Match odds: Home: 6/5 Draw: 5/2 Away: 5/2
Home form: DDWDWDWWDW
Away form: WDWLDWWDLL
The home side were dealt somewhat of a big blow in the week when it was announced that first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is set to miss up to two months following a broken foot in training this week. This is set to leave the door open for Tomasz Kuszczak to debutise between the sticks for the Midland side. Ikeme joins fellow teammate Tommy Rowe on the treatment table with the same injury. Wolves come into the game this weekend undefeated in their last 10 in all competitions and the side will fancy their chances of extending this good run this weekend when Steve Clarke’s men come to town. The home side have not lost in over two months now, their last defeat coming against Championship high flyers Bournemouth on the 6th of December, which was their fifth defeat in a row. They may have drawn 4 of their last 6 but the Wolves team will come into the game full of confidence. Aside from Ikeme, the Wolves side will be reasonably injury free, along with the strengthening they made during the January window, as well as keeping hold of some of their best players, such as Bakary Sako.
The Royals managed to pull of one of the strangest transfer coups of the window with the deadline day signing of fan favorite Yakubu on a short term deal. The Yak may be thrown straight into the deep end so to speak as he could be handed his first start in the game at the Molineux on the weekend. The January window was unspectacular perhaps, but reasonably effective for the Royals with the signings of Travner and Chalobah who join Yakubu as Steve Clarke’s reinforcements. The window was somewhat representative of Clarke’s reign at the helm so far, it may not be the most extravagant but what has been needed has been done. The improvements in the rigidity of the side were exemplified with the convincing 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, and the Royals have only lost once this side of Christmas. The injury list has been a concern all of this season, but midfielders Hope Akpan and Jem Karacan could be back into the side together for the first time in over a year.
The two sides may be hoping for a less topsy turvy fixture than we all enjoyed earlier on in the campaign. The two sides shared six goals at the Madejski in the reverse this season with a pulsating 3-3 draw, where the Royals gained a draw with a late Glenn Murray strike. The frontman is now back at his parent club, and the Royals undoubtably will not realistically be thinking that they can go to Molineux and notch 3 goals but certainly they won’t believe that they will concede 3 either. Their hosts will be hoping to continue their own brilliant run of form, but the Royals may be a tough side to break away from home. I can still see Wolves good form prevailing and them winning, 2-0.