So far this Championship season, the division has been characterised by a strength in depth that sees just six points separate the top 10.
Of those top 10, Wolves sit in ninth place, just five points off top spot. Kenny Jackett’s side have had their fair share of highs this term, although their most recent 5-0 thrashing at Derby County certainly demonstrated one of their low points.
But where will the Midlands side be in five games’ time?
First up for the Wolves after the international break are Nottingham Forest at Molineaux. Like Jackett’s men, Stuart Pearce’s side have endured both good and bad so far this campaign and have just ended a winless run after a dramatic comeback win against Norwich City.
Both sides, though, are hardly in top form but Wolves have home advantage.
The following fixture presents another tough test for Jackett’s side, with a visit to in-form Brentford. And it doesn’t get any easier after that when Wolverhampton host Bournemouth (although this, again, is at Molineaux.)
Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton are next up for Wolves (away then at home) and fans may see those clashes more optimistically, as both sides are well below the Midlands side in the table.
The common theme, however, is that any of these sides could beat Wolves on their day, while the opposite is also true. In short, the ultra-competitive Championship sways towards a different team in the promotion race every week.
That’s why, despite a poor couple of results recently, Wolves will no doubt be in the race for the play-offs (or better) throughout the duration of the campaign. And, in five games’ time, don’t be surprised to see Jackett’s men back in the top six.
Next 5 games:
Nottingham Forest (H)
Sheffield Wednesday (A)
Ultimate Outcome: Play-offs