Wolves to edge through at the second attempt
A trip to Premier League strugglers Sunderland await the winners of this third-round replay between Wolves and Fulham and both sides would fancy their chances of getting a result against Gus Poyet’s out-of-form side.
After the teams failed to produce a goal between them at Craven Cottage 10 days ago, Kenny Jackett’s men are now favourites to progress with home advantage.
Leon Clarke had a glorious chance to settle the tie in Wolves’ favour in the first game but failed to hit the target when faced with an open goal.
Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli then kept his team-mates at bay with a string of fine saves, though top scorer Hugo Rodellega and Cauley Woodrow threatened late for the Londoners.
Both Jackett and opposite number Kit Symons picked strong sides for the original tie but there could be changes in both line-ups for this replay.
Wolves defender Kortney Hause played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s Championship win at Blackburn but took a knock to the head which may rule him out – Matt Doherty would be his obvious replacement.
The likes of Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Lee Evans and Liam McAlinden will all come into the reckoning but a second game in 48 hours – and a third in seven days – is a big ask at this stage of the season and the play-offs are obviously the priority.
Fulham hardly arrive in Molineux in the best of form, however, so it’s a good opportunity to progress in the FA Cup for Wanderers.
Since back-to-back wins over Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday before Christmas, the Cottagers have lost three out of three in the league are in danger of being sucked back into the relegation zone.
They’ve not scored in any of their last four and are still without Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz. Ross McCormack needs to start paying back that huge transfer fee but it’s been a difficult campaign for the club following relegation and survival in the Championship has to be the first aim.
Another close game might be on the cards but Fulham’s lack of firewpower may return to haunt them again so the value may be to back Wolves to win by one goal at 27/10. Wolves/Wolves on the Half Time/Full Time is 17/10.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, January 13th at Molineux.