Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Fulham
I admit that my prediction on the lineup against Blackburn was not the best, getting it wrong about Doyle and Ward, but at least I nailed the result. And what a good result it was!
He was in the fantastic team Wolves had when I started to watch and support them. The team that came 4th in the league in 1970-71 and won the League Cup in 1974.
He supported Wolves to the end and I’m sure he will be part of our Hall Of Fame in the near future.
Rest in peace, Frank Munro!
Time for the first home-game of the season then. It will start with a tribute to Frank by clapping of our hands. Fulham are our guests for the day – a solid team like (hopefully) we are nowadays – but they are not known to play that well away from home.
If we want to become a team in the middle of the league this season it is now we should start to build on that. Teams that occupy those spots typically only lose about three to five home-games in a season. So let’s make Molineux a fortress, fellas!
We played a weakened Blackburn team last, but when I look at how we played them I still believe that we are stronger than last season. The good signs are a better functioning defence and we move forward with greater pace and fewer touches, making it easier to get through the opposition defences.
One should not underestimate the fact that most of the players have played together for a couple of years now and the are truly a team in the best sence of the word. They find each other almost automatically with passes and are also bound together socially.
Injuries? Not many. Edwards and Guédioura are on their way back and Kightly is ready to play and will be found on the bench. In Fulham Simon Davies is the only absentee. Fulham will of course recall Etuhu, Riise, Senderos and Andrew Johnson, who all started on the bench in their European game on Thursday.
They play with a straight 4-4-2 and so will we. The cooperation between Doyle and Fletcher worked well last, but can get better. They will of course be our two upfront.
I believe we’ll keep most of the players from the first eleven against Blackburn, maybe with the exception of Richard Stearman, who suffered a bad lower back and had to be replaced by Kevin Foley a couple of minutes after half-time.
At that time we were in the lead and Foley did a very good job in holding on to the ball and crossing it on up to our forwards. We need to hold on to the ball and Foley is an accomplished defender, but he will face a hard time with Riise and Dempsey charging up his side.
With our two ace wingers – Hunt and Jarvis – looking in superb shape already – and the pairing of Doyle and Fletcher upfront, I believe we have the threat to take three points from this game.
Fulham are a very good defending team and they will be harder to crack than Blackburn for sure, but if we can contain their attack with our back four and play the ball up fast, I’m sure we can score a couple. Hunty and Fletcher will do it for us and we will have our first – but not the last – clean sheet of the season.
Below are the probable starting elevens for the Sunday game at Molineux.
UP THE WOLVES!!!