Fulham welcome Bournemouth to Craven Cottage in a blockbuster Friday Night Football clash between the top two teams in this season’s Sky Bet Championship.
Victory would see Fulham move four points clear of second-placed Bournemouth, whereas Scott Parker’s Cherries can move above his former team onto the summit of the Championship.
Tom Cairney could return for Fulham after missing their last two matches through illness.
Nathaniel Chalobah (calf) and Ivan Cavaleiro (knock) are close to returns but won’t be risked unless fully match-fit.
Bournemouth will be without Jefferson Lerma after his red card in last weekend’s draw against Coventry.
Robbie Brady (knock) and Adam Smith (knee) could feature but Lloyd Kelly (quad), Ben Pearson (knock), Gary Cahill (rib), Jordan Zemura (ankle), Junior Stanislas (hamstring) and David Brooks (illness) remain absent.
- Fulham have won just one of their last eight league meetings against Bournemouth (W1, D2, L5).
- Bournemouth have won their last six visits to Craven Cottage (W4, D2).
- Failure to score here would mark the first time that Fulham failed to score in consecutive league matches since May 2021.
- Dominic Solanke has scored in Bournemouth’s last four away matches.
- Fulham have won both home matches this season refereed by Tim Robinson by 2-0 results – beating Hull in August then Cardiff in October.
Having found themselves frustratingly held to a draw at Preston last weekend, Fulham will certainly come into this game having endured two difficult tests in their last two games, despite enjoying dominance so I am expecting them to come out here fighting on the front foot given their firepower.
Bournemouth on the other hand could of come here as league leaders if it hadn’t been for a late defensive meltdown in their 2-2 draw against Coventry, although they will have the tactical advantage of Scott Parker knowing the majority of his Fulham squad from last season to play with strategically.
Both teams though have goalscorers across the pitch so I would be shocked if this finishes goalless because I am expecting goals, although a score draw would be my gut instinct given the teams involved and Cherries’ defensive slips recently.
Prediction: Fulham 1-1 Bournemouth
Result: Fulham 1-1 Bournemouth