Wolves can cash in on early-season uncertainty at Blackburn
Blackburn Rovers appear to be at a bit of an impasse and Wolves could probably have been given a tougher start to the new Championship season.
It’s been a decent pre-season for Kenny Jackett’s side – but have we spotted a change of emphasis from the Wanderers’ manager? Last season was probably mostly about consolidation so a cautious approach was understandable. Wolves were solid and that enabled them to flirt with the play-offs right up until the last day of the season.
But pre-season has been all about scoring goals with a fluid front four based around Benik Afobe and Nouha Dicko. Bakary Sako has departed, of course, and it looks likely that Kevin McDonald will miss the first week of the new campaign. But there have been some promising performances from the club’s youngsters, like Bright Enokbohare – though maybe fans should be worried by the amount of goals conceded in friendlies. The Wolves’ defence has looked particularly vulnerable at set-pieces and need to get back to basics in certain areas if they are to fulfill expectations of another successful season.
Rovers manager Gary Bowyer is between a rock and a hard place. He’s got an owner with little patience who expects his coach to deliver success on a budget. Blackburn showed glimpses of potential last season but leading striker Rudy Gestede finally got his move to the Premier League last week and his strike partner Jordan Rhodes has been angling for a move away as well. At the start of the new campaign, the manager is still searching for his best XI and that doesn’t bode well.
Wolves look excellent value to make a winning start to the new campaign at 7/4 and the less adventurous can also make a profit backing them at 1/2 getting a goal start on the handicap.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, August 8th at Ewood Park