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Wolves v Bolton Betting Odds, Tips and Preview – 31.03.12

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Wolves v Bolton betting is going to grab our attention this week, although there are important games at the top of the Premier League. But a look at the Premier League table and you will see the huge importance of this game. This basically equates to poor away form from Bolton going up against some woeful home form from Wolves. So, with things looking evenly stacked for this relegation battle, it could be worth taking some coverage on your betting with the Bet365 0-0 Bore Draw Money Back Special. Place a bet on the Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast market for Wolves v Bolton (and this applies to any match listed on Bet365) and if the game ends in a 0- 0 draw, then Bet365 will pay out lost stake refunds on those markets. So good coverage from one of the most highly rated bookmakers online. Bet365 offer a free £200 bet for new customers, as they will match the value of your initial stake on an account with a 100% matched bonus free bet. So great football betting coverage and value from Bet365. Wolves v Bolton Betting Odds Wolves to win: 7/5 at Boylesports Draw: 5/2 at Totesport Bolton to win: 11/5 at Bet Victor The importance of this game in particular to Wolves is immense. Terry Connor's men are stuck to the foot of the table, four points away from safety, the position Bolton are in. So if Wolves turn in another terrible home display, which has been their wont over the past few matches, they will be seven points away from safety. The worse news for Wolves there would be the fact that Bolton would still have a game in hand over them. So this could be the real turning point in deciding the fate of Wolves' Premier League status. The trouble is, that Wolves have lost their last four Premier League games straight, and there has only been one win form them in the last sixteen matches. Breaking that down for further analysis, it has been just one point earned from the last eighteen available. There are not good signs for Wolves fans at the moment, and if ever they needed to stop the rot at Molineux, it will be this weekend. Tip: Bolton have won seven of the last ten matches against Wolves, losing just one. So there has to be good value in backing Bolton to get the win. While neither are great in front of goal, there are very poor defences on display and a crack at a one goal winning margin for Bolton a 9/2 with Ladbrokes, as they have taken three of the last four off Wolves. Wolves have taken just one point from the last twenty four which has been offer at home for them in the Premier League That is seven defeats and one draw for them. While they are lacking power going forward, the rate at which the floodgates have opened at the back, has been alarming. Was the sacking of Mick McCarthy the wrong decision at the wrong time? Wolves have shipped fourteen goals in their last four matches, twenty in their last seven. Horrible defensive stats to look at, and they have only managed to get on the score-sheet themselves just once in their last four games. They were comfortably beaten at home by relegation candidates Blackburn recently, followed up by a 5-0 thumping from Manchester United, so Wolves can't even bank on home form, not with just one win in their last nine at home. There has been just one win in their last sixteen and things are looking gloomy. Wolves just look as if they will ship goals and have done so at a rate of 2.33 per home game this season. That could present a golden opportunity for Bolton Wanderers here, who have been going through some emotions times because of Patrice Muamba. The Trotters failed to really make any impact against Spurs in their rescheduled FA Cup match at White Hart Lane in the week, but at least they have won back to back games in the Premier League to give themselves a life line. Those hugely important wins for Owen Coyle's men were made better because they were against fellow relegation candidates QPR and Blackburn. Bolton are showing a lot more fight at the moment, and while these two played out a 1-1 draw at the Reebok earlier in the season, Bolton will be fancying their chances here to get amongst the goals. This will be the perfect opportunity to put their run of four straight away games behind them, and them breaking their away slump seems more likely than Wolves getting out of their home funk.
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Wolves v Manchester United Betting Odds, Preview & Money Back Special

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Wolves v Manchester United betting has a nice bit of coverage being offered at Boylesports. The popular bookie is targeting the First Goalscorer markets, which always offer great value, for their promotion. Back a First Goalscorer in Wolves v Manchester United betting, and if your selected player fails to score first, but does net the second goal of the game, then you at least have the consolation of getting your lost stake refunded. What are the options like in the First Goalscorer Market? Pretty decent, with Wayne Rooney trading at 11/4 favourite ahead of Javier Hernandez at 7/2. Wolves top scorer Steven Fletcher is their best option to score first in the match at 9/1 with the bookie. So some great value all around, and it is always worth taking that extra bit of coverage if you can for your First Goalscorer betting. Boylesports offer a free £20 bet for new customers registering an account. They will match the value of your first stake (with a minimum of £10) up to the maximum value of £20 with a free bet! This great First Goalscorer promotion also applies to Sunday's other Premier League match of Newcastle v Norwich. Wolves v Manchester United Betting Odds Wolves: 9/1 at Bet365 Draw: 4/1 at Totesport Manchester United to win: 4/11 at BetFred Well, think this one is cut and dry? So did we last season in this corresponding fixture, when Wolves popped up with a surprise 2-1 victory last February. However, Wolves look a bit of a spent force at the moment and they really didn't want to see this fixture looming. Wolves are in a terrible slump, winning just one of their last fourteen Premier League matches, which clearly signals relegation form. They have conceded a hefty fourteen goals in their last four league matches alone, including a really poor showing at home in their last match, when fellow strugglers Blackburn were pretty much handed three points in a 2-0 win. Wolves have been very poor in their last two matches, and perhaps sacking Mick McCarthy has sapped whatever fighting spirit they had left. It doesn't look pretty for Wolves at the moment, and they have managed just three home wins all season, and their stat of scoring first in just 18% of their matches, paints a big story. They are always struggling to come from behind in matches. Incidentally, Wolves haven't scored in the first fifteen minutes of a Premier League match this season. Steven Fletcher is their best route to goal, but the defence is just bad at the moment. Wolves have conceded in each of their last twenty five matches and are without a win in seven home matches. So not the kind of form which suggests that a repeat shock result is going to rear its head on Sunday. Far from it. So it was finally sounded out that United are a great side for the Premier League this season, but not for Europe. After failing to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League, the Red Devils landed in the Europa League. There they squeezed past Ajax, suffering a defeat at Old Trafford in the second leg, and were dumped out by Athletic Bilbao who totally owned United over the two legs. United managed just one home win out of five European ties, and suffered back to back losses against Ajax and Bilbao. While United were made to look very average by a very good Athletic Bilbao side in both legs, United are arguably still the best Premier League team around. Especially in terms of dealing with the pressures of the title race, and squeezing out wins in close matches. United's form in the Premier League can't be argued with at all, with seven wins in their last eight matches, the other being a draw at Stamford Bridge which the Red Devils earned after being three nil down. Wayne Rooney is red hot at the moment, scoring seven goals in his last five league matches. Sir Alex Ferguson's crew are the best away team in the Premier League, and have a fantastic W10 D3 L1 record away from home. They are conceding at less than a goal a match away from home, and scoring on average just over two per game. Can Wolves trouble them, or is all of this just going to be a routine three points to keep them on top of the pile? It could be a massive three points too, with Man City hosting Chelsea in midweek.
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Next Wolves Manager Betting Odds

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Alan Curbishley, who graciously counted himself out of the running to be next England boss, looks ready to take over in the hot seat at Wolves. After getting thumped 5-1 by West Brom at home last weekend, the Wolves board had had enough and booted McCarthy out. It really was only a matter time, after all McCarthy had managed to do last season was avoid relegation by just one point. With just one league win in their last eleven matches, Wolves are just two points away from the bottom of the league. They are fully embroiled in a relegation battle, as they aren’t scoring enough goals and have a terrible defence. So it is going to take a lot of work to turn around the fortunes at the club, in order to ensure that they maintain their Premier League status. The popular Alan Curbishley, who was last in work in 2008 at West Ham, has always been a good option for teams like this, simply because of his experience and the way he likes to play football. Wolves do have the luxury of a little bit of time because they don’t have a match this weekend because they are out of the FA Cup, and so they don’t get back into action until February 25th in the Premier League. Curbishley has a good track record and he seems to be the firm favourite for Wolves Chairman Steve Morgan. Curbishley has reportedly been set up for an interview at the club. So it is no great surprise that Curbishley is trading so well in Next Wolves manager betting odds, with a best market price at 1/5. Curbishley has held his ground after being linked to a number of clubs in the past few years, but it is interesting why he would have passed up other options to return to Premier League management for a struggling team like Wolves. There are still a couple of other very good names in the running for Next Wolves manager betting, and no, Fabio Capello is not one of them. Ex Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is trading at 2/1 with Stan James in the market, and he has the fighting abilities to get the best out of players. However, Wolves probably need a bit more forward thinking that just trying to survive in the Premier League this season. They need to get out of perennial strugglers mode and get a bit of forward thinking in there. That doesn’t totally sit hand in hand with the hiring of Steve Bruce. Sacked QPR boss Neil Warnock is trading at 6/1 with SkyBet as he will be itching to get back into work and prove himself. You can just picture his face if he ended up at Wolves and survived relegation while QPR went back down to the Championship. That would totally be in the model of Neil Warnock headlines. Ian Holloway at 25/1 with Stan James is a bit of a long shot, but he would be a superb fit at the club. He would drag the club up by the scruff of the neck, but Wolves want proven Premier League experience and that is why everything is going to point back to Alan Curbishley. Next Wolves Manager Betting Odds Alan Curbishley: 1/5 at SkyBet Steve Bruce: 2/1 at SkyBet Neil Warnock: 6/1 at SkyBet Ian Holloway: 25/1 at Stan James Darren Ferguson, Rafa Benitez, Roy Keane, Chris Hughton 25/1 at SkyBet Online bookmaker Bet356 offer a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit on a new account, with a 100% bonus. This means that on your new Bet365 account, you can get £200 worth of free bets, as they match your initial deposit. Bet365 provide superb Champions League football betting their live in play services, and with their 0-0 Bore Draw Special, they offer some insurance as well. Place a pre match Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bet on any football match listed on the site, and if any bets in those markets lose because the game ends in a 0-0 draw, Bet365 will refund those lost stakes.
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Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup Replay Betting Odds & Preview – 18.01.12

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It is round two of Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup betting, as the two Midlands rivals go at it again in a replay for a place in the fourth round. The two sides scrapped out a 0-0 draw at St Andrews at the first attempt, in what was a far more dreary than dynamic affair. It was fair result in the end though, with neither team looking as if they really wanted to go on and take the game by the scruff of the neck and actually win it. Neither side were really helped by a pretty terrible pitch as well at St Andrews, so hopefully we have a better affair here, because it should be a heated and passionate affair a Midlands derby. Chris Hughton’s Birmingham are actually doing a pretty decent job in the Championship, in an attempt to get back up to the Premier League. After dealing with exploits in the Europa League and catching up on league matches because of it, the Blues are looking in decent shape. They are just outside the play off zone in the Championship, and haven’t lost in the league for five matches, and fired off a thumping 6-0 away victory at the struggling Millwall, just to give themselves a nice bit of confidence for the rematch against rivals Wolves. You can’t ignore Birmingham’s away form this season though, which hasn’t been great in truth. They have won just three out of thirteen attempts in the league, racking up seven defeats (although they are on a two game streak with no defeat). But after having the lions share of the few spoils there were at St Andrews in the FA Cup Third Round match, they will fancy their chances against Wolves, who can’t seem to buy a win at the moment. Mick McCarthy’s men are hovering perilously close to the relegation zone again in the Premier League, although they are showing that usual grit and fight, as opposed to flair. Wolves have drawn four of their last five league matches, including their recent showing against the in form Tottenham. In total, Wolves haven’t won in eight matches now in all competitions. Boss McCarthy looks to have decided to give their most obvious route to goal, Steven Fletcher a rest, clearly with one eye on Premier League survival no doubt. In will come Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle as McCarthy looks to balance a cup run with stayi8ng alive in the Premier League. Clearly there is a major preference out of those two options. Wolves aren’t a side which knows how to win games very well. They have a pretty woeful defence and that certainly doesn’t help out their somewhat limited attack. They will go without captain Roger Johnson, who was signed from Birmingham in the summer, as he limped out of the match at St Andrews after launching a crunching tackle. Probably going to be much changed sides from both managers, and it should be another tight match. But hopefully there is a lot more to cheer about on Wednesday night in this replay than there was in the first match. Wolves lead the Midlands derby head to head against Birmingham 61 to 38 (with 31 drawn matches) and a place in the fourth round against Sheffield United awaits the winner of Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup Betting. Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup Betting Odds Wolves to win: 11/10 at Bet365 Draw: 12/5 at Totesport Birmingham to win: 29/10 at Stan James Online bookmaker BetFred are running their Double Delight football betting promotion for the Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup replay on Wednesday. If you back a correct First Goalscorer in the match, and that same player then goes on to score a second goal in the game, then you will be paid out at double your original Goalscorer odds. So a pretty good Goalscorer promotion to look at. In the market you have Kevin Double and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake at 5/1 so you can imagine either of those nice prices doubled! Online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet up to the maximum value of £50.
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Tottenham v Wolves Betting Odds, Tips and Preview – 14.01.12

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Tottenham v Wolves betting looks as if it could be a one sided affair with the way things are going. Spurs capitalised on their game in hand over Manchester United and Manchester City in the week, firing off a comfortable home win over Everton, which drew Spurs level on points in second place with United, just three back of leaders City. Now with another home fixture to come on the weekend, against struggling Wolves, will Spurs be able to keep up the pressure at the top? Spurs really need to pick up all three points here and take everything available until they start a very tough sequence of matches starting at the end of January in which they have to face Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool in a short period of time. That is the big period which will likely ultimately decide whether or not they have the staying power in the title race. But the fluidity, confidence and style that Spurs are playing with at the moment, they look a strong bet to take another three points. Spurs have a solid defensive outset to their game play now, and that added bit of grit and fight has added the attacking flair they are able to produce. Having the big target of Emmanuel Adebayor up front, a great pick up by boss Harry Redknapp, has paid dividends for Spurs, as he has added an extra dimension to their attack. So Spurs have fired off eight wins, one draw and one defeat at home this season, and haven’t lost in nine. They have managed to find the perfect combination of defence and attack, and they scored in each of their home games this season at a rate of two per game, and they are conceding on average, less than one a game. So very strong stats to back up a home win again for Spurs as they are on such a rich vein of form. They way they took advantage of their game in hand against Everton in the week, showed a lot of determination to prove that they are genuine title contenders. With 60% of their matches at White Hart Lane having produced clean sheets in the Premier League this season, is there going to be any way through for Wolves? Is another valuable three points going to be added to Tottenham’s total as they push upwards and the belief of something big happening gets stronger and stronger. Wolves need some of what Spurs are doing as the Midlands club are floundering badly. Mick McCarthy has yet again, another fight on his hands to keep Wolves in England’s top flight. After failing to pick up a win in their last six league matches, it isn’t looking too bright for them. There has been just four wins for Wolves this season in total and just one of them have been on the road. There have been six defeats out of ten road trips, so Wolves are clearly in trouble, as they just can’t stop conceding goals. They have earned themselves three draws out of their last six league matches, the most surprising at the Emirates against Arsenal, and while they battle away and work hard for points, it always seems an uphill struggle for them. Heading to White Hart Lane to face one of the most in form and impressive teams of the season, isn’t the type of fixture Wolves need right now. After scoring just eight away goals all season, but conceding nineteen, if the flood gates open at White Hart Lane, then Wolves are going to be sucked deeper into the relegation battle. They are only a point clear of the drop zone at it is, and with struggling to find wins, the only thing keeping them afloat really is the worse form of the likes of QPR and Wigan, which is handing them a lifeline. Wolves conceded a limp 2-0 defeat at home against Spurs earlier in the season, right back in September, and in last season’s corresponding fixture, Spurs ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. It is hard seeing Wolves take three points away from home against one of the Premier League’s elite teams right now and therefore that is why the bookies are putting Wolves back at long odds in Tottenham v Wolves betting. Anything other than a home win in this fixture will be something of a turn up for the books. Tottenham know what is ahead, and yes, while Wolves are fighting for their Premier League survival, there really is no substitute for class at the end of the day. Spurs v Wolves Betting Tottenham to win: 1/4 at Bet365 Draw: 5/1 at Victor Chandler Wolves to win: 12/1 at Bet365 This is all expected to go one way, as clearly illustrated by the odds above. Spurs are expected to be amongst the gaols, and that makes Victor Chandler’s VC Double Up promotion a worthwhile look. If you select a winning First Goalscorer bet in Spurs v Wolves betting, and that same player then goes on to score a second at any time during the match, then VC Bet will generously pay you out at double your original First Goalscorer odds. So well worth looking at. In the First Goalscorer market for Spurs v Wolves betting we have Jermain Defoe at 15/4 favourite, with Emmanuel Adebayor at 16/5 and Gareth Bale down at 19/4. So imagine jumping on these odds but doubled. The highly rated online bookmaker Victor Chandler offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of  your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £25, giving you some great free betting cash to enjoy.
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Man Utd v Wolves Betting – Money Back Special

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There is a great promotion running at Boylesports for Manchester United v Wolves betting on the weekend. What will the fall out from United’s shock Champions League exit be? They have already lost centre half Nemanja Vidic for the length of the season, with the in form Javier Hernandez out, and with an apparent need for a playmaking midfielder, Sir Alex Ferguson has told fans of the Red Devils not to expect any January signings. So where does that leave Manchester United? They are trailing neighbors Man City by five points in the league, are staring at the Europa League, they have to face their bitter rivals in the third round of the FA Cup and all this after a shock Carling Cup defeat at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace. Following their heaving 6-1 defeat at the hands of Man City in the Premier League, Man Utd have gone into a very mundane mode of scrapping for points. They are five league matches unbeaten since that humiliation, but four of their last five matches have ended in just 1-0 wins, with a 1-1 home draw against Newcastle breaking up that sequence. United have failed to score more than one goal in seven league matches now, and Wayne Rooney is now without a league goal in nine. But surely a chance at redemption is on offer on Saturday against Wolves, who are struggling down near the relegation zone. After a decent start to the season, Wolves have struggled to find their way, but with two wins in their last four matches, they are showing a bit of fight. Naturally at home the Red Devils are strong favourites to win the match at 1/4 with Boylesports and Wolves way out at 12/1, with a draw trading at 9/2. The First Goalscorer Market is the focus of Boylesports Man Utd v Wolves betting promotion. Back a player in the First Goalscorer market, and if they fail to open the scoring in the match, but hit the second goal of the game, the bookie will refund your lost First Goalscorer stake. So a nice bit of coverage on your Man Utd v Wolves First Goalscorer betting. In that Market, Wayne Rooney is 9/4 to open the scoring, with Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck behind him at 3/1. So good options in the market, especially with the bit of football betting insurance placed on the match with the Boylesports offer. Will United rebound from their Champions League disappointment? Will the likes of Rooney and Ferdinand stand up with other influential absences creeping into the squad? Can Wolves cause a huge upset at Old Trafford? This great First Goalscorer Cash Back offer also applies to Sunderland v Blackburn, Stoke v Tottenham and Chelsea v Man City games in the Premier League this weekend. Also included in the offers, is Hibs v Rangers and the massive La Liga clash of Real Madrid v Barcelona. Online bookmaker Boylesports offer a free £20 bet for new customers registering an account as a welcome bonus. The bookie will match the value of your first bet on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £20. Some great free betting cash for you to enjoy!
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Wolves v Sunderland Betting Money Back Special – 04.12.11

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Sunday’s Premier League fixture of Wolves v Sunderland betting throws up an interesting match. The Black Cats have a new man in charge, as Martin O’Neill accepted the job opening there following the sacking of Steve Bruce. Sunderland have been stuttering along for most of the season and after a poor defeat against Wigan in their last match, it was time for a change at Sunderland. O’Neill won’t be at the helm on Saturday, as assistant boss Eric Black will be overseeing things until O’Neill gets his teeth into the club next week. So the Sunderland players will no doubt be looking to impress their new, on looking manager. The Black Cats are hovering close to the relegation zone and so need a big boost, but Wolves are really not much better off, starting the match level on points with Sunderland. Just like Sunderland, Wolves have only managed one win in their last eight matches and are on a two match losing streak. So there is definitely a big three points at stake in your Wolves v Sunderland betting and online bookmaker Paddy Power have a great online betting promotion running for it. If the Wolves v Sunderland match ends in a 0-0 draw, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets placed on the match. Interestingly, Sunderland have not had back to back results of the same nature this season, meaning that haven’t won, drawn or lost back to back games. As they lost last time out, they should be good for a draw or a win on Sunday. Wolves though will be looking to history to back them up, as they have won their last three home league fixtures against Sunderland. But with both sides struggling for goals, if the match does end up in a 0-0 draw, then at least you will get some insurance on your football betting. Paddy Power offer a free £50 bet for new customers as a welcome bonus. The highly popular bookie will match the value of the first stake on a new account with a free bet up to the maximum value of £50. This gives you a great opportunity for some free betting cash to get started with on your new account. Wolves v Sunderland Betting Odds at Paddy Power Wolves 11/8, Draw 9/4, Sunderland 2/1
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Wolves 2011/12 Premier League Betting Preview

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The Club:
After surviving by the skin of their teeth last season in the Premier League, Wolves will be hoping for better this season. The backbone of the club remains the same, and for all their grit and determination, the big question surrounding Wolves Premier League betting, is whether or not they can actually get any better. There is no question over their fight, it is over their quality. It was something that was lacking for long periods of last season, which saw them rooted in the bottom three for most of the season until they pulled themselves together for a survival charge. Can they get off to a more convincing start this season, get some confidence under their belt and push forward rather than just surviving?

Players/Manager:
Boss Mick McCarthy was treated like a hero again after keeping Wolves in the Premier League. There is something so misleading about the scenes of a manager being praised so much for securing Premier League status at the death, when it was that same man who led them into so much trouble. But the end result seems to be all that counts, and for all of Mick McCarthy’s failings during the season, he gets another shot because fans and the board see him as the man upon which the club depends. There were a lot of poor performers in the Premier League last season, and on a whole, Wolves were probably among the worst. It was their really uncanny ability to pull out the stops and beat the big teams in the league, points which should never have been coming their way, which helped them to survive. But one minute they are beating Chelsea and the next they are losing, completely underperforming against teams around them. Not sure exactly where Mick McCarthy can take Wolves in football terms, to make sure that they do more than survive another relegation battle. Their big summer signing has caused controversy, all because of McCarthy. They signed defender Roger Johnson to bolster the squad, and immediately McCarthy handed him the captaincy of the club. That means long serving Karl Henry was stripped of the armband causing a bit of a riff and controversy and head scratching amongst fans. For a man who has never played for the club to be handed the captaincy is a bit of a slap in the face and not the greatest move of management by McCarthy. Granted Henry didn’t have a great season last year, but his is Wolverhampton born and bred, who has just been discarded. Whether Henry will be happy staying at the club or not remains to be seen. McCarthy wants Johnson to captain from the back, leaving Henry in what may be a bit of a midfield wilderness. Other moves by McCarthy to try and improve the squad has to bring in Jamie O’Hara. There have also been other names on the hit list of McCarthy, with Michael Johnson a target from Manchester City, Jay Spearing from Liverpool and taking a good look at Thomas Hitzlsperger who is a free agent. There remains the same problems at Wolves, perhaps a lack of solid guidance for the future, and a lack of quality.

Last Season:
Wolves struggled for most of last season. Yep, they managed to beat Manchester United and Chelsea along the way, but it was nowhere near enough. There was not too much attractive football being played by Wolves, it was all spit and sawdust type stuff, borne out of hard work. Nothing much looks to have changed so far. They didn’t have the firepower up front to compete, and a softness in defence let them down badly as well. Will probably see more of the same.

2011/12 Projection:
Wolves failed to impress many last year. In fact they drew a lot of criticism throughout season for being bully boys and concentrating too much on the physical side of things. With the attractive football being played by the promoted Championship sides of QPR, Norwich and Swansea, Wolves may actually find themselves lagging behind them. Mick McCarthy really can do nothing more than get Wolves to scrap and fight for every point they can this season. They will make life as physically demanding as possible for teams heading to the Midlands, but they will struggle away from home again because there is not the quality there in the squad to put their foot on the ball and play football. Not enough chances will be created and not enough goals scored. They really look to be one of the main relegation candidates this season, despite the optimism of their great escape last season. When a team who fights hard for points at the foot of the table all long can’t win with brute force, then there isn’t much they can do to change it. We are not going to see slick football from Wolves and they will likely struggle badly again. At the end of the day, their experience in the Premier League and fighting spirit may be the thing which saves them again, but they are serious relegation candidates. They need at least half a dozen new players coming in to change things, and probably a change in the managerial seat as well. They are not one of the more progressive clubs in England’s top flight and they will pay the price for it sooner or later. Looking at their first few fixtures, they have been handed an easy start. If they don’t get points out of those matches, then they will be in for a very long season.

Finishing Position Wolverhampton Wanderers: Threat of Relegation

Premier League Relegation Odds:
11/4 at Bet365

First Three Fixtures
August 13th: Blackburn v Wolves
August 20th: Wolves v Fulham
August 27th: Aston Villa v Wolves

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Sunday’s British betting preview

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Delving into the lower leagues in Scotland for the first of two bets on Sunday as Ayr United travel to Brechin for the second leg of their play-off final.

The first leg of this match took place on Wednesday at Somerset Park when Ayr dominated for much of the match but were made to pay for a plethora of missed chances as the visitors scored late on to ensure that the clubs head into tomorrow's match level at 1-1. The teams were nip and tuck for much of the season in the league with two points separating them at the end of the campaign. United have already seen off thrid place Forfar in the semi-final of the play-off's whilst Brechin got the better of Cowdenbeath, the side who finished second bottom of the First Division.

Brian Reid, Ayr United's manager, has already guided his side to the First divison during his reign so has the experience of what it takes to get promoted. He has had to work with a small squad all season which is the major reason as to why their challenge for automatic promotion faded in the middle to latter part of the season. Reid has called on for one last big effort from the Ayr United support who have shown themselves to be one of the best travelling sets of fans in the lower divisions, if not all of Scotland. Being one of the largest towns in Scotland, Ayr can call on big numbers for away matches, so much so that they will have nearly double the amount of fans compared to Brechin tomorrow.

Brechin have done well to sustain a challenge for promotion all season considering they are working with even smaller resources than Sunday's opponents. Jim Weir deserves a lot of credit for churning out more and more from his players which was evidenced in the semi-final as they turned in a fantastic performance in the second leg against Cowdenbeath when they won 2-0 away despite drawing the first leg at home. Weir has experience of the SPL and First division as a player but has never managed in it so Sunday is a massive day for him personally. He will look to his top scorer Rory McAllister for the goals once again as the hitman was the difference when these two sides last met earlier this month. McAllister has been the subject of strong interest from other teams and it's no surprise as is average for Brechin is much better than a goal every other game - tomorrow could be vital in Brechin's attempts to keep him at the club.

Brechin have not played in the First Division since 2006 whilst Ayr were relegated two seasons ago. There is not much between the sides as emphasised in the odds for the match tomorrow but there was enough about Ayr on Wednesday night to suggest that they are in the better form and are more threatening going forward to side with them.

My Selections: Ayr United to beat

Best odds available: 9/5

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English Premier League

Wolverhampton v Blackburn

It's survival Sunday in the Premier League this weekend and two sides right in the thick of it are Wolves and Blackburn who clash at Molineaux.

Wolves have put back to back victories together at the exactly right stage of the season after beating both West Brom and Sunderland. To get maximum points from two games at this point in the season makes all the difference and it looks as though it will be enough for them to survive for another season. What has been particularly impressive has been the style of their victories. They haven't been lucky or negative, they have played excellent football, scored plenty of goals and been thoroughly deserving of both. It's even more of a feat considering they have been without their best player in Kevin Doyle who was injured on international duty eight weeks ago. Mick McCarthy is a realist and will not be accepting that his side are safe until it is mathematically impossible for sides below them to reach or surpass their point's total.

Blackburn are level on points with Wolves but have a significantly better goal difference than them and the rest of the teams fighting against relegation. Steve Kean will have been happy with the point they gained last weekend against Manchester United but he know's there is still some work to do to ensure he leads Rovers to safety. Blackburn have lost just three of their last nine games which is relatively good form for a side so close to the bottom and looks as though it's making the difference between staying up and going down. They have been slightly less adventurous than tomorrow's opponents having scored just six goals in eight games but every team's approach and style is different - if it's enough for the fans to be able to look forward to another season in the Premier League, nobody will be caring.

If either of these sides win they are guaranteed to stay up whilst defeat would mean they would at the mercy of other sides in the league. It would mean that two out of Blackpool, Wigan and Birmingham would have to win for the defeated side to drop into relegation zone. All three of those sides face difficult away fixtures which increases the chances for both Wolves and Blackburn. Blackpool have to visit the Champions, Birmingham are away to Spurs, chasing fifth placed, whilst Wigan have to travel to Stoke who always provide a stern test no matter what the circumstances are.

The odds seemed stacked in both Wolves and Blackburn's favour tomorrow for staying up. Chances are that all three of the sides below them could fail to win which would almost ensure safety. We've all seen it before in every country when results elsewhere dictate's what happens in this kind of game. Should two of Blackpool, Birmingham and Wigan be losing with 20 minutes to go then there is very big chance of the game at Molineaux coming to a standstill and the clock running down whilst one of the sides play keep ball. It's not nice to see but we're not naive enough to think it doesn't happen.

With that in mind, the draw looks the safest option on such an important day.

My Selection: Wolves to draw with Blackburn

Best price available: 9/4 available with Totesport

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Premier League relegation latest odds – the not so Magnificent Seven

Premier League Betting

Four teams beginning with the letter ‘W’ and three teams beginning with the letter ‘B’ make up the seven sides that will be scrapping against relegation between now and the end of the season.

Blackpool’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night means that the Tangerines are now the second favourites for the drop, with the bookies quick to slash the odds on Ian Holloway’s team. A few weeks ago, you could have got 3/1 about the seaside club and now the best price is even money (bet365).

Blackpool’s next Premier League match is a trip to Ewood Park to face another side who are firmly at the wrong end of the table and Rovers have lost four of their last five matches. Perhaps they will be made to pay for sacking Sam Allardyce midway through the season and Steve Kean has been given the dreaded vote of confidence.

Blackburn were available at 12/1 for the drop when Allardyce was relieved of his duties, although those odds have now shrunk to 10/3 with bet365 and the Lancashire side are just two points above the relegation zone.

The third ‘B’ in a pickle is Birmingham City, the Carling Cup winners who seemed drained when it came to facing West Brom last Saturday and their 3-1 defeat means that Alex McLeish’s team now occupy a berth in the dreaded drop zone.

McLeish is worried that a long season might be taking its toll, especially as they remain in the FA Cup with a quarter final match at home to Bolton taking place this weekend. Wednesday’s trip to Everton is more important and City are 5/2 (Sportingbet) to be relegated.

However, it is the four teams beginning with the letter ‘W’ that are among the first five in the Premier League relegation betting and the writing appears to be on the wall for Wigan Athletic.

Roberto Martinez’s team are now four points adrift of safety with an inferior goal difference to the teams directly above them and the Latics will need to win five of their remaining nine matches to stand any chance of survival. The best odds about them being relegated is 2/7 with bet365.

It was West Ham United that seemed doomed at the start of 2011 and the board allegedly tried to bring in Martin O’Neill to replace Avram Grant, although the latter remains in charge and has seen his team comprehensively beat Liverpool and Stoke.

The Hammers aren’t out of the woods by a long stretch and a Birmingham draw / win at Goodison Park would leave them back in the bottom three. Perhaps they are a value bet to go down at odds of 13/8 (Coral).

Then we have the two Black Country teams – West Brom and Wolves. The Baggies have made a decent start under Roy Hodgson, having collected five points from three matches and they are out to 15/8 (Skybet) for relegation. Wanderers are shorter at 5/4 (Skybet).

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