Fulham vs Rotherham by Luke
Fulham had a great chance to walk away with a three pointer last weekend when the team visited Wolves, but in the end should be lucky to have taken a point at all. Their hosts took the lead in 22th minute with a goal from Hause, but visitors from London had great ending of the first halftime, taking 3:1 lead with goals from Johansen in 32nd, Aiyite in 39th and Cairney three minutes later.
Everything looked like easy victory for them, but home team responded well in the second halftime with counters, leveling up the result via Doherty in 65th and Cavaleiro in 74th minute. They even took the lead in 90th minute with a goal from Edwards, while the guests safe themseleves from defeat in fourth minute of additional time via second goal from Ayite. Overall, Fulham was better and will surely remember this game as something that they simply had to win. Team is now at tenth position, having three points less than play-off placed Leeds and need a victory here in order to stay competitive for promotion.
Home team should continue in 4-2-3-1 formation with Martin as striker, plus Ayite, Cairney and Aluko as offensive midfielders. They have no injured players for this one, while Ragnar Sigurdsson and Michael Madl are both in contention to return. Some changes in defensive lineup after conceding four are probably here.
Rotherham, on the other side, improved their morale a lot with a narrow 1:0 victory over QPR last weekend, three pointer that broke their run of four consecutive defeats and maybe more importantly, broke a run of fifteen consecutive matches where they had only three draws and twelve defeats in Championship.
Even though it was a surprising victory, the team really deserved it this time thanks to a goal from Brown in 24th minute, while they continued being a bit more passive with the visiting team having more of the ball possession, but the home team had much more chances created via counter attacks and they surely looked as a more threatening side overall. They improved the atmosphere surely, but the team still remained stuck at the rock bottom position with only ten points earned so far, which is already ten less than safely placed Blackburn for example and only a big improvement can bring even a glimmer of hope of salvation for them.
Guests should be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Ward as striker, plus Brown as offensive support to him. Forward Peter Odemwingie (4/0) is still suspended, serving his last game ban. Injured are central defenders kelvin Wilson (8/0) and Kirk Broadfoot (1/0), midfielders Greg Halford (13/0), Scott Allan (8/0) and first choice goalkeeper Lee Camp (18/0) who remains doutbful with some chances to play.
Fulham made some terrible mistakes last weekend and the team is determined not to repeat it. Their offensive quality shoudln't be questionable and it's something that the visiting side shouldn't be able to match up. Rotherham comes from a victory over QPR, but away from home and second consecutive positive result might be too much for them. I see Fulham prevailing even easier than what the bookmakers think.