Aside from a win over Sunderland, Ian Holloway’s team have lost all of their top flight games and conceded 13 goals in the process, although they haven’t been too shabby at Selhurst Park, losing by a solitary goal at home to Tottenham before a 2-0 reverse against Swansea.
Victory in Monday’s London derby would actually move them to within a point of safety and Palace can be backed at 7/4 with Paddy Power to claim the three points, with Holloway having had a fortnight to work with the players that didn’t go on international duty.
The manager will have been encouraged by the way that his team performed during the second half of their game at Anfield where Dwight Gayle found the net and the visitors created several chances after going 3-0 down at half-time.
Gayle will hope to be restored to the starting line-up for this contest and the former Peterborough man is a 13/2 chance with bet365 to break the deadlock, while Marouane Chamakh is 7/1 on the First Goalscorer market and could cause Fulham a few problems.
The Cottagers will hope to put clear daylight between themselves and the Eagles, with Martin Jol’s team sitting 17th in the table although with a chance to rise several places and build on that 1-0 victory over Stoke a fortnight ago.
BetVictor go 19/10 about the west London side claiming three points and they did win at Sunderland on the opening day of the season before defeats away at Newcastle and Chelsea.
Part of the problem for Fulham is that Dimitar Berbatov is yet to find the net in the Premier League this term and the Bulgarian was a key reason why the team were dragged into danger last term.
Berbatov is a 13/2 chance with BetVictor to score first although Darren Bent might offer better value after netting against the Potters, with a few goals likely to be scored based on Palace’s recent encounters.
A point won’t be enough for the Eagles who need to start bucking up their ideas if they are to stand any chance of climbing out of the drop zone, so we might see the net bulge at both ends on Monday night.
Bet365 go 9/4 that the game ends all square and the same firm offer 14/1 that this match ends in a 2-2 scoreline, with a 3-1 victory for Palace available at 25/1.