- Craven Cottage
- Fulham failed to score in three of their last four competitive matches.
- Crystal Palace scored just one goal from open play in their last three Premier League games.
- Fulham have yet to score a Premier League goal at home this term.
- Four of Crystal Palace’s last six league wins finished 1-0 to the Eagles.
Fulham stop the rot
Newly promoted Fulham have done little so far this season to shake their relegation favourites tag, though the Cottagers finally managed to put their first Premier League point on the board last week with a useful draw at Sheffield United.
Still rooted to the foot of the table, Scott Parker’s side will need to crank the quality of their football up several levels to secure a first victory of the campaign however, though their performances suggest a win is far from imminent.
Having hit the net just once in their last four competitive assignments, it’s clear where Fulham’s biggest problems lie, and with few goal-scorers in their squad, their overreliance on Aleksandar Mitrovic continues to be an issue.
Eagles in a flap
Crystal Palace were denied their second Premier League win of the season last weekend in the dying embers of their clash with Brighton at Selhurst Park, though the Seagulls were well worth a share of the spoils after an impressive second-half showing.
With injury problems affecting fluidity, Roy Hodgson’s men have struggled to match the heights they hit in their opening weekend win at Man Utd, taking just one point in total from their three assignments since that superb 3-1 triumph at Old Trafford.
Like Fulham, the Eagles’ lack of punch in the final third has been their downfall, and Palace scored just one goal from open play in their last three top-tier fixtures.
Their productivity won’t be helped this weekend by key forward Jordan Ayew’s absence. The Ghanaian tested positive for COVID-19 and is following isolation protocols.
Low-key contest anticipated in London
With Fulham and Crystal Palace both looking light on attacking threat ahead of their capital contest on Saturday, there is every chance their game bucks this season’s high-scoring trend in the Premier League.
The Cottagers, who scored just once in their last four competitive fixtures, have yet to register at home this term, while Palace failed to find the net in two of their three games on the road this season in league and cup.
With both teams lacking star-dust in forward areas, we expect chances to be thin on the ground at Craven Cottage on Saturday, and that in turn makes the under 2.5 goals market the standout choice in the markets.
Our correct score prediction backs the Eagles to eke out a slender 1-0 victory at their host’s expense however. Four of their last six Premier League wins were secured with that scoreline, and in game of few opportunities, Palace’s pace on the counter could allow them to steal the points.
Fulham injuries and team news
Defensive duo Kenny Tete and Joachim Anderson remain sidelined for Fulham, while Harrison Reed will be assessed closer to kick-off. Scott Parker could choose to name the same team that earned a point at Sheffield United last time out.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Roy Hodgson still has a number of personnel issues to contend with for Palace, with James McCarthy, Connor Wickham, Nathan Ferguson and Wayne Hennessy all absent. Jordan Ayew is self-isolating having tested positive for COVID-19, while Gary Cahill and James Tomkins are also nursing knocks.
- 5 Aug