Burnley and Fulham will play their postponed English Premier League match tonight. This might be a very important contest for both sides, and possibly the one that eventually decides one part of the relegation battle. Fulham is eight points away from the Clarets, being the first team under the red line. In between these two sides is Newcastle, who has seven points more than the team from London. With a win here, either side makes its life easier, and that is one of the reasons why we expect to see one hell of a battle tonight at Turf Moore.
Burnely (+175) trounced Crystal Palace on the road last week, posting a major win. That triumph was important for two reasons. The first one is three points, which come incredibly handy for the Clarets at this part of the campaign.
The second is the boost of morale and a bounce back following a four-game winless streak. During that time, Burnley lost two games and had one draw. Interestingly all three losses were with the same result, 2-0, against Chelsea, Man City, and Bournemouth in the FA Cup. The only draw was vs. Brighton, 0-2.
All of their home games are pretty much inefficient, with four of the previous five seeing under 2.5 goals. But that is the way Burnley plays. Sean Dyche’s boys are known for their conservative and defensive-minded approach in which they protect their own goal first and attack later.
Fulham (+170) wasn’t experiencing too many losses in the past few weeks, but they haven’t won many games either. In the past five, they have one victory and defeat, each with three draws, however, defeating Everton on the road this weekend, 0-2.
It was the first victory for them since November 30, and you can now see why Cottagers have just 18 points and sit in the relegation zone. Now, we’ve noticed that the English media favors Scott Parker and that they tend to show him as a better manager than he really is. The reality is that Parker is mediocre, and that many of Fulham’s slips were due to his poor judgment.
About the efficiency of the Cottagers’ matches. One in the past five didn’t go under 2.5 goals, and five of the previous seven saw both teams not to score.
Mee won’t play due to a head injury. Pieters, Taylor, and Vydra are all questionable.
For Fulham, Cairney and Mitrovic are ineligible.
Head to Head Matches
Burnley and Fulham met once this year, in the FA Cup. The Clarets easily eliminated the hosts, 0-3.
The safest bet here is to go with low efficiency, meaning under 2.5 goals. As you could already see, this is how these teams play, and that will be the recipe for tonight, no doubt. Neither side would like to lose this one, and protecting its own goal will be the first thing on both Dyche’s and Parker’s minds. The odds are not high, -166, but to be perfectly clear, the risk for this bet is the lowest of all, and you should go with it.
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