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David Thompson 3rd Mar 2012 - 16:40

Is it 'Connor' be a shock in the Capital?


Fulham v Wolves

English Premier League

Sunday 14:05 - live on Sky Sports 1

Match betting: Fulham 8/13 Draw 3/1 Wolves 4/1

The second leg of a Sunday triple header of Premier League football gives the football world a chance to focus on Mick McCarthy's replacement, Terry Connor, as he takes his Wolves side to Craven Cottage.

Martin Jol will be keen to show off his Fulham team who are chasing a third successive league win and haven't lost at home in over two months. Currently mid-table and on 33 points, Jol will want to race to 40 points as soon as possible and start to look ahead in an attempt to claim a top eight spot come the end of the season.

Match odds as short as 8/13 suggest that this is a fixture that Fulham fans will expect to win comfortable, however, statistics could suggest that the 4/1 about the away win could be the more attractive wager. In the reverse fixture back in August Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis ensured Wolves took all three points in a 2-0 win for Mick McCarthy and Wolves go to Fulham tomorrow looking to make it seven games unbeaten away from home as they look to build on last week's encouraging point at Newcastle.

London is also a happy hunting ground for Wanderers, they are unbeaten in their last three trips to the capital, with draws at Arsenal and Tottenham followed by last month's victory at QPR. Unbeaten in their last five away games in the Premier League 3/1 about Draw No Bet looks like money well spent.

Further good news for Terry Connor will be the return to fitness of Steven Fletcher. If he can find a way for both he and Kevin Doyle to operate at The Cottage then they are sure to give the Fulham back-line a busy afternoon's work. Fletcher can be back at 15/2 for first and 9/4 anytime whilst Doyle is 8/1 about first and 11/4 anytime goalscorer.

It's at the other end of the pitch where Connor will have to concentrate though. Wolves kept two clean sheets in their opening three league games, however, they have not recorded a shut-out in their subsequent 23 matches. Promisingly he had the foresight and character to change things at St James Park, bringing three changes to the back four. This almost backfired for the new head coach with his side leaking two goals inside 18 minutes, however, the 2-2 full time result demonstrated that the players are willing to work for their new manager.

Former Real Madrid midfielder and Fulham's latest acquisition Mahamadou Diarra could be involved in Sunday's match. This looks to be another shrewd forage into the transfer market by Martin Jol and he could link up to provide for Bobby Zamora's Russian replacement Pavel Pogrebnyak. The former Stuttgart man has two goals in his first two games and is looking to become the first Fulham player to achieve three from three. 9/2 are the odds for the Russian to score the first at The Cottage and he is as short as 6/5 about anytime goalscorer.

Overall Fulham look to have enough on paper for another comfortable home win for Martin Jol. Terry Connor should create that feel-good factor for the away support and help produce a very watchable Premier League fixture. Both Teams To Score looks on, however, odds of 8/13 would encourage me to stick with 3/1 Draw No Bet on Wolves. An interesting long shot might be the 11/1 about Fulham to lead at half time and not win the game. Wolves have recouped 14 points from losing positions this season, the best record in the division whilst Fulham will want to get off to a fast start at home.



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