Fulham vs Sunderland Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

This is Fulham’s final home game of the season and there is sure to be a cracking atmosphere at Craven Cottage as they bid for a win that would see them leapfrog Cardiff again and take 2nd place. They are huge favourites to get it against a Sunderland side that were relegated last weekend by a defeat at home to Burton Albion.

The Black Cats can be backed at odds as long as 11/1 for the win here, which is a massive price for a Championship match. Even so, there is little temptation to put any money on the visitors, given the woeful kind of season they’ve had and perhaps more significantly how good Fulham have been of late.

They are undefeated in the Championship since a shock 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light back in December. That result would prove one of the few highlights of Sunderland’s campaign but it also looks to have been a real turning point in Fulham’s season. They’ve been exceptional since, with their last 22 league outings producing 17 wins and 5 draws.

Sunderland may finally be able to play without much pressure here but even so, a lack of quality is still likely to see them lose the game. They’ve only recorded 3 wins since they saw off Fulham on Wearside and with only 6 league wins all season, can have few complaints that they have been condemned to a second straight relegation.

They briefly looked like they may hand themselves a lifeline last weekend when they led Burton 1-0 heading into the final five minutes but their ability to still end up on the losing side in that vital game perhaps sums them up. They’ve struggled at both ends of the pitch this season and with huge debts off the pitch, they are the very definition of a crisis club, with a huge fan-base their only real saving grace as they prepare for life in League One.

It’s never easy to know how a team will react once their relegation has been confirmed but even if Chris Coleman can get some kind of positive reaction from his team, it’s unlikely to be enough. Fulham were outstanding in the Second Half at Millwall last week, scoring some cracking goals as they cruised to a 3-0 win against the division’s other form team.

They’ve a 41% home clean sheet ratio this term and given all of their last 7 home league wins have come to nil, there’s much better value in backing Fulham to Win to Nil here than going for them outright or in the handicap markets.

If you fancy a goalscorer bet, most of the obvious candidates for Fulham are very short but backing Tom Cairney to score anytime could be worth a punt. The odds look decent, given he bagged 13 Championship goals last term and has recently found his shooting boots again with goals in 3 of his last 9 for the West London club.

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