Preview - Crystal Palace vs Fulham 01 February 19

Started by Harry85, Feb 01, 2019, 08:40 AM

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Match Day 25
Crystal Palace vs. Fulham
Saturday, February 1st 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: 
Last five matches form: L W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojević (6)

Last five matches form: W L L L W
Average goals against per match: 1.04
Average goals against per match: 2.21
Top Scorer: Aleksandar Mitrović (10)

Of the sides in the bottom three at present, it is possibly Fulham who look the best equipped to save themselves in the remaining games, as they do at least look to have goals in the side. On the back of that comeback at home to Brighton, they head to Crystal Palace who can be very good on their day but are equally as likely to be distinctly average.

Palace turned up in the mood to spoil the party at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, beating Fulham 2-0 on their first game back in the Premier League. The Cottagers will be looking for revenge here, but it won't be easy.

The injured Papa Souaré and suspended Wilfried Zaha are out for Palace, whilst Fulham must do without Alfie Mawson and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

Crystal Palace have not been good at home this season, with only two wins from their opening eleven fixtures being poor by anyone's standards. They haven't yet lost three on the spin here though, but having been beaten by Chelsea and Watford in their last two, that fate could befall them here.

Fulham however have been simply dreadful on their travels, losing ten of twelve, with draws at Brighton and Newcastle being all they have to show for their efforts.

The most significant factor here may well be the absence of Wilfried Zaha as Palace simply aren't anything like the same kind of attacking threat without him. On a high from that win over Brighton, Fulham may not do enough to win, but we can see them picking up a point.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Fulham


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  13 - 6
Shots on target: 6 - 0
Corner Kicks: 11 - 1
Possession: 47% - 53%

Jordan Ayew and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were booked for the home side. Maxime Le Marchand, Denis Odoi and Ryan Babel of Fulham also had their names taken by referee Michael Oliver.

Fulham were narrowly ahead on the possession stats here, but that was the only metric where they did come out on top as their problems with playing away from home surfaced once again - a problem they really are going to need to rectify if they are to stand any chance of survival. No shots on target over the course of ninety minutes is only likely to ever lead to one thing, and so it proved here as Palace deservedly picked up the points.

The home side took the lead in the 25th minute when the referee spotted a handball from Cyrus Christie inside the area and pointed to the spot. Luka Milivojević finishing comfortably into the right-hand side of the goal, although the keeper did perhaps get fingertips to it. 1-0 at the break.

Palace were rarely under any serious threat from the moment they took the lead in all honesty, as Fulham simply didn't turn up from an attacking perspective. It did however take until the 87th minute until Roy Hodgson's men finally put this game to bed.

Good work in the left of the area from new signing Michy Batshuayi to work space and fire on goal. His effort was well saved by Sergio Rico, but there was Aaraon Wan-Bissaaka to slot in the rebound. 2-0 final score.

Fulham remain second bottom of the table and - now seven points adrift of safety- looking in big trouble. Palace moved up to fourteenth, four clear of the relegation zone.

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