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Wolves preview

The opening home game of the season, and one in which three points should be the return.

Wolves, back in the top flight following promotion, and Mick McCarthy will be hoping he goes better than his previous time in the Premier League when he was with Sunderland. McCarthy is the epitomy of the 'no-nonsense' character, and a dour Yorkshireman if you ever came across one.

What to make of Wolves then? They do look to be in better shape squad wise to stay up than their previous brief stays and will be heartened at the lack of quality at the lower end of the league which will make their (and the other promoted clubs) task easier. They added some players with Premier League experience over the summer but are struggling with one or two injuries to key players though which will hamper their hopes of building on the mdiweek win at Wigan.

It is difficult to gage the side Hughes will likely field given the options available to him in terms of personnel and formation, but Carlos Tevez must be pushing for a start following his midweek start in Barcelona, which would have given the squad a further boost following the opening day win at Blackburn. If there is a change, it will likely be Craig Bellamy to make way.

Our home form was superb last season, amongst the best in the league, and will once again be key for us this campaign. We are favourites, and deservedly so and I see the home form of last year carrying over and fancy a solid 2-0 victory.