Craven Cottage, Fulham, England
Key Stat: Between them both, they have won one game in the last ten Premier League fixtures.
Expert Verdict: Victory for Wolves would move them to twelve points above the relegation zone and eliminate any worries of playing next season in the Championship. There were signs of improvement in a 3-2 defeat to high flying West Ham United on Monday, however, Wolves haven’t won since beating Leeds United on February 19 and for now the threat remains. Fulham need to urgently find their form from February when they picked up nine points and they may see this fixture as their best opportunity to secure three points with their next games against Arsenal and Chelsea.
Both sides come into this game in need of points and on the back of poor runs of form. For Fulham in 17th, a win is imperative after they threw away a 1-0 lead at Villa Park last week to lose 3-1. Wolverhampton Wanderers are in 14th but are in danger of sleep-walking into a relegation dogfight. Defeat at Craven Cottage would see Wolves’ cushion over Fulham cut to six points with seven games remaining and signal a rocky road to the end of the season. The Premier League match takes place on April 9 and the live action kicks off at 20:00 local time.
Defenders:Kenny Tete, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, Ola Aina
Midfielders:Bobby De Cordova Reid, Mario Lemina, Harrison Reed, Ademola Lookman
Forwards:Ivan Cavaleiro, Josh Maja
Defenders:Romain Saiss, Conor Coady, Willy Boly
Defensive Midfielders:Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Jonny
Attacking Midfielders:Pedro Neto
Forwards:Adama Traore, Fabio Silva
Wolves won the reverse fixture back in October when a Pedro Neto strike on 56 minutes was the difference between the sides. This game will be the 94th meeting between the sides with Fulham winning 26 to Wolves’ 44 and 23 draws. Fulham have been particularly unproductive against Wolves in the league in recent years, taking three points in only one of their last eleven games, a run which stretches back to 2012.
Fulham are favourites and can be backed at 7/5 with 10Bet to win
Both teams to score has been set at 21/20 with Betway
Bobby De Cordova Reid is 12/5 with 10Bet to score at any time
Expect a nervous and edgy start to the game with neither side willing to show their hand and risk losing the game in the first half. Wolves were 3-0 down against West Ham United inside 39 minutes on Monday and Nuno Espirito Santo will be eager to rectify this. Equally, Fulham need to take something from this game and one point will probably be insufficient. We are backing Scott Parker’s men to emerge with all three points and set up an intriguing relegation run-in.