Season Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Boro face Wolves in the opening game of the Championship season, with most Wolves fans very excited for the new season.
We spoke to Richard from Wolves Fancast and Tom from Wolves Blog about the new season. When speaking about their thoughts coming into the new season, Tom said "I'm excited but cautious."
"We've recruited Porto's ex-manager who was coaching in the Champion's League last season and are showing intent to spend big again before we kick-off in August. That said, we spent big last summer and it didn't work out all too well so nobody is counting their chickens just yet."
Richard added "I think most Wolves fans are very excited for the new season. Last season was very much a transition season under the new owners and nobody really seemed settled in the club."
"With a new manager in Nuno Santo, we look like we're moving in the right direction. Some additions are still needed to get the squad where it needs to be, but overall I'm positive going into August."
Speaking about which position Wolves fans think they'll finish, Richard said "such a tough one in this league! If we get a decent striker in then I think we have a chance of making the playoffs."
Tom said that "it's going to be a very different team, a different manager and a different approach, so it's impossible to say with any degree of certainty how it'll turn out. I'll hedge my bets and say mid table."
We asked which players will be key for Wolves this season, with Richard saying "Helder Costa is one of the best players I've seen in a Wolves shirt and if he stays can be a big player this season. Our new centre back Miranda has good pedigree too and hopefully will shore up our back line."
"We desperately need a goal scorer (who doesn't?)" added Tom, "and someone who can pull the strings in central midfield."
"But of the players we already have, we've got some very good wingers so Helder Costa (if he stays) and Jordan Graham will be two players to watch out for if they're fit and firing. Both are exceptionally skilful."
Finally, when speaking about which fixtures Wolves fans will be looking forward to Tom said "I'll tell you which one I'm not looking forward to and that's Boro away. We never get anything up there."
"But it will be good to lock horns with Villa and Birmingham again. All three West Midlands team are throwing some money around these days, so that's a nice competition within the more important competition."
Richard said that "you always look for when you're playing your rivals so Villa and Birmingham City. But I'm interest to see how well do against the recently relegated teams and this who finished in the top 8 but didn't get promoted."