Two former Premier League teams lock horns in Saturday’s big Championship match as Fulham take on West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage.
A home win for Fulham would see them move above the Baggies into the top three, whilst West Brom could briefly go second if they come away with all three points.
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Fulham have a full squad available apart from Harry Arter, who was sent off in the Cottagers last time out at Cardiff.
West Brom are set to be without Ahmed Hegazi as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Kieran Gibbs is also a doubt with a groin injury alongside Conor Townsend who is yet to overcome a knock.
Fulham come into this game unbeaten in four of their opening six league games, scoring in their last five matches since losing on the opening weekend at Barnsley.
West Brom are currently unbeaten in their six league games, scoring in every match but are yet to keep a clean sheet.
- Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven league meetings with West Brom, albeit in the Premier League (W3, D4).
- Two of Fulham’s last three wins over West Brom were by 3-0 results and both came at Craven Cottage.
- Chris Brunt is the only player still with West Brom from their last meeting in February 2014, whilst Fulham have no familiar faces although Scott Parker is now the Cottagers’ manager.
- Fulham’s Aleksandr Mitrovic is looking to score in his eighth consecutive match for club and country.
- Both teams have made the top two amounts of successful passes in the opposition half, with Fulham making 1,347 passes to West Brom’s 1,308.
With both teams having recently come down from the Premier League in the last two seasons, I am expecting a good game between two teams who are looking to challenge for promotion yet have defensive issues.
West Brom however have come from behind in two of their three away trips so far and given Fulham’s inconsistent home form, I am going for an away win.
Prediction: Fulham 1-2 West Bromwich Albion
Result: Fulham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion