A relegation scrap ensues on Saturday as Burnley welcome Fulham to Turf Moor. Fulham sit 19th in the Premier League, four points behind Burnley in 16th.
Burnley have won their last two Premier League games and have moved out of the relegation zone, but the visitors have struggled, even with the addition of well renowned manager Claudio Ranieri.
The two sides met earlier in the season at Craven Cottage, with Fulham coming out eventual 4-2 winners with two goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, and one each from Jean Michael Seri and Andre Schurrle.
Here’s a look at 90min’s preview for the fixture.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 12th January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 GMT|
|Where Is it Played?||Turf Moor|
|TV Channel/Live Stream||Soccer Saturday/Final Score|
Burnley are missing Aaron Lennon as he recovers from a long term injury, while Robbie Brady is serving a suspension after picking up a red card in Burnley’s win over Huddersfield. Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton are also doubtful and will face fitness tests to see if they will feature.
Fulham will be without centre back Alfie Mawson, who is recovering from a knee injury. The game may also come too soon for Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa who is also recovering from injury.
|Burnley||Heaton, Bardsley, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor, Gudmunsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Wood, Barnes.|
|Fulham||Sergio Rico, Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream, Christie, Cairney, Seri, Bryan, Sessegnon, Schurrle, Mitrovic.|
Head to Head Record
Burnley and Fulham have played each other 95 times, with their most recent fixture was the reverse fixture earlier this season, which resulted in a 4-2 win for Fulham.
Burnley however, have 45 wins over the Cottagers, with Fulham taking home just 31 wins. The last 10 games the sides have played, dating back to 2000, have resulted in five wins for Burnley, three wins for Fulham and two draws, with both teams having scored at least one goal in all but two of those 10 games.
Fulham and Burnley’s struggle has been well documented this season. The two have sat in the relegation zone for much of the season and have both struggled to keep clean sheets.
However, Burnley have enjoyed a good start to 2019 with three wins on the bounce, two coming in the league with one in the FA Cup. Fulham on the other hand were victim to a cup upset to League Two Oldham Athletic and have struggled to find consistency since the arrival of new manager Ranieri.
Here’s a look at the two sides most recent form:
|Burnley 1-0 Barnsley (05/01)||Fulham 1-2 Oldham Athletic (06/01)|
|Huddersfield 1-2 Burnley (02/01)||Arsenal 4-1 Fulham (01/01)|
|Burnley 2-0 West Ham (30/12)||Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield (29/12)|
|Burnley 1-5 Everton (26/12)||Fulham 1-1 Wolves (26/12)|
|Arsenal 3-1 Burnley (22/12)||Newcastle 0-0 Fulham (22/12)|
The last 10 results between the two sides have resulted in 31 goals, just over three a game. Fulham are off the back of poor cup result, whilst Burnley have enjoyed a good period of form over the new year period.
Both sides will want to be cautious to not hand their opponents too many opportunities in front of goal, but with both sides boasting poor defensive records, goals look to be almost guaranteed. Fulham need a result desperately and do have arguably more individual quality in their side, but Burnley have been able to frustrate sides recently.
Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Fulham