As the golden statue of the King of Pop stares forlornly beside a Craven Cottage that has had little to cheer about this season, the stadium’s inhabitants Fulham might “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” just like Jacko.
With just one goal in three games so far this season, Fulham’s fortunes are in stark contrast to their celebrated 2010/11 campaign, but the visit of Blackburn Rovers brings hope given the home side has scored in every fixture the teams have played at the Cottage since 2004.
Indeed, these two sides haven’t played out a goalless draw dating back to 1997, with 15 goals in the previous five encounters, and this points towards there being plenty more on Sunday.
One player who thrives in this tie is Clint Dempsey, who has netted four in five against Rovers. Therefore it would be a poignant personal tribute for the American to score on a day that his homeland reflects on 9/11. He is priced at 8/5 to score at any time and looks the Cottagers’ best bet as their lone goalscorer for the fledgling season.
If you’re feeling a bit bolder, then backing him at 11/2 to be the first scorer will net you £162.50 from your £25 free bet, which is available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Considering that Blackburn allowed in more second half goals than any other team in 2010/11, backing Dempsey to be the game’s last scorer at the same oods also pays dividends.
However, the form book points to a slow start for the Londoners. Last term Fulham conceded 26 goals of their 39 overall in the opening 45 minutes, while the Yorkshire visitors allowed in just 15 in the same time-frame.
With that in mind Blackburn are not to be discounted and it could be an unlikely source that gets them off the mark on the road. Congolese star Christopher Samba simply relishes these match-ups and the towering 6 ft 4 ins defender has been the first scorer on two occasions against the Cottagers. He is attractively priced as an outside punt, coming in at 18/1.
While prolific compared to other defenders in the Premier League, given that he has just 14 goals to his name since his move to England in 2007 a safer bet would be on Samba to score at any time at 51/10.
Your £25 free bet pays £152.50 when you back Samba to score anytime.
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