This isn’t the seismic relegation six pointer it might have been. Well, not for us anyway.
Leicester’s Premier League status hangs in the balance and they are desperate for a victory.
I can’t help feeling a little smug about that given the desperate state we were in when they trounced us 4-0 at Molineux earlier in the season and Jamie Vardy took such enormous delight in sticking in the knife.
If 34 points isn’t enough for Wolves, you’d hope we’d scramble a few more between now and the finish to make certain we avoid disaster, even if we come unstuck at the King Power.
But it would be nice to finish with a flourish and there’s an opportunity here to do just that.
If they stay up they’ll feel justified in sacking Brendan Rodgers, but Dean Smith doesn’t scream survival.
He’s clearly a decent enough coach but he couldn’t save Norwich when he arrived there in a similar position. I imagine his availability combined with a lack of alternative interested parties may have played a role in the appointment.
I’ve always thought they’d survive, purely because of the attacking talent they have at their disposal and the 41 goals they’ve scored is way more than most of the teams in the bottom half.
But they lack authority in defence and the loss of Kasper Schmeichel and an injury to Jonny Evans has cost them dear in this respect.
I still believe they’ll stay up based on their remaining fixtures but if they don’t get a win in the next two, it’s starting to look desperate.
There’s only one team Lopetegui should put out and that’s the one that’s won the last two.
He could play Podence, Sarabia or Hwang down the left but I wouldn’t compromise the rhythm of the side just to wedge Ruben into the XI. Others will disagree.
If you take Lemina or Gomes out or move others around I worry that you’re sacrificing the qualities that have got us into this favourable position.
I just don’t know why you’d do that when we’ve spent the entire season trying to find consistency.
Well done to CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH, DancesWithWolves, Sharmwolf, slider and Franski who all got a maximum last time out by correctly forecasting the 2-0 scoreline against Brentford.
Rich is now six points clear at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 30.
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