We could do with winning this.
I think a victory would extinguish any lingering fears of a relegation scrap and in stark contrast to last week, history is on our side.
Much like Boro’s stranglehold over us at the Riverside, Bristol City haven’t won at Molineux since 1931 according to the BBC.
That’s 18 matches undefeated at home against the Robins. Now would be a bad time for our reign of dominance to end.
There’s no doubting things have been looking up for City since giving Steve Cotterill the shove.
A run of three successive wins came at just the right time, elevating them away from immediate danger.
They’ve since sandwiched a win over Notts Forest with defeats against Cardiff and Brighton, meaning they come into this fixture on mixed form, but still with a five point buffer to the drop zone.
As well as Scott Golbourne, they also recruited Lee Tomlin on loan from Bournemouth in January and he has match winning ability at this level.
From the outside looking in, I get the sense they’re on the up, so this fixture is a tougher challenge than the league table suggests.
How much of Friday was Wolves playing poorly and how much was Boro just being better? They obviously had more quality but it was disappointing that they were quicker to every ball.
McDonald had a poor game and invariably if he’s not firing, the rest of the team struggle to get into a rhythm. Hopefully he can do better tonight.
I wouldn’t abandon the shape because I still think it offers us the best chance of being successful, but I would throw Mason on in place of Sigurdarson.
We keep hearing he’s not really cut out to play the lone forward role, but he did it for Cardiff against us a few months back and I seem to recall they did rather well, so why not give it a go?
Hause for Ebanks-Landell represents an upgrade to me, so I’m not too despondent, but the sheer volume of injuries is a concern. We have hardly any defensive cover.
I’m playing it safe and going for a draw, which would just about suit us I reckon.
The thing about the Championship is it’s not really about the league table, it’s about what sort of form the team you’re playing are in because the difference in quality is usually negligible.
At present, I don’t think there’s anything between these two sides on paper (they might even be better), so it’s more or less anyone’s guess.
And my guess is 1-1.
Up The Wolves!
* I’ve also managed to update the PL table (finally), so hopefully this is right as of the end of the Boro game. Check it out here.