Fulham disappointed their fans last time out in Championship, suffering a 1:2 defeat at home against Reading.
They stood behind in the scoreline already in the fourteenth minute, not being able to cope with the defensive behavior of the visiting side.
Despite much more of the ball possession and chances created, they couldn’t break Reading in the first halftime, opening the second part with a goal conceded in the 48th minute.
Cavaleiro reduced the deficit in the 61st minute, as the hosts had complete control over the ball but failed to make it count this time.
The side remains inside the playoff zone with ten points less than second-placed West Brom and two points more than out of playoff zone placed teams.
Mitrovic should continue leading their attack in a 4-2-3-1 formation. They should miss defender Le Marchand (8/0), midfielders Reed (17/0), Arter (10/0), McDonald (5/0) due to injuries. Doubtful remains central back Mawson (25/0) and offensive midfielder Onomah (16/1).
Aston Villa responded really well in their game away from home against Burnley in a 1:2 victory.
They had a very good first halftime, taking the lead via Wesley in the 27th minute, doubling up the lead via Grealish in the 41st minute.
It was close to perfect halftime for them, as they limited the home side and missed a couple of really good chances too.
All the home side managed to do was to reduce the deficit in the 80th minute out of a rare chance they created, while the Villans left the ball possession to them, but without significant creativity.
The team now stands just a point above the relegation zone with twenty-one points earned out of the same number of matches played.
The Villans are set to play in a 3-4-3 version with Jota, Kodjia, and Ghazi as forwards. They should miss goalkeeper Heaton (20/0), left-back Targett (14/1), midfielder McGinn (18/3) and forward Wesley (21/5).
Both teams are surely paying more attention to their league matches, as Fulham battles for promotion and the Villans battle hardly not to relegate where Fulham currently plays.
However, with a lot of tradition in Cup matches, there’s no doubt that the teams will approach the match fully serious. That almost probably means goals, looking at how both teams play this season.
The guests are slight favorites, but Fulham has more than enough quality in attack to make this game as interesting as possible.