Cast adrift and slowly drowning, Fulham have been tossed a rubber ring to cling to ahead of their trip to Aston Villa in the shape of Christian Benteke’s season-ending Achilles injury.
The Belgian powerhouse represents the sharpest implement hanging from Paul Lambert’s tool belt and his absence will surely buoy the likely lads who will line up as part of the Cottagers’ brittle backline.
Victory is a must in the west Midlands with the sun setting on Fulham’s Premier League foray and they stand a better chance of realising odds of 14/5 for three precious points without Villa’s chief goal-getter on duty.
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Under 2.5 goals @ 4/5
Obviously, scoring goals will be tough for the hosts without their star striker on the pitch, but there are strong stats that say they’d have struggled regardless of whether their talisman was in tow.
The previous five renewals of Villa versus Fulham has seen the net ripple on just six occasions, with each clash yielding fewer than 2.5 goals.
Furthermore, Villa’s five matches against the current bottom three this season have each fallen shy of the 2.5-goal barrier.
Fulham (+1) to win @ 4/5
The west Londoners must capitalise on Villa’s striking woes and a positive result for the visitors will see backers of this bet rewarded.
Lambert’s troops have mustered just 18 goals at the ranch prior to Benteke’s crocking, a total only three teams can’t at least match, while just two league clean sheets all season in front of their own fans suggests the visitors will find the net here.
Grant Holt to score at anytime @ 19/10
The Incredible Holt has failed to reciprocate his Norwich halcyon days in Birmingham, but the understudy has the chance to end the campaign with a flurry.
He plundered 17 goals when working under Lambert in the 2011/12 season and the Scottish supremo will be looking to extract more goals from Carlisle’s favourite son in the closing weeks.