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Fulham visit Wolves ~ Match Preview .

last updated Saturday 23rd April 2011, 10:33 AM

Fulham manager Mark Hughes Back at the bottom of the table but with a game in hand, Wolves have had two weeks to sit and mull over their heavy home defeat to Everton. The only blessing for Mick McCarthy is that his side have not been cut adrift despite not having a fixture last weekend.

A glance at Wolves' run-in makes for pleasant reading for the club's fans; their final six matches are all against sides currently in the bottom half of the table. For added spice, they play local rivals Stoke, Birmingham and West Brom in consecutive matches after Saturday's game.

Home form has been key to Wolves' season. They have taken 13 points out of a possible 18 at Molineux against fellow sides in the bottom half, with only Wigan heading home with all three points.

Fulham are winless in their last two away matches and will kick-off just six points above Wolves, and only five clear of the relegation zone. Mark Hughes will be only too aware that defeat would apply unwanted pressure back on his side, who have not fallen lower than 15th place since January.

In-form striker Bobby Zamora will be looking to put bad memories of the reverse fixture behind him. The striker broke his leg after a tackle from Wolves' skipper Karl Henry at Craven Cottage. Since his comeback, the 30-year-old has scored three times, including twice in two starts.

  • Fulham are vying to complete the league double over Wolves for the first time in their history.

  • Wolves are unbeaten in their last five home league matches against Fulham since a 4-0 defeat in the old Division Two in March 1985.

  • Wolves have won three and lost two of their last five Premier League games at Molineux. They have only lost back-to-back home games once this season - to Arsenal and Bolton in November.

  • They have earned 24 of their 32 points at Molineux this season.

  • Mick McCarthy's side have lost their last two league matches and 18 in total this season - the equal-most in the division with Blackpool.

  • Kevin Foley could make his 150th start for Wolves.

  • Fulham have failed to win any of their seven league away matches in 2011.

  • They are the only Premier League club yet to concede a goal from a penalty this season. The only one they gave away was missed by Manchester United's Nani back in August.

  • The west Londoners are the only top-flight team not to have earned a red card this season.

  • Damien Duff is one goal away from scoring 50 in the Premier League. He would become the third Irishman to reach this milestone after Robbie Keane and Niall Quinn.

  • If Clint Dempsey scores he will equal the club record for most Premier League goals by a player. Brian McBride and Steed Malbranque lead the way with 32 goals each.

  • Wolves - Leading goalscorers
    Doyle: 8 goals (5 league); Ebanks-Blake: 7 goals (7 league); Fletcher: 7 goals (5 league)

  • Fulham - Leading goalscorers
    Dempsey: 11 goals (10 league); Zamora: 6 goals (4 league)

  • Referee: Michael Oliver

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