Wolves need a midweek win after unlucky defeat to Newcastle
The weekend game against Newcastle was not a thriller but it was one from which Wolves should draw some satisfaction in that they looked every bit as good as the favourites to be the Championship title winners on the night. It was a scrappy deciding goal with the ball having a few deflections before falling to the offside Lascelles to set up Mitrovic who should clearly have already been sent off for two bookable offences.
With that result following on from a game at Norwich recently decided by a player winning a penalty with a dive, Wolves are certainly due a rub of the green.
On Saturday Wolves had the lions share of possession and most of the shots on goal but they didn't take the couple of clear chances that came their way.
And the reality is another home defeat for Wolves who have only won 4 out of 14 league games at Molineux this season. In the league table of home games only, Wolves are 23rd. For away games only they are tenth. And they have scored more goals away than at home.
So it might not augur well that the next three league games are also at Molineux. After the game against Wigan on Tuesday, they play Birmingham at home on the 24th and Huddersfield on the 28th. And they need to improve their home record in those games, not least because as things stand Wolves are 18th and if they don't start winning games soon a relegation battle is on the horizon.
With Chelsea in town on Saturday I expect Lambert to rotate the squad a little for the Wigan game and we already know that Price and Mason will be absent with injuries. I would like to see Bodvarsson back at the head of the attack, and the time is surely right for another chance for youngster Conor Ronan who was outstanding in the away games at Sheffield and Barnsley.
So my predicted line up for the Wigan game would be;
Marshall, Batth, Stearman, Doherty
Costa, Weimann, Ronan
Fact is that with the exception of the Burton game, Wolves have played consistently well in 2017, and a continuation of that form will hopefully be enough to see off struggling Wigan.