Newcastle and Crystal Palace are the two sides I’d say are closest in style to Wolves.
Both play with a low defensive block, preferring to absorb pressure and break rather than committing bodies forward.
Last weekend the onus was on Wolves to attack and I thought they did that well, albeit not quite able to find that final pass or finish prior to Raul’s opener.
When teams sit in you’ve got to rotate the ball quickly to open up spaces and there are signs that Neto and Podence can do that better than their predecessors, even if the end product wasn’t there against Newcastle.
They’ll get another go on Friday with Palace likely to surrender territory in favour of solidity.
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I think the Eagles will improve on last season by virtue of the fact they’ve got more attacking options at their disposal.
There’s still a high reliance on Wilfried Zaha though and fortunately for them he’s looked close to his potent best whenever I’ve seen him play in recent weeks.
Like Wolves, they’ve developed an effective way of playing in recent years, which has already seen them win at Old Trafford and collect a couple of useful wins against Southampton and Fulham this season.
A point against Brighton and defeats to Chelsea and Everton mean they come into this match with an almost identical record to Wolves (same points, scored two more, conceded one more).
They’re a thoroughly decent outfit and with the additions they’ve made like Clyne, Riedewald and Eze on top of those returning rom injury like van Aanholt and Sakho, I think they’re in strong contention for Europe.
Roy Hodgson has proven himself to be an excellent Premier League manager, building similarly effective teams at Fulham and West Brom. He should be afforded more credit than he gets.
The away end
Some comments lifted from a pre-match thread on the Holmesdale Palace forum.
Wolves away will be challenging and seem to be specialist at winning 1-0, sharing an equal points tally with ourselves, although I go for a 1-1 draw.
This is always going to be a difficult match for any team going to Wolves,It will be one of those games where we defend in depth looking for a point, so I would be happy at 0-0, on the other hand if we can nick one and win 0-1 then I will be very, very happy!
If they score early they could put a few past us. If we score early we could expose them on the break. I fancy a 1-0 smash and grab to us. Our full backs are gonna be in for an afternoon of work. For me I think Schlupp needs to play to give TM a hand and Andros needs another top performance to help out Clyne who looked pretty rusty at times last week. I felt like he wasn’t sure whether to stay or go to his man when their wingers got the ball.
The winner will go joint top on points with Everton and Liverpool. With that in mind, this will be a draw. 1-1, can’t see us keeping a clean sheet or scoring many.
Most of our best moments came down the right against Newcastle, which made us more predictable. Perhaps Nuno will consider a more conventional wingback for down the left this time?
Then again, once he finds a team he likes, he does tend to stick with it, so Marcal and Hoever and Ait-Nouri may have to be content with another watching brief.
Traore has looked poor in both his recent cameos. I do wonder what his mindset is like having seen Jota leave and yet still finding himself outside of the starting XI?
Should he be in ahead of Neto or Podence? There’s certainly an argument to say so, and you would have thought if results do take a turn, he’d be one of the first to come back into the side.
Well done to Marney, Dandy Wolf, BG and Martin57 who all correctly predicted the 1-1 scoreline against Newcastle.
Northumbrian Wolf and Graham from Horsham are joint top in the overall table at the end of Gameweek 6.
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