Wolves aiming to keep up the pressure on their play-off rivals
It may be a bit of a long shot but Wolves still have a chance of making the play-offs and will be striving to keep up their own end of the bargain by beating already-relegated Millwall at Molineux in their final match of the regular season.
Kenny Jackett’s men would love to extend their campaign into the play-offs and have had an excellent season, even if events conspire against them this Saturday. But they need results elsewhere to go their way.
Jackett and his backroom staff will be keeping one eye and an ear on developments at Blackburn, Brentford and Derby but know that the players must concentrate on the job in hand against the Lions.
Managerless Millwall are bound to be deflated after Rotherham’s defeat of Reading in midweek condemned them to life in League One. A poor away record – they’ve only picked up one point from their last seven away games in the Championship – has been a big factor in their demise and caretaker manager Neil Harris may decide to give a few of his fringe players a start at Molineux with nothing at stake.
Wolves have only lost one of their last five meetings with Millwall but the teams shared six goals at the New Den in October when veteran Ricardo Fuller scored twice for the Londoners having come on as a second-half substitute.
Danny Baath, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Bakary Sako were on target for Wolves but Baath will miss this game and any play-off campaign with injury – Ebanks-Landell is again likely to be his replacement alongside Richard Stearman at the heart of the defence. Carl Ikeme is hoping to be fit to start in goal but Tomasz Kuszczak is ready to deputise again if needed.
Whatever Wolves’ fate, Benik Afobe is still hoping to end the season on a high personal note. The young striker is vying with Spurs’ Harry Kane to be the leading goalscorer in England this season having taken his tally to 13 for Wolves and 32 in total with last week’s winner at Wigan.
Wolves could easily run riot against the dispirited Lions if they score an early goal and are 95/40 to beat the European Handicap conceding a two-goal start. Over 3.5 goals in the Totals market is 7/4.
The match kicks off at 12.15pm on Saturday, May 2 at Molineux.