Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers recommended bets
Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers match preview
The Premier League has saved this weekend’s blockbuster fixture for last.......... well, not really, but both Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be determined to pick up three points.
This will be Wolves’ first match for 16 days, and it’ll have felt like an especially long wait, given how exciting the climax to their most-recent fixture was.
Before the international break, Gary O’Neil’s side came form a goal down to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Molineux.
Pablo Sarabia with an absolutely stunning solo-strike to equalise in the first minute of stoppage time, before Mario Lemina won it with the last kick of the afternoon.
In doing so, Wolves became only the sixth team in Premier League history to go into injury time trailing, only to come out the other side victorious. Remarkable.
Overall, they’re in pretty good form, losing just one of their last seven this, bizarrely, coming against then bottom of the table and winless Sheffield United.
Ahead of this clash, Wolves have won four of their last seven league visits to Craven Cottage, losing only one, so could a Monday night away win be on the cards?
Fulham meantime are three points worse-off than their visitors from the Black Country, currently finding victories very hard to come by.
Marco Silva’s side are without a win in four, accumulating just a solitary point from these outings, most-recently swatted aside 3-1 by Aston Villa.
Raúl Jiménez’s goal at Villa Park, that ended his own personal goal-draught, scant consolation.
In fact, since the opening weekend, the Cottagers have won only two games, both coming at home, defeating Luton and Sheffield United.
The Whites haven’t failed to a win five successive Premier League matches since April, a sequence that began with a 1-1 draw against Wolves, so would Marco Silva’s side settle for a repeat of that scoreline?
Fulham team news
Fulham’s star player, and it isn’t even close, João Palhinha will not be featuring in this one, having picked up his fifth booking of the campaign at Villa Park; a huge blow.
So Saša Lukić, who was essentially signed to cover when Palhinha is suspended, will come into midfield, tasked with filling a rather large void.
With Tosin Adarabioyo and Issa Diop both sidelined, the lesser spotted two left-footed centre-backs will be deployed, with Calvin Bassey once again Tim Ream’s partner.
Left-back Antonee Robinson scored home and away for USA against Trinidad & Tobago over the international break, although his most-recent club goal came in a 6-2 win over Birmingham on 18 January 2022.
Speaking of scoring goals, Raúl Jiménez bagged his first in the Premier League for 612 days against Aston Villa, so will the Mexican striker now net against the club who sold him over the summer?
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson; Lukić, Reed, Decordova-Reid, Pereria, Iwobi; Jiménez.
Wolverhampton Wanderers team news
Wolves are also without their star man, given that Pedro Neto still sidelined, after tearing his hamstring against Newcastle a month ago.
In his absence, Hwang Hee-chan has come to the fore, scoring seven times this season already, before also netting against Singapore during the break.
In less good news, Craig Dawson is suspended, having accumulated five yellow cards, while Rayan Aït-Nouri, Mario Lemina and João Gomes would all miss Saturday’s trip to Arsenal if booked.
For now, Dawson’s absence could force Gary O’Neil into a change of shape, put plainly because he doesn’t have three senior centre-backs available to him.
Predicted XI (4-4-2): José Sá; Semedo, Toti, Kilman, Aït-Nouri; Bellegarde, Lemina, João Gomes, Sarabia; Cunha, Hwang Hee-chan.