When? Saturday 2nd October with a good old fashioned 3pm kick off, once again.

Where? Molineux. A cracking, traditional stadium.

It’s the Castore derby on Saturday as The Wolves battle The Magpies for the spoils…

6 league games, 3 solitary points, no wins. 7 goals scored, 14 conceded (noting that 10 of those have been conceded in the second half).

As @TFAlex intimated on Saturday night, we can’t beat West Ham, we can’t beat Southampton, we can’t beat Leeds and we can’t beat newly promoted Watford. Where the hell’s our first win coming from?

I won’t touch on Saturday’s draw at Vicarage Road too much, as you can read the post-match analysis from Sam Dalling, listen to the podcast or read the Vox Pops for your True Faith fix. I will, however, point out that it doesn’t take a genius to realise that the formation change to 4-1-4-1 gave us a much better performance and balance; probably our best 90 minutes in this campaign, yet we still couldn’t muster up a much needed 3 points. We should have been out of sight before we nearly threw the lot away deep into stoppage time. Like many, with the three o’clock TV blackout in the UK, I may or may not have found a dodgy stream to watch the game live.

The Mags head out on the road once more on Saturday, this time with a trip to the Midlands, as we face Wolverhampton Wanderers. A Wolves side who’ve been pretty average so far this season. A Wolves side who bagged a vital 3 points at Southampton on Sunday. A Wolves side, buoyed after a match winning goal from their talisman, Raul Jimenez. A Wolves side who have 2 wins and 4 defeats to their name this season.

As per Watford last weekend, I had to google the man in the hot seat at Molineux. While Nuno is doing a particularly shit job at Super League Judas’ Spurs, 45-year-old, former Benfica gaffer, Bruno Lage was appointed in June 2021. Given the plethora of Portuguese players this was probably a no-brainer to bring in “one of their own.”

I find Wolves an odd one. Their squad is littered with talent, with well-known names such as Conor Coady, Willy Boly (class name), Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Raul (my head’s harder than your head) Jimenez, I feel they should be a much better outfit than their last season’s position of 13th dictates. They actually ended the campaign with an identical record to The Toon, but we finished a place about them as we bagged more goals. Flogging Jota to Liverpool and replacing him with Fabio Silva did them no favours at all- as CFM laboured in his preview last season!

Last season was a disappointing campaign for The Wolves as they finished the previous one in 7th. Their season effectively ended when Raul fractured his skull in November 2020 and was out for the remainder. Make no mistake, he is more important to Wolves than Callum Wilson is to Newcastle. He gets their goals. Full stop! I’ve always been a big fan of Daniel Podence, but he seems to trouble the treatment room more than the pitch. He’s quick and tricky, and provided he isn’t back on the physio table, he’s one we’ll need to keep an eye on in the full-back positions.

Then there’s the mystery of Adama Traore – probably the quickest player in the Greed League, he keeps ‘Boots the Chemist’ in business with the amount of Vasoline applied to his ridiculously large torso and thighs like a pair of roast hogs. I’m sick of hearing commentator after commentator waxing lyrical about Traore. My opinion, and I could well be setting us up for a fall here, is that he’s absolutely shite. The stereotypical run-around-Sue who’s end product makes Miggy look prolific. Simple tactics when defending Traore – Let him run past you to the by-line and we’ll get a goal kick. Is he the most over-rated winger in the league? I’ll leave you to form your own opinions!

Onto the Mags. I’m running out of pseudonyms for our gaffer. The Baron of Bacon, the Corbridge Commander, the Bacon Muncher, Cabbage Heed so I’m just gonna call him the interim boss. Most of us will be hoping the rumours of his impending exit are true, but as it stands, he’ll still be the man in the dugout come Saturday afternoon.

I don’t think it’s any coincidence that by pushing Hayden into the midfield enforcer role, we saw the best of Sean Longstaff and Joe Willock at Watford, so I expect Bruce to go “same again” at Wolves.

Amazingly, I’ve predicted 1-1 for both Leeds and Watford (although it should be noted I had no cash on either,) and looking back at the corresponding results since Wolves got back with the big boys, I can only see one result this weekend.

I enjoyed the lads’ trip to Molineux in January 2019 as our good pal “Shropshire Bob” lives in, well, Shropshire. Giddy’s now infamous (amongst our ranks) Miggy dance was a sight to behold too in a local Bridgnorth boozer. I’m plumping for yet another splinter-in-me arse 1-1, with Miggy opening the scoring before a Raul equaliser.

Safe trip to the Mags heading to the Midlands, enjoy your day. Friend and regular contributor to True Faith, Castle Farm Mag has only recently found out that his good lady wife has organised a 50th birthday bash, so we won’t be making the trip down the road this time round.

@peekeekay – Paul Karter