Kick-off: Friday, 15 April @19:45 GMT
Venue: The American Express Community Stadium (Brighton)
Head to head record
Fulham vs Brighton 1-2 (2015/2016 Championship)
Fulham vs Brighton 0-2 (2014/2015 Championship)
Brighton vs Fulham 1-2 (2014/2015 Championship)
Fulham vs Brighton 2-0 (1996/1997 League Two)
Brighton vs Fulham 0-0 (1996/1997 League Two)
Brighton vs Fulham prediction
Friday’s match at the American Express Community Stadium will host the match between Brighton and Fulham. Both teams have been producing fine performances of late, meaning that a lively contest is on the cards.
Seagulls showed character at the City Ground
Brighton have already booked their place in the Championship play-offs, but the team’s main goal is to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League. The Seagulls sit in third place in the standings and given that they are just two points behind second-placed Burnley, Friday’s match against Fulham is of big importance for the hosts. Chris Hughton’s troops head into the game following a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground and it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to pick up all three points from the match. Steve Sidwell came as a substitute and scored a late winner and there is every chance he will be recalled to the starting line-up against Fulham. Top scorer Tomer Hemed failed to score in previous three league matches, but the Israeli attacker should be deployed up front as a lone forward.
Sam Baldock has overcome his injury and he should play some part in Friday’s game. Bobby Zamora has yet to overcome his injury and he remains in the recovery room alongside Uwe Huenemeier and Solly March. Steve Sidwell is likely to return to the starting XI.
Three-game winning run
Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Milton Keynes Dons and Preston North End, Fulham did well to beat Cardiff City at the weekend as well. The capital club escaped the danger zone and, as things stand now, the Cottagers will be playing in the Championship next season. Slavisa Jokanovic’s men have little to play for in Friday’s clash against Brighton, but, no doubt, the visitors will give their best to extend their winning run in the league to four games. Fulham are undefeated in last four away games, but Friday’s clash against promotion-chasing Brighton will be anything but a walk in the park for the Cottagers. Ross McCormack has been scoring goals for fun in 2016, meaning that the opposition defenders should have their work cut out for them when facing the former Leeds United attacker. You should bear in mind that McCormack has netted 23 goals in all competitions this term.
Tom Cairney has overcome his injury and he is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up after missing the Cardiff City game. Rohan Ince is ineligible to face his parent club.
- Brighton are after their third consecutive win over Fulham
- Seagulls are after their 14th home win of the season
- Fulham failed to keep a clean sheet in last 15 away matches
- Cottagers are ona three-game winning run in the Championship
- Fulham recorded a 2-1 win over Seagulls in their last meeting in Brighton
Brighton vs Fulham betting tip
Fulham have been producing scintillating showings in recent weeks, but seeing that the Cottagers are far from impressive on the travels, I am not tempted to back the capital club to record their fourth consecutive win in the Championship. Brighton proved their worth in the 2-1 win over Forest at the City Ground and given that the Seagulls have already recorded 13 wins at home this term, I believe that there is a certain value in betting on the hosts this time out.
Tip: Brighton to win
Odds: 1.70 (7/10) @bet365
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