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MATCH PREVIEW ~ Fulham visit Wolverhampton Wanderers ~ Prem MD 28 ~ 23/24

last updated Friday 08th March 2024, 1:47 PM



Match Preview

Wolverhampton Wanderers vrs Fulham

Premier League Match Day 28 23_24 at Molineux Stadium

Saturday 9th March 2024,    KO: 15:00

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)



Fulham manager Marco Silva
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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Gary O'Neil
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Two sides on opposite ends of 3-0 scorelines in last weekend's Premier League fixtures clash in Saturday's mid-table battle at Molineux, as Fulham take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Cottagers put three past a meek Brighton & Hove Albion without reply while Wolves shipped three without mustering a response and were convincingly beaten by Newcastle United in gameweek 27.

Fulham notched a terrific trio of strikes past Roberto De Zerbi's Brighton in West London, where Brazilian hotshot Rodrigo Muniz and Welsh wing king Harry Wilson stole the show in the first half last weekend.

The former headed the ball down for the latter to fire a long-range rocket into the top corner, before Wilson then turned provider with a delicious cross for Muniz to meet and head home, thereby putting the game more or less out of Brighton's reach before the break.

After Muniz and Wilson had done their part, substitutes Bobby Decordova-Reid and Adama Traore combined for the ex-Wolves man to add a touch of gloss to the scoreline in injury time, rubber-stamping Fulham's third win from four matches following beatings of Bournemouth and Manchester United.

With just one defeat next to their name from their last six games in the top flight, Marco Silva's men are enjoying mid-table obscurity in 12th place and could now win three straight fixtures against teams in the top half for the first time since 2009, when Roy Hodgson was in control of the reins.

Failure to keep a clean sheet on the road since September will do the Cottagers no favours, but Silva's men edged a five-goal thriller 3-2 when Wolves visited their West London home at the end of November, ending a six-game streak without victory versus the Molineux side in the process.

A six-game unbeaten run on the road - including back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur - was Wolves' to protect during their St James' Park encounter with Newcastle United, but O'Neil's men lost their counter-attacking bite and the game in the North East.

Serving Wolves a taste of their counter-attacking medicine, the Magpies turned defence into offence in the blink of an eye as Alexander Isak broke the deadlock early doors, before Anthony Gordon's opportunistic strike and Tino Livramento's intuitive finish completed an emphatic Newcastle victory.

On account of their first top-flight away defeat post-Christmas, Wolves have been demoted below Newcastle in the Premier League standings and also missed the chance to leapfrog Fulham's most recent victims Brighton, but O'Neil's team are still clinging onto a top-half spot in 10th place.

With just a four-point gap separating Wolves from West Ham United in seventh place, European football for 2024-25 is still not out of the question for the hosts, who could still return to the continent via FA Cup glory - a winnable quarter-final tie with Coventry City is on the agenda for next weekend.

Before Wolves fans get pre-occupied with thoughts of Wembley, their beloved side seek a third successive home triumph following 1-0 successes over Sheffield United and Brighton in the league and cup respectively, and only one of the hosts' last 20 top-flight games at Molineux has seen them fail to score.

Head to Head

  • Fulham are winless in 17 league and cup trips to Wolves since a 4-0 victory in the old Division Two back in March 1985. (D5, L12).


  • The London side failed to score in any of their past four Premier League fixtures at Molineux.


  • Three of the goals in the reverse fixture, won 3-2 by Fulham, came from the penalty spot, including the home side's stoppage-time winner.


  • Fulham could complete their first league double over Wolves. This is the 44th league campaign in which they have met.
Fulham
  • Fulham could win three league games in a row for the first time this season.


  • They ended an 11-match Premier League away winless run with a 2-1 victory at Manchester United a fortnight ago.


  • Rodrigo Muniz has scored five goals in his last five league games for Fulham.


  • Willian has been involved in four goals in his last five Premier League matches against Wolves, including scoring twice in Fulham's 3-2 victory in this season's reverse fixture.


  • Adama Traore is aiming to score in successive Premier League appearances for the first time, having made 202 appearances in the top flight.
Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Wolves lost 3-0 at Newcastle last weekend; they won their next Premier League fixture after each of their previous four defeats this season.


  • They have already equalled last season's final tally of 11 league wins.


  • Gary O'Neil's side have only failed to score in one of their past 20 Premier League home games, a 2-0 defeat by Brentford last month.


  • Wolves are the only team not to have scored a Premier League goal from outside the penalty area in 2023-24.


  • Wolves' next Premier League goal will be their 400th.


  • Pedro Neto, who turns 24 on Saturday, has nine Premier League assists this season, equalling the club record set by Adama Traore in 2019-20.









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