Fulham vs Blackburn by Luke
Fulham surprised everyone with a victory last weekend as the team visited probably the strongest side in Championship Newcastle on Saturday evening but managed to pull out very important 3:1 victory. It was a very competitive match, as both sides had good chances to score, while the visiting players stood with much more ball possesion and somehow more concrete chances.
Visitors from London took the lead in 15th minute via Cairney, but secured the victory with two goals from Sessegnon earlier in the second halftime, in 51st and 59th minute. All the hosts were able to do is to reduce the deficit in 76th minute with a goal from Murphy, while the guests even missed a penalty kick towards the end of the game. Fulham is now undefeated in last seven matches in Championship having five victories and two draws, being now just two points behind sixth and play-off placed Sheffield Wednesday which means a must win situation for them.
Hosts should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Aluko as central striker, plus Sessegnon, Cairney and Kebano as offensive midfielders. Offensive midfielder Lucas Piazon (22/5) is injured and won't play here, same as offensive Floyd Ayite (22/5) as the game comes too soon for him due injury problems. Defender Thanos Petsos (no performance yet) remains doubtful as it's not certain whether the game comes too soon for him due calf injury.
Blackburn also did well in last weekend's game, as the side pulled out a point from visiting Norwich in a 2:2 draw last Saturday evening. However, must be said that the hosts entered better in the game and took the lead in 19th minute via Jerome, but the major fact in the game was exclusion of their defender Dijks in 21st minute and the situation completely changed.
From that moment on Blackburn had much more of the ball possession and dominated with a man more, scoring twice within five minutes later in the game, in 73rd and 78th minute, while the hosts got lucky to snatch a point with the equalizer from Jerome. Visitors are also in quite fine form at the moment, coming from five undefeated matches run (two home victories and three draws), as the team currently stands inside the relegation zone, being at 22nd position with the same number of points as safely placed Bristol City, so logically they are also desperate to gain points here.
Defensive midfielder Corry Evans (19/0) and left back Adam Henley (2/0) are not fit enough after injuries and won't play, while doubtful remain central defenders Charlie Mulgrew (22/2), Gordon Greer (21/0) and offensive Sam Gallagher (34/10). Visitors are set to play in their usual 4-4-2 formation using Emnes and Graham as forwards.
- Fulham have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (Championship).
Fulham is now really close to getting into the play-off race and even though they face up against very solid and actually in form side, I don't see hosts losing the momentum here. On contrary, I see them being fired up for this one and finally breaking into the play-off zone, positions they surely deserve after a very good performance away to Newcastle.