Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aston Villa – opposition view

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On Tuesday evening, the Villans will take on local rivals Wolves at Molineux, as the neighbouring teams prepare for the 2015-16 season.

The Villans have beaten the Black Country side on their soil in their last two encounters and will be looking for a similar result this time out.

I spoke to David from the award-winning Wolves’ Fancast ahead of the encounter on Tuesday evening.

1) A promotion push for Wolves is pivotal this season, isn’t it?

Perhaps, more so due to last season. Realistically, we were looking for mid-table, just to get used to the Championship again, but we performed better than expected and by the new year a promotion race was achievable. We missed out on the play-offs by four goals and we probably should have been in the top six if it wasn’t for the odd result here and there.

Now, the pressure is on. Top six will be the target. Fans are already worried about the lack of signings, more so to replace Mali international Bakary Sako who is chasing a Premier League club.

The pressure could be on Jackett as early as October if results don’t go to plan.

2) Describe Kenny Jackett’s style of play.

Fast paced, high possession and wing play. Wolves will keep passing the ball for as long as they want until they find a gap to exploit. However, Jackett has been playing a more narrow style in pre-season, suggesting that our wing play could be out of the window in favour of a diamond midfield. It won’t be a pretty sight to see at first. Fingers crossed it is just a ‘Plan B’.

3) What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?

I always remember him from the title-winning Blackburn Rovers team. As Spurs manager, perhaps he has been hard done by. He has surely got Villa going again since his arrival but your day out at Wembley was probably his lowest point. Early on, he will be desperate to replace the energy of Delph and the goal ratio of Benteke.

4) Who is the man Villa fans should watch out for on Tuesday?

There are a couple: Nouha Dicko and Dominic Iorfa. Alongside Afobe, Dicko had a great second half to last season and is the engine of our team, fast and strong as an ox. He has a unique low centre of gravity which means that, despite his size, players will find it hard to win the ball off him.

Iorfa is a new addition to our first team after being promoted from the academy in December. Iorfa is now one of the first names on the team sheet. He’s very good on the ball and gets into good attacking positions on the wing. Iorfa is a player who might not be at Molineux for very long if he continues to impress.

5) Which ex/current Aston Villa player would you most like in your team – and why?

David Ginola, just because of that hair!

6) Which current Aston Villa player would you rather not have in your team?  Why not?

Agbonlahor, although an old school version of Gabby would be great to see. He had a great partnership with Young back in the day. Now, I think he would just frustrate me.

7) How can you see your season panning out?

I expect a tough start with an October revival. I hope to see a  push for the play-offs once again but, sadly, we might just miss out and end up in seventh place.

8) What’s your match prediction?

2-2, with the game being an open affair.

Extra time:

9) Football Manager or Fifa?

What a question! We’re big fans of both on the Fancast. The pressure is on me to choose. I’m going on personal preference with Fifa.

10) Orange juice or apple juice?

Orange juice, as it’s the closest colour to our kit. Don’t say that our kit looks orange! It’s old gold, thank you very much!


Thanks to David for participating in this edition of the opposition view. The Wolves’ Fancast is a great listen for all football fans. You can interact with David and the gang on Twitter.

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