Match Of The Week: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Stoke City

According to the current Premier League orthodoxy, the Vandals are playing the Visigoths at Molineux this afternoon. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City don’t fit with the marketing profile of the division. These are two clubs that upset people aesthetically. They’re not as glamorous as some would like, and they don’t play football in the way that those that seem to care about this sort of thing are concerned, and neither do they just sit back and accept their inevitable fate. Stoke City have managed an FA Cup final appearance and have held their own in the Europa League so far this season, whilst Wolves survived the cut by the skin of their teeth last season and, despite a dismal run of form during the autumn, have shown signs of life again in recent weeks. With Christmas eight days away, there are empty seats at Molineux this afternoon – even some of the most fanatical of football supporters have families and friends to buy presents for, after all. In addition to this, we have the arguably less forgivable sight of a dozen or so home supporters dressed as Santa Claus. In an era during which stewards and the police seem more than happy to eject people from football grounds for breathing in the wrong direction, would it be too much to ask to also eject those that turn up in...

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