With three of their four remaining fixtures in 2013 at home, Wolves have a great chance to sign-off a disappointing year on a high.
Depending on your perspective this is either the first ever meeting between Wolves and MK Dons or the first since they changed their name, upped sticks and moved 60-odd miles up the road. I’d probably take the former stance.
Losing to Peterborough was a drag but the splendid form that went before it meant we could absorb that defeat comfortably, just as long as it wasn’t the start of a bad run.
And that’s the challenge again facing Wolves, to kick-on after a defeat and carry on doing what they have been – getting the results. There’s no reason they shouldn’t.
The visitors come into this match on the back of a three game losing streak in the league, which made it seven defeats in their last ten matches.
As they have been for the last few years, MK were up and around the play-off places prior to their recent dip, but now find themselves nine points adrift of the top six.
Their away form is awful, with just one win from their eight matches against five defeats. And with 15 goals conceded on the road, Wolves should fancy their chances.
Patrick Bamford is a player to keep a watchful eye on. The on-loan Chelsea striker has already notched 12 goals this season and impressed greatly in doing so.
The Dons also have a couple of Wolves old boys in their midst – midfielders Stephen Gleeson who came through the academy and Darren Potter of early McCarthy vintage.
With James Henry back, Kenny Jackett has a selection dilemma with three wingers and just two spaces to occupy. I suspect this will be the team though:
With Matt Doherty out, the back four picks itself. I think Henry should definitely come back into the midfield because of his goal threat and I personally wouldn’t contemplate leaving Sako out. That’s harsh on Jacobs, but he’s a useful player to introduce against tired legs.
Doyle and Griffiths are still the best all round partnership for me. Goals have been in somewhat short supply, but I don’t think it’s the crisis everyone makes out it is.
I would like to see a striker brought in next month and I think that player should be a Clayton Donaldson type (specifically him preferably). We’ve seen in the past (Iwelumo) the impact a big powerful forward can have.
Wolves are heavy favourites to win this one at 3/4. MK Dons are un-fancied at 4/1 for any victory. The draw is 29/10.
Leigh Griffiths is considered the most likely first goalscorer at 7/2. Patrick Bamford is 6/1.
All odds are available from here.
It wasn’t hard to tot up the scores after the defeat at London Road. Only person thought we’d lose and that was the appropriately named Predictor, who bagged a maximum for his 1-0 forecast.
We probably won’t win all three of these festive home matches, but I’m hoping we’ll have too much for MK in this one. With a fully fit squad, I expect victory.
But I’m not greedy – 2-1
Up The Wolves
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