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Fulham vs Burnley: Predictions
Fulham have fought hard across the season, but their top-flight status is on the cusp of collapse. Should Newcastle clinch a result against Leicester on Friday night, then Scott Parker’s side must avoid defeat to Burnley or their fate will be confirmed, dropping back down a tier, a season after they sealed promotion.
The west Londoners have pulled off some huge results this campaign, notably wins over Liverpool, Leicester City and Everton, but a lack of consistency has been their Achilles’ heel and it looks like that flaw will ultimately prove downfall, with the club teetering on the brink of relegation.
As for Burnley, they have hovered precariously around the relegation trapdoor for much of the season, but the pragmatism, experience and sheer tactical grit of Sean Dyche has safely navigated the Clarets away from danger, with the Lancashire side able to mathematically confirm their top-flight status with a win here.
Burnley cruised to a 4-0 victory over Wolves a fortnight ago, but they just came unstuck against an in-form West Ham earlier this week, with David Moyes’ side enjoying a 2-1 win, which certainly didn’t portray the entire picture of the game, with the Hammers proving utterly dominant, meaning Dyche will be looking for a response from his players.
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Fulham vs Burnley: Team News
Fulham will still be missing Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo for this clash, although they will welcome two midfielders back to the fold. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is available again having been unable to face his parent club Chelsea while Harrison Reed has recovered from the knock that kept him out at Stamford Bridge.
Burnley will travel to London with top scorer Chris Wood despite the New Zealand international being withdrawn from last week’s clash with West Ham United due to a dead leg. The Clarets will still be missing Robbie Brady and Kevin Long, although midfielder Dale Stephens may return.
Fulham vs Burnley: Match Stats
Fulham will want to avoid dropping down with a whimper, and with Parker at the helm, who has the aura of a motivator, exemplified by his well-chronicled half-time team talk as a player for West Ham, in which the Hammers secured a 3-3 draw against West Brom after trailing 3-0 at the break, the Cottagers should give a good account of themselves for the next few weeks. As such they will be getting stuck in and putting their bodies on the line, a default setting against a robust and physically-intimidating Burnley side. Fulham’s 60 yellow cards this season is bettered only by Sheff Utd (64), and that pattern of play is likely to ring true here.
And they will have a much greater chance of success if they get through the opening 15 minutes unscathed, as Burnley have a league-high 29% of their Premier League goals this season being scored in the opening 15 minutes of games (9/31), so Parker will need to ensure his side are alert from the first whistle.
17 February 2021 – Burnley 1-1 Fulham – Premier League
24 January 2021 – Fulham 0-3 Burnley – FA Cup
12 January 2019 – Burnley 2-1 Fulham – Premier League
26 August 2018 – Fulham 4-2 Burnley – Premier League
8 March 2016 – Fulham 2-3 Burnley – Championship
For Fulham, this is a contest where they have enjoyed the lion’s share of success, winning eight of their last nine home league meetings against the club, with the only anomaly in that run being a 3-2 reversal in March 2016 in the Championship.