Wolves v Blues preview1
December 7, 2012 by Made In Brum
Another game live on TV. You’d think that Blues have been brilliant to watch this season, but in truth, they’ve been consistently inconsistent. Lee Clark and his troops make the short trip to the Molineux tomorrow to take on Wolves (5.20pm).
Last Friday nights win at home to Middlesbrough has lightened the mood around St. Andrews. It was, without doubt, a much needed victory. Can they push on? Its certainly a tough place to go, even though Blues’ recent record at Molinuex has been very decent.
Clark has confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns. However, Darren Ambrose, who was taken ill before the ‘Boro game has picked up a knock and won’t be available.
The Blues boss admitted this week that like his side, Wolves should be ‘doing better’. After eight straight Championship defeats, Wolves stopped the rot in emphatic fashion last weekend by beating Bristol City 4-1 at Ashton Gate.
Stale Solbakken will be without Dave Edwards, but David Davis or Tongo Doumbia will step in.
This derby has history. It may not be held in as high regard as Blues v Villa, but Wolves is most Blues fans ‘second derby’. Promotion battles, relegation scraps, the Brum-Black Country derby rarely passes without incident.
Below are some stats compiled by @bcfcarchive. Come on Blues!
Head to Head
Blues head to Wolverhampton having previously recorded 16 wins, 8 draws and 41 defeats in the 122 year history of this fixture. Blues have a 24.62% win record away to Wolves.
Wolves hold the overall head to head advantage winning 61 of the previous 131 encounters between the two sides. There have been 39 wins for Blues and 31 draws.
Blues have scored 69 goals when visiting the Black Country, conceding 119.
On average, there have been 1.06 scored and 1.83 goals conceded by Blues when away to Wolves.
There has only been two 0-0 draws between the sides with Wolves as hosts.
The most popular scoreline when Blues have been victorious is 1-0. This has happened on 6 previous visits.
The greatest margin of victory for Blues had been 3-0 on Saturday 5th November 1920. Burkinshaw, Crosbie and McClure with the goals.
Blues have kept 13 clean sheets at Molineux.
Wolves once recorded a 7-2 victory over Small Heath on 25thJanuary 1896, which remains the biggest win in this fixture.
The first visit for Blues came on Saturday 1st February 1890. The match ended in a 2-1 defeat, Devey with the goal in the FA Cup tie
The last visit to Molineux saw Blues into the 4th round of the FA Cup, with Wade Elliott’s goal sealing a 1-0 win on Wednesday 18th January 2012.
Colin Doyle was the Blues hero with a late penalty save in a dramatic and crucial 3-2 win on Sunday 22nd April 2007. The three points propelled Steve Bruce’s side to the top of the Championship. Blues would ultimately go on to be promoted in second place.
On this day
Blues have an overall record of 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats on the 8th December previously.
There have been 28 goals scored and 29 conceded.
The only ever away win for Blues on this day came at Luton 4-2 in 1951, with Purdon, Smith, Stewart and Warhurst finding the net. The last Blues side to travel on this day lost 2-1 at Newcastle in 2007, with Cameron Jerome on the score sheet.
I’ll be there tomorrow, COYB