Probable Team Lineups: Bolton v Wolves
Some people has called this game a twelve-pointer, maybe not totally without reasons. It’s a water shedder for both teams and extremely important for the clubs to win if they want to keep their supporters happy and avoid relegation. Maybe a little bit more so for Bolton who are under the relegation line already.
Wolves are troubled with injuries on O’Hara and Zubar and the horrible three match ban on Nenad Milijas. Foley is reported to travel with Wolves, but will probably act as a cover on the bench for Stearman. Craddock is still doubtful if I’ve got it right.
Bolton has a long row of injuries; S Davis, Alonso, Mears, Holden Lee , Gardner and probably Pratley. I believe most of them doesn’t have a place in the starting eleven normally, though. Cahill is about to be sold so he will probably not figure in this game.
To have both Milijas and O’Hara out is of course a big concern for Wolves, but it doesn’t have to spell disaster. We still have at least four possible replacements who can play well in inner midfield, but it is not an ideal situation.
Bolton play a straight 4-4-2, even against the best teams in the league. Perhaps that is the reason for their low position this season?! That and the fact that they don’t have a performing goalscorer. Wolves-educated midfielder Mark Davies has struggled two seasons to get into the team, but now he seem to have reached his goal and he has started the last ten games for them.
He has mostly played to the right, but also in the middle. He has scored for them a couple of games ago and will of course be eager to do that against us, as he has a point to prove to Mick McCarthy and others. I don’t wish him luck with that, but still believe that McCarthy could have treated him differently when he was a Wolves player. Enough said.
The fact that Bolton very probable will play 4-4-2 lead me to believe that we will do the same. I’ve got it wrong lately about our formation and I’m not sure this time either, but the fact that we have two inner midfielders out also speaks for a four man midfield this time. With Hunt in the starting eleven we can still have a strong inner mid when defending.
Before I line-out the probable starters, what will the probable result be for this encounter? I’m positive and believe we can feed on the desperation of the Bolton team and pick up at least one point in this game, maybe all three. We showed against Arsenal that we can defend and have a fantastic keeper and it should be possible to get at least one, probably two balls in their net. Two all or two against one for Wolves, I see as probable results.
UP THE WOLVES!!!