Wolves are back in action on Saturday away at Fulham after a very disappointing draw at home to Norwich Wednesday night. At 2-0 up early on, Wolves looked very comfortable until yet another set piece goal cost them, and Wolves didn’t look the same after that. With a few bright sparks throughout the second half, Wolves failed to hang on as Nelson Oliveira’s strike from range fell into the back of the net with the last kick of the game. With only 13 games left to go, Nuno’s side need to stop being complacent and remain putting in solid performances to close out the season. Something which cannot be said about the previous game.
Fulham, who come into the game 5th in the table are undefeated in 11 league games and will be very much up for the game on Saturday. The most in-form team in the league will certainly feel like they are capable of stopping league leaders Wolves. After a draw a 1-1 draw away at Bristol City, Fulham will look to keep their great run of form going and potentially go for a late push for an automatic promotion place, which they currently sit 8 points behind.
Thanks to a Neves booking, it means he is suspended for the next two games meaning we should see Saiss regain his starting spot in the team next to Alfred N’Diaye who was on the score sheet vs Norwich. For the first time in the league this season we may see Will Norris make an appearance after Ruddy could be blamed for both goals against the canneries. An argument could also be made that Ivan Cavaleiro was taken off far too early, after Wolves made a formation change with 3 in midfield. Very questionable from Nuno, but he was perhaps trying something new in order to counter act other teams’ tactics against us. For the first time this season, his tactical changes did not work in Wolves’ favour. Rather than the skilful front three we have seen in the last 5 games, it may be time to put in an out and out striker like Bonitini or give Benik Afobe his first start back in a Wolves Shirt.
In history, Wolves have a very good record against Fulham, winning almost double the amount of games Fulham have, which may be something to give the lads a boost for the match. Fulham have also failed to beat Wolves in their last 6 matchups, with there always being plenty of goals involved.
Ones to watch:
For Wolves, the one to watch has to be Ivan Cavaleiro. As many have said before, he’s a changed man this season and once again showed how much his work rate has improved. Wolves lacked creativity in the later stages on Wednesday night after his departure, which shows how crucial he has been to the side as of late.
For Fulham, the one to watch will be Ryan Sessegnon. Playing in the Left wing back/ Left wing role, he has really shown his talent over the last few months and looks to be one of England’s brightest young stars. With his pace, skill and overall ability, he will be a handful for Matt Doherty on the weekend and Wolves will have to watch out. He can take over a game all on his own, so Nuno will need to stop the man who has been leading Fulham in their most impressive run of the year.
This is a huge game for both sides, Fulham looking to push on and Wolves looking to bounce back after back to back draws. With two of the best sides in the league facing off, this will not be one to miss. Will Nuno have a plan for Sessegnon? Can Wolves try and Extend their lead at the top? Let’s see what happens.