The Cottagers are sitting inside the top six, but they have managed to take just one point from their last two games. So they will be looking to rebuild after the international break. They get a tough game though as the unbeaten West Brom pay a visit to Craven Cottage, the Baggies starting in the top six also. Read our Fulham v West Brom betting tips for more.
Fulham even money
West Brom 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 10th, 2019 at 12:31 p.m.)
Just when Fulham looked to be getting things together with a three-match winning streak going, it fell apart a little for them just before the international break. They suffered a home loss against Nottingham Forest before being held to a 1-1 draw at Cardiff. That leaves the Cottagers, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, with a W3 D1 L2 record in this season’s Championship.
Incidentally, the loss against Forest snapped an 18 match undefeated streak of home form in the second tier that Fulham were on. A positive is that they have scored seven goals in their three home games (W2 L1) and their loss at Barnsley on the opening weekend is the only game in which they have failed to score.
The Cottagers have opened the scoring in two of their three home games. Fulham have also been leading at half time in two of their three at Craven Cottage this season. Top scorer for the Cottagers is Aleksandar Mitrovic with five goals already.
This is the first meeting since the 2013/14 Premier League
Four of the last six meetings have ended in a draw
Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven games against West Brom (W3 D4)
The Cottagers are undefeated in their last twelve home fixtures against West Brom
West Brom were expected to be one of the leading contenders for promotion to the top flight this season. Just like Fulham. They have looked the part for that as well with an unbeaten W3 D3 record under their belt. So a very solid start has been made by the Baggies who have taken a W2 D1 record away from home. Their two wins away from the Hawthorns were by a 2-1 scoreline over Nottingham Forest and Luton. Their draw came in 1-1 results against Derby in their last road game.
Both teams have scored in all six of West Brom’s league games this season, so that’s a decent betting trend to look at. All three of West Brom’s goals which they have conceded away from home have been in the first half of matches. Despite their unbeaten start to this season, West Brom have managed to open the scoring in just one of their six games. In each of their three road games, they conceded the opening goal inside the first fifteen minutes of action. They clearly have something to work on there.
This is going to be an interesting game because both of these have goals in them. That makes it a pretty tough game to call because both look likely to concede as well. The best option that we can see is the draw in the match outright. Neither look like losing.
11th September 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Fulham V West Brom Recommended Bet:
Another of the weekends even looking match ups. Fulham looked as if they were going to get off to a hot start after opening the season with a win, but the wheels have come badly off and they are struggling. No such problems at the Hawthorns for Steve Clarke whose side remains unbeaten after three matches, and have the second best defensive record in the league. Even though they are away from home, West Brom really could take at least a point of the struggling Fulham here. There is a temptation to have a good look at a draw here, even though Fulham are the favourite at the bookies. Could be just worth having a longer shot on the Baggies who are in form at a price of 3/1 with online bookmaker SkyBet.
The Cottagers are struggling, there is no question about that. Not only as they still wrangling over the Clint Dempsey issue with Liverpool, but the bottom has fallen out of their early season. They cruised to an opening day win over Norwich, but then hit the skids with back to back defeats against Manchester United, and West Ham. Martin Jol’s men were mauled in the first half against the Hammers and sandwiched in-between all of that was a League Cup exit against Sheffield Wednesday. So there are some cracks that need fixing, and in an attempt to do so, the manager has drafted in Dimitar Berbatov and Greek veteran midfielder Giorgos Karagounis. Fulham haven’t earned a 0-0 draw in 29 Premier League matches now, so wouldn’t touch that option in your betting, and because they are also eight matches without a score draw as well, things could tip in favour of the Baggies. Fulham have lost some quality which really hasn’t been replaced, from creativity in the midfield to real power up front. Maybe the Cottagers will settle into the season, but they need to grind something out at the moment just to get some confidence going.
Best Fulham Bet:
The Cottagers are suffering at the moment, a lack of cohesion and confidence. They will be happy to get back on home soil to try and turn things and if you fancy taken a wager on them, then they will probably play it cautious before converting in the second half and therefore a Draw/Fulham Half Time/Full Time bet is trading at a price of 4/1 with online bookmaker SkyBet.
West Brom Preview:
The Baggies have looked pretty solid this season, picking up that opening big win against Liverpool, holding Spurs to a draw and beating Everton. So it has been all positives for new boss Steve Clarke, who had many doubters over his appointment in the first place. The Baggies have conceded just one goal so far in their three matches and have converted at a healthy click of an average of two per game. This has been West Brom’s best start to a Premier League campaign, with Shane Long weighing in with three goals already. West Brom look a very solid side at the moment, they are working hard through the middle of the park and very organised at the back. They look more than capable of getting on the score-sheet as well and there is a pretty good balance through the side. Away from home there will be tests for them, and they haven’t won on their last four visits to Craven Cottage. They did pick up a 1-1 draw here last season, and they can boast better form than what Fulham (who have lost three of their four matches this season) can do so heading into this fixture. A draw seems a sensible option, but Baggies are in a position to capitalise on Fulham’s poor status.
Best West Brom Bet:
West Brom have been a strong second half side this season, with all but one of their goals coming after the half time break. They should be tight enough at the back to keep themselves in the game by that point and therefore a Draw/West Brom Half Time/Full Time bet does look like some decent value at a price of 7/1 with online bookmaker SkyBet.
Fulham v West Brom Betting Odds at Online Bookmaker SkyBet:
Fulham Evens, Draw 5/2, West Brom 11/4
Form (most recent result last):
Fulham WLWLLL, West Brom DLWDWW
West Brom have only lost two of their last eleven matches
Fulham have lost three of their four competitive matches this season
All of the Baggies league goals have been scored by different players
All of Fulham’s league matches this season have ended over 2.5 goals
13th September 2012 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Kick-off: Tuesday, 4th January – 20:00 (GMT)
Venue: Craven Cottage
TV Coverage: Sky Sports HD2
Previous Meeting: West Brom 2-1 Fulham (23 Oct, 2010)
It’s a well known fact that Christmas can be the most depressing time of the year for some, with the suicide rate at its peak around the festive period. We apologise for the downbeat opening to this particular preview, though it’s fitting when discussing Fulham, as Craven Cottage is often jam-packed with glum faces these days, none more so than Mark Hughes’, whom is a manager under intense pressure following his side’s lacklustre opening to the league season – Having guided the Cottagers to just three wins 18 matches – and possibly only a couple more setbacks away from being out of a job in West London.
We seem to utter the same old rubbish each week, but Hughes really does have huge boots to fill. And there’s little doubt he’s struggled immensely to replicate the success Fulham enjoyed under his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, whom comfortably guided the Cottagers to Premier League safety in back-to-back campaigns under his tenure. Hughes is struggling to keep Fulham afloat in just his first, with his team languishing not just in the lower half of the table but now, following New Year’s 1-0 loss away at Tottenham, in the relegation zone and no nearer to finding a successful formula for consistency, a characteristic which has evidentially been lacking in their game this season and has been the catalyst for their decline under the Welshman.
Hughes has at least been boosted by some encouraging performances from his team over the New Year period, with Fulham having bounced back from their Boxing Day humbling at home to West Ham, where they were embarrassingly thumped 3-1 by the then basement occupiers, responding in impressive fashion to beat Stoke City 2-0 at The Brittania – A fortress for the Potters but a stadium Fulham handled with consummate ease and professionalism, with a Chris Baird double early on enough to quell the threat of a physical Stoke side. However, ironically it was their performance at White Hart Lane just a few days ago which provided more encouraging signs of a revival from the Cottagers, with Fulham causing a talented Spurs side plenty of problems north of the capital; dangerous on the break and a little unlucky at times in front of goal, while they were incredibly resilient and workmanlike at the back. An all-round performance of a similar ilk would make them mighty difficult to beat on Tuesday, and I would goes as far as to include stop as well.
It’s no secret that Fulham encounter so many problems away from home, which is why their home fixtures are of the utmost importance. Hughes will be well aware of this, as will the fans, and between them they’ll be sure to let the players known just how crucial Tuesday’s home meeting with a fellow relegation candidate, West Brom, is as fixtures won’t come covered in treacle than Tuesday’s clash with the Roberto Di matteo’s charges. The Baggies suffered their fourth defeat on the spin on New Year’s day and with Di Matteo still without a couple of key defensive cogs, surely Fulham will sniff out their next vulnerable victim.
If Fulham are to put the Baggies to the sword then they will need to defy the form book, at least their own form book. Not since 30 October have Fulham won a league encounter in their own backyard, Craven Cottage, however that was against an opponent similar to that of Tuesday’s opponents West Brom, Wigan Athletic, who also play sleek, attractive football on the ground. So, is this fixture manufactured to Fulham’s liking?
Barely two months into the season and West Brom were already the stand-out performer in the Premiership, especially as it was their first stint in the top-flight since the 2008/2009 season, which won’t seem all too long ago but that was a term in which the Baggies struggled throughout and end up relegated without a pray heading into the final set of fixtures. On this occasion they appeared to be cruising to survival, though, unfortunately, complacency has crept into their play and in turn the standard of their football has plummeted. Now it’s backs against the wall times for the Baggies, who must somehow stop this losing rut of theirs by collecting a result away to Fulham on Tuesday, whom they’ve never took a point from in previous Premier League clashes at Craven Cottage.
On the topic of West Brom and matches with Fulham in the capital, the Baggies have a dismal record at Craven Cottage which will make anyone instantly turn their noes up at a proposed bet on the Midlands outfit. Although Roberto Di Matteo wasn’t at the helm for a single one of the past meetings with Fulham in London, the Italian nevertheless takes the reins of a team who have tasted four defeats in four visits to Fulham in the Premiership, and those unproductive trips to the Cottage come with further negativity in that their aggregate scoring away to Fulham in those specified games is 1-12; obviously not in the Baggies’ favour.
You really do have to feel for the Italian, as it isn’t as though Di Matteo can take heart from his team’s performances/results on the road either. After eight away encounters, only two have produced a winning outcome, and both of those were entirely against the odds. Their first came away at Arsenal in the form of a 3-2 win, the second at Everton as they ran riot in a 4-1 drubbing. A repeat performance of that sort of calibre would turn their slim, ugly tally of two away wins into a more respectable three, but they arrive at Craven Cottage on the back of a miserable string of results which has seen them lose their last four league fixtures on the spin with an aggregate scoring of 3-9, as well as back-to-back away losses, four in their last six (away) as well, just to compound Di Matteo’s woes, who must somehow inspire a Baggies side who have been nothing short of atrochious away from home in recent months.
Roberto Di Matteo doesn’t even have the luxury of a full bill of health, with Pablo Ibanez and Gabriel Tamas both unavailable for defensive duties, though the Italian is hardly facing an injury crisis. His big-hitters simply require a kick up the backside, top-scorer Peter Odemwingie in particular. The Nigerian missed a golden opportunity to add to his six notched in the league already this season from the spot against Manchester United at the weekend, a game in which the Baggies more than held their own in – they actually provided the league leaders with one of their more gruelling encounters of the season thus far, as well as carving out a number of decent openings whilst remaining resolute in defence. But pleasing on the eye football doesn’t necessarily pay the bills, or in this case entitle you to priceless points, as Di Matteo is starting to find out for himself, with not even James Morrison’s spectacular leveller likely to live too long in the memory simply because it was another losing effort from West Brom, one which took them to double figures for the season.
Now the Baggies must respond, especially as the relegation zone moves closer and closer with every pointless outing. Their disheartening defeat at home to Manchester United on New Year’s day has left them hovering just three points above the drop, whilst they’re only another win-less outing away from equalling their longest run of games without securing three points, previously five.
Last 5 Results
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Fulham
Premier League: Stoke City 0-2 Fulham
Premier League: Fulham 1-3 West Ham
Premier League: Fulham 0-0 Sunderland
Premier League: Arsenal 2-1 Fulham
Premier League: West Brom 1-2 Manchester United
Premier League: West Brom 1-3 Blackburn Rovers
Premier League: Bolton Wanderers 2-0 West Brom
Premier League: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom
Premier League: West Brom 3-1 Newcastle United
Head-to-Head (Last 5 Seasons)
2010/2011: West Brom 2-1 Fulham
2008/2009: Fulham 2-0 West Brom
2008/2009: West Brom 1-0 Fulham
2005/2006: Fulham 6-1 West Brom
2005/2006: West Brom 0-0 Fulham
2010/2011 Premier League Statistics
League Position: 18th
Win-Draw-Lose: 3-10-7 (Home: 2-5-3)
Form: LDLWL (Home: DLDDL)
Goal Difference: 19-24 (Home: 11-14)
Top Scorer: Clint Dempsey (5)
League Position: 14th
Win-Draw-Lose: 6-4-10 (Away: 2-2-6)
Form: WLLLL (Away: DLWLL)
Goal Difference: 26-36 (Away: 13-21)
Top Scorer: Peter Odemwingie (6)
Mark Hughes could welcome back Moussa Dembele for Tuesday’s evening encounter with West Brom, with the Belgian still nursing an ankle injury meaning Hughes may well have to go with Andy Johnson up front once again even though AJ can’t buy a goal right now. Mark Schwarzer is away on international duty with the Australia team and won’t return until February at the earliest, so David Stockdale will continue to deputise between the sticks. Carles Salcido was on the bench for the visit to Spurs at the weekend and should replace Chris Baird at left-back despite the Northern Irishman’s two-goal haul against Stoke City over Christmas.
Full-back Gonzalo Jara returns from his one-match suspension, however Gabriel Tamas still has two matches left to serve. Further frustration for Roberto Di Matteo came when Pablo Ibanez injured his hamstring against Manchester United on Saturday and the Italian has instantly ruled him out of the Fulham contest. Paul Scharner will deputise at centre-back, Peter Odemwingie, despite missing a penalty at the weekend, will continue to lead the line.
Betting Odds & Tips
Match Prediction: Fulham to WIN – 2.20 WilliamHill
Fulham’s record at home to the Baggies is imperious – 4 wins from 4 PL contests giving them an immaculate record at home to West Brom, while they’ve recently produced some impressive displays in difficult games and testing environments, as well as under intense pressure being applied on them by folk outside the football club.
Had the Cottagers took something from their visit to Tottenham on New Year’s day then we would be talking up their chances of a revival, and praising how well the team collectively have responded to recent criticism of their manager, as well as them personally, too. Although the result was disappointing at White Hart Lane, we only hope it doesn’t prove as disheartening as it felt at the time as a similarly bold effort at home to West Brom really would see them go close to recording that sought-after win which would move them out of the dreaded relegation zone.
The Baggies, on the other hand, were also impressive in defeat at the weekend, only that was their fourth defeat on the spin and Roberto Di Matteo has already expressed his concerns about the declining levels of morale back at camp West Brom following another demoralising run of results. Can they respond? I just don’t see how. They put a lot into their New Year’s encounter with United, as did Fulham, but combined with their lack of confidence and non-exsistent form, we could only feel comfortable talking up one team’s chances, and that’s Fulham’s.
Value Punt: Fulham to WIn to NIL – 3.50 PaddyPower
In the four previous home encounters with West Brom, Fulham have won all four and three without conceding.
3rd January 2011 / Matt - Category: Premiership Betting