The Cottagers come to Molineux this Sunday for a game that both sets of fans will be looking at and thinking, ‘we can win this one’.
From a Wolves’ perspective, we need to bounce back quickly after a weak performance against Blackburn and three points at home would be a great way to lift spirits. Returning stars will undoubtedly help our cause but it remains to be seen how many changes McCarthy will make to the starting XI.
If you’re in the Fulham camp, a successful season last time out will have you believing your team can go to places like Molineux and win convincingly. However, much of their success has come at home with their record on the road slighlty more indifferent. So that leaves this game nicely poised in my opinion.
They’ve undoubtedly got some great players. People like Murphy, Duff and Johnson are no mugs at this level and have the kind of experience nobody in our squad can boast. But probably their most important player is Hangeland, who holds a very strong defence together. There was interest in him from Arsenal over the summer, which highlights just how good this powerful defender is and just how vital he’s become to Roy Hodgson’s team.
But Fulham are really more of a good, honest group of players than a team of superstars, so for that reason I think Wolves can stand toe-to-toe with them and maybe even come out on top. I think we might have the legs on them so hopefully the longer the game goes on, the better our chances should become, especially as they played on Thursday in the Europa League.
Whether or not we get a result depends greatly on the side McCarthy picks. I hope he has the good sense to make major changes to the side that flopped against Blackburn. That being said, this is the side I think we’ll see:
But it’s a guessing game really. Could the Hoff force his way in? Will Foley or SEB make a shock appearance? Might Edwards be given the nod ahead of Milijas? Lots of variations, which might drastically alter my forecasted eleven.
Anyone else want to take a stab at the line-up?
Whatever the team though, we’re desperate for one of our attacking players to put in a performance. Milijas and Doyle have both shown promising glimpses without really turning it on, so perhaps it’s time for one of those two to step up to the mark.
Call me optimistic but I’ve got a good feeling about this match and believe we have a great chance of taking something from it. I’m going for a 2-1 win and Doyle to score the first goal.
Now that really would be a Super Sunday.
Up The Wolves.