Fulham v Cardiff City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 23, 2019
Craven Cottage - Premier League
Relegation battling Cardiff City go to already relegated Fulham this weekend, with the Welsh side needing a good result to keep up their survival hopes.
Cardiff won 4-2 in an entertaining clash with Fulham in the Welsh capital earlier this season, their first win of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
That was the Bluebirds' first win in seven meetings with the West London side.
Tom Cairney missed the weekend win over Bournemouth due to personal reasons, but he should return for this game. Defender Alfie Mawson could make his long awaited return, but Marcus Bettinelli, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Lazar Markovic are still out.
Cardiff City midfielder Harry Arter should be fit to return after missing the defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, but Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson, Joe Ralls and Matthew Connolly are out.
Fulham v Cardiff City Preview and Predictions
Fulham are playing their best football at the moment, with back to back wins in their last two games, they only time they have managed that in league action this season. How Scott Parker's side approach this game will decide how this game goes, if they can keep their form going they will be a real test for Cardiff City.
Neil Warnock will have earmarked this game as THE one to win if they are to avoid the drop, and he will be putting all of his energy into that. They have won two of their last six games, including a huge win away at fellow relegation battlers Brighton as they bid to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
Even with so much on the line for Cardiff, the recent spurt of positive form from the Cottagers means this will be more of a battle than first expected - and a draw is at 11/5. Neither side are exactly filled with goal in recent weeks, with three in their last five for Cardiff and five in five for Fulham, is likely to continue here - with an under 2.5 total goals scored bet available at 19/20.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
The pressure is all on Cardiff, as they desperately need points to keep their heads above water - however Fulham's turn of form has changed things. Warnock will be hopeful they can pick up points in their last last two games to stay up.
Ryan Babel to score anytime at 15/8
The former Liverpool man has two goals in his last five appearances for Parker's side and he will cause problems for Cardiff if on form - the Dutch international has four goals since his January switch to Craven Cottage.