This FA Cup fourth round tie sees the two teams currently sitting 17th and 18th in the Premier League, Burnley and Fulham, lock horns at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon.
Where and when: Craven Cottage – 24 January, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Fulham vs. Burnley: BT Sport, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Burnley came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 the last time these teams met, which was at Turf Moor back in January 2019.
Fulham v Burnley Predictions and Preview
The Premier League clash between Fulham and Burnley which was supposed to be their first fixture of 2021 was postponed due to a spate of positive coronavirus cases at Craven Cottage. This will therefore be the first time these clubs meet this season, with neither team having a particularly successful campaign thus far.
Fulham are down in the relegation zone, while Burnley are hovering just above it. There are some signs that each club has what it takes to beat the drop though. The Cottagers have proven tough to beat in recent weeks following a nightmare start, while the Clarets have also enjoyed some positive results of late after a poor start of their own.
The big question coming into this game, is whether Scott Parker and Sean Dyche are prepared to name their strongest line-ups in the face of a relegation dogfight to try and preserve their top-flight status as we enter the second half of the season.
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Fulham to win to nil
Fulham to win 4-2
De Cordova-Reid to score first
Both sets of supporters will surely be hoping for a good cup run to bring some positivity flowing back through their veins. Fulham’s defensive record has been a real source of encouragement in recent matches, with the Whites only conceding four goals in the seven games prior to Wednesday’s clash with Manchester United.
That run included impressive 1-1 draws against title-chasing Liverpool and Tottenham, as well as a 2-0 win away to Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the FA Cup. Burnley beat Milton Keynes Dons on penalties to book their place in this round, a game that took them to a run of only one defeat in seven games at the time.
That came against Leeds United in controversial circumstances, although Burnley lost 1-0 to both Man United and West Ham United ahead of Thursday’s trip to Anfield. Fulham’s extra day of rest ahead of this game could be a factor, with the Cottagers the 13/10 favourites to pick up the win.
Burnley are 47/20 to emerge victorious from this tie within normal time. Both of these teams needed at least extra-time to win their third round matches though, with a draw after 90 minutes here priced at 30/13. There are no replays in the FA Cup this year, with Fulham 5/8 to qualify and Burnley available at 6/5.
One to watch for Fulham: Bobby De Cordova-Reid is Fulham’s top scorer so far this season, and bagged the opener in the last round of the cup against QPR. He should be fresh after sitting out Wednesday’s game against Man United due to suspension, and he’s 9/2 to score the opening goal here.
One to watch for Burnley: Matej Vydra rescued his team with a 94th-minute equaliser to send the Clarets’ third round game against MK Dons to extra-time. The Czech striker is yet to score in the Premier League so far this season, but has three across the two cup competitions and is 7/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Fulham and Burnley are the Premier League’s two lowest-scoring teams, managing just 23 goals between through their first 17 games of this season. Any form of high-scoring affair would be a long shot here. That said, Fulham won 4-2 the last time these teams met at Craven Cottage, with a 4-2 home win here priced at 100/1.