Wolves will need to improve to cage the Tigers
Dave Edwards signed a contract extension this week at Wolves but he was in the headlines for another reason at Blackburn last Saturday.
The midfielder clearly handled his side’s winning goal at Ewood Park but manager Kenny Jackett insists Edwards’ action wasn’t intentional. He was more concerned that his side hadn’t defended properly in allowing Rovers to equalise and was also unhappy that his team had to come from behind to beat League 2 Newport County in the Capital One Cup in midweek, even though he fielded a strong side.
There was another goal for Benik Afobe, however, and the England U21 international will be in contention for the Championship’s Golden Boot if he keeps up his current strike-rate. Emilio Martinez has joined on a season-long loan from Arsenal and made his debut against Newport, replacing Carl Ikeme – it will be interesting to see if the Argentinian keeps his place in front of the TV cameras against Hull City this Sunday.
Richard Stearman, James Henry, Kevin McDonald and Rajiv van la Parra could all return to the first team for the visit of the Tigers but Adam Le Fondre may have to wait a bit longer for a start with Afobe and Nouha Dicko having struck up a good understanding.
New signing Sam Clucas and Arsenal loanee Chuba Akpom were on target against the Terriers and Akpom also found the net at Accrington in midweek, though his team needed penalties to see off the League 2 side in the end. Moses Adubajo made his first start since his move from Brentford in that game and could start at Molineux as City look to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign.
There has only been one draw between these sides in their last 14 league meetings but this could be the match that bucks that trend- we are offering 11/5 that it ends all-square. Wolves are still looking a little shaky at the back but look capable of scoring goals against most teams. Hull, too, should have plenty of goals in them this season so try a 2-2 correct score at a tempting 51/4.
The match kicks off at 12.00pm on Sunday, August 16th at Molineux