Second-bottom Crystal Palace will take to the Selhurst Park turf desperate for three points and with every chance their determination will be rewarded with a late goal they can be backed to score between 75 minutes and full-time at odds of 13/5.
The Cottagers have shipped after the 80th minute in four of their last five Premier League games.
Without Fulham’s masochistic peccadillo for late, late concessions they’d be sitting above Manchester United in the English top flight, some five points better off.
It was a trend which had its portents last term, when three of the nine matches they lost by a single goal margin saw them go down to strikes conceded in the last quarter hour.
Meanwhile Martin Jol’s men allowed the opposition in after the 74-minute mark in four of the last seven games of 2012/13.
Of the six goals notched by Ian Holloway’s side in all competition this term, four came after the 75th minute.
The Eagles haven’t given their loyal support too many opportunities to feel ‘glad all over’ this season but their penchant for hitting their opponents late is testament to the fact that there is no lack of spirit or will to win within the struggling side.
A heady scent of relegation six-pointer is further reason to expect a late onslaught from Palace, given their late salvos in the must-win games that earned them promotion to these dizzying heights.
Two goals after the 80th minute registered the win which saw them safely into the play-offs, whilst an 88th minute effort secured passage into the Wembley decider.
Sunderland are the only team to have failed to score a home goal against travelling Fulham this season.
A 1-0 opening day victory at the Stadium of Light seemed a more respectable result then than it does now and the Cottagers’ road defence has not been so parsimonious since, giving up five goals in three games.
Two of those away concessions came against League Two Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup with a backline (Sascha Riether, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes and John Arne Riise) that looks suspiciously similar to their first choice rearguard.