Dean Smith has refused to rule out changing Walsall’s starting line-up for the trip to Molineux.
The Saddlers returned to winning ways with a bang on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Crewe and have renewed momentum heading into tonight’s derby clash.
Recalled Craig Westcarr struck a brace, his first goals for the Saddlers since the opening day of the campaign, while Troy Hewitt was handed his first start at home as Smith made a tactical switch to a 4-1-4-1 formation.
But while Smith admits it is always tough to alter a winning side, he says he won’t hesitate if he feels changes are necessary.
“I’ve just got complete belief in the depth of the squad,” he said.
“I feel we are strong in all areas of the pitch and it presents me with a really good dilemma. The performance at Crewe was very pleasing but we’ve had consistent performances throughout the season, with the exception of Preston which was a blip and a bad day at the office.
“Everyone is fit and raring to go but we had a look at the players in training yesterday just to see if anyone is slightly fatigued and might need resting. We had players who came on as substitutes on Saturday and did well so that always has to be kept in mind too.
“With regard to formation, I think it’s a game-to-game basis, how I see the opposition and how I think the match will go.
“At Crewe it worked out for us but it might be two in the midfield at Wolves. We will have to wait and see.”
Smith said the entire squad are looking forward to the game, none more so than the Saddlers’ Black Country contingent.
Sam Mantom, Paul Downing and the Chambers twins are all well aware of what tonight’s fixture means, while Ashley Hemmings began his career at Molineux and scored in the Johnstone’s Paint meeting.
“We’ve a lot of local lads and they don’t need telling what this game means, everyone is really looking forward to it,” he said.
“It’s a local derby and we’ll have great support. The Johnstone’s Paint game whetted the appetite, there were 13,000 there and I thought it was a great game.
“The fans were brilliant, they really got behind the lads and were rewarded with a good second-half performance. Hopefully this game will be the same.”