reasonable 5/1 to get the first goal, or if you think Sako will once again pledge his allegiance with the opener, you can get 13/2. Jabo Ibehre is Colchester’s most likely first scorer at 15/2.
64 wise pundits thought we’d beat Sheffield United last weekend. 11 of those also got the 2-0 scoreline to double up. It’s a single for everyone else.
I’ve been slack in updating the table the last few weeks, but hopefully it will be updated by the time you read this. Please drop me a message if you think you’re owed points. I know some people have been leaving predictions in other posts, some of which I likely haven’t seen.
I think this will be close game, but as we continue to strengthen the squad with astute signings, my confidence grows.
I believe we’ll win this one and win it well.
Up The Wolves.