Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v West Ham
Ever heard of Fleadonia? Didn’t think so. That’s where I go sometimes to reload my batteries to have the strength to follow Wolves for the season.
They say that the second season in the Premier is harder than the first. I thought that referred to the team and not to the fans, but I was wrong. This season will for sure be a big trial for the fans. Probably harder than the last, as our expectations have grown.
Tomorrow we are back in the heat again. The Hammers at home. A six-pointer if there are any. I don’t know if my nerves can stand it. I really hope that the players don’t feel the same. A three-pointer is soo vital for both the teams.
To the teams then. Some water and some wine in Wolves. Big hopes are attached to one Stephen Hunt who i back from injury and played for 45 minutes in the reserves game in the week.
In my opinion this game will come too early for him and he will probably only play a role as a substitute after an hour or so. To risk him for the future by letting him start would – if I know McCarthy right – be out of the question.
The latest reports say that Kevin Doyle is fit from the knee injury he got when playing for the Republic of Ireland. But how fit is he? We have two other strikers who can play if Doyler’s not 100 %. I believe Fletcher and Ebanks-Blake will start up front.
I would try Steven Mouyokolo to pair with Craddock as central defender. He has played two reserves games for 90 minutes while Berra has not played at all for Scotland. And Berra has made some crucial mistakes lately.
But sadly I believe that Mick will go with Berra. And he will choose Ward in front of Elokobi. With Henry suspended Jones will play with Mancienne in the engine room. That’s about it.
What about West Ham then? Water and wine for them aswell. Hitzlsperger out injured and Behrami back in contention. But as with Hunt, Behrami will not play from start.
How will the match end then? The most probable result is in my opinion a draw. But that would really not be to the benefit for any of the teams.
I hope Wolves will realise their real potential – the potential that is shown by the stats fact that we are the fifth best team counting only the first 45 minutes – and crush the Hammers.
Then the lads could go out against the best teams in the next games with heads held high having the full support of the crowds. Otherwise their will be a lot of grunts, cries, misery and shouts for McCarthy to leave Molineux. And I don’t want any of that.
These are the probable starting elevens of the game: