Fulham welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to west London on Boxing Day lunch time for what should be an interesting Premier League clash. The home side will have been boosted by their goalless draw away at Newcastle United at the weekend. Making the long trip to Tyneside to face the Toon is never easy for southern sides, and for the Cottagers to have come away with a valuable point is to their credit. Claudio Ranieri looks to be slowly turning things round at the club, since his recent appointment as manager.
Wolves head into this game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to high-flying Liverpool on Friday night. Prior to that, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had won three Premier League games on the spin, so they will feel confident travelling to face one of the division’s struggling sides.
Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Prediction: Fulham 1-0 Wolves
Our prediction for this game is that Fulham will give their fans a festive treat, and win a close game 1-0. The Cottagers really need those three points at the moment, and they will feel confident after having held Newcastle to a goalless draw. Wolves are in 10th place in the table, now, but still have a tendency towards inconsistency. Our feeling is that they might not be quite sharp enough for Fulham. Wolves may have the best of the game, in terms of possession, but the Cottagers will score the game’s only goal, and record a smash and grab victory.
Our recommended tip: Fulham, 1X2
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, where you can find tempting odds of 23/10 on the 1X2 market on Fulham winning the game. We strongly suspect that this might be a game that goes against the run of play, with Wolves dominating for much of it, but unable to find the goal they need to win the game. Fulham will score on the break, possibly in the second half, and win the game 1-0. Odds of 23/10 therefore look very tempting, especially with Ranieri slowly turning the situation round at Craven Cottage.
These teams have met eight times in total in the Premier League, with the last of those meetings coming in the 2011/12 season. The last time they played each other was in the Championship last season, though. The first clash, in November 2017, took place at Molineux, and was won 2-0 by the home side. The Wolves goals were scored by Romain Saiss and Leo Bonatini. The second meeting was at Craven Cottage in February 2018. This time, Fulham came out on top, winning 2-0, thanks to goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
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Players to watch: Andre Schurrle & Raul Jimenez
Fulham midfielder Andre Schurrle has scored five goals in his 16 Premier League games so far this season. That is an impressive tally for a midfielder in a team which is struggling. He can also contribute defensively, though, as his 19 tackles and 13 blocked shots show. He has also won 12 50/50 challenges and nine aerial battles. He has played 14 accurate long balls, and has created three big chances for the Cottagers this season.
Wolves’ Mexican striker Raul Jimenez has established himself as a key player this season at Molineux. He has had a hand in nine goals in his 18 league games, scoring five and providing four assists. He has also created four big chances and crossed the ball 12 times. He has managed 53 shots on goal in 2018/19, 20 of which have been on target. Fulham will need to keep a close eye on the Mexican international.