Fulham vs W Brom
Sky Bet Ch’boat
12:30pm Saturday 14th September
Fulham face West Brom at the Sky Bet Championship. Coverage gets detained live on Sky Sports Football from midday, whilst kick-off is at 12.30pm.
Fulham would be without midfielder Harry Arter afterwards he had been sent off at the draw in Cardiff, so Stefan Johansen might come in the starting XI. Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is looking for the eighth game for country and club to score.
Unbeaten West Bromwich Albion will make a determination on Kieran Gibbs (groin) after his return to instruction. Kenneth Zohore may be brought about by boss Slaven Bilic up front. But Bilic says it is too early for Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi, who hasn’t played since his surgery.
The winning start to life again from your next grade of fulham has come to an end in recent weeks, with the Whites tasting success over 21 August, when they overcome Millwall at Craven Cottage. Scott Parker’s side lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest three days later, before stepping outside of the Carabao Cup from Southampton. They drew 1-1 with Cardiff.
Though they have won three and drawn on three, the’ Baggies’ unbeaten start has them sitting fourth in the Championship ahead of kick-off. Last time out they beat Blackburn 3-2 in The Hawthorns, following attractions with Reading and Derby.
Fulham boss Scott Parker:”Overall, after six games, we are delighted with the way it has gone. Last year, we had been used to matches that were losing and it became a tiny habit, but now we’re in a league in which we’re expected to do something. I am pleased with the way we have started.
“I’m fully conscious of West Brom’s quality, they’re a really good side who will surely be up there. We have ready as we realise the challenge, like we do to each and every game. Therefore have begun to grips with it they’ve been inside this division for 2 decades now. They’ve got encounter players, some good players, so we’re looking forward to it. I hope it’s going to be an excellent game.”
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic:”This really is by far the most difficult game but it isn’t like so much we have not played good teams nonetheless. We’ve played some top teams such as Derby away and Forest away. Why is the Championship there is a league that is interesting and big it is pretty much even and every game is a massive test for you, so that I don’t watch it any different.
“We can chat about Fulham, that last year they were at the Premier League, however they aren’t cruising. It is also a test for those players. They are unquestionably one of the favorites to go up. Big club. We’re playing on their ground and it is going to be a enormous test for us.”
On paper, Fulham have among the best attacks ever observed in the Championship. Mitrovic would still walk into a No 9 function at a fair few Premier League clubs, Anthony Knockaert and Tom Cairney would be the best players in the league last time they featured in a complete effort at the level along with Ivan Cavaleiro was also a star actor for sailors who held his own when called upon in the Premier League.
Having blown Millwall a few weeks ago, it looked as though they had the capability but have stumbled against Nottingham Forest and a draw for an Cardiff. They have the capacity to set a few goals but there’s been a suggestion that under Scott Parker they could be predictable.
Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven league matches from West Brom (W3 D4 L0), although that can be their first meeting since February 2014 at the Premier League.
West Brom are winless in every one of the last 15 league trips into Fulham (W0 D6 L9) since winning 2-1 at October 1967.
Fulham have assembled 126 sequences of 10 or more moves in open play this season – 47 over every other Championship team.
West Bromwich Albion have won the most things from dropping places in the Championship this year (11). The Baggies have gone behind in five of their six games and lost not one (W3 D2 L0).
Both the two teams to finish the most prosperous passes in the opposition half this year are Fulham (1,347) and West Brom (1,308).
Grady Diangana’s three Championship goals this year are worth five points – that no player has won points.
A couple of the attacking units at the division meet in Craven Cottage! Both sides will approach every match this season with the aim and are going to have their sights set on advertising.
Neither has experienced the most consistent start, which is to be expected after a relegation for one and a change of manager for another. I fancy goals, but the set can’t split.
David Prutton predicts: 2-2 (11/1 with Sky Bet)