Fulham v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 11, 2018
Craven Cottage - Premier League
West meets east in Saturday’s evening kick-off, as capital clubs Fulham and West Ham United go head-to-head at Craven Cottage. The Hammers are on a hot streak right now, while Fulham are rooted to the foot of the table.
The last four matches between the sides have all ended in home wins, although they haven’t played each other competitively since the 2013/14 campaign. Fulham won 2-1 at Craven Cottage that year, after West Ham had cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory at Upton Park earlier in the season.
Floyd Ayite, Calum Chambers and Kevin McDonald are all injury doubts for the home team. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is also banned after he was sent off for two bookable offences against Manchester United last weekend.
Marko Arnautovic is the biggest miss for Manuel Pellegrini, although the Hammers boss is also without Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid due to injury. Jack Wilshere could make a return though after missing the last couple of months.
Fulham v West Ham Preview and Predictions
West Ham won their first London derby in a year last weekend, and they’re on a roll after winning their last three matches. They’ve scored three goals in each of those games, which could spell trouble for a Fulham side who’ve conceded a league-high 40 this term.
The Whites haven’t won any of their last three games, but two of those were tough away days at Chelsea and Manchester United. Claudio Ranieri has four points from his two home matches as Cottagers boss, and his record against teams like West Ham is going to be what decides Fulham’s season.
The hosts are 19/10 for the win, which would be just their third of the season. West Ham meanwhile are 31/20, which means they’re the slight favourites here. The Hammers have beaten Newcastle, Cardiff and Crystal Palace in their last three games, the teams currently placed 14th, 15th and 16th in the table.
Injuries could play a part this weekend, as Pellegrini is starting to get down to his bare bones. However, there’s still plenty of quality he can call on. Considering that and Fulham’s home advantage, the draw could be tempting at 28/11.
West Ham to win and BTTS at 10/3
The visitors are the slight favourites, but neither side has impressed at the back this season, and we could be in for a lively affair.
Aleksandar Mitrovic to score first at 9/2
The Serbian striker scored twice in Ranieri’s first game in charge at Craven Cottage, and he could have a pivotal role to play once again this weekend.