Wolves will fancy their chances at crisis club Blackpool
Kenny Jackett’s manager of the month award for August was just reward for Wolves’ excellent start to the season and, after the international break, they go into this weekend’s match at bottom-of-the-table Blackpool sitting in third spot, only outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference.
No doubt fans are getting giddy with the thought that the back and gold could be pushing for a place back in the Premier League next season but the manager acknowledges that it is still very early days and his players need to keep their feet on the ground and continue doing what they’ve been doing in the first six matches of the campaign.
Jackett would dearly love to name an unchanged starting line-up for the sixth time in a row at Bloomfield Road but will have to assess the fitness of Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko, who were playing for their country Mali in an African Cup Of Nations qualifier in Algeria during the week – both have been instrumental in Wanderers’ excellent start. New signing George Saville will be pushing for a start having come off the bench in Wanderers’ 3-1 victory over Blackburn just before the international break. James Henry, likewise, though there would be an outcry if the manager decided to rest Rajiv van La Parra.
This fixture could be a potential banana skin for high-flying Wolves but Blackpool still appear a club in turmoil. Controversial chairman Karl Royston has blasted manager Jose Riga this week over an unscheduled trip to Belgium.
Former player Michael Chopra has made some pretty damning remarks about his time at the club last season and the team is still pointless in the Championship amid claims that the squad isn’t fit and is lacking in team spirit. All this in the same week that Burton’s manager Gary Rowett has revealed he’s turned down an approach to take over the hot seat – quite bizarre!
Blackpool may have lost all of their matches so far but most have been by a single goal.
With possible doubts surrounding Sako and Dicko, Wolves would probably settle for another narrow win on the Fylde coast. They are 3/4 for the victory and 12/5 to win by a one-goal margin.