Fulham

V

Craven Cottage

20/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Burton Albion

V

Craven Cottage

20/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  Burton Albion head to West London unable to get out of first gear knowing they face one of the Championships most exciting teams pushing hard for the playoffs. A real top versus bottom clash with different agendas on each sides radar in this one with action by the Thames set to be hot.

Last time: Albion left Craven Cottage feeling a little sick in September 2016. After Jackson Irvine put the Brewers one-up in the 51st minute, it looked like the three-points were heading back to the Pirelli Stadium only for star-man Ryan Sessegnon to equalise in the 93rd minute.

This time: Fulham are 4/11 to win with Burton Albion at 13/2 and the draw 4/1

You might remember: Remarkably, the two sides have only met four times before. Last season’s 1-1 draw is the only game to have been played between the two sides at Craven Cottage, but a repeat of that result will certainly suit the away side much more.

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Fulham haven’t lost at their scenic Craven Cottage home in the league since Halloween

Former Premier League big-wigs Fulham are firing on all cylinders again and are a side that no one wants to play right now. Four wins in their last six has seen the Cottagers rise back into playoff contention and this time they will eager to not let silly mistakes cause them dropped points. Albion may be looking deeper into the fixture list for potential winnable games but on current form, it all points to a dominant Fulham display.

Fulham are 4/11 and their short odds are hardly a surprise. Key-man Ryan Sessegnon has been an inspiration for the second season in a row and with seven goals to his name, is the sides current top scorer. Currently on a purple patch thanks to that last gasp win over Middlesbrough, head coach Slaviša Jokanović will be in buoyant mood as relegation threatened Burton come to town.

Burton Albion are 13/2 to win but there are a couple of shining lights that may make Burton surprise winners. Firstly, their away form is considerably better than their home form having picked up twice as many points on the road than at home (16 to 8). Secondly, Albion have already beaten Fulham once this season in the reverse fixture at the Pirelli.

The draw is 4/1 and represents the likeliest way that the Brewers will get anything out of this game. Only Brentford (7) have drawn at home more times than Fulham this season and that combined with Burton’s better away from home breeds hope among the travelling faithful.

Both teams to score is 5/6 and that looks a tasty offering. Fulham have the worst defensive record of all the sides in the Championship top ten having conceded 34 times this campaign. The absence of Tom Cairney will do the home side no favours. Fulham have more than enough up top to find the back of net as proven by the 4-1 hammering of Ipswich, but the Brewers have a sting in their tale and have scored in three of the four meetings with the Cottagers.

Fulham to win and both teams to score is 15/8 and for much of reasons above only adding in the home win increases the value somewhat. Fulham have the best record of anyone in the Championship over the last five games having taken 13 points from a possible 15. That is better than top of the table Wolves who have managed 11. Confidence is high in West London but thanks to a leaky defence, Fulham will make it harder work than it should be.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Fulham to make the score line look easier than it was. Thirteen goals in their last five league games makes Fulham one of the most prolific sides in front of goal. However, they have also conceded six in those five games meaning a victory is on the cards, but they will flatter to deceive and most likely leave it late to wrap the game up.

Fulham to win with a two-goal margin is 10/3 and is a great bet to make as it enables options in the score-line. Most likely it will be 2-1 until about the 92nd minute when Sessegnon will pop-up to bury the game once and for all.

2

We fancy:

Over 2.5 goals in the game at 3/5. As mentioned above, Fulham are currently averaging 2.6 goals per game and have netted four goals in a match twice within a month. That kind of scoring makes the over market a no brainer and expect Burton to pitch in with one of their own to take their away goal tally to double figures for the season.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Burton Albion to be in the lead at the end of the first half but Fulham to go on and win the match is 18/1. Twice in four games Burton have been the first team to score and the Cottagers are susceptible to being caught out early doors.

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!