Fulham have drawn four of their last five, conceding ten goals across that quartet of stalemates so on the face of it, bet365’s 11/4 for them to share the spoils with Sunderland at Craven Cottage this afternoon, looks like decent value. However, the statistics surrounding the Black Cats’ form are more telling ahead of this afternoon’s contest and they all point to a home success, priced by Paddy Power at 3/4.
Martin O’Neill’s men have managed just one victory in ten Premier League outings, that a 1-0 home triumph over ten-man Wigan, and they have failed to beat the Cottagers in six attempts, home and away, scoring just once in that sequence.
Moreover, they are the top flight’s lowest scorers with just seven goals racked up all season and although the Cottagers have looked a touch leaky at the back of late, they remain relatively stout defensively on their own patch. A victory ‘to nil’ for Martin Jol’s men, at 9/4 via Ladbrokes, catches the eye then and for punters looking for bigger prices, Stan James offer 8/1 about Fulham notching twice without reply.
Elsewhere, BetVictor chalk 9/5 against the hosts holding a lead at the end of each half, Stan James make them 4/7 to break the deadlock and a good bet at 9/2 (bet365) to grab that opener is Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov. The ex-Manchester United front man has bagged five goals in seven appearances since swapping Old Trafford for West London and he’s 5/4 with BetVictor to add to that tally at any stage.
Fulham to beat Sunderland ‘to nil’ – 9/4 (Ladbrokes)