Fulham vs BrentfordEngland Championship, KO: 15:00 Aug 19, 2023, Craven Cottage
Fulham will play at home for the first time this season against Brentford who will be keen to record their first win of the season. The match promises to be an entertaining one with both sides often looking to play on the front foot against each other, but Fulham can nick this with the advantage of home support behind them.
Marcos Silva’s side had a successful campaign last season in which they finished in the top half of the table and two places and eight points above Chelsea. Not since 1983 had Fulham managed to trump their more illustrious neighbours Chelsea to a higher-placed league finish.
The additions of Calvin Bassey, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore are set to bolster their squad options in a bid to build on last season’s unprecedented success, an objective that is quite flattering when they returned from the Championship just over a year ago.
They already got their campaign off to a good start with a 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park but were lucky to claim all three points, thanks to poor finishing by the Toffees. Fulham will need to up their game to claim maximum points against Brentford who remain a difficult opponent even for the big boys.
Fulham have won five of their last ten games, losing four times and drawing once in the same run.
The Bees have enjoyed two historic seasons in the top-flight, finishing 13th in the 2021/22 season which was their first-ever season in the Premier League while also finishing in ninth place last season, seven points clear of Fulham.
These two seasons are the more remarkable on the strength of high-profile victories over Arsenal and, Manchester City and Manchester United at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Thomas Frank’s side came from behind to lead against Tottenham Hotspur but could only settle for a point in what was an entertaining contest. They have managed five wins in the last ten games, picking up two draws and three losses within the same period.
How the bookies view it
A home win for Fulham is placed at 37/20 by BetUk while Coral predicts that Brentford will steal all three points at Craven Cottage at 8/5. A share of the spoils for both sides is valued by William Hill at 12/5.
Recent Head to Head
Fulham and Brentford have faced each other in 17 Games since 2010. Among them, Fulham won six games, Brentford won eight while both sides drew three times.
Players to watch
Bobby de Cordova-Reid scored in the first minute of the corresponding fixture last season and had already netted his first goal of the season against Everton last weekend. The Jamaican forward has been tipped to get among the goals at 11/1 by Unibet.
It's no surprise that Bryan Mbuemo is the man the Brentford faithful look up to for goals in the absence of the suspended Ivan Toney. He was directly involved in 17 goals for Brentford in the league last season and scored from the spot last week. Mbuemo is primed to score by Boylesport at 7/1.
Anything else catch the eye?
The last three meetings between Brentford and Fulham have produced over 3.5 goals and a repeat is priced at 12/5 with bet365. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at 10/11 with William Hill, who is also offering odds of 8/11 on both teams to score.
Fulham have opened the scoring in the last two meetings at Craven Cottage and could be tipped to grab the first goal on Saturday at 21/20 with BetVictor. Cottagers fullback Kenny Tete was booked eight times last season having already got in trouble with the referee this term, he could be good value for a yellow card at 7/2 with bet365.
Fulham have opened the scoring in the last two meetings at Craven Cottage and could be tipped to grab the first goal on Saturday at 21/20 with BetVictor.
This England Championship match between Fulham and Brentford will be played on Aug 19, 2023 and kick off at 15:00. Check below for our tipsters best Fulham vs Brentford prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.