Fulham host Charlton Athletic in a Sky Bet Championship relegation battle this afternoon at Craven Cottage, with both sides desperate for points in a bid to keep themselves in the second tier of English football.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham have just one win in the previous six matches, but the last home win was a 4-1 demolition of fellow strugglers Rotherham United. Fulham are 19th in the Championship table on 32 points.
The hosts are six points above the relegation zone, and seven ahead of today’s opponents Charlton Athletic.
The Addicks have a similar record to Fulham, with just one win in six, also against Rotherham United.
Charlton have the worst goal difference out of all of the bottom six sides, and come up against one of the Championship top scorers in Fulham and Ross McCormack.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) Charlton defence
Charlton have conceded a total of 56 goals, more goals than anyone else in the Championship. 33 of those have been on their travels.
With that record, it comes as no surprise that they find themselves struggling for survival in the league.
They concede just under two goals a match, and face a tough test in Fulham – one of the Championship’s highest scoring sides.
2) Which side of Fulham will we see? Jekyll or Hyde?
This team are great going forward and sometimes play truly outstanding football. Yet they seem to switch off and then play like a Sunday league pub team all in the same half.
Fulham have one of the best scoring records in the division with 47, yet they have conceded a massive 53 league goals.
Only today’s visitors Charlton have let in more goals, which is why Fulham are battling against the drop and not challenging at the top of the table.
3) Ross McCormack
Leading scorer McCormack has netted 18 goals this season and, without him, Fulham would definitely be deeper in the relegation mire than they currently find themselves in.
With Charlton’s poor defensive record and McCormack prowess in front of goal, you would expect him to have a significant say not only today but in the rest of this season’s relegation scrap.
Fulham’s leading man will be hoping to keep them in the Championship before moving on in the summer.
Fulham and Charlton fans… What’s your prediction for today’s match? Will your club stay up this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!