//Away-day woes to continue for Cottagers

Away-day woes to continue for Cottagers

Fulham are yet to taste victory away from home in the Premier League this season, but are unlikely to address that poor record at West Ham on Friday.

The Cottagers, who can be backed at a best price of 17/2 to stay up, still harbour hopes of beating relegation and need to start picking up results sooner rather than later.

With an eight-point gap to safety, it will take a run similar to the one they enjoyed in the latter stages of the 2017-18 Championship campaign to get over the line.

They lost just twice in their final 23 league games last term to come from mid-table to win the play-offs.

However, after a summer of upheaval, which saw no less than 15 new faces added to the squad, they appear to have lost their identity.

Claudio Ranieri has been unable to steady the ship following his appointment in November, having overseen six defeats in their last seven league outings.

Defender Alfie Mawson is the only absentee for Ranieri as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury.

West Ham can be backed at a best price of 87/100 to claim all three points and will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a side yet to win on the road this season, having lost some momentum themselves in 2019.

They are winless in five across all competitions but can proudly boast an unbeaten home record since the turn of the year, having drawn two and won once.

The Hammers made easy work of Friday’s opponents earlier in the season, winning 2-0 at Craven Cottage, and will be confident of another comfortable victory.

Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini is expected to be involved for the first time this season after recovering from a torn ACL.

He was expected to miss the entire campaign and so his return could provide a timely boost.

Samir Nasri is also likely to be named in the matchday squad for the first time since January 19.

2019-02-21T15:35:54+00:00 February 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |