Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has issued a brutal verdict regarding Wolverhampton Wanderers' ailing form so far this season, admitting he doesn't know "what the excuse is" for their poor performances and dismissing the additional exertions of the Europa League as "nonsense" (Sky Sports News).
Wolves had a sensational campaign last time out, finishing seventh in the Premier League, qualifying for the Europa League and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, but this term things have gone south a bit, with Nuno Espirito Santo's charges currently 19th in the table and having lost their opening EL group game.
On Saturday, Molineux will be hosting Watford, who languish at the bottom of the table, and Nicholas predicts that the early-season relegation clash will be tense and potentially decided by a mistake.
I am still working out why Wolves are so slow out of the blocks," Nicholas wrote on Sky Sports News. "Spare me the nonsense about the fact they are playing in the Europa League too. They had games to get into the Europa League but they were not mentally draining, so I do not know what the excuse is. They are going about it in the wrong way.
"They are against a Watford team that don't know what they are. They should have been buried by Arsenal but they fought well and could have won, before being thumped by City. I see a tense game, with a mistake perhaps leading to a goal."
Wolves go into this game on the back of a penalty shootout victory against Reading in the League Cup to reach the fourth round, while the Hornets also progressed thanks to their 2-1 win over Swansea City at Vicarage Road in midweek.
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