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Fulham welcome Brentford ~ Match Preview Cham MD 38

last updated Thursday 12th March 2020, 10:49 PM

Match Preview

Fulham vrs Brentford

Championship Match Day 38 at Craven Cottage

Friday 13th March 2020    KO: 19:45

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Fulham Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Coach
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
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Brentford manager Thomas Frank
Brentford Coach
Thomas Frank
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West London rivals Fulham and Brentford face off at Craven Cottage on Friday night in a huge match at the top of the Championship.

Just one place separates the sides ahead of this derby showdown, but Fulham boast a four-point advantage on their near neighbours.

It is third-placed Fulham who are better placed to gatecrash the top two as we enter the final stretch of the Championship campaign.

The Cottagers battled to a 1-1 draw at Bristol City last weekend through a late Tom Cairney strike to make it four games without defeat.

Scott Parker's men have won four of their last five home league matches, including back-to-back victories over Swansea City and Preston North End since a shock 3-0 loss to Barnsley.

However, Fulham have won just one of their last 18 home games against Brentford in all competitions - a 1-0 victory back in April 1990.

Brentford were also victorious in the reverse fixture three months ago - Bryan Mbeumo scoring the only goal at Griffin Park - and are looking to complete a league double over Fulham for the first time since 2014-15.

Thomas Frank's side saw their automatic promotion hopes derailed when going five games without a win, a run that was ended in style last weekend with a 5-0 home triumph against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Bees now face Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, the two sides directly above them, in what will be a crucial and potentially defining week in their campaign.

Not only can Brentford strengthen their promotion dream with victory at Craven Cottage on Friday, they can also strike a possibly fatal blow to Fulham's own hopes of a top-two finish.

Head to head

  • Fulham have won just one of their past 18 home games against Brentford in all competitions (D10 L7), a 1-0 victory back in April 1990.

  • Brentford are looking to complete a league double over Fulham for the first time since the 2014-15 season.


  • Fulham go into the game third in the Championship table, six points off the automatic promotion places, with Scott Parker's side on a four-match unbeaten run.

  • Fulham have registered 506 sequences of 10+ passes in open play this season, 153 more than the next highest side which is Brentford (353).

  • Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is the Championship's leading scorer this season (23 goals), has won more points with his goals than any other player in the competition in 2019-20 (23 pts won).

  • Fulham have kept 8 clean sheets in their last 20 home games

  • Of the 12 league games Fulham has won at home, they scored first 11 times.


  • Visitors Brentford are one place and four points behind Fulham, having won just one of their past six games.

  • Brentford have won just two of their past 10 away games in the Championship (D4 L4).

  • The last time Brentford won away in the league was 4 games ago against Hull.

  • Of the 8 away games Brentford has lost, they conceded first 7 times.

  • The last time Brentford kept a clean sheet away in the league was in a 0-0 draw against Huddersfield in January this year.

Source Daniel Lewis at Sports Mole/BBC Sports
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