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

Fulham vs Crystal Palace odds and betting statistics

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Fulham vs Crystal Palace match preview

Will Fulham’s record-breaking season continue?

Last weekend, the Cottagers beat Southampton 2-0 at St Mary’s, a result that confirmed the Saints’ relegation to the Championship.

Carlos Vinícius broke the deadlock shortly after half time before, a mere seven minutes after coming on, Aleksandar Mitrović marked his return with a goal.

That made it back-to-back wins for Marco Silva’s side, who’d smashed Leicester City 5-3 five days earlier.

This means the Whites are almost guaranteed a first top half finish in the Premier League since 2012.

Meanwhile, their total of 15 victories is the second-most Fulham have ever managed in a top division campaign, only eclipsed by the 17 wins they claimed in the 1959/60 season.

Crystal Palace kick off just two places below their hosts, as they prepare to make the short nine mile journey northwest.

The Eagles’ impressive form continued last weekend, swatting aside Bournemouth 2-0 at Selhurst Park, with Eberechi the scorer of both.

So, since Roy Hodgson’s return in early-April, Palace have won five of eight games, thereby comfortably securing an 11th successive season of Premier League football.

Hodgson’s managerial career began at Halmstad 47 years ago, taking charge of 17 different clubs and four national teams during his career.

Arguably, his most successful spell came as Fulham manager, leading them to the great escape of 2008, a seventh place finish the following season and then the Europa League Final in 2010.

So, the 75 year old can expect a very warm reception at Craven Cottage but, on the pitch, Fulham will fancy their chances of claiming three more points.

Fulham team news

Aleksandar Mitrović’s eight-match ban is now over, coming off the bench to score in his first appearance since 19 March last weekend.

This time, the Serbian international is likely to lead the line, displacing Carlos Vinícius.

Elsewhere, Tim Ream and Andreas Pereira both suffered season-ending injuries against Man City last month, meaning Issa Diop and Tom Cairney will continue to deputise.

Victory here would secure a first league double over Crystal Palace since 2000/01.

Predicted XI: (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed, Wilson, Cairney, Willian; Mitrović.

Crystal Palace team news

Palace’s only change is likely to come in attack, after Wilfried Zaha hobbled off last weekend; has he played his last game for the club?

Odsonne Édouard, who came on for Zaha mid-game, will therefore lead the line, with Jordan Ayew moving wide-left.

Jaïro Riedewald and Zaha were the scorers when Palace last visited Selhurst Park in October 2020, claiming a 2-1 win.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell; Doucouré, Eze, Hughes; Olise, Édouard, Ayew.

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