Premier League Betting: Fulham v Stoke City - Fan v Fan Preview



Fulham perspective: Dan Crawford, Hammy End

Team news

Martin Jol has had two weeks since Fulham’s last fixture – a dreary draw at Norwich – to try and integrate his January loan signings into the squad. With Fulham largely injury free, it will be intriguing to see who he selects for Saturday’s visit of Stoke. Urby Emmanuelson, impressive in two outings as a second half substitute, could make his first start alongside Steve Sidwell in central midfield. The onus will be on Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov to offer the creativity in the final third that was badly lacking at Carrow Road.

Form

An improved performance against Manchester United and some much missed defensively solidity at Norwich have lifted a little of the gloom around Craven Cottage. Fulham’s dire winter run had left us looking anxiously over our shoulders, but recent results have carried us into midtable – and, with a tricky run of fixtures to come in March, the manager will be targeting Fulham’s second home win in three months.

Head-to-head

Fulham’s home record against the Potters is pretty impressive – our only defeat came in May 2010 when a second-string side had the impending Europa League final on their minds. Tony Pulis’ team are much improved since then and will be looking to complete a league double over the Whites, however.

Best bets

Under 1.5 goals at 3.20. Games between these sides have recently been tight affairs settled by a moment of magic or one defensive mistake.

Fulham to score at 1.22. We have scored in six of our last seven home games.

Dimitar Berbatov to score first at 5.60. The striker remains Fulham’s most likely source of a goal.

Score prediction: Fulham 1-1 Stoke (6.50)

Predicted side

Stoke perspective: Matt Meir, Potters Online

Team news

Marc Wilson is approaching fitness, but probably won't be risked here, meaning Geoff Cameron and Andy Wilkinson will continue at full-back. Peter Crouch should lead the line, with Michael Kightly supplying crosses from the right.

Form

Stoke head to London on Saturday on the back of a shocking run of form. Having won just four points out of a possible 18, it's safe to say that Tony Pulis will have welcomed the two-week break - result of the club's early elimination from the FA Cup.

Head-to-head

Charlie Adam earnt us a win against the Cottagers earlier this season, and how we'd love a repeat of that result on Saturday. Our defence has been less than stellar of late, however, so Fulham could have some joy against us.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.80. Many expect this to be a cagey affair, but I can see both attacks having some joy on Saturday.

Peter Crouch to score at 3.50. The big man hasn't quite hit the heights this season, but should relish playing against Fulham's fragile defence.

Fulham to win at 2.10. Sadly, I think Martin Jol's side will have a little too much for us on this occasion.

Score prediction: Fulham 2-1 Stoke (9.25)

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