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Question Time: Wolverhampton Wanderers with @WolvesBlog

A Wolves fan gives us the lowdown on his team in anticipation for Saturday.

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The old foes return to the Macron Stadium tomorrow. Those pesky mutts, Wolverhampton Wanderers, travel up to face Bolton Wanderers once more. for what will hopefully be another battle for the ages.

I spoke to Thomas Baugh, of Wolves Blog, about the game:

1) If you don't mind me saying, you strike me a little as a wounded animal with losing both Nouha Dicko and Richard Stearman recently. Will you be able to cope in losing those two key players? How will you react to losing them on Saturday?

Yeah, it's a kick in the nads to lose both those players. Stearman has been a leader in a youthful back four. Strange decision to cash in and the squad is undoubtedly poorer for his absence. But we've been vulnerable all season defensively so you might argue we've got little to lose in playing the kids. Up front, Dicko is tough to replace (although he's been below par all season) but I'm happy with an Afobe/Le Fondre partnership. We've also got young Bright Enobakhare in reserve who looks an excellent prospect. The team recovered to beat Charlton Athletic without those players last time, so no excuses here.

2) You obviously have two very dangerous former Bolton strikers in Adam Le Fondre and Benik Afobe. Who should we be worried about more and are they enough to get you promotion?

Both players have scored plenty of goals in the Championship so why not? Afobe is the more complete player (and therefore probably the greater threat), whereas Le Fondre seems like your classic 'Fox in the Box' from what I've seen in glimpses thus far. I'll be interested to see how that partnership develops, but on paper they should be more than adequate for a top six push.

3) How's our mate ALF doing thus far?

Limited game time so far but we're suddenly reliant on him with Dicko being out. Looked leggy to me in the early sub appearances but didn't have a proper pre season at Cardiff City. He was much sharper against Charlton last time and got his goal. Don't think we've seen the best of him yet.

4) Aside from the aforementioned strikers, which other Wolves players should Bolton by worried of on Saturday?

I'll go for a couple of unsung heroes. Dave Edwards covers an incredible amount of ground and has an excellent scoring record from midfield. Kenny Jackett describes him as an awkward player that opponents aren't sure how to handle and I think that's a good summary. James Henry has also stepped up this season. You'll remember his late equaliser at the Macron last season and he has that ability to turn games.

5) How do you rate you Summer of business?

Too early to say, but certainly when you factor in the late sale of Stearman and the injury to Dicko, the squad does look weak. Three or four new players came in over the summer though, adding to what is the nucleus of a decent team, so we might come good. The major loss was Bakary Sako, who was always going to be irreplaceable in the Championship, so I expected us to suffer a bit in the transition.

6) Before Dicko's injury I did have you down for promotion, is that still possible? How do you think your season will go?

I think the teams who came down from the Premier League last season are going to prove a nuisance and make life difficult for the rest. Then you've got the likes of Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough who are certain to be in and around the top six. My gut feeling is we'll be around where we were last time, which is top half and flirting with the play-offs. Had we gone into this season with the squad that finished last season I would have put my house on automatic promotion. That's how much I rated Sako. Oh well.

7) I hear mixed things about Kenny Jackett, is he good enough to take you up?

Best manager I remember us having. I can see why outsiders see him as boring, low profile, etc, etc. I thought that before he came to the club. But he's made some big decisions in his two and a bit years and always seems tactically prepared. I wouldn't swap him for anyone (in the Championship at least) so yeah, I think he can get us up.

8) There's obviously no love lost between Wolves and Bolton, do you hold any particular hatred towards us, the one and only Wanderers?

What did we ever do to you? I was at Burnden Park in 1995 for that play-off semi-final second leg. Miserable stuff. I think McGinlay punching David Kelly in the face, getting away with it and then banging in the goals that took you through left a bitter taste. Surely nobody debates that was an injustice? No particular hate here though. Time has healed that wound for me (just about).

9) Any Bolton player you're wary of going into the game?

Zach Clough scored twice against us last season so we'll will keep an eye on him. I've not seen enough to judge whether he's actually up to much, but do know he's highly rated. And of course our old friend Mark Davies normally ups his game. I don't think he's ever fulfilled what was enormous potential, although injuries have been a factor.

10) Yeah. It's a massive shame, because he is such a fantastic player. What kind of football can we expect from Wolves?

Sexy, of course. Seriously, we do try to get it down and play, which has been Jackett's approach all along. We're playing narrower in midfield this season so it's even more possession based. Sadly, it's what we've been doing without that ball that's been the problem thus far.

11) Finally, what will the score be?

I make a prediction on my blog for every single game and up until last weekend hadn't got a single one anywhere close to correct. We must be due a win at your gaffe though? It's been a while. I'll go for 2-1, which means you'll probably win, so you can thank me afterwards. Good luck for the season.

Likewise. You can follow Tom on Twitter @WolvesBlog.