I thought we were quite lucky to beat Watford back in September for that crucial first league victory.
Still, it proved a catalyst for the good form that’s since seen us eclipse the efforts of the first half of last season. Quite some achievement.
Watford will be keen to avenge that defeat and the loss they suffered in this fixture last season, which handed the initiative to Wolves in the quest for European football.
Nigel Pearson has got them winning again and with our old friend Troy Deeney back in the mix, it promises to be a feisty old affair.
I’ve never written Watford off, even after sacking their second manager of the season.
I thought things looked bleak a few weeks ago, but have always maintained they’ve got the players to produce the type of run required to make things interesting.
And having seen off Man Utd and Villa in their last two home matches, sandwiching a useful draw at Sheffield Utd between, they’re doing more than making it interesting – they’re now just 3 points from safety.
Mid-table form is required over the second half of the campaign to survive and given that’s where I think they should be, it’s not a huge ask.
Like him or loathe him, Deeney gives them that focal point they lack in his absence and with record signing Ismaila Sarr now coming good, they’re looking formidable in attack.
If Pearson continues to keep them organised at the back, they’re a tough old proposition.
The home end
Some comments lifted from the pre-match thread on The Hornet’s Nest Forum.
This is going to be a very hard game. I said it in a previous thread – but to me, this is going to be as tough as Liverpool was. Wolves are much better than Man Utd are too, they work hard, run fast and under Nuno have a fantastic coach who makes them play for every ball and chase down every lost cause. Seeing Cathcart and Hughes go off yesterday was a blow, but we won’t know till nearer the game if either, both or neither will take part. I think Preyera in the middle is a good choice – spray some balls out to Sarr and Delafoo and try to get behind them. Deeney will more than likely head the forward line again and after listening to him alongside Gavin Mahon and Emma Saunders on Added Time, he knows this is a tough game. I would easily take a draw from this one, then follow it up with wins over Tranmere and Muff. We are not going to win every home game under Pearson we know that. If we show fight and keep up our high intensity, we are more than capable of getting something out of it. Although not beyond us to win it – it’s a really hard game. But I am sure Pearson will not allow the players to drop their style despite tough opposition. Watford 2 Wolves 2
Would be over the moon with a draw. They’re a great team, they are always at it and ultimately they are better than us all over the pitch. They’re obviously mindful of burning out with the two big games they’ve just played and want to leave something in the tank for us, because they rested a couple of key players from the start today including traore.
I’d be happy with a point but at the same time I’d be disappointed we didn’t go for a win, and I trust Nigel won’t instill that kind of mentality like Flores would’ve. Their strength clearly lies in attack (the only games they’ve failed to score being Leicester away on the opening day and Liverpool just now who are beating everyone) and being hard to beat, but apart from the games against City they’ve only beaten bottom five teams and surprisingly, have only kept four clean sheets against our six. But I don’t know if this is as good as they’ll get, or they’ve yet to move up a gear or two – if the latter, hopefully it’ll be after playing us!
Back to the tried and tested for me. I thought the changes worked out well for us at Anfield, but we need to get on the front foot more in this one.
With rumours circulating that Patrick Cutrone could be moving on and Jesus Vallejo likely following him out the door, a few new faces would be handy in January.
I think Neto looks increasingly useful and with Vinagre, Bennett, Kilman and (fingers crossed) Boly all looking up to scratch, if we can replace the two summer recruits with better versions, we’ll be in good shape for everything that’s to come.
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Quite a few people predicted Wolves to lose at Anfield but nobody said 1-0, so it’s a rare Gameweek with no maximums scored. Well done to Iceni Wolf though who tops the table as we cross into the second half of the season. View the full PL table here.
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That’s where you’ll also find my best guess for this one.
Up The Wolves!