I remember being at Villa Park 21 years ago for our last FA Cup semi-final appearance.
The atmosphere, the sense of occasion and if I’m honest, a game fairly low on quality.
Despite Arsenal being under par, there was never a moment I didn’t think they’d win, particularly after gifting them an early goal.
Things should be different on Sunday.
And we’re not the scrappy underdogs.
The bookies have Wolves down as marginal favourites, which is probably about right given their exploits in the big games and the slender advantage they hold in the Premier League.
We should all savour the occasion for sure then, but come kick-off make no mistake this is a bonafide opportunity to progress to the final and win the FA Cup.
The Hornets come into the game in good form. A second half demolition of Fulham was a nice morale booster after somehow failing to take anything from Old Trafford the weekend prior.
They also have the memory of a comfortable 2-0 win at Molineux earlier in the season to fall back on if they need any further belief.
I remember Abdoulaye Doucouré being untouchable in that game as their three man midfield rang circles around us in the first half.
Capoue and Pereyra got the goals and they along with Gerard Deulofeu are the danger men, playing off Troy Deeney who himself is into double figures for the season.
In the Premier League, they’ve scored seven more goals than Wolves but also conceded eight more.
That tallies in my head as I see them as a more direct, attacking team who leave some spaces in their defensive third.
Whatever happens on Sunday Javi Gracia has done a very good job and will surely be hanging around for at least one more season at Vicarage Road.
The opposite end
Some views lifted from the match thread on the Hornets Nest fans forum.
Wolves are a different side to when we turned them over at their place with them switching to a more solid 3-5-2 with Jiminez and Jota up top. The switch has led them to be more exposed on the flanks which should work in our favour and I’m sure Javi has a trick or two up his sleeve. Wolves tend to struggle against teams that sit deep and restrict space. I’d start with the same team that started on Tuesday with Pereyra raring to go after his wife going into labour during the match at Fulham. Gray to come on later and run at a stretched defence. Both teams to score but god knows what it will be.
The only positive about Wolves beating Man U last night is that Wolves only really seem to turn up against teams which are above them in the table, and we’re still one place below them.
I can only see one potential selection dilemma for Nuno, which is whether to start Saiss or Bennett at the back.
Given the physical threat posed by Deeney there’s an argument to say Bennett would be better suited for the scrap.
But on that big Wembley pitch, if we’re going to play out from the back then Saiss gives us better distribution.
Based on what they’ve both done this season, I wouldn’t like to have to make the decision.
Vinagre did well against Man Utd but I can’t see Nuno overlooking the reliability of Jonny in a defensive capacity.
The news that Raul Jimenez has joined permanently is huge and another pleasing display of intent from the club that the goal is continued growth.
No PL point up for grabs in the FA Cup, but well done to The Witley Wanderer, Pauluswolf, Andrew hadley, Lowves, DancesWithWolves, basherbaz, jazzwolf54 and Shrewdsimon for getting a maximum by correctly forecasting a 2-1 win over Man Utd.
Well done also to Teddy Eley who joins
As for Sunday, well it can only be one thing can’t it and that’s a Wolves victory. The fans deserve nothing more after decades of
I definitely rate Watford and they have all the tools to cause serious damage, but I think we’re more robust in midfield and sharper in attack than we were back in October.
If Wolves stay compact and do what they do well, which is break at speed when possession is turned over, I think we’ll win.
If you’re going to Wembley, watching at home, in a pub or on the other side of the world, savour every second. You deserve it.
COME ON YOU WOLVES!