With the expectation (and press reports) that Nuno will make any number of changes, Wolves play Besiktas at Molineux tonight (8pm KO) in their last fixture in Europa League Group K. Wolves have already qualified after the mud soaked 3-3 draw in Braga a couple of weeks ago, however a win tonight might end with us winning the group, dependent on results elsewhere. Whether first or second, qualification is thoroughly deserved, and our last 32 knockout opponents will be revealed during the draw to be held next Monday (16th December) at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. I presume it’s on telly …. Somewhere?
It was 3rd October when we last played Besiktas, just after we lost our opener to Braga …. You will remember we won it, 3rd minute of injury time, with a last gasp lovely finish by Willy Boly. At the time, Besiktas were struggling in the Turkish Top league, however it must be noted that they have won the last 6 league fixtures on the trot, taking them to 2nd in the table – having said that their only win in Europa Group K was in their last match against Slovan Bratislava. They’ve lost the other four. So their overall league form has improved and it’ll be interesting to see how they approach the match tonight having already been eliminted.
What changes will Nuno actually make? That too will be interesting, the Express and Star predicting significant rare outings, including youngsters. John Ruddy looks very likely to start in goal. Whatever the line up, good luck to the lads tonight, I hope they give it a real go for the 3 points to please what will be another really good gate.
In the usual way, please feel free to add your thoughts, comments and observations in this match thread.
UP THE WOLVES, as ever .... enjoy the match!!
Match Thread: Wolves v Besiktas (Europa League)
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Date: 12/12/2019 18:05
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As for the team selection, not as massive change from Nuno's general thinking, perhaps with the exception of Raymond Buur. A good player for a cold night. To be honest I'd forgotten he was still around, though remember his goal headed at the South Bank end in our promotion winning season.
Obviously the bench is full of kids, including 23 year old rookie Diogo Jota!
I have to say I think that’s a fair starting Xl Ivy. Lots of experience in midfield and defence with a good chance for the youngsters included too. Oscar Buur scores last time I remember him playing, Kilman had a good game against Sheffield United, and Neto and Cutrone up front know what needs to be done.
Ivybridge Wolf As for the team selection, not as massive change from Nuno's general thinking, perhaps with the exception of Raymond Buur. A good player for a cold night. To be honest I'd forgotten he was still around, though remember his goal headed at the South Bank end in our promotion winning season.
Raymond Buur - didn't he used to play Perry Mason and Ironside??? LOl!!
Cutrone puts it in the net but offside again. Now B'tas have a corner cleared by Coady. Donk fouled in full flow after good cross field pass by Cutrone. Free kick in a good position for Neves but it's an easy collect for their keeper
Half time. It started promisingly and deteriorated slowly. Typically Wolves are struggling to break down a side which is defending heavily. Clearly in view of the progress they have made in their league even though they are out of Europe after tonight they want to keep their momentum going.
Defence and midfield have been OK but no bit up front at all and no real ideas either. Wonder if Jota will make an appearance early on.
Some impressive first team debuts by our youngsters tonight in the Europa Lge. Oskar Buur has been very confident and solid on the right side. Neto has had a good game overall, and Taylor and Otisowie have fitted into the midfield well to replavce two very senior players. Kilman has also been very efficient in defence with Voady & Bennett.
Three minutes added time to be played
Winning the group is irrelevant as we are going to be playing the better teams at some stage and there is no guarantee of playing a weaker team. It has a feeling of a meaningless pre season friendly with both teams playing reserves .. roll on games that matter
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