MATCH PREVIEW: Blues V Wolves

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Birmingham City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Monday, 4th December 2017
Kick Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium

Blues won 2-1 last time against Wolves, at the Molienux
Blues won 2-1 last time against Wolves, at the Molineux Stadium

This evening, Blues have the much anticipated contest against top of the league side, Wolverhampton Wanderers, as we look to batter and bruise the confidence of our neighbours, and claim a much needed three points to get our already damaged season back on track, with a win tonight certifying to remove our name from the bottom-three.

Our opponents have certainly had quite a remarkable beginning to the campaign, with just 3 losses so far this season the only real downfall to the 19 games they’ve played so far. However, with Cardiff City knocking on their door just 1 point behind the league leaders, Wolves will be hopeful to gain a much needed victory against the blue boys tonight. The also West-Midlands based club are certainly in good form heading in to the clash, but with the stage set for a local-derby, form will most likely fall out of the window as always. But it will be hoped that Blues can continue to score some “bangers” tonight, with Jeremie Boga’s sweet strike last week certainly showing what we can be capable of at times.

Jeremie Boga put a rocket in the top corner past Jamal Blackman last weekend
Jeremie Boga put a rocket in the top corner past Jamal Blackman last weekend

Blues will no doubt be reluctant to throw absolutely everything necessary at the win tonight, as the boys in blue will aim to put on a good show at Home, where Blues have gained 88% if their points so far this season. And with almost the full side back in training, Steve Cotterill will hopefully be granted with a selection of almost a fully strengthened and rejuvenated team at last. With most of the squad dropping like flies commencing the start of the season, it’s been more than tough to get the results necessary to look like a promotion battling side, however our season so far has took a bitter turn for the worse, and we will need a lot of results to go our way in order to keep the dream alive.

David Stockdale found himself make an instant return between the sticks for Blues when we played the Blades last weekend, following an arm injury he picked up in training which ruled him out for several weeks. However, with his name back on the first-team sheet, fingers crossed he’ll prove his worth after straight away taking the spot of Tomasz Kuszczak who stepped in to play during the period in which Stocko was forced out for. Stockdale seemingly perceived himself to be slightly more commanding in his area in comparison to the Polish shot-stopper, yet a Leon Clarke strike prevented the former- Brighton man from claiming the much wanted clean-sheet and win on his return in a Blues shirt after spending quite some time on the sidelines.

Leon Clarke levelled the score at Sheff Utd last Saturday
Leon Clarke levelled the score for the Blades at Sheffield United last Saturday

There will be margin for error though tonight, as Wolves top-man Leo Bonatini will be eager to add to his goal-scoring tally for season. Bonatini has poked home 11 strikes in all competitions so far this campaign, shortly followed though by Diogo Jota with 9 goals. But Blues fans will be hoping for Jota Peleteiro to score his first goal at St. Andrew’s tonight, as he has certainly struggled to prove his worth since Harry Redknapp appointed him following his big-money move to Blues during the summer transfer window.

Bonatini will look to add to his 11 goals for the season so far
Bonatini will look to add to his 11 goals for the season so far

Yet it will also be hoped upon the Bluenoses that Che Adams will be fully fit and illegible for the Starting XI against Nuno’s men, but with Wolves in somewhat inspired form recently, it will be anything but easy to grab a goal in the fixture, with a win even less likely considering the fact that we have a track-record just lately of throwing away the lead in matches.

Blues fans will hope that Che Adams will be fully fit to show against Wolves tonight
Blues fans will hope that Che Adams will be fully fit to show against Wolves tonight

A win tonight will see us move out of the drop-zone by 3 points. However, if we only manage to register a draw, then we’ll be safe by just one point for the time-being. A loss in the meeting will see us stay prop in the bottom three for at least another match-day. Let’s hope though that we can snatch a win against some very challenging opposition, captured and broadcast courtesy of the Sky Sports cameras. Let’s give us something to cheer for tonight lads… KRO and COYBB!!!

Team News:

BLUES – Carl Jenkinson is close to a return after having surgery following a dislocated shoulder. Craig Gardner, Jason Lowe and Stephen Gleeson are back in training.

WOLVES – Ruben Neves is suspended after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season against Bolton.

Head-To-Head:

BLUES WINS – 41
WOLVES WINS – 65
GAMES DRAWN –
33
BIGGEST WIN – 
Wolves 7-2 Blues

League Form:

BLUES – LLWLD

WOLVES – WWWWW

Previous Encounter:

Wolves 1-2 Blues (24th February 2017)

Played For Both – David Davis

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David Davis scored against Wolves at the Molineux last season, silencing all hater’s that used to support him.

David “Derby Day” Davis will hopefully return to action this evening, after being forced to miss out against Sheffield United regarding an injury that he was substituted off for against Boro. Davis spent 5 years at Wolves, making just 53 apps for them, and as Davis scored the winner against the side last season, he shushed the Wolves fans as he ran the distance to eventually celebrate with the travelling Bluenoses. Hopefully Davis will be fit to feature today, as we could do with his addition to hold the midfield line together.

Predicted Line-up:

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Blues set to start with five-at-the-back, with the same back-line to look exactly the same that started against Sheffield United. Davis will look to get straight back into the Starting 11 against his former side. Che Adams will hopefully be fit enough to feature upfront after looking quite shaky on his feat whilst playing 10 mins against the Blades. Boga will be adamant to keep his name on the team sheet after his cracking strike last weekend.

Score Prediction:

Even from the bottom of my heart, I honestly can’t see us winning this, but I think considering the stage and contest, we’ll at least put up a fight. But if we play with the five-at-the-back formation then I think that we might just be able to hold out our opponents. So I predict that the score will be 0-0 in the contest but I think we’ll have to stay strong to prevent ourselves from conceding.

That’s my score prediction, but I want to hear yours! Comment your predicted score-line below, and feel free to tell us what you think about this Match Preview…

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