Fulham v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 23, 2018
Craven Cottage - Premier League
Bournemouth look to continue their impressive start to the season, and travel to the struggling Fulham for Saturday Premier League action. The Cottagers were beaten by a Cardiff side that had yet to win this season last week, and are struggling to convert their free-flow attacking football to top division.
Bournemouth tore Fulham to shreds when the sides last met, in the Championship back in 2015. The Brett Pitmann and Matt Richie both got doubles on the day, with Steve Cook adding another and Matt Smith earning a consolation goal.
Slavisa Jokanovic is still without club captain Tom Cairney, not to mention Timonthy Fosu-Mensah and Neeskens Cabano - both long-term absences. However, the manager has yet to settle on a regular first team, and further changes are expected following the poor result last weekend, with Alfie Mawson likely drafted in to shore the side up.
Eddie Howe, on the other hand, is not the type of manager to rotate frequently, and is likely to field a similar side to that which drew at the weekend. Dan Gosling and Junior Stanislas will both be pushing for starts, and will likely get some game time, with Charlie Daniels the only injury for the away side.
Fulham v Bournemouth Preview, Betting Tips and Predicitons
After spending a record amount on transfers for a promoted team, there was a lot of positivity around Fulham at the start of the season. The club had played attractive, possession based football last season, and had clearly strengthened with the likes of Andre Schurrle and Jean Michael Seri. However, nine games in, the West-London club sit within the relegation zone, having been beaten last weekend by arguably the worst squad in the league, clearly, something has gone wrong.
The situation could not be more different for Bounemouth, who have found themselves sitting in sixth place in the league, above Manchester United. The club's business model has never been one of excessive spending, and the work that Eddie Howe to maintain a competitive squad is clearly paying off.
It is unlikely that the Cherries will manage to maintain their impressive standing all season, as evidenced by their failure to beat South Coast rivals Bournemouth, yet a win against Fulham is highly possible. With both Josh King and Callum Wilson regularly scoring, the 4-4-2 formation, whilst basic, has the potential to cause damage to Fulham's back-line, whilst Ryan Fraser will enjoy the freedom allowed to him by either Schurrle or Luciano Vietto on the Cottagers' left flank.
This being said, Saturday's game is far from unwinnable from the home-side, who have a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal. Bournemouth will come to London well set-up and will attempt to limit Fulham's forward play, however, provided Jokanovic can get the most out of the likes of Aleksandr Mitrovic and Ryan Sessegnon, the Whites may be able to simply outcore their opponents.
Alekandr Mitrovic to score anytime at 5/4
The Serbian forward has five goals to his name, despite his club's struggles and will be out for another on Saturday.
Both teams to score at 1/2
Fulham have yet to find their balance between attack and defense, and Bournemouth are in too good form to give them time to figure it out.