Wolverhampton Wanderers prepare to welcome Swansea to Molineux today knowing that they must arrest their alarming slump in form sooner rather than later.
Mick McCarthy’s men haven’t started 2011/12 as they would have liked and currently sit in 16th place, two points off the bottom, after five league defeats in a row.
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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 in front of their home faithful tomorrow lunchtime.
In team news, Wolves’ top scorer Steven Fletcher is still struggling with a calf injury and is likely to miss out on a place in the starting XI again. That means Sylvan Ebanks-Blake may make his first league start of the season after recovering from a long-term knee injury.
For the Welsh club, Steven Caulker is out with a knee problem but fellow defender Vangelis Moras could make his debut after signing a short-term contract.
The Swans have issues elsewhere though and Stephen Dobbie (ankle), Alan Tate (broken leg) and Kemy Agustien (hamstring) are all ruled out as well.
Swansea lost 3-1 at fellow Barclays Premier League new boys Norwich City last time out and Wanderers will see this as the perfect opportunity to get back on the winning trail. With trips to Manchester City, Everton and Chelsea coming up, they won’t want the slide to become irreversible.
Brendan Rodgers’ Swans have the worst away record in the Premier League having have lost all four of the their away matches so far – in fact, they are the only team in all four English leagues yet to pick up a point away on their travels.
It’s a 12:45 kick off in the West Midlands this afternoon and the Wolves faithful will be hoping their spirits are slightly higher come the end of the 90 minutes.