By the skin of their teeth, Wolves are set to avoid a relegation battle this season.
After just missing out on European football at the end of last term, they are nowhere near regaining their place among some of the continent’s elite.
Instead, they’re scrapping it out towards the back end of the table. Nuno Santo’s men sit in 14th place on 35 points and are on a torrid run without a win in five matches. Three of those have been disappointing defeats to Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham.
In recent years, those are the types of matches the Old Gold would relish; instead, they’ve been swept aside of late. A match against Fulham on Friday duly represents the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways.
The Cottagers are relegation-threatened but does that mean Nuno will make any changes? Here’s our predicted line-up.
We’re tipping the manager to make as many as three changes to the side which lost 3-2 to the Hammers last time out.
The first of those falls in attack, where patience should be wearing thin over a certain Willian Jose. The Brazilian is still yet to score in Wolves colours, so he could be replaced by Fabio Silva.
The club-record signing has hardly set the world alight since moving to Molineux either, with just the three goals to his name. That being said, he did find the net against West Ham and therefore should be full of confidence.
With Joao Moutinho still missing with a groin problem, Vitinha comes into the middle of the park. Leander Dendoncker was afforded a place further forward last weekend and managed to score. However, after Wolves shipped three goals, he moves back into defence at the expense of the £22,000-per-week Romain Saiss.
Vitinha was in excellent form during the group stages for the European Under-21 Championships in the last two weeks, so he deserves a run in the Premier League.
The final change is at left-back, where the rather inconsistent Rayan Ait-Nouri misses out in favour of Ki-Jana Hoever.