Wolves to field strong team against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup

Time for a cup game again. Nice? Yes. Important? No.

And most of the Wolves supporters would agree on that. Teams that fights for their survival does not usually look at the FA-Cup as an important tournament, as it could take som energy from the survival battle.

Donny is a very good team at home. They have lost just one game this season at Keepmoat – against Derby in October.

Wolves have just one win away in the league this season. Against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago. Does the fact that Doncaster play a division lower than Wolves make up for this?

In fact I don’t believe it will. And the Donny players will be much more turned on by this fight than our lads. So despite that we should beat them because of better quality players in most positions, I believe that we will have a hard time winning this

Wolves have had many players out injured, but they’ve dropped back lately. Karl Henry is expected to make his come back and Doyle will probably play again upfront together with Fletcher, as they both need matches after injuries.

But some players need some rest instead. Jarvis could need it, in my opinion, and maybe Elokobi and at least one of our central defenders. That opens up for our development players to get some playing time with the first team.

My guess would be that Danny Batth will be stand in for Berra and that Mujangi-Bia will play for Jarvis. (he’s not really a development player, I know). Hopefully one or two more will get a chance. Maybe Doherty, Rooney, Gorman or Winnall?

As I sit and write this the E&S claims they know the starting eleven and that it will be:

———– Hahnemann ———
Doherty – Stearman – Berra – Elokobi
Edwards – Jones – Milijas – Jarvis
——– Doyle – Fletcher ———

This is a very strong team and it know stands clear that McCarthy does not take the FA Cup lightly.

According to the news bot Zubar and Foley are injured in their ankles, so that’s why Doherty will play. It surprises me that Hunt want play, but Jarvis – as Hunt has said he needs and wants playing time.

I’m not so sure I agree with McCarthy on this selection – if it’s the true one. The cup is in my opinion an opportunity to get fringe and development players into the team to get som experience and match-fitness.

It’s about the same for Doncaster when it comes to injuries. Several players are coming back, including former Wolves player George Friend who played very well before a long term injury in October.

Another defender – Chambers – is back aswell, but it looks like another one – Souza – is sitting out a one-game ban. Two midfielders back aswell. Woods and Gillett. And upfront they have two danger-men in Hayter and Sharp. Coppinger is also a decent forward player.

Despite the fact that Wolves seem to be fielding a very strong team, I hold Doncaster as my favorites to go through or at least to get a draw at Keepmoat. But – as always – I will of course give all my support to Wolves



~ by paddytheflea on January 7, 2011.

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