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Posted by - November 12, 2010 - Blackpool, Manchester City, Predictions, Premier League, West Ham, Wolves

From massage parlours to Molineux

Avram Grant
Avram Grant was last season reported to be a regular visitor of massage parlours. Whilst it is difficult to avoid any horrendous pull him off before half-time or balls slowly pushed through the defence gags, Grant’s year looks like having anything but a happy ending.

It is quite possible that by the end of November Avram Grant will be ‘celebrating’ a year in management in the relegation zone. He has managed crisis clubs, but a record of two league wins out of his last 20 games is not the form of a man who will keep his job for long.

A home game against Blackpool? Critically must-win.

Ian Holloway
Whilst the punishment is ridiculous, the precedent was set last season. Mick McCarthy made ten changes and was fined. If the FA follow their own example the same will happen to Holloway.

What complicates the issue is that Holloway has called the FA’s bluff by suggesting that he will resign if he is fined.

Holloway is a man whose opinions and statements make him larger than life, and like Clough and Mourinho before him, this is done to take the attention off his players. But the question must remain whether Holloway is emotionally secure enough for the media inquisition of the Premier League. His answers in the post-game press conference on Wednesday indicate cause for concern.

Wolves
Wolves’ performance this season has slightly gone under the radar, perhaps through the discussion of their players’ disciplinary records.

Since the opening day they have taken six points out a possible 33. They have faced the current top five, but also four of the other five clubs in the bottom six. For a club that spent approaching £15million in the summer, this is simply not good enough.

Improvements are needed at Molineux. Mick McCarthy will want four points from games against Bolton at home and Blackpool away.

Manchester City’s mindset
While a lot was made of Manchester City essentially parking the bus against United on Wednesday, one can understand their decision after losing both games to their rivals last season.

But City have spent enough money on attacking talent that they simply need to score more goals. Without Carlos Tevez they look impotent, and the Argentinian is crying out for a partner.

On Saturday they face a Birmingham side that have not won in eleven away games in all competitions. Manchester City will have to attack, and there are many who would be happy to see Yaya Toure replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor.

Karl Henry
A lot was made of Cesc Fabregas’ challenge on Wednesday, and the apology that followed, but Henry’s leg-breaker on Andrei Arshavin was comfortably the worst foul of the week.

Whilst Mick McCarthy was applauded for his dismissal of the severity of the challenge by the Arsenal captain, it could cynically viewed as a way of protecting his player.

Whatever the reasons, Henry is a player with a deserved reputation, and he should have received his second straight red card of the season on Wednesday.