Sports Betting Weekly

Wolverhampton v Fulham

When: Wednesday, 14 January 2015 @ 01:45 (FINISHED)
Where: Molineux
The first fixture of a relatively low-key midweek selection of F.A. Cup third round replays sees Wolverhampton Wanderers take on fellow Championship side Fulham at Molineux after the two sides played out a deceptively entertaining 0-0 draw in West London last weekend.

In their previous encounter it was arguably Kenny Jackett’s men who played the better football, with Fulham ‘keeper Marcus Bettinelli by far the busier of the two stoppers, but they will go into the tie without the services of Mali international, Bakary Sako, who will be at the African Cup of Nations.

Nevertheless, their strong showing at Craven Cottage coupled with home advantage this time out means that Wolves will begin the game as 4/9 favourites, with Kit Symons’ team priced at 20/21 despite recording a win rate of just 25% on their travels in the Championship for the season so far.

Indeed, the Cottagers have conceded exactly two thirds of their total goals against away from home this campaign and they will need to put in a more resolute showing if they are to progress at Molineux – though their hopes of keeping a clean sheet will be boosted by the fact that Wolves are currently the second-lowest scorers in the top half of the division with 15 goals at home this season.

On this front, the absence of Sako may prove a huge blow to the home side’s chances given the attacking midfielder’s seven goals is the highest tally recorded by a Wolves player this season. Shorn of the African’s guile, Wolves will have to look to his Mali compatriot, Nouha Dicko (who was not named in the country’s ACON squad) to shoulder the goalscoring burden, as beyond him Leon Clarke is the club’s only other recognised striker to find the net with two goals in the Championship so far.

Having considered all that, it looks likely that Tuesday’s game will be anything but a score-fest and you can get 3/1 on the match finishing with under 1.5 goals. While that price is unlikely to set the pulse racing, you can improve your returns by backing the home side to win the game 1-0 at 15/2 – a scoreline that has accounted for eight of their ten wins in the Championship this season – while the truly brave can get 11/1 on the visitors improving their away form with a victory by the same margin.