European fatigue has been a topic of conversation in the lead up to Sunday’s match. Since the season began, Wolves have had to play in six Europa League matches as they had to go through the qualifying stages.
They are also still alive in the Carabao Cup and will play at Aston Villa on Wednesday in that competition. They seem to be handling this immense schedule quite well recently.
While Wolves had a lukewarm start to the season, they are unbeaten in their last seven fixtures over all competitions.
However, it is challenging for clubs like Wolves to compete on multiple fronts without it having some effect on their league form.
Steve Bruce mentioned that in his press conference this morning. The Athletic’s Chris Waugh has tweeted some of his comments on the subject.
Bruce: "It is mightily difficult to play Thursday & then Sunday. The big teams are used to repeatedly playing in Europe. It can be difficult & I hope we can benefit from it. Let's hope they're tired & bruised & have been delayed 5 hours! But #wwfc are a very good side" #nufc
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) October 25, 2019
This seems to be a running theme this week. Jetro Willems commented on the fact that in our last home game we beat Manchester United who had also played in the Europa League the previous Thursday.
This is what Jetro had to say on Wednesday when asked about Wolves’ improved form:
“Of course, but what you said. They will play in the Euros. Man U also played in Euros too. They will have it tough too.”
Though BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson mentioned that when Wolves traveled to Istanbul to play Besiktas, they defeated Manchester City at the Etihad on the following Sunday.
This is what Lawrenson wrote on the subject yesterday:
Wolves had not won any of their first four games on a Sunday this season, then they went and won at Manchester City after their longest trip in the Europa League, to Turkey to play Besiktas.
We can’t really forecast if Wolves will be affected when they come to Newcastle on Sunday. However, it is likely to catch up with them at some point this season, and if it is Sunday, we’ll take any advantage we can get at this point.
For those interested, we did a Q & A with the Express and Star on the forthcoming Wolves match.
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