Fulham are in a desperate need of points to get away from the bottom of the Premier League table. Playing at their stadium Craven Cottage should give them the boost they need to try and get some points against West Ham on Saturday afternoon. The problem is that the quality seems to be on the side of the visiting team. Nevertheless, this is guaranteed to be an exciting game and if you want to put some money on it, make sure first to read this Fulham vs West Ham prediction and betting tips.
With only 9 points after 16 rounds of the Premier League, Fulham are at the very bottom of the table. Luckily for them, there are a few other teams in basically the same situation. This means that with a few good games and a bit of luck on their side, Fulham could get away from the relegation zone before the end of the year.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, but Fulham will have their chance. They have a couple of games before the New Year’s Eve that they could win, e.g. against Newcastle and Huddersfield. But, does the game with West Ham belong to this category?
Since Ranieri has been in charge of the team, Fulham played a couple of very tough matches (Man City and Chelsea), but they did manage to beat Southampton and play draw with Leicester. This means that this team can win points when needed. And an important thing to mention is that both of those games were played at their turf.
Unfortunately for Fulham, this weekend they’re playing against West Ham, a team that’s been in a fantastic form lately. Can they put their form to an end?
Good form has brought West Ham to 11th place and if they keep on playing well, they could get even higher. In fact, by beating Fulham on Saturday, they could potentially get even to the 7th place on the table. Of course, in order for that to happen, the teams that are currently higher would need to lose their games over the weekend.
Still, that’s definitely good motivation for the Hammers, who have won their previous 3 Premier League games in a row. Truth be told, they played against some teams that are considered massive relegation favorites – Newcastle, Cardiff, and Crystal Palace.
Fulham also belongs to this category, which gives West Ham fans a lot of confidence ahead of this match. What’s got to worry them is that this team has serious problems with injuries. There are 7 players who are struggling with injuries and who will probably have to miss this game. On the bright side, most of them were injured in the previous 3 rounds as well, but West Ham still managed to grab 9 points in those games.
- Kevin McDonald (doubtful)
- Floyd Ayite (doubtful)
West Ham absentees:
- Andriy Yarmolenko (injury)
- Carlos Sanchez (injury)
- Winston Reid (injury)
- Manuel Lanzini (injury)
- Ryan Fredericks (injury)
- Marko Arnautovic (injury)
- Jack Wilshere (doubtful)
Rico – Odoi, Mawson, Christie, Le Marchand – Seri, Chambers, Vietto, Kamara, Sessegnon – Mitrovic
Fabianski – Balbuena, Diop, Zabaleta, Masuaku – Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Anderson – Perez, Chicharito
Fulham vs West Ham Prediction
Who’s gonna be the happier side when the ref blows the final whistle? I’m not sure. What I’m sure of is this is going to be a close match, with both sides hoping for a win. And this means we ought to see some goals here.
Fulham vs West Ham Betting Tips
- BTS @1.53 (William Hill)