Why Fulham can beat Crystal Palace: Fulham vs Palace preview, prediction and team news

Fulham travel to Selhurst Park to take on a struggling Crystal Palace side with a chance to cut the gap to safety to just three points.

The Whites are coming off of their best performance of the season after overturning a two goal deficit to beat Brighton 4-2 at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.

Palace on the other hand struggled to a draw with Southampton on Wednesday and lost their star man Wilfried Zaha in the process after his red card for dissent.

Both clubs had a busy deadline day with Fulham making two acquisitions Havard Nordtveit and Lazar Markovic.

The Eagles made one of the coups of the window signing Michy Batshuayi on a six-month loan deal to bolster their attack as Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke have been struggling in front of goal.

 

Why Fulham can beat Crystal Palace

Momentum. As we have seen time and time before it only takes one result to change the mood around a club and Fulham may have seen that after their win midweek. Aleksandar Mitrovic is back to his best and Claudio Ranieri’s tinkering seems to be working.

The Italian manager didn’t hesitate to change things against the Seagulls subbing Tim Ream after just 26 minutes, replacing him with Tom Cairney.

Whatever Ranieri said at half-time must have worked as the Whites netted four unanswered goals in the second half.

Jean Michael Seri and Tom Cairney both  put in their best performances of the season and new signing Ryan Babel was one of the best players on the pitch.

If Fulham can carry this momentum through to Saturday then they could see their first away win of the season. Mitrovic’s constant aerial threat will cause problems for both Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins which may be Fulham’s best route to goal.

Palace are a different team without Zaha and if Batshuayi doesn’t play it’s hard to see where the goals come from, even with Fulham having the worst defence in the league.

 

Team news

Fulham may see the return of club record signing Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa to the squad after his injury layoff. Alfie Mawson remains injured whilst the two new signings are not expected to make their debuts in this fixture.

The big headline is the absence of Wilfried Zaha after his red card midweek. Other than that Papa Souare is the only player out for this game.

Michy Batshuayi could see his debut come against Fulham on Saturday after his deadline day arrival.

Prediction

If Claudio Ranieri starts with the same team that finished the Brighton game then Fulham have a real chance at getting something here. If they revert back to a five at the back system it could be another away day filled with misery as the first half performance against Brighton was abysmal.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Fulham

One thought on “Why Fulham can beat Crystal Palace: Fulham vs Palace preview, prediction and team news

  1. Yes it would be nice to string together two back to back wins. I believe in doing what works so second half against Brighton is the way to go and the clock is running down now so it better work

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