It’s crunch time in the Premier League, Friday night brings us a clash that could have huge implications on the final standings this year as relegation threatened Fulham travel across London to face mid-table West Ham.
Both of these sides head in to the game with just one win each in their last six games, for Fulham; those last six have seen five defeats. For The Hammers it makes slightly better reading, with two defeats and three losses. Either side will be looking at this fixture as a very winnable game, for Fulham it is a necessity, for West Ham they’re under the weight of expectation.
Fulham have yet to win away from home this season, taking just two points on their travels this season, a stat that has been a devastating contributor to their league position. It’s now or never for Fulham, if they want to stay up they need to start getting points, and without gathering some on the road their future looks bleak. The Cottagers have managed to register just eight goals in their 13 Premier League away games and have shipped a league high 32 goals in those games, it’s going to take a serious turn of events to see them start getting some away wins.
The Hammers have taken 18 points at The London Stadium from a possible 39. As their league position suggests they’re very middle of the pack this season, that applies to their home form in comparison to other teams too. They have won just one more home game than their Friday night opponents.
Everything good about West Ham this season ahs come through one man, summer signing : Felipe Anderson. The dazzling Brazilian winger has contributed nine goals and three assists in all competitions and some of the goals have been truly spectacular. He’s given West Ham that X Factor, something they’ve lacked for a long time. Anderson’s skill and ingenuity can win a game in the blink of an eye, alongside Marko Arnautovic The Hammers have true gamechangers. Arnautovic is the bookies favourite to score at 1.91 anytime, with Anderson priced at 2.5.
Sadly the same cannot be said of Fulham. Despite Aleksandar Mitrovic having outscored any West Ham player, the Serb doesn’t possess the same technique that can be so devastating in tight games. He’s fantastic for scoring goals, and has been a solitary light in Fulham’s dark season but the supporting cast lack the creativity to get the best out of him. Fulham’s only other likely source is Andre Schurrle, who is expected to start from the bench as Ryan Sessegnon takes his place. Mitrovic is priced at 2.63 to score anytime.
In West ham’s last 10 home games, there has been over 2.5 goals in an impressive nine of them. Couple this with the fact that Fulham have conceded two or more in their last six fixtures. The stats make grim reading for Fulham, including their dismal record against West Ham in recent times. Their last three visits to West Ham have yielded no wins, and 10 losses in their last 11 Premier League away games doesn’t bode well to them altering that statistic on Friday night.
Felipe Anderson to score first @ 6.5
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.65
West Ham to win @ 1.8