Fulham travel to Cardiff on Friday night looking to apply some pressure on early Championship pace setters Leeds.
Scott Parker’s side sit fifth and four points adrift of top spot after three wins from their opening five games. Which isn’t a bad return for a team readjusting to life back in England’s second tier.
With a front three consisting of Mitrovic, Knockaert and Cavalerio it would take a brave man to bet against Fulham finishing in the top six come the end of the season. If Parker can get a tune out of those three then they’ll be a match for anyone, including Leeds.
Whataretheodds.co.uk spokesman Callum Dunn commented :
“After a sticky start in to life back in the Championship Fulham are starting to look like early Championship contenders. It’s no surprise to see all money come in for them to beat Cardiff, who on the flipside are struggling.”
In contrast Cardiff have endured a tough start to life back in the Championship. Neil Warnock’s side lost two of their opening three games but have improved since with a victory over Huddersfield and a draw on the road at Blackburn last time out.
Their style of play has changed little since that famous promotion. A typical Warnock side that get stuck in and mix it up with a more direct approach, the complete opposite to Fulham who play free flowing, attacking football. So Friday’s clash should be an intriguing battle.
The last time these two sides met in Cardiff the hosts bagged all three points in the Premier League with a 4-2 win. It’s 75/1 for a repeat on Friday.
Four of Cardiff’s opening five Championship games have witnessed over 2.5 goals which is 20/23 to cop again.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is arguably the most talented striker in the league and he’s 4/1 to open the scoring in Cardiff.
Fulham have won five of their last trips away to Cardiff and are 13/8 to pick up all three points on Friday. The hosts are 9/5 for the win, whilst the draw is available at 5/2.