Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Newcastle
It’s a different Newcastle United visiting Molineux as our guests Saturday. I’ve witnessed – not without the kind of delight you sometimes have against others misfortunes in the world of sports – as the leaderships have changed a team that seemed to be working very well last season and sold – or even given away – players of very high class.
The fact that the Geordies are in 4th spot in the tables as I write is food for thoughts. though. Apparently they have managed to build a new team – and especially a new midfield – that works even better than the one they had last season. That Pardew fella might not be out of touch after all?!
I would describe it as they have adjusted to become a permanent feature in the Premier League. The rough edges much needed to survive in the Championships and break through into the Premiership are filed down and players with better skills in the technical department have been brought in.
The French are usually very good at technical skills and passing the ball around. Just look at Arsenal (well, maybe not this season) and the Wenger era. With the new French midfield it seems like Newcastle has succeeded in forming the team to a more playing team with better technic and passing skills and with their striker Ba flying at the moment, Newcastle will be a hard nut to crack for Wolves, even at home.
In play i believe we did witness some progress by Wolves away against Liverpool. With a bit of luck we could have snatched a least a point at Anfield. We were the better team in the second half of the game and if we can play like that against Newcastle I’m not that worried, really.
Can we do that? What team will turn up tomorrow? Well, it’s not too hard to figure out what team Mick McCarthy will turn out, it’s harder, though, to know if they are up to it for the day. Consistency is unfortunately not a characteristic to describe Wolves at the moment.
Definitely out for Wolves are Foley (foot) Jody Craddock (hamstring) and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (knee). Newcastle have Shola Ameobi, Alan Smith and Mike Williamson out injured.
Wayne Hennessey was the best player in Wolves against Pool and we need him to do another top performance this weekend. Right back is the only position that’s up for grabs this weekend. As Stearmans’s toe still looks to bother him and Zubar and Foley not yet looks fit to play from start I believe Doherty will have a go, maybe with Zubar replacing him in second half. Next week we could have four players fighting for a start at that position (!).
We will surely play a 4-4-2 with Fletcher and Doyle upfront and Doyle will be flying, happy over the newly signed contract, and probably gift us with at least one goal. Ward will take care of the threat from Obertan and Johnson and Berra will take good care of Ba and Best.
The big fight, though, will take place at inner midfield with Tiote and Cabaye looking to make our day end in misery. O’Hara and Henry must play at their very best to take them out and advance themselves. That’s the key. It’s not only Newcastle who are able to pass the ball around and advance forward. We are at home and should take command of the game and press forward to score, not waiting for them to come to us.
The score? I believe we will have a smashing game. It’s time for Newcastle to lose their first game of the season and it’s time for Wolves to show what they´re / we´re all about. 3-1 to the home team and a performance that make the critics gasp for air, talking about ‘The New Wolves’. Your read it here first. 😆 The probable starting elevens and their positions at Molineux below.
UP THE WOLVES!