Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Fulham

With only six games left Wolves better start moving for the points. Let’s cut the crap and spell it out. On paper this game looks as the most winnable of the ones left.

Fulham – with only one away win this season (and only one last aswell) – should be there for the take. But actually they have drawn half of their away games and will probably play for safety and a point in this game – and they are good at it.

With 14 draws they could in fact be called experts and apart from the top four in the league they are the best at not letting goals fly into their net. Their formula is safety first and build from the back and that’s what has kept them up for so many years – and even earned them a spot in the Europa League – with only moderate expenses. Admirable!

As the most important part of their formula they have a mature and experienced back four. All of them are over 29 years of age and they have played together for most of the season, making it hard to score for better strikers than Wolves can put on. In fact their team from the back line to the strikers is all about experience. Battle hardened men who knows every trick in the book. Solid!

Scared now? You should be. Wolves have had a hard time finding the net – even against much more penetrateable defences then the one Fulham can put on – and we have our best forward out injured. So in this game it’s not about defending well, first hand. It’s about scoring and getting those three Easter points.

Apart from Doyle, Big George Elokobi has picked up an injury and is not available – not for the next three games and probably not for the rest of season. McCarthy has already confirmed that Stephen Ward will take his spot at left back. Hunty and Edwards are on their way back, but need at least another week of training to get fit.

There’s been some talking about bringing on experience with Jody Craddock in the team – something I very much would endorse – but I believe that our manager will stick with Stears and Berra as the central lock.

In Fulham Damien Duff is doubtful and will probably be replaced by young loanee Kakuta. That should make that wing more open to the attacks of Wolves, in my opinion. Go for it, Jarvo!

As Fulham are playing a straight 4-4-2-formation it will suite our likewise current two-up-front model well. Before I present the probable starting elevens then – what will the score be? It’s very hard to predict this without sentiments and hopes interfering in the analysis but home ground and the fact that we have more to play for should decide this to Wolves advantage. Two against nothing and Guédioura scoring one of them from a distance.

Happy Easter (for sure)!

Paddytheflea


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~ by paddytheflea on April 22, 2011.

4 Responses to “Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Fulham”

  1. I would like to see Vokes pair up with SEB. Fletcher has spoiled his chances in recent games and deserves one of the places among the other substitutes, in my opinion. Ultimately I would prefer a 4-5-1 against this kind of a team. Both SEB Fletcher/Vokes will have a hard time scoring against Fulham in a 4-4-2. I would go for long range shoots from midfield and quick counter-attacks (which is an aspect of the game we’ve got improve).

    Regarding the composition of our defence I would like to keep things as they’ve been so far this season. Stearman adds pace to our back four,which is important due to the oppositions rapid strikers, but if we continue to concede goals, it will be fair to include Craddock in our next games starting elevens. I’m not surprised or disapointed if MM starts with Craddock though, as we’ve leaked goals in the last couple of games.

    • I agree that I want to see Vokes at some stage in the game, maybe the last quarter of an hour or so, as a super-sub, now that he is back, Karlir.

      I believe that Mick is right to play 4-4-2. A conservate look upon changing the defence too much can be the right way to go, but I’m not totally convinced.

  2. I think your expected line up is probably right but hopefully there may be one or two surprises. Think its a great shame that we are wasting the talent of Michael Mancienne who could easily be included in defence either at centre or full back. I’m a great fan of Foley but his recent form worries me.

    • I’m not so keen on Mancienne and it is hard to include him in defence at this stage without match fitness. I’m worried about Foley aswell and believe it’s a question of confidence in self.

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