“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.”
Fact or Fiction: With the way the Wolverhampton Wanderers have played to begin the season, they will finish in the top half of the Premier League.
Matt Hackenmiller: Fact. Although it’s very early in the season, Wanderers have displayed an organized unit that is willing to play defensive football. It hasn’t always been a beautiful brand of football, but Wolves have found ways to get points this season. With the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal looking at the prospects of having down seasons, it’s quite conceivable that Mick McCarthy’s side will have an opportunity to qualify for the Europa League. Once the Carling and F.A. Cup come around though, it will be interesting to see how McCarthy manages his squad. Will he try and make deep runs in the Cups or will he play to ensure a higher finish in the Premier League? With that said, I still expect the Wolves to shock some fans and finish in the top half of the table.
Earl Reed: Fiction. Yes, I love underdog, feel-good stories like Wolves. While a few of the perennial successes have started slowly, recall that Liverpool was in a similar position last season and finished sixth. I think there’s little doubt that Arsenal and Spurs will rise as things settle down. Wolves have been opportunistic out of the gate. Snatching three points at Ewood Park, taking care of business at home against Fulham, and stifling Villa to a nil-nil is a great beginning against a slightly weak schedule. As the fixtures increase in difficulty, I expect McCarthy to return to his pragmatic roots, and that will result in Wolverhampton stabilizing somewhere just out of the top half. Even though I believe the statement to be false, I won’t be surprised if they sneak into 10th, given the extra Europa League workload for Stoke City and Fulham.
What do you think, is it fact or fiction that the Wolves are heading for a spot in the top half of the Premier League? Share your opinions in the comments section below.