Ahead of what should be an exciting Premier League weekend, it seems fair to say that not too many people are talking about Fulham v Sunderland, as Boylesports make Martin Jol’s side slight odds on favourites.
With several teams facing crucial matches to win the title, claim European positions or remain in the Premier League, this is already a front runner to be last on Match of the Day.
This is simply testament to the season these two have had though. Fulham are an established top ten Premier League side and will be looking to stay there in the final two games, while Sunderland – who were involved in a relegation scrap earlier this season – are sitting comfortably in mid-table.
Focusing on the home side to begin with, there is no doubt that they have improved as the season has gone on. Their consistency has been an issue at times, but nobody relishes a trip to Craven Cottage these days.
In fact, Martin Jol’s men are unbeaten in front of their home fans in the last three games, while they have only tasted defeat at their West London home once since the turn of the year.
They have one of the best finishers in the league leading their line too with Clint Dempsey impressing many this campaign. He is a good example of how Fulham like to play – ruthless, quick, classy and committed.
As for Sunderland, they seem to have been in the same frame of mind for a while now. Martin O’Neill’s men haven’t been in relegation trouble for quite some time and there issue has been keeping themselves motivated for Premier League points.
These have been few and far between recently too with no wins in their last seven Premier League outings. The Black Cats have also failed to score in four of their last six games, so they are not exactly firing on all cylinders right now.
However, much like Fulham, they will be determined to get something from this weekend to go into the final day of the season in positive mood.