Wolves supporters will not only be expecting to stay up but to survive comfortably this season after their club showed plenty of ambition in the transfer market this summer.
However, opening day visitors Stoke finally made a breakthrough of their own this week, returning to their tried-and-trusted method of buying from Sunderland to make Kenwyne Jones the seventh ex-Black Cat in their squad.
The Trinidadian striker, who Tony Pulis broke his side’s transfer record to sign, scored three times against Wolves last season so will appeal at 6/4 to strike at any time, or 6/1 to get the first goal on his debut.
Having previously only received credit for their displays at the Britannia Stadium, the Potters have been brilliant away from home in 2010, their only losses coming at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, however they are 11/5 to win at Wolves.
Mick McCarthy’s men are 5/4 favourites but haven’t won their opening game for 11 years. Last year they started with a game they were reasonably fancied in – at home to West Ham – yet still lost 2-0.
Stoke have avoided defeat on their last two trips to Molineux, drawing 0-0 there in April and winning 4-2 in their 2007/08 Championship promotion campaign.
Three of Stoke’s four away victories last season came by a 1-0 margin and a repeat of that outcome can be backed at 7/1, although 1-1 is considered the most likely score at 11/2.
Think Wolves avoid another slow start? They are 11/4 to lead at half-time and full-time. See the full Wolves vs Stoke match betting odds market.