With the Premier League now under way, Vital Wolves will be bringing you a new feature we have entitled The Vital Wolves Mauling.
Basically it’s 10 questions with an editor from the Vital website of our next opponents (clever huh?)
So this week it’s WestDerbyRed from Vital Liverpool.
1. What do you make of Wolves, how do you think they have faired back in the Premier League?
Well, I must admit that Wolves have been a surprise to many including myself. I did think that you would struggle but Mick McCarthy has done a good job so far. McCarthy seems to have Wolves performing well in games against the teams that you will ultimately contest Premiership survival with, which is crucial.
2. Which Wolves player has caught your eye this season?
Kevin Doyle is a player that I like, and has certainly continued to improve from when I first saw him play for Reading against us a few seasons ago. I will watch with interest Nenad Milijas, who is proven quality and could be a real coup for Wolves.
3. Ultimately do you think Wolves will avoid the drop?
As long as Wolves can pick up points against the teams currently below you it promises to be a very good season. I think McCarthy’s decision to not put out his best team against United shows that he thinks that Premiership survival will be secured on points against Burnley, Pompey etc and not in games with the top four.
4. What are your thoughts on how your season has gone so far?
As I have said previously, I have been going to games from a young age since the 70/71 season and can’t remember a worse start to a season. We need to find form and fast. The removal of our wonderful American owners ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and replacing them with somebody who has cash, honesty and integrity in equal measures would be high on many reds wish list for 2010.
5. What do you think will happen in your game against Wolves?
I was hoping you wouldn’t ask that one. Our form at the moment has been so erratic, literally anything can happen. We have had own goals, sending offs, we have beaten the current Champions and lost to the team rooted to the bottom of the league, we have even been beaten by a goal scored by a beach ball. It depends which Liverpool turn up on the day. Wolves come into this fixture as the in form team, so we need to fully respect you. I hope as always that we will shade it.
6. Where will your side be come the end of the season?
I truly hope that we can get back to the top four. I think if we can win a few games and get the match fitness back of several key players I think there is every possibility of us doing it, despite what the press might have you believe. With 3pts for a win and a gap of 8pts between us and third place it is too early to write us off just yet.
7. Will you be happy with that?
If you had asked me at the start of the season I would have said certainly not. But following the events of the last few months I would be ecstatic with a top four position.
8. Who will win the Premier League?
I think despite the odd wobble or two, which may be down to John Terry’s stadium tour business, Chelsea will win the Premiership. Man United are as flawed as we are sometimes and don’t seem to have the strength in depth they had a few years back. Chelsea’s biggest challenge will come when the African Cup of Nations is held in the new year, when they will lose Drogba, Essien, Kalou etc.
9. Who will go down?
Bolton, Hull and either Wigan or Portsmouth. I do think though that the most likely to survive from that quartet is Pompey despite their current position.
10. Final thoughts?
I have fond memories of visiting Anfield and watching the late Derek Dougan and Hibbett against Keegan and Toshack, so I hope Wolves stick around in the top flight in the coming seasons. Wolves Chairman Steve Morgan once an avid Kopite, was keen at one point in buying Liverpool FC but now will no doubt love to put one over on us on Boxing day. Good luck for the rest of the season, except when you play us of course.
Vital Wolves would like to thank WestDerbyRed for taking the time and effort to reply to our questions!
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