Fulham vs Bournemouth Prediction: Cherries can pick off Cottagers

 | February 09 | 

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Fulham welcome Bournemouth to Craven Cottage for a Premier League clash on Saturday, with Marco Silva's side looking to end a streak of six games without a win.

They will have their work cut out, however, facing Andoni Iraola's in-form Cherries side, who have won eight of their last 13 matches and ran out 3-0 victors in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.

Fulham vs Bournemouth Tips

  • Bournemouth to win @ 15/8 
  • Justin Kluivert to score first @ 10/1 

Team news

Fulham have plenty of absentees as Raul Jimenez, Harry Wilson, and Issa Diop are out injured, whilst Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey are still away at Afcon with Nigeria.

Fode Ballo-Toure is back from that tournament following Senegal's exit, while Adama Traore could feature but still remains a doubt.

Bournemouth will be without injured quartet Tyler Adams, Ryan Fredericks, James Hill and Max Aarons, as well as illness-stricken pair Darren Randolph and Hamed Traore.

Ryan Christie is a doubt after taking a knock against Nottingham Forest, as is new signing Enes Unal, who is awaiting visa approval, although the feeling is both should be available for Saturday's game, unlike Philip Billing, who is suspended after being sent off against Forest.

Match Odds

Fulham are slight favourites for this tie at 11/8, which is surprising given their current form and record against Bournemouth, whilst the draw is 13/5 and the visitors priced up at 15/8.

Both teams to score can be backed at 4/7 with over 2.5 goals - which landed in the reverse fixture, unlike BTTS - is available at 4/6.

The Premier League's second-highest goalscorer this season, Dominic Solanke, is unsurprisingly the favourite to open the scoring at 9/2, whilst Fulham's Armando Broja and Rodrigo Muniz are both 6/1 to strike first as it is unclear which of the pair will lead the line for the Cottagers on Saturday.

Bournemouth to win @ 15/8

Fulham are just one point and one place behind Bournemouth in the Premier League, but the hosts' form is trending the wrong way, whilst the Cherries seem to be improving under Iraola.

The Cottagers are winless in six, and that run may be unlikely to be snapped against a side whom they have failed to beat in five meetings and who have won five of their last seven away matches - and that statistic should probably read six from seven given they were unlucky not to beat West Ham, who equalised via a dubious penalty decision, last week.

Fulham gave up an early two-goal lead against Burnley last weekend, and that level of defensive naivety could leave them extremely exposed against the Cherries, who, led by Solanke, have netted 16 times in their last seven away games.

In contrast, the Cottagers have netted only three goals in their last six home matches, and they could be brushed aside by Bournemouth on Saturday.

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Justin Kluivert to score first @ 10/1

Fulham looked poor defensively in their 2-2 draw with Burnley, and Bournemouth's exciting front four - expected to be made up of Antoine Semenyo, Justin Kluivert, Marcus Tavernier and Dominic Solanke - could expose the Cottagers on Saturday.

Kluivert opened the scoring in the reverse fixture and also got the first goal in the Cherries' 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest last Sunday, suggesting it may pay to take the Dutch forward to strike first against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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