Only seven points separate home side Wolves and visitors Fulham heading into Tuesday evening’s match at the Molineux.
Wolves are currently in eleventh place and the home side very much need a win to stay within touching distance of the playoff positions.
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The visitors currently occupy nineteenth position. A few losses in a row would put Fulham in danger of sliding close to or even into the relegation zone.
Fulham are not in immediate danger of being leapfrogged by chasing side MK Dons, but would like at least a point to stay close to Blackburn and Huddersfield, who currently occupy the two league positions above them.
Fulham’s away form has been dreadful as of late and it would take a dramatic turnaround for them to leave this match with all three points.
A draw may be what the visitors play for in terms of tactics.
Wolves are looking to rebound after getting knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by West Ham but they come into the game after losing Benik Afobe, who has signed for Bournemouth in a £10m deal.
Despite their elimination, Wolves can take many positives from the match which they only narrowly lost. Prior to that, Wolves had put together a run of three wins in a row in the Championship.
This was a sharp reversal from poor defensive performances against Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday earlier in December.
The home side are set to be without striker Bjorn Sigurdarson due to an ankle problem suffered in the loss to West Ham. Kortney Hause’s ongoing hamstring problem means he will not play against Fulham, but new signing Michal Zyro is available to play and will likely start.
Fulham are in the midst of a dreadful run of form, having won only once in their last six matches. To add to the side’s misery, they were recently knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round away to Sheffield Wednesday.
Before that, Fulham had lost several important Championship matches, including games against Derby and Ipswich.
Fulham are going to have to make do without striker Cauley Woodrow who has suffered a serious foot injury.
A number of regular starting players were rested for the FA Cup loss and may make a return to the side here.
Wolves have been the more impressive of the two sides based on recent form and it is likely the home team will pull off the win on Tuesday.
Fulham have conceded at least two goals in their past three away matches and Wolves are likely to exploit their defensive fragility with bold attacking play.