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Fulham vs Brentford Predictions

Published on 2:00pm GMT 19 August 2023

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Both Teams To Score

Reason for tip

Fulham and Brentford met in the States in pre-season with the Cottagers edging to a 3-2 victory in the Premier League Summer Series and there is every hope this latest meetings turns into a high-octane affair.

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Brentford 3-2

Reason for tip

Last season’s two league meetings finished 3-2 to the home team while a recent friendly in the States also yielded another 3-2 win for Fulham. But the Cottagers were fortunate to win at Everton last weekend and Brentford are unlikely to be as wasteful as the Toffees, meaning they are the most likely winners.

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Fulham vs Brentford Predictions

  • Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings between the pair, all of which have ended 3-2
  • Fulham have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 home league games
  • Brentford have conceded in seven of their last nine away games

Attacks to shine in capital clash

Fulham and Brentford met in the States in pre-season with the Cottagers edging to a 3-2 victory in the Premier League Summer Series and the London rivals should put on another show in their league meeting in the capital.

Interestingly, both meetings in the Premier League last season also ended 3-2 with Fulham winning at home in August and Brentford getting their revenge on their own patch in March.

That means over 2.5 goals has landed in the last four meetings between the sides and punters should expect the excitement to continue at Craven Cottage.

Fulham were gritty in a 1-0 at Everton in their Premier League curtain-raiser, but was simply down to the Toffees’ wastefulness in front of goal.

Everton had won the shot count 19 to nine, having nine shots on target, hitting the post and recording an xG of 3.07.

That shows how fortuitous Fulham were to prevail and that is a weakness Brentford should be confident of exploiting, even in the absence of star striker Ivan Toney.

Bees unlikely to be so wasteful

Last season Fulham performed well on home soil, losing only six of their 19 games at their London base.

But for all that success, Fulham managed only one clean sheet in their final 12 home league outings and they saw both teams score in each of their final four.

Aleksandar Mitrovic appears to be closing in on his long-anticipated move to Saudi, which means summer arrival Raul Jimenez is likely to lead the line.

Brentford were involved in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Tottenham in their season opener, with strikers Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa both getting off the mark.

But Tottenham had 18 shots in that draw which suggests Fulham should get plenty of opportunities of their own to breach the visiting defence.

Fulham should also make their mark

Brentford won only five of their 19 away league games last term and they inherited a -5 goal difference on the road, courtesy of conceding two or more in seven of those outings.

So there is plenty to suggest this has the makings of a high-scoring encounter and both teams to score rates an excellent punting proposition.

The Bees do, however, appear as the most likely winners and a chance can be taken on a 3-2 away victory given the last three meetings have ended that scoreline.

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