Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Tottenham
The Wolves manager Mick McCarthy calmly stated to the media that Wolves can beat any team at the Mol and that goes for Tottenham Hotspur aswell.
Especially as our opponents this weekend have injury problems and are shaken by the fact that they lost to the Seasiders latest and face AC Milan in a game that is described as their most important one ever already on Wednesday.
All these circumstances play in the favor of a Wolves team on their way up in form. But sadly we have our own injury problems. This week Edwards, Zubar, Mouyokolo and possibly Jones were added to the list of Hunt, Mancienne, Kightly and Guédioura and O’Hara is not available to play against his mother club.
With Tottenham missing out on Van der Vart, Bale, King, Huddlestone, Kaboul and Corluka while Defoe is doubtful we may say that it is even steven when injuries are concerned.
Van der Vart gave manager Harry Redknapp more options to the way Tottenham play and this season they built their team around him in a 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1 with the star as playmaker and second striker. With the spider in the web out injured they have to revert back to a traditional 4-4-2 which I believe will suit Wolves just fine.
There is a slight possibility that Mick also will play 4-4-2 – especially as we have many injuries in midfield – but I still believe he will go for the same formation that worked so well against Blackpool – best described as a 4-1-4-1 – with two inner midfielders playing box-to-box and one in a holding role.
With Zubar injured it is a certain that Foley will regain his right back position. Otherwise the back line will be unchanged. Hammill did a great job before he went out injured latest but he is back in contention again and will take the right-wing spot and Jarvis will of course take the left.
Captain Karl Henry will cover the back four in the defensive midfield role and with O’Hara not allowed to play Milijas will have a chance to state his case of playing from start. Ward played very well in a forwarded inner midfield role against Blackpool and created both goals for Ebanks-Blake in the short time he was on. With Edwards out injured he will take his place.
Kevin Doyle will once again take the lone striker role upfront, but hopefully well backed by Ward, Milijas and the wingers. Hopefully we will see Sylvan Ebanks-Blake coming on and Doyler taking the right-wing position as he did against the Seasiders.
There have been speculations about Hutton standng up against ‘arry and is because of that not picked in the team. I don’t believe in that. He will probably play from start allowing Gallas to take a central defender position. I believe Jarvis prefer Hutton to Gallas when he goes forward, but Hutton is a bigger threat when he goes forward together with Lennon on that wing.
I believe that’s where the game will be won or lost. Jarvis and Big George against Lennon and Hutton. But perhaps they will all take out each other and other factors will come into play and decide it all.
Harry has some options in the middle. I believe he will go for Palacios and Modric in the middle and Pienaar on the left-wing. If Defoe is fit he will probably play form start beside Pavlyuchenko with Crouch coming on in the second half Redknapp hoping they have a lead by then and the tall guy could do a job holding up the ball.
The result? At least a draw but more probable a Wolves win. We know how to play against Tottenham and we did it very well away this season and got all points last. Redknapp is a traditional Brit manager and Mick knows how they think. 2-1 to Wolves. 😆
Here are the probable starting elevens for the Sunday game at Molineux. Up the Wolves!