Fulham vs Burnley: Crucial Clarets victory can relegate Cottagers

With the Premier League's current campaign close to concluding, a win for Burnley at Craven Cottage will not only ensure their own survival, but subsequently relegate Fulham.

Best bets

Both Fulham and Burnley have picked up 110 cards between them in the Premier League so far this season, and played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in February of this year.

BTTS, over 2.5 goals, 11+ match corners and 50+ match booking points is 18/1 on Sky Bet.

Josh Maja, Ademola Lookman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have eight goals between them for Scott Parker's side so far this season.

The three players to have one or more shots on target each is 5/1 on Paddy Power.

Fulham have drawn 12 games in this Premier League campaign, the second most in the league behind Brighton (13). Meanwhile, Burnley themselves have taken a point from a game on nine separate occasions.

The two teams to share the points when the final whistle is blown is 12/5 on Paddy Power.

Can Fulham bounce back… again?

Scott Parker guided Fulham to Premier League promotion but looks likely to return to the Championship next season
Scott Parker guided Fulham to Premier League promotion but looks likely to return to the Championship next season

Despite a valiant effort since the turn of the new year, it appears as if Fulham's fierce fight for Premier League football has finally reached its conclusion.

After a monumental 1-0 victory over defending champions Liverpool on March 7, the Cottagers drew level on points with Brighton in 17th - one behind Newcastle and four adrift of Burnley respectively - and were tipped by many to defy the odds and sensationally solidify survival.

In the fixtures that followed their emphatic Anfield triumph, Parker's side have been way off the pace for a team that were set to stay in the league. They have since picked up just one point from a possible eighteen in a number of disheartening displays.

As a result of their troubling inconsistencies at a crucial period of the season, the south London outfit are a world away from safety, sitting nine points adrift of the aforementioned Clarets in 17th, and relegation is imminent.

Should the Cottagers keep hold of Parker and his coaching staff they will face a difficult deja-vu of two seasons ago, as the former Fulham player will face the uphill battle of coaching the side to another immediate promotion.

With that being said, a number of players have flourished under Parker's management, proving their worth in the top-flight - Lookman, Maja, Alexander Mitrovic, Bobby Dercodova-Reid and Joachim Andersen are just a small handful of players to receive plaudits for their performances this season.

Despite their grand inconsistencies, Parker has instilled a culture of fearlessness at Fulham, and if there are very little changes made in terms of outgoings at Craven Cottage this summer, don't be surprised to see them bounce back, again.

Last three Premier League meetings

Burnley 1-1 Fulham (February 17, 2021)

Fulham faced another setback in their bid for survival earlier this season when they threw away a 1-0 lead to leave Turf Moor with just a point.

Following a frustrating goalless first-half, the Cottagers got a much-needed breakthrough from an unorthodox scorer in Ola Aina. The Nigerian was on hand to convert Andersen's flick-on after the host's failed to deal with an in-swinging Fulham corner.

Having bagged the game's first-goal, Fulham's defensive shortcomings would return to rear their ugly head once more, as Burnley were level within the following three minutes.

Following free-flowing Burnley link-up play down the right-hand side, Ashley Barnes cooly finished a low-driven cross from Jay Rodriguez to break the hearts of the Fulham faithful.

Burnley 2-1 Fulham (January 12, 2019)

A chaotic opening 25 minutes in Lancashire had already settled this game as Burnley emerged victorious in a relegation six-pointer. Two own goals for Fulham edged them closer to their eventual relegation from the top flight.

It was the game's opener that was the pick of the bunch, and it came for Fulham within the opening two minutes. German winger Andre Schurrle nestled himself between the Burnley defence to strike a thunderous volley past a hopeless Tom Heaton.

Despite the wondrous opener, Fulham's fortunes took a turn when Jeff Hendrick's cross cannoned off the leg of Joe Bryan to score an equaliser.

Just three minutes later and yet another Fulham player had put yet another ball in his own goal. Odoi headed the ball past a stranded Sergio Rico to tip the game's balance in Burnley's favour.

Fulham 4-2 Burnley (August 26, 2018)

A six-goal showdown at Craven Cottage saw Mitrovic bag a brilliant brace to seal a much-needed win for Fulham in the early stages of the season.

Newly signed Jean Michael Seri got the Cottagers off the mark in emphatic fashion, curling an unstoppable striker into the top corner of the Burnley goal from 25 yards.

After Burnley equalised less than ten minutes later through Hendrick. The goals began to rain down in south-west London as the hosts went into the half-time break 3-2 up, thanks to two goals from their Serbian striker.

Schurrle ensured a crucial win for Fulham seven minutes from time, as they moved up to 12th in the Premier League table.

Premier League head-to-head

Played: 5

Fulham wins: 2

Draws: 2

Burnley wins: 1

Fulham goals: 10

Burnley goals: 6

Resolute Burnley are set for a sixth successive season

Chris Wood has netted 10 goals in four successive Premier League campaigns
Chris Wood has netted 10 goals in four successive Premier League campaigns

For many teams, being rock bottom of the league by November and in the relegation places in mid-December, it very rarely ends well - Sean Dyche's Burnley are a brilliant anomaly to this.

Fast forward to May 2021 and it speaks volumes about the Claret's favourable form a few months back. They have lost four of their last five fixtures and are comfortably clear of Fulham in 18th by nine points.

Vital victories over Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton were instrumental in helping the Claret's cope with the unwelcome demands of a relegation battle, one that at times felt like they may lose.

Should the Turf Moor outfit emerge victorious at Craven Cottage tomorrow they will secure survival for a sixth successive season and subsequently relegate their opponents.

With this in mind however, Burnley's fans and players alike have experienced European glory under Dyche's Premier League reign, and with their safety all but secure they will be determined for a more comfortable campaign next time out.

Should they regain their inspiration in front of goal in future fixtures, the Clarets can undeniably re-find the form that earned them such frequent plaudits over Dyche in the first place.

Score Prediction: Fulham 2-2 Burnley

Goalscorers: Josh Maja, Ademola Lookman, Chris Wood (2)

Despite Parker confirming his fears that Fulham may not have long left in the top-flight, it's difficult to see a clear winner in this one.

Impressive victory against Wolves aside, Burnley have somewhat struggled in previous weeks to establish themselves in matches.

With the Cottagers fighting for their lives and the Clarets on the brink of survival, a cagy affair is likely ensue in south London.

Shared points seems an appropriate prediction here.

Goalscorer bets

Chris Wood is the top scorer for Dyche's men this season, with 11 goals in 33 appearances, more than second placed Matej Vydra (6) and Jay Rodriguez in third (3).

The free-scoring Kiwi is 10/1 to score a brace in the tie with Sky Bet.

Josh Maja has been a major focal point behind a lot of Fulham's success in front of goal, in recent weeks.

Maja to score the game's first goal is 4/1 on Sky Bet.