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Wolves welcome Huddersfield against a backdrop of off-field uncertainty

02 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Wolves welcome Huddersfield against a backdrop of off-field uncertainty

The West Midlands club must do their talking against the Terriers following owner Steve Morgan's shock announcement that he is selling up

It is a very big week for Wolves.

That is the opinion of their manager Kenny Jackett, who must get his side to perform on the pitch amidst the upheaval off it.

The club were surprisingly put up for sale on Monday by owner Steve Morgan, who also resigned from the board with immediate effect.

Morgan’s shock decision has led to plenty of speculation about the club’s future – there will no doubt be more to come – but the team are still looking to pick up vital points in the present.

Although Wolves had gone four games without a win before the ‘For Sale’ signs went up, the recent upheaval could have a galvanising effect on the players.

They didn’t appear to be distracted by the situation during their convincing 3-0 victory over Fulham on Tuesday and they will be looking to continue that momentum when Huddersfield Town visit on Saturday afternoon.

Wolves are clear favourites to win at evens, but they will need to end a dismal home record against Huddersfield to pick up three points.

They haven’t beaten the Terriers in the last eight meetings between the two clubs at Molineux – a run stretching all the way back to November 1988, when they faced each other in the old Third Division.

Chris Powell’s men come into this weekend’s game on the back of three games without defeat and, after winning this fixture 3-1 last season, they are 11/4 to secure victory again.

Emyr Huws could play a key role in deciding the game, having excelled in midfield for the Yorkshire side since signing on loan from Wigan.

The Wales international has scored four goals in his last three appearances and he is 5/1 to keep his goalscoring run going at any time during the game.

Further back, Huddersfield appear to have tightened up after conceding 75 goals in league action last season – the fourth-highest total in the Championship.

They have only let in more than one goal once so far this term, though they are likely to be tested by a talented Wolves frontline.

Former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has pace and impressive ability on the ball and is Wolves’ top scorer with three league goals to his name so far.

While he has failed to find the back of the net in his last three outings, he is 13/8 to get back in the goals in a Wolves win.

Kenny Jackett can also call upon Adam Le Fondre up front, though the 28-year-old has largely had to settle for a place on the bench since arriving from Cardiff.

Le Fondre did start alongside Afobe against Fulham and may retain his place in the starting 11 after opening the scoring in the midweek win.

He has been a reliable finisher throughout his career and is 5/1 to be the last goalscorer.

This promises to be a crucial week for Wolves, and a win would help them to end it in a positive mood.

Huddersfield, though, will fancy their chances of getting another result at Molineux.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter.

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