Fulham vs Charlton by 20Legend
Fulham did not enjoy their last difficult game away against Blackburn (3-0) on Tuesday. It was a game that had a huge contrast to their previous game against Queen Park Rangers (1-3). The game against QPR ended with a strong win away from home and the fans had really hoped for a better performance against Blackburn. With that loss it is still just six points down to the relegation zone as Fulham is in 19th place at the moment. Even though their team spirit took a huge knock against Blackburn, the focus for three points must be there again today, as Charlton is in an even worse situation at the moment. This match could therefore be considered as an immediate opportunity to get back on the positive wave from the game against QPR.
Chris Baird has come on loan from Derby and will be available for a starting-lineup, while Dan Burn, Cauley Woodraw and Lasse Christensen are all missing this match.
Charlton managed to lose the vital home match against 21st placed Bristol City two weeks ago, which gave them a much harder way up from the relegation zone. Charlton has the 23th place only one point above Bolton who is rock bottom. With six points up to the safe place, time is ticking for the club to take points from teams that are at the lower half. They managed to do so in the game against 22nd placed Rotherham (1-4) two weeks ago, but was not able to follow up against Bristol City as mentioned. They are coming from a more positive performance against 9th placed Cardiff (0-0) last weekend which should give them hope of taking something from today’s match.
Igor Vetokele could return after being out for the last two games while Jordan Cousins and Rod Fanni are doubtful ahead of the match. The newcomers Marco Motta and Yun Suk-Young are available for their first game. The captain Johnnie Jackson, Patrick Bauer, Alou Diarra and Ahmed Kashi are all ruled out though.
This will be an open game of football as both teams struggles for survival and desperately needs three points in order to create some breathing space for themselves. Charlton is in a much worse situation off course as a defeat could make things very difficult in the following weeks for the club. Fulham is the second worst team at home this season (4-5-6) with 24:24 on goal difference, while Charlton is the third worst away team (2-3-10) and 11:33 on goal difference. They are both two of the most conceding teams in the league as well, making the option of over 2.5 goals valuable to me here.