The enigma that is Wolverhampton Wanderers come to Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Country Portuguese Select XI have been mixing the good with the bad with the so-so all season. Chelsea were seen off a couple of weeks ago but Huddersfield and Cardiff have recently taken all the points in their meetings whilst earlier in the season draws were achieved against each of Man City, Man United and the filthy gooners. They clearly play better against the better sides – a warning to us if one was needed.
Their matches have been characterised by a lack of goals. Our game at Molyneux in The Foyth Match remains the only occasion that a side has notched more than two in a game involving W this season, thus it’ll be a surprise if we get similar goal fests to that which we’ve seen in our last two games.
Raul Jimenez is their top scorer with 5 but second in the list is defender Matt Doherty with 3. For all of the hype surrounding Rubin Neves, Helder Costa, Diego Jota & Joao Moutinho, they’ve done little to frighten opposition defenders. They’re more than capable of doing so though which suggests that manager Nuno Espirito Santo has set up his side with parsimony in defence as his priority rather than extravagance in attack.
Poch will continue his chop and change policy so accurately predicting his side is a thankless task. Near certainties for selection are the Harrys, Son, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Eriksen and Hugo. For the remainder, perm any four from Rose, Davies, Tripper, Aurier Walkers-Peters, Sanchez, Foyth, Lucas, Lamela and Dele with Skipp as an outsider.
No matter who plays, the move in to second place in the table means that the eyes of the country are upon us, can we provide a challenge to the big spending duo of Liverpool & Man City? Yes of course is the answer. Under Poch, especially if the finishing remains as clinical as it has been during the last couples of games, anything is possible.
Stuart Atwell is the referee.
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