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Fulham visit Wolves ~ Ch. Match Preview MD33

last updated Tuesday 24th February 2015, 1:06 PM

Fulham Manager Kit Symons
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The playoffs are in sight again for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they prepare to host out-of-form Fulham in the Championship on Tuesday.

Kenny Jackett's side have rediscovered their attacking prowess with nine goals in the two recents wins over Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United that sandwich the 2-0 defeat at Norwich City, which was only Wolves' second loss since early December.

On Saturday they put five unanswered goals past Rotherham to cut the gap to the top six to five points as most of the sides above faltered.

Benik Afobe scored two and set up another to take his tally to five goals in seven games since joining last month and there was also a first Wolves goal since October for Bakary Sako, who continues to be linked with a summer move to nearby West Bromwich Albion.

There was also a first appearance of the season for Kevin Doyle from the bench and he will now hope to play a key role for Wolves in the closing months of the season.

Jackett has no reason to change his starting lineup and is likely to go with the same side that dealt with Rotherham so convincingly.

While Wolves are on the up, 19th-placed Fulham are looking over their shoulders as just five points separate them from the bottom three.

Kit Symons's side are without a win in five league games, collecting just two points from a possible 15 to plummet into the relegation dogfight.

One of those points came on Saturday as they only managed a goalless draw against Millwall - the bottom-three side closest to escaping the drop.

Tomorrow's game may come too soon for Fernando Amorebieta, but Tim Hoogland is close to a first-team return after featuring for the Under-21s since recovering from a hernia problem. Bryan Ruiz could also be recalled to the starting XI.

These two sides have met three times already this season, with Wolves edging the reverse 1-0 in the league before Fulham won a two-legged FA Cup third-round tie on penalties on their last visit to Molineux.

The Cottagers' last non-penalty victory in the Black Country was 30 years ago and they haven't won any of their last five away games, losing four.


  • Fulham won the last meeting 5-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw at Molineux in an FA Cup replay on 13 January.

  • Wolves won the earlier league meeting this season 1-0 at Craven Cottage in August - their only win in the last four meetings in all competitions.

  • Fulham's shoot-out win is their only victory in the last 10 meetings at Molineux in all competitions.

  • Wolves have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 0 of the last 6 stagings of this fixture, outscoring their opponents by 10 goals to 3.

  • Wolves

  • Wolves won 5-0 against Rotherham at home on Saturday - their biggest win of the season.

  • Wolves have lost only one of their last six home games in the Championship. Their only league defeat at Molineux since early December was 2-1 against Reading on 7 February.

  • Wolves have won 60%, drawn 20% and lost 20% of their last 20 home games.

  • Wolves have scored 1 goal or less in 10 of their last 20 home games, going on to win 3, draw 3 and lose 4 of these matches.

  • Wolves have conceded in 50% of their last 20 home games.

  • Wolves have scored in 85% of their last 20 home games.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have not won any of their last seven games in all competitions, losing four. Their last win was 3-2 against Nottingham Forest at home in the Championship on 21 January.

  • Fulham have lost four of their last five away games in the Championship, drawing the other. Their last league win on the road was 1-0 at Leeds on 13 December.

  • In their last 20 away games against teams positioned in the top half of the table, Fulham have won 0, drawn 1 and lost 19 of these matches.

  • Fulham have conceded 1 goal or less in 6 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 4, draw 1 and lose 1 of these matches.

  • Fulham have conceded in 90% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham have scored in 70% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham have scored first in 20% of their last 20 away games.

Source Pascal Lemesre at SportsMole/BBCSports/KickOff
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