2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 43 – Friday

Fulham welcome Cardiff City to Craven Cottage for a huge Friday Night Football clash in the Sky Bet Championship. 

A win could send Fulham up into third whilst Cardiff can maintain sixth with victory, ensuring they stay in the last play-off spot regardless of results elsewhere this weekend. 

 

Team News

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Aleksandar Mitrovic returns for Fulham after serving a three match ban following an incident against Leeds a fortnight ago. 

Tom Cairney (knock) and Aboubakar Kamara (fitness) remain absent. 

Cardiff have no fresh injury concerns as Greg Cunningham (knee) and Isaac Vassell (quad) remain sidelined. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Fulham have lost just one of their last six league meetings against Cardiff (W2, D3, L1). 
  • Cardiff are winless in their last five trips to Craven Cottage (D3, L2). 
  • Fulham have scored in 19 out of their last 20 meetings against Cardiff in all competitions, with exception of a 1-0 away loss in January 2015. 

 

Prediction

This could be an interesting clash because Fulham haven’t exactly been fantastic post lockdown, although they’re getting the job done now in terms of grinding out results like in midweek at Nottingham Forest. 

Cardiff meanwhile have found that typical Neil Harris attacking style since the season resumed, although Tuesday was a defensive disaster with too many lapses and space handed to Blackburn who exposed errors effectively. 

I therefore can see a good match here but Cardiff will have to tighten up if want to end their recent miserable run at Craven Cottage.

Prediction: Fulham 1-1 Cardiff

Result: Fulham 2-0 Cardiff

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