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  • September 11, 2010
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  • • Craven Cottage, London
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Premier League Preview: Fulham - Wolves

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Wolves

Drawing, bored?

It is a question of drawing for these two teams, as Fulham and Wolves enter the game with five draws out of six Premier League matches they have played between them this season. Going into this fixture both teams have thrown away leads at half-time to come away with a point.

Fulham are still looking for their first league win under Mark Hughes and after a disappointing 2-2 result against Premier League new boys Blackpool, they will be hoping that home advantage and their unbeaten record this season will see them to victory.

Vice-captain Aaron Hughes spoke of his satisfaction with the Cottagers’ start. “It’s been a reasonably tough start,” he told fulhamfc.com. “But I think we’ve done ok.

“We’ve showed in the games that we’re trying to do the right things and we’ve also shown a bit of character, having to come back in two of those three games.”

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Wolves on the other hand will be far less preoccupied with the state of affairs after an away point against Everton, a draw at home to Newcastle United and a win against gritty Stoke City.

Mick McCarthy has been keeping the focus on football this season as Wolves have steadily climbed the table to seventh, level on points with fifth place Bolton Wanderers.

Despite finishing 15th last season, and supporters wanting to build on that achievement, McCarthy is quite happy to finish in a similar position this season, insisting before the season started that he would take another 15th-placed finish.

“We’ll be trying for 10th to eighth, but we’re playing for places 11th to 17th,” he said. “If I’m here next year having just finished 15th, I’d be delighted.

“Look at the reality – can we finish in the top 10? Birmingham finished ninth, but it’s unlikely we will.

“So you can virtually discount the top 10 and we don’t want to be in the bottom three, so we’re only playing for seven positions.”

TEAM NEWS

Fulham

Mark Hughes will be able to call on regulars Dickson Etuhu and Mark Schwarzer for the game after Etuhu signed a three-year contract extension on Tuesday and Schwarzer was blocked a move to Arsenal during the transfer window.

Hughes may also hand new signing Carlos Salcido a start at left-back, while Moussa Dembele may hold on to his starting place with Bobby Zamora.

Possible starting XI: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido; Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff; Zamora, Dembele

Wolves

Steven Fletcher and Jelle van Damme are being assessed this week on injuries that have been bothering them since the opening day of the season. Fletcher is suffering from a badly bruised foot and Van Damme has ankle discomfort. Both players were released from international duty for treatment.

Summer signing Stephen Hunt is still out with a foot injury but hopes to return to the team in October, while Elokobi may come in at left back for Van Damme

Possible starting XI: Hahnemann; Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi; Foley, Henry, Jones, Jarvis; Ebanks-Blake, Doyle


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29Simon DaviesMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
30Mousa DembeleStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
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5Rafik HallicheDefender
27Jonathan GreeningMidfielder
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37Jelle Van DammeDefender
3Michael MancienneDefender
32Kevin FoleyDefender
16Christophe BerraDefender
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
8Karl HenryMidfielder
6Jody CraddockDefender
11Stephen WardDefender
9Sylvan Ebanks-BlakeStriker
29Kevin DoyleStriker
26Wayne HennesseyGoalkeeper
5Richard StearmanDefender
23Marcus BentStriker
9Steven FletcherStriker
31Adlène GuediouraMidfielder
3George ElokobiDefender
19David JonesMidfielder
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