So…where were we?
Ah yes, fighting on two fronts for Champions League football – it wasn’t just a dream.
As if this surreal, mind-bending season wasn’t already one to remember for a lifetime, a three-month hiatus and a final act to be played out in empty stadiums across the country, finishing in July almost a year to the day that Wolves started against Crusaders will definitely mark it out as the most unique in history.
It’s far from ideal but at least if they can get it done it means the incredible moments this team have served up already in 19/20 will stand in the record books and count for something.
And there could yet be a finale to top everything.
I don’t think a lot of people at West Ham would have cried tears over the season being decided on a points-per-game basis.
That would have seen them safe by the skin of their teeth. Write-off and reset for next time. Job done.
As it is, the threat of relegation still looms large with goal difference all that’s currently keeping them out of the bottom three.
They’ve still got to play Norwich, Villa and Watford in what looks to be a battle to the death. Less desirable fixtures against Chelsea and Man Utd must also be navigated.
Given that the Hammers have one of the worst home records in the league and Wolves one of the best away records, this one probably wasn’t ideal either, but perhaps in an odd way not feeling the pressure from that unsettled home crowd may prove advantageous.
Their injury-ravaged squad has also had time to recover in the downtime and with a full deck to choose from I think they can feel confident of staying up – just about.
The home end
Some thoughts lifted from the pre-match thread on the Knees Up Mother Brown forum.
To be honest I keep going back and forth on this one. Wolves are a really well set up team however, when we was rubbish earlier in the season it could have gone either way. I think the time spent with Moyes recently and with the players coming back from injury and fresh I think we will be in a better position. The West Ham head in me says we will lose 3-1, the West Ham heart in me says we will win 3-1! think I will settle on a score draw.
Had it been played when we looked like we were coming into some small kind of form I think we could have nicked a point. 2 months off Wolves will be fitter than us, more organised than us and in reality are just a far more talented football team than we are 0 – 3 and reality sets home again
Wolves drew about 6 of their first 10 games. It was limited, but poor stretches it. They are a team built by the bloke who got the investment before they were promoted and kept his hands firmly on the reins of the team ever since. On paper and ‘recent’ form, they look better than us, even our best eleven. We might just need this more than them, though. Reckon the chance of a bit of travel, albeit safely, along with a run in Europa, might be a more interesting way of spending the summer? Yes, I am clutching at straws.
wolves are an absolute teachers’ pet of a club and will probably one of the most fit, disciplined and well prepared outfits going into the restart. they’ve even got experience playing competitive games behind closed doors, lose that and the one two punch of a refreshed spurs and chelsea, both battling for CL spots will leave us in a bit of a desperate state against teams who may find some early momentum.
Apparently, Nuno can name 9 substitutes for the remainder of the season and use 5 of them. I hope everyone is fit as we’ve only got 21 senior players listed in the squad.
It’s impossible to second guess who might play, especially as we’re not being made privy about the details of behind-closed-doors friendlies.
Speaking of which, I wouldn’t give much credence to the reported 2-0 loss to Forest or the outcome of the upcoming friendly against Blues. I back these lads to turn up when the proper business resumes.
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Up The Wolves!