Wolves were losing 1-0 at Loftus Road when Djibril Cisse was stupidly sent off and that might just be the fortune that Wanderers needed, especially after recently dominating a home match against Aston Villa only to lose the match 3-2.
The star of that particular show was Emmanuel Frimpong, although the Arsenal loanee has been ruled out for the season and the manager must instead hope that the likes of Matt Jarvis and David Edwards can provide the creative inspiration in this Black Country derby.
The home side are slight favourites at 6/4 (Bet365 £200 free bets) to claim a sixth Premier League win of the season, with Wolves having failed to claim back-to-back victories since the first two matches of the campaign.
Kevin Doyle was once the most important player for McCarthy’s side although the Irishman has struggled for goals this term and it will be interesting whether his winner at Loftus Road is enough to convince the manager he should start this match. Odds of 13/2 (Sportingbet free bets) are available about the Wolves striker scoring first.
As for West Brom, that 2-0 win over their arch-rivals at The Hawthorns earlier this term was one of just two wins managed in front of their own supporters this season, although they have managed five victories on the road which suggests their style of play is better suited to away games.
The Baggies are an 11/5 chance to claim victory in this match at Molineux and ease their own relegation fears, having lost just one of their last six away games.