Fulham vs Birmingham CityEnglish Championship, KO: 19:45 Jan 18, 2022, Craven Cottage
After climbing to the top of the Championship standings, the task for Fulham will be to fend of the chasing pack and consolidate their lead. They host struggling Birmingham City on Tuesday and will be confident of a earning a comfortable victory.
Fulham have overcome their mini slump and are now showing some of their early season form. Capitalising Bournemouth’s recent struggles, they have leapfrogged the Cherries and are now two points clear at the top of the table.
Fulham have won their last two Championship matches but the more impressive thing is the goals appear to be flowing freely at the moment. Marco Silva’s men have found the net 13 times in their last two matches, easing to a 7-0 victory at Reading before beating Bristol City 6-2 last Saturday.
One player who is also coming out of a mini slump is Aleksandar Mitrovic and his return to form has coincided with Fulham’s resurgence. Having gone on a run of just one goal in five matches, the Serbian striker has now found the net five times in his last two appearances.
While Fulham are coming out of their slump, Birmingham City appear to be sinking deeper into theirs. They have been on a steady decline in recent weeks and despite sitting nine points above the relegation zone, their recent form shows a bleak outlook.
Birmingham City travel to Craven Cottage with just one win from their last nine Championship matches. Lee Bowyer’s men have suffered five defeats in that run, although they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Preston North End in their previous fixture.
Things are even worse for Birmingham City on their travels with just one win from their last 11 away matches. Defending also remains a problem as they have conceded 12 goals in their last five Championship fixtures.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have Fulham as overwhelming favourites with a home win priced at 8/25 by novibet. An unlikely victory for Birmingham City is valued at 10/1 by William Hill while a draw is set at odds of 9/2 with betfair.
Head to head
Fulham often come out on top in this fixture and have won the last four matches against Birmingham City. The Cottagers claimed a 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture with Aleksandar Mitrovic netting a brace.
Players to watch
After enduring a mini slump, Aleksandar Mitrovic appears to have rediscovered his scoring touch and has now taken his tally to 27 goals this season. The striker netted a brace in the reverse fixture and is priced at 8/13 by Vbet to get on the score sheet.
Birmingham City often spread their goals across the team but Scott Hogan remains their top scorer with seven goals. The striker was on target last time out against Preston North End and is priced at 9/2 by bet365 to find the net on Tuesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
Fulham’s results have been one sided in recent weeks and given their 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture, a -1 handicap could be considered at 10/11 with Paddy Power. There have been over 3.5 goals in their last two matches and a similar outcome is valued at 15/8 by betfair.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has a knack for scoring multiple goals and having netted a brace in the reverse fixture, could be tipped to score two or more goals on Tuesday at 12/5 with bet365.
This English Championship match between Fulham and Birmingham City will be played on Jan 18, 2022 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Fulham vs Birmingham City prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.