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    Ngakia was playing RB for them before lockdown. He's refused to sign a new contract to extend beyond June 30 so he won't be playing.

    3-4-3 for me and usual suspects in that setup.
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    Why would he not sign a deal when he can’t play for anyone else?
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    They wanted him to sign a longer term contract and he wasn’t happy with the terms - obviously has a better offer from somewhere else
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    I guess they will be playing Fredricks instead.

    I look forward to the last couple of days build up when West Ham tweet that Wilshere is 2-3 weeks from full fitness.
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    It regularly seems to take us 2-3 games to get up and running properly. On the other hand no team is going to be at its best in the 1st game. Hopefully 1-0 to us, but would not be surprised by 1-1 or 0-0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hereford Wolf View Post

    Interesting to read West Ham views :-

    https://www.kumb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=177910


    My fav ones:

    "Also, just to add, I don't know if Wolves are genuinely a very good side or punching above their weight, but I find it unacceptable that they have done been doing so much better than us and are more highly regarded by bookies and pundits."

    Hope serious.

    "We will have someone playing that has more than doubled in size. Someone will have a very silly hair style. Someone that looks like they’ve forgotten how to play football. Someone that is too eager and gets sent off in the first few moments... and a goal keeper crisis by the end of the day."

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    Anthony Taylor is the ref.

    Bottlejob Coote is the VAR.
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    checked my diary for something last night and got stupidly excited that there is less than a week to go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    Anthony Taylor is the ref.

    Bottlejob Coote is the VAR.
    Balls. I'd somehow forgotten about VAR.
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    VAR has to stay for this season, whatever it's faults, to give a level playing field.

    Mind you would much rather that Coote was a long way away from it.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    Wonder if anything has been put in place should a VAR official get a positve Covid test result

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    They have put extra rooms in the building so self isolation can be done while officiating the VAR.
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    Looking at the two games last night - and how poor was Villa/Blades? Mid-table Championship at best - it looked to me that plenty of players were well short of fitness and a few definitely overweight. Much may depend on how fit we are...
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    Will there be a Wolves commentary on the match ?
    We're all doomed

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    3 weeks pre season with no real friendlies wasn't ever going to be enough to get players close to being match fit. Keenan Davis would struggle to make Villa's bench normally but started as he looked sharpest in training. It's more about getting the season finished by August than the quality that's out there for the PL

    As long as we don't get muscle injuries from the sprints, our style will help us, we covered the 13th most ground last season and that's with Cardiff and Brighton clogging their way round the pitch. It does seem that rotation is going to be significant at least in the first few games, I expect the Man C and Arsenal sides who start their next game to have 5/6 changes whereas we are likely to have no more than 2 outside of injuries.

    I'm not concerned about Wolves fitness wise for the remainder of this season. My fears are more longer term and the impact of playing a season and a quarter more or less back to back with a small squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malta mick View Post
    Will there be a Wolves commentary on the match ?
    Usual places, Wolves website and WM

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    Has there been any teams news released yet? Do press conferences still happen?
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    Man City were purring last night.

    I'm hoping our professionalism gives us the edge to start with and our experience with low energy pressing and recovery gives us the advantage the longer we go through the season

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    We will be helped by the Europa Comp being effectively (socially) distanced from the PL - we have been doing games on a similar schedule all season that the PL will be now so our squad should be better able to cope with it than other clubs who haven't
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    Quote Originally Posted by tredman View Post
    Has there been any teams news released yet? Do press conferences still happen?
    I read somewhere that it's a Friday 1pm pre-match conference as usual.

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    Do we think normal team for Saturday? I can’t really see anyone being hugely out of shape with our fitness team being as good as it is.

    Then Barring injuries I’d be expecting Podence and Neto on for Jota and Traore at the second half drinks break - have to feel for whoever their full backs are!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Premier Quality View Post
    Then Barring injuries I’d be expecting Podence and Neto on for Jota and Traore at the second half drinks break - have to feel for whoever their full backs are!
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    Not necessarily about being out of shape but if someone like Podence, Neto or Vinagre has been looking particularly sharp these past few weeks then you've got to throw them in.

    Only other curve ball is if Nuno decides to go 3-5-2.

    I think we'll see our most 'established' first team though.

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    I wonder if Nuno will want to include Donck, who's very important defensively when he plays in midfield and covers so much ground.

    I remember when we had the 'winter' break that he started Donck and Neves. So could see that or 3-5-2, break against West Ham through Jota and Raul centrally (asks a lot of the wing backs mind). If we need to be more expansive we have Neto, Traore, Podence as options.

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    Good old Lawro predicting us to lose again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Good old Lawro predicting us to lose again
    What’s his reasoning? (I may be asking a bit of much of him obvs)
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    Fancies a bit of a shock.



    There is often a negative vibe at London Stadium so it is possible that an absence of fans will not hurt West Ham's chances as much as it might do to other sides.

    Clearly Wolves have had a much better season but the Hammers are not a bad team on their day, and are better than their position in the table suggests, so I am backing them to spring a bit of a surprise.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-0

    Al's prediction: The only potential problem for Wolves this season was that Nuno Espirito Santo was playing the same team week-in, week-out, but after the break they have had, they will be strong again. That issue might come back around again with the number of games to be played in such a short space of time, but it will not be a factor right now - and all United fans are watching their backs. 0-2

    Edit - Al is a Manchester United fan
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    West Ham aren't better than their position in the table suggests.

    Talks absolute shite does Lawro.
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    Lawro is a total c**t as always. Makes me hopeful that we can shaft his crap predictions
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    Ogbonna a big doubt for them, probably been their best defender this season (not a high bar I know).
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