What Lays Ahead On Wolves Upcoming Travels
Wolves fans who are not chuffed with our start to the season must be few and very far between, and whilst there is a two week break before we return to action, it is difficult not to sit back and dream what our next two fixtures will bring us.
irst up is a trip to Craven Cottage to bang heads with last season's Europa Cup finalists Fulham.
The Londoners have notched 3 points from three straight draws against Bolton away, Manchester United (Home) and at the weekend, away at Blackpool. Last seasons European journey was little short of what dreams are made of, and despite losing Old Roy to The Pool they have managed to coup Mark Hughes who in my opinion should never have been fired by Manchester City (good start for them right?). Hughes already has them looking solid and playing good football. They are certainly not short of a goal or two but if Blackpool can put two past them, then we should fancy our chances of scoring down there. Who knows what club will suffer injuries from the upcoming international games and such, but we should give them a good game and I fancy us for a draw which I will be more than happy with.
Then, of course, comes the trip to one of our happiest destinations last season, and one of our favourite teams- Tottenham!
With Spurs on a spectacular roll and Wolves stuttering somewhat early into the season, you would have been hard pressed to find a single fellow up or down the country, myself included who would have predicted a Wolves win that day. I maintain that it was one of the biggest upsets of the season, so when Spurs came to ours we were expected, once again, to take a hiding. Instead, we notched a second consecutive 1-0 win to complete a most unlikely double against a side that went on to finish fourth and qualify for Champions League football this season, which is something I will return to shortly- something that may work in our favour.
Spurs have started in an unpredictable nature, albeit amongst odd circumstances.
Thus far they have drawn with Money Chester City, beaten Stoke and lost at home to Wigan. In Europe they were three nil down within a half hour on a plastic pitch but found resolve and managed to come away just one goal away from Young Boys, who they dispatched with a 4-0 thrashing in the return leg. Pundits and Spurs fans alike have shared a concern that the European action has led to a detrimental effect on their Premiership efforts, hence the one nil reverse at home to Wigan at the weekend, and the good news, as hinted at above, is that Spurs take on crack German outfit Werder Bremen four days before our clash.
The money involved in the Champions League is absurd these days but let's look at it this way. Whilst Tottenham will obviously play their strongest side possible for the game in Europe they know that they are their on merit from last season, and that if they win these games, then lose league games afterwards, against the likes of Wigan, and Wolves (for the third time in a row!) they will not be in the competition next season- simple as that- it all leaves Harry with a balancing act. They play on a Tuesday but tired legs are tired legs and changes will surely prove inevitable. My heart tells me we can go there and take that third victory, my head tells me that we will take another draw.
his would leave us with 7 points from 5 games, matching there or thereabouts our returns thus far, returns I may add, which would keep us up for a second season. In reality I expect us to stay up comfortably, I have already predicted 12th and have seen nothing so far to suggest we can not achieve that at all. These are two very tough games, but the 'rewards' afterwards include home games against Villa and West Ham with a trip to Wigan sandwiched in between.
Villa are in free flight at the moment, but I imagine we will be facing a club with a new manager taking the controls for his first time keen to make an impression. West Ham are in a terrible state of affairs thus far, and Wigan, well, unpredictable is one word, but I fancy us for at least five points from these games which would (counts on fingers) take us to 12 points from 7.
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