The Premier League action continues this weekend, as Fulham welcome Brentford to Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon (15.00) in a West London derby.
Thomas Frank’s side held Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-2 draw last weekend, while the Cottagers rode their luck in their 1-0 win against Everton.
Joao Palhinha will be absent for Fulham this weekend as he’s nursing a shoulder injury, while Aleksandar Mitrovic could also miss out here as reports suggest he is close to finalising a move to Al-Hilal.
As for Brentford, Bryan Mbeumo escaped unharmed from a clash of heads with Tottenham’s Cristian Romero last weekend, but Mathias Jensen was brought off just four minutes into the second half so he remains a doubt for this game.
Brentford to win and both teams to score @ 4/1
Fulham and Brentford met in the United States in pre-season with the Cottagers edging to a 3-2 victory in the Premier League Summer Series and the London rivals should put on another show in their league meeting in the capital.
Both meetings between the sides last season in the Premier League ended 3-2 as well, meaning over 2.5 goals has landed in the last four meetings between the sides and I’m expecting the goals to continue to fly in at Craven Cottage.
Fulham have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 home league games, while Brentford have conceded in seven of their last nine away games so I can see both sides finding the back of the net in this one.
I’m leaning more towards a Brentford win as Fulham were fortunate to escape with three points from Goodison Park, and I can see the Bees having some joy in front of goal here.
Bryan Mbeumo to score anytime @ 2/1
The Brentford forward got off the mark against Spurs last weekend with a strike from the penalty spot.
With no Ivan Toney in the side, the Bees will be hoping for a higher output in front of goal from Mbeumo, who scored nine in 39 games across all competitions for Frank’s side.
As mentioned above, Fulham managed only one clean sheet in their final 12 home league outings, so Mbeumo should get plenty of chances to get on the scoresheet here.