The thing is the timing of this fixture comes when both had tremendous away victories in midweek. So you know what happens next? Both are probably too tired and will probably think along the lines of “sod it; if you score then we’ll start trying.” And the flavour of the fixture doesn’t sound too glamorous either. Anyone off to Molineux must be hoping to see a decent football game, the home team is almost safe and Everton are going through a purple patch but a classic 90 minutes would really surprise me. The worst thing that could happen is that it turns out to be a rainy and windy afternoon…that will only make the game worse.
I wonder what this game promises tactically. Let’s hope that both teams do not have the temptation to go 4-5-1 and bore the life out of everyone. If the weather conditions are bad and the physical state of the players is jelly like then we could see ugly football, i.e. a defender just lumps it up to someone like Kevin Doyle or Louis Saha and he tries to score a wonder goal or hold it up for a midfielder who volunteers to run on to it. Everton, to be fair, have been playing great stuff and even with Wolves’ result at West Ham, the Merseysiders go in to the game as favourites.
So while it may be a case of turning attentions to a half-time pint and pie, what else is on offer tomorrow? Well, let’s see if Messrs Moyes and McCarthy get involved in a bit of “it’s my football, I’ll give it back to you when I’m ready”. This would be good, last time Roberto “I’ll wear my scarf even when it’s 90 degrees” Mancini was too soft a man for this battle but Moyes-McCarthy is something that can kick off. Any hard names for commentators to pronounce? There’s that Diniyar Bilyaletdinov character…good luck saying that if he hits a screamer that looks like it’s going in.
Team news says that McCarthy’s team are ok, probably a bit of freshening up needed as Stephen Ward and Adlene Guedioura were rested at Upton Park and Everton’s Louis Saha, unsurprisingly, may need a fitness test on a hamstring knock. Wolves have taken fewer points at home than on the road and Everton have only won two of their last ten away from Goodison Park. Uh-oh!
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Everton- a bore draw.
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