Probable Team Lineups: Manchester City v Wolves

Time for another exciting – and hopefully gratifying – encounter with one of the best clubs in the Premier League of today.

I like the games when not so many expects Wolves to take any points or at least when nobody demands that we do. But we played very well against them at home and I remember the away game last season when we still were freshmen in the best league in the world. We played well then aswell – despite injuries and lack of PL experience.

So will Wolves take any points against this City team – that is also strengthened with a £27M striker for the day? – probably not. The players are duly warned by their manager Mancini – an old apprentice to Sven-Goran Ericsson, who is beginning to get the team together and into shape – and i fear that the odds for a win by our team – or indeed any team at the Eastlands – are very slim indeed.

To the probable starting elevens, then. Wolves have had several players coming back from injury lately, but some of them are not match fit enough to play yet. That goes for our central defender Jody Craddock and his positional friend Steven Mouyokolo.

And I believe – and according to the latest managerial interviews – that our inner midfielder and ordinary captain Karl Henry will not be a starter either. And our midfielder Dave Edwards will be out with a hamstring injury for some days still and Mancienne probably for a couple of weeks more.

Unfortunately our steady left back Big George Elokobi got a three match ban for a tackle and a red card latest, but Stephen Ward will take the place – that use to be his – back after doing a good job as a striker – his position when he first came to Wolves.

The rest of the back four is no brainer. The midfield seems to pick itself aswell, when Henry want play from start and Edwards is out injured McCarthy is bound to pick Milijas and Foley for the engine room and you all know our excellent wing-men.

I forgot to tell you that Sylvan Ebanks-Blake unfortunately is out injured for a couple of weeks more, and that fact – compared with that Ward is occupied elsewhere – means that Fletcher will accompany Doyler in the striker department. I would actually be very surprised if Wolves would pick another team from the one i propose here.

(Come to think about it there is a probability that he will go back to a 4-5-1 constellation and pick Jones for a midfield role instead of striker Fletcher, but that would be to go back on his own words about playing 4-4-2.)

What about Manchester City, then. Well, they got a lot more to pick from than Wolves – less injured and a team with very many world stars. Balotelli and Micah Richards are out injured and Silva is a doubt and I think he will start from the bench for the day.

I believe – contrary to many – that their new guy Edin Dzeko will play from start upfront with Tevez. Mancini uses a formation that looks slightly different to a traditional 4-4-2.

These are the probable starting elevens for the match at Eastlands.

UP THE WOLVES!!!

Paddytheflea


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~ by paddytheflea on January 14, 2011.

2 Responses to “Probable Team Lineups: Manchester City v Wolves”

  1. Csnt really see us getting anything tomorrow but i supose that is what i said about the chelsea game! I can see jarvis causing kolarov and jerome boeteng alot of problems though so we could really do with him having a good game. I think Mcarthy needs to get a very good left back in this month and forget about all this talk of new strikers because wardy is not a good left back and i wouldnt say elokobi is that much better!

    • That could be a good signing, andywolf. I agree that the shortcomings of Ward and Elokobi are shown against the best wingers in this league, but it’s also all about working together in the team to stop attacks.

      When for example Hunty and Milijas work together defensively with Wardy or Kobi and Berra to stop attacks they are usually very successful. But better players are always wanted and in need. At the same time I’m sure that Elokobi will grow out (?) to be a legendary left back in the future – or maybe a legendary central defender.

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