Fulham vs Preston North End
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 14th October 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: Craven Cottage.
Fulham hosts Preston in a battle for the foothills of the play-off zone. The hosts cannot afford to slip further away from top 6 and will be looking for a positive result.
Fulham took 3 points against QPR last time they played. The team took a 2-0 lead and held it till the last moments of the game. QPR turned one back into the stoppage time but there wasn’t enough time to do anything more than getting a consolation goal.
Preston played one of the entertaining games last round. They shared the points with Sunderland at home but feel they could have edged the game. Sunderland opened the score in the first half but the final outcome was decided in 4 minutes between 55th and 59th. Preston made a complete turnaround just to get an equalizer form McGeady.
Form and Tactical Analysis
Fulham is slowly picking up pace. The team had some disappointing results but is looking like going into the right path right now. Unbeaten in 3 games with 2 victories on the road the team is steadily climbing the ladder. They need to improe their home form as winning just 1 out of 5 games at home wont get them anywhere near the play-offs.
Fulham prefers 4-2-3-1 formation trying to control the middle park. They switched from the preferred 4-3-3 from last season and the improvement in the results looks to be connected to it.
Preston are currently in the play-off zone. The team sits on 6th place with 20 points just above Aston Villa. The team is looking confident and has just a single loss since the start of the season. They are unbeaten in 8 games winning 4 of them. They started with 2 losses and a draw on the road but since then they picked 2 consecutive victories and are looking confident right now.
Preston plays with 4 at the back but switches a bit styles up fron depending on the opposition. 4-5-1 is most times preferred when on the road while 4-3-3 at home like they played last game against Sunderland.
Fulham vs Preston: Head to head
With only 4 games between the sides Fulham has the advantage. Cottagers haven’t lost to Preston and won 3 out of those 4 games.
All games saw both teams finding the net.
Last year, 3-1 at home and 1-2 away were the results for Fulham against Preston.
Fulham vs Preston: Prediction
This is a hard one to call in terms of final outcome. Both teams have their chances and will be looking for the points. Fulham picked up pace lately while Preston looks a balanced team overall.
Judging by their history we can assume a both teams scoring scenario. Also Fulham should have a tiny edge here as Preston may have picked 2 victories on the road but still they tend to have some problems there.
Fulham vs Preston: Bet Tips
BTTS: Yes for 1.65 with bet365.
Fulham 0.0 AH for 1.50 with Pinnacle.
RISKY: Fulham and BTTS:Yes for 3.60 with bet365.