If you offered Fulham the opportunity to be 12th in the Premier League after 10 matches they’ll have definitely taken it, looking to build some stability on their return to the top flight. They announced their return with a positive result and performance too, drawing 2-2 with Liverpool and being rather unfortunate not to take all three points. The Cottagers have slipped slightly though and are only four points clear of the early relegation zone.
After sealing two wins in three matches against Brighton and Nottingham Forest — either side of a narrow defeat to Tottenham — Fulham are now winless in their past three games. The run started with a heavy 4-1 defeat to Newcastle United and Fulham then lost in a London derby against West Ham United. Fulham did end the losing streak at the weekend, but they will have hoped for more than a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.
Things are a lot more dire for Aston Villa and their current situation sees Steven Gerrard’s job currently in doubt, with the former Liverpool man favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave. The Villans go into this game 16th with just nine points from their opening 10 matches and only one point clear of the relegation zone.
In recent weeks, Villa appear to have navigated a pretty rough patch rather well, going unbeaten in four matches including a draw against Manchester City and win over Southampton. However, the final two games of that unbeaten run were draws against Leeds and Nottingham Forest, which now contribute to their three-match winless run. At the weekend Villa put in a good performance against Chelsea but ultimately left with nothing, losing 2-0, a result which was greeted by boos at Villa Park come the final whistle.
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Fulham vs Aston Villa match stats
Villa were beaten by a London side at the weekend and while that defeat came at home, they don’t enjoy their trips to the capital either. Since the start of last season, Villa have lost seven of their eight Premier League away games against London sides, only beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park. However, they have only failed to score in one of their last 17 Premier League trips to the capital.
At the other end of the pitch, Fulham have scored in each of their last eight Premier League games, their longest such run since scoring in nine consecutive matches between September and November 2012. Of course, their main attacking threat will be Aleksandar Mitrovic who has scored 50 league goals since the start of last season, with 29 coming in home matches. The Serbian has also scored nine goals in his last eight appearances at Craven Cottage.
4 April 2021 – Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham – Premier League
28 September 2020 – Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa – Premier League
4 January 2020 – Fulham 2-1 Aston Villa – FA Cup
26 May 2018 – Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham – Championship
17 February 2018 – Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa – Championship
Aston Villa did the double over Fulham the last time they were both in the Premier League, and will be looking to win three consecutive matches against the Cottagers for the first time since October 2004.
Where are Fulham tipped to finish this season?
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