Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Birmingham City
Time for a derby. Something all fans cherish and this season we have many of them. But this one – and probably the next – could have come at a better time for Wolves.
With nearly a whole first team injured we are crippled and I would be surprised if we can perform at our very best this Sunday. The last one to be reported in doubt is our winger Matt Jarvis and without him the attack will lose very much of it’s edge (see a complete injury list HERE).
But McCarthy has to pick from the players available and they can still give Birmingham a good match at home in my opinion. A Birmingham team with McFadden long time injured and Hleb got injured against Fulham. A striker named Phillips is said to travel with the team to Wolverhampton after being out with injury recently.
The match against Birmingham last season marked a low point in Wolves play and we were chasing them without luck after an early goal in the back. Wolves have got used to that situation this season, but no better at handling it, I’m afraid. it’s essential not to let any goals in, especially not early ones.
Berra is back in Wolves back line. That’s a huge positive and he did well latest. I believe he will be accompanied by Stearman in central defence. Their performance will of course be crucial for Wolves and we can afford no mistakes. The rest of the back line is easy to pick. Zubar on the right and Elokobi on the left.
Despite many casualties to injury among the midfielders I believe that McCarthy will start with five of them. Edwards is back and I like his performance as an advanced midfielder before his injury and believe that McCarthy does so too.
Milijas will of course play and Foley will probably be prefered ahead of Hunt on the right. If Jarvis is out Ward will play on the left and with Jones, Henry and Mancienne out Hunt could be given a starting position in the middle. Kevin Doyle is a given as lone striker.
What about Birmingham, then? The tall Serbian target player Zigic did show some form coming on from the bench latest, but I don’t believe that he will start. McLeish will surely have respect enough for Wolves away to start with five in the middle aswell.
Will this mean a defensive and boring game, then? No, I don’t believe so. Wolves has proved to be one of the more forward going teams in the Premiership, despite starting with only one forward.
So it will surely be entertaining – but not necessary that many goals – as Blues don’t score many and they have a defence that’s hard to penetrate. So it could very well be an entertaining goalless draw, if that is possible for goal-hungry fans to fathom. 😆
Here are the possible starting elevens for the Sunday game at Molineux.
UP THE WOLVES!!!