Sunday, December 20, 2009
MICK PUTS ALL HIS EGGS IN ONE BASKET ..........
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS - BURNLEY
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy took a very brave step in midweek, resting all ten outfield players from the team which earned a shock 1-0 win at Tottenham, prefering to pick his battles and save his "star" players for this game, rather than have them chasing shadows at Old Trafford in midweek. Personally, I do not see anything wrong with the policy, but if I was a supporter who had paid £42 for a ticket at OT and goodness knows how much else to get there, on a very cold evening, I might view things differently. Only time will tell, but it certainly raises the interest in today's game and increases the pressure on the returning players today.
Despite Burnley putting out their strongest side at home to Arsenal in midweek, they will also have targetted this as three win-able road points and those would certainly be most welcome. Owen Coyle's attack minded tactics have not worked away from Turf Moor and a point at Manchester City is all they have to show from eight away starts and even in that game they conceded three times. Their refusal to shut up shop regardless of how the game is going has seen 27 goals conceded on the road and we could add to that tally with four against two struggling lower level teams in the Carling Cup, so Burnley home and away are two very different teams. However, Coyle is not prepared to ditch his principles and his side will try to get at Wolves today, they were very unlucky to lose 2-0 at Pompey on their last away start and on another day could have won that by a couple of goals. Having said that, the south coast side also missed a penalty and the five goals conceded previously at Upton Park, to a West Ham side in freefall, make it clear that anyone can and will score against them. Two sides both looking for three points , with the visitors totally incapable of keeping a clean sheet and the hosts having conceded in every EPL game at Molineux, I am certain that we will see goals today and whilst i would like to see McCarthy's decision rewarded, the "over" looks the better option to me.
7 points "over" 2.5 goals 2.04 asian line.