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    Premier League News: Prediction: Fulham vs Aston Villa

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best odds: 8/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    Two teams looking for much-needed support Thursday night, Fulham will host Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.

    Fulham

    Let’s start with the hosts, although Fulham could have shocked many in the Premier League with their bright start in August, Marco Silva’s team has largely failed to maintain that momentum. Despite playing twice from behind last weekend when they drew 2-2 at home to fellow top-flight returnees Bournemouth, the former Everton boss has only seen his side win once in any of their the previous five matches on any of them. side of the September international break. Having started October with 4-1 and 3-1 defeats at the hands of Newcastle and West Ham, the Cottages fear they could be dragged into a relegation brawl. Similarly, along with a shocking EFL Cup exit on 23 August when they suffered a well-deserved 2-0 away defeat to League Two side Crowley, Fulham are also looking for much-needed defensive stability.

    Team news

    Having found a goal against Bournemouth last weekend, former West Ham defender Issa Diop is looking to keep his seat on Thursday night. Similarly, after scoring his seventh goal of the Premier League season last time, attacking mascot Aleksandar Mitrovic will spearhead Fulham’s attack.

    However, Silva will not be able to call up the likes of Nathan Chalobah, Kenny Tete, Manor Solomon and Layvin Kurzawa midweek.

    Aston Villa

    On the away side, while Aston Villa may have put up a pretty rough home run this past weekend, Steven Gerrard has come under enormous pressure in the Midlands. After a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, the former Rangers boss is having a Premier League nightmare of sorts this season. Despite the fact that at the beginning of the 2022/23 campaign. they set their sights on trying to conquer the European market, Villa are firmly in the running to win the league table. Having failed to pick up a single win since the September international break, Gerrard’s men are indeed looking for some much-needed momentum on Thursday night. With just one win in any of their last eight Premier League games – a streak that dates back to August 13 – the midweek visitors are also looking for a clinical advantage in the final third.

    Team news

    Having collected just one hit since the start of the 2022/23 campaign, Danny Ings could be replaced by Emi Buendia in Gerrard’s attack on Thursday night. However, still struggling with his form, former Liverpool superstar Philippe Coutinho is expected to remain among Villa’s replacements at Craven Cottage.

    Gerrard will again be without Diego Carlos, Lucas Digne and Boubacar Camara when they travel to west London midweek.

    Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two teams last met in April 2021, Aston Villa were victorious 3-1 on home soil.
    • However, Gerrard’s side have only won a couple of their last 14 Premier League matches since last season.
    • Similarly, Fulham have managed only a couple of wins in any of their last eight competitions across all formats.
    • Thursday’s hosts have conceded nine goals in their three matches since returning from the September international break.
    • Aston Villa have seen four of their previous five away matches end with both teams scoring on goal.

    Conclusion

    After suffering a 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea last weekend, Gerrard knows he’s in for a real win here. With the huge pressure on the 42-year-old’s shoulders, neutral players will be hoping for another pleasant fling at Carrow Road. While Fulham may have started the 2022/23 campaign enjoying an attractive game, the Cottagers have shown some worrying recent defensive problems. Despite a 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouth last time, Silva’s team have scored nine goals since returning from the September international break. Since Villa have seen four out of five previous away matches end with both teams scoring goals, we support a similar result.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best odds: 8/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

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