Tip Fulham - Crystal Palace
Fulham managed to stop a run of losses in their last Premier League game, and going to Match Day 6, they’ll hope to make it better with a win over visiting Crystal Palace. The two sides are separated by six points in the league standings, with Fulham bottom of the pile on one point while Palace have managed seven points so far and are placed 14th. It is still a struggle for Fulham, who just got promoted; the pace in the Premier League seems too fast for them and they have been billed relegation candidates. It is still too early though, and they can change matters, starting with their weekend game. Fulham have no win so far in the Premier League, their only wins this season have come in the Carabao Cup and these were against second tier sides, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday. They have played eight matches and lost five and at the same time hold the unwanted stat of being the team that has jointly conceded the most goals so far in the league. The London side has only scored more than Sheffield United in the league - four goals - in five matches and have the joint worst goal difference in the division. Last season, on their way to promotion, Fulham established a great home run, winning seven of their last 10 Championship matches but they have so far struggled to replicate this in the top flight. They have lost their opening two home matches, each 3-0 to Arsenal and Aston Villa. While they have been conceding heavily, they have not shown the needed sharpness in attack, and as a result have failed to hit the net in three of their opening five league games.
In 2018/19, when Fulham was relegated, they lost to Crystal Palace in both legs. This is the form Palace needs right now, after a torrid run in their past three matches but they are set to miss key forward Jordan Ayew, who has tested positive for Covid-19. In their most recent game, they should have bagged three points against Brighton after Wilfried Zaha’s goal in the 19th minute. However, it ended on a wrong footing after Alexis MacAllister equalized in the 90th minute. While they dropped points, Palace will look at the result as an improvement after two straight defeats earlier – 4-0 away to Chelsea and 2-1 at home to Everton. Palace opened the season with two straight wins and one of them came at Old Trafford so they will look at this as a game they can handle well, with Fulham yet to establish themselves well at home. They have failed to score in just one Premier League this season game, and in two of the total six matches they have played this season. Still, Palace are not very expressive attackers; in the six matches they have played, they have managed to score more than a goal in one only. They are also not good performers away from home. Save for their win over Manchester United away, Palace have lost the rest in the last six away league outings.
Key points Fulham - Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace have failed to score in one of their last five league matches.
Crystal Palace have lost five of the last six away league matches.
Fulham have failed to score in three of their opening five league matches.
Fulham have conceded 12 goals in their five league matches.
Conclusion Fulham - Crystal Palace
Only Manchester United have conceded as many goals as Fulham have this season. Fulham’s lack of defensive discipline has seen them branded relegation candidates and here they will get to face a tried and tested forward line. Wilfried Zaha has been great for Palace, who are desperate to get back to winning ways and especially having lost it in the final minute of their last encounter. Fulham are still settling in the league and have even struggled at home, and they will know the task ahead is tough, facing this Palace side that has scored in five of the six matches played so far this season. While the visitors rarely fail to score, they have not been very sharp, only scoring more than once on one occasion this season. Based on that and their general strength ahead of this game, we will pick on a 1-0 win for Crystal Palace.
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Fulham Crystal Palace Prediction published on October 20, 2020