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Hard To Predict If Competition Will Affect Wolves On Sunday


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.

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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6 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 25, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    If we don’t take an energetic, high pressing approach from the first whistle that will be a tactical mistake. We’ve had all week to optimise fitness, study their matches and prepare a plan. They will not have got back to the UK until the early hours this morning, today they’ll likely be resting and doing a bit of tactical analysis. Tomorrow a bit of training and gauging fitness, then up again early to travel to Newcastle on Sunday.

    All things considered we must and should win.

    Time to make some chances and score some goals.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 25, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    direct quote fromSteve 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 Wolves are a very good side”

    and if there not Steve ??????????????

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Oct 25, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Yep. Why not focus comments and attention to things you can control such as tactics, formations, team selection and training as opposed to hoping the other team are knackered.

    Can you imagine if a boxer said such stuff in the build up to a fight… “With a bit of luck my opponent had a shit nights kip and maybe slipped down the stairs this morning…”

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  • Australian Pie

    Oct 25, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Listening to Steve Bruce make these comments is so hard. He has zero confidence which would have to transfer onto the squad he manages.

    Come out and say we are well prepared and ready to take 3 points.

    Did he specify on Carroll injury?

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Jeez worldwide sadsacks on here
    It was an answer to a journo who
    specifically asked about the Euro-effect on PL teams.
    We know the world is full of whinging Poms but we have a whinging Aussie on here

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 25, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib

    You’re the biggest saddo of all mate. For a walter Mitty impersonator who’s done everything, you seem to spend all your time on here. I go off for hours come back and you’ve never left and s till spouting s—e. You rhyme with many words ending in at. You’re a charmless nerk, full of their own importance who noone else gives a s–t about. As for being an alleged NUFC fan you make me sick.

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