Sir Alex Ferguson has remarked that Wolves are in a false position in the relegation places and manager Mick McCarthy has now challenged his players to prove that this is true.
Despite being the first team to beat Manchester United in the Premier League this season, Wolves still find themselves two points from safety.
Meanwhile, it is still largely expected that Wolves will go down despite the result, as they are one of three teams in the Premier League betting to be given an odds-on quote to drop into the Championship at the end of the season.
Wolves’ betting odds are 8/11, while bottom club West Ham are 4/7 and Wigan are deemed the most likely to fail to survive at 1/2.
What is most surprising about Wolves’ position is that they have fared well against the teams at the top of the standings, but struggled predominantly against the teams around them.
Wolves have beaten five of the top seven teams in the table and if they came anywhere close to maintaining this level of form against the remainder of the table, they would be top-six challengers.
However, up next in the Premier League is a trip to Arsenal, who are one of the two top-seven teams they have not beaten, and McCarthy is hopeful that the team can build on their surprise Manchester United victory.
He said: “How do we follow that up? By going to Arsenal on Saturday and getting something I suppose. That’s not going to be easy, but neither was beating Manchester United.”
The omens do not look good for Wolves as they have lost their last 11 games against Arsenal in all competitions, but they are 12/1 to secure victory this time.
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