I find this one intriguing.
Yes, I know some of us are on a bit of a downer, because we’ve lost our last two games.
We have to remind ourselves who we were playing though and things haven’t gone anything other than expected, if you think about it.
We lost to Man City, as most teams will and pushed Liverpool to the wire, which many teams won’t.
So now we’re about to face a team that is currently on a par, league-wise and this is much more a realistic test of where we really stand.
Beating the Old Gold, who to my mind have always been our biggest competitors, along with the Albion in who is the biggest Midlands club, is a big thing (notice the joker in the pack doesn’t get a mention or even deserve the name) and always important.
We all know there’s no debate to be had.
The Villa are by far the biggest and the whole football world knows it.
But this “mind the gap” stuff has irked me over the last couple of years.
To be honest, I’m not even sure what it was about, but if it was about league placings, well, that isn’t holding up very well, is it?
I think the Wolves are there to be taken, if we have a good day.
Squad news says Grealish is 50-50, but to my mind it’s what Dean Smith thinks.
I suspect this might be a good game for him to play in, but if he’s going to be clogged, it might be better to wait for the Newcastle game on the 25th(!).
Davis is still out and it’s too early for Jota.
As for Wolves, I really don’t care, but they have their Jota back after suspension and Ryan Bennett is fit again.
While there’s been a bit of pessimism lately on the site and we’re all worried about where we are in the league, I think this is a very close game to call.
So close, that I’d say it comes down to Wolves home advantage, which makes them favourites.
The Carabou cup game was meaningless for comparisons, so we can’t judge anything by that, but I’m very confident that Wolves will at least know they’ve been in a game.
Given that Wolves have drawn their last three games 1-1, you’d think that’s a safe bet again.
It sounds about right too. It’s probably what I would have predicted.
But they surely aren’t going to go 4 games on the trot with that score are they?
I’m going for 2-1, either way. I just don’t know who to, though.
Cup half full and all that, it has to be to us.