Preview - Burnley vs Fulham 12 January 19

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Match Day 22
Burnley vs. Fulham
Saturday, January 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: L L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Top Scorer: Ashley Barnes (4)

Last five matches form: L D D W L
Average goals per match: 0.90
Average goals against per match: 2.24
Top Scorer: Aleksandar Mitrović ( 8 )

With only eight points separating the bottom six sides in the Premier League, the fixture list is bound to throw up a few relegation "six-pointers". We have one such game at Turf Moor this weekend as fifth bottom Burnley play host to second bottom Fulham. With only four points between the sides, there's plenty riding on this one.

There were a few goals around in the reverse of this game at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, with Fulham eventually running out 4-2 winners. Burnley will be keen to gain revenge back in front of their own fans.

Aaron Lennon is out injured for Burnley for whom the suspended Robbie Brady will also be missing. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Alfie Mawson are out for Fulham.

Burnley are in the almost unprecedented - at least this season - position of seeking a third Premier League win on the spin having beaten West Ham here and won at Huddersfield in their two most recent games. They have lost six of ten at home overall though, conceding in all but two of their ten home league games.

Fulham have won only three of their opening 21 Premier League games, with all three wins coming at home. On the road it has largely been a tale of woe with nine defeats and two draws (at Brighton and Newcastle) from their 11 games to date. They have failed to score in six of those games. 

Burnley do belatedly seem to be waking up just a little. They were pretty fortunate to win at Huddersfield last time out though, and may just struggle to get their noses in front here against a Fulham side who do seem to be improving - albeit pretty slowly.

Prediction: Burnley 1 - 1 Fulham


Half time:  2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  6 - 9
Shots on target: 1 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 47% - 53%

James Tarkowski was booked for the home side in this one, with referee Martin Atkinson also taking the names of Callum Chambers and Cyrus Christie of Fulham.

Burnley achieved an impressive feat at Turf Moor this afternoon in managing to score twice despite having only one shot on target. Fulham's defence is statistically the worst in the Premier League and certainly lived down to that title here in scoring not one, but two own goals. An unfortunate way to lose, but another loss for Fulham nonetheless.

It all started so well for the Cottagers too as they took the lead in just the second minute courtesy of a sensational strike from Andre Schurrle. Picked out with a long ball out of defence by Denis Odoi, the German controlled the dropping ball brilliantly in the right-hand corner of the eighteen yard box before lashing an excellent volley into the top left corner.

The equaliser came in the 20th minute. A cross into the area from the left-hand side causing chaos in the Fulham area and eventually making its way through to Jeff Hendrick in the right of the area. Hendrick lashing the ball back across goal and Joe Bryan deflecting the ball into his own net.

Three minutes later the home side had the lead. Hendrick in the left of the area this time dinking a cross back across goal. Denis Odoi racing back and unable to get his head out of the way and planting a header into the bottom right corner from the left corner of the six yard box.

Callum Chambers thumped the crossbar with a header soon after as Fulham sought an equaliser. 2-1 at the break though.

Fulham had the better of the second half and couldn't have come much closer to an equaliser. Aleksandar Mitrović nodding down to Luciano Vietto in the area and Vietto's strike having the beating of the keeper. There was Tarkowski on the line though to produce an outstanding block. 2-1 final score.

Huge result for Burnley who move up to fifteenth and three points clear of the relegation zone. Fulham remain second bottom and five points adrift of safety.

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