Bournemouth host relegated Fulham in the Premier League, knowing one more win will be enough to mathematically confirm survival.
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Key Stat: Fulham have taken just two league points from 17 away games so far this season.
Expert Verdict: Though they beat Everton last weekend, playing with the pressure off with relegation confirmed, Fulham are very much outsiders when they travel to Bournemouth. The Cottagers have taken just two points on the road this season - a miserable record in a miserable season. Bournemouth should be getting another three points.
All five of Bournemouth’s injured players are long-term absentees – Lewis Cook, Andrew Surman, Simon Francis, Charlie Daniels and Diego Rico. They could be unchanged from their big win at Brighton last weekend.
Callum Wilson – Set up the first two goals and netted another of his own in the win at Brighton last time out; he also scored twice when these teams last met.
Ryan Fraser – Another goal and two more assists, like Wilson, continued what has been a superb season for the Scottish winger.
David Brooks – The other goalscorer when Bournemouth won 3-0 at Fulham earlier this season, while he scored one and assisted another last weekend.
Bournemouth got back to winning ways in style last time out – smashing five past Brighton for their first win in four games. The Cherries had five different goalscorers – Dan Gosling, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas – as they put a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Burnley firmly behind them.
Defenders:Adam Smith, Chris Mepham, Simon Cook, Nathan Ake
Midfielders:David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Jefferson Lerma, Ryan Fraser
Forwards:Josh King, Callum Wilson
Alfie Mawson is not ready to return just yet, but Floyd Ayite and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa are expected to be fit. Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcus Betinelli and Lazar Markovic are sidelined. Cyrus Christie in for Fosu-Mensah could be the only change from the team which beat Everton.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – No goals again last time out, but the big striker set up the second and remains a big physical and aerial presence.
Ryan Babel – A goal and an assist in the win against Everton continued a decent run since his arrival in January.
Tom Cairney – Opened the scoring last weekend and the attacking midfielder may feel he is yet to show his best form this season.
Victory at home to Everton last weekend ended a nine-match losing streak that had seen Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League confirmed. Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel scored in the 2-0 home win. It was in stark contrast to their only other game so far in April – Babel’s goal, though an equaliser at the time, counting for little in a 4-1 defeat at Watford that sealed relegation.
Defenders:Cyrus Christie, Maxime le Marchand, Tim Ream, Joe Bryan
Defensive Midfielders:Calum Chambers, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa
Attacking Midfielders:Ryan Babel, Tom Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon
The last of Fulham’s ten wins against Bournemouth was back in 1994 in the third tier, but Bournemouth’s 3-0 win at Craven Cottage in October was only the third meeting between these teams this century. The Cherries also won home and away in the Championship in the 2014/15 season on their way to promotion. This season’s match saw Callum Wilson score twice, either side of David Brooks’ goal, to earn Bournemouth a comfortable away win. Bournemouth have now beaten Fulham 13 times with nine further draws.
Bournemouth’s 5-0 win at Brighton last weekend all but sealed their safety and another win against struggling Fulham would confirm it.
It was the perfect response to a defeat to Burnley which Eddie Howe claimed kept them in the relegation battle.
Howe will want to keep standards high now, however, and a win at home to Fulham should follow if they do.
Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser both scored once and set up two others against the Seagulls, continuing fine seasons for both in the process, and they are the clear dangermen.
Both men scored in the win against Huddersfield, also now relegated like Fulham, recently too, to show what they can do.
For Fulham, they beat Everton 2-0 last weekend as, playing without pressure, they managed to end their losing streak.
But that was at home. On the road, their record has been dreadful this season and it is too risky to back them adding to their two away points this season.
Bournemouth have home advantage and, on the back of their 5-0 win against Brighton last time out, can make it two wins in a row.
Bournemouth are favourites to beat Fulham at home and can be backed at 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
Fulham did get back to winning ways last time out, but they have come up short far too often away from home. A Bournemouth win to nil is worth 23/10 with Ladbrokes.
Bournemouth have been inconsistent too, however. After their five-goal show at Brighton last time out, this could be a little tighter – under 2.5 goals is 6/4 with Bet365, Betfair and 888sport.
Callum Wilson is 10/11 to score at any time with Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair, Betway and 10Bet, while Ryan Fraser also netted last weekend and is 11/4 with Betfair and Paddy Power.
While Bournemouth have struggled for consistency this season, Fulham have at least been repetitive in their results away from home. It would not be a surprise if they lost for a 16th time on the road this season.