In-form opposing forwards can serve up a treat at Molineux
Kenny Jackett was not a happy bunny after feeling of couple of key decisions went against Wolves at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
The Cherries were awarded a penalty after it appeared contact had initiated outside of the penalty area and Jackett’s team were then denied a spot-kick of their own when it looked as though Bakary Sako’s late effort had struck the hand of Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick.
But, if truth be told, this wasn’t a vintage Wolves performance, though Benik Afobe’s goal – his sixth since joining the club in January – had a real touch of quality about it. With 11 games still remaining, Wanderers’ play-off hopes are still just about alive but they need to start picking up points from the teams around them, starting with Watford this Saturday.
The Hornets are buzzing, however, and on a winning run that has taken to within striking distance of the automatic promotion places.
Slavisa Jokanovic has a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal, including Matej Vydra and Odion Aghalo – he could even afford to rest flying Scottish winger Ikechi Anya in midweek. But top scorer Troy Deeney is the player who seems to make everything click.
He scored Tuesday’s winner against Fulham and it’s no coincidence that Watford’s winning run began when he returned to full fitness.
Watford have scored four at Bolton and three at Leeds in their last two away games so will be a real test for Danny Batth and the Wolves defence but they also concede plenty and Jackett’s men have hardly been shrinking violets in the goalscoring department lately.
Wolves have scored eight goals in their last two home games and carry a real threat with Sako and Rajiv van La Parra asking questions on the flanks in support of either Afobe or Nouha Dicko, who scored the only goal when these two sides met at Vicarage Road earlier this season, through the middle.
This should be end-to-end entertainment and feature goals aplenty. Over 4.5 goals in the Totals market is a tempting 39/10 but it’s a match that could go either way. The draw might be the value option at 51/20.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 7 at Molineux.