Would I have taken a defeat against Newcastle to keep Pedro fit?
If it takes our star man longer than November to regain fitness and get up to speed again, we’ll lose more points without him.
Pessimistic maybe, but I read somewhere that every Premier League goal Wolves have scored so far has either been scored or assisted by Neto or Hwang. Some impact.
That isn’t to say I don’t think we can collect results in his absence – it will just be a lot harder.
Most Blades fans saw the worst coming after key players departed following promotion, but I doubt many of them thought it would be this bad.
A solitary point at home to Everton is the only result they’ve managed. They’ve scored the fewest goals, conceded the most and generally had very little to celebrate.
Still, the three teams above them haven’t completely moved away and with games on the horizon against Burnley and Bournemouth, there’s a chance they could still make a fist of things.
Putting the 8 goal whooping they took from Newcastle aside, they’ve been more competitive at Bramall Lane and came close to taking points off both Man City and Man Utd.
I think a few of their summer recruits – namely Hamer, McAtee and Archer – look bright players, but clearly there are issues with the balance of the side.
Coming into this one on the back of another heavy defeat last weekend, I wonder how much respect they will give Wolves? Will they sit deep and break or look to be more proactive?
Bellegarde is the natural replacement for Neto but I’ve seen no evidence of him training this week, which doesn’t bode well for his inclusion tomorrow.
If he’s not ready, then I think you pivot towards Sasa, with Cunha operating deeper. The Austrian has been unlucky not to get more minutes up to now, so this would be an obvious opportunity.
Central midfield is another area to keep an eye on. Any individual or combination of the four could start and I don’t think too many would be disappointed. That’s a nice dilemma for Gary O’Neil to ponder.
Well done to Prawny, Graham from Horsham, Dirty South Wolf, DebenhamWolf and AgentCyan for correctly predicting the 2-2 scoreline against Newcastle. Repeated apologies for the lack of updates on the overall table, which still needs to be repaired. Working on that this week so will hopefully update in the next preview.
I’m going for a draw tomorrow – 1-1. That’s maybe negative given our recent upturn and the struggles of our opponents, but I’m concerned that Neto’s injury will destabilise the team and with no like-for-like replacement the opposition can look to step onto us. Hopefully Gary has spent the week cooking up a plan to combat this issue and we can pocket another big three. We could go as high as 8th with a victory and moving into the top half would be a superb achievement.
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