Fulham will look to build upon their impressive start to the campaign when they host Aston Villa on Thursday evening.
The Cottagers turned things around last weekend when they came from behind to rescue a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Bournemouth, and they will be eager to climb into the top half of the table.
Whereas, Villa, after a four-game unbeaten run, were put to the sword by Chelsea. They were the architects of their own downfall with defensive mistakes proving costly.
Speculation has been mounting over Steven Gerrard’s future at Villa Park, with his side lingering just above the relegation zone, and Mauricio Pochettino has been earmarked as a potential managerial target.
But will Villa tear up the script or will Fulham clinch all three points? We have provided a full lowdown on the game, and we have shared a couple of tips to help you line up your betting slips.
Fulham to make light work of Aston Villa
In many ways, Fulham have been a breath of fresh air. While many had predicted them to struggle at the start of the season, Marco Silva’s charges have acquitted themselves well, and their home form has been relatively solid.
Well, bar a 4-1 capitulation at the hands of Newcastle earlier this month when they went off the boil.
Although they may wish to tighten things up at the back, Fulham have been strong offensively, managing on average two goals per game.
While Villa recorded a 3-0 win on their last visit to Craven Cottage in September 2020, they have found goals harder to come by this term, managing a paltry seven, with only Wolves scoring fewer (five).
I think Fulham could make light work of Villa and win to nil, which is available at 4/1 with Paddy Power.
Aleksandar Mitrovic to double up
Just like he was in the Championship last term, Aleksandar Mitrovic has been lethal for Fulham, hitting seven goals to date this campaign.
Sometimes, Mitrovic can drift in and out of games, but then suddenly burst into life, and he doesn’t need too many chances to make a side pay.
When these two sides last met, Villa ran out 3-1 winners and they sealed the win with three goals inside the space of 10 minutes. However, Mitrovic had given Fulham the lead, and he will know a thing or two about the Midlands outfit.
Fulham will look to pump balls into the box and they have plenty of aerial threat. However, Mitrovic could be the difference maker and he may well pop up with two goals. If you like that particular section of the Goalscorer Market, then Unibet is carrying a tempting price of 8/1.
* Odds correct at the time of writing but subject to change.