Burnley v Fulham: the predictions, the injuries and the psychology
A look at the foot of the Premier League table shows this is an important game for both sides…
A win for Fulham won’t take them out of trouble but will be helpful, but it will probably send Burnley back down towards the bottom three.
Looking at just the home form, Burnley are spreading such points as they get between the home and away matches – 10 out of 18 points coming at home. There’s not the home advantage they have felt in other seasons.
But Fulham are very much a home team – and sadly for them they are playing away this time. Here are their away results.
To get a win in this game they would need a major turn around from a club that has only scored seven goals on the road.
What makes matters worse for Fulham is the fact that Burnley has just had three wins in a row after a sequence of just one win and one draw in 11.
|30 Dec 2018||Burnley v West Ham United||W||2-0|
|02 Jan 2019||Huddersfield Town v Burnley||W||1-2|
|05 Jan 2019||Burnley v Barnsley FAC||W||1-0|
Fulham did have a sort of run around Christmas but it did not last…
|2 Dec 2018||Newcastle United v Fulham||D||0-0|
|26 Dec 2018||Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers||D||1-1|
|29 Dec 2018||Fulham v Huddersfield Town||W||1-0|
|01 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Fulham||L||4-1|
|06 Jan 2019||Fulham v Oldham Athletic FAC||L||1-2|
Indeed three games without defeat was a run for them, but that was set aside by subsequent results.
Damage is done to club morale with defeats to lower league opposition, and even more so when it happens in front of your own fans.
Worse, Oldham are not just lower league, they are in the lowest football league – League Two, and not even at the top of that league, but actually 10th.
|2||Milton Keynes Dons||25||13||8||4||41||19||22||47|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||25||11||10||4||39||25||14||43|
This could be the biggest factor of all and herald a collapse by Fulham. They will need enormous mental strength to win this game. Failure could see the season come to a very quick end. Victory would show that they might climb out of trouble in the league.
In the physioroom injury chart both team have just two players out. Bardsley and Lennon. Mawson and Zambo Anguissa for Fulham.
I think the game will be Burnley’s.