Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Blackpool
The time when all home wins are a must is here. At least against the teams on the lower half of the tables and Blackpool is one of those teams.
The disappointing second half against the team down the road – in my opinion mostly due to tactical errors – induced a feeling of losing two points, but one point away at a derby game is not – objectively speaking – a bad result.
Playing at home against Blackpool is though a complete different thing. In front of a home crowd Wolves simply must perform and win to keep confidence and to keep the crowd. There are no alternatives to victory and three points in this game and I know that this team can do it if they are allowed to play at their best.
Blackpool – on the other hand – are a better away than home team. But without their best player and playmaker Charlie Adam – suspended because of ten yellow cards – they are a weakened team for sure.
Wolves will still have Hunt out with a calf problem, but otherwise there are no new injuries to report that I know of. Doyle got a kick in the stomach in the last game but he will be back in contention.
The Blackpool team are either using a 4-2-3-1-formation or a 4-3-3-formation, depending on the opposition and the tactics. With Adam not playing I believe they will use the latter, as they did so last he was out, against Sunderland.
Wolves will surely continue with five in the middle and one upfront – at least from start. Doing otherwise would in my opinion mean to give away the midfield to the seasiders before a ball is kicked.
There will be no change of the back four and our excellent keeper. It is hard, though, to know how McCarthy will form the midfield. Jarvis will surely play from start and I hope and believe that Ned Milijas will play in the starting XI aswell and I’m pretty sure that Mick will not leave out Henry from start, despite his under par performance latest.
O’Hara has played himself to a regular spot in the team, but then it stands between Hammill or Foley on the right. I have a feeling he will go for Hammill from start this time, putting Foley on later in the game. Kevin Doyle will play from start as McCarthy still believes in him and he is a fairly conservative manager.
The rest are harder to pick as Holloway uses to shift the players going forward from game to game. That’s probably one of the keys to the success of the team against all odds. So I must admit there’s some guesswork from my side when trying to pick who will play in those roles.
I dare not to predict the result of this game because I’m not shure how McCarthy will play the team. Or rather what instructions he will give them. We can only hope that he will get it right this time and that the players will be at their very best.
Here are the starting elevens for the clash between Wolves and Blackpool at Molineux.