Friday 22 February, kick-off 7.45pm
London Stadium – Premier League
Survival is starting to slip away for Fulham as they head to the London Stadium to play West Ham United in this Premier League preview. Neither team is in good form ahead of this Friday night fixture, so who’s going to come out on top?
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West Ham have plenty of attacking threat, while Fulham have the worst defence in the Premier League. Five of the visitors’ last six games have seen over 2.5 goals, and the same here is 4/5. You can add the Hammers as the winners to that bet for 9/5 with Betfred in your free betting tips and predictions. West Ham beat Fulham 3-0 the last time they played them at home. The same result here is 16/1.
West Ham to win and over 2.5 goals
Irons fans will hope that a break from action will provide a restorative effect to both the body and mind of Marko Arnautovic. The Hammers frontman is looking to put injuries and a failed transfer behind him, and he’s 15/4 with Betway to start doing so with the opening goal here. Further weekend football predictions see Arnautovic at 23/20 with the same bookmaker in the anytime market, and 46/1 to break the deadlock in a 3-0 West Ham win.
Marko Arnautovic to score first
West Ham’s most common winning score this season has been 3-1. They’ve picked up three points against Everton, Manchester United and Cardiff City courtesy of that scoreline. It’s certainly not tough to see Fulham conceding three times in this game. The Hammers are 14/1 with bet365 to win this game 3-1 in your football score predictions, rising to 55/1 with Arnautovic scoring first.
West Ham to win 3-1
What’s the story with West Ham vs Fulham?
Is West Ham vs Fulham on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? West Ham beat Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage in mid-December. Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio both scored in the first half to give the Hammers the points.
What are the West Ham vs Fulham odds? West Ham United are 20/23 in your Premier League predictions, while Fulham are 10/3 and the draw’s 14/5. All of those football betting odds are available with Betfair, who are offering up to £100 in free bets when you register today.
Remember that time…West Ham beat Fulham 3-0 in their last home game against the Cottagers? Mohamed Diame put the Irons ahead before Carlton Cole and Joe Cole both scored in the final 10 minutes of the game at Upton Park in November 2013.
Team news and form
Last six: WLLLDD
Manuel Pellegrini’s injury nightmare is showing signs of slowly starting to ease in these West Ham v Fulham predictions. Manuel Lanzini could feature on the bench, while Fabian Balbuena is also closing in on a return to action. Samir Nasri is expected to miss out, but the two-week break from the last game should see Marko Arnautovic back at full fitness. Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez are all still out.
Last six: LLLWLL
Claudio Ranieri needs all the help he can get at the moment, and could have Havard Nordtveit available this weekend. The Norwegian spent a season at West Ham a couple of years back but is yet to make his Fulham debut after moving to Craven Cottage in January. With the Whites continuing to ship goals at an alarming rate, his presence at centre-back or in defensive midfield would be a boost. Especially as Alfie Mawson is out, along with goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
West Ham vs Fulham prediction, preview and betting tips
The form guide doesn’t look good for Fulham ahead of their trip across London. The Cottagers have been awful away from home this season. They may take hope from West Ham’s inconsistency, but the Hammers are capable of putting in good performances. The outcome of these football predictions is likely to rest on which version of Pellegrini’s team decides to turn up.
West Ham have failed to win any of their last five games. Four of those fixtures were away from home though, while their single match at the London Stadium was a 1-1 draw with Liverpool. They came from behind in that game, but surrendered a lead to draw by the same scoreline against Crystal Palace in their last match.
Visiting Fulham meanwhile lost 2-0 to Palace in their last away game. They followed that up with a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United last time out. All four of the Whites’ wins this season have been at home, and against teams 14th or lower. The Cottagers have lost 11 of their 13 away games this season, scoring only eight goals in the process.
Fulham are letting in an average of nearly 2.5 goals per game on the road, and have conceded at least two in each of their last six matches. That’s why we’re going for a comfortable home win in your West Ham vs Fulham betting tips. There’s quality in the Irons squad, and this is a great chance to prove it. A win on Friday could put them in the European picture.
The away team just aren’t scoring enough on the road, and they’re leaky at the back. A Hammers win to nil is priced at 12/5 with Betfair in your West Ham vs Fulham betting tips, which could turn out to be solid value. Especially as that was the outcome when these teams met just a couple of months ago. Fulham have been losing at half-time and full-time in six of their last seven away games. A repeat of that here is 2/1.
West Ham vs Fulham first goalscorer predictions
Felipe Anderson is West Ham’s top scorer this season, and only needs one more to reach double figures. That’s a decent enough return in his debut season in England, and the Brazilian is 11/2 to achieve it with the opening goal on Friday night. Aleksandar Mitrovic already has 10 Premier League goals so far this term. The Serbian is central to Fulham’s chances and is available at 6/1 in the first goalscorer odds.
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A Wolves fan born in Northern Ireland, Harry has been writing about football and the sports betting market for a number of years. When he’s not going to Molineux or discussing the latest football betting odds with Tom and Dick, you’ll probably find Harry out on the tennis courts – as long as the sun is shining, of course.