Premier League Preview – Fulham
In what will be the third game in seven days for the Eagles, Fulham are the visitors to South London this weekend.
After heading back to South London from the South Coast in midweek with a point in their back pocket instead of all three, Roy Hodgson will have to do without the suspended Wilfried Zaha for the visit of Fulham.
It will be interesting to see how Hodgson chooses to replace the talisman with the likes of Max Meyer, Bakary Sako and Jeffrey Schlupp all vying for a starting spot. There will also be a temptation to start Christian Benteke or Connor Wickham over Jordan Ayew (or even a late, late, transfer deadline day signing *wink*wink*).
Palace will be looking to do the double over a struggling Fulham side who picked up an impressive win in midweek but they currently sit six points from safety with 14 games left to play. Claudio Ranieri has his work cut out to keep the newly promoted side in the Premier League but it will not be for the want of trying.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – James Tomkins (hamstring) is a major doubt but Cheikhou Kouyate (ankle) is expected to be fit after both limping off in the game against Southampton. Pape Souare (shoulder) continues to miss out.
FULHAM – Andre Schurrle (knock), Andre Zambo Anguissa (ankle) and Joe Bryan (leg) will face late fitness tests. Alfie Mawson (knee) is unavailable.
The last time these two sides met was the opening day of the season as the newly promoted hosts entertained Palace at Craven Cottage. Jeffrey Schlupp got the Eagles off the mark with an excellent goal right befor half time and Wilfried Zaha secured the points with ten minutes left to play.
Who Scored man of the match – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (8.6)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 11/08/2018 Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 30/07/2016 Fulham 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 01/08/2015 Fulham 1-1 Crystal Palace
- 11/05/2014 Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace
- 21/10/2013 Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 30/01/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
- 27/01/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
- 19/01/2019 Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace
- 12/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
- 05/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town
Last FIVE results for Fulham;
- 29/01/2019 Fulham 4-2 Brigton & Hove Albion
- 20/01/2019 Fulham 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
- 12/01/2019 Burnley 2-1 Fulham
- 06/01/2019 Fulham 1-2 Oldham Athletic
- 01/01/2019 Arsenal 4-1 Fulham
THE RECORD AGAINST FULHAM
- Played 44
- Won 12
- Drawn 15
- Lost 17
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.23
- Aleksandar Mitrovic 7.18
- Luka Milivojevic 7.11
- Calum Chambers 6.96
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – SV Diemen, ASV Fortius, Ajax, Liverpool, 1899 Hoffenheim, Kasimpasa, Al Ain, Deportivo La Coruna, Besiktas,
The signing of the former Liverpool player caught many by surprise but Fulham signed the Dutch international midway through January from Turkish side Besiktas. Since leaving Anfield in 2011, Babel has moved between a number of clubs including a brief return to former side Ajax. His successful stint in Turkey has seen the attacking player return to the international fold with the Netherlands.
The visitors will be bouyed by the home win against Brighton last time out after battling back from being two goals down. It gives them the imputus they need to mount a real challenge for survival and will be looking for a repeat of their last visit to Selhurst Park. As for the hosts, one win and one draw in the last four league games suggests improvement is needed to pull away from the danger zone. TEB predicts a narrow win.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Fulhamish Pod prediction (see link below) – away win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – Evens
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 11/4
- Both teams to score – 3/4