31 points, 7 above the dropzone and 15th in the table.
Absolutely brilliant Wolves.
That electrifying performance at Upton Park was undoubtedly the pinnacle of the season to date, as we picked West Ham apart and ruthlessly dispatched another of our relegation rivals.
My old man even cracked a smile, pumped his fist jubilantly and proclaimed a word I never thought I would hear him say in connection with Wolverhampton Wanderers – Europe.
That was of course in jest, but it demonstrates perfectly the energising effect the last three games have had on the old goal faithful.
And so our heroes return to a buoyant Molineux, with a united crowd hoping to witness another courageous performance from our rapidly improving side. Confidence should be sky high in the home dressing room, but across the hall, the opposition are in pretty good shape too.
Having seen off Man City last night to continue their excellent from and cement their place just below the clutch of teams challenging for the Champions League, Everton are rampant at present.
The return from injury of key players such as Phil Jagielka and the classy Mikel Arteta has taken them to a new level and they now look capable of handing out a beating to anyone. It is not a good time to be playing them.
However, seven defeats on the road for the Toffees should encourage Wolves and a decent home win is certainly long overdue.
There’s a few selection dilemmas for Mick McCarthy with Guedioura and Mancienne both pressing for a place in our three man midfield and Big George looking determined to hang onto his slot at left-back ahead of Stephen Ward.
After such a strong showing at West Ham, I would imagine the same eleven will take to the field on Saturday, so that’s:
I wonder if Dave Edwards will make the bench? I’d love to see the Welsh international back in action, even if it’s only a small cameo. I suppose with the team doing so well, the temptation will be to hold him back.
I was pleased to see Halford on the bench on Tuesday. I know he’s not exactly a fans favourite but if you’re chasing a game or looking to see out a few minutes, it can’t do any harm to have a bloke who can throw the ball half the length of the pitch knocking about.
You might call me an optimistic fool for getting sucked in by our good form, but I’m going for a Wolves win – 2-1.
If we do get it, I believe we’ll be on the verge of crossing the line, which would be a fantastic achievement with six games still remaining after Saturday.
If you’re going to the match, give the lads the reception they deserve, get behind them and have a great time.
Up The Wolves
As a little bonus, Richard Knowles, lifelong Toffee, has taken the time to give us his thoughts ahead of the big game at the weekend. He spoke to us earlier in the season before the match at Goodison Park, so we’re delighted to welcome him back. Here’s what he had to say:
This weekend’s fixture between our clubs should be a classic, well judging by our respective midweek results. Typically it will probably end in similar fashion to your home game with our lovely neighbours – a 0-0 bore draw with possibly one shot on target.
Fair play to Wolves for the results in the last ten days, 7 points out of 9 from three tricky away games is something the players, fans and club should be rightly proud of.
I said in a rambling before the game at Goodison that I hoped and thought you would stay up this season; I see no reason to change my mind now.
The club needed to find a different way of playing to the previous season in the Championship. A solid, defensive set-up with the option of good counter attacking play. In Kevin Doyle you have a great head to the front line.
As for the game I hope to see Wolves being a little more attack-minded, especially given the recent results, although I expect our great win at City might make you think a point is a good result.
For Everton I expect a win, but know the game will be tough and, with the greatest of respect, think a point or less will be a bad haul for us.
The keeper Hahnemann is on good form and Doyle is leading the line well, but just like Everton, Wolves have found the team spirit that can get performances and points from teams who individually may have better players.
Would I want any Wolves players in Everton’s squad? Doyle is probably the only one, although the team spirit is something many teams would like; see West Ham!
I’m going to go for a 1-1 draw on Saturday, but if Pienaar, Arteta, Osman and Cahill put on a show, I think it’ll be three points for us.
Good luck for the last few games, after 5pm on Saturday of course, I reckon I’ll be back to Molineux to cheer on Everton in the Premiership next season.