Fulham need a home win after losing their opening game at Craven Cottage to Arsenal. West Brom are in need of a similar result but will find it difficult to secure a win playing away from home.
They haven’t yet found a replacement for Romelu Lukaku’s goals and until they do I can see Steve Clarke’s team struggling. Fulham will be looking to take advantage of a team devoid of confidence.
There should be goals but Fulham winning by a single goal is a very realistic result. There is no doubt that both teams will be going for a very important three points.
Odds: Fulham 15/13, Draw 15/2, West Brom 11/4
Fulham 3-0 West Brom – Craven Cottage, 15th September 2012
The home side ran out comfortable winners against West Brom in this early season encounter. A brace from Dimitar Berbatov and a late strike from Steve Sidwell put pay to any chances West Brom had of taking anything back to the midlands with them. This was one poor performance amidst a great start to the season for the Baggies.
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He may be getting on in age but Anelka can still hurt team in the Premier League, some of his pace may have left him but he still has the finishing ability. After the loss of his agent last month he has returned to the club looking to help them after a poor start to the season, there’s no reason why he can’t be a success at the Hawthorns.
The enigmatic talent can either give you breath taking skills and goals or a very ineffective anonymous performance, Fulham will be hoping for a good run of performances now that he has reunited with the manager who initially brought him to the Premier League, Martin Jol.
He impressed for Sunderland when he first signed but he fell out of favour over the summer and was eventually sold to West Brom. He can certainly bring some quality to the Baggies’ midfield. In the past he has shown the ability to change games with his goals and assists, Steve Clarke will be hoping that he can replicate this form for his side.
Whenever the Bulgarian striker plays there is a chance he can create something very special, despite his languid and sometimes lazy style he has the ability for the spectacular. He hasn’t found the net this year and his goals will be vital to Fulham’s successes this season. Martin Jol usually gets the best out of the former Premier League golden boot winner.
The Nigerian striker never really got an extended run in the Everton side, when he did play he couldn’t quite score the number of goals required to be a success as a striker, his finishing often let him down. He may make his West Brom debut after joining the club on deadline day, he will be hoping that a fresh start will give him a new lease of life. He certainly offers something different for West Brom.
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