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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V WOLVES

26 January 2018

A look at this weekend’s match as Blues host Championship leaders Wolves at Portman Road.

 

Current Standings
Town sit 12th and will be looking to make it three games unbeaten this weekend. Wolves remain nine points clear at the top of the league despite two games without a win, including defeat at home to Nottingham Forest last time out.

League form
Town – 5/15 points                                                     
QPR (H) D 0-0                                                             
Derby (H) L 2-1                                                           
Fulham (A) L 4-1                                                         
Leeds (H) W 1-0                                                          
Bolton (A) D 1-1                                                         

Wolves – 8/15 points
Millwall (A) D 2-2
Bristol City (A) W 2-1
Brentford (H) W 3-0
Barnsley (A) D 0-0
Nottingham Forest (H) L0-2

Last time we met: Wolves 1-0 Town 23/12/17
Wolves secured a first home win over Town since 2006 with a 1-0 win at Molineux in December. Blues went toe-to-toe with the hosts but an Ivan Cavaleiro strike just before half-time proved enough for Nino Espirito Santo’s men to claim all three points. Kevin Bru came close to levelling for Town but his curling effort was saved well by John Ruddy and Romain Saiss could have doubled Wolves’ advantage late on but he headed just wide.

Previous meetings at Portman Road
07.03.17 Town 0-0 Wolves
21.11.15 Town 2-2 Wolves
04.11.14 Town 2-1 Wolves
19.09.12 Town 0-2 Wolves
23.08.08 Town 0-2 Wolves

One to watch: Barry Douglas
Summer-signing Barry Douglas has hit the ground running with Wolves and has proved to be a valuable addition at both ends of the pitch. The Scotsman has been deployed in a wing-back role for the West Midlands club and has contributed four goals and eight assists since arriving from Turkish side Konyaspor.

Could be the difference: Wolves’ goal drought
Including their two FA Cup ties against Swansea, Wolves have scored just once in their last four games. Saturday’s visitors have been in Spain training this week, and will be hoping a warm-weather tonic revitalises their eye for goal. Town will be hoping it doesn’t!

Match officials
Referee – Simon Hooper
Assistants – Adam Crysell and Robert Hyde
Fourth official – James Linington 


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