Fulham v Sunderland Betting Preview | 27th April
In our Fulham v Sunderland betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head to head, popular bets and more for Friday’s Championship fixture.
Fulham v Sunderland Championship Betting Preview
Venue: Craven Cottage
Premier League promotion hopefuls Fulham take on already-relegated in Sunderland in the Championship on Friday night with both clubs going in opposite directions.
Fulham can move back into the second automatic promotion spots for 24 hours at least with victory over Sunderland as they battle Cardiff to claim second spot behind champions Wolves.
Fulham’s promotion hopes got a boost in midweek when Cardiff lost their game in hand to Derby to see the race for automatic promotion go down to the wire.
The Cottagers extended their unbeaten record to 22 games last Friday with their impressive win over Millwall and if they stretch their unbeaten run against Sunderland it will mean no other English club has had a longer unbeaten record this season.
Fulham have won 13 of their last 15 league games on home soil and they have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six outings
Sunderland on the other hand have won just one of their last sixteen league games to confirm their relegation to League One next season.
Last weekend’s defeat to Burton ensured Sunderland are relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in 30 years.
Away from the Stadium of Light, Sunderland have picked up 21 of their 34 points this season and they have gone unbeaten in their last three games on their travels.
Chris Coleman, who comes up against his former club, can also take some solace in the fact that Sunderland were the last side to beat Fulham 23 games ago, but doing the double over Fulham on Friday would rank as one of the biggest shocks of the season.
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is expected to name an unchanged team from the one that won so impressively at Millwall last time out.
Floyd Ayite remains unavailable with a hamstring injury picked up earlier this month, with Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo also still recovering from a knock.
Sunderland chief Chris Coleman could give a number of youngsters a chance to impress as he plans ahead for next season.
Youngsters Bali Mumba, Luke Molyneux and Elliot Embleton have all been named in the squad for the trip to West London.
Aiden McGeady will miss out as he struggles with a heel injury, while Bryan Oviedo is also absent through injury.
Lamine Kone and Josh Maja are both expected to shake off knocks to play, but full-back Billy Jones faces a late fitness test.
Potential Fulham Starting XI: Fulham 4-3-3- formation: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream; Targett, McDonald, Cairney, Johansen; Sessegnon, Piazon, Mitrović
Potential Sunderland Starting XI: Sunderland 4-4-2 formation: Steele; Matthews, O’Shea, Kone; Wilson, Cattermole, McNair, Honeyman; McManaman, Maja, Fletcher
Stats & Facts
- Fulham are on their their longest ever unbeaten run in English league football of 22 games unbeaten.
- Sunderland became the 12th different club in English football history to suffer consecutive relegations from the top tier to the third tier, but only the third to suffer this indignity in the Premier League era after Swindon and Wolves.
- Sunderland were the last side to beat Fulham in the corresponding fixture in December.
Head To Head
Fulham wins 18, Sunderland wins 26, draws 19
Fulham 1/4, Draw 6/1, Sunderland 14/1
- Fulham to win to nil 6/5
- Fulham HT/FT 3/4
- Aleksandar Mitrovic Anytime goalscorer: 8/15