Wolves will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the Under-18 Premier League North as Steve Davis’ side welcome West Bromwich Albion to Compton Park this morning.
The first Black Country Derby of the season sees the two sides go head-to-head at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground sponsored by Fosun International, with Wolves aiming to recover from their first defeat of the 2019/20 campaign against Middlesbrough last weekend.
Currently lying third in the table, Wolves take on a West Brom side who have had made an inconsistent start to their season, winning three of their five matches so far, and sitting one point and two places below their local rivals.
Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground sponsored by Fosun International
0-2 v Middlesbrough (A)
2-0 v Sunderland (A)
1-1 v Liverpool (H)
3-2 v Stoke City (H)
2-1 v Newcastle United (H)
3-7 v Everton (A)
WHAT THE BOSS THINKS
On preparing for the Albion challenge
“It’s been mixed prep as we haven’t had the squad together as much as we’d like, some have been training with the first-team, some have been training with Rob and the under-23s, so it’s been difficult to get everyone together on the same day.
“We have to accept that, but the good thing is we did a lot of the good work and the prep work in pre-season, so they all understand what they’re doing and their positions.
“We will be playing a team similar to last week against Middlesbrough so they should know what they’re doing, the only thing we will have to work on ahead of the match is the set-plays.”
On analysing their opponents
“We’ve looked at the last three games they’ve played and they’ve played in a couple of different systems. In our analysis we look at the things we can do against them, but last week Middlesbrough matched us up in a similar way in which we play – a formation they hadn’t played before.
“This means we don’t know how West Brom are going to play, so the important thing will now be to concentrate and focus on what we’re going to do and how we’re going to play.
“We’ve been good at knowing what we want to do in our system, and then on matchday have the intelligence to work out what they’re doing and deal with that. This puts the onus on the players to start thinking a little bit more and looking to adapt if they have to.”
21/09 West Brom (H)
05/10 Man City (A)
19/10 Everton (H)
02/11 Man United (A)
09/11 Derby County (A)
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