Wolverhampton - Portsmouth

Even now, after seven rounds played, it’s obvious that Wolves won’t be the biggest season surprise in Premier League as they proudly announced before the start. Struggling for avoiding relegation is more probable scenario. They have noticed two wins, a draw and four defeats and it seems they haven’t adapted well for a life in Premier. The problem is simple, they carry the same attacking still of play, as they did in Championship last season. And while in second tier powerful attack was bringing the results despite the shaky defense, in Premier they can not score too much, while defense conceded a lot. Team is not well balanced and Wolves simply can’t defend against anybody. In last round away defeat, they hit 5 more shots at goal than Sunderland did, but lost 2-5. Previously against Hull at home, they had 24 shots and got just a point (1-1). I expect some better results, as their best two players are recovered. Excellent winger Michael Kightly and striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (not fully fit). With same defense, it makes the gap between these two lines even bigger. Striker Chris Iwelumo has recovered from a broken foot, but midfielder Dave Jones is out for two months following knee surgery. Today’s opponent is a club that made the worst start in Premier League ever and nobody at Molineux would be satisfied with just a point.

Many disturbing things outside football pitch have been happening in Portsmouth lately. All started with late club’s takeover from Sulaiman Al-Fahim and lacking in new signings, while the last news are some of the players didn’t get last week pay-check. Luck of quality, bad dressing room (and board room) atmosphere and has to be said miss of the luck are the main reason for this endless disaster. However, Pompey put some solid displays in previous weeks despite the zero that remained at their account. At last away defeat, against Aston Villa, team performed much better than the final result 0-2 shows. Last time at Fratton Park, Portsmouth (I dare to say) absolutely overplayed Everton, made a bunch of chances, 3 times hit the post, Tim Howard made some brilliant savings and at the end Pompey somehow lost again (0-1). Despite all the obstacles and problems, I see better days for them and although nobody can say are they capable to avoid relegation, they’ll surely start to collect some points. Next game for Portsmouth is “make or brake”. Another defeat would be a final shipwreck, but on the other hand it is a nice chance for the first good result. As Wolverhampton, they also wouldn’t be fully satisfied with a draw. Manager Paul Hart will likely stick with attacking 4-4-2 formation and Pompey will go for a win. Defender Steve Finnan is poised for his Portsmouth debut, while midfielder Papa Bouba Diop and defender Herman Hreidarsson are still out with hamstring injuries.

Bookies offer very high odd for goals here. The possible reasons are both sides have problems with scoring lately and tactical game is expected. My opinion is both sides desperately need three points, also scored much less then they deserved and in game where their chances are almost equal, I see their scoring luck is changing and about 2.20 for over seems as a great value.

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