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Crystal Palace vs Fulham FC, free match prediction 28 Feb 2021

28 Feb 2021 | 17:30 | Selhurst,London, Selhurst Park
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Fulham go to fellow Londoners Crystal Palace knowing that a win could propel them out of bottom three

  • Fulham are in 18th, three points off Newcastle
  • The Cottagers have taken eight points from the last 12 available
  • Crystal Palace are 10 points clear of relegation and virtually safe this season

Crystal Palace 1-1 Fulham

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Selhurst,London, Selhurst Park

CRYSTAL PALACE vs FULHAM FC Match Preview & Analysis

The Premier League survival race is really hotting up as we enter the final third of the season.

Not too long ago, it appeared that the bottom three clubs were all too far adrift of safety, with no hope of catching the teams above them. That remains truly for both Sheffield United and West Brom, who are 14 and 11 points behind respectively.

For Fulham, however, a combination of good form on their part and mixed results from the likes of Newcastle, Brighton and Burnley above them have brought them back into contention. Their win over Sheffield United last weekend means that they’re just three points adrift.

Crystal Palace took a huge step towards safety by beating Brighton last weekend, and with a 10-point gap between themselves and Fulham, look to be sure of a spot in the top division for next season.

They remain without several injured stars here, however.

Teams Preview

Crystal Palace Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWLLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Three wins from their last five has all but secured their survival

     Last weekend’s win proves that they can play well without Zaha

Reasons to be fearful:

     Remain without multiple injured players here

     Fulham will be more determined than ever to claim victory

Each time Crystal Palace appear to be losing their grip on their Premier League safety, they pull a string of good results out of the bag to stay just out of touch of danger.

With three wins from their last five games, including a important derby victory over Brighton last weekend, The Eagles and their manager Roy Hodgson have drawn on all of their experience and played some good football at the same time.

Last weekend also saw them claim three points without star player Wilf Zaha, who remains injured here. Previously, they had lost 18 of the last 20 games without their talisman, so it’s an encouraging sign that they can still find their way to victory.

Here, they’ll face a Fulham side fighting for their Premier League lives.

Star Man – Jean-Philippe Mateta

Got his first goal for Palace last weekend in the win over Brighton and will be looking to help his side once again here.

Fulham FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LDWDW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Two wins from last four games has taken them to brink of safety

     A win here could take them into 17th if Newcastle lose

Reasons to be fearful:

     Disastrous run of fixtures in March

     Crystal Palace will not be easy to beat

Fulham haven’t been this close to leaping out of the relegation zone since the start of 2021, when they were just two points behind Brighton at that stage after 16 matches.

Fast forward almost two months, and once again The Cottagers have a golden opportunity to leapfrog a struggling side into 17th. This time it’s Newcastle who really do look like a side in trouble.

Unfortunately, regardless of the result in this match, Fulham have a terrible run of fixtures coming up, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City their next three opponents. It’ll be a bonus if they secure any points from those three ties.

Here, they must play with that in mind, and go all out for the win – a point could be little use to them at this stage. Unlike Palace, they have a largely fully fit squad to choose from.

Star Man – Ademola Lookman

Scored his fourth goal of the season in the win over Sheffield United last weekend. His side will need more important goals from him if they are to survive.

CRYSTAL PALACE vs FULHAM FC Winning Prediction

     Should be an entertaining match with chances at both ends

     Can Palace win again without Zaha?

     Fulham will go for the win here

This is a typically close meeting between two London sides, with Palace taking 17 wins from their previous clashes, compared with 14 for Fulham.

The Eagles have also had the better of the last three meetings, but Fulham are a side in good form right now, not to mention fighting for their survival.

This is sure to be a close game, but either side could end up pinching it.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Fulham

Author: Ross B.