The Premier League returns this weekend with a stacked fixture list and Luton Town will be looking for their first points of the season as they visit Fulham at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Below we preview the fixture and deliver some tips and picks for this clash.
Tom Cairney limped off in the 5-1 defeat to Manchester City before the international break, but it is expected that he will be fit to return here. Alex Iwobi and Sasa Lukic were injured before the break and have used the time to attempt to recover, but they are unlikely to start here.
For Luton, Gabriel Osho could well return to the matchday squad in a defensive boost, while Dan Potts and Jordan Clark remain out with long-term injuries. Tom Lockyer is a doubt having missed both Wales matches with a thigh issue.
Fulham to win
Fulham have only won once in the league so far, but a tough start to the season has seen them face both Arsenal and Manchester City away from home. They got a late draw at the Emirates, but this match should be one in which they are able to show their attacking qualities.
Marco Silva may have lost Aleksandar Mitrovic over the summer but he still has the likes of Willian, Andreas Pereira and Raul Jimenez at his disposal. The Cottagers should have enough about them to get past a Luton Town side who have struggled so far across their opening three matches.
At home against West Ham, they only crafted one shot on target and 38% possession. Away from Kenilworth Road, they’ve found life even tougher. Simply put, it doesn’t look like they have the quality to compete in key moments, and that should be the difference again at Craven Cottage.
Andreas Pereira to score
Although there has been confidence placed in Jimenez by his manager, he won’t shoulder the same goalscoring responsibility that his predecessor did. Fulham will have to find a way to share the goals about and the key figure for that in midfield is Andreas Pereira.
He’s already scored this season at Arsenal and is on set pieces so should be given the licence to get shots off here against Luton. The away side will try and impose themselves on the match, but may resort to direct football again and as a result, Fulham are likely to dominate possession.
If Pereira can find space inbetween the lines, he could be the difference maker. Now Fulham’s main man, the 13/5 on him to score anytime is well worth considering.