Wolves v Fulham
Friday 3rd November, 19:45
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Wolves back in pole position
Wolves recovered from arguably their worst performance of the season last weekend at QPR to produce one of their best in a convincing outmanoeuvring of a very capable Norwich side on their own turf on Tuesday night to move back to the top of the table.
The Championship favourites are odds-on to take the second-tier crown and justified such claims at Carrow Road with a domineering display. Goals from Leo Bonatini and the returning Willy Boly gave Nuno Espirito Santo's men maximum points with the 2-1 triumph flattering their Norfolk hosts.
Nuno brought in Alfred N'Diaye, Ryan Bennett and Boly to his starting XI but Romain Saiss may feature on Friday after serving his suspension whilst captain Danny Batth and fellow defender Roderick Miranda are unlikely to return to the team having been dropped in midweek.
Fulham struggling for consistency
Fulham's woes continued with a dismal defeat at home to Bristol City in midweek. Home fans booed loudly when their team trooped off when trailing 2-0 at the break before a straight red card for Aboubakar Kamara all but ended the Cottagers hopes of a second-half comeback.
Ryan Sessegnon clipped the crossbar midway through the opening 45 minutes but in truth, too much of Fulham's play was ponderous and unthreatening despite head coach Slavisa Jokanovic ditching his tried-and-tested 4-3-3 formation for a 3-5-2 system from the off.
The capital club have now claimed a sole success in eight Championship matches at the Cottage - none since the visit of Hull in mid-September - and had previously required a stoppage-time equaliser to pick up a point when entertaining rock-bottom Bolton on home soil.
Difficult to dismiss Old Gold
Wolves illustrated what a strong outfit they are in the League Cup by becoming the first side to shut out Manchester City this season, despite making nine changes, and City playing a relatively strong XI.
Nuno's charges have bounced back from each defeat with victory and the Old Gold are looking every inch the Championship title favourites. At Molineux, the hosts have W4-D1-L0 since defeat here against high-flying Cardiff in August and so Wanderers appear a good value bet at 1.98 to claim another success.
Fulham 3.80 have struggled to match last season's exhilarating displays and the Cottagers' inconsistencies have cost the visitors. Jokanovic's men have managed only four league wins in 2017/18 - none of which have arrived against the current top-10 in the division.
Indeed, Fulham have tended to struggle against the league's elite, particularly on their travels. The guests have W3-D2-L14 when visiting top-six Championship opposition since suffering Premier League relegation, including a meek 2-1 reverse at Aston Villa in their most recent away day.
Fulham well capable of finding the back of the net
Neither side have been particularly prolific in the goals markets this season but the 1.75 may appeal to Both Teams To Score backers with the two clubs collectively finding the back of the net in 25/30 (83%) Championship fixtures.
Wolves racked up a seventh clean sheet of the campaign in midweek but have leaked in four of their seven Molineux outings under Nuno and are taking on a Fulham side that's notched in 14 of their past 16 road trips.
However, the Cottagers have claimed only two shutouts this term, leading to 11/15 (73%) successful selections in the Both Teams To Score market.
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