Fulham’s Premier League survival race is far from run after Felix Magath’s side grabbed a third victory in five fixtures against Norwich, with the vanquished Canaries now 1/2 to lose their top-flight status this term.
Magath’s men can be backed at 5/6 to stay up and considering their relatively straightforward remaining fixtures, particularly when compared to Norwich’s hellish run-in, another season of Premier League football at Craven Cottage looks likely.
Since the veteran German coach took over in February, Fulham have won two and lost two on their own patch, with that pair of defeats coming against Chelsea and Everton, who currently occupy the second and fourth places in the league respectively.
Home wins against Newcastle and Norwich bode extremely well for the Cottagers’ survival hopes as Hull and Crystal Palace are still to visit the west London whites.
Both those sides look safe at this stage and will have little to play for, while the former are sure to be distracted by an FA Cup final engagement against Arsenal, with Steve Bruce’s Tigers 12/5 to win the trophy for the first time in their history.
One win may well be enough for Fulham to edge ahead of Adams’ side, as the Canaries’ caretaker boss must lead his men through a gauntlet containing Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal between now and mid-May.
It’s hard to see Norwich getting a sniff from any of those games, which means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s somewhat-resurgent Cardiff could pose the biggest threat to Fulham’s Premier League survival.
The Bluebirds have given themselves a live chance of beating the drop after taking four points from their last available nine and have winnable matches coming up against Stoke, Sunderland and Newcastle.
Solskjaer’s side are still heavily fancied for the drop after a sole season in the top-flight at 3/10, with Gus Poyet’s rock-bottom Black Cats given little chance of rescuing their dire current situation at 7/100, despite holding two games in hand over the three teams above them.