Hi Ho Ho – Three Days To Go!

It’s three days until Wolves will travel to Anfield to meet the feared top-four team Liverpool FC.

But there has been signs lately that they are not so good as they uses to be and their manager Benitez is said to be very close to be kicked out. Hopefully Wolves can help the club with that decision.

With only two wins in the last eight matches the supporters, and probably the owners as well, are getting a little jumpy. Benitez has guaranteed that Liverpool will finish in top four this season and they have to win against Wolves to have a chance to reach that target. But their play and result against Portsmouth last when they lost by 2-0 did not promise anything.

Liverpool usually plays with a formation that can be described as 4-2-3-1. Two relatively defensive midfielders covers their back line and two wingers and a playmaker (Gerrard) supports the  lone forward – usually Torres or Ngog.

But that relatively easy way to play has backfired lately. If it is Gerrard that’s not in form as some reports say or other things that are not working remain to be seen, but they  do have problems.

Portsmouth played a 4-5-1-formation against them and managed to stop many of their attacks and penetrate their back line at the other end. I suggest that we do the same. It’s been some time now since Wolves tried such a formation, but I think that is necessary against Liverpool. And we will at the same time rest one of our strikers – or both – to play against Manchester City at home.

Wolves has many options on the midfield now. Both Foley and Mancienne has done well lately and Surman is a largely unused force who has showed very promising knowledge about the game in my opinion. And Jones is back from injury as well. Wolves could use a formation with Surman – Milijas – Castillo – Mancienne – Halford in the middle and rest a lot of players for the City game.

With Halford in the team we could pose a threat in the air by using Iwelumo or Maierhofer up front  as a lone forward and target player and rest both Doyle and Ebanks-Blake to the City game. If we play a 4-5-1 formation I would actually prefer Lumo or the Hoff to SEB or Doyle. Against City we should play 4-4-2 and then Doyle and SEB would be back.

Anyway I think that McCarthy has to rest a couple of players and rotate the team against Liverpool and Manchester City. But I think that Wolves have an enough strong squad to play two able starting elevens in both of those matches. We can play both matches to win instead of changing ten men we can change four or maybe five.

My suggestion of line-ups  for the two games would be:

Against Liverpool at Anfield:

————- Hahnemann ———-
– Stearman – Craddock – Berra – Ward –
———- Maierhofer/Iwelumo ———

And against Manchester City at Molineux:

————- Hahnemann ———-
– Stearman – Craddock – Berra – Ward –
– Foley – Henry – Jones – Jarvis
—–Ebanks-Blake – Doyle —–

I don’t want to rest the back line. It is vital to have those players intact to create stability. What do you think?


I believe Santa is riding with Wolves this season!


~ by paddytheflea on December 23, 2009.

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