Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Stoke City
Hi supporters! I’m sorry not being around for a while, but I’ve been busy doing some research and wanting some time off from Wolves, being disappointed about play and results. Can’t stay away any long from the team in my heart, though, and I might aswell report to you how I look upon the team and their play.
I for one have lowered my expectations on the team this season. They are far from a stable mid-table team and not as good as they were the second half of last season. I would be very happy and a bit surprised if they stay up.
Stoke City is a team that has gone the other way. From strength to strength and they are looking to another great season, playing in the finals of the Europa Cup and everything. I don’t believe they have better resources money-wise than we, but clearly they have a manager who can take good care of the funds that he is offered.
That’s sort of a gloomy start after my break, but I want you to know where I stand at the moment. To the game, then. Wolves are playing at home and that will be a plus, of course. The injuries to O’Hara and Edwards, two players in the middle of midfield who have lately been in our starting eleven, is not. There are replacements, but especially O’Hara will be missed. To that we can add Foley, still not back, and Craddock.
Physioroom reports knocks on Wilkinson and Sidibe, but they manage to play well with changing eleven players for an Europa Cup game, so I imagine they are about as complete as they can get. And rested.
How will Mick McCarthy play the team, then? I believe that he will not back down from playing 4-4-2 at home and that Nenad Milijas will have a chance from start with Henry in the middle. I hope that he will be in better form than when I saw him play latest, but with only two in the middle they will have defending as their important task, not going forward. I hope they can deliver the ball forward to our wingers, the sooner the better.
Jarvis apparently had a slight injury, but is now cleared to play and we need him badly. Together with Fletcher he is our best weapon going forward. On the other side we have two options, Hammill and Hunt. I believe Mick will go with Hunt, which may or may not be the right decision. Both Hunt and Jarvis prefer the left side and are better playing there. Hammill on the right would balance the team better, but maybe weaken it in the middle because the loss of work-horse Hunty.
The back four I believe will be no surprise. Zubar, Johnson, Berra and Ward will have a tough job with long throw-ins to Crouch and the other tall guys in the Potters team. I hope that Johnson can cope with that. I know that the others can. Especially Ward and Zubar has to think a little different against Stoke and not kick the ball out the sidelines if it’s not really called for.
It’s high time for Doyle to hit form and to create a good cooperation with Fletcher. If I was the manager, which I thankfully am not, I would have replaced him with Ebanks-Blake long ago. You cannot live on your reputation without performing for ever and SEB deserves to get his chance in a couple of games from start, but he will probably get his fifteen to thirty minutes as usual.
Stoke will probably play the rested eleven they played latest in the league. The team that managed to win against high-flying Tottenham. What about the results then? The Potters are not at all as good a team away as at home, but they are better than we are when playing away. I believe we should be pleased with one point, but I hope that my general downy mood makes me guess wrong. What about one all and a goal by Fletcher, of course.
Below are the probable starting elevens against Stoke City on Molineux.
Go for it Wolves!