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Five Things I Know That I Know: Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Since I don't have Transfer Rumor Tuesday to occupy my time anymore I've been trying to come up with a new regular feature for the site. Brian has his chalkboard analysis, which is awesome, and Kevin and Ryan have pretty much everything else. I can only troll the commentariate for so long before I have to write something legitimate.

Thus, "Five Things I Know That I Know" was born. Every week I'll give you guys a list of 5 things about this week's opponents. This week Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Midlands for a visit to the Molineux Stadium to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves currently sit fifth in the table with seven points from their first three games.

Tottenham Hotspur finally have an opportunity to play a team that isn't one of the best in Europe and hopefully do so with a reasonably healthy team. This represents Spurs' best chance to earn some points of the young season, but it certainly won't be a walk in the park.

Things I Know After The Jump

1) I love Mick McCarthy. Aside from being the source of one of my favorite GIF's ever and always a great source for a negative quote, McCarthy is actually a pretty good football manager. He's twice won the Championship, first with Sunderland and later with Wolves. He's kept the club in the Premier League the last two seasons, albeit by slim margins, and Wolves are off to an excellent start this season. McCarthy teams don't necessarily play beautiful football, but they definitely don't play like Birmingham, and I certainly can appreciate that.

2) I also love Jamie O'Hara. I promise not all five of these things will be about me loving our opponents. O'Hara is a former Spurs player and, during his time with the club, was one of my favorite players. O'Hara is a hard working midfielder that can play either on the left or in central midfield. He seems to pop-up with goals at opportune times and he's married to Danielle Lloyd. O'Hara is an good player for a team like Wolves and having him available for the full season will be big for the Club.

3) Wolves have a pair of good wingers. Stephen Hunt and Matthew Jarvis are very capable players. Jarvis earned his first ever England cap last year as a substitute against Ghana and Hunt is an Ireland regular. Both are skillfull and possess a high work rate. Jarvis's crossing is very good and he has a couple of good players to aim at (I'll get to them in a minute). If our defending on the flanks remains as much of a problem as it has in the first couple of matches these two could cause problems for Spurs.

4) Wolves strikers are nothing spectacular, but they can cause problems. McCarthy will opt for a 4-4-2 and he'll probably opt for the same line-up he's ran out in the previous three games. That means we'll see Steven Fletcher and Kevin Doyle paired up front. Granted those two names aren't going to scare too many teams, both are more than competent in front of goal. Both have already opened their accounts this year and they'll look to continue their form against Tottenham's shaky back-line.

5) This club has top ten ambitions. Given their start to the season I don't think those ambitions are in the least bit out of the question. Certainly they won't be sitting fifth in a few months, but a top half finish is a reasonable goal for this side. With goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey keeping the club in most games and Doyle and Fletcher healthy and scoring goals there's no reason why Wolves couldn't finish 10th or better.

Finally, a bonus thing that I know. Mechanick doesn't like Wolves. They released goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who's an American. And if I know one thing it's that Mechanick loves American footballers and I doubt he takes too kindly to teams that cast-off their Americans.