Odds-on favourites Wolves head into this evening’s match against Walsall boosted by the inclusion of Ireland players Kevin Foley, Stephen Hunt and Stephen Ward in the 22-strong squad.
Having played a part in their country’s Carling Nations Cup campaign earlier this summer, the three players were given a week’s extra holiday by Wolves manager Mick McCarthy.
However, they have returned to the fold and are set to play some part in the local derby at the Banks’s Stadium.
All 22 players in the Wolves squad are expected to play some part in the fixture as McCarthy seeks to manage his players back to full fitness.
This will be the Old Gold’s second outing of pre-season, with the first having ended in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crewe.
Walsall, by way of contrast, are further along the path to match sharpness having already completed a three-game tour of Scotland.
Having said that, Walsall boss Dean Smith is still viewing the fixture against Wolves as a fitness exercise.
“It’s a good game for the fans but it will be a good work-out for both teams,” he commented.
“We’re training later today ahead of the game too because, at this stage of pre-season, it’s all about conditioning.”
This could serve to blunt Walsall’s main weapon in the match, namely their superior fitness levels at this early stage of the season.
As such, it is easy to see why Premier League side Wolves are priced at 11/20 to beat their local adversaries, with Walsall priced at 4/1 and a draw at 11/4.
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