Fulham vs West Ham
Competition: England Premier League
Date: 15 December 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Fulham’s afternoon at Old Trafford last weekend was one to forget; 3-0 down by halftime, 4-1 loss, Zambo Anguissa out with a red card. It was their ninth defeat in their last 11 matches, even though, it should be mentioned, their last three were away from home, to United, Chelsea and Liverpool. They are at the bottom of the table, on just nine points from 16 matches. The first teams right above the relegation line though, are just three points above them, so Fulham know that two good results in a row can improve their position, considerably. Sergio Rico, Odoi, Ream, Mawson, Bryan, Schurrle, Seri, Cairney, Sessegnon, Mitrovic and Kamara, these should be the first 11 for Fulham (who just announced plans of working on their stadium, which, once ready, will be big enough for about 30,000 fans). Floyd Ayité and Kevin McDonald are injured.
West Ham scored three goals between the 48th and the 65th minute last weekend at home, to beat Crystal Palace 3-2. It was their third win in a row, scoring three goals in each match(!). Those nine points have pushed them up 11th in the table, on 21, total. They should start with Fabianski, Diop, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Masuaku, Rice, Snodgrass, Noble, Anderson, Chicharito and Carroll. More than half a dozen players, some of them key ones, are out, injured; Arnautović, Wilshere, Fredericks, Yarmolenko, Sánchez, Lanzini and Reid. West Ham started the season losing their first two away games, at Liverpool and Arsenal, but they’ve lost just one of their last five, winning two, and drawing in the other two.
Previous five matches:
Manchester United vs Fulham 4-1
Fulham vs Leicester 1-1
Chelsea vs Fulham 2-0
Fulham vs Southampton 3-2
Liverpool vs Fulham 2-0
West Ham vs Crystal Palace 3-2
West Ham vs Cardiff 3-1
Newcastle vs West Ham 0-3
West Ham vs Manchester City 0-4
Huddersfield vs West Ham 1-1
Fulham are visiting Newcastle next Saturday. Same day, West Ham will be hosting Watford (both Premier League matches).
Fulham vs West Ham: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Fulham and two for West Ham in the five games between these two the last 10 years with Fulham as hosts.
Fulham vs West Ham: Prediction
West Ham are going through their best, probably, period this season, but even so, I’m hesitant to back them to win. I feel going for goals in this match is a less risky choice.
Fulham vs West Ham: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5 goals” is at 1.66, and “over 3.5” pays much better, 2.62. I like both, because West Ham’s matches lately have had many-many goals, same with Fulham’s three of their last four at home (not to mention that 4-1 at Manchester United last weekend).