Nuno’s been working hard as of late. After completing the challenge of 4 games in 10 days (with 2 Premier League draws, 1 Europa League win, and a League Cup loss), Wolves now return to European competition against Slovan Bratislava on Thursday.
Following that, we host Villa and hope to enact revenge on our local rivals. The big games keep on coming, in what has already been an incredibly busy season.
Return of Slovan:
After coming back to beat the Slovakian champions in the ‘bizarre’ atmosphere in Bratislava last week, Wolves will hope for a more comfortable game at Molineux on Thursday.
Wolves struggled to get into the game in the first half in Slovakia (which has been somewhat of a theme for Nuno’s men this season). It will be crucial for us to attack from the off this time around. Nuno will want to avoid the difficulties we had in our last Europa League home game.
Wolves were flat for large periods against Braga, so Nuno must have them raring to go from the first whistle. A comfortable win will be expected by the fans, but Wolves will need to not be complacent on Thursday night.
The Villa game on Sunday is obviously a huge game, and not only because of the local rivalry. We are separated by just two points now, and Villa could overtake us with a win at Molineux. The Birmingham side may be confident after beating us at Villa Park, but that was a team filled with U-23 players. Although some exciting prospects did stand out last Wednesday, it is doubtful any will be featuring at Molineux. Therefore, Wolves should be hopeful of getting the three points as our stars return to action.
Rotation is Key:
As the big games keep coming thick and fast for Wolves, Nuno will have to make use of the small squad at his disposal. We cannot expect our starting XI to play 90 minutes in both games.
Therefore, it is likely that Cutrone, Vinagre, Kilman, Neto and co. may be receiving a start on Thursday. It’s always important to keep the team fresh. Providing these fringe players with minutes in an important European game will do them a world of good.