It’s funny, you suffer the first defeat in months and find yourself envying the opposition and lamenting your own team’s suddenly obvious shortcomings.
Cynical I know, but that’s just how it goes.
As instrumental as Neves and Moutinho have been for instance, there’s no doubt the mobility and brute power of Abdoulaye Doucouré offered Watford a different dimension.
Wolves don’t possess such physicality in central midfield having readily dispensed with Alfred N’Diaye in the summer, who would surely be a more compelling option than Romain Saiss?
Javi Gracia’s side also showed tactical flexibility in securing the win, whereas Wolves remained steadfast in their approach even at 2-0 down.
All easy to point out in hindsight of course, but defeat represents an opportunity to identify areas this talented squad and head coach can evolve further. I’m sure they’ve been poring over everything at Compton this week.
Like Wolves, Brighton have managed to shoot themselves up the table with a couple of 1-0 victories and a rare away win at Newcastle last time out is a big morale boost.
Their other victory, a 3-2 over Man Utd demonstrated just how dangerous they are on their own patch. 7 of their 9 wins last season came at The Amex, which ultimately propelled them to safety.
They hit the magical 40 point mark in their first season back and I imagine Chris Hughton would be happy if they did the same again, but it does seem like they’ve got enough to aim a touch higher.
Glenn Murray remains their talisman and his 5 goals represent 50% of their overall total so they’ll be hoping he recovers from a nasty head injury last weekend to play on Saturday.
The man who replaced Murray in that game, Jürgen Locadia, came within minutes of joining Wolves last season so we’ll be watching his performance keenly.
Wolves are 6/4 for the win with bet365. Brighton are 19/10 and the draw is 21/10.
Glenn Murray is the odds on first goalscorer despite his injury at 5/1. Raul Jimenez is 11/2 to net his first goal away from Molineux.
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If you were going to finally make one change, I think Cavaleiro for Jota makes the most sense given how last season’s top scorer has struggled to make an impact of late.
You could even bring Traore in for a first league start at the expense of Costa but that would seem a bit more harsh based on his improved form in recent games.
Vinagre got 45 minutes against Watford and looked really good, but again it would feel ruthless to punish Jonny based on one sluggish half of football.
I think Nuno has to change something though as it doesn’t send the right message to those on the sidelines if he keeps the same team yet again despite a pretty tame defeat.
Zero change in the Prediction League table after Gameweek 9 as not a single person predicted defeat.
But well done to vicsmith who continues to lead the way with 17 points from 9 predictions.
I wonder if such rampant positivity will continue this week? As always, if you’d like to join in leave a prediction in the comment section below, which is where you can read my forecast.
Up The Wolves!