Probable Team Lineups: Wigan v Wolves
After three games lost in the last quarter of an hour it is high time to win, don’t you think?!!
In fact Wolves have been playing very well during those three games. A friend of mine keeps reminding med that if these games would have been flagged off after 75 minutes Wolves would have been at second position in the Premier League now instead of 17th. Food for thoughts, huh?!
But we ARE inf act vulnerable for attack when pressing on – especially if we play a 4-4-2-formation and the wingers and full backs are tired and getting slower at the end of a game. That is at least part of the explanation, in my book, of the late goals in the back.
So personally I would like Wolves to have better security at the back tomorrow when travelling to be guests at Wigan. My starting eleven would look like this:
——– Hahnemann ——-
Foley – Craddock – Mouyokolo – Elokobi
——- Henry – Mancienne ——
Van Damme — Milijas —- Jarvis
———- Doyle ———
That would be a team better equipped to take on Wigan as well, as they play the same formation.
But that is of course not the choice of Mick McCarthy. I’m not sure if Mick will use a 4-4-2 from start again, but I believe so. He can always change that quickly (hopefully) this time if he pulls down Fletcher from his forward position to the wing – as he did in the second half against Villa.
Ward got injured against Villa, but he is probably not out for a long time. Elokobi did really well at his position – though having an easier time after the changed formation – and will have the chance to prove that he is our left back for the rest of the season from start.
Edwards got criticised hard by fan posters after the Villa game. Probably because he missed to score at the beginning of the game. I believe that he did well, considering it was his first match from start for a while after injury. I believe Mick thinks the same and will play him.
Henry is a given, but Dave Jones could lose his place among the starters if Milijas is up to it. But maybe McCarthy will play it (relatively) safe and bring on Milijas later in the game.
When it comes to Wigan I must confess that I haven’t followed them much this season. But they are really blowing hot and cold. But they try to play their game even against the best teams, despite taking hard knocks from time to time.
As I said they prefer playing a 4-2-3-1-formation eith a free role for di Santo if I’ve understood it right. He is doubtful for the match, and maybe Moses will replace him.
The probable starting elevens will look like below, but the technical diffuículties prevents me from showing it proper (wrong spelling of Hahnemann):
Have a nice day and Up the Wolves!