Fulham once again looked very threatening and effective too away from home, but their defensive lineup disappointed the team in a 3:3 game against Luton last Thursday.
Overall, they bossed around the field and looked far better, but the defensive behavior of their last lineup wasn’t up to the desired level.
Players of Luton had the lead three times out of a rare number of chances created, that’s why Fulham had to chase the lead and reach their goals in a much more difficult manner, finally pulling out a point in the fourth minute of added time.
The side remained inside the playoff zone having two points more than out of playoff zone placed Nottingham, but with a victory today they could improve the situation after their three back to back defeats in the middle of December before they improved the psychology thanks to a previous victory over Leeds at home.
Defender Le Marchand (8/0) is still out injured, while midfielder Arter (10/0) remains doubtful coming off from a calf problem. In-form Mitrovic continues to lead their attack in a version of a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Stoke City, on the other hand, was set as a slight underdog in their home match against Sheffield Wednesday but the team surprisingly took all three points in a 3:2 victory.
They took the lead in the eleventh minute via McClean already, however, they missed some decent chances to double up the lead in the first halftime.
The visitors reacted with far better energy in the second halftime and reverted the scoreline thanks to goals from Fox and Lees in the middle of it. Still, the home side showed great fighting spirit and somehow got the victory thanks to two goals inside the last few minutes deep into the added time.
Goals were scored by Campbell and Vokes, as the home team simply showed better energy in the last moments, while the guests paid the price of being too passive thinking they would pull out a victory actually.
The team now climbed up to the safe positions for the moment after the victory, and is now just a point above the rock bottom placed Wigan and is nowhere safe actually tied up with relegating Luton.
Stoke has no fresh injury worries for this one. Vokes should start in attack alongside McClean and Ince in a version of a 4-3-3 formation.
Stoke have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches (Championship).
Stoke is showing far weaker performances away from home, and even without it, the players from London would be a huge favorite in my eyes in this one.
They lack a bit more consecutive good performances generally, however when playing in front of their own fans and against a side that struggles a bit in the offense more than the rest of the league, it’s only logical to expect a home victory. Probably easier than what the odds suggest.