Maybe it’s a bit strange to say it without a Premier League win on the board but Wolves are on a roll.
The balmy Europa victories combined with two gutsy draws against tough opposition have cemented a good start to the season.
This is a dangerous fixture though and the biggest test yet of the players’ powers of recovery.
We’re probably expected to win but Burnley will sense an opportunity here to grind down tired legs and make a statement of their own.
Almost a year ago to the day the roles were reversed in this fixture with the Clarets coming in off a gruelling European schedule.
Wolves totally dominated the game and should have won far more comfortably than the eventual one-goal margin.
They look infinitely fresher this time and from the outside performances reflect the lighter schedule.
An impressive 3-0 demolition of Southampton on the opening weekend and an unfortunate 2-1 loss at the Emirates should give them cause for optimism about what’s to come.
Ashley Barnes already has three goals to his name and is unquestionably one of the form players in the Premier League.
Strike partner Chris Wood is always a handful while Dwight McNeil put us to the sword at Turf Moor last season to become another familiar threat.
Former West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez is yet to see significant action on his return to the club but would no doubt love to get off the mark here. He can expect a warm reception if he makes it onto the pitch.
The away end
Some thoughts lifted from the Up The Clarest pre-match thread:
It will be a good indicator of the strength of their squad. With the week they’ve had you’d have to fancy us to get something. We need to stick to our normal game plan though and not adopt a mentality that they’re there for the taking, they have too much quality. As for a prediction, I’ll say 0-0.
We were absolutely woeful and completely out played there last season. Hoping for a much better performance at the weekend – would take a draw but reckon they will beat us again 1-0.
Wolves 2-1. They are a miles better team than us but with their midweek antics I think we might have a chance and will run them close
They only beat us 1 – 0 last season in what was the most one sided one nil game in living memory. We can’t play any worse and are playing much much better twelve months on so given their European exploits I’m going 2 – 1 to us. We won convincingly at the turf in the more recent game…so I’m not having they are better than us.
Wolves are better than us, in terms of squad depth and quality but there’s not that much in it and their week v our week levels things up considerably – 2-2 Barnes and Rodriguez from the bench.
Plenty of decisions for Nuno to make after a few were rested and a few impressed against Torino.
Traore was the standout player in Italy and having been withdrawn midway through the second half, perhaps that indicates he’s set to start tomorrow?
Neves and Bennett are completely fresh and will almost certainly return to the side, while Jonny will definitely come in for Vinagre.
Despite getting on the scoresheet, Jota didn’t have his best game on Thursday night but it would still feel like a big call to drop him in favour of Cutrone or the impressive Neto. It could happen though.
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