As good as Wolves have been they can get better.
An air tight defence has got us where we are with only 6 goals conceded. The teams around us in the table like Bournemouth, Leicester and our opponents tomorrow have all shipped twice as many while Man Utd have let in 14.
If the team remains as organised and resolute as it has been in recent weeks, it will be tough for anyone to find a way through.
But equally startling is the paucity of goals scored. 9 in 8 games is pretty measly when you consider the arsenal of attacking weapons at the team’s disposal.
I’m of the firm belief we will at some point get a more complete performance at both ends of the pitch, which is an exciting prospect to say the least.
Watford are the type of side who may allow us the openings so hopes are high it could be this weekend.
It always seems to be all or nothing with Watford, constantly straddling that line between unfathomable success and total failure.
After a rapid start, they’ve subsequently lost three of their last four and were completely swept aside by Bournemouth in their previous outing.
Javi Gracia said it was first game they didn’t really compete and I can believe him. They’ve got a compelling mixture of finesse and grit which makes them a dangerous proposition.
They’ve gone with two strikers in previous years and this season is no different with Troy Deeney and Wolverhampton-born Andre Gray leading the line.
With technicians like Will Hughes, Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra tucked in behind alongside the powerful Abdoulaye Doucouré, they’re boasting some serious talent.
Incredible to think they also had Richarlison last season. The recruitment at the club has been outstanding in recent years.
Despite so many positive attributes consistency always seems to be an issue and they do concede goals, which is definite cause for optimism from our perspective.
The away end
Not got much hope for this game as wolves have played well in most games and one of our squad centre backs will be playing. 0-2.
Can’t see anything other than us getting a bit of a pasting I’m afraid.
Wolves seem to be this season’s Bournemouth – Lineker and his merry men fawning over them, saying how great their style of play is, what a great bloke their weirdy beardy manager is. As far as I’m concerned Espirito Santo’s greatest achievement is making me agree with Colin about his arrogance.
Yes, “a bit of a pasting” just about sums up my prediction. The forwards seem to have stopped scoring and the defence will be decimated. 3-0 wolves.
Play like we have done overall we may snag a point. They are looking like the sort of side to sit back and win games late on, either that or come back and get a result. Both of which we have are also more than capable of. Regardless of the actual result it’s more interesting to see the line up. Will Success start? Will Chalobah get a sniff? Will gray get dropped to second half sub? I really can’t see anything past a loss. If Gracia has us fired up from last fortnight we may grab a draw. Wolves are playing well and picking up points, we seem to of gone backwards not in terms of effort but goal scoring. Something Wolves have little trouble with. 1-3
Wolves are 3/4 favourites for the win, while Watford are 17/4 and the draw is 11/4. If you want to make some serious dosh probably best to place an accumulator with bet365 and try a few of the markets to pump up your returns. Jota is 5/1 for first goalscorer, while Andre Gray is 9/1 for the Hornets.
Can anyone break the unbreakable starting XI? Wouldn’t seem likely this weekend unless injury rules someone out.
As others have suggested I do think Jota has found the going tough, but he’s obviously a player Nuno places a lot of trust in and is key to how the team is setup so I certainly won’t be calling for his omission.
That said, if Cav or Traore were to enter the team at his expense, it wouldn’t be the greatest surprise. The former has scored one and hit the bar in two cameo appearances and already looks up to speed.
Whoever starts, it would be nice to see us having a good go at a questionable Watford defence, weakened further by the suspension of Christian Kabasele.
Well done to vicsmith who continues to lead the way in the Prediction League table after Gameweek 8 with Paddy Day, LukeW and Teddy Eley all within striking distance. View the full table here.
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