Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Fulham 04 May 19

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Match Day 37
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Fulham
Saturday, May 4th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molineux Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 
Last five matches form: W L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.28
Average goals against per match: 1.22
Top Scorer: Raul Jiménez (13)

Last five matches form: L L W W W
Average goals per match: 0.94
Average goals against per match: 2.11
Top Scorer: Aleksandar Mitrović (11)

Currently sitting in seventh spot, wins in their final two fixtures will see Wolves qualify for the Europa League in their first season back in the top flight. With their final fixture coming away at title chasing Liverpool though, they will be looking at this home game against already relegated Fulham as a must win fixture.

As does seem to happen pretty regularly, Fulham have discovered their form all too late. Confirming their relegation with defeat at Watford, Scott Parker's men have since won three on the spin, and even more incredibly - for a defence which has been truly abysmal at times - have kept three consecutive clean sheets.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game at Craven Cottage ending in a 1-1 draw. The sides met here in the Championship last season, with Wolves coming out on top with a 2-0 win on that occasion.

The home side look set to have the benefit of a fully fit squad from which to select. Fulham will be without Marcus Bettinelli, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Lazar Markovic.

Wolves are unbeaten in their past seven at home in the League, including wins over top six sides Arsenal and Manchester United. They have scored two or more in five of those seven fixtures.

Having failed to win any of their opening seventeen on the road, Fulham finally picked up an away win when beating Bournemouth 1-0 in their most recent away game. That really was the exception rather than the rule though. They had lost seven on the spin before that - conceding two or more in all seven.

Wolves are the better side, ought to be the more motivated and can pick up the points in this one.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 - 1 Fulham


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  19 - 6
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 1
Possession: 39% - 61%

Diogo Jota was the only Wolves player to have his name taken by referee Jonathan Moss. Calum Chambers, Maxime Le Marchand and Cyrus Christie of Fulham all also saw yellow.

Not a vintage display from Wolves by any means, with Fulham pretty impressive on the ball at times, and in fact well on top in total possession. It was Wolves who made much better use of the ball though, restricting Fulham to just the one shot on target over the course of the ninety minutes and running out deserving - if narrow - winners in the end.

Wolves were playing some lovely stuff in and around the area in the early stages. Diogo Jota forcing a good save from Sergio Rico and Leon Dendoncker thumping the crossbar with a header. Not much from Fulham from an attacking point of view. 0-0 at the break.

Chances for both sides at the start of the second half. Jota and Aleksandar Mitrović both disappointingly missing the target when well placed in the area.

The only goal of the game arrived in the 75th minute. Matt Doherty - who himself had only just had an effort ruled out for offside - played in down the right and clipping a ball into the area. Dendoncker arriving to finish first time on the volley into the right-hand side from around seven yards out to the right-hand side. 1-0 final score.

Wolves are oh so close to achieving their objective of seventh position now in what must go down as a truly outstanding return to the Premier League. The top six are as expected this season, but unless Leicester City beat Manchester City in the final game on Match Day 37, it will be Wolves who finish as the best of the rest and seal seventh place and Europa League football. That's significantly better than fellow promoted Fulham have fared, with the Cottagers now certain to finish second bottom.

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