FUL vs BUR Fantasy Preview:
As a relegation-threatened Fulham hosts Burnley in a clash of two low-lying contenders on Tuesday, Craven Cottage will remain witness to a slugfest considering the urgency of a victory for both sides for different purposes.
Fulham has not known winning since March that saw defending champions, Liverpool falling prey to an unlikely contender, thanks to a gorgeous strike from Mario Lemina. Post that it has only been despair for the Cottagers until recently they were able to stoke hopes when they eked out an impasse against the Gunners. However, that motivation was transient as Chelsea thumped them comprehensively in the following fixture, edging them closer to the vice of being eliminated from the premier tier.
Burnley hasn’t been particularly spectacular either, but as per the points table goes, they are in a much safer zone than their counterparts and a victory will assure them residence in the Premier League for the following year.
Despite slumping down to Manchester United, West Ham and Newcastle United in recent times, they will draw inspiration from their triumph over the Wolves that featured a comprehensive shellacking of their opposition away from home, courtesy of an extraordinary showdown from Chris Wood who bagged a hat-trick.
These are our fantasy picks for the imminent slugfest at Craven Cottage as two back-benchers collide in a bout of prestige, pride and survival.
Fulham versus Burnley
11th May, 2021
FUL vs BUR Head to head:
In the nine clashes that these two sides have locked horns with each other, Burnley holds the sway with five victories and two draws wherein Fulham has managed just two wins in their favour. The last time these two teams collided with each other, the affair ended in a 1-1 standout. Ola Aina gave the lead to Fulham but Ashley Barnes’ late strike helped Burnley to salvage a crucial point.
FUL vs BUR Probable Teams:
Fulham: Alphonse Areola, Ola Aina, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, Antonee Robinson, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Mario Lemina, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ademola Lookman, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Burnley: Nick Pope, Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil, Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood
Picks to consider:
Chris Wood will be an imperative pick for this game given his goal-scoring prowess and the consistency that the man has shown in this season. Despite Burnley’s woeful form, Chris Wood has been a solitary shaft of hope for them as he has hammered 11 goals from the 29 fixtures that he has been a part of which also saw him stringing three assists.
Aleksandar Mitrovic hasn’t been the messiah that Fulham wanted to be in this season but still he will be a big man as the occasion calls him to be. From the 26 games that he has played this season, he has managed to score a solitary goal and teed up three times which makes him an important moniker in the ranks of the Cottagers.
Match Prediction: Who will win today?
Both the teams lack eminent firepower to impose enough damage on each other. However, the presence of Chris Wood can be a determining factor in this crucial clash of relegation as he can sink the best of the league in the flash of an eye.