Wolves travel to deadly rivals West Brom this weekend, keen on ensuring they do not suffer their fifth league defeat in a row this season.
Mick McCarthy’s men haven’t started 2011/12 as they would have liked and currently sit in 14th place. And in truth, after losing their last four, Wolves have their first three games to thank for keeping them off the bottom.
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Two wins and a draw gave the Molineux club seven points from their first three matches but since then it has gone downhill rapidly and they will be looking to arrest that slump at the Hawthorns this Sunday.
However, despite Wanderers’ run of defeats, the Baggies are actually below their old foe in the Barclays Premier League table with only five points on the board. While it’s too early to label this a ‘six pointer’, both teams will be desperate for the three points.
In team news, West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has placed Billy Jones on alert for a Premier League debut this weekend.
The former Preston defender is standing by for his top-flight bow in Sunday’s Black Country derby, with regular right-back Steven Reid struggling with a broken hand.
Hodgson has also hailed the patience of striker Simon Cox as the Ireland international pushes for a start in Sunday’s eagerly anticipated contest.
Cox is one of the men on standby to replace Peter Odemwingie if the Nigeria international is left out of the side.
The visitors could have Richard Stearman and Jody Craddock available again after toe and hamstring injuries respectively.
Whoever is on the pitch will be giving their all though. This isn’t just about league points after all, this is about bragging rights.
It all kicks-off at 12:00 on Sunday and as is usually the case in a Black Country derby, the atmosphere is sure to be white hot. In terms of predicting a winner, it really is too close to call.