Cardiff weren’t free-scoring travellers for much of last season’s Championship-winning campaign and little has changed in the top flight, where Fulham can justify odds of 11/5 about beating them to nil at Craven Cottage.
Cardiff were limited to one goal or less in 10 of their final 15 road games of 2012/13.
Since their arrival in the Premier League the situation hasn’t improved, with Peter Whittingham’s second-half effort against Hull their only away goal in two league games outside the Welsh capital this season.
The division’s newest Welsh representatives are 11/4 for success, with Martin Jol’s men evens for victory and 23/10 the odds on offer about a stalemate on the banks of the River Thames.
Malky Mackay’s men have averaged a miserable 1.5 shots on target on the road this season.
At the top level their trouble with expressing themselves amongst inhospitable environs may be melting into a more general inability to score, with their home mean of 2.3 only slightly more heartening.
All in all the Bluebirds have been denied a goal in three of their five matches this term, giving a Fulham defence which has shipped a goal or less in every match bar meetings with Chelsea and Arsenal this season a real chance of keeping a second Premier League clean sheet in six games.
Fulham have scored at least once in all but four of their last 22 home games.
If they can do so against a team that troubles the keeper as little as Cardiff it may well be enough to seal a pressure-relieving victory for Jol.
It was only the crème de la crème of the Premier League that were able to deny Fulham in front of their own fans last term, with all four of those blanks drawn against clubs that finished in the top five.
Last season Dimitar Berbatov scored three times in five games against the promoted sides.
The Bulgarian scored the equaliser on his return from injury in Fulham’s confidence-boosting Carling Cup win last time out and his undoubted class enabled him to fill his boots against Premier League newbies last term.
Berbatov is 5/1 to add to his Craven Cottage account by opening the scoring against the Welsh side, something the visitors have only managed once in their seven games this season – against Accrington Stanley.