As much as we’ve all derided last season’s squad, they’ve now gone seven games undefeated in all competitions dating back to April.
Most of those performances have been agricultural at best, but the results have been solid.
That’s given Walter Zenga a platform to build from, but as we saw on Tuesday it’s painfully clear where additions need to be made.
Creatively we’re lacking, even with the occasional razzmatazz of Teixiera and Costa.
There’s been a lot of speculation but we’re rapidly approaching the final week of the transfer window and I expect things to hot up before the end of August.
I thought Blues played above themselves for most of last season and that’s sure to have raised expectations at St Andrew’s about what could be achieved this time.
They’ve consistently added to their squad – even last week recruiting Che Adams from Sheffield United and fellow striker Greg Stewart from Dundee – so there’s clearly renewed ambition.
I got this from Blues fan Rob from Vital Birmingham City:
Blues haven’t had a bad start to the season – as five points from a possible nine suggests. But we do have a knack of shooting ourselves in the foot, as we did at Wigan. We need to learn to control games more rather than sitting off and letting the opposition attack us.
Wolves are an unpredictable side. Walter Zenga seems to be winning the fans over and will carry on doing so if the results are positive. But like any club in the Championship, getting that consistent run of results is easier said than done.
As we approach the first West Midlands derby of the season at St. Andrew’s, I’d like to see Blues take the game by the scruff of the neck and really have a good go at them. But I’m going to go for a 1-1 draw.
Here’s Gary Rowett’s pre-match press conference:
The big question is whether Walter Zenga will thrust Prince Oniangue straight into the action or adopt a more softly-softly approach with the big midfielder.
If he does play, I can see it being at the expense of Dave Edwards who looked even leggier than usual against Ipswich on Tuesday before being withdrawn at half time.
There have been a lot of combinations in the center of midfield thus far but Lee Evans seems like the constant. I’d like to see him doing a bit more than he is, even in the holding role.
Despite the penalty miss I was again buoyed by Bodvarsson’s display against Ipswich. He gave them a tough time with what little service he received and of course showcased his skillset by winning the spot-kick.
Things came together nicely at St Andrew’s last season in one of our better team performances. I doubt it will be anything like as routine this time.
I suspect we’ll cause them more problems than we did Ipswich in midweek, but equally, I think they’ll offer more in the final third than the Tractor Boys could muster.
A draw is never a bad prediction in a derby so that’s what I’m going with – 1-1.
If we emerge from this and the game at Huddersfield next Saturday still undefeated, I’ll be very happy with our start to the season.
Up The Wolves!