It’s west against east in this Friday night London derby, with West Ham United welcoming Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham team to the London Stadium for what should be an interesting Premier League clash. Neither side is in good form right now, but Fulham are probably more desperate for points than Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers. The Cottagers are stuck in 19th place in the Premier League table with just 17 points to their name. Southampton, in 18th place, have 24 points, so all is almost lost for Ranieri’s team when it comes to staying in the top tier of the English game.
The Hammers have drawn their last two Premier League games, at home to Liverpool and away at Crystal Palace, with both games ending 1-1. Prior to that, they followed up a fine win over Arsenal with three league and FA Cup defeats. Finding some kind of consistency is key to Pellegrini’s team improving, and they will want to return to winning ways on Friday evening.
West Ham vs Fulham Prediction: Hammers 2-0 Cottagers
Our prediction for the outcome of this game is that the home side will win it comfortably. Fulham are low on confidence, and, it has to be said, they lack Premier League quality too. Ranieri is a great coach, but the task that he was left facing when he took over at the club seems to be beyond even his abilities to remedy.
Home advantage will give the Hammers a crucial edge in this game, and we anticipate that they will not have too many problems scoring at least two goals.
Our recommended tip: Hammers, 1X2
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 5/6 on West Ham to win on the 1X2 market. We have opted for this simple bet as it offers plenty of scope when it comes to the final scoreline. While odds of 5/6 do not look that valuable on first inspection, West Ham could win this game by a slim or a narrow margin, depending on their own confidence. This bet gives you some flexibility, but still gives you a nice win if the Hammers triumph as expected.
These two teams have met on 21 previous occasions in the Premier League. Out of those games, West Ham have won 12, Fulham four, and there have been five draws. Fulham have won away from home against the Hammers just once in the Premier League. West Ham have beaten Fulham five times at home.
The last Premier League meeting between the teams was earlier this season, at Craven Cottage on December 15. West Ham won the game 2-0, thanks to first-half goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio. That victory was the Hammers’ fourth in a row at that stage of the season.
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Players to watch: Robert Snodgrass & Ryan Sessegnon
Scotland international attacking midfielder Robert Snodgrass has become a key part of Manuel Pellegrini’s team this season. Experienced and creative, the Scot has weighed in with two goals and three assists in his 25 Premier League appearances in 2018/19. Capable of game-breaking moments of quality in attack, Snodgrass is also an experienced campaigner who adds some stability to the Hammers midfield. He has made an average of 26.8 passes per match and has created three big chances this season.
Ryan Sessegon remains one of English football’s most highly rated players, and there have to be questions about how much longer he will be a Fulham player. The Premier League is an unforgiving environment, and he has found things tougher than last season in the Championship. The 18-year-old has still managed to weigh in with five assists in 23 Premier League appearances, though, which is a good tally when playing for a side that has struggled as much as Fulham have this season.