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Rupert Wyman 21st Feb 2009 - 13:12

Fulham love life at the Cottage

Fulham have been very impressive at Craven Cottage this season, yet woeful away from home. Roy Hodgson's side have one of the best home records in the league and are very good value at 5/6 to beat visitors West Brom on Sunday.

The Cottagers have won seven of their eleven home matches with just the one loss to West Ham and that was after playing half the match with ten men.

Quite simply Fulham are two different teams at home and on the road, they are yet to win on their travels and if they were half decent away from home they would be challenging for Europe.

The 5/6 available here at William Hill is the best price about and it looks too good to turn down. As proven by their place at the bottom of the table, West Brom are no great side, especially away from The Hawthorns. On their travels they have won just the one match against fellow strugglers Middlesbrough, picking up a total of five points from their 12 away matches.

So the 7/2 for an away win cannot be considered and in all reality neither can the 12/5 for the draw.

Fulham may well have lost in midweek but then most teams lose away to Man Utd and on top of this Fulham were without star striker Andrew Johnson and left-back Paul Konchesky.

The duo should both return for the West Brom match, providing more firepower and reuniting one of the meanest defences in the league. Fulham's defence has only been breached 22 times which gives them the fourth best defence. This makes the 5/4 about the home side keeping a clean sheet very appealing.

Johnson on his return to the starting line-up is the 9/2 favourite to open the scoring and 6/5 to score anytime. The former Everton man is Fulham's top-scorer with eight goals in all competitions and looks a good bet to get the first of the match.

Midfielder Simon Davies looks a bit of value at 11/2 to score within the 90 minutes. For Tony Mowbray's side on-loan striker Jay Simpson should return from injury and the youngster is probably the one to back at 15/2 for the first goal, 9/4 anytime.

Despite Fulham's obvious superiority the Baggies are desperate for the points to aid their survival bid. The match promises to be a tight affair with goals in all likelihood at a premium. Be sure to join us for the 13:30 kick-off and with the match live on Sky Sports 1 we will be offering in-running betting on a wide range of markets via our betlive service.

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