It is a measure of the optimism that pervades Molineux that Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle has proclaimed league leaders Reading to be the perfect opponents for today's Championship clash.
Steve Coppell's men head the table by six points and are a massive 24 clear of Wolves but Hoddle's squad have been so buoyed after their last match - a 1-0 win at home to Leeds United - that they fear no-one, not even a team that is unbeaten on its travels.
Hoddle said: "It's a good fixture to have after Leeds. I'd rather it was Reading than a team down the bottom of the table.
"They will travel to Molineux knowing they've got a tough game to come. The way the lads have been training this week, there's a lot of buoyancy about the place.
"We all know we are going to have to come through the Christmas and New Year period with a good return of points and hope other results go our way. That's the aim. We hope that, being the side Reading are, they will come here to take us on. If they do that, it should be a cracking game."
Wolves' prospects will be improved by the fact that Hoddle's squad is nearing full-strength with the return of Paul Ince, Jody Craddock and Mark Davies. All made comebacks from injury for the reserves last Tuesday.
It doesn't end there, however. "George Ndah has trained as well and will be in the squad," Hoddle added.
"Stefan Postma has suffered from a heavy cold this week and has lost some weight as a result, but he has trained with [goalkeeping coach] Bobby Mimms and will be OK.
"Carl Cort has had a good week's training, however, he is still a bit behind the rest but we've got a squad of 23 players and it's nice to have that over Christmas."
With four games in just over a week - Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Coventry City follow the Reading match - Hoddle knows he will have to shuffle his squad just to get through the period.
He said: "I expect that only a couple of players will play all four games, so a strong squad is important. Recuperation is also going to be key." ..SUPL: