Tip: Under 1.5 Goals
1. Fulham have only conceded 16 goals since the start of the season in the Championship
2. Fulham have scored one goal in their last two games
3. Bournemouth have conceded just 5 goals in their 10 away games so far
The top two teams in Championship standings Fulham and Bournemouth will face each other on Friday in a 21st round match. The Cottagers and The Cherries have a comfortable lead over third-placed QPR. With a win, Fulham will displace Bournemouth from the top spot.
Fulham is second with an asset of 42 points, one less than leader Bournemouth. Marco Silva's squad is on a run of two consecutive draws. On November 24, The Cottagers failed to defeat last in the table Derby County, and the match at Craven Cottage ended goallessly. Three days later Fulham failed to cope with another team from the second half of the table - Preston North End. The match finished 1-1, with Tim Ream scoring the goal for The Cottagers. Before these two matches, Fulham recorded 7 consecutive wins in Championship.
Bournemouth started the season excellently, but in recent weeks there has been a certain decline in the team's performance. The Cherries have achieved only one win in the last 5 rounds - over Swansea at Vitality Stadium with 4-0 at the beginning of November. Bournemouth has reasons for optimism ahead of the visit to Craven Cottage - Scott Parker's squad is the best away side since the start of the season. In Bournemouth's draw with Coventry in the last round, Jefferson Lerma received a red card and will not take part in the upcoming match.
Fulham has won 7 of their ten games at Craven Cottage, but Bournemouth on the other hand have been phenomenal as an away side. I expect a contested and even match, and my prediction is under 1.5 goals.