One. That’s how many points Wolves have accrued from their four fixtures against the bottom three.
With the possible exception of a purple patch in the Fulham game, they haven’t played well in any of those matches either.
The obvious problem is these teams aren’t so adventurous going forward, thus fewer spaces to exploit in the ‘transitions’, which is where pundits have lauded Nuno’s setup.
I think this can be addressed in the summer by new personnel, namely a more attack minded central midfielder and options up top to supplement – and hopefully not replace – Raul Jimenez.
For the remainder of the season, I think there just needs to be greater pace and intensity to our attacking, particularly at home and particularly against the strugglers.
It’s looking like a tough ask for Cardiff to stay up with the fixtures they have remaining, but I wouldn’t back against them.
I can predict they won’t get to 40 points, so I think they need to hit the mid-30s and hope Southampton or Brighton struggle down the home stretch.
After they saw off Bournemouth and the Saints to get back-to-back wins things were looking good but heavy home defeats against Watford and Everton – games where they would have fancied their chances – have seriously dented confidence and their goal difference.
Neil Warnock said he already knew his team for this game after the 3-0 defeat to the Toffees in midweek, which underlines that he – perhaps better than anyone – knows precisely the approach to take with Wolves.
The away end
Some comments from the match thread on a popular Cardiff City forum:
The only way we can beat Wolves is to attack them.
If we go there looking for a point and let them control the ball I can see nothing but another 3-0 loss. I think we will get a draw 1-1
I said we’d beat Watford 2-1 and draw with Everton 1-1, but after seeing the last 2 performances I struggle to see us beating Wolves tbh. I reckon it will finish Wolves 2-1 Cardiff.
Can see us playing hard but no goals. Wolves good at home, 2-0 to them.
It was pretty limp against Huddersfield and I think maybe a few heads should roll to freshen things up.
Saiss is probably unlucky to find himself outside the starting XI anyway, so giving Dendoncker a breather isn’t a big compromise.
Bringing in Vinagre is just about adding some vibrancy to a team that looked leggy in midweek.
As mentioned post-Huddersfield, Traore isn’t getting enough minutes in my opinion so should be first in line from the bench.
I believe I’m correct in saying not a single person predicted defeat against Huddersfield so it’s as you were in the Prediction League Table with Wolvo Dave leading the way.
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