Wolves look to bounce back after late thriller
One can’t imagine what the atmosphere in the Wolves’ dressing room was like after they’d squandered a three-goal lead at Millwall on Saturday inside a crazy final quarter.Take nothing away from the Lions – they probably deserved a share of the spoils in a pulsating game.
What has happened to the previously much-acclaimed Wolves’ defence? So strong and assured in the opening weeks of the campaign, they are now conceding goals at an alarming rate – that’s 11 in the last four – and the manager may well tinker with his back four again ahead of the visit of Middlesbrough, though both Danny Baath and Ethan Ebanks-Landell scored at the New Den so may prove difficult to leave out.
Perhaps Kenny Jackett has been guilty of making too many changes in recent weeks as Richard Strearman and Scott Golbourne could probably count themselves unfortunate not to start against Millwall.
The manager could decide to bring in George Saville against Middlesbrough to add some bite to the midfield but that may mean sacrificing a more forward-thinking midfielder.
International breaks have disrupted continuity to some degree but every team in the Championship has had the same problem so it can’t be used as an excuse and Jackett will have to get his formation and tactics right against in-form Boro, who are now only outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference after victory over Brighton on Saturday.
That stretched the visitors’ unbeaten run to eight matches and they’ve already won at Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bolton this season as well as at the Amex. In fact they are probably more effective on the road, when they can utilise the pace of their speedy forwards on the break, than at the Riverside.
This is a game in which Wolves are going to be at their very best to get a result. They like to get on the front foot at Molineux but that will suit Boro, whose confidence will be sky-high at present.
It’s 4/5 that both teams score with over 2.5 total goals and an away win available at 4/1 in the Matchbet + Totals market.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, October 21st at Molineux.