Game Nearly Over for Fulham and West Brom

It might not be a happy weekend in parts of London and the West Midlands. Both Fulham and West Brom are edging towards the relegation door and desperately need wins this weekend. Let’s look ahead to their games plus some betting tips.

Sunday 9 May – Arsenal v West Brom (7pm KO)

Neither of these sides are in the best of moods at present. Arsenal lost in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday and are struggling to get European football next season. West Brom meanwhile are facing a swift return back to the Championship.

West Brom will be hoping that Newcastle lose at Leicester on Friday. That would leave the gap to safety at ten points, though it’s virtually 11 due to Albion’s terrible goal difference. Albion are likely to get that wish but this is going to be the weekend they are relegated.

They have just two points from their last three league games. A late goal at Villa cost them a valuable win. With only two away league victories this season, it’s going to take a miracle to get them out of trouble. A loss at the Emirates will finally see that coffin lid nailed down.

Arsenal have only won one of their last five league and cup games. Their dreams of Champions League football are over for another season. Now it’s possible their best chance of European competition may be a late entry into Eurovision. They are five points behind seventh place and after this game, they travel to Chelsea.

Only one point has come from their last three home league matches. They need to win this match and that looks likely here. West Brom do seem to have a knack of finding a way not to win. You can get odds of 1/2 at William Hill on an Arsenal victory.

Monday 10 May – Fulham v Burnley (8pm KO)

Fulham are nine points from safety with four games remaining. Only if Newcastle can avoid defeat at Leicester can Fulham go down this weekend. They host Burnley on Monday evening and trail their visitors by nine points and with an inferior goal difference. Fulham also have Newcastle to play at home with their other games being trips to Southampton and Manchester United.
The Londoners looked the most likely candidates to escape the bottom three. Their current form is not worthy of ‘The Great Escape.’ Whoever is in charge of digging the tunnel has got their directions wrong.

Five of their last six Premier League games have been lost. It’d be six but for a late equalizer at Arsenal. Only three goals have been scored in their last six league matches, one being a penalty. Home form has produced just two wins and ten points this season. That couple of wins were earned against the other two sides in the relegation zone. Nine of their last 12 home league games have seen them fail to score. Just how are the Cottagers going to survive?

Burnley are 15th and their season hasn’t been one to boast about. They are on their way to safety though and won their last away game 4-0 at Wolves. Burnley didn’t build on that when losing at home to West Ham on Monday. Not surprising as only once this season have they won two league games in a row.

They do at least have an in-form striker. Chris Wood has scored four goals in his last two games. That equals the number of goals Fulham have scored in their last 13 home matches! A bet on under 2.5 goals in this game looks a winning one. Paddy Power will give you 8/11 on that. Probably an idea to see if there are also any odds on Fulham and West Brom winning promotion next season.