Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Birmingham City – Preview

Dec 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Blues News, Lead Article, Matches

Team News

Wolves will be missing midfielder Dave Edwards who is out until the new year with a torn hamstring.

Blues have no new injury worries and can name the same squad that won last Friday.

Last Meeting

The last meeting was an FA Cup replay in January which Blues won 1-0.

The sides last met in the league in May 2011 in a game that proved to be very important in the relegation battle for both clubs. Seb Larsson scored for Blues but Craig Gardner’s sending off meant that we had to settle for a point when a win would have made us safe.

Recent Form

Wolves are 17th two places and one point ahead of Blues. Last week’s win was their first for two months.

Blues win against Middlesbrough was only their second win in their last six games. They have also drawn two and lost two.

Outlook

Last week’s win against Middlesbrough was as exciting game that really summed up our season. Conceding sloppy goals, Marlon King scoring and playing better when behind are hallmarks of our current team. It was a good game and it’s nice to have broken the Sky jinx but there is still a lot to work on. The small crowd at least got their money’s worth and went home seeing a rare victory that moves us even further from the bottom three. Getting close to thirty points at Christmas should put us in a position where we don’t need to worry about relegation during the second half of the season. Last year we only had 29 points although we had played fewer games.

If we are to get close to thirty then we do need to get wins from our three games before then. That won’t be too easy as following the trip to Molineaux we have home games against high flying Crystal Palace and Burnley who have the league’s top score in Charlie Austin. Up until last week Wolves away looked like being the easiest of the three as they had been going through a similar rough patch to us. Typically though they seem to have found form just before playing us and recorded a good victory last week, albeit against Bristol City. They also have a new manager trying to bed in although I had at least heard of ours before he took over. Their fans will be even more surprised to find themselves in the bottom half than ours are and will be quick to get agitated if we go ahead. Not that we ever do that.

Despite the win I’d be tempted to change things around for this one and I expect Lee Clark to do so. I’d expect Wade Elliot to start and Peter Lovenkrands to come in for Nikola Zigic. Lovenkrands would most likely be on the left of a five man midfield with Ravel Morrison (If fit) in the whole. If he’s not fit we could try playing Redmond or Hall there. I expect we’d get most of our chances on the break so pace up front is a must. Papa Bouba Diop scored again for the development squad in midweek so he will be challenging Hayden Mullins for the holding position. Jonathan Spector is also an option there with Chris Burke returning on the right. That option would be my preferred one.

There was a lot of talk of ‘turning the corner’ again after the win over Boro but I’d like to see us get back to back wins before believing that. It could happen on Saturday but I’m going to be more cautious in my prediction.

Wolves 2 Blues 2 – Blues coming from behind twice

C’mon you Blue Boys!

 

 

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