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Two teams who enter into this fixture in disappointing form will lock horns again at Craven Cottage on Friday evening as relegation-threatened Fulham host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Barclays Premier League.
Fulham currently sit 18th in the table, three points behind Newcastle in 17th, while Wolves occupy 14th position, nine points clear of the bottom three heading into this weekend’s fixtures.
A run of just two defeats from 10 games between the end of January and beginning of March saw Fulham move to within the brink of escaping the bottom three, but Scott Parker’s men are now on a worrying run of form, losing four of their last five matches.
Since famously beating Liverpool at Anfield towards the end of March, Scott Parker’s side have lost three straight games to Premier League leaders Manchester City, Leeds United and Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, there is no disputing that it has been a disappointing season for Wolves, who are currently 14th in the table, nine points clear of the relegation zone with eight games left.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are on a run of five matches without a win, including defeats in three of the last four games.
They cannot afford to get sucked into a needless relegation battle, and must do everything they can get enough points on the board to stop their season plummeting into even more disappointment.
They picked up a point against Aston Villa in their last away fixture but have lost their last two at the Molineux to Liverpool and West Ham United; Wolves threatened to snatch a point after falling 3-0 behind but were unable to grab a third as they suffered a 3-2 defeat.Embed from Getty Images
The reverse fixture between these two at the Molineux saw Wolves grab the three points through a Pedro Neto strike before the hour mark. Six months on, and things seem totally different for both Scott Parker and Nuno Santo with both teams desperately needing the three points at Craven Cottage.
PREMIER LEAGUE FORM:
Fulham winger Ademola Lookman has overcome the hamstring strain that prompted his substitution during last weekend’s defeat at Aston Villa.
Tom Cairney and reserve goalkeeper Marek Rodak are long-term absentees.
Willy Boly remains unavailable for Wolves after testing positive for Covid-19.
Jonny needs knee ligament surgery for the second time in eight months, while Fernando Marçal, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez are still out of action.
Fulham: Areola; Tete, Anderson, Adarabioyo, Aina; Reed, Lemina; Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman; Maja
Wolves: Patricio, Semedo, Coady, Saiss, Ait-Nouri; Dendoncker, Neves; Neto, Podence, Traore; Willian Jose
SCORE PREDICTION: Fulham 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
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