In terms of games no one really wants to play, this is top of the pile.
I never want to see Wolves lose but I can’t pretend I’d be too devastated to quietly bow out of the FA Cup tonight.
We’ve got more important things to focus on and any bookings/injuries that could occur in the Cup and hinder our League campaign would best be avoided.
Here are a couple of longish shots for tonight’s game.
As always, these are taken from SkyBet.
Either team to win in extra time
There was little to choose between Wolves and Swansea last time out, it’s fair to say we probably had the better of the chances but without the usual front three, we lacked a real cutting edge.
I can’t see Nuno fielding a full-strength team this time out either, but this comes with it’s own benefits.
When we rest Neves, Jota, Boly etc. we see a different gameplan adopted by Nuno.
It’s more conservative and forces us to sit a bit deeper rather than imposing ourselves on the opposition, and the results speak for
Five games in cup competitions, three of them against Premier League opposition including the
soon to be Premier League Champions, and no goals conceded.
When we don’t have the same quality at
the top of the pitch we aren’t as expansive, we force the opposition to play through a 5-4- 1 for 90
minutes, looking for the odd chance on the counter.
I fancy us to adopt the same strategy tonight
and with Swansea having one of the worst attacks in the country. I can only see this going to extra
time with a 0-0 or 1-1 scoreline.
It’s difficult to pick a winner in ET without knowing ahead of time who Nuno will choose to bring on.
He can stick to what has served us so well in the Cup so far and shore up the defence or he may see
an opportunity to introduce some fresh legs in the forward positions to hopefully take advantage of
a tiring Swansea backline.
I think going for either team to win in extra time is the safer shout though, it’s 9/2.
HT/FT – Draw/Wolves
If you fancy going for the slightly more biased bet then this is the way to go.
As mentioned previously we have an excellent record in Cup competition this season.
If we get to HT on level terms then we can slowly start to pick Swansea off on the counter.
I don’t see us conceding in the 90 minutes, so if we can be clinical enough and attack the space left
by Swansea’s fullbacks then there’s no reason we can’t snatch a winner in the second half.
If we can do it to Southampton with Dicko and Marshall in the front 3 then we can do it to a much poorer Swansea side with an attacking trio of Costa/Mir/Bright.
Draw HT/Wolves FT is 5/1.
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