Wolves vs. Fulham Betting Preview
Another week, another betting pick for the English Premier League!
There aren’t many games left until the EPL is over, so I will make sure to supply my final tips on the competition regularly.
I had a couple of different ideas for this week after looking at the odds provided by the top soccer betting sites on the web. One of the games I really like is between Wolverhampton and Fulham.
I feel that the betting prices would be completely different at any other stage of the season, and therefore, there’s some value to be found.
You will see why further in this Wolves vs. Fulham betting preview that will end with my prediction for the match. Enjoy!
Wolverhampton vs. Fulham Betting Odds
Here’s what BetOnline offers for the main betting markets for the game.
Let’s start with the match winner market. Wolverhampton is by far the better team, and the table doesn’t lie. The hosts would’ve been a much bigger favorite here if it wasn’t so late in the season and if Fulham wasn’t on a good streak.
The visitors won their last three games and somehow managed to keep a clean sheet in every single one of them. This is the reason why the odds for Wolves are surprisingly high, at least to me.
What I don’t understand that well either is the pricing for the over/under market. Sure, Fulham’s defense has been atrocious for most of the season, but the team has been looking solid at the back in the past couple of games.
The same applies to Wolves, but since the start of the campaign. It could very well be a cagey affair, so I would’ve expected the line to be 2.5 goals, not 2.75. It’s appealing to go for the under here, but let’s take a look at both sides first.
I will explore their current form and share my final Wolves vs. Fulham betting pick and predictions.
Wolverhampton Team News and Analysis
A couple of weeks ago, I said that Wolverhampton’s next couple of games would be affected by their dramatic FA Cup exit. The team’s mood did drop a bit after that, but it seems that the Wolves are back to a somewhat happy place.
Wolverhampton is leading the chase for a place in the Europa League, which would be an enormous achievement in their first season in the EPL. The Wolves are in the seventh position right now after beating Arsenal at home and Watford away in the last two games of the competition.
That’s quite the feat, as both opponents are no joke. Arsenal’s form might be terrible away from the Emirates, but beating the side 3-1 without a shadow of a doubt is still impressive.
What I liked the most in the past two games is the more direct style applied by the manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolverhampton has dominated possession but struggled to score in so many matches this season.
It was exactly the opposite against Arsenal and Watford. The Wolves surrendered the ball for large periods, and that created a lot of space for the forwards. We saw plenty of chances and a total of five goals.
I think this might be the beginning of an evolution in the club for next season. The manager will be delighted with the results, and he might try such a strategy more often.
Especially since the defense didn’t seem to suffer too much. In fact, playing a more conservative style helped the back line, and the Wolves didn’t let their opponents muster too many clear-cut opportunities to score.
I expect to see a similar approach in the game against Fulham. The Wolves will let the visitors have the ball to an extent and try to hit them on the counter when there’s even the slightest mistake.
I believe this should work well, and Wolverhampton will have some chances to find the net. At the same time, the defense should be able to contain the opposition’s forwards for most of the game.
Another reason to believe the hosts will have a good time on Saturday is the lack of injuries and suspensions. Espirito Santo will have all of his players available for this match.
Fulham Team News and Analysis
At the start of the season, I thought that this Fulham squad was strong enough to stay in the EPL, and I stand by this statement. I feel that the constant managerial issues and the bad beginning created a poisonous atmosphere at Craven Cottage, and this is the reason why Fulham got relegated.
Once the faith of the club was decided and the pressure was gone, the team became completely different. They won the last three EPL games, keeping a clean sheet in every single one of them. I still believe that the results are a bit misguiding because of the opposition, but it’s still much better from Fulham.
The defense is somehow decent right now. It does still allow some chances every single game, but not nearly as many as it used to.
On the other end, Ryan Babel is providing a lot of sharpness, but Aleksandar Mitrovic seems to have lost his goal-scoring touch. The Serbian striker had a couple of chances against Cardiff City but was unable to take them.
This is one of the concerns for Fulham, but the other is that their last couple of opponents are not as solid as Wolverhampton. I expect the Cottagers to struggle against the strong defense and midfield of the home team.
On top of that, Jimenez and the other attacking players of the Wolves will cause all sorts of trouble for Fulham. They can score after slick passing moves or be dangerous from set pieces.
I simply don’t think that the visitors have improved that much. We should see the end of Fulham’s winning streak, despite the lack of injuries and suspensions for the game.
Wolves vs. Fulham Prediction and Pick
Despite Fulham’s rapid improvement, the team is still way behind a top-table opponent like Wolverhampton. The hosts are chasing a place in the UEFA competitions next season and are coming off of two impressive wins against much stronger sides.
I don’t think that Fulham will be capable of keeping a clean sheet at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday, but the Wolves very well could.
My prediction for this game would be 2-0 for the hosts. I’m struggling a bit to choose between the under 2.75 goals option or the Wolves -1 Asian handicap betting market.
Both make sense, but I think I will go after the former. The betting price of 1.83 is decent enough, and the totals line provides some cover if the teams somehow score three goals at the end.
As always, feel free to share your opinion on the game and my predictions in the comments below.
You should also consider taking a look at my betting tips for Newcastle vs. Liverpool and Manchester City vs. Leicester which I’ll also be writing for our blog this week.
My previews are also in a similar format and include odds, analysis of both sides, and a free betting pick at the end.