Preview - Fulham vs Crystal Palace 11 August 18

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Match Day 1
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Craven Cottage

Last five matches form: W L L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.72
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.00
Top Scorer 17/18: Ryan Sessegnon (16)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.18
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.45
Top Scorer 17/18: Luka Milivojevic (10)

Fulham are thrust straight into a London derby on their return to the Premier League as they welcome Crystal Palace to Craven Cottage.

It's been a productive summer for Fulham on the transfer front, with 12 new players joining the squad. They include Aleksander Mitrovic who made such an impression when on loan at the club towards the back end of last season. If he can carry on his strike rate in the Premier League, the Cottagers will have more than a fighting chance of survival.

Crystal Palace have been quiet in comparison when it comes to transfers. Having finished last season as one of the form sides in the league though, Roy Hodgson perhaps understandably hasn't sought to make too many changes.

It took Fulham a while to get going at home last season, but they were really rolling by the end of the campaign, winning 12 of their final 15 games.

Palace struggled away from home, only winning four of 19, although they did improve following the appointment of Roy Hodgson.

A tough game to call. Overall though we suspect this could be a difficult time to play a Fulham side with the ground likely to be in celebration mode on their first game back in the big time. Bolstered by what look to be some quality additions to the squad we fancy the home side may just come out on top.

Prediction: Fulham 3 - 2 Crystal Palace


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  9 -11
Shots on target: 7 - 9
Corner Kicks: 5 - 5
Possession: 60% - 40%

Kevin McDonald was booked for the home side, with referee Mike Dean also showing the yellow card to the Crystal Palace goal scorers Wilfired Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp.

Fulham impressed for large spells of this game, playing some lovely fluid football at times. In the end though a lack of cutting edge in the final third cost them on the day against this powerful Crystal Palace side.

Both sides threatened throughout the first half in what was an entertaining encounter, but as half time approached it was the away side who took the lead. Patrick van Aanholt playing in Schlupp in the left hand side of the box, Schlupp brilliantly spinning his man before smashing a rocket of a shot int the top left corner from a tight angle. 0 - 1 at the break.

Probably the biggest relief for Crystal Palace fans this summer is that star man Wilfried Zaha has remained at the club. Palace simply look a different side when he's in the line-up and he duly sealed the points in the 79th minute. Played in on the corner of the 18 yard box, he looked to have plenty of work to do to score but keeper Fabri made life easy for him by coming racing off his line allowing Zaha to round him and slot the ball home.

The horror start to last season is now but a distant memory for this Palace side who have made quite remarkable progress under Roy Hodgson. This was a polished display away from home against a talented and motivated Fulham side and bodes well for the season ahead.

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