Burnley vs Fulham EPL Match Preview & Betting Tips: Hosts The Most

Zeki AmdouniBurnley and Fulham go head-to-head in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm) as two teams desperate to win clash in the North West. Can the hosts put an end to their winless run? Or will it be the visitors who finally get back to winning ways after a tough recent spell? This preview, with its betting tips, will answer those questions.

It was another disappointing evening for Vincent Kompany’s Burnley team on Wednesday evening. The Belgian watched on from the sidelines of the venue where he not only won multiple trophies but served as captain for some time as his team struggled to compete, before eventually losing 3-1. That was a fourth defeat in five games for the Clarets, who are without a win since beating Fulham in December. They will now be hoping to get back to winning ways as they take on the same opponents at home.

For the visitors, Fulham, they too have struggled of late. When they dug deep to beat Arsenal on New Year’s Eve, the Cottagers appeared to be in good shape, but they have since let themselves go, at least in terms of results, losing three and drawing two in all competitions. Then again, there is nothing wrong with losing to Liverpool in a two-legged EFL Cup semi-final, while they have actually lost just one of their last three league games, so perhaps we shouldn’t judge them too harshly ahead of their visit to Turf Moor.

Burnley yet to tighten up at home

In several home games this season, the Clarets have competed offensively. They have certainly got some useful attacking players. Zeki Amdouni, who has four goals and one assist in the Premier League this season, has been a constant threat, especially at Turf Moor. Lyle Foster and Wilson Odobert, who have seven goals and four assists between them, have also caused teams plenty of problems.

However, in the defensive third, it has rarely been good enough, even at Turf Moor. Their 5-0 win against fellow strugglers Sheffield United, who had a player sent off during the first half, remains their only clean sheet on home soil this season. Of course, they did keep a clean sheet in the reverse fixture just over a month ago, which bodes well ahead of this contest.

Fulham floundering defensively on the road

Fortunately for the hosts, they are up against a Fulham side that cannot keep clean sheets away from the comforts of Craven Cottage. Away at Everton all the way back in August, and away at Palace in the September, they recorded shutouts. They have otherwise conceded in every away game this season, be it league or cup.

Prior to conceding one on their way to losing at Chelsea in their most recent away game, FFC conceded three on the road down in Bournemouth, when they let in three or more goals for the fourth consecutive Premier League away game. As things stand, Fulham have the second worst defensive record in the league. They also have the second worst record in terms of points accumulated on the road, plus the second worst record in terms of goals scored.

Clarets on top

In recent times, this has been a positive fixture for Burnley. Saturday’s hosts come into this game having won each of their last two against Fulham, winning 0-2 at Craven Cottage as recently as December. What is more, they have a near perfect home record against the Cottagers, winning six of their previous eight home games against Saturday’s opponents, the other two being draws.

Burnley FC not getting enough respect

Sure, Kompany’s men have struggled to keep clean sheets at home, but they have turned in some encouraging efforts at Turf Moor. This assignment has to go down as a real opportunity for them to get a positive result, so much so that they look generously priced to do just that.

Fulham’s away record in general is hard to ignore, and it’s really not as if they’ve acquitted themselves well away against bottom-half teams. They were battered on the south coast by Bournemouth, while they offered little going forward against both Crystal Palace and Everton, despite sneaking a win against the latter.

Both teams have conceded plenty of goals but it is Fulham’s lack of offensive nous on the road that could be the key difference here. The visitors lack an out-and-out goal getter, while their offensive threat is clearly weakened by the fact that Alex Iwobi is currently away at the African Cup of Nations.

Since it was only last month, it is also well worth considering how the reverse fixture panned out. The Cottagers dominated possession, as they probably will at Turf Moor, but they were typically toothless in attack, while they looked susceptible to the break. Burnley had the quality on the counter to get the job done on that occasion and there could be something similar here. It was evident during the week that this Burnley team does carry a threat, especially on the break. If they are going to keep it tight against anyone before pouncing at the other end, it is going to be against an opponent that they have thrived against before, one that struggles to make offensive headway on the road.

Ultimately, as two teams in desperate need of a win clash at Turf Moor, the hosts are the ones with a little bit more about them in the final third, so much so that they warrant a bit more respect in the early betting with the top online bookmakers. Therefore, taking them to win, with the insurance that ‘Draw No Bet’ provides is the way to go in terms of betting tips for this Burnley FC vs FFC preview: