Date: 8th March 2016
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
There will be little time to recover from Friday’s defeat away at Middlesbrough, as Bristol City come to Molineux in what will be a big game for both sides.
Bristol City will no doubt look to capitalise on Wolves’ poor run of form to help them pull away from the relegation spots, while Wolves will need a good result going into Sunday’s game against rivals Birmingham.
Fans will be delighted to hear that Michal Zyro is line for a return on Tuesday night after recovering from a calf injury he sustained merely weeks into his debut season.
The not so much good news is that Mike Williamson still has no return date from an injury that has not seen him make one first team appearance since signing on a permanent contract in January. With Ethan Ebanks-Landell’s injury against Middlesbrough now ruling him out for the rest of the season, this is a worrying time for a Wolves back line that is down to the bare bones.
The decision for the club to purchase Williamson seemed a no brainer at the time following a successful loan period and a vast amount of appearances for Newcastle at Premier League level. However his delay in return from injury that was described as a “slight tweak” in early December is quite alarming. Surely it would go against the current philosophy of the football club to sign a cropped or injury prone player so hopefully this is something Williamson will get through sooner rather than later.
In the meantime Kortney Hause, who isn’t long back from injury himself, should replace Ebanks-Landell to partner Danny Batth at centre back.
The Middlesbrough game yet again saw Joe Mason only feature from the bench, though his short time on the pitch assisted towards Wolves late consolation. Mason looks a threat whenever he is in a Wolves shirt and Jackett needs to find a way to bring him into the side in place of the misfiring Bjorn Sigurdarson.
Wolves may have continued a run of 65 years without a win at the Riverside on Friday night, but can boast a much better run at home to Bristol City. It has been an incredible 85 years since the Robins came and took all the points from Molineux.
February player of the month Conor Coady is beginning to look a lot more like the player that impressed in his opening games of the season. Touted by Jackett as a future captain of the side, Coady has been a driving force of the midfield since Edwards’ injury. Danny Batth’s form has seriously declined and giving the captaincy to Coady may also relieve the centre back of the pressure of leading the side.
If Bristol City are going to avoid the drop they will need to start improving in front of goal. Only MK Dons have scored fewer goals than the Robins this season. Jonathan Kodjia has bagged 12 goals so far this season and will looked upon to add to that tally on Tuesday night.
Former Wolves man Scott Golbourne will be returning to Molineux for the first time since leaving the club in January.
Bristol City 9/5
Joe Mason 11/2
Adam Le Fondre 6/1
Bjorn Sigurdarson 13/2
Johathan Kodija 11/2
Aaron Wilbraham 13/2
Kieran Agard 13/2