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A Chance of a Molineux Upset? Wolves Preview

Blues travel the short distance to Molineux today hoping to complete back to back wins for the first time this season against a Wolves team that is struggling as much under expectation.


Ståle Solbakken is unlikely to bring sweeping changes to a team that beat Championship whipping boys Bristol City 4-1. However Solbakken has to find cover for the luckless David Edwards who came off after an hour at Ashton Gate and will be out until the new year with injury.

Wolves haven’t won at home in six previous attempts and their win last weekend halted a run of nine games without a win. Wolves sit two places above Blues in the table and Solbakken is under the same sort of pressure as Lee Clark, with unhappy Wolves fans defacing the Norwegian manager’s car to display their anger.


Blues are only missing Darren Ambrose and Colin Doyle in addition to long-term absentees Stephen Carr, David Murphy and Keith Fahey for this fixture, and could well recall Nathan Redmond to the side in an attempt to bring some pace to attack a frail Wolves defence. Peter Lovenkrands will also be pushing for a start after an assist for the third goal whilst Wade Elliott could get the nod over Rob Hall.

I don’t like trying to call derby results because they tend to ignore the formbook, but this is a game Blues need to try to put the pressure on. Wolves are very fragile at home – as fragile as Blues are even – and it’s a commonly held belief that a spell of sustained pressure early on could cause the crowd to turn on the Wolves side and make the job easier for the team. It’s another game about pace, about tempo and about passion and we have to hope Lee Clark will be able to get the team giving that from the get go.

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