Wolves v Stoke preview, team news & odds

Updated: December 17, 2011

Wolves start their busy Christmas schedule with the visit of Stoke City to Molineuxin the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3.00pm.

Mick McCarthy knows that a win on Saturday is vital going into what is always a busy period. It does make it a vital period when you have a glut of games coming up,” he said.

“If you have four or five games within a short period of time, you’re playing for 15 points.

“And if you get nine of them then suddenly you’re up there nearer the top, or if you don’t get what you should have then you’re down there and teams have got away from you – it does accentuate the difference between the top and the bottom.

“I’m not happy with the points we’ve got so far – I think we should have had more, because we had a good start and we should have had more.

“You look at the games and we should certainly have got something against Newcastle and Everton.

“I know we’ve had a couple of ‘iffy’ performances but our performances have been a lot better in most games.”

Having won their last two home games will give Wolves an amount of confidence despite their indifferent form of late. However they will be coming up against a Stoke side that has been riding high both on the domestic and European front.

Tony Pulis’ side go into the game in eighth place in the Barclays Premier League, knowing that victory against Wolves could see them close the gap on both Liverpool and Newcastle United.

A score draw looks the best bet and should be backed at 3.35 on Betfair.

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