You never want to fight with a long term love on Valentine’s Day but Tuesday was a serious test of our relationship.
Wolves have served up some considerable dollops in our near 30 years together but that performance was right up there with the very worst.
It feels almost perverse that Molineux will be jam packed at the weekend after such trauma but hopefully this showpiece will expunge some of the memory.
We’re just two games from Wembley and even though this is a mammoth task, I’m not throwing in the towel yet.
What can you say about Chelsea and Antonio Conte this season that hasn’t already been said?
I thought the Premier League title would be more hotly contested than ever before with six teams in the running, but the Blues are walking away with it.
They’re eight points clear of Man City in second and look far more robust than any of their competitors.
Changing the system, signing N’Golo Kante and coaxing the best out of genuine superstars like Hazard and Costa have probably been the key elements.
I’m not expecting those players to start. Going off the team they put out against Brentford in the previous round players like Zouma, Ake, Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek are likely starters.
Conte may field a stronger side given we’re now a stage deeper in the competition and they’re away from home, but I don’t think it will be anything close to first choice.
I’d like to see Hazard, Costa and Kante play live, but I’d like to win even more and I’m not sure both are possible.
Does Paul Lambert turn to the XI that saw off Liverpool or tear everything up and start again after Wigan? This is my best guess at where he’ll land:
I think he’ll want three spoilers in midfield as we saw at Anfield and that could mean a first FA Cup start this season for Jack Price. We missed him on Tuesday.
Hause is probably a cast-iron starter and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Williamson thrown straight in again. If not him, probably Stearman.
Connor Ronan should start after being the only decent player on the pitch against Wigan but I think Paul Lambert might turn to Weimann.
But this is all total guesswork. Every single player is probably interchangeable. Costa and Doherty are the only two I’d be shocked to see left out.
I think Burnley showed the way against Chelsea at the weekend. Bank up, frustrate and break quickly when the opportunity presents itself.
In essence we’ve got to repeat what we did against Liverpool. I know we’re at home and that changes the dynamic, but we can’t leave spaces in midfield.
It would be foolish to predict anything other than a loss, but I hope the lads can defy expectations again and secure a famous win.
Up The Wolves!
If you are looking for latest betting offers on UK football, then please visit sign up bonuses where you will be able to find and compare from the leading gambling sites.”