Rotherham United Vs Wolves Preview

After back-to-back defeats Wolves now face up against one of the League’s most in-form sides.

Rotherham

Rotherham have won four of their last six games, including the most recent three to force themselves back into the play-off places.

And with the added carrot of playing the (supposed) giants of League One, it promises to be a tricky afternoon inside the glamorously named New York Stadium.

Rotherham

It’s been a superb season thus far for the Millers, currently sitting pretty inside the top six of League One after only climbing out of the fourth tier last season.

Some eye-catching results of late, including a 3-0 thumping of Coventry, have made everyone sit up and take notice of a side that had been quietly wracking up the points.

With 33 goals scored so far (one more than Wolves) and 24 conceded, they’re statistically one of the most exciting teams to watch. It will be interesting to see how they fare against the League’s meanest defence.

Away from home is where they’ve really kicked on, reigning victorious in 6 of their 10 matches and only losing twice. 3 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats at home is more solid than impressive.

Notable players include top scorer Kieran Agard (7 in the league and 9 total) and former Wolves hero Nouha Dicko who has already bagged 3 goals in 4 games since arriving on loan from Wigan.

Wolves

Another interesting team selection is in prospect with Kevin McDonald ruled out due to an accumulated bookings suspension. Kenny Jackett must also decide whether to reinstate  slackers Leigh Griffiths and Bakary Sako. I sincerely hope he does.

Wolves XI

Midfield is a major area of concern without McDonald who I don’t think gets the credit he deserves. I’d like to see him doing more in the final third, but his general ball retention and workrate have been good.

It could be any of Price, Evans or Davis filling in and all bring different qualities. I’ve put Jack Price in there because everyone keeps telling me how good he is. I’m yet to be convinced.

I think you can chop and change the strikers, but Doyle and Griffths are the best two for me. There’s a very good argument to say Doyle isn’t doing enough in front of goal, but I still think his overall play has been a major factor to our success. The goals will come again for Griffiths, of that I’m certain.

The gaffer

The odds

Wolves are very slight favourites to win this one at 31/20. Rotherham are 13/8 with the draw 12/5.

James Henry is decent odds for first goalscorer at 12/1, but if you believe in destiny then Nouha Dicko is far better money at 13/2.

All odds here.

Predictions

We’re an arrogant bunch you know. Nobody thought MK Dons would beat us last weekend so for the first time ever there isn’t a single point to be added to the PL table.

I wonder if we’ll see such unshakable confidence this weekend?

Personally, I’m desperate for a good Christmas after so much winter misery last season, so I’m topping up my glass and going for a semi-comfortable away victory. Make it happen lads.

3-1

Up The Wolves

Comments

  1. Chris in Dublin says:

    I’ll stay positive against my instincts and go for a 1-2 Wolves victory. If Jackett thinks Liam can play the Doyle role I’d like to see how he links up with Griff. That said I do like Doyler and wouldn’t be disappointed with your line up.

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  2. Thanks Thomas for the run down.

    I think we will bounce back from the last 2 disappointments, just about.

    I backs to the wall Wolves 2 Rotherham 1.

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  3. Wight wolf says:

    There is something about Doyler that is unfathomable. He has good ability,skills and vision but has never really been able to do what really matters and get the ball in the back of the net or enable his strike partner to do the same on a regular basis. Time for a rethink of our strike force perhaps.
    Rotherham 2-0 Wolves.

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  4. Steppenwolfe says:

    Rotherham 2 Wolves 1 and a Merry Christmas to you all.

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  5. I’m not convinced we should keep going with Sako on the basis that he might just pull the stroke of genius. High, wide and handsome seems more the case at present. Jacobs one side, Henry the other? More fruitful running may come out of that with the possibility of opening up defences in a way that has been sadly lacking recently. And it might help cover McDonald’s absence. Doyle should stay, but Griffiths will need to return to more muscular ways (and stop thinking of Hogmanay??). High scorers meet mean defence; two-time losers badly needing to restore confidence. A nervy 2-1 win for Wolves.

    And Xmas thanks and good wishes for the dedication to starting off the predictions each game – I can’t even manage to post my prediction for every game!!

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  6. 3 straight defeats on the cards. If this happens we will again see all the excuses rolled out by
    The Loan Ranger and Twoton about how they are doing all they can blah, blah, blah.
    KJ managing with both hands tied behind his back.
    Botton line is we MUST get out of this league……
    Millers 3 Wolves 1

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  7. With mac out I would put doyler there with siggy up front with griff.
    Henry and Jacobs on the wings.
    Not going to predict as we always lose when I do, but put it this way – if we are going to get promoted then we have to beat teams like these, arrogant! You bet! We are WWFC not some two bit team and it’s about time the team started thinking it and kj instead of bumming the opposition up keep reminding the team who they are playing for.
    It’s no good showing new players around the museum to show them who they are playing for, drum it into them all the time.
    WE ARE WWFC now go out and prove you want to play for us -that’s my message to the lads.
    Come on me babies…………….

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  8. johnhpayne says:

    I don’t see how it has helped the cause for Jackett to publicly brand Sako and Griffiths ‘slackers’. Maybe it will work, but generally he has been tinkering too much – he has so many options the players don’t know from one week to the next whether they’re in or out.
    It’s the midfield creativity that’s lacking. I don’t know much about Rotherham, but hoping for an early Xmas present
    Wolves 3 Rotherham 1

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  9. I like how some of our so called fans predict a win for Rotherham and then have a knock at those running the club, fans! You are pathetic, Moxey and Morgan have more integrity than you anti M & M cretins could ever wish for.
    You and you alone are making us what we are becoming,
    KJ managing with his hands tied behind his back! Read that in the express and stir have we, so who brought in Henry,Jacobs, Mcdonald, Ricketts and Goldborne? its twats like you that are waiting for us to fail then you can gob off your bile! PATHETIC.

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  10. Clive from Houston says:

    Once again we are in a cup final, against another team that has never won, nor never will, anything.
    Once again, we are expected to win.
    Once again, the silence from the boardroom is deafening.
    I have every confidence that we will get promoted this season, but what the scares the snot out of me is what is going through the “minds” of morgan and greasel.
    “Second in the table, don’t need to spend anything in January, squad is good enough for the first half of the campaign, must be good enough for the second.
    After promotion, squad was good enough to get up from the third division, we’ll keep faith with this lot, don’t need to spend in the summer.”
    And then…..forty years in the fuckin’ wilderness, just like Moses, and just like the late eighties and all of the nineties. Plodding along with a succession of mediocre or downright useless managers.
    Been there, done that, read the book, got the dvd and the t shirts.
    Do not want to go through all that bollocks again.
    Get some balls, board, and spend some of that money you haven’t got, and build us a team worthy of our support, and capable of getting us back to the Prem in short order.
    The big question is: Why are you in charge of a football club when you have no fuckin’ ambition to see it succeed?
    Having vented, I foresee a defeat this weekend, only because I have been predicting wonderous victories, which have not happened.
    Rotherham 1 Wufflers 0
    And my cheery sign off salutation to them down the road appears to be working, as they are sliding down the Prem table quicker than a stripper on a pole, so:
    Fuck Off w… b….

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    • Wolfman Jack says:

      ‘Why are you in charge of a football club when you have no fuckin’ ambition to see it succeed?’

      Well Moxey’s answer would surely be ‘Because it pays me a handsome salary, thank you very much…’

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  11. I’m predicting a scrappy game worthy off the league we’re in.
    we need to put those losses behind us and get back to winning ways
    so I’m going for a 1-2 to the wolves,we must beat these chuffin teams
    and get going again.UTW.KJ Stop the tinkering or buy.

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  12. Think we can hold ‘em but not convinced we will show ‘em. Therefore its a low score draw, 1-1 for me.

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  13. Wolves 1 – 0 Rotherham for me please

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  14. The leader of the prediction league didnt check in for the Dons obviously he knew he neednt bother. Kenny has aired some public criticism and you have to hope a more determined performance will follow. Having said that i agree McDonald will be missed. 1-1

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  15. London e banks wolves loyal says:

    Ok . It’s just Rotherham , wolves will win . One nil, F O W B

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  16. Rotherham 1 Wolves 3
    There is no excuse for our players other than lack of motivation and belief in the club.
    I think Griffiths wants to be in Scotland so not sure whether I’d play him.
    Maybe Sako has his thoughts elsewhere.
    Think Big Wayne will be gone in the transfer window.
    Even so, still think our problems are psychological, rather than lack of skilful players…

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  17. I’m feeling uncomfortable about the Xmas & New Year matches. Halfway through the season and we have not established who our best team is, especially in midfield.
    Also concerned to hear rumours that Griffiths is homesick and wants to go back to Scotland to be closer to his kids – he hasn’t been right for a few weeks now.

    A tough fixture – Rotherham 2 Wolves 2

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  18. 1 – 1
    Merry Christmas all.

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  19. Ade In China says:

    Just a thought, why not shift Doyle into midfield, and play Griffiths and Sigurdarson/McAlinden upfront? He’s got the strength to play there and is probably more creative than other options…anyhow, I’m not the manager.

    Should we win? Yes. Will we win? I hope so, which is why I’m going to say 2-1 win to Wolves!

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  20. Back to winning days and a dose of reality for Rotherham United after a 4-1 win!

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  21. I don’t think our midfield can cope without McDonad so i’m predicting a third straight defeat( don’t worry i haven’t got one score right this season). 2-1

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  22. Sutton wolf says:

    After last week poor performance we’ll bounce back 1-0 wolves win

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  23. Steve L Biles says:

    Ho bloody Ho and all that. Rotherhame? Who?

    It will be interesting to see the reaction from the Mol when we lose a third game on the trot, and I honestly believe that Rotherham will pull this off. Their form is better than ours, and their confidence is high.

    Hopefully I am completely wrong and get no points this week….. but …….

    Rotherham 2 Wolves 1

    I smiled again after reading Clive from Houston’s post – he always manages to make us cheery!!

    Hope you all have a bloody good Chrimbo and a well sozzled New Year.

    UTW/FOWB

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  24. theDOOGooder says:

    First of all…
    A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO THOMAS, BEN AND ALL THE LOYAL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE BLOG!
    Let’s hope that some wise men in gold come bearing precious gifts of points.

    Back to business.
    How can you predict a result, let alone a score, from a team that is so unpredictable?
    We need consistency and for most of the season we haven’t had it.
    (That’s obviously the only reason I’m so far down the prediction league).
    My head tells me that we are in for another defeat, my heart says that I must predict a win.
    For once I’m going to compromise.
    A draw.
    2-2

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  25. Kevin Philips has said he is leaving Palace in Jan to play for a club closer to home so sounds like he could be on his way.

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  26. Ps he didnt sound overjoyed but perhaps it could work out better than he thinks. And a Merry FOwb to all on the blog espeically the regulars.

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  27. MrAussieWolf says:

    Wolves 2-1 Rotherham

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  28. theDOOGooder says:

    I see that Ebanks Blake has signed for Mad Mick until the end of the season.
    He could well have done a job for us on a temporary basis.
    But still, it’s good to read that Kuddly Ken has promised several signings including a creative midfielder and a striker when the transfer window opens.

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    • Steppenwolfe says:

      Agree about SEB – a strange one that when we appear to be struggling to put it away. Give SEB the chances and he would usually deliver.
      Loan signings – I suspect you are very much tongue in cheek Mr Doogooder. We’ve heard all that before so many times. If we bring in a striker will he be better than Griffith or Siggy or McAlinden or Cassidy for that matter. If some of these guys are not up to it then I wonder why we are hanging onto them. Then there’s J’OH who can create and also score one or two and gives the side balance.
      We ought to be coasting this league but instead we appear to be building Rotherham up to be world beaters.
      Yes, Merry Christmas and thanks to Ben and Thomas and the regular contributors for giving us a good read.

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  29. Rotherham 1 wolves 1 a decent point come the end of the season

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  30. I’m worried as to where the goals are going to come from. With that in mind I can see Rotherham winning 1-0.

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  31. whitestone wolf says:

    As it’s Christmas I’m in a positive mood

    Rotherham 0-0 Wolves

    Merry Christmas to all contributors to such a great blog

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  32. Border Wolf says:

    Hmmm not quite sure what to predict for this one. Rotherham have been on fine form whereas we’ve not really turned up for the last two matches! However being optimistic I refuse to predict a loss no matter what so I’ll keep the faith and go for a narrow win. Arrogant? Yep I’ll accept that!

    Rotherham 0 – 1 Wolves.

    As for Ipswich signing SEB, I’m not impressed as my hubby is a Town supporter and if he starts firing them in left right and centre I’ll never hear the last of it!!

    Happy Christmas to everyone and of course FOWB! Come on Wolves!!!!!

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      You interest me strangely Border Wolf.
      What’s the story with you supporting the Wolves and yer man being an Ipswich fan?
      Do you get to the Mol or are you supporting from afar?

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      • Border Wolf says:

        No I get to the Mol whenever I can & I have actually got him in as well cheering Wolves but he did keep very quiet!

        We’re Shropshire/Powys borders so not too far from the golden palace, hubby was born in Ipswich so supports for that reason but more often than not cheers on the Wolves. I’m from Bridgnorth area so Wolves fan from an early age!

        Hope that helps!

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  33. Mark Davies says:

    Using my senior rail card the train fare from Chesterfield to Rotherham is a miserly £3.60. Given that’s an early Christmas present, I`m hoping my black and gold heroes can make my Saturday afternoon complete with a 2-0 win. I`m just hoping this game there are no slackers for Mr Jackett to complain about, and the defence holds firm for a very necessary three points. Oh and I`d play Davis as he likes the physical stuff instead of Big Mac, I just wonder where the leaders are on the pitch though.

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  34. dorsetwolf says:

    Seasons greetings fellow bloggers,thanks for the entertainment.

    Hope we get back to winning ways 1-0 to Wolves will do for me.

    COME ON YOU WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. We’re now getting results our performances and lack of dominance in the games deserve, whereas previously we got results that frankly we didn’t deserve, winning when getting out passed and played off the park. Lack of effort and ability biting us back now

    3 defeats on the bounce

    Rotherham 2 – 0 Wolves

    Midfield enforcer and play maker required and striker that works creates for others and can score too. M+M hands in pockets and sort it before our season slowly dissolves into mid-table mediocrity.

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  36. As much as it pains me to say it we are going to get beaten tomorrow I fear. I just hope this isn’t the start of a free fall because it has been on the cards for a while.

    Rotherham 2 – 0 Wolves

    seasons greetings to all. Top of my letter to Santa is a new centre forward in January.

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  37. Tettenhall Wolf says:

    Rotherham 2-0 Wolves

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  38. we are in a bad run..
    Rotherham 1-0 Wolves

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  39. 1-1.

    Going to be a tough one I think, but we’ll scrape a draw.

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  40. A very Happy Xmas to all .
    I have to be realistic about my finances, or lack of.
    I have to realistic about my love life, or a serious lack of.
    I have to be realistic about the earphone wearing, finger scrolling Grandchildren and their attention, non existant!
    BUT I have to be optimistic about the Wolves.
    Rotherham 1 WOLVES 3.
    We can but live with our dreams.

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  41. Sorry, missed out” be “in my love life. There you go !

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  42. Sheffieldwolf says:

    1-0 wolves tight but we edge it just

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  43. Steve showcase says:

    Stinks of a draw this to me,I hope Sako plays too…I’m glass half full though so… 1-2 to us ..we need this or the pressure is really on..
    Ps. just love ‘John’ s comments ..we have some proper banter here..! With regards M &M it was there inability to fund us when we needed it..owners at their level need to build share assets for the future without spending much..see Norwich with Delia… very similar to us except they are in a proper league. – we are still being punished…

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  44. I do.n’t think we’ll get straight back to winning ways so will go for 2-2

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  45. mick the wolf says:

    Don’t think we will lose three in a row, but maybe best we can do is a draw 2-2 for me.

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  46. Shame to here SEB’s gone to Ipswich was hoping KJ would’ve offered him a contract,but perhaps he’s had enough of waiting or didn’t fancy staying,oh well perhaps we will meet again next season in the championship all being well.UTW.

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  47. Rotherham 2 Wolves 2

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  48. Wolf in the Hudd says:

    Rotherham 1-2 Wolves

    Happy Christmas everyone

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  49. japan wolf says:

    A nervy win I think

    Rotherham 0 – 1 Wolves

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  50. Season’s greetings all.
    Time to turn the ship around… Millers 1 – Wolves 1

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  51. us 2 them 1 please

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  52. Danny Velinski says:

    Wolves 1 Rotherham 0

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  53. Rotherham 1-3 Wolves

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  54. 2-1 to the Wolves for me please Thomas

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  55. goldcoastkiddywolf says:

    Rotherham 0 – 1 Wolves.

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  56. I’ll go for 1-1, which I’d probably take going into the Molineux double header.

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  57. Northern Wolf says:

    2-1 Wolves, gotta get over this slump…

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  58. Let’s be positive. Wolves to win 2 – 0.

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  59. Ok let’s get the important bit out of the way. It is absolutely shocking how one of our great players of recent times and a proven goal scorer to boot is allowed to keave, without us even given the chance to show our appreciation for all he did for Wolves. Even more galling is that it looks like we are gonna bring Phillips in! I’m talking about SEB of course. Gutted by it all. Can’t be bothered to predict! By the way it was nice to bump into fellow Wolves fan

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  60. Susie Perry! at my office the other week….Happy Christmas to all the people of the world bar those supporters of Sandwell Smethwick Town!

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  61. Predicting not with my heart but with my head – and sincerely hoping I’m wrong! Rotherham 1 Wolves 0.

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  62. trenchmanmick says:

    Sorry to put a downer on it,

    Rotherham 1 Wolves 0

    Hope to be proved wrong

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  63. 1 -1

    I think this will be a tough game , especially without Mcdonald; Price does not cut it for me, ; a draw may be good a result after the performances of late.

    Prove me wrong and get the three points – COME ON ME BABIES

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  64. bullyisagod says:

    Rotherham 2 Wolves 0

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  65. Rotherham 1:2 Wolves

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  66. 2-0 to wolves tonight

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  67. Gold Wolf Sven says:

    I think we will get beat 2-1

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  68. suffolkWolf1985 says:

    Rotherham 1-2 Wolves

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  69. 2-1 win for the wolves. Hoping for an early Xmas present!

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  70. Wolfman Steve says:

    1-0 to the Wolves, Siggy to score!!! Come on me babbies!

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  71. Telford Wolf says:

    Phew, only just made it in time to predict!!!

    Happy with a draw to stop the losing streak, but sticking to a 2 – 1 win for us

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