It should be a cracking weekend - new managers and new players looking to prove their worth at their new clubs and every England fan in the country in excellent spirits following two dominant and comprehensive victories in their opening qualifiers.
Back at Molineux, Mick McCarthy will have welcomed his players back from international duty and begun preparing for the journey down to West London and a meeting with Mark Hughes' Fulham side.
Overall, Wolves’ international contingent had positive results with their countries and the camp will be in enthusiastic, confident mood as the team bus sweeps down the M6 towards the capital.
On the other side, Hughes will also be confident; his side are at home, he's managed to keep together a majority of Roy Hodgson's side that performed so well last season and they snatched a point from the jaws of defeat away at Blackpool last time out.
As I discussed in my last post, McCarthy may hold another advantage in the fact that Fulham had more players away representing their nations; but whether this will have any real effect on the game’s outcome will only become apparent on Saturday.
In any case, McCarthy and his players will be treating this as any other game, and an opportunity to extend their unbeaten run to four games.
It’s a great opportunity; we all know Fulham can be so tough to break down at Craven Cottage, but then again this match isn’t akin to those away days at Old Trafford, The Emirates and Stamford Bridge, where a draw feels much like a victory for smaller sides.
If McCarthy is to mastermind a victory on the Thames, someone will have to keep Bobby Zamora at bay. Last season’s danger man for the Cottagers, Zamora can, and will, seize any opportunity presented; his threat alone could see Wolves head home empty handed.
Having seen how McCarthy dampened Joey Barton’s threat in the Bank Holiday fixture, you’d be expecting Zamora to be subject to a few tasty tackles.
But Karl Henry will be aware that you can’t get away with some of those challenges twice – and with that on his mind he may be a little reluctant to be quite as physical as usual.
This is one of those games that’s too close to call; all we can wish for is a more entertaining game that last season’s bore draw and maybe, just maybe, McCarthy can snatch another three points for his side.
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