Wolves can put pressure on the top six with another win
With the arrival of Benik Afobe, there were some who thought that Dave Edwards’ future involvement in the Wolves’ starting line-up might be limited.
But playing behind a central striker is a position which suits and he’s thrived in recent weeks – fans will be hoping that the Shrewsbury-born midfielder can keep his scoring run going against Charlton Athletic at Molineux this weekend.
Wolves were winning for the fourth time in a row in the league against Blackpool last Saturday and face another struggling side with the chance to move into a play-off place. The defence has tightened up again and they’ve only been breached once since Christmas in the Championship.
Charlton have lost fewer games than any other team in the bottom half of the table but are the Championship’s draw specialists, though have only managed 10 goals on the road so far and are currently bottom of the form table having only picked up two points from a possible 18 in their last six matches.
Kenny Jackett must be tempted to give Afobe his full debut against the Addicks after the former Arsenal youngster came off the bench to net against the Tangerines last week. He looks as though he could easily fill the Bakary Sako role until the main man returns from the Africa Cup Of Nations.
But Wolves will still be relying on Rajiv van La Parra for width in attempt to unlock a Charlton team that would probably be happy to escape with a point given their current form.
New Charlton manager Guy Luzon was forced to watch from the stands as his team were thrashed 5-0 by Watford last weekend – his work permit having been delayed. He won’t have been happy to see his players capitulate after the opening quarter-of-an-hour and a few words will have been said behind closed doors this week.
Tottenham youngster Milos Veljkovic has been signed on loan this week and is likely to make his debut in defence for the Addicks at Molineux but they’ll need a much-improved all-round performance to avoid defeat.
This should be a home win at 8/13 as it might take a while for the new manager at Charlton to get his message across and his players have been looking a little shell-shocked in recent weeks. An early goal could see Wolves win easily and they are 7/4 to overcome a one-goal deficit on the handicap.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, January 24th at Molineux.