Fulham claimed what could prove to be a crucial victory in the race to reach the Championship play-offs when they defeated Norwich City to the tune of 3-1 on Friday and with both Preston North End and Derby County both losing their respective matches, the Cottagers are now the only side outside the top-six with a realistic chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s men are now just 10/11 to finish the season with a play-off place under their belts and we believe that this is a price worthy of consideration. Reading and Leeds United have been looking somewhat shaky in recent outings and whilst there is certainly no guarantee that the hosts will beat Aston Villa at Craven Cottage this afternoon given that the Villans lost just once in their last six Championship games, Fulham’s recent climb up the table would suggest that we will see the home side collect all three points and inflict upon the visitors their second defeat in just three days.
Nevertheless prior to Aston Villa’s 3-1 defeat to promotion hopefuls Reading on Easter Friday, Steve Bruce’s men conceded just two goals in their previous nine outings and we believe that they will cause the hosts a few headaches along the way, however the Cottagers will be in no doubt as to the importance of victory this afternoon and given that the visitors are resigned to finishing in a mid-table position with no hope of reaching the play-offs, Jokanovic’s men will be the hungrier of the two sides and this should result in a home win this afternoon. Expect a Villa consolation goal though.