Wolves will continue their charge for European places when they host Fulham at the Molineux on Saturday.
Nuno Espirito Santo has impressed in his debut Premier League season, leading Wolves to seventh place. With two games to go his side has a three-point cushion. Manchester City have won the League Cup, and there is a high chance that they will win the FA Cup as well. If that happens, the seventh-place team in the Premier League will play in the Europa League next season. Wolves are in prime position to do so.
Leicester City, Everton, and Watford are their closest contenders for seventh place. The Hornets are four points behind, and they will face City in the FA Cup final. These two sides met last week at Vicarage Road. Diogo Jota’s late winner gave Wolves a 2-1 win on the day, and they nipped ahead in the table as a result. Everton are four points behind, and Leicester are three behind Wolves.
Wolves will travel to Anfield in their last match, and Liverpool will be pushing for the title that day. That makes this game an excellent chance to take another step towards the Europa League. Wolves have won their last two games, and they defeated Arsenal 3-1 before the Watford game. Their strong home form has been a highlight, as both Manchester United and Chelsea also faced losses at the Molineux.
Fulham, on the other hand, have nothing to play for. They were relegated last month when Watford defeated them 4-1. Many expected the London side to take a meek exit to the Championship, but they had different ideas. Fulham have stitched a three-game winning streak after being relegated, which has surprised many.
They beat Everton, Bournemouth, and Cardiff City with a combined scoreline of 4-0. Those three consecutive clean sheets are a massive anomaly, as Fulham had kept just two in the whole season before that. Interim boss Scott Parker must be delighted. This run further strengthens his case of becoming the permanent manager at Craven Cottage. Slavisa Jokanovic and Claudio Ranieri could not impress, and Parker could take the mantle next season.
Fulham’s record on the road has been abysmal. They have won just one away game, claiming only 5 points on the road out of a possible 54. Despite their recent form, they will be the underdogs going into the game. Ryan Babel will be the key player for them, and he scored the winner against Cardiff last week. Andre Schurrle and Dennis Odoi are injury doubts, and a late call will be made on them. Meanwhile, Wolves have no major injury concerns.
Wolves vs Fulham Prediction
A home win seems to be on the cards on Saturday. Fulham will not make it easy for them, but Wolves should pick up the three points. A clean sheet is also likely for the home side. Raul Jimenez and Co will be eager to give the home fans the perfect sendoff, and this is an excellent opportunity to do so.
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