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- Aston Villa have won only two of their last nine league matches.
- Fulham have lost only one of their last ten Premier League away fixtures.
- Fulham have scored eight times in their last eight away games.
- Aston Villa have won just one of their last five games at home.
Villa look flat
The rigours of a taxing campaign seem to have caught up with Aston Villa’s players and their performances have suffered as a result. The hosts are drifting towards an anti-climactic finish to their campaign and they could be worth opposing when Fulham visit the Midlands on Sunday.
The Villains have won only twice in their last nine league assignments since the end of January, and having briefly flirted with the notion of continental qualification, their season looks like petering out to mid-table nothingness instead.
Dean Smith’s charges notched just one goal in their four league tests directly before the international break, and with their forward momentum grinding to a halt, they could struggle to break the Cottagers down.
Safety within reach of Fulham
Fulham meanwhile, are still within a hair’s breadth of safety, and the Cottagers’ only defeat in their last ten away tests came against champions-elect Man City.
Indeed, Scott Parker’s outfit are a much more potent force on the road than they are on their own patch, and Fulham have the tools to be awkward visitors again when they land at Villa Park on Sunday.
Don’t bank on Villa
Remarkably, only five Premier League teams (Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Leicester and Everton) have lost fewer away games than Fulham in 2020/21, and the Cottagers knack for picking up points on their travels means they are worth backing in the double chance market on Sunday.
Aston Villa looked completely sapped of energy in the run-up to the international break, and their leggy displays contributed to a poor return of just one win from their last five league matches at Villa Park.
Fulham have avoided defeat in each of their last eight games away from Craven Cottage, though it’s worth noting that six of those contests finished level.
Scott Parker’s charges netted an average of just 1.0 goal per 90 minutes in those fixtures, and their inability to consistently convert the chances they manufacture could stop them winning again at Villa Park. With that considered, a 1-1 correct score prediction is worth backing for Sunday’s showdown.
Aston Villa injuries and team news
Long-term absentee Wesley is on the road to recovery, though the Brazilian striker isn’t ready to play this weekend. Kortney Hause is also a doubt, though talisman Jack Grealish should be fit enough to make his comeback.
Fulham injuries and team news
Tom Cairney is Fulham’s only injury concern, with Bobby de Cordova Reid and Marek Rodak expected to shake of niggles in time for Sunday.