Wolves can enjoy a rare FA Cup win in the capital
Honours have been pretty much even in recent matches between Fulham and Wolves. Both sides have three victories to their name in the last nine meetings with three games drawn.
Kenny Jackett would probably be happy enough to take Kit Symon’s team back to Molineux for a replay in this tie given Wolves pretty mediocre FA Cup record over the last four years. They’ve only reached the fourth round once in 10 years and have failed to score in four of their last six FA Cup ties.
It’s actually 35 years since they last won a tie in the capital so will travel to Craven Cottage with some trepidation, though did win there in the Championship in August with a goal from Bakary Sako. The Mali midfielder will play his final match at Fulham before heading off to the Africa Cup Of Nations but Kevin McDonald is suspended after being red-carded in last Sunday’s win over Brentford.
Danny Graham has returned to Sunderland following the end of his loan spell and Scott Golbourne is still injured. James Henry is McDonald’s likely replacement in London.
With three wins out of four, Wolves’ rocky patch definitely seems a thing of the past but this is a game that they have to take seriously as the Cottagers are much improved under Symons, though did lose at home against struggling Brighton last time having never really got out of the blocks and were also beaten at Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
Danish midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen will be missing against Wolves and Costa Rican captain Bryan Ruiz faces a late fitness test but Ross McCormack and Hugo Rodellega have the ability to pose problems for Carl Ikeme and his defence.
Wolves can make the most of Bakary Sako before he jets out to Equitorial Guinea and book a rare place in the last 32 of the FA Cup at the first time of asking. They are 19/10 for the victory and Sako is 12/5 to be an anytime scorer.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, January 3rd at Craven Cottage.