Our Boxing Day opponents are proof positive that spending big doesn’t automatically equal success in the Premier League.
There’s so much more to Nuno and co’s achievements than splashing the cash and the admiration inside and outside of Molineux is well deserved.
I’m ecstatic to be sitting 10th on Christmas Day and regardless of what happens in this game, if the second half of the season is anywhere near as good as the first we’re in for a treat.
The result against Liverpool was a setback but as most seem to concur the performance offered encouragement.
The Cottagers are bottom at Christmas and historically that’s not a position you want to be occupying.
All is far from lost though. They’re only 4 points from safety and undoubtedly possess more individual quality than those immediately above them in the table.
Claudio Ranieri has to address their defensive frailties sooner rather than later as 42 goals conceded in just 18 games is a recipe for relegation soup.
The Italian scored a big victory in his first game in charge against Southampton but has since collected just 2 points from his last 5 games.
A first cleansheet of the season and a decent point against Newcastle last time out should help build defensive confidence ahead of this one.
The home end
I lifted a few comments on a match thread on a popular Fulham forum:
wolves are far better than Newcastle, plus with our mini goal drought, I think it would be suicidal to abandon a defensive line up. It just needs a little tweaking imo.
Whilst our defence is not capable of keeping a clean sheet playing A flat back 4 I think we should stick to what worked against Newcastle. If and when we buy some players who hopefully will sure up the defence then we can look to attack again. Wolves are a very attack minded team and if we try to go toe to toe I feel we will concede easily and be left with nothing but a deflated team and the same old posters moaning about Tony Khan, Seri and the sacking of Slav.
Post Newcastle, the more I think about it Wolves and Hudds are pretty much vital. We need to prove we have improved.
Still not sure if Jota is fit to return, but this would be the team I’d pick if he is available.
Saiss was actually better than Neves against Liverpool but we might be more attack minded in this one, so I’d keep our star man in the first eleven.
Gibbs-White and Jota would give us greater intent on the final third, which was the only thing lacking against Liverpool.
Cav is overdue a start so I wouldn’t be disappointed to see his name on the team sheet on Wednesday in the event Jota doesn’t feature.
Well done to Brizzie who is Christmas Number 1 in the Prediction League table thanks to another perfect prediction in the Liverpool preview.
vicsmith is on the same points and Andrew Hadley is upwardly mobile with 24 points from just 16 predictions.
Well done to one and all!
As always, if you’d like to join in the fun simply leave your prediction in the comment thread below, which is where you’ll find my best guess.
To each and everyone have a wonderful Christmas!
Up The Wolves!