Wolves go to Vicarage Road tomorrow looking to arrest a run of three straight away defeats with Watford hoping to continue a purple patch.
The eyebrow-raising 6-1 that Gianfranco Zola’s side enjoyed last weekend may have been slightly distorted by the fact Leeds finished the game with just 9 men on the field, but it was still a fine victory.
It followed a solid 4-point return from their previous two home games; a nil-nil against Millwall and a victory over Leicester. As a consequence, they come into this match a point ahead of Wolves in the table.
I know absolutely nothing of their squad. New owners and the arrival of Zola have resulted in a raft of foreign signings (mainly from Italy), which makes them an unknown quantity.
As encouraging as the second-half display against Brighton was it took our winless run to 6 matches. That’s simply not good enough in the Championship.
Injuries haven’t helped. Losing both Peszko and Boukari was a massive blow to our already paper-thin squad. Getting the latter back in full training this week was therefore a major boost.
We paid £3 million for Boukari in the summer, so I still have high hopes he can deliver for us with a run of games in the team. Sadly, this weekend has probably come a little soon for the winger. With Henry also ruled out, Ståle is once again working with the bare-bones. This will probably be the team:
I think Sigurdarson is due a start, particularly after Ebanks-Blake’s poor first half against Brighton continued his recent run of under-par performances.
Doumbia for Henry is a no-brainer and can’t really envisage any other changes.
Here are a couple of grabs from WFC Forums:
“Another tough match and they come thick and fast. Wolves are under performing for sure but still have some dangerous players. We need to try and improve the home form in terms of creating chances. I think it will be tight and will go with a 1-1 draw.”
“I can see us winning this one. So far this season the only teams who really seem to cause us problems at home are teams like Millwall who play direct, physical football and shut up shop for 90 minutes. We tend to do better against teams who actually try and give us a game.”
“I’m always slightly surprised when people predict a loss or say “we’ll settle for a point”. Why? Derby aside, who have we played this year that have been a lot better than us? Nobody. We are a decent side with some very talented players and we are easily good enough to beat anybody and are improving every week. We should not be settling for a point against anybody especially at home. I’ve been going long enough (33 years) to know the pitfuls of watching Watford but I honestly believe that with the current squad that we should no longer settle for second best and we should be confident of winning any game.
Watford 0-2 Wolves!”
10 people correctly said we’d draw against Brighton but none went for the 3-3. Not really surprising I suppose. It’s a point for all 10.
I was quietly confident about our away form prior to recent results. I thought Solbakken’s system could frustrate the opposition when the onus is on them to attack. But we’ve given away too many goals to make it work effectively.
Watford are on a decent run, but I don’t think they’re any great shakes. If we play well, we can get a result.
I’ll say a draw – 1-1.
Up The Wolves.
* Please when leaving score predictions for the Prediction League can you write the score numerically at the bottom of your comment, so I can pick them up easily? It’s not a pleasant task sifting through paragraphs of copy to find a prediction buried in the middle.