Fulham’s home fortress
Fulham have a strong home record. Of their 23 league games they only lost 5 games at the Cottage all season. Only Brighton amongst the top six left with 3 points.
Strangely it was teams in the bottom third of the table that inflicted league defeats that ultimately cost them promotion. They thumped fellow play off contenders Huddersfield 5-0, and beat the champions Newcastle 2-0.
When the pressure was on in their last 8 league home games they only lost the 1 match to Wolves 3-1. This show a team that is fully confident in their abilities.
Their is plenty of goals in this team and they were the joint top scorers in the Championship alongside Newcastle and Norwich.
Reading’s away day woes
Reading are this years surprise package alongside Huddersfield. They are very much a Jekyll and Hyde team though as their home and away form figure will show. Their home form has them 1 point behind Brighton in 2nd place. Away form has them slumped in 6th place. They are a full 10 points behind Fulham who actually won more games away from home than at home!
Some of Reading’s away day results make grim reading if you pardon the pun. Newcastle and Brentford both beat them 4-1, Brighton and Preston both put 3 past them and Norwich humiliated them 7-1.
They have by far the worst away record of the 4 teams in the play offs and whilst they have by far the best home record they have unfortunately come up against the team in the playoffs with a great away day record.
With both defence being porous I can see this being an open game. As stated previously Fulham scored the most amongst the play off contenders but Reading have also conceded the most. Therefore I can see Fulham trying to ensure that they kill the game off and ensure that game back at the Majedski is nothing but a formality.
I would recommend a bet on Fulham to win and BTTS which is generally available at 9/4.
For those wanting a little more value Fulham to win 3-1 is available at 11/1.
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Fulham to win and BTTS - generally available at 9/4