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November 4th, 2013 / Armchair Punter - Category:
League One/Two Tips
Football – England – League One
Tuesday 5th November 2013 – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Lowly Carlisle United take on a rampant Wolves side at their Brunton Park ground on Tuesday night as they look for just their third home win of the season in this reduced midweek League One schedule.
Carlisle have won just once in their last five league matches which was a commendable 1-0 win away at MK Dons a couple of weeks ago, but The Cumbrians have lost three of the last five with defeats against Oldham Athletic 0-1 away, a 2-4 defeat at home to Bristol City and Saturday’s loss at Gillingham 0-1.
Carlisle’s overall home record stands at a meagre 2-0-4 6/15 and aside from their two recent back-to-back wins over Sheffield United and Notts County, 1-0 and 2-1 respectively, their fans have had little to cheer about so far this term. The one thing in Carlisle’s favour though as I see it, is that they’re playing a midweek night match against Wolves who have had a long trip to make along with backing up from the weekend – more on this a bit later.
Onto Wolves now then, and Kenny Jackett’s side seem to be really hitting their straps right now as they registered a third successive league win on the weekend when they beat Stevenage 2-0 at Molineux which also extended their unbeaten run to seven matches and has lifted them up into second place just three points behind League One leaders Leyton Orient.
Wolves will no doubt be keen to make their game in hand count with a win tonight which would put them level with the London side, and their away form certainly suggests that this could be the case; an overall away record of 5-1-0 11/3 is automatic promotion material, but a Tuesday night trip to Carlisle will be an interesting test for the side that shouldn’t have been relegated from the Championship.
Now here’s my wrap-up; I’ve hummed and hawed about my pick for this fixture as the odds for a Wolves straight win (for an away team) is extremely skinny, while goals can’t also be guaranteed. Instead, I’ve plumped for Carlisle with the handicap as this is a midweek match and so far all of Wolves’ away success has been on weekend matches on their travels. I reckon Carlisle will only lose by the odd goal if they lose at all, in which case we get our stake refunded. Could be a stubborn draw or Wolves to win by 1 goal.
Pick: Carlisle United AH+1 @ 1.70 bet365
September 28th, 2012 / callum - Category:
Wolves are on a run of three successive victories in the Championship and currently occupy sixth place in the table. After a shaky start to the season they are finding form under Stale Solbakken and expectations are rising amongst the Molineux faithful that they could well return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. The Dane has put a lot of emphasis on attacking in recent matches and challenged opposition teams to defend against genuine pace and power. Kevin Doyle, Sylvain Ebanks Blake, Bakary Sako and Tongo Doumbia have provided Wolves with so much threat in the past fortnight and given them an impetus that they were lacking in August and the early part of September. Leicester, Ipswich and Peterborough have all been on the receiving end whilst the other pleasing thing for the manager is that they looked to have shored things up slightly at the back as well.
Dave Jones and Sheffield Wednesday are finding things difficult on their return to the Championship as they sit just one place outside the bottom three. Despite winning two of their seven matches the Owls have failed to find any middle ground in a lot of their games, it’s either all or bust and it’s resulted in them losing four games. A big concern for Jones is the amount of goals they have conceded having shipped 16 in their seven matches to date. It’s the worst defensive record in the league and will need addressing if they are to climb the table. Having not kept a clean sheet in the league all season and with five straight losses in all competitions, Wednesday really need to produce a big performance and Jones will think that Molineux, a ground where he managed for three years including a spell in the top flight, is the perfect place for that to happen.
It’s too early to say whether or not Wolves have found the consistency needed to mount that challenge for promotion but the potential is definitely there. It could be argued that their two most recent wins have come against sides who are struggling and out of form but they have dispatched them with considerable ease, both with clean sheets and with a certain arrogance. Having rested near enough a full side against Chelsea in the cup, there is no doubt that Solbakken is determined to continue that good league run with a win tomorrow.
Dave Jones’ teams are normally very attractive to watch and his Wednesday side are no different. They may well have the worst defensive record in the division but they are a threat going forward, evidenced by their 11 goals in seven matches – the only side in the bottom seven sides to reach double figures. Jones will be demanding a better concentration and a more disciplined unit to allow his attacking players to make the difference at the other end of the park.
Wolves have the momentum behind them and I strongly fancy them to add to Wednesday’s woes by gaining their fourth consecutive league victory – making Dave Jones return an unhappy one.
Wolves EVENS @ BetVictor
August 24th, 2012 / callum - Category:
After losing 1-0 on the opening day of the season against Leeds, Wolves got their promotion challenge up and running with 3-1 success against Barnsley on Tuesday night. Teams who have been relegated the previous season often find it difficult to hit the ground running due to the fact that they have become accustomed to losing games. Add that to the typical turnaround in players then it can take a couple of months before you see the true ability of a side. Well Wolves have had to deal with both those factors as well as introducing a new manager to the fray, so there’s been an awful lot of upheaval over the summer. Stale Solbakken is the new man in charge and he will have been pleased with his new player’s response to their opening day defeat. The win against Barnsley highlighted the good and he bad of Wolves play as they were very impressive when attacking but there still remains plenty to work on in a defensive aspect as they could have lost more than the one they conceded.
Having previewed Derby’s latest match when they were away to Bolton, my opinion of them is well known. In truth, they performed with credit at the Reebok and it was a case of Bolton having slightly too much quality for them in the end. Nigel Clough can take plenty of heart from the battling qualities his side showed and it will no doubt see them pick up more than enough points throughout the season in order to be safe from relegation but I would have my doubts if they have enough quality in the squad to finish any higher then mid-table again. They now prepare to face another of the relegated sides from last season, again away from home. They may be ruing their luck because of that but they are certainly not without hope for the reasons mentioned previously.
As well as losing Fletcher to Sunderland, Wolves have also lost Matt Jarvis today as the winger moved to West Ham. It means they have recouped well over £20m in transfer fees so it will be interesting to see whether or not Solbakken is allowed to further invest in the team. The manager does have plenty of players who are proven at this level and he will be expected to get the best out of those. One player who found it difficult to make the step up to Premier League level is Sylvain Ebanks Blake. The striker is prolific in the Championship though and got off the mark for the season on Tuesday.
Derby managed to hold Bolton at bay for over 75 minutes and had frustrated Owen Coyle’s side throughout. If they can turn in another dogged and determined display then they could well pick up their first away points of the season but again, the concern is that it’s another away game against a side with more quality than themselves.
Wolves impressed on Tuesday but were poor against Leeds so their inconsistency is a concern. That aside, there was enough in their victory against Barnsley to suggest they will be strong at home and they can get the better of Derby tomorrow.
Wolves 3/4 @ William Hill
May 4th, 2012 / callum - Category:
Premier League Tips
Wolves v Everton
Wolves play their last home game before their impending relegation against an Everton side desperate to finish above their neighbours, Liverpool.
Terry Connor and his players managed to salvage some respectability last week coming back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Being 3-0 down after 15 minutes or so they would easily have thrown the towel in and accept another heavy defeat but they showed resolve and a desire which has been missing for much of the season. They have obviously lacked quality which is the most vital of ingredients at the top level but there have been times where they just haven’t turned up and it has resulted in their fate being decided weeks ago. It’s unclear what role Connor will have come the new season in the Championship but he is expected to be there in some aspect. It was an unenviable position for him to be put in as he was thrown into a situation where he wasn’t first choice after sacking of Mick McCarthy; inherited a team which was in terrible form and couldn’t buy anyone as it was after the January transfer window. Three draws since February is not a record he will want to take with him and will be hoping he can add at least one victory to his time in charge.
Everton have been excellent for much of 2012 and they duly obliged with a thumping 4-0 win against Fulham last week as tipped up in this column. They were unfortunate not to win again during the week when they allowed Stoke to grab a 1-1 draw at the Britannia. It’s clear I am a big admirer of the job that Davie Moyes has done at Goodison Park with such limited resources and if you were to ask any of the players who have worked under him they would rave about the qualities of their gaffer. Steven Pienaar is a prime example of the influence Moyes has on players as the little playmaker was excellent for Everton before a transfer to Spurs last summer. Despite the London club being one of the most attacking sides in the country, it never worked out for him and he returned to Goodison in January. His performances have been sensational, at the heart of all the good things Everton are doing.
Wolves have won just three times at home in the league this season, the last one coming under McCarthy back in December. It’s an incredible 10 straight home defeats since in which they have scored just four goals during those games.
Everton remain unbeaten in their last seven league games and as mentioned, their target is to stay above Liverpool with just a couple of games left. After this game they play host to Newcastle on the last day of the season which could be pivotal as the Toon Army chase that fourth spot.
Wolves showed a bit of fight last week but any 4-4 draw has to be treated with some suspect and looked to be an end of season game. Everton have more to play for than Swansea did for the reason’s mentioned earlier, and their greater quality should shine through – away win.
My Selection: Everton to beat Wolves
Best odds available: 3/4 available with BetVictor
January 17th, 2012 / Matt - Category:
FA Cup Tips
Wolves V Birmingham
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 – 19:45 GMT (LIVE on ITV1)
FA Cup Third Round Replay
Despite the original tie failing to produce a single goal, ITV have boldly decided to persevere and are showing this FA Cup third round replay between Wolves and Birmingham live – and I reckon it could pay dividends second time around.
Both teams cancelled each other out at St Andrews eleven days ago, in what was a dour contest. Birmingham enjoyed the bulk of possession in front of their own supporters, whom could only half fill the stadium for what was/is a West Midlands derby, yet it was Wolves who carved out the better openings and had it not been for Sylvan Ebanks-Blakes’ wastefulness or the width of the post to deny Matt Jarvis, the Premier League side would be through already.
So what makes us think the replay will be any different? Well, for starters Wolves should take a firmer hold of proceedings back at Molineux. The pitch will also make a huge difference. The surface at St Andrews was not conducive for a lively game of football, with the usually simple task of stringing a few passes together made almost impossible on a bumpy pitch.
Goals are generally a given at Molineux as well; each of Wolves’ last seven league games at home have featured both teams scoring, while there hasn’t been a goalless draw here since Wanderers drew with Stoke in the Premier League back in April 2010.
We’ve established that there should at least be goals, but who will prosper? I can’t help but feel Birmingham’s best chance has passed them by with that goalless draw at St Andrews, on a terrible pitch which only they are accustomed to playing on. I expect Wolves’ Premier League pedigree to shine through on Wednesday, even though Mick McCarthy has hinted at changes.
Nobody likes to hear that dreaded word – ‘changes ‘ – but it isn’t necessarily alarming where Wolves are concerned. Mick McCarthy has a decent sized squad at his disposal, most of which could easily grade the Championship, and the strength of his squad was there for all to see earlier in the season during the Carling Cup. Wolves reached the Fourth Round before being dumped out 5-2 by Manchester City, but not before putting four past Northampton and five past Millwall with second string teams.
I’m expecting a little better than a second string Wolves starting XI, although McCarthy has hinted that top scorer Steven Fletcher will be rested. That isn’t much of a problem when you have fellow forwards Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hungry to fill in. Both will feel they have a point or two to prove to the manager, but so does the team as a whole having gone eight without a win in all competitions.
Birmingham (29/10 to WIN the match with StanJames) will make the short trip to Molineux buoyed by their emphatic weekend victory over Millwall in the league, scoring six without reply away from home, which does bode well in terms of them at least registering a goal in the replay. However a long, arduous season brought about by their earlier commitments with the UEFA Europa League means this replay is a mere inconvenience for Chris Hughton, the Blues boss whose sole aim this season is to gain promotion back to the top flight.
A home win for me, in what should be a much improved contest than the one eleven days previous.
Wolves to WIN @ 11/10 BetVictor
Both Teams to Score @ 10/11 888Sport
December 30th, 2011 / Matt - Category:
Premier League Tips
Bolton V Wolves
Saturday, 31 December 2011 – 15:00 GMT
English Premier League
Bolton haven’t done things by half this season, with the Trotters the only side in the Premier League not to have drawn a game so far. They either win or they lose – it really has been that simple. Invariably they lose, no fewer than 14 times out of 18 in fact, so why on earth bookmakers have them down as favourites this weekend is beyond me.
The reason why Bolton are tentative favourites is because they are home, and partly because of who they’re facing – fourth from bottom Wolves have won just one of nine of the road and had lost six away matches on the spin before earning an impressive point at Arsenal last time out. But that latter result should give them the belief that they can perform on their travels.
For me, I don’t see an awful lot between them on paper. Neither have excelled this season. However, Wolves do at least look a team, with their spirit and work ethic never questioned. The same cannot be said of Bolton, the team with the leakiest defence in the top flight and whose manager is still none the wiser as to who deserves a place on his team-sheet – probably because the answer to that is very few.
As if sitting second from bottom wasn’t depressing enough, reports suggesting Chelsea have agreed a deal to bring centre-back Gary Cahill to Stamford Bridge as soon as the January transfer window opens will only dampen the mood further at The Reebok, where Bolton have won only once – a 5-0 thrashing of Stoke on 5 November – but lost eight times this season.
To sell arguably your prized asset midway through a season, your most talented defender in the heart of a defence that even with his presence has leaked goals left, right and centre all season (41 in 18 games, which are the worst defensive figures in the Premier League), could be construed as suicidal. It will also fuel many disgruntled fans who haven’t been shy in voicing their disapproval in recent home games.
Wolves have been abysmal away from home, losing six of nine, but as I said, there is a togetherness with them that is clearly missing in the Bolton camp. Plus they have a striker who starts regularly and as a result is repaying the faith shown in him with goals; Steve Fletcher (2/1 with bWin to score any time in proceedings) scored the equaliser at Arsenal on Tuesday, his seventh of the season and his fourth on the road, and his intelligent movement could see him net a few more against the most porous defence in the top flight.
Recommended Bet: Wolves to WIN @ 5/2 (StanJames)
Alternative: Wolves Draw No Bet @ 6/4 (StanJames)
Value Punt: Steven Fletcher to Score 2 Goals or More @ 13/1 (PaddyPower)
December 27th, 2011 / Matt - Category:
Premier League Tips
Arsenal V Wolves
Tuesday 27 December, 2011 – 15:00 GMT
English Premier League
In a rearranged fixture, Arsenal take on Wolves at the Emirates in what can only be described as a home banker. At least it should be. The Gunners have won eight and lost only once in ten Premier League games. They’re also twelve places and seventeen points better off than fourth from bottom Wanderers, who were last victorious away from home over the Gunners way back in 1979.
Ominous stuff then for a visiting Wolves side striving to avoid a seventh consecutive away defeat in the Premier League, especially seeing as Arsenal have taken 13 from a possible 15 points in their last five at home. However, the Midlands outfit can at least take some heart from their opponent’s injury predicaments, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger shorn of every recognisable full-back at the club for Tuesday’s clash.
Wolves are still to score a Premier League goal away to Arsenal, failing in three visits so far, but with the Gunners missing a whole host of key defensive personnel (Andre Santos, Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson and possibly Johan Djourou) I find myself rather taken with their odds of netting at the Emirates. After all, they did manage to score against the three leanest defences in the top flight, at Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd – albeit solitary consolations.
Two of those goals came via top scorer Steven Fletcher, who is awesome in the air but even more clinical on the deck. He gets himself into some fantastic scoring positions and the six-goal striker could be the one to prosper, in behind an Arsenal defence who were run a little ragged by a usually toothless and unimaginative Aston Villa last Wednesday.
Setting up shop simply isn’t an option for Wolves. They aren’t the best defensively – just three teams (those currently occupying the relegation zone) have shipped more this season – and so will need to offer something meaningful going forward, which I believe they will. More importantly, they’ll be set-up to test this makeshift Arsenal defence, one likely to contain four centre-halves, and that should set us up for a lively encounter.
So goals is the call, and I foresee the visitors getting in on the act just as much as the hosts. I also suspect the final score will be a lot closer than many people expect, what with the Gunners a best-priced 1/4 to bring home the bacon.
Recommended Bet: Both Teams to Score @ 20/19 bWin
Over 3.5 Goals @ 11/8 StanJames
Steven Fletcher to Score @ 15/4 Bet365
November 6th, 2011 / Matt - Category:
Premier League Tips
Wolves V Wigan
Sunday, 6 November 2011 – 13:30 GMT
English Premier League, LIVE on SKY SPORTS 1
You’ll do well to avoid this fixture altogether as two of the Premier League’s out of form sides do battle for three coveted points in the Midlands on Sunday, with Wolves somehow firm favourites to claim all three. That may have something to do with the fact Wigan have lost their previous seven league games, but Wolves are without a win since the middle of August, failing to take maximum points from their last eight contests, and so hardly boast the credentials a justified odds-on shot should.
Yep, you did hear that right, Wolves are favourites. I know Wigan have been unbelievably poor this season but Wolves haven’t been much better. Mick McCarthy’s side have won none of their last eight in the league, losing six, meaning they’ve actually gone one game more without winning than the Latics. Moreover, Wanderers have taken just one point from their previous four matches at Molineux, while they’ve conceded at least two goals in each of their last seven, home and away.
This is Wigan’s worst run of defeats in the Premier League, having lost seven in succession. During this abysmal run of theirs, Wigan have netted just three times and, rather unsurprisingly, then, are the league’s most clueless side when it comes to attacking, netting two goals fewer than any other team in the top flight (6).
However, there have been some form of improvements in their general performances, enough to suggest they could make a mockery of Wolves’ odds-on price tag. At Newcastle, in their last away fixture, Wigan came within a whisker of taking home what would have been a valuable point, considering the Magpies were, and still are, unbeaten in the league this season, only to lose 1-0 with a late Yohan Cabaye effort. The following week, the Latics were a little unlucky to lose 2-0 at home to Fulham as well, though they were emphatically made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as their goalscoring woes continued.
Wolves have survived relegation by the skin of their teeth in the past two seasons, as have Wigan in fairness, but their success has largely been down to their dogged and tenacious attitudes, and the spirit Mick McCarthy’s possess in the dressing room. I haven’t seen enough of any of those characteristics this season, nor I have seen a great deal of quality from them, either. The same does apply to Wigan, although, like I said before, I’ve seen a few green shoots of recovery from those rock-bottom Latics.
On the basis of form, or lack of it, I couldn’t back either, or any result for that matter, with any real confidence. Instead, I’ve turned towards the goalscorer markets – and I may have found a slice of value in a player still to notch his first goal of the campaign.
Big things were expected of Victor Moses when he signed from Crystal Palace two years ago, but injuries curtailed his early career at the DW Stadium. Only now is the England U21, but soon to be Nigerian international, enjoyed a run in the team, and only now are the fans beginning to see the potential of the 20-year-old, who has instantly taken over Charles N’Zogbia’s mantle as the one player at Wigan with the ability to turn any game on its head, by creating a chance or two seemingly out of nothing.
Moses has been in and out of my Fantasy Team more than any other player, as one week he looks every bit a world-beater while the next he’s non-existent. I’m praying he turns up at Molineux as if he does, he stands his best chance yet of netting his first goal of the campaign.
Nobody has had more attempts on goal this season without scoring than Victor Moses. The latter statistic does appear ominous, however look at it this way; you’re getting value on a player who clearly likes to try his luck, and his luck may well be in on Sunday as he and his Wigan team-mates prepare to face a Wolves team who have conceded a minimum of two goals in each of their last seven Premier League games.
Recommended Bet: Victor Moses to Score @ 5/1 Unibet
Value Punt: Victor Moses First Goalscorer @ 11/1 Bet365
August 27th, 2011 / Matt - Category:
Premier League Tips
Aston Villa V Wolves (12:05 Kick-Off, GMT)
It’s the first Midlands Derby of the season, and an intriguing one at that due to the fact both teams have burst out of the blocks – Villa taking four points from their first two games while Wolves are one of just three who still boast a 100% record. So it could take something out of the ordinary to separate them at Villa Park, which has invariably been where the Villains have dominated, having lost just once at home to Wolves in 21-years. That one blip occurred last season though, when Matt Jarvis’ strike ensured Mick McCarthy was the manager celebrating come the final whistle, Wolves grounding out their first ever Barclay’s Premier League win over Aston Villa at the sixth attempt, winning 1-0.
As I mentioned before, it could take something pretty special to tear these two apart. Step up Darren Bent? When you need a bit of quality in front of goal to break open the deadlock, Bent is usually your man. Ironically, that has rarely been the case for me, at least not recently. I can never seem to back to England striker when he’s hot, but I’m hoping he’s just that after netting his team’s third in last week’s 3-1 victory over Blackburn at Villa Park.
There is definitely value in some Deja-Vu, with Matt Jarvis, the Wolves winger who was on target in his side’s comfortable home win over Fulham, 11/2 to get himself on the score-sheet again in this fixture. Incidentally, you can get odds of 100/1 on Matt Jarvis opening the scoring in another 1-0 Wolves triumph!
First Goalscorer: Darren Bent @ 4/1 Bet365
To Score: Matt Jarvis @ 11/2 WilliamHill
Match Odds: Aston Villa 11/10, Draw 11/5, Wolves 12/5 (WilliamHill)
May 7th, 2011 / Matt - Category:
Premier League Tips
Wolves V West Brom
Date & Kick-Off: Sunday, 8 May 2011 – 12:00 (GMT)
Competition: Barclay’s Premier League
Preview in brief
- Wolves are 19th, second from bottom, but just one-point off safety; West Brom are 11th on 43-points and would leap into the top-half of the table with a win.
- Wolves are without a win in five but have recorded seven of their nine league wins this season at home, whereas West Brom have won four and lost only one of their last nine in the league.
- Kevin Doyle is still out injured for the hosts, meanwhile Baggies boss Roy Hodgson has several question marks regarding his first-team personnel but should have his big names available.
- These two sides have never met at Molineux in the Premier League.
Regarded as one of the most knowledgeable managers in the game, Roy Hodgson has received no end of praised for the outstanding work he and his backroom staff have done in transforming West Brom’s fortunes.
The Baggies are now assured of Premiership football next season, something which was up in the air when he took over from Roberto Di Matteo back in February. While he’s also got the team, one previously lacking in togetherness and weren’t really playing with any fluidity, certainly not in the final stages of Di Matteo’s reign, operating like a well-oiled machine; with the football attractive on the eye but more importantly the points have been arriving thick and fast.
During Hodgson’s nine-game reign as Baggies manager, the club have risen to 11th in the table, with the prospect of a top-half finish very much a reality. West Brom have also lost just once and boast an incredibly healthy record under the 63-year-old: W4 D4 L1.
Some leadership and organisation at the back and in the midfield; better quality of passing throughout the team in fact. Extremely resilient. The spirit and camaraderie has returned, and we know why because the players are actually smiling and looking happy for a change, as wasn’t the case in the final months of Di Matteo’s reign, when results weren’t going their way and they were on a slippery slope towards relegation. There is just an all round better feel to West Bromwich Albion.
Results do play a huge part in player confidence, as well as maintaining healthy levels of morale back in camp, and so it’s hardly surprising that West Brom, whom have lost only one of their last ten league games and have beaten the likes of Aston Villa and Liverpool in recent weeks, continue to collect points.
One team who have lost their way when it comes to locating the points trail is Wolves. Not since the middle of March have Wolves celebrated a Premiership victory, losing three of their five matches since. Their form is alarming considering they’re in a relegation dogfight, are second from bottom and only have three more games left, all against teams of a similar ilk I may add, to save their season.
Last week, Wolves drew 1-1 with a Birmingham side who spent much of the game down to ten men but in general aren’t too dissimilar to Wolves’ opponents on Sunday. The Baggies are very resilient and extremely well-organised, the only difference being that West Brom, in all probability, will play the full 90 minutes with ten men and are in far better form. So I envisage another tricky assignment for Mick McCarthy’s team, who would struggle to beat a team from the Championship on current form, which is where I firmly believe they’ll be next season.
West Brom to push those pesky Wolves over the edge looks outstanding value.
West Brom to WIN - 3.40 WilliamHill
Peter Odemwingie to Score - 3.00 Unibet
No player in West Brom’s hardly illustrious or extensive Premiership history has scored more times in a single campaign than Peter Odemwingie, who has found the net 14 times in the league this season and will be their biggest goal-threat on Sunday.