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Before The Whistle: Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Written by Drew Heatley on 24th November 2023

Football is back – again!

As we wave goodbye to yet another international break, we can now look ahead to the visit of Wolves under the lights at Craven Cottage.

It’s the start of an overall more favourable run on paper (bar trips to Anfield and St James’ Park), so we really need to start getting some points on the board.

We have to do that on Monday without Joao Palhinha, who’s serving his suspension for five yellow cards. Luckily, unlike last season, we have a bit more quality in depth when it comes to the middle of the park. With two of either Lukic, Reed, or Iwobi at the base of midfield, we’re likely to see Pereira continue in the 10.

In defence, Tosin returns to the squad, while Issa Diop is nearing a return, relieving the pressure on Ream and Bassey (and providing some right-sided support).

Adama has suffered a small injury set-back, so it’ll be two from the usual suspects on the wings. Muniz remains sidelined.

Tete return to the bench before the break, but Castagne’s impressed in his absence, so it’ll be interesting to see who starts. Robinson had a heck of an international break, so any called for Ballo-Toure to come in and provide a shock to his system will now be rather more muted.

Raul Jimenez will be buoyed by his first Premier League goal for the Whites against Villa, but he was a substitute in both games as Mexico beat Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League quarter-finals. Hopefully it’s not dented his confidence.

We’ve struggled of late, picking up one point from our previous four games. Contrastingly, Wolves have picked up three wins in their last six, performing well under Gary O’Neil after many tipped them to finish in or around the bottom three. That still may end up being the case, but their making a decent fist of it – and this one will be tough, make no mistake.

ℹ️ MATCH DETAILS

Kick-Off: Monday, 8.00PM
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Competition: Premier League
TV Channel (UK): Sky Sports

🚦 LEAGUE FORM

Fulham: ❌ ✅ ❌ ⬜ ❌ ❌
Wolves: ✅ ⬜ ✅ ⬜ ❌ ✅

⚖️ MATCH PROBABILITY

Fulham: 38.6%
Draw: 30.1%
Wolves: 31.3%

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