Premier League: Crystal Palace v Fulham

Scott Parker’s side have trimmed the deficit between themselves and safety to just 3 points heading in to the weekend’s fixtures, and with a better goal difference than 17th placed Newcastle United, a win at Selhurst Park will see them leapfrog the Tyneside team if the Magpies lose to Wolves on Saturday.

The Cottagers have picked up 8 points from their last 15 available, whilst 13th placed Crystal Palace have scooped 9 points in that time.

The latest Premier League win for the Eagles would have been the sweetest of the lot – a 90th minute winner from Christian Benteke enough to steal all 3 points against bitterest rivals Brighton.

No side in the top flight has more injuries than Palace right now, though, with at least 8 first team players expected to miss out against Fulham.

Key man Wilfried Zaha is still sidelined, with no time frame placed on his potential return.

James McArthur, Jeff Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins are all still absent and won’t feature for Roy Hodgson this weekend.

Fulham gaffer Scott Parker has just one definite absentee – Tom Cairney remains out of action, whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic could return to the fold after isolating due to coronavirus.

Crystal Palace v Fulham kicks off at 12pm on Sunday, 28th February.

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Fulham edge out Sheffield United in relegation six-pointer

In a game that was billed as make or break for either side’s chances of staying in the top-flight, Ademola Lookman’s strike may be the final nail the Blades coffin.

The nerves were clear for both teams early on with Ivan Cavaleiro’s wild effort the only real chance before the break.

But despite this tie having all the hallmarks of a 0-0 stalemate, a moment of Lookman magic tipped it for Fulham on the hour.

The former Everton man wriggled away from Ethan Ampadu inside the box and lashed a snapshot past Aaron Ramsdale.

Chris Wilder’s side did look to rally from that, but Enda Stevens wasted a perfect chance on the counter.

And the Blades misery was completed in the final minutes as Alphonse Areola chopped down Jayden Bogle in the box, but referee Martin Atkinson waved away their desperate penalty shouts.

Full Time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 1 Sheffield United 0

Premier League: Fulham v Sheffield United

Despite both clubs being in the bottom three, 18th placed Fulham have a huge 8-point advantage over rock bottom Sheffield United.

The Blades have 11 points and are propping up the top flight table, desperately in need of a win if they are to maintain even a glimmer of hope when it comes to survival.

In 2008, Derby County were the first team to be relegated from the Premier League in March of a single season when they went down with just 11 points. Sheffield United will be hoping that they can avoid anymore unwanted records in their already miserable campaign.

Victory over Fulham is critical if they are to stay up, but Scott Parker’s Cottagers have a far greater chance of survival than their Yorkshire counterparts.

Fulham are 6 points from safety and have only lost one of their last six top flight games; although an abundance of draws – 10 in fact – has left the London club with plenty of work to do.

A midweek draw with Burnley edged Fulham closer to safety, but wins are paramount if they are to creep up on Newcastle United.

Sheffield United meanwhile have won 3 of their last 6 games in all competitions, including reaching the FA Cup quarter finals and victory over second-placed Manchester United.

However, anything less than 3 points here will reduce their chances of maintaining top flight status to a mere scruple.

Injuries have played a significant role in the Blades’ misfortunes this season and manager Chris Wilder remains without Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson, John Fleck, Sander Berge and John Egan this weekend – 5 players who you’d imagine would be in with a shout of starting this game should they have been fit.

Fulham on the other hand have just the two injury concerns. Tom Cairney once again sits out with a knee problem whilst striker Aleksandar Mitrovic won’t be involved due to returning a positive coronavirus test.

Fulham v Sheffield United at Craven Cottage kicks off at 8pm on Saturday 20th February.

Burnley 1-1 Fulham: Yet another draw for the Cottagers as they inch closer to safety

The Cottagers were chasing back-to-back wins for the first time since last July to make up ground in the relegation battle and they went ahead in the 49th minute when Ola Aina unknowingly deflected into the net from Ademola Lookman’s corner in the pouring rain.

Up until that point Burnley had been marginally on top in a tight game and Ashley Barnes deservedly brought them level three minutes later as the Clarets maintained their unbeaten 70-year run against Fulham at their home ground.

Fulham’s last win at Burnley was in April 1951 but in avoiding defeat here – following a win at Everton last weekend – they inched closer to 17th-placed Newcastle, having trailed the Magpies by 10 points just a few days ago.

Scott Parker’s side could have a chance to further reduce the deficit as they take on rock-bottom Sheffield United on Saturday night before Newcastle travel to high-flying Manchester United a day later.

Burnley, meanwhile, stay eight points ahead of Fulham but their injury woes look to show no sign of abating with Johann Berg Gudmundsson seemingly set to join a number of first-teamers on the sidelines while his replacement Robbie Brady lasted just 25 minutes before being withdrawn.

There was very little attacking flair on show in a lifeless first quarter of an hour before Ruben Loftus-Cheek earned an early caution after unnecessarily scything down the returning Charlie Taylor.

Burnley, though, gradually started to impose themselves and Dwight McNeil’s inswinging corner was met by Kevin Long, who rose highest to power a header over the bar on his first league start since October 31.

Ashley Westwood then stung the palms of Alphonse Areola, who must have been grateful a sweetly-timed 25-yard volley came straight at him, before Burnley were forced into an early change.

After an innocuous clash with Aina, Gudmundsson – who had scored in Burnley’s two previous league games – indicated a problem and then trudged down the tunnel after treatment as he was replaced by Brady.

The hosts ended the half in the ascendancy and the unlikely figure of James Tarkowski sent in a teasing low cross that just evaded the desperate dives of Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez at the near and far post respectively.

Rodriguez was denied by a slight but vital touch by Areola in what was the biggest chance of a largely uneventful first half. However, the game exploded into life four minutes after the interval as Fulham fortuitously went ahead.

Joachim Andersen feathered an attempted backheel volley from Ademola Lookman’s corner and the ball ricocheted off the oblivious Aina’s chest and into the net, with Brady slicing an attempted clearance at the back post.

Fulham’s lead lasted just three minutes though as Rodriguez cleverly skipped into space on the right before teeing up Barnes, whose loss of control wrongfooted Areola and allowed the Burnley striker an easier finish.

Burnley had to make another change shortly after Rodriguez had tested Areola from an acute angle as Brady went off with an apparent hamstring problem to be replaced by Josh Brownhill, making his return from injury.

Josh Maja, Fulham’s two-goal hero at Everton, turned and fired low towards the corner but Nick Pope saved well down to his right while Loftus-Cheek was unable to make sufficient contact with Ivan Cavaleiro’s corner.

Lookman curled wide on the edge of the area as Fulham were forced to settle for their 10th draw of the season.

Premier League: Burnley v Fulham

The Clarets do have an 8-point cushion to the dotted line but the high-octane nature of the Premier League means Sean Dyche’s side are far from safe.

With fellow relegation strugglers West Brom next up for Burnley following this clash with Fulham, they could certainly make life easier for themselves with back-to-back wins.

For Fulham, manager Scott Parker has been impressed with his side’s application in recent weeks but the Cottagers haven’t been able to translate their performances in to Premier League points.

That was until Sunday evening, where new signing Josh Maja inspired a first ever league win at Goodison Park for the London club.

The victory was just their third in the top flight all season and as such there is still plenty of work for Fulham to do if they are to pull off an unlikely great escape.

The Cottagers’ fortunes may ironically be helped or hampered by Burnley in more ways than one, with the Clarets aforementioned visit to West Brom next up equally as important to Fulham who will have eyes both above and below them in the standings.

Maja’s brace at Goodison Park makes it almost certain he will start at Turf Moor on Wednesday, with Scott Parker unable to involve Aleksandar Mitrovic due to a positive coronavirus test.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Ivan Cavaleiro were both rested against Everton, with Harrison Reed impressing in the middle of the park – it remains to be seen whether the Fulham boss will tinker with his midfield against the Clarets.

Tom Cairney is the only expected absentee for the Cottagers barring any last-minute fitness issues to the remainder of the squad.

Sean Dyche has far more injury problems to contend with as strikers Matej Vydra and Chris Wood are both doubts for Wednesday’s game.

Ashley Barnes is fit and will likely lead the line, but Burnley have suffered a blow in the absence of skipper Ben Mee, who will sit out this one due to the Premier League concussion protocol following a knock to the head.

Burnley v Fulham kicks off at 6pm on Wednesday 17th February.

Struggling Fulham seal vital 2-0 win at Everton

Maja’s impact was the key difference on Baltic night on Merseyside, as Scott Parker’s side gave themselves a real fighting chance of avoiding the drop.

Neither team could create anything in a poor opening half hour at both ends.

And it was Blues skipper Seamus Coleman who came closest to breaking the deadlock before the break as the Irishman’s strike cannoned back off the post.

But despite a slow burner in the first half, the Cottagers exploded this game into life just after the break as Maja slid home Ola Aina’s cross.

And that strike looked to tip the balance for Fulham, as Everton struggled to gain a foothold, with Maja grabbing his second with 20 to play.

Harrison Reed’s drive beat Robin Olsen and back off the upright and Maja stayed alive to tuck home the rebound.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side did create a few half chances late on, through the lacklustre Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Keane, but in the end it was a big night for Fulham.

Full Time from freezing cold night at Goodison Park it’s Everton 0 Fulham 2

Premier League: Everton v Fulham

After a midweek goal fest, Everton return to league action this Sunday with a home game against struggling Fulham.

The Toffees edged a 5-4 thriller against Spurs on Wednesday night, with forgotten winger Bernard popping up with the winner in extra time. Scott Parker was probably happy to see Carlo Ancelotti’s side play two hours of football before their clash, but equally unhappy to see how easy they scored against Jose Mourinho’s famously defence-first side.

Fulham have struggled in front of goal recently, netting just three goals in their last six games in all competitions, and the gap between themselves and 17th-placed Burnley is now eight points. In fact, the Cottagers could kick off ten points behind their nearest rivals Newcastle should the Clarets beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been in sensational form this season and is clear at the top of Everton’s goal scoring charts, but went off with what looked like a hamstring injury against Spurs in midweek. Ancelotti confirmed he won’t be available for the Fulham game, but should be back for the midweek visit of Manchester City.

There’s more positive news for Everton in the shape of James Rodriguez, who was a doubt with a calf injury, being fit, but Jordan Pickford remains out with a rib injury, so Robin Olsen will continue in goal.

Lucas Digne has recovered quicker than expected from a knock and may also return at left-back, and Andre Gomes should return to midfield as well. Allan and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are both out, although both are set to return to training next week.

As for Fulham, Scott Parker only has two long-term absentees, with Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo both still sidelined with injury. Cairney has a knee injury, while Kongolo isn’t far off returning and making his first appearance of the season after a thigh problem.

Without a win in their last eight games, Fulham will be hoping Aleksandar Mitrovic can start scoring the goals they need to mount a survival challenge. The Serbian striker netted 26 times for Fulham last season but has managed just two in almost 1000 minutes of action this season.

Everton take on Fulham at Goodison Park on Sunday, February 14th. Kick-off is at 7pm.

Fulham’s relegation worries continue after 0-0 West Ham draw

The result means Fulham are now eight points adrift inside the drop zone as the Hammers stay in fifth.

On a night of very few chances in the capital it was David Moyes’ side who created the better chances after the break as Fulham looked way off the pace.

Stand in captain Declan Rice’s deflected strike forced Alphonse Areola into action on the half hour mark before fantasy football hero Tomas Soucek headed over just after.

With Fulham setting their stall out to dig in after the restart, the onus was back on the Hammers to break them down.

Rice did almost carve out an opening the visitors as Vladimir Coufal headed his cross against the post before Aleksandr Mitrovic lashed Fulham’s best chance wide.

And with no way for Moyes and his players through in closing stages their frustration was completed in added time as Soucek was sent off for an elbow on Mitrovic.

Full Time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 0 West Ham 0

Premier League: Fulham v West Ham

The Cottagers are currently the team on the longest streak without a win in the entire division, with 7 of their last 10 games ending in draws.

West Ham meanwhile have had no shortage of victories of late, winning 7 of their last 8 games in all competitions so far in 2021 and fresh off the back off a 1-3 win at Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Fulham’s survival bid will have been dented not only by their midweek loss to Leicester City at the Cottage, but also Brighton’s surprise win over Liverpool at Anfield – the gap between Scott Parker’s side and safety stands at 8 points.

With Fulham having won just twice in the league all season, they have a mountain to climb if they are to stay up.

On the other hand, West Ham – who were fighting off relegation themselves last season – now have the Champions League spots in their crosshairs.

David Moyes’ Hammers are two points off 4th placed Liverpool, who face leaders Manchester City at the weekend.

The West Ham gaffer will be hoping Tomas Soucek – who has the most Premier League goals for a midfielder from open play this season with 7 strikes – can add to his tally against Fulham.

Jesse Lingard who scored twice on debut midweek with Soucek adding the other, will also be hoping to continue his hot start.

Michail Antonio is likely to lead the line again with only Arthur Masuaku unavailable to Moyes on the injury front.

Fulham have marginally more fitness concerns than their visitors, however, with Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo both set to miss out yet again for the Cottagers.

January recruit Josh Maja didn’t feature for Fulham midweek against Leicester, but the former Sunderland striker is in contention to make his debut for the club after signing on loan from French side Bordeaux.

Fulham v West Ham is a 5.30pm kick off on Saturday 6th February.

Fulham 0-2 Leicester City: Foxes maintain top 4 push with dent to Cottagers’ survival bid

In the absence of striker Jamie Vardy, the Foxes had earned just one point from matches against Everton and Leeds, but they bounced back at Craven Cottage.

Iheanacho headed in a James Maddison cross to give his side the lead in the 17th minute.

Just before half-time, Maddison provided his second assist of the match, playing in James Justin, who rounded the keeper before tapping home to finish a fine move.

After a disappointing week for Fulham when crucial games at Brighton and West Brom ended in draws, Scott Parker’s men remain without a win in 11 league matches, since the reverse fixture in November when Fulham won 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

The result helped Leicester stay five points behind leaders Manchester City, while Fulham remain seven points from safety.

The game started in cagey fashion, with Leicester looking to attack through the middle and Fulham down the wings but neither side were able to fashion any clear chances in the opening exchanges.

Maddison struck the ball straight at Alphonse Areola from distance, while at the other end Aleksandar Mitrovic could not connect with a ball from Frank Anguissa.

Leicester took the lead in the 17th minute with a well-crafted move from Maddison down the right, as the England international became a focal point for his side’s attacking threat during the first half.

The 24-year-old sent a well-timed cross into the box which was headed past Areola by Iheanacho.

Areola had to make a good save to deny Caglar Soyuncu doubling his side’s lead from a volley.

Kasper Schmeichel was forced into his first significant save of the game just before half-time, with Tosin Adarabioyo heading the ball goalwards from a corner and the goalkeeper palming it away.

Just as they looked to be building pressure, Leicester netted a second. Maddison found himself in space in front of the Fulham backline and managed to thread a pass to Justin who rounded Areola before tapping the ball into the net.

Ivan Cavaleiro dragged wide from the edge of the area as Fulham looked to get themselves back in the game at the start of the second half.

The Cottagers’ recent problems in the final third continued, though, and they were unable to pull a goal back.

Scott Parker happy with Josh Maja acquisition

Striker Maja, who spent time in the Cottagers’ youth set-up before joining Sunderland, has joined Fulham on loan from Bordeaux for the remainder of the season.

The 22-year-old scored 16 times in 41 games for the Black Cats before his move to France in January 2019, and Parker will be hoping he can boost his forward line after seven draws in their last nine league games.

“I think, like all deadline days, they do bring a little bit of drama and I’m certainly very pleased with the signing of Josh. I think he probably falls into the sort of business we’ve done this year in terms of young talent, big potential, someone we can develop.

“He’s a very good finisher and I think it’s clear we need to try and strengthen in that area. We’ve got Aleks (Mitrovic) in our squad but other than that, no real recognised centre-forwards, so I’m very pleased with that.

“Hopefully Josh comes in and we can really push him on. He scored a lot of goals at Sunderland, so that’s the main thing.

“We tried to do some other bits. Josh King was one that was documented and we tried, we pushed and obviously competing with Everton was a challenge and he decided to go there and we understand that.”

Maja is unlikely to make his debut against Leicester on Wednesday having not played since January 9.

King was announced as an Everton player in the early hours of Tuesday morning, but Parker insists he is more than happy with his squad.

“(I’m) not really emotional (about missing out on King) because I think I realised the way that transfers work,” Parker added.

“We were trying for both players and we got one and we’ve got a squad here now which I’m more than happy with.

“That’s my fourth transfer window and I’ve realised that it’s a lot of back and forth and a bit of disappointment until it’s closed.

“There’s an element that I like when it’s closed because for four weeks you have the uncertainty, you have players in the squad – are they going to be there, are they not? But we know where we are now and we’ll push on.”

Premier League: Fulham v Leicester City

The Foxes were pegged back in their pursuit of leaders Manchester City at the weekend when they were on the end of a 3-1 loss to Leeds United.

Considering fellow Premier League challengers Manchester United also dropped points, Brendan Rodgers will see the game with Leeds as an opportunity missed.

Talking of missed opportunities, Fulham couldn’t take theirs against fellow relegation candidates West Brom on Saturday, despite dominating the shot count.

The Cottagers let their one-goal lead slip and eventually had to come from 2-1 behind to rescue a point against the Baggies at the Hawthorns.

To further compound the frustration for Fulham boss Scott Parker, there is now a 7-point gap between his side and safety after Brighton’s victory over Tottenham saw the Seagulls extend their cushion – and with a game in hand.

Fulham have looked better of late, but they are on one of the worst winless streaks in the Premier League along with Wolves. The London club have picked up their fair share of draws, but they need a full allocation of points to close the gap to the dotted line.

Much like the game against West Brom, Scott Parker won’t have Terence Kongolo or Tom Cairney available to him against Leicester, but aside from that the Cottagers’ boss has a clean bill of health to choose from.

Leicester meanwhile will still be missing striker Jamie Vardy as he continues his recovery from keyhole surgery. Timothy Castagne is also out after tightness in his thigh picked up in the defeat to Leeds.

Dennis Praet remains sidelined with a hamstring strain set to keep him out for three months, whilst Wilfred Ndidi also has a tear in his thigh but significantly less severe.

Nampalys Mendy will likely deputise for Ndidi, whilst Wesley Fofana will be put through a late fitness test to determine his availability for the trip to West London.

Fulham v Leicester is a 6pm kick off on Wednesday 3rd February.