It’s funny how things work out.
After going stride for stride for over four and a half months, League One’s top two, separated only by goal difference, now finally lock horns having played every other team in the division.
What a picture perfect way to bring down the curtain on the first half of the season in front of a packed out Molineux.
Orient have been the league’s outstanding side so far and deservedly go into this match at the very top of the ladder.
As an outsider looking in, they appear to have accumulated their 47 points more comfortably than Wolves.
The O’s have netted 47 goals, which is a strike rate of more than two a game. No secret then to where their strength lies.
David Mooney and Kevin Lisbie have shared 23 of those goals, so it promises to be a tough afternoon for our back four still protecting the league’s best defensive record.
Like Wolves, Orient’s form has been patchy of late with only one win in their last five. It also took a late turnaround at Gillingham on Boxing Day to get that crucial victory.
Russel Slade’s team have the best away record in the league with 8 wins from their 12 games and just one defeat. They’ve also netted a staggering 27 goals on their travels.
I’ll be very disappointed if we see the same starting XI that just about dispatched Crewe. This would be my team without question:
That team (with the exception of Doherty) is the best blend of experience, ability, defensive prowess and attacking menace KJ has at his disposal.
I would always back that side to prevail, even against Orient. However, it might be that Kenny has something specific in mind for our illustrious opponents.
The bookies have Wolves as favourites to win this one at 21/20. Orient are 14/5 and the draw is 13/5.
O’s midfielder Dean Cox is generous odds for first goalscorer at 14/1. He already has 10 strikes to his name this season.
Leigh Griffiths has found the goals harder to come by of late, but he’s still considered the most likely first scorer at 15/4.
All odds can be found here.
Most people correctly thought we’d beat Crewe, so well done to all (53) of you. 15 also got the scoreline spot on to double up.
With practically identical records up to this point, a draw seems the most likely conclusion. But we haven’t beaten any teams inside the current top six and that has to change.
I’m therefore adding a dash of bias and a sprinkle of optimism in the hope of our best performance of the season to date.
Don’t let me down lads – 3-1
Up The Wolves!