By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 11th August 2018
Saturday 11th August
Stadium: Craven Cottage, London
Fulham vs Crystal Palace odds
This Premier League opening weekend features the first London derby of the season. The Fulham vs Crystal Palace odds have The Cottagers priced up as slight 6/4 favourites in the betting with The Eagles’s odds of winning a 9/5 shot.
The sharing of the spoils is trading at 9/4 but Fulham – who have shown extraordinary bravery in the transfer market – will be our betting prediction to stake their claim as London’s up and coming football club.
Fulham vs Crystal Palace odds: betting predictions
Slaviša Jokanović’s flurry of deadline day signings made them the first ever promoted team to spend over £100m in one transfer window.
The Cottagers sealed the signatures of so many players this summer that you could literally field an entirely new first XI with them.
Jokanovic however was quick to downplay expectations saying: “we arrived last in the Premier League, so our principal target has to be to stay up.
“I prefer walking step by step. It’s better for us to think in this way and we will see at the end of the season what our level is.”
However, signing players like Andre Schurrle and Luciano Vietto – forwards who have previously played at clubs like Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, whilst adding supreme talent in midfield in the shape of Jean Michael Seri and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa – will do little to slow down the hype train.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored 12 times from January for Fulham, also joined the West London outfit having made his loan deal permanent.
Mitrovic to carry his late season form for club and country and score the solitary goal of the game in a anytime Scorecast Group Betting is our betting prediction at 11/2.
On the other side of London, Crystal Palace have been a lot less quieter in this window but have for now managed to keep hold of their talisman Wilfried Zaha.
Schalke midfielder Max Meyer – who was strongly linked with Arsenal and Liverpool this year – intriguingly signed for Palace on a free but he represents arguably their only interesting bit of business this summer. Unfortunately for the travelling Palace fans, he will not be fit enough to feature.
Hogdson thought will draw encouragement from Palace’s strong preseason form with a draw followed by five straight wins including a 4-0 victory over Reading and 4-1 defeat of Toulouse.
Fulham vs Crystal Palace odds: Key players to watch
The one player to watch would of course have to be Palace’s main man, Wilfried Zaha.
The striker was converted from a winger by Hodgson last season and produced the most fruitful season of his career in return.
With nine league goals and five assists, the 25-year-old came into his own in 2017/18 and it is surprising that none of the bigger fish in the pond attempted to unsettle the player and instigate a move.
His anytime to score odds are a pick at 9/5 while Wilfried Zaha to score, over 45 booking points and Crystal Palace most corners is a #YourOdds special tip at 20/1.
Roy Hodgson, who previously led The Cottagers to a Europa League final in 2010, should have the nous to avoid a repeat of last season’s de Boer inspired antics when Palace lost their first seven games but has enough investment been made in his side?
New boys Cheikhou Kouyate, Vicente Guaita and Jordan Ayew should feature at the Cottage but Palace will miss the creativity and guile of German international Meyer.
Opta: match stats
- This will be the fifth Premier League meeting between Fulham and Palace, with the Cottagers losing just the first of those games, 0-2 away in October 2004 (W2 D1)
- Overall in league meetings, Fulham have suffered just one defeat in their last eight games against the Eagles, winning five and drawing two
- Each of the last three meetings between Fulham and Palace at Craven Cottage has seen exactly four goals scored, with Fulham winning 3-1 in October 2000 and January 2005, before a 2-2 draw in May 2014
- Fulham have the lowest win rate in Premier League London derby matches, winning 25 of their 118 so far (21 per cent). Palace have the second lowest win rate in these games (19/86 – 22%)
- Fulham are unbeaten on the last 12 occasions they’ve started a league season at home (W8 D4), since a 1-2 loss against Tranmere in the third tier in 1989-90
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.