Fulham v Wolves Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 24, 2018
Craven Cottage - Premier League
Premier League basement boys Fulham host Wolves on Boxing Day, with Claudio Ranieri's side in desperate need of points as they battle against relegation.
These two sides faced each other in the Championship last season, with both sides winning their home leg 2-0, en route to eventual promotion.
Fulham's main injury concern is over midfielder Ryan Sessegnon, who is struggling with a hamstring problem, and Ranieri expected to make a late decision on him.
Andre Zambo Anguissa is already ruled out, with Kevin McDonald and Maxime Le Marchand rated as doubtful.
Wolves will assess the fitness of Portuguese winger Diogo Jota in the lead up to their trip to West London, after he missed their defeat to Liverpool last time out
Fulham v Wolves Preview and Predictions
Fulham are in real trouble as they head into the second half of the season, with just one win in their last 12 Premier League and cup games. Ranieri is likely to dip into the January transfer market after the festive period, but his side need to get some more points on the board before the turn of the year.
Wolves' loss to Liverpool brought to an end a run of three wins in a row for Nuno Santo's side, and they will be looking to bounce back over the Christmas period.
Whilst the West Midflands side are favourites to win this one, given Fulham's situation at the foot of the table, they will be scrapping for points on Boxing Day - and a draw, at 9/4, looks a better option.
This clash may not be one for the neutrals, given the stakes involved for the home side, and a goal fest is unlikely, given Wolves' record of five goals in their last six away games and Fulham scoring just five in their last five matches.
With that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals scored bet comes in at 4/5.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Wolves have generally been very impressive so far on their return to the top flight, but Fulham's need for a result outweighs that at the moment. A poor run of festive results could leave Ranieri with an impossible mountain to climb in 2019, and he knows it.
Aleksandar Mirtovic to score first at 9/2
Serbian international Mitrovic has been a rare bright spark in attack for Fulham this season, scoring seven goals in league action so far. He needs to get back to the January to May form that he showed during his loan spell last season, if the Cottagers are to survive relegation.