We have the ability to bounce straight back from disappointment with a game three days after our loss at home to Crystal Palace – and the pressure is on.
The Eagles took the points from The Emirates on Sunday, and with it being a home game, it places even more onus on our away games left to bag the points that will cement a top four spot.
Trouble is, Molineux is not exactly the easiest place to go. United, City, Liverpool have all come a cropper in the Midlands, so we know the test will be a stern one to get the win.
With Tottenham yet again winning, and our failure to get the victory at home versus Roy Hodgson’s men, we have no room for manoeuvre anymore. This is a must-win, and Wolves still have seventh spot to play for, so won’t be taking this lightly.
Our away form is still a cause for concern, despite beating Watford and Napoli recently on our travels.
Who do we have fit and firing to help us with another Mission Improbable?
We won’t have Aaron Ramsey or Denis Suarez available for the trip to Molineux, with respective hamstring and groin ailments. Granit Xhaka is having a fitness test before the game to judge his availability.
With Mohamed Elneny’s poor performance against Palace, Lucas Torreira will most likely be recalled for this game. If Xhaka is judged to be unfit, then Matteo Guendouzi will keep his spot.
Shkodran Mustafi was another who had a poor game in the weekend, and the German will see his spot taken by the returning Sokratis, after the Greek defender served the last of his two-game suspension against Palace.
That and Bellerin, Welbeck and Holding aside, we have the rest up for selection. In attack, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil both scored against Palace and should keep their place, and if we are looking to put the pressure on the Wolves backline, then Lacazette needs to start too.
Player to Watch
Raul Jimenez has been the man to take the headlines, but his partner in crime has been Diego Jota, and he has got his fair share of goals in him too. Jota is adept in the air, his touch in and around the box is more than troublesome enough to play his teammates in, and he has enough pace to worry if we go gung-ho and leave gaps at the back. Make no mistake, Wolves have a team of players to give us nightmares, but Jota will definitely be involved if the Wolves do bare their teeth.
How This Could Go
Wolves have taken points off the big six regularly, and for good reason. They are technically astute, can shift tactics to suit changing games and in Nuno Espirito Santo, have a manager that gets the most from each of his men.
So what do we have to do in order to get the points?
We all know that we have enough firepower to hurt them. We can blitz teams in ten-fifteen minute spells and put the points safely on the team coach, but this is an away game, and we rarely throw caution to the wind in that manner.
We do need to keep up a certain level of intensity though. If Joao Moutinho and Dendoncker are allowed to roam and run, we will be hurt. We need to dictate, and when we’re without the ball, it is critical we keep up the press in our final third. Push up, leave no gaps – and track runners.
If we manage that, and we keep our motivation high, we can snatch the win. This is arguably the toughest game on our schedule left, so we are really up against it.
We can definitely do it though. Resilience has been shown in our last two away games, and if we copy that method, then that should be enough to see us back to 4th spot.
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Predicted Scoreline – 2-1 to The Arsenal