MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@alistairmann01: Regardless of whether seventh place will earn Europa League qualification, it is a target which Wolves are keen to confirm. To be the team just behind the so-called big six is impressive, particularly for a side only promoted a year ago.
The nature of that potential achievement is accentuated by Fulham’s immediate return to the Championship; they too had high hopes 12 months ago, at the very least of consolidation.
Wanderers’ outstanding campaign has been tempered somewhat by a string of surprisingly poor results against the bottom six, and with Fulham having won all three matches since their relegation was confirmed, the hosts may find this fixture a genuine challenge.
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Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: “When you perform well and achieve good results against tough teams and opponents, it always increases the levels of confidence.
“In every game when things aren’t going well, we try to achieve a moment of reaction – from all of us. The focus is always to improve in training and then try to perform well in the competition.”
Fulham caretaker manager Scott Parker: “It’s a difficult league to go and win three on the bounce and the players have done very well. We’ve shown the quality we have.
“Now we are three or four weeks from knowing we have been relegated, it is probably best now we really move things forward.
“Whether that is me leading this team trying to get back into the Premier League or whether it is somebody else, it is probably better it happens a bit quicker than later.”
Fulham keep on winning, and keep on keeping clean sheets too. It has obviously come too late to keep them up, but their recent results should mean Scott Parker gets the job permanently.
I think the Cottagers’ run ends on Saturday, though. Wolves have had an extremely impressive campaign and they should sign off with a win in their final home game. They deserve a fantastic send-off.
- Fulham are winless in 14 league and cup games away to Wolves since a 4-0 victory in the second tier in April 1985 (D4, L10).
- The Cottagers have lost three of their four Premier League games at Molineux, conceding twice in each of those defeats.
- Wolves have lost six of their 11 league games against the teams in the bottom six prior to the latest round of matches, compared to just three defeats in 11 fixtures versus the top six.
- If matches against the bottom six were excluded, they would be third in the table, behind only Liverpool and Manchester City.
- Victory would give Wolves 57 points, the highest Premier League total by a newly-promoted club since Ipswich’s haul of 66 in 2000-01.
- A seventh-place finish would also be the best performance by top-flight newcomers since Ipswich ended fifth in 2001.
- Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are unbeaten in their last seven top-flight games at Molineux (W5, D2).
- Diogo Jota has had a hand in seven goals in his last eight Premier League games, scoring four and assisting three – as many as he managed in his first 23 appearances.
- Jota has scored seven goals in his last eight appearances at Molineux in all competitions.
- Fulham could win four consecutive top-flight games for the first time since a five-match sequence from February to April 1966.
- The Londoners have taken nine points from their last three Premier League fixtures – as many as in their previous 20 matches combined (W2, D3, L15).
- They have also kept three successive clean sheets, more than in their previous 37 top-flight games.
- A fourth successive shut-out would equal their club record in the top flight.
- Ryan Sessegnon has scored in his last two league games against Wolves, though both of those matches were at Craven Cottage.