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Fulham v Stoke: Potters to stumble once again at bogey ground

| 12.02.2013

Fulham welcome Stoke to Craven Cottage in a televised early kick-off, and a home win can be expected at 11/10.

Traditionally very strong on their own turf, the Cottagers have struggled to a greater extent than usual this season, losing five home games.

They have won five matches on their own patch too though, and in Stoke they meet a team they have beaten in six of the last seven renewals of this fixture.

Four of those victories came by a one-goal margin, and the hosts look way overpriced at 3/1 to emerge triumphant by a single strike here.

Also, four of those wins were recorded with Fulham keeping a clean sheet, which they are 7/4 to do here.

The Cottagers can alternatively be backed at 13/5 to win the game without conceding, against a side that has registered just eight seasonal away goals so far.

Fulham themselves aren’t prolific, having notched just 36 times in 26 games so far, and so a low-scoring home win looks the most likely outcome in this encounter.

It’s 15/4 that Martin Jol’s men win a game featuring less than 2.5 goals, whilst the 13/2 odds about a 1-0 Cottagers win makes significant appeal.

And half markets could too prove profitable for Fulham backers in this match, particularly if recent trends carry into this game.

The Londoners led at both half-time and full-time the last four times they bested Stoke at Craven Cottage, and are 11/5 to be ahead after 45 minutes and at the full-time whistle here again.

Meanwhile, Dimitar Berbatov is sure to prove a popular bet in player markets after his exploits opposing Stoke last season for Manchester United.

The silky forward was a catalyst for his side’s 2-0 success, also chipping in with a goal, and he tempts greatly at 5/1 to break the deadlock in this clash.

At 12/5, Berbatov also appeals to score at any time during a Fulham win.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee