Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Fulham
With only six games left Wolves better start moving for the points. Let’s cut the crap and spell it out. On paper this game looks as the most winnable of the ones left.
Fulham – with only one away win this season (and only one last aswell) – should be there for the take. But actually they have drawn half of their away games and will probably play for safety and a point in this game – and they are good at it.
With 14 draws they could in fact be called experts and apart from the top four in the league they are the best at not letting goals fly into their net. Their formula is safety first and build from the back and that’s what has kept them up for so many years – and even earned them a spot in the Europa League – with only moderate expenses. Admirable!
As the most important part of their formula they have a mature and experienced back four. All of them are over 29 years of age and they have played together for most of the season, making it hard to score for better strikers than Wolves can put on. In fact their team from the back line to the strikers is all about experience. Battle hardened men who knows every trick in the book. Solid!
Scared now? You should be. Wolves have had a hard time finding the net – even against much more penetrateable defences then the one Fulham can put on – and we have our best forward out injured. So in this game it’s not about defending well, first hand. It’s about scoring and getting those three Easter points.
Apart from Doyle, Big George Elokobi has picked up an injury and is not available – not for the next three games and probably not for the rest of season. McCarthy has already confirmed that Stephen Ward will take his spot at left back. Hunty and Edwards are on their way back, but need at least another week of training to get fit.
There’s been some talking about bringing on experience with Jody Craddock in the team – something I very much would endorse – but I believe that our manager will stick with Stears and Berra as the central lock.
As Fulham are playing a straight 4-4-2-formation it will suite our likewise current two-up-front model well. Before I present the probable starting elevens then – what will the score be? It’s very hard to predict this without sentiments and hopes interfering in the analysis but home ground and the fact that we have more to play for should decide this to Wolves advantage. Two against nothing and Guédioura scoring one of them from a distance.
Happy Easter (for sure)!