Fulham make the short trip across London this Saturday afternoon to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League. The Cottagers will be feeling a little more confident now, after winning 4-2 against Brighton & Hove Albion at Craven Cottage last weekend. That was their first win in four games in all competitions, and will also have eased some of the stress caused by the turbulent exit from the club of Aboubakar Kamara.
For Palace, this game is about extending their unbeaten run to three consecutive games. Palace took another significant scalp in the fourth round of the FA Cup, knocking Tottenham Hotspur out with a 2-0 home win. They followed that up with a 1-1 draw away at Southampton in the Premier League, a result which saw them collect another precious point in their battle to stay in the top flight.
Crystal Palace vs Fulham Prediction: Palace 2-1 Fulham
Our prediction is that Palace will win this game 2-1. Fulham will be feeling more confident than they have for a few weeks, but it is easy to slip back into the kind of losing habit that they have acquired in recent months. Their victory over Brighton certainly showed that they can score goals, but Roy Hodgson is a manager who is known for having his teams’ defences well organised, and they may find it tougher to breach the Palace net. We think that home advantage will give Palace the edge in this game, and they will win it 2-1.
Our recommended tip: Crystal Palace to win, BTTS
Our featured tip for this game comes from the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power. They are offering odds of 3/1 on Palace winning the game and both teams scoring. This fits with our prediction of a 2-1 home win, but also offers you some flexibility when it comes to the final scoreline. Both teams have enough attacking quality to score goals, but we suspect that home advantage will be key to the ultimate outcome of this game. Odds of 3/1 also offer decent returns, should Palace do the business and bring home the victory.
These two sides have played each on just five previous occasions in the Premier League, though their mutual history goes back much further than that. The Premier League record has a nice symmetry to it, with both teams having won two games and there having been one draw. Each team has won one game away and one game at home.
The most recent meeting was earlier this season, in the Premier League, at Craven Cottage on August 11. That was the first day of the 2018/19 season, and Palace celebrated the occasion with a convincing 2-0 win.
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Players to watch: Andros Townsend & Aleksandar Mitrovic
Palace winger Andros Townsend enjoyed a fine game against his former club in the FA Cup last weekend. He netted a goal from the penalty spot and enjoyed a good, all-round performance. With Wilfried Zaha suspended for this game, Townsend will need to provide some creativity.He has weighed in with three assists and four goals in total this season, a significant contribution to which he will want to add this weekend.
Fulham’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic showed just how important he is to Claudio Ranieri’s team with his two goals in the midweek win over Brighton. The Serb is an often controversial figure, but when he is in the mood he is a real handful for defenders. His two goals against the Seagulls took his tally of Premier League goals for the season to 10, which is a hugely respectable tally in struggling team.