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West Ham stand in the way of Fulham on their bid for Premier League survival

Last updated: February 21, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Friday, 19:45
Venue: London Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: DDLLW
Away Form: LLWLL
Last Meeting: Fulham 0 – 2 West Ham
Competition: EPL

West Ham brushed Fulham aside when the two sides met each other in December. The encounter ended 0 – 2 at The Cottage and despite a few spells of dominance, many of the Fulham players went missing. The stakes have changed since then, Fulham finds themselves in an extremely precarious position, 8-points from safety. Whilst West Ham sits in a non-consequential position comfortably sandwiched in the middle of the table. Both sides will be looking for a win, but with Fulham fighting for their lives, this will be a fierce game that surely will bring plenty of goals and drama.

Since taking over, Claudio Ranieri has failed to improve on the form and in-stability that plagued Jokanovic’ short reign as Fulham manager. The starting eleven regularly changes, players are constantly swapped in and out, position altercations, team morale is low, huge defensive vulnerabilities and a series of badly executed summer transfers that will cripple the club financially if they fall into the Championship. But it is not all doom and gloom, there have been positive moments. Goal scoring has not been such an issue for this group of players, they put 4 past a Brighton side that had a stellar defensive record going into the game. Fulham is consistently worthy competitors in games against tough opponents and have had periods in massive matches against the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Burnley were they completely dominated teams with their possession-based brand of football. The defence has been a shambles the entire season, and West Ham, with the likes of Arnautovic and Anderson, they certainly have the firepower to cause damage to a frail Fulham back four.

West Ham prodigy Declan Rice will be a name you’ll likely be hearing a lot more of in the future. Drawing comparisons to Kante for his reliability in defensive situations on the pitch, he is an uncut diamond for now, but surely a player that will become world-class in the central defensive midfield role for club and country. They will be hoping to get back to winning ways against a seemingly weak opponent, but this task won’t be an easy one. The consistency issues that plague West Ham always seem to rear their head against games where they are seemingly favourite to win. With both sides expecting or needing nothing less than 3 points, something has to give.


Team News

The West Ham squad is close to full fitness, Yarmolenko, Sanchez and Wilshere are still sidelined from longterm injuries.

Fulham are at full strength going into this one, just central defender Alfie Mawson unavailable for selection due to a knee injury.

Youngsters Ryan Sessegnon and Declan Rice will both likely be starting this match, a showcase of young English talent.

New signing Babel will be looking to make an impact in Fulham’s survival campaign in these last 12 games of the season.


Expected Line-Ups:

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West Ham (4-3-3): Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Felipe Anderson, Antonio, Arnautovic
Subs: Carroll, Adrian, Obiang, Hernandez, Fredericks, Diangana, Coventry
Injured: Balbuena, Reid, Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Sanchez, Lucas
Doubtful: Lanzini, Nasri, Creswell
Not available:
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Fulham (4-3-3): Rico, Sessegnon, Ream, Le Marchand, Odoi, Fosu-Mensah, Seri, Chambers, Babel, Vietto, Mitrovic
Subs: Cairney, Schurrle, Bryan, Fabri, Kebano, Ayite, Cisse
Injured: Alexander-Arnold, Gomez
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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West Ham This Season Fulham This Season
10th League Position 19th
9 (4) Wins (away) 4 (0)
0 – 3 v Newcastle Biggest Win 4 – 2 v Brighton
6 (3) Draws (away) 5 (2)
0 – 4 v Man City Biggest Defeat 1 – 5 v Arsenal
Felipe Anderson (8) Top Goal Scorer Mitrovic (10)
Y44, R1 Discipline Y47, R2
10 Failures to Score 1
15% Clean Sheets 7%
58% Both Teams to Score Games 67%
50% Over 2.5 Goals 58%
50% Under 2.5 Goals 42%
  • West Ham are on a terrible run of form in the league, without a win in their last 5 games.
  • Fulham have picked up 3 points in their last 5 matches, as opposed to 2 from West Ham’s previous 5.
  • The Hammers leading goalscorer Felipe Anderson will be looking to build on his tally of 8 goals. The leading goalscorer for Fulham, Aleksander Mitrovic has 2 more at 10.
  • In the past 24 encounters between the two sides, West Ham took the victory 13 times, compared to 5 for Fulham – there were also 6 draws.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
15/12/2018 EPL Fulham 2 – 0 West Ham Snodgrass 17′
20/07/2017 Friendly West Ham 2 – 1 Fulham Lanzini 14′
01/01/2014 EPL Fulham 2 – 1 West Ham Diame 7′
30/11/2013 EPL West Ham 3 – 0 Fulham Diame 47′
30/01/2013 EPL Fulham 3 – 1 West Ham Berbatov 10’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

With both teams going into this one after a series of poor performances, the desperation may factor highly in the result. West Ham is a tough opponent for Fulham, but one they will be looking at with fearless confidence. The stakes are huge with Premier League survival on the line, a well-rested and prepared Fulham side need nothing less than 3 points. Take Fulham to win at 10/3 with Betway.