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Crystal Palace v Fulham

Premier League: Sat, 02/02  Stadium: Selhurst Park

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Bet365 has a Fulham win or draw at 4/5, which warrants serious consideration given Zaha’s absence for the Eagles. Over 2.5 goals at evens with the same firm also looks appealing, with Fulham unlikely to keep a clean sheet, but usually being able to find the net regularly themselves.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Crystal Palace v Fulham

A vital London derby sees Fulham travel across the capital on Saturday to take on Crystal Palace, with both sides desperate for points in the relegation scrap.

 

Midweek win to spark a revival for the Cottagers?

2-0 down in midweek to Brighton and staring down the barrel at a ten point deficit to being out of the relegation places, Fulham produced a spirited second half comeback to run out 4-2 winners. The win gives them a glimmer of hope in their battle against relegation, but with Burnley picking up an unexpected point against Manchester United, it still leaves them six points from safety. Effectively the gap remains seven points given their inferior goal difference against the teams immediately above them outside the relegation places.

 

The win against Brighton did at least end a run of three successive defeats for the Cottagers, but there still remains a lot of work to be done if they are to haul themselves out of the relegation places. The fixture against Palace is one of three away games this month, with West Ham United and Southampton away from home also to come. Their only home fixture this month is against Manchester United, so they will be desperate to take something from this fixture.

 

Palace keeping out of trouble

A useful 1-1 draw against fellow relegation battlers Southampton in midweek kept Palace six points above the relegation zone. With a superior goal difference to all the teams below them, it would be a surprise if they are sucked into trouble with only fourteen games of the season remaining. However a FA Cup run does have the capacity to be a distraction, particularly as a favourable looking fifth round draw against Doncaster Rovers should seem them in the Quarter Finals and beyond. Manager Roy Hodgson will be keen for his side to pick up maximum points in these types of fixtures against teams below them in the league table, so they can quickly wrap up preserving their Premier League status for another season and push towards cup glory.

 

Form guide mixed for both sides

Despite its reputation as somewhat of a fortress, Palace have only actually won two games at home this season, and alarmingly lost six games, with two draws. They have gone winless in their last three home games, including 1-0 defeats to Chelsea and Watford, and with only one win in their last six league games, Fulham have cautious cause for optimism going into this fixture.

 

The problem for the Cottagers is despite Palace’s relative woeful home record, they themselves have not exactly been on fire on their travels this season. Their last nine away fixtures has produced just a solitary point, something they will need to start rectifying very quickly if they are to have any chance of staying up.



Fulham to spring a surprise?

Given Fulham’s general inability to keep a clean sheet (just one away from home all season), and Palace’s relatively poor home form makes this an intriguing fixture. With the Eagles also without their talisman Wilfred Zaha through suspension, Fulham will surely not have a better chance to pick up some rare away points, and should feel confident they can get something out of this fixture. Despite their shocking away record, they come into this game full of confidence after their midweek revival, and should look to Palace’s general inability to win games without Zaha being present.

Bet365 has a Fulham win or draw at 4/5, which warrants serious consideration given Zaha’s absence for the Eagles. Over 2.5 goals at evens with the same firm also looks appealing, with Fulham unlikely to keep a clean sheet, but usually being able to find the net regularly themselves.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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