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17/02/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Craven Cottage V Predicted Score:1 - 1

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Sess. Steve Bruce signed Stephane Sessegnon when he was Sunderland manager, but the Villa boss needs to keep an eye out for namesake Ryan on Saturday. The exciting youngster has 11 goals so far this season, and is 7/1 to open the scoring in this one.

2 We fancy:

Both teams to score at 10/13. These two have scored 100 goals between them so far this term, and there will be lots of players on show who are capable of getting on the scoresheet. An over 3.5 goals bet is 12/5, while it’s 23/4 for over 4.5 goals.

3 It's a long shot, but…

There’s a lot riding on this game which means there could be plenty of exciting action. Villa to receive over 3.5 cards in winning the game, with over 2.5 goals in total plus over 7.5 corners for Fulham is priced at 60/1.

Team News

Fulham's Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 1 Lost: 0

Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic has almost a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of this game. His only concern is over on-loan Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, with the talented 20-year-old back in full training after missing the last four games through injury.

Aston Villa's Last Six:

Won: 6 Drawn: 0 Lost: 0

The visitors could welcome Christopher Samba back into the squad after a hamstring problem. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Jordan Lyden are both approaching full fitness after ankle injuries, although Jed Steer and Jonathan Kodjia have both been ruled out for the season.

Fulham vs Aston Villa Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Fulham and Aston Villa go head to head at Craven Cottage in this highly anticipated Championship game

Both Fulham and Aston Villa come into this game in excellent form, and it’s difficult to separate the two sides in this crucial Championship clash. The Cottagers are unbeaten in their last nine league games, while Villa have won their last seven.

Fulham are 6/5 to pick up a valuable three points, which would cement their position in the play-off places and bring them to within four points of Saturday’s visitors. Their draw at struggling Bolton last weekend brought a halt to a run of five straight wins, and with just three points to spare in the hunt for the play-offs, the hosts will be desperate to get straight back to winning ways.

Aston Villa are 13/5 to take the spoils back to the Midlands, and back up their mighty win against local rivals Birmingham on Sunday. Experienced boss Bruce will be well aware of the pitfalls the play-offs can pose, and his side are gunning for automatic promotion. Victory at the home of one of their main rivals would be a massive statement with 15 games of the season remaining.

The draw is 27/10 and could represent decent value for an outright bet considering the form both teams are in. Fulham have lost only twice since early November, while Villa have suffered just three defeats in the same period. The Cottagers have only failed to score once in their last 15 Championship games, while Villa have 15 goals in their six games since the turn of the year, so a goalless draw looks unlikely. A 1-1 scoreline is priced at 6/1, while the odds on a 2-2 result are 14/1.

Aboubakar Kamara is the 11/2 favourite to score the first goal of the game for the hosts, while on-loan striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is 6/1 to open his Fulham account in breaking the deadlock. Villa frontman Lewis Grabban, also on loan from a Premier League side and looking for his first goal for his new club, is 6/1 to score first too.

Predicted Score: Fulham 1 - 1 Aston Villa

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