Next Up: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Tuesday 24 February 2015 12:45

Tuesday evening sees Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers meet for the fourth time in the 2014/15 campaign.

The opposition

Wolves go into their meeting with Kit Symons’ men on the back of what was comfortably their biggest win of the season; a 5-0 triumph over Rotherham United at Molineux on Saturday.

Goals from Benik Afobe (2), Nouha Dicko, Dave Edwards and Bakary Sako earned them the three points and provided the perfect response to their 2-0 defeat suffered at Norwich City in their previous outing.

That pattern of losing one, winning one, was also evident at the start of the month as a home loss against Reading was followed up by an impressive 4-1 win away to Huddersfield Town, while before that they had embarked on an impressive 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Their form this season has seen them sniffing around the Play-Offs, and if they can keep their momentum going then they will fancy their chances of gatecrashing the top-six, as they currently sit just five points off the pace.

Team news

Wolves have no new injury concerns and so manager Kenny Jackett could name the same squad that faced Rotherham at the weekend, although Jack Price could be available again after illness.

Inside the camp

New signing Benik Afobe believes Wolves are capable of claiming a Play-Off spot come the end of the campaign.

The striker – who has scored five times in seven games since signing from Arsenal in January – starred in their heavy win against Rotherham on Saturday, and wants his new team to keep their momentum going.

Speaking to wolves.co.uk, he said: “Promotion is a very realistic target. There are about eight teams who all fancy themselves to be in the Premier League next season. Only three out of the eight can make it but we want to be one of those three, whether it’s automatic or Play-Offs.

“We fancy our chances and we believe in ourselves as a club - we are going to take it game by game and we think we are good enough. We’ve got five games in 15 days - the win against Rotherham means it’s one down four to go and we fancy ourselves to win all four games.

“We know we are good enough and we're ready to go again. The Rotherham performance was the perfect reaction to the defeat against Norwich when we lost to a very good team.”

Player to watch

Tomasz Kuszczak: The 32-year-old goalkeeper is currently enjoying a run in the side at Molineux after first choice custodian Carl Ikeme broke the second metatarsal bone in his left foot. He earned his first Wolves clean sheet on Saturday against Rotherham where, despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise, the Millers did offer a considerable attacking threat. Indeed, Rotherham actually had more shots on target than Wanderers, but they found Kuszczak equal to everything they threw at him. The former Poland international has faced Fulham five times in his career, winning once in a League Cup meeting when his West Bromwich Albion side won 3-2 after extra-time in 2005/06. The Whites got revenge later in the campaign, though, with a comprehensive 6-1 win over the Baggies at Craven Cottage – a game in which Kuszczak had to be taken off after an hour following a collision with Heidar Helguson.

Marathonbet match odds

Wolves: 21/25

Draw: 14/5

Fulham: 37/10

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