Archives for December 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Wolves Preview

You probably shouldn’t feel overly confident when you’re about to play a team that have only lost twice all season.

Wolves Brighton

Furthermore our current record against sides in the top six currently reads drawn four, lost two.

But after successive victories and with a ‘nothing to lose’ approach, you just wonder whether Wolves can cause an upset on the south coast?

Wins over Reading and Charlton dug us out of trouble but a positive result against the early season pacesetters would feel infinitely more significant.

Brighton

1024px-Brighton_&_Hove_Albion_logo.svgAfter that lightning start the Seagulls have only managed three wins in their last 10 league matches and are now back in the play-off pack.

Having now lost a couple of matches and suffered some injuries, it will be interesting to see if they can last the pace.

I wasn’t overly impressed when they came to Molineux earlier in the season. They were solid but didn’t look like world beaters, even when Wolves were reduced to ten.

That said, teams don’t put long undefeated runs together in the Championship if they haven’t discovered the right formula.

Rajiv van La Parra has been helping them out with a few goals, but he’ll sit this one out to further test the depth of Chris Hughton’s squad.

Wolves

Given that Kenny Jackett didn’t make any changes for Charlton, it seems unlikely he’ll move things around for this one.

Wolves team for Brighton

Grant Holt has departed so that frees up space on the bench for someone to move up the ladder. Whether or not new signing Michal Zyro is eligible on New Year’s day, I’m not sure.

Speaking of the winger, it seems likely one of our wide men will disappear in January to accommodate the Pole. Will van La Parra be sold? Will Ojo be sent back? Both?

Either way, our attacking players have consistently produced of late, which means we’re carrying requisite threat to win matches.

Predictions

It’s definitely a good time to be playing Brighton. They’re wobbling and we should be feeling good about life again after a decent Christmas.

But prior to losing their last two home matches, they’d won eight and drawn two, so it’s still fair to describe the Amex as a fortress.

A draw would complete a solid period of form, but I think we could do even better.

2-1.

Up The Wolves!

Charlton Athletic 0 Wolves 2

How much brighter is everyone’s outlook after back-to-back victories?

Graham Charlton

Old gold confidence is higher than it’s been for a while as we approach 2016 closer to the play-offs than the relegation zone.

In what may hopefully be a metaphor for the season, a largely forgettable first 45 minutes was followed by a much improved second half with Wolves running out comfortable victors.

On a sunny winter’s afternoon in South London there were more than just the unseasonable conditions for a sizable travelling support to enjoy.

At the back, Wolves built on a clean-sheet at Reading with another solid performance.

Carl Ikeme will certainly have busier afternoons this season, and if Batth and Ebanks-Landell continue to cut out the defensive errors, any January recruits might find it more difficult to break into the starting XI than would have been predicted only a few weeks back.

Away end Charlton

Charlton, admittedly missing several influential players including one time Wolves target Gudmundsson, created very little in the way of goal-scoring opportunities.

Much of the credit for this must go to the industrious Connor Coady who completed a second full 90 minutes in three days yet never stopped running.

What was most impressive was as well as providing the expected defensive cover, his lung-busting runs often saw him supporting Afobe as the most advanced of the central midfield trio.

After an impressive start to his Wolves’ career, his form seemed to desert after that sending off against Brighton. Continuing to perform at this level for the remainder of the season would do nicely.

It seems impossible to review any game at present without praising Jordan Graham, and today was no exception.

As well as providing yet another assist, the winger remained composed to score his first Wolves goal after good work from Afobe on the right. Hopefully the first of many to come.

Looking out over the numerous tower cranes and construction works as the overground service transported us back north of the river, you couldn’t help hope (dangerous thing for a Wolves fan) we too can build on some encouraging foundations.

Charlton Athletic Vs Wolves Preview

Had we failed to beat Reading, I think we’d all be looking at this fixture a little differently.

Charlton

But with the relative comfort of seven points between Wolves and the bottom three, you’d be forgiven for breathing easier.

Losing tomorrow against a team in free fall may reignite the panic though, so best to avoid that scenario if possible lads.

With two games inside 48 hours, you’d expect to see a few changes in personnel for both sides, which could prove the difference.

Charlton

Charlton logoThe Addicks are sinking like a stone and it took a last kick of the game equaliser at Ashton Gate to prevent a Boxing Day defeat at fellow strugglers Bristol City.

They haven’t won any of their last six and have lost three of those matches to cement a place inside the relegation zone.

Bristol City, Rotherham and MK Dons all seem capable of picking up results, making their current plight all the more worrying.

Their home form (won three, drawn four, lost four) isn’t disastrous so perhaps if they are to repair the damage, the Valley can be their saving grace?

Wolves

It was disappointing to see Jack Price ruled out against Reading. Hopefully he’ll make it back in time for this one, as I think Dave Edwards needs a rest.

Wolves team for Charlton

I still think a more compact midfield would suit us defensively and without wanting to dwell on the point, I also think trying Iorfa centrally at the expense of Ebanks-Landell is well worth a go.

I’m expecting a couple of changes, so it will be interesting to see how Kenny uses his available resources in pursuit of a winning formula.

Predictions

I haven’t predicted victory in a while but I’m feeling foolishly confident.

Yes, Charlton are long overdue a win, but tails should be up after our own morale boosting result and I think there’s less pressure away from Molineux.

I’ll go for a narrow but highly satisfying 2-1.

Up The Wolves!