Mid-table clashes don’t get much tighter than the prospect of Fulham’s match against Swansea City this weekend where 10th will go up against 11th, as Bet365 make Martin Jol’s side odds on favourites to take all three points at the Cottage.
There is currently just two points difference between 8th and 14th place and both sides have the chance to get a jump in the race for a top half finish when the clubs clash on Saturday.
Both Fulham and Swansea are on 36 points along with Stoke and Norwich City and with Everton and Sunderland distracted with FA Cup duties, either side can ascend into eigth place should they prove victorious.
well as league position, form is another aspect where the Cottagers are level with the Swans, winning three, drawing one and losing two of their last six matches.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have managed to develop a sterling home record at the Liberty Stadium but haven’t been quite the same team when performing on unfamiliar soil.
The Welsh outfit have scored an average of just 0.86 goals per game this campaign when performing away from home, failing to score in half of their away games.
The Swans defence has been the main talking point around their impressive season but even that hasn’t been as good away from home, conceding 1.71 goals per game.
To worsen their chances further, Swansea will travel to Craven Cottage to face a Fulham side that have earned a similar reputation for being a tough task to overcome when playing at their home ground.
Martin Jol’s men have netted an average of 2.07 goals per game when playing at home this season and despite the fact that their defensive record isn’t quite as good, Swansea will still find it difficult to beat the Cottagers this weekend.
Pavel Pogrebnyak will be looking to resume scoring form after failing to net against Aston Villa last weekend where Fulham eventually succumbed to a 1-0 loss.