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Fulham FC vs Aston Villa FC, free match prediction 28 Sep 2020

28 Sep 2020 | 22:15 | Fulham, London, Craven Cottage
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Two former Championship teams battle it out for much needed points

  • Fulham are pointless after two defeats
  • Villa won their opening match after starting a week later
  • Villa narrowly avoided relegation last season, as Fulham were promoted

Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Fulham, London, Craven Cottage

FULHAM FC vs ASTON VILLA FC Match Preview & Analysis

Aston Villa fans will still want an element of revenge after Fulham beat them to Premier League promotion two years ago, although their positions changed a season later with Fulham going straight back down and Villa tasting promotion themselves.

It’s Villa who appear the more secure club at present, making strong signings in the transfer window while tying down their best player Jack Grealish to a new contract.

They have much to improve upon in order to avoid a scramble for survival like last season, but they’re heading in the right direction.

On the other hand, Fulham are once again favourites to go straight back down to the Championship, especially after losing their first two games of the season. 

Villa have a real opportunity to get one over Fulham here, by sending them to their third defeat from as many games, but the game itself will be a tight one.

Teams Preview

Fulham FC Preview

Predicted 2020/21 finish: 20th    

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Have strong recent record over Villa 

     Were close to an equaliser against Leeds

Reasons to be fearful:

     Need to get points quickly or morale will drop

     Villa have strengthened whereas Fulham have not

Despite coming close to grabbing a point in a frantic game against Leeds last weekend, Fulham will have done nothing to ease fans’ fears that relegation is on the cards this season. 

Other than Southampton, who have not even scored a goal this season, Fulham have suffered the worst start of any club in the league. Manager Scott Parker has warned that this will be a tough season and consecutive defeats are unavoidable for a newly promoted club.

But games against teams like Villa are how their season will really be defined and they must see this as a chance to get points on the board.

Topscorer Mitrovic got his first goals of the season against Leeds and will fancy his chances against Villa’s defence.

They must come into this game all guns blazing as three games without a point could spell disaster.

Star Man – Aleksandar Mitrović

Two goals against Leeds to start his account this season will boost his confidence for this one.

Aston Villa FC Preview

Predicted 2020/21 finish: 11th  

Reasons to be cheerful

     Started the season positively with a win

     New signings seem to be settling in well

Reasons to be fearful

     Beaten Fulham only twice since 2012

     Villa have not kept a clean sheet away from home in 26 attempts

Aston Villa fans will be feeling quietly confident at how they have started the season and there is some positivity around the club after surviving by the skin of their teeth on the final day of last term.

They’ve won all of their competitive matches so far, two in the Carabao Cup and importantly in the league against Sheffield United. 

Excitingly for Villa fans, club record signing Ollie Watkins has scored twice so far, showing how quickly he has settled at the club.

They cannot afford to get too far ahead of themselves, of course. They will still have difficult patches to navigate this season, and they must set about fixing their poor defensive record away from home – they are without a clean sheet since 2016.

This will be a tight game, though their superior attack could settle it.

Star Man – Jack Grealish

Still the heartbeat of this team, everything goes through him. His link up play with Watkins will be key.

FULHAM FC vs ASTON VILLA FC Winning Prediction

     A low-scoring match between two sides wanting to avoid defeat

     Aston Villa will play confidently, having won all their matches

     Fulham must get Mitrovic into good areas

Despite these two teams having unreliable defences, this game will be tighter than many are imagining. 

Neither will want to lose the match, for Fulham the consequences could be devastating.

Both sides will take a point here, though in Mitrovic and Watkins, they each have players who can grab a win if the chances present themselves.

Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa

Author: Ross B.