Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Manchester City
After Chelsea last Saturday and Manchester United on Tuesday it’s time for Wolves to face Manchester City.
Wolves played well against both Chelsea and United. No doubt about it. But we didn’t have the luck, precision or killer instinct to decide the games so our opposition did it instead.
So it’s same ol´really. But I still have the hope that Wolves has learned from these encounters and will come out strong and winning against City.
Actually my recollection is that we played very well both home and away against them last season (for a lengthy highlight of the home game look at the botton of the right margin in my vodpod-player).
Maybe – just maybe – they are a team that suits the Wolves style of play. Even if they have changed half of their players in their starting eleven (actually so have we) much of the way to play uses to stay the same.
The best player in Manchester City – Tevez – is out injured. He scored twice against us in this game last season and I feel that his absence will give us a better chance of taking points – despite City having a very good crew without their bright shining striker star.
A lot of talk about that Balotelli playing. Maybe, but I don’t believe that he will start with Adebayor available.
Wolves have Craddock – our veteran central defender – injured for another fortnight or so and I guess that Kightly just has had his patella tendon operation in Sweden and will face a lengthy rehabilitation before he will figure in the team again.
But Stephen Hunt is on his way back and played the whole 90 against United in the League Cup. But the question is if he will be fit to play again now from start. I doubt it, but he is a fighter. Most probable is, though, that he will get his chance in the second half.
Hennessey did a very good match between the sticks on Tuesday, but Hahnemann has done nothing wrong and he will stay on. The back line will probably read Foley, Stearman, Berra, Ward.
Elokobi would be my choice for left back, but as he played in the League Cup he will not play from start now. The same with Milijas. But I would like to see him for Jones after an hour or so and I hope McCarthy feels the same.
The question for midfield and the striking department is if McCarthy will go for a 4-4-2-formation or a variant of 4-5-1. We played very well with 4-4-2 against City at home last season, but we lost with 3-1 and City will probably play with a 4-2-3-1 under Mancini, so I believe that Mick will mimic 😆 that.
As I said above I believe this is the chance for Wolves to take points from the big teams and I believe we will. What do you say about 2-1 to Wolves with goals by Stearman and Ebanks-Blake (who will come on in the second half). (The City goal will be a lucky deflection or an offside goal) 😆
Here are the probable starting elevens for Wolves v Manchester City on Molineux Saturday: