Wolves vs Watford Match Preview.
Watford head to Molineux today to play Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the Hornets looking to build on Tuesday nights 1-0 win over Fulham, as the club aim to cement their status as automatic promotion contenders.
The Golden Boys come in to the game in 4th position in the table, just one point from 1st place Bournemouth, who beat Fulham 1-5 last night in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Whereas, Wolvers lie in 8th place in the table, four points outside of the play off positions, in what has been an excellent season for Kenny Jackett’s men after returning the Championship following their promotion from League 1 last season.
During the match earlier this season at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day, Wolves ran out 0-1 winners thanks to a Nouha Dicko goal, in a match where Watford were far from their best. Odion Ighalo hit the bar late on, but Wolves deservedly ran out 0-1 winners in a match which was televised on Sky Sports.
Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett needs no introduction to Watford fans, having spent his entire playing careers with the Hornets and also spent a spell as manager. He was appointed as head coach of the West Midlands side on the 31st May 2013 following their relegation to League 1, and guided the club back to the Championship at the first time of asking, as the club finished in 1st place in the 3rd tier of English football.
The key player for Wolves today will be winger Bakary Sako. The Mali international has proved himself to be a more than capable player in this division, causing defenders all sorts of problems on his day, due to his direct style and blistering pace. The 26 year old is a regular goal scorer as well, scoring 11 goals this season for the West Midlands club.
Today’s game will be a tough test for the Golden Boys, and it is vital that they now start to beat the teams around them if they want to gain automatic promotion. Wolves are pushing for promotion themselves, sitting only 4 points outside the play off positions, so the Golden Boys will have to be at their best today if they want to secure those vital 3 points.
For Wolves, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme and Tommy Rowe are ruled out through injury. Kenny Jackett is expected to name an unchanged line-up despite losing 2-1 to Bournemouth in midweek.
For Watford, Joel Ekstrand and Odion Ighalo face late fitness tests. Sean Murray is the only player ruled out for the Golden Boys. Adlene Guedioura could face his former club.
Wolves – Kuszczak (GK), Doherty, Batth ©, Stearman, Hause, Van La Parra, Edwards, McDonald, Sako, Afobe, Dicko.
Watford – Gomes (GK), Cathcart, Angella, Hoban, Anya, Watson, Guedioura, Abdi, Motta, Deeney ©, Vydra.
Referee – Brendan Malone.