Whatever anyone says, getting paired with Man Utd in the quarter final – with Wembley in sight – is pants.
Yes, we’ve got a great chance of beating them and avoiding Man City was the main thing, but there were kinder draws to be had.
This team deserves that big day out and quite frankly, so do we given that every club other than Wolves seems to have found a way to make it to at least the semi-final of a domestic cup competition in the last 20 years.
An amazing night at Molineux in prospect though whatever happens and the atmosphere promises to be something very special.
Before then, we’ve got four Premier League games to contest and an opportunity to add substantially to an impressive points tally.
The Cherries have built their season around a strong home record. 24 of their 33 points have come at Dean Court.
But if they’re to add to that tomorrow, they’ll have to do it without Callum Wilson, David Brooks, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook. Junior Stanislas is also a doubt according to Eddie Howe.
They’ll still have plenty of talent on show, but you can’t help but think we’re playing them at a good time with key personnel out of the equation.
Cardiff and Liverpool both swept them aside with a degree of comfort prior to the FA Cup weekend, but worth remembering they spanked Chelsea 4-0 in their last home game.
They’re always a dangerous side with plenty of attacking intent and that approach has served them well since making it to the Premier League. With 33 points on the board, they’re more or less safe but will want those final few wins sooner rather than later.
The home end
Some comments lifted from the match thread on a popular Bournemouth forum:
Going to be a tough game against a team who are very good on the counter attack. Like us they look to break quickly and they look for Jota and jiminez every time. With a full squad I’d fancy a home win but with Wilson and brooks missing it leaves a huge hole upfront. It’s winnable but also very loseable…if that makes any sense
Wolves are about the same in terms of ability but they are still resurgent from promotion and enjoying themselves, on their ride, as did ourselves and Burnley. Only injuries have stopped us being slightly above them in the table. Seems they have got themselves a pretty decent manager too! What should happen is ; DC as a ‘ fortress’ kicking in as the deciding factor. We have flirted with that asset in some games against mid table and lower…but not enough! We displayed it at its highest level v Chelsea….maximum effort ..but then we knew we had to! Its a 2-1 for me, or 3-1 in a Fortress!
I’ve seen Wolves put in some excellent performances against the likes of Liverpool and City- against us they were genuinely one of the worst teams I’ve seen this season, just behind Brighton in the league. But they’ve also got that Jiminez in top form now. I’d take a decent performance with a draw, but we shouldn’t really be losing to this team if we have serious ambitions. Since it’s at home, I’m backing us for the win. 2-1.
Slightly worried about our creativity without Brooks, Callum and possibly Stanislas. We really need one of King or Fraser ( perhaps even Ibe ??? ) to really step up in this game, otherwise I think we might struggle to get the goals required for the three points. It’s not the ideal time for us to be playing one of our more “winnable” games with so many creative players missing, so I’m hoping that somebody has an absolute blinder and we somehow manage to take all the points. I think it will be a battle, we need the lads to be up for the fight and somebody to take the game by the scruff of the neck ! I would absolutely love us to win this game and put ourselves back in the fight for “best of the rest”. Come on !!!!!
If everyone is fit the team picks itself.
Not sure whether Jota is ready to return or if the knock that took Matt Doherty off at Ashton Gate will be enough to see him ruled out.
Hopefully both are available though as the team will be infinitely weaker without their combined presence.
Cav got his goal and generally did OK but definitely not the same kind of impact his compatriot has been making of late.
PeteRobbo, kiwiwolf, Portuguese Men of Wolves, Matt Cook and Paulcooksleftpeg all get special mention for correctly predicting the 1-1 versus Newcastle last time out and taking a maximum.
It’s as you were at the top of the Prediction League table with vicsmith still leading the way.
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