Both Wolves and Fulham go into this game defending an undefeated record, so things look set for a tight battle.Â However it plays out, Craven Cottage was a great venue to visit last year, and I’m looking forward to another peaceful Wolves takeover of the Putney Road End.
A tight battle could, of course, play out as either a no-score draw or a goals spectacular. If last season’s non-thriller is anything to go by, the former seems likely, but Wolves have improved a deal from last season, especially on the attack, so I’m hoping for better.
Fletcher missed Scotland’s internationals last weekend to continue his recovery from the seemingly innocuous ‘bruised foot’ he picked up against Stoke on the first day of the season.Â If he’s really better, I’d like to see him play from the start, but suspect we’ll see Ebanks-Blake and Doyle starting again, having done nothing to lose their places.Â Doyle has yet to have really hit his stride this season, but comes into the game off a fine international performance.
Van Damme also looks set to return, and hopefully should build on a good performance against Newcastle. I’d like to see someone with a deal more attacking threat on the wing, but until Hunt or Kightly are recovered, Van Damme does a solid defensive job.
The defense is also likely to remain unchanged, and Foley may fare better against a less heavyweight Fulham team than he did against Newcastle.Â If not, Zubar will be waiting on the sidelines for a chance to get back in the team. If would be interesting to see new boy Steven Mouyokolo now he’s also recovered from injury, but I suspect he’ll be waiting a little longer for a game.
My prediction: 0-1 Wolves, but a draw would be a good result against a team who seem to be maintaining an impressive home record.