Fulham vs Wolves – Betting Preview
A few years is a long time in football, and Marco Silva’s crop are now the ones with continental football firmly in their sights. Not too long ago, Wolves were threatening to upset the European apple cart as Fulham tried to eliminate their reputation as a yo-yo team.
Last Saturday, when Fulham played Brighton, another team vying for the Europa League, they managed to hold off the Seagulls’ onslaught (Brighton had 21 shots on goal to only five for Silva’s team). Nevertheless, in the 88th minute, substitute Manor Solomon made no mistake to seal the unlikely victory.
The Cottagers’ defence, led by the impenetrable Bernd Leno, deserves praise for their third straight victory in all competitions, which has them only four points behind Tottenham Hotspur for the final Champions League position and sixth in the table.
If Fulham keeps up their current performance, dreams of European nights will become a reality even though Brighton, Liverpool, and Brentford are just three points behind them and still have games remaining. During a dreadful March schedule, Fulham will play the latter two teams either side of a matchup with Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Nevertheless, Silva’s side can always rely on their staunch backline to do the dirty work, with Fulham keeping clean sheets in each of their last three top-flight games, and their upcoming opponents are not exactly renowned for prolific final-third play.
Although doing the brunt of the attacking at Molineux, Wolves left Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto relatively undisturbed, going against the script of their season, and Lopetegui’s struggling team would pay the price in a humiliating defeat.
Marcus Tavernier of Bournemouth, who had recently returned to the starting lineup, scored the game’s lone goal in the 49th minute for the Cherries, bringing Wolves back to earth after victories over Liverpool and Southampton for the West Midlands team.
Wolves, who are currently losing again, are currently in 15th place in the table, three points above the relegation zone. Their March schedule also doesn’t look good, as they have games against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Newcastle United coming up.
Even so, Wolves have enjoyed their recent matches on rival grounds, losing just one of their past five away games, and even that was against Manchester City. Yet, Lopetegui’s team has only managed to keep one clean sheet on the road, a goalless draw at Bournemouth in October.
Wolves held Fulham to a 0-0 draw in an August match at Molineux, making it five games without a loss for the West Midlands team against the Cottagers, who have astonishingly not defeated their future opponents in a league match since a 5-0 rout in March 2012.
1×2 Betting Preview
In recent meetings between these two clubs, fireworks have not flown all that frequently, and if Fulham manages to compensate for Mitrovic’s continued absence, another tightly contested contest may be in store!
Fulham to win stands @ 2.45.
Despite the fact that it may not be pretty, we still have faith in Fulham to find a way through and continue their European push despite Wolves’ persistent lack of effectiveness in the final third.
Wolves are the underdogs in this @ 3.33
The market odds of a stalemate and points shared, stands @ 3.50.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.16.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.84.
Fulham FC scores 1.81 goals when playing at home and Wolverhampton Wanderers scores 1.15 goals when playing away.
Expect Fulham to do just enough to seal the victory!