Probable Team Lineups: Birmingham City v Wolves
The games in Premier League today are very important for Wolves. All three teams from the relegation fight playing will meet teams safely parked in the middle of the tables and could benefit from that. But let’s hope that Everton, Bolton and Stoke will give their all to beat Wigan, Blackburn and Blackpool.
Wolves will now play one of two consecutive derby games. Let’s have a look at how we and the other West Midlands teams has fared in them up to now.
|Derby table so far||# Games||Result||Points in # and%|
||2 W 1 D 1 L
||7/12 = 58%|
||2 W 1 D 1 L
||7/12 = 58%
||2 W 2 D 1 L
||8/15 = 53%
||0 W 2 D 3 L
||2/15 = 13%
Wolves are actually joint leaders of the West Midlands clubs so far with 58% of the points taken. It looks like Birmingham are having difficulties with the neighbouring teams and they are so far the big derby losers with no win taken as yet against the others.
Today we will know if West Brom or Villa will take the lead and tomorrow Wolves will take three points and go to 67% of the points taken. 😆
But let’s not beat around the bush anymore and instead look at the teams for the clash at St Andrew’s. As everybody probably know by now Wolves star striker Kevin Doyle is injured and will hopefully be back in the two last games of the season, but not against the Blues.
Elokobi is also probably out, but he returned to training today and Fletcher is also back in training after his knock and will probably play. Sadly, though, Ebanks-Blake still have a hamstring problem and will not be able to play.
In Birmingham City Ben Foster picked up an injury against Liverpool and had to go off, but he will probably play on Sunday. Zigic may return after injury, but my guess is that he want start. Obafeme Martins is out for the season.
The Blues will probably play a 4-4-2 with Jerome and Phillips upfront from start and Bentley will be back from start on the wing. The other wing will of course be occupied by the danger-swede Larsson with Bowyer and Ferguson in the middle. McLeish will probably go back to their old back four as they were beaten good against Liverpool, letting in a record five goals.
In Wolves we have no alternative to Fletcher in the striker role, but with support from the middle he can do good, we have seen that before. I expect no changes since last game in the back four, but maybe in the middle.
Hunty is back for selection and he may very well play from start – maybe on the left wing with Jarvo playing the right, leaving Kightly on the bench. The question is also if Milijas or Mancienne will get the nod from start. It depends on if McCarthy wants us to sit back or be more attack-minded and also how they have looked in training.
What about the result, then? The most probable result is a draw and I will kiss McCarthys feet if we can take three points from this game and also play good football.
Below’s the probable starting elevens for St Andrew’s.
UP THE WOLVES!!!