Archives for December 2010

West Ham Vs Wolves Preview

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.

Wolves won convincingly last season

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:

Hennessy

Zubar
Berra
Stearman
Elokobi

Hunt
Milijas
Foley
Jarvis

Ward

SEB

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.

Prediction League

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.

2-2.

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Liverpool 0 Wolves 1

A phenomenal performance, three priceless points, and Steve Mardenborough’s name finally consigned to the dustbin.

Our 1-0 win at Liverpool will surely go down as one of the most wonderful and joyous triumphs in years, in a display to cherish whenever the tough times threaten to rear their ugly heads again.

In addition, it might finally stop the lexically deviant Garth Crooks from flicking his pen top angrily the next time Gabby Logan tells him that they have to drop in at Molineux.

For the time being at least, we are no longer a subordinate, throwaway clause at the end of a jumbled Paul Merson sentence at 5.30pm.

We are Wolves and our season starts here!

Milijas: 'Are my eyes playing up?'

Words genuinely can’t do justice to how good we were last night, from Hennessey’s commanding presence in goal (and crucial save from Mereiles) to Sylvan and Stephen Ward’s tireless running up front.

If Ward was an impenetrable presence in our line-up before the game, his name must now be as deeply etched on the teamsheet as Steve Bull’s under Turner.

But after such a joyous victory, our goalscoring hero’s inclusion over our £7 million, six start signing can be debated another time.

Perhaps more pressing questions are whether Berra and Stearman can replicate their colossus showings on a weekly basis from now on?

Can Zubar and Elokobi pick up from where they left off on Merseyside?

Will Milijas (possibly my MOM) and Foley win the ball and then keep it so sumptuously, for so long, in the fixtures to come?

And moreover, was our Boxing Day disaster just a one off or does it tell us that January still can’t come round quick enough, despite this monumental showing?

With Big Mick defying the odds in the dugout once more, we can be sure that whatever the answers above, it won’t be for the lack of effort and togetherness.

Liverpool Vs Wolves Preview

Wolves head to Anfield tomorrow night looking to make amends for that abject Boxing Day defeat against Wigan.

Mick McCarthy will know that having sunk to the bottom of the Premier League table, patience will be in short supply should performances and results not improve quickly.

Steven Gerrard headed Liverpool to victory last season

Unfortunately for him, Liverpool’s home form has been pretty formidable this season, even if their mid-table position suggests otherwise. They’ve registered 5 wins and 2 draws from their 8 games to date, with Blackpool being the only side to leave Merseyside with a maximum.

By contrast, Wolves have been abysmal away from Molineux, losing 7 and drawing just once. However, that single point was registered in Liverpool against Everton, so if you’re clutching at straws and looking for omens, perhaps that’s one to hold onto.

Mick’s team selection will no doubt be under scrutiny and I’m expecting a couple of changes that surrendered so meekly to Wigan. Here’s my predicted lineup:

Hennessy

Zubar
Berra
Stearman
Elokobi

Edwards
Foley
Milijas
Jarvis

Fletcher
SEB

Fletcher is overdue a start so perhaps this will be his opportunity following another goal from the bench on Boxing Day. Jarvis will surely return and I expect Hunt to make way for him, with Edwards preferred on the opposite flank.

Alternatively, Mick might prefer to go 4-5-1 and if that’s the case, I’d expect Jones to play instead of Fletcher. Ward could conceivably play at left-back but I think big George would be unfortunate to lose his place.

Prediction League

Well done to Rob for correctly predicting a 2-1 Wigan win. For a change, most people went for a Wolves victory and they duly kicked us all in the knackers.

Got to be realistic and go for a defeat in this one.

I’m feeling pretty low after that awful showing against Wigan and can’t see us getting a result at Anfield right now.

I’ll plump for 3-1 to Liverpool.

Perhaps if they’re under par and we can somehow cut out the errors at the back, we could scrape a result, but the latter in particular seems highly unlikely.

If you’re going to the game, have a great time and roar the lads on.

Up The Wolves.