Huddersfield trip next for WolvesBy: DJ | October 19th, 2012
Wolves play their 11th league game of the season at Huddersfield on Saturday looking to build on the promising start that has taken them to 3rd in the Championship. And they will go there trying to set a club record of getting a 4th successive away win with a clean sheet.
It’s a far cry from recent Wolves teams, and of many Wolves teams over the years, that success is being built on the impressive defensive record that new manager Solbakken has produced. It’s a solid centre back pairing of Johnson and Berra, together with a deep sitting central midfield pairing of Henry and Doumbia that has been the basis of the improved goals against record but they will have to try to continue that record without skipper Karl Henry who is suspended from tomorrows game after accumulating 5 yellow cards.
David Davis will step into Henry’s position and there will be a debut on the right of midfield for new loan signing Jermaine Pennant in the continued absence through injury of Peszko and Boukari. The other main selection decision for Solbakken will be who plays at Right Back. The introduction of Pennant may see Foley switched back from midfield to defence, or Zubar or Stearman may be preferred.
Another change to the Wolves set up will see Patrick Weiser join the club as coach to replace the recently departed Terry Connor. The German worked with Solbakken at Koln and he is likely to be the main man on the training field with Johan Lange becoming Assistant Manager.
Huddersfield are managed by the former Blackpool and Leeds boss Simon Grayson and are currently 6th in the Championship just 2 points below Wolves. They have won their last three away games at Sheff Wed, Blackpool and Birmingham but have lost their last two at home against Watford and Leicester. Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between Huddersfield and Wolves since April 2001 and on that occasion the Yorkshire team recorded their 4th successive win against Wolves, and Wolves have won only one of the last 13 meetings. The Tykes lost theiir top scorer Jordan Rhodes in the summer in a high value move to Blackburn but have now brought in a replacement by taking Jermaine Beckford on loan from Leicester. But he will be without one of his supply lines tomorrow with another loan signing Adam Hamill not eligible to play against his main employers Wolves.
Wolves will need to avoid defeat to stay above Huddersfield in the table but with Cardiff and Leicester facing tricky away games at Notts Forest and Birmingham, then there might be the chance to move even higher in the table with a win. There are two home games next week for Wolves against Bolton on Tuesday and Charlton on Saturday, and two wins from three in the next week would keep Wolves right up with the promotion contenders.