Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Aston Villa
A blogger friend of mine reports unrest among the Wolves fans and some of my friends are past the boiling point aswell. I suppose that it’s not totally fair though if they measure the strength of Wolves from a couple of cup-games with our second tier, but those games didn’t leave much to rejoice about for sure.
The only players who came out of the home game against Birmingham with their pride still intact were young right back Doherty and, not counting precision, Adam Hammill. Hunty and Doyler were among the worst and apart from Berra I don’t want any of the ones starting that game to start against Villa, and they probably wont.
Taking the above reverse to make it a positive you could say that manager McCarthy will get the first eleven right, I suppose, but I’m still very disappointed about his tactics in the games this season. Wolves desperately need to play some good football now or this season will be the one when we go down.
In our first season in the Premiership we fought hard against the odds with a basically championship team that rose to the occasion to stay in the league. Last season we played some good football and managed to beat some of the best teams in the league, but were minutes from getting relegated. This year a team that’s supposed to be better than the previous two seasons has shown us nothing in play nor in results.
I remember watching the bleach face of Morgan in the stands when Wolves were minutes from going down last May. He probably looked with the inside of his eyelids at the £80M that were about to fly out the window of his mansion if Wolves had gone down. I’m sure he doesn’t want to relive that moment again at any price less than that amount of money.
So for Wolves chairman and owner Steve Morgan – as for the fans – this is a very important game. Preventive action has to be taken if we don’t win at home against our neighbours from Birmingham, either by finding star quality players or a star quality manager.
As I still believe we have the players to stay up I think the latter is what mr Morgan should go for, and I hope that he has an emergency plan in place. Good businessmen tend to have just that.
As a tip to Mr Morgan i can mention that Rafa Benitez, who was the manager of Liverpool when he was a part owner of that club, seem to be unemployed. With an FA Cup and a Champions League win to prove it, he seem to know some stuff about footballing.
To the game, then. Wolves still have O’Hara, Zubar and Craddock out injured and Edwards in doubt. In Villa Heskey and Jenas are out. Villa usually play a straight 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1. Against us it will surely be the former. With former Wolves player Robbie Keane on loan they have the firepower upfront to do that. I don’t think he will play from start, though.
We will find it hard to do the same with Doyle totally out of form and Ebanks-Blake not finding the net with a flashlight and monoculars. It has to be 4-4-1-1 for Wolves. If Edwards is injury free he will play right behind Fletcher, otherwise he may even try Keogh in that role.
The result? Everybody seems to predict a draw. For Villa that is probably a good result, but not for Wolves. I would like to believe that our players will show their innate quality when best needed and win this game. 2-1 to Wolves, goals by Fletcher and Jarvis. Probable starting elevens below.
UP THE WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!