Kick-off: 1500, 11/08/2018
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Fulham’s reward for a gutsy triumph in the Championship play-offs begins with the visit of Crystal Palace and a draw wouldn’t be a bad result for them to open with.
The Eagles have an edge in class but lost their first seven Premier League matches last season and may settle for getting off to a steady start this time around.
We’re taking 23/10 for these London teams to share the spoils as our first Fulham vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Fulham came on strong in the second half of the season when gaining promotion, picking up 16 wins in a 20-match unbeaten league run after the turn of the year.
A closing loss at Birmingham and first-leg defeat at Derby threatened to derail the Cottagers, but they rallied to beat the Rams 2-0 and then edge out Aston Villa 1-0 at Wembley.
Teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon was the undoubted star of that campaign, while Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had a fantastic spell on loan from Newcastle.
Keeping Mitrovic was an obvious move and ambitious owner Shad Khan has also funded the arrival of other rock-solid signings.
Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri can help to control possession along with former Chelsea and Germany star Andre Schurrle, who arrives on loan from Borussia Dortmund.
Adding a powerful centre-half was a must and Swansea’s Alfie Mawson fits the bill nicely, while Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is another astute loan capture.
Slavisa Jokanovic likes to play good football and employs a high-pressing gameplan whenever possible, so their style should suit this level.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Former England boss Hodgson worked wonders at Selhurst Park last term, taking over a team cut adrift at the bottom before leading them all the way up to 11th position.
Getting Wilfried Zaha back from injury proved pivotal to a strong finish which saw the Eagles win five of their last eight games, losing only to Liverpool during that period.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return to Chelsea after a successful loan stint is a blow, as is losing Yohan Cabaye, but this remains a team strong on attacking talent, with Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend in the ranks.
Landing Germany international midfielder Max Meyer on a free after his contract with Schalke ended is a coup and Cheikhou Kouyate’s switch from West Ham will add bite to the engine room.
Palace will be hoping to maintain the momentum of that late charge and enjoy a stress-free campaign following a couple of relegation scares.
It was 2-2 when these teams last met in May 2014 and 13/1 for a repeat of that result is added to our Fulham vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Aston Villa 0-1 FULHAM – Tom Cairney
CRYSTAL PALACE 2-0 West Brom – Wilfried Zaha, Patrick van Aanholt
Head-to-head: Fulham 2-2 Palace, Palace 1-4 Fulham
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