Fulham, even though playing without their top goalscorer Mitrovic, made a great step towards the big finale last Monday night in Cardiff. Thanks to goals from Onomah and Kebano in the second halftime, they proved to be more efficient in attack.
They especially looked very threatening once the home side had to risk more after a goal conceded early in the second halftime. They aren’t now in a must-win situation, but knowing their effectivity, this one might turn out even easier for them since Cardiff needs to risk much more.
They continue to miss forward Cavaleiro (43/6), while important striker Mitrovic (40/26) remains doubtful and might not be risked if not needed badly here.
It will be really difficult for Cardiff to respond in a competitive manner in this one, after a 2:0 home defeat against Fulham in the first leg. They actually looked well via counters in the first halftime, as it was obvious that the guests were the ones to control the ball more.
However, once the second has started, the visitors from London appeared sharper with the ball to their feet, while the hosts looked quite limited and did almost nothing in the attack.
The guests are missing long-term absentee forward Vassell (2/1), plus forward Glatzel (31/7) remains doubtful with a knock in the previous leg.
It is time for one step closer
Fulham is approaching this one with a very nice background from the previous encounter. Cardiff is in a must-win situation, and sooner or later, they will have to go for all or nothing in their attempt to compensate for the deficit from the first leg.
That is a very dangerous style of play, and Fulham is more than capable to punish an exposed opponent. I don’t see a scenario in which Cardiff can pull this one out, as the hosts are simply a better team, and my vote in this second leg goes to the home team again.