Looking back to this time last season, I was highly optimistic about our immediate prospects.
Wolves had just beaten Blackpool away and had two winnable home fixtures to look forward to over the Christmas break.
What followed was a 3-0 pummeling from Peterborough, followed up by the most dour 2-0 defeat you’ll ever see against Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich.
Suffice to say, I’m keeping my expectations in check this time as we once again enter back-to-back Molineux festivity.
It’s been a tough old season for Crewe and they come into this match in 23rd position, just two points off the foot of the table.
The Railwaymen have comfortably conceded more goals than any other side in League One (45) and share the lowest goals scored tally with Sheffield United (18).
They’ve lost 7 of their 10 away matches so far this season and scored just 7 goals against 25 conceded. I don’t need to paint it any clearer then – Wolves must win this one.
However, Steve Davis’ men are unbeaten in their last three matches and have claimed a few scalps already this season – most notably a 2-0 away win at Preston.
Kevin McDonald returns after his one match suspension and I sincerely hope he makes an immediate return to the side. After dropping Leigh Griffiths in favour of Bjorn Sigurdarson last weekend, it will also be intriguing to see which forward partnership start this time.
That would probably be my eleven, assuming Matt Doherty is still out. He’s been a massive miss in my opinion, particularly in an attacking sense down the right flank. Ricketts is more dependable than impressive in the final third.
No surprise to see Wolves are red hot favourites to win this one at 4/11. Crewe are 17/2 and the draw is 10/3.
You have to go a long way down the first goalscorer’s coupon to find any Crewe name. Even ‘No Goalscorer’ (12/1) is ahead of Chuks Aneke who is 14/1.
Suffice to say then, if you’re a pessimist this is the game to be betting on. All odds are available from here.
No great surprise that nobody predicted a 3-3 at Rotherham. But 14 people did plump for a draw to pick up a point each. Well done to all.
This is one of those matches where everyone will predict a win apart from a handful of resistors who say ‘we always end the opposition’s bad runs’.
I laugh in their faces and predict a thumping victory – 5-1.
Up The Wolves
* p.s. I’m aware this prediction flagrantly goes against the guarded approach I claimed to be adopting, but foolish confidence grew as I looked at those Crewe stats :)