Wolves v Swansea preview
Five defeats in a row for hosts; visitors yet to win away
Last Updated: 21/10/11 4:04pm
McCarthy: Hoping to end losing run
Mick McCarthy will be looking to prove the support of his board is justified as Wolves aim to end their losing run when Swansea City visit Molineux on Saturday.
Following a bright start to the season, Wolves have tumbled down the Premier League table in recent weeks on the back of a five-game losing streak.
Wolves' form on home soil has also been disappointing, with McCarthy's men suffering consecutive defeats by Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle in front of their home fans.
McCarthy has insisted that he retains the support of his players ahead of the game, and has also brushed off any notion that his position as manager is under threat.
Saturday's lunchtime kick-off could provide McCarthy with the ideal chance to kick-start Wolves' season as Swansea have yet to pick up a point away from home.
However, the Swans' opening three away fixtures were at Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea before losing 3-1 at fellow promoted side Norwich City last weekend.
Swansea's home form, though, has ensured Brendan Rodgers' men have made a solid start to life in the top flight and they currently sit a point and three places above Wolves in the table.
McCarthy must decide whether to make changes to his team following last weekend's derby defeat by West Brom as he seeks to find a way to halt Wolves' losing run.
Adam Hammill came into the team for Stephen Hunt against the Baggies, while Nenad Milijas replaced the injured Steven Fletcher.
Scotland striker Fletcher missed the trip to the Hawthorns due to a calf injury and is expected to be out for up to four weeks.
His continued absence could lead to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake being recalled to the starting line-up if McCarthy opts for a 4-4-2 formation.
Kevin Foley is still out after undergoing an ankle operation, while Dave Edwards and George Elokobi are back in training following injuries.
Swans boss Rodgers must also decide whether to make changes to his team as he tries to secure a first point on the road for the club this season.
On-loan defender Steven Caulker is ahead of schedule in his return from a knee injury, but will not be involved against Wolves.
Vangelis Moras could make his debut in defence after recently signing a short-term deal with Swansea and he was an unused substitute at Norwich last week.
Stephen Dobbie is out due to an ankle injury he suffered in the 3-1 defeat at Carrow Road and Alan Tate (broken leg) and Kemy Agustien (hamstring) are also out.
Possible starting XIs
Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, O'Hara, Henry, Hunt, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Dyer, Allen, Gower, Routledge, Sinclair, Graham.
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