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Fulham vs Brentford betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Fulham vs Brentford odds and betting statistics



Fulham vs Brentford match preview

These two West London rivals are located a mere four miles apart and, after both meetings last season finished 3-2 to the home side, expect to witness another entertaining and hard-fought clash here.

Fulham made a winning start to their campaign a week ago, beating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park, but Bobby Decordova-Reid’s second half winner doesn’t begin to tell the story.

The Toffees ended the afternoon with an xG figure of 2.7, the highest of any team in Premier League history that failed to score in a game, with Bernd Leno rightly named man of the match, making nine saves.

Marco Silva’s team came tenth last season, the Cottagers’ highest finish for 11 years but, once again, the Whites’ aim first and foremost is to reach 40 points and make sure of survival.

Now, can Fulham commence a top division campaign with two wins out of two for the first time ever?

Brentford meantime got a point on the board last Sunday, holding the new-look Tottenham to an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Thomas Frank’s team have now lost just two of 20 Premier League home matches since the start of last season, but will be targeting a victory on the road over the fierce rivals this time.

Will there be a winner at Craven Cottage?

Fulham team news

Raúl Jiménez will continue to lead the line, chosen over Aleksandar Mitrović who tried to force through a move to Saudi Arabia earlier this summer which, so far, hasn’t materialised.

Tim Ream returned in defence at Goodison, his first appearance since breaking his arm in late-April.

João Palhinha remains sidelined due to a shoulder injury, so Saša Lukić will anchor midfield, while Bobby Decordova-Reid will hope his winner on Merseyside earns him a start.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Lukić, Decordova-Reid, Cairney, Willian; Jiménez.

Brentford team news

Thomas Frank deployed a back three last Sunday, as he tends to do in tougher games, so could switch to a back four this time.

Kevin Schade will certainly be hoping this is the case, as he’d almost certainly join Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa in attack.

Ben Mee remains sidelined, so Ethan Pinnock will partner new recruit Nathan Collins at centre-back, with Kristoffer Ajer likely to be sacrificed if the formation is tweaked.

In midfield, Mathias Jensen hobbled off shortly after half time against Spurs, making him a doubt for this one, meaning either Josh Dasilva or Shandon Baptiste will come in.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Flekken; Hickey, Pinnock, Collins, Henry; Dasilva, Janelt, Nørgaard; Mbeumo, Wissa, Schade.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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