Aston Villa vs Fulham Match Analysis & Prediction
25/04/2023 9:45 pm
Aston Villa welcome Fulham to the West Midlands in Tuesday’s Premier League clash at Villa Park, with the two sides still very much in the European mix.
While Villa left it late to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with Brentford on Saturday, the Cottagers remain on the coat-tailes of the top seven courtesy of a 2-1 win over Leeds United.
Having failed in their bid to make it six Premier League wins on the bounce, Villa missed a glorious opportunity to pile the pressure on their fellow Champions League chasers, and the gap to the top four stands at eight points after Newcastle United 6-1 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur.
Unai Emery was “so happy” to come away with a point froma taxing encounter in the capital, and there was every reason for the Spaniard to be pleased about his side scoring for the 21st game running under his wing.
A welcome return to Villa Park now awaits Villa, who have won each of their last four home matches against Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United without conceding a goal, but a rejuvenated Fulham attack will put that defensive mettle on the test.
Fulham held on for a second successive Premier League win at the weekend, and Brentford’s failure to beat Villa lifted the Cottagers to ninth in the standings, five points adrift of seventh-placed Liverpool.
The positives have outweighed the negatives for Fulham in the past couple of weeks, but a seven-game run without a clean sheet is not a positive statistic before facing Emery’s goal-happy crop, and only two of the visitors’ last six away games have ended in victory.
However, Fulham’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at Craven Cottage earlier in the season makes for positive reading, but the Lions recorded a convincing 3-1 win at Villa Park 24 months ago.
Aston Villa vs. Fulham Head to head
In the 56 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, they have each claimed 20 victories while they have drawn in 16. Aston Villa have scored 80 goals and conceded 77 in the process.
04/01/2020Fulham2Aston Villa1FA Cup
28/09/2020Fulham0Aston Villa3Premier League
04/04/2021Aston Villa3Fulham1Premier League
20/10/2022Fulham3Aston Villa0Premier League
Aston Villa Team News
Due to a stomach bug, Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez only lasted until half time against Brentford before having to be relaced by Robin Olsen.
Philippe Coutinho (thigh), Leon Bailey (thigh), Boubacar Kamara (ankle) and Matty Cash (ankle) are sidelined for the hosts.
Aston Villa's Last 5 Matches
01/04/2023Chelsea0Aston Villa2Premier League
04/04/2023Leicester City1Aston Villa2Premier League
08/04/2023Aston Villa2Nottingham Forest0Premier League
15/04/2023Aston Villa3Newcastle United0Premier League
22/04/2023Brentford1Aston Villa1Premier League
Fulham Team News
Fulham will be boosted by the return of Daniel James, who was unable to face parent club Leeds at the weekend, but Aleksandar Mitrovic must serve the fifth of his lengthy seven-game suspension.
The return of James could tempt Silva into an attacking change, with Bobby Decordova-Reid at risk of losing his spot in the XI as the pairing of Harry Wilson and Willian continue to strut their stuff out wide.
Fulham's Last 5 Matches
19/03/2023Manchester United3Fulham1FA Cup
01/04/2023AFC Bournemouth2Fulham1Premier League
08/04/2023Fulham0West Ham United1Premier League
22/04/2023Fulham2Leeds United1Premier League
Aston Villa vs. Fulham: Odds and Predictions
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