Crystal Palace v Fulham Preview

October 19, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new English Premiership action Monday Night comes from Selhurst Park Stadium and features Crystal Palace v Fulham.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 20:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Crystal Palace v Fulham Preview, Premiership, Monday 21st October 2013

Ian Holloway will know that his side must win this game if he is to avoid being called into the board of directors to explain recent results as a defeat on monday night would mean five straight defeats on the bounce and that would surely see his job security come under revision.

Martin Jol is also in a similar situation, although his sides two victories in the last three games has seen him steer clear of any head to head meetings with the Fulham board of directors and he will be hoping that his side can continue their recent good form by winning this game come monday night.

Crystal Palace v Fulham Team News

Crystal Palace Team News:

Jack Hunt and Jonathan Williams are both unavailable for the hosts as they continue recovery from respective injuries. Patrick McCarthy has now returned back to training with the squad having now fully recovered from his recent injury, but doesn’t look likely to feature as he is still a few weeks away from being fully fit.

4-2-3-1 looks the likely formation that manager Ian Holloway will start the game with Marouane Chamakh leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Dwight Gayle and Cameron Jermone. Striker Dwight Gayle is the clubs current top goalscorer in the league this season having scored two.

Fulham Team News:

Matthew Briggs is definitely ruled out for the visitors having just recently had a hernia operation and both Scott Parker and Dimitar Berbatov will under take a late fitness test to see if either of them can be involved for this game.

4-2-3-1 also looks the likely formation for manager Martin Jol to go with which should see Darren Bent leading the attack up front if Dimitar Berbatov fails his late fitness test. Striker Darren Bent is the clubs current top goalscorer in the league this season having scored twice.

Crystal Palace v Fulham Head to Head Statistics

Monday night’s game from Selhurst Park Stadium will become only the 7th meeting between the two clubs over the years. Crystal Palace have won 1 time, Fulham have won 4 times and there has been 1 draw.

Recent meetings below in our head to head statistics table show that Fulham have a clear advantage having won 4 from the last 5 games played.

01/01/05 PRL Fulham – Crystal Palace 3 : 1
04/10/04 PRL Crystal Place – Fulham
2 : 0
16/03/01 CHA Crystal Palace – Fulham 0 : 2
17/10/00 CHA Fulham – Crystal Palace
3 : 1
31/03/00 CHA Fulham – Crystal Palace 1 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

13 goals have been scored in the previous 6 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.16 which suggests that we should only see maybe one or two goals scored.

Crystal Palace v Fulham Recent Form (Left to Right)

Crystal Palace: W L L L L

Fulham: D L W L W

Neither side has been doing that well recently, but Fulham just edge it having won two of their last five matches played. Crystal Palace have managed just one victory in their last five and head into this game having lost four games in succession.

Crystal Palace v Fulham Match Betting Odds Market.

Crystal Palace have found things extremely difficult so far this season and head into this game on the back of losing their last four league matches on the bounce, so it does come as a bit of a surprise to see the online bookmakers having the hosts priced up as the favourites to win this game on monday night with a best price of 7/4 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) currently on offer.

The Draw has only happened once in the previous six meetings the two clubs have played over the years, but with both sides having been in such bad form recently I think both managers wouldn’t be too dissapointed to share the spoils in this one, so current odds of 23/10 with Ladbrokes (£30 Free Bets for New Customers) could be decent value here.

Fulham have done better in recent weeks than their opponents and with having won two of their last three games Martin Jol’s side do look the more likely winners, so I can definitely see a current best price of 15/8 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) attracting plenty of interest from the punters.

Crystal Palace v Fulham Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Everything seems to point to an away win here with Fulham having dominated Crystal Palace over the years and if Darrent Bent does start the game up front as for me who is a much better goalscorer than Dimitar Berbatov (aka the most laziest player in the world) then Fulham will score goals in this game for me.

However, this is pretty much last chance saloon time for Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway as another defeat would surely see his manager appointment come under scrutiny by fans and board members and his players will obviously be aware of the situation and will be giving it everything on monday night.

The goal statistics don’t see this game seeing much in the way of goals come monday night, but I think both manager will be throwing caution to the wind here as this is definitely one of those games that is known as a ‘Six Pointer’ and as such I actually believe this game will see at least a couple of goals grace the nets come monday night.

The Verdict

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