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Wolves haven't been in great form this season, and with Raul Jimenez injured they don't have great options up top to replace him.  I think if we play our game we should be able to get something out of this one.  Play the best lineup and have a go

 

                            Pickford

          Coleman Mina Keane Godfrey

                   Doucoure Davies

                             Gylfi

         James        DCL    Richarlison

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Great game from Davies 👏👏👏

I definitely did not see this result coming when the team was announced. That's an understatement tbh . However, it became clear quite quickly that it wasn't going to be the mauling I feared. And

In the process of injuring himself he'd probably take out James for the rest of the season. That's the level of weapon of mass destruction we're talking here.

I think Wolves have played like they always play but without Jimenez and Jota they are lacking that attacking threat. The players they have brought in are young and aren't quite up to speed and power of this league.

He has had a lot of plaudits but I am not a fan of Semedo, I would love Richarlison to get at him.

All told though, I expect this to be a fairly unexciting low scoring game. First goal wins.

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6 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

Wolves haven't been in great form this season, and with Raul Jimenez injured they don't have great options up top to replace him.  I think if we play our game we should be able to get something out of this one.  Play the best lineup and have a go

 

                            Pickford

          Coleman Mina Keane Godfrey

                   Doucoure JP

                             Gylfi

         James        DCL    Richarlison

IF Gbabim starts i will be seriously concerned about the man management of our club. He needs to get 20 mins at the end for a few games and be worked into it gently.

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Just now, Btay said:

IF Gbabim starts i will be seriously concerned about the man management of our club. He needs to get 20 mins at the end for a few games and be worked into it gently.

Even a few minutes for the U23s before he gets near the first team would be better.

He’s not even training with the team yet. It’d be reckless in the extreme to have him involved in any way in this game. 

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3 minutes ago, Romey 1878 said:

Even a few minutes for the U23s before he gets near the first team would be better.

He’s not even training with the team yet. It’d be reckless in the extreme to have him involved in any way in this game. 

i thought he was training with the first team and had been?  maybe got that confused with someone else then.  i'll update my lineup.

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40 minutes ago, Romey 1878 said:

Even a few minutes for the U23s before he gets near the first team would be better.

He’s not even training with the team yet. It’d be reckless in the extreme to have him involved in any way in this game. 

Exactly, need to look after him physically but also mentally here. Would be devastating for him to have another injury.

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1 hour ago, Romey 1878 said:

After watching Coleman also get rinsed on the other side it doesn’t bode well. 

Exactly.

I don’t feel we have played particularly well for a majority of games this season and yet we’re right in the top 4 mix. I know there’s a positive to that but I’m really hoping to see some more fluidity and control to our performances.

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6 hours ago, Finn balor said:

Holgate and Godfrey fullbacks for me. Bit too early for digne. 

I think this is the best case.

I assume Jimenez is out still? 
 

Solid at the back and hope for something special from James, Richarlison or DCL.

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3 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

Jimenez out makes them a limp dick dog.  Have a go they don’t have goals in them.  Ffs we are the blues let’s win this and keep top 4 ambitions

No easy wins Mark... after all - we are the blues as you say 😂

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On 09/01/2021 at 22:27, Btay said:

Adama v Digne has me very nervous after Digne getting the run around from the Rotherham lad.

During his time at Middlesbrough Tony Pulis would play Adama on whichever wing was closest to the dugout so that he could be managed through games. He's increadibly fast and a unit but strictly football-wise I think there's a lot to be desired. The fact that the two attributes I just mentioned are out of this world has meant that, IMO he has gone further in his career than most would have expected. Digne might have a problem keeping up with Traore and keeping him in his back pocket, but it isn't as though we've got to contain a Messi or Ronaldo - show him out wide and box him in at the corner flag. 

13 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

Jimenez out makes them a limp dick dog.  Have a go they don’t have goals in them.  Ffs we are the blues let’s win this and keep top 4 ambitions

Scored three in their last Premier League game 🤣!

26 minutes ago, MikeO said:

DC-L out is a bit of a pain.

Would play Richie up top personally, I like Tosun as a poacher but think his all-round game isn't enough. Would rather forfeit Richarlison out wide and perhaps move someone else (Iwobi, Gordon, Bernard?) in his place to keep the level of quality as high as it can be. As much as I don't want to see DCL out of the side, with such a congested fixture list hopefully a nice break for the lad - give him a breather before Villa on Sunday.

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2 hours ago, Zoo 2.0 said:

During his time at Middlesbrough Tony Pulis would play Adama on whichever wing was closest to the dugout so that he could be managed through games. He's increadibly fast and a unit but strictly football-wise I think there's a lot to be desired. The fact that the two attributes I just mentioned are out of this world has meant that, IMO he has gone further in his career than most would have expected. Digne might have a problem keeping up with Traore and keeping him in his back pocket, but it isn't as though we've got to contain a Messi or Ronaldo - show him out wide and box him in at the corner flag. 

I think it’s fair to say he’s come a long, long way from his Boro days... Whilst Traore hasn’t been at his best this season he is still capable of those magic moments in a game.

Sounds simple, I remember Digne trying to stand him up (maybe last season ) and got absolutely burnt! Be interesting to see how it unfolds if Digne is up against him.

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1 hour ago, Btay said:

I think it’s fair to say he’s come a long, long way from his Boro days... Whilst Traore hasn’t been at his best this season he is still capable of those magic moments in a game.

Sounds simple, I remember Digne trying to stand him up (maybe last season ) and got absolutely burnt! Be interesting to see how it unfolds if Digne is up against him.

Best way to defend against him is to cut his supply off without the ball he can’t hurt you. 

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1 hour ago, Palfy said:

Best way to defend against him is to cut his supply off without the ball he can’t hurt you. 

Agree, don’t really want to let him get 1v1 with his fullback and you really want to show him inside where it’s busier though.

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Well given the injuries and hoping that Richarlison is fit.

                       Pickford

Holgate      Mina      Keane    Godfrey

             Gomes          Doucoure 

                        James  

Iwobi            Richarlison            Digne 

 

More of a 4231 than a 433. No Richarlison then I guess Tosun uptop and just hope he can get a few chances and take them like he did in the cup.

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9 hours ago, Btay said:

What if we put 11 players on the pitch but have Delph in a wolves kit. 12 v 10 but it should even out nicely and by the time they realise it will be too late!

In the process of injuring himself he'd probably take out James for the rest of the season.

That's the level of weapon of mass destruction we're talking here.

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5 hours ago, Btay said:

Well given the injuries and hoping that Richarlison is fit.

                       Pickford

Holgate      Mina      Keane    Godfrey

             Gomes          Doucoure 

                        James  

Iwobi            Richarlison            Digne 

 

More of a 4231 than a 433. No Richarlison then I guess Tosun uptop and just hope he can get a few chances and take them like he did in the cup.

Weirdly I thought about Digne playing further forward last night, or something along those lines anyway just on the basis of balance. My line-up was more like this though:

                  Pickford

Godfrey Mina Holgate Digne

                    Siggy

James Doucoure Gomes Niels

                 Richarlison

I am personally not too worried about Adama because he can be unplayable against anyone when the stars align but if you doubled up with Niels and Digne against him and Semedo (who is another of their attacking outlets), I think you could nullify their threat quite considerably whilst maintaining some of ours. You would have the brain and experience of Digne with the physical attributes of Niels. Both are very adept at getting a quality ball into the box too and Niels is a decent enough dribbler too. They could then rotate depending on who finds themselves where. Whether it would work or not, I don't know but the theory is relatively sound IMO. I prefer that balance on the left as opposed to Iwobi or Bernard who never use their left foot. At least when Richie plays there he is more than capable of using his left. 

I don't like the midfield at all but I am trying to play people where they will fuck up least. Doucoure's role is granted, no problem there. It then goes to how do you fit two of Gomes, Davies and Gylfi into the other two roles. Gomes is better further upfield and I think Davies is the worst player of the three in almost every category. Siggy is probably the sharpest, quickest and most technical player of the three. He pisses me off when he is further forward and gets the ball and then turns back to goal or slows the attack and on the rare occasions we have seen him as the holding player, he has surprised me. He isnt a natural defender but he is streets ahead of Gomes and he is more organised, disciplined and quicker to react than Davies. In the position I have Gomes in, I would ideally like to see someone with more creativity but Gomes is not devoid of promise with arriving into the box so he is fancied to do better than Davies there. 

The inclusion of James and Richarlison are obvious ones. If Richarlison isn't fit then it would need another rethink however I would be more inclined to think outside the box a little more (such as Iwobi or James up front) than play Tosun who I can't see troubling Wolves if we can't get him inside the box enough. 

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I was impressed with James toward the end of the game against Rotherham - he definitely grew in to the game. I had to disappear just when he got his bloody nose and only watched the end of the game (from about 65min onwards) once I got home - but already knowing the result, so was able to relax a bit and I just kept and eye on James. From the 65min to when he went off I don't recall him losing the ball or misplacing paces (that all happened in the first hour!!), and he stared to spray the ball around the pitch nicely. He put in a beauty of a free kick for Tosun's disallowed goals, and put in on a plate for Doucoure's goal. If James was fit enough to stay on, I think he would have open up Rotherham a lot more as they ran out of steam in extra time. 

Tosan is actually a decent enough finisher (just not that much of an all round player), so if you have James accurately putting the ball in to the right places and am sure he will put it in the back of the net. I would always put Richarlison in ahead of Tosun given the choice, but if Richarlison is not fit, it would be interesting to see if James can put the ball in the right places for Tosan to get on the end of it. Confidence is a funny old thing with strikers - getting the ball in the back of the net at the weekend (even though one was disallowed) will put an extra spring in his step. 

 

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Just now, milesey05 said:

Just taken DCL out of my fantasy team.

Simms now in his place!!!

Surely the lad will get a chance tonight!!!!

I think the likes for Simms you tend to want to bring on 15mins from the end in a game where you are 3-0 or so up and bossing a game. Not when you maybe chasing a game trying to grab a point or nick a win. 

I think all of us would like to see how he gets on in the first team, he is 20 years old now, So if he has the talent, he should be dipping his toe in the big pond this spring. 

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Looks like James will be in the hole, with perhaps Iwobi as the false nine. Sigurdsson the more advanced of a midfield three with Davies and Doucoure in support behind - a back five as others have suggested. 

As much as it looks bonkers, when you think about it there's not much wrong with it in the circumstances. Honestly does anyone see Tosun bagging a few tonight? Nah. I think due to the defensive setup James will drift across the entire front line too - impossible to mark which will give him the space he needs to find a pass. 

I expect we will see Charlie on the hour mark, explosive against tired legs. 

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10 minutes ago, milesey05 said:

Wtaf!!!!

 

9 minutes ago, milesey05 said:

Simms not even on the bench!!

no striker.

5 defenders.

is Big Sam back in charge? 

 

5 minutes ago, milesey05 said:

Looking forward to the game all day.

I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom but I can’t see us getting a point.

crazy line up 

 

2 minutes ago, milesey05 said:

I’m stumped! 
sit back and counter!!

Slowest team we have put out all season 

@milesey05 Sorry must've missed it. How're you feeling about this one?

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