McCarthy about to change the formation against Liverpool?

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is today foreshadowing a change of tactics and indeed formation when he speaks to the Wolves Official site:

We may have to play differently. We haven’t scored many playing 4-4-2 so we may have to try something different. I’m not elaborating, we can see what happens in the game and we can talk about it afterwards.”

“It remains to be seen if it’s for one game. If we play differently and we win, I’d probably do it again. If I play differently and we get slapped, I might be reviewing what I did. It’s a way of playing Liverpool at home.”

Hmm. It’s always a risky undertaking to go out early showing your thoughts of a probable team line-up. My educated guess yesterday (HERE) may be totally obsolete today – at least when it comes to the Wolves line-up.

I now find it more than probable that Wolves will try something else tonight – something new – to counter the line-up of Liverpool.

Maybe Mick will form the team in a more traditional 4-5-1-formation? Or perhaps McCarthy will play a 4-2-3-1 to mimic or match the Liverpool formation player by player. What players in Wolves would fit into the latter formation? Let’s have a look at it.

This of course have to be a mere speculation from my side, but an interesting one at that. Mancienne and Henry will both play in what I believe are their best roles – as defensive or holding midfielders.

Jarvis in his usual position and Milijas in his best position, directly behind Doyle as a second striker and provider. The right wing is a bit of a problem, but McCarthy and I think that Vokes did very well last against Palace, and he could play in the right wing position.

Another option would be to play Foley there, but I think Vokes would be a much more interesting choice. And don’t forget that we will have two holding midfielders backing up the back four.

A third option would be to play Doyle in the right wing position – a role he is used to since before – and play Vokes up top. A fourth option would be to play Jarvis as the right winger and Surman on the left.

And McCarthy also has the option to play Jones in the position of Milijas. And the two new arrivals could play a role as winger and defensive midfielder respectively, but I don’t think they will start.

Food for your thoughts?! As I said before. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to try to look inside a Yorkshire-mans head. Even if you are a little flea living right above it. 😆

Up the Wolves!



~ by paddytheflea on January 26, 2010.

15 Responses to “McCarthy about to change the formation against Liverpool?”

  1. liverpool 2 wolves 1

  2. A reliable source at the club tells me that, after impressive performances recently, Hahnemann is gonna play up front as a lone striker, SEB’s in goal (apparently it’s the best chance he’ll have for picking the ball out the back of the net). Mick’s then gonna play Henry on the wing, as a linesman (apparently his running from left to right is unsurpassed), while Doyle will be on Micks lap as he’s a lovely fella. Meanwhile the new signings will be sitting up in the box with Jez as, apparently, there work here is now done.

    I dunno, play to our strengths for once Mick, for the love of…erm…Mike.

    Liverpool are there for the taking, play to our strengths and it’s 3 points. Don’t and Bolton leapfrog us out of the relegation zone tonight while we slide in…

  3. 😆
    Ya. I hope he will play to our strengths. I think we have the players to stay in this league. Now it’s a question of the right management. Tonight Mick can show it or blow it.

  4. How about:





    It’s a 4-2-3-1 with pace on the wings, delivery to the lone forward from center and wings, cover for the back, both fullbacks can go forward, etc…

    It’s worth a shot, as we looked horrid against Palace.

    • Yes, Colin. But it’s not a probable starting eleven in my opinion.
      I think Geoff Mujangi and Guedioura will have their chance for about half an hour at the end – at least Geoff.
      But I don’t think that MM dares starting with them yet (if ever). There’s a big leap from the Belgian league to PL.
      They simply cannot be ready to play a whole game against one of the best teams in the world.

  5. Yes, I wonder what formation will be out tonight. 4-1-4-1 may be an option, put Stearman in place of Zubar with Mancienne in front of the back four. Give Milijas a free role and put Jones in instead of Vokes (but not in the right wing position!). Doyle up front with Jarvis and Milijas providing support. Second half expect Geoffery on at some time (depending on how the game goes) to replace Jarvis and SEB to replace a tired Doyle.
    **Just to add that if you have Sky they are showing the highlights at 22:30 tonight. Tomorrow morning at 10am on Liverpool TV (Sky channel 434) the whole game is being shown.**

    • I must confess to you, Sevlow, that Stearman is not my favorite player. I believe both Zubie (that’s what MM calls him) and Foley are better opitons on the right back. But 4-1-4-1 is an interesting formation. But much rests on the player in front of the back four. He must be very good and pure quality both in defence and at passing the ball up the pitch. I don’t think Mancienne is that player yet. With two defensive midfielders I’m less worried both defensively and offensively.

  6. Liverpool are not there for the taking they have only dropped 4 points out of the last 18 in the league, every position will be filled by an experienced international player and even without Torres, Benayoun and the departed Alonso they can’t be underestimated. Gerrard may play some part tonight too so I think the media reports of there demiese are somewhat exaggerated. Don’t be complacent I think McCarthy is right to be cautious.

    • Yes, of course. But it’s our home soil and we can not lie down and play dead (yet).
      I think we have the players to give them a match.

    • No one’s saying it’s gonna be easy Robbo, this is Wolves we’re talking about after all!
      But, if they can play to their best and Liverpool ‘don’t’, then who knows. It’s a big ‘if’ tho, and recent events don’t fill me with confidence!

      • Hi guys. Confession time, I’m a Liverpool fan! I linked here through a newsfeed site (was curious about your thoughts) and decided to play devils advocate! Well done on your reasoned responses and I wish you well for the remainder of the season- after tonight!

        Feel great affection for Molyneux I was there in 1976 when we won the league by beating you with late goals and of course our old boy Steve Morgan is the club owner- I wish he’d mangaged to raise the finance to buy our club before Statler and Waldorf got involved but thats a different story!

      • I think most Wolves fans have great respect for Liverpool as a team and a club. But I think we played very well against you lot on Boxing day away, and at home and as you have Torres and Benayoun out injured I do believe we have a very good chance at getting a result. But I’m wiorking on an article about Kuyt right now and getting a bit worried. He is a great goalscorer and seem to be in form. It’s gonna be great, anyway and it’s to enjoy not to worry I keep telling myself. 😆

      • Kuyt is a tireless worker but would you believe he’s not universally popular! Tends to miss the odd chance and take the wrong option sometimes, but hey, he’s human!

        Personally I like him and the other player who seems to divide the fans, Lucas.

        PS Rafa’s going nowhere you heard it here first!

        Hope its a good game with lots of goals.


      • I’ve just concluded some stats comparing him with our striker Doyle (HERE) so I do believe you. I’m not so sure Rafa is as good as you Mersea-sailors think. Why he is he playing Kuyt on the wing? He is a striker. But, of course, Torres is probably better, but why not play with them both up there or with Kuyt right behind Torres – often his position in Fyéynoord?!

  7. Teams are in – no sign of SEB tonight!

    New signings Geoffrey Mujangi Bia and Adlene Guedioura are both on the bench.

    WOLVES: Hahnemann, Zubar, Berra, Craddock, Ward, Mancienne, Henry, Milijaš, Foley, Doyle, Jarvis. SUBS: Hennessey, Stearman, Jones, Vokes, Iwelumo, Mujangi, Guedioura.

    LIVERPOOL: Reina, Gerrard, Riera, Kyrgiakos, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Mascherano, Lucas, Insua, Carragher, Skrtel. SUBS: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Ngog, Degen, Darby, Pacheco.

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