Season So Far
The Cottagers slipped into the bottom three after losing 2-0 at Chelsea and with Cardiff and Stoke visiting west London in the next two games Martin Jol will hope to halt a run of four games without a league win.
Jol is now 2/1 favourite to be the next top flight manager to leave his job following Sunderland’s sacking of Paolo Di Canio.
Since their 1-0 opening day victory at Sunderland, Fulham have failed to hold on to what they have in games, surrendering a precious point at Newcastle by conceding in the 86th-minute and dropping another two courtesy of Gareth McAuley’s equaliser at the death for West Brom.
Cardiff are only a point better off in 16th place, but having beaten Man City and put in good performances against Everton and Tottenham so far this season the 39/50 on the double chance that Malky Mackay’s side will avoid defeat at Fulham looks like a banker.
Fulham have failed to find the net on two out of five occasions so far in the league, despite the presence of formerly prolific Premier League strikers Darren Bent and/or Dimitar Berbatov in every game this season.
Cardiff have only scored one more than their opponents tally of three and have drawn blanks against West Ham, Everton and Spurs, so the 11/5 about there being under 1.5 goals in the match is definitely worth a punt.
Bent is the only member of the Fulham striker’s union to have got off the mark in the league so far, with midfielders Patjim Kasami and Steve Sidwell making up the rest of Fulham’s meagre goals-for total in this campaign.
The former Spurs and Aston Villa hitman doubled his tally for the season when scoring three minutes after coming on against Everton in the Capital One Cup and could be worth keeping an eye on to add to his career haul of 104 top flight goals.
Other Notable Trends
Fulham have won just two of their last 13 Premier League games, losing nine times on that run. Dimitar Berbatov has not managed a goal at Craven Cottage in the league in his last six games there.