There’s very little time to savour a famous victory at Anfield as Wolves head to Upton Park tomorrow for another monumentally important clash with fellow strugglers West Ham.
Having registered their first win and their first cleansheet away from Molineux, confidence should be high, so hopefully Mick and the boys can pull off another big result and perhaps even escape the bottom three in the process.
A visit to the Boleyn Ground always represents a tricky proposition, but the Hammers home record this season is far from intimidating. Of their 10 games to date, they’ve won just 2, drawn 4 and lost the same amount.
Of course, Wolves away record is even worse, despite picking up the maximum at Liverpool, so Avram Grant will rightly be looking at this fixture as an excellent opportunity to secure a much-needed win in front of an expectant home crowd.
You would imagine Mick will pick the same eleven that started on Wedneday night, but with three fixtures in a week, might he be tempted into one or two changes? Probably not unless neccessary, so my predicted line-up is:
There are options at Mick’s disposal, should he feel the need to freshen things up. Ward came off with a dead leg on Wednesday so maybe that could open the door for Fletcher? Edwards and Jones both represent decent options in midfield, but I can’t see who he’d drop. The back four will surely remain intact after a strong showing last time out.
Well done to Super Kev Doyle for boldly predicting a 1-0 win against Liverpool. He picks up an unlikely three points and moves to within touching distance of the top of the Prediction League table. That has to be right up there for the award of ‘Best Prediction of 2010’. Anyone else feel they deserve this accolade?
Ben also nicked a point with a cheeky 3-1 forecast, so congratulations to my esteemed colleague, although I can’t help but feel he was far from sincere when plumping for victory.
This is a tough match to predict. I’ve certainly got renewed confidence in the side after Wednesday but it would just be so typical of our season to date if we got stuffed.
My heart says Wolves win, my head says West Ham win so I’ll sit on the fence and say draw.
If you’re going to Upton Park, have a great time and roar the lads home. A repeat of last season’s win will do just nicely.
Up The Wolves.