West Bromwich Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Match Preview

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West Bromwich Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers
The Hawthorns
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, 16th October: 12:00

Team News

Peter Odemwingie is expected to feature for West Brom after a foot problem, but Billy Jones may have to deputise for Steven Reid, who has a broken hand.

News on Wolves’ own striker is less encouraging, with Steven Fletcher definitely out after injuring his calf in training.

George Elokobi is out with a ankle injury, but Ronald Zubar could return for his first appearances since February.

Hodgson demands derby performance

West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson is hoping his side put on a performance worthy of the Black Country derby when they meet Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

Hodgson’s first game in charge of The Baggies was in the corresponding fixture last season, with Carlos Vela’s late goal salvaging a point at The Hawthorns.

But Hodgson says this time around his side are more than ready to turn out a match winning performance.

"There haven't been many games where we have put in a performance which was totally disappointing or we've found hard to accept or come to terms with,” he said.

"The one at Molineux would certainly be a good example and there have been a couple recently where we could have done better. The players would be the first to tell you the game at Molineux was far from what we should have been doing.

"That's part of the battle in some ways because at least, when people know, then you have at least got a chance to put it right and, as a coach, it means you are often preaching to the converted."


Meanwhile, Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is confident supporters will see the best of Karl Henry during Sunday’s clash, despite recent criticism from the Molineux faithful.

Henry received a mixed reaction when substituted against Newcastle United during the club’s last Premier League outing, but McCarthy is quick to support the under-fire midfielder.

"It's Karl Henry and 10 others will be playing for Wolves on Sunday, don't worry about that, he said.

"I don't have to come out giving my bubbling support and condemn other people for getting at him.

"My support is for a guy who's been here for five years and everything that's been good about my tenure here, he's been part of it - and he will continue to be so.

"It was good that his team-mates supported him and so they should. I'm glad they did. But my support is that he's in the team tomorrow."

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