Fulham vs Norwich CityEFL Cup, KO: 19:45 Sep 27, 2023, Craven Cottage
Fulham will be looking to continue their progress in the Carabao Cup as they welcome Championship side Norwich City to Craven Cottage for a third round clash. Both teams have been erratic this season but the Cottagers will fancy their chances in front of their fans.
Fulham saw off fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on penalties to progress to the third round of the Carabao Cup. An own goal from Micky van de Ven gave them the lead and despite conceding after the break, they held on to secure the win in the shootout.
It is by no means a poor campaign for Fulham, who are hovering around the top half of the Premier League table. However, Marco Silva’s men have struggled to match up with last season’s campaign and head into Wednesday’s clash off the back of a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
That result means that a 5-1 hammering at Manchester City has been Fulham’s only defeat in the last five matches across all competitions. Among their results in that run is a 1-0 victory over Luton Town in their previous fixture at Craven Cottage.
Norwich City have come through two rounds of the Carabao Cup, claiming 1-0 victories over fellow Championship sides QPR and Bristol City. Those two wins have been a glimpse of consistency in an erratic campaign for the Canaries.
Things have actually been much worse for Norwich City in recent weeks as they have suffered three defeats in their last four matches. David Wagner’s men travel to Craven Cottage off the back of a disappointing 6-2 defeat to Plymouth Argyle in a Championship fixture last Saturday.
That defeat to Plymouth Argyle highlights the major problem for Norwich City this season as they have struggled to maintain their discipline at the back. The result means they have now conceded 10 goals in their last four matches.
How the bookies view it
Fulham have been installed as overwhelming favourites among the bookies with a home win priced at 7/10 by bet365. A victory for Norwich City is valued at 4/1 by 888Sport while a draw is set at 3/1 by Paddy Power.
Head to head
Fulham have only lost once to Norwich City, claiming 13 wins and six draws from 20 previous matches. The last meeting was a Championship fixture in 2018 which ended 2-0 in favour of the Cottagers.
Players to watch
Fulham have shown some defensive solidity in recent weeks, keeping clean sheets in their last two matches. Issa Diop and Tim Ream have impressed at centre-back in both fixtures and could lead the Cottagers to a clean sheet at 31/20 with Coral.
While Fulham have not been particularly prolific at the other end of the pitch, summer signing Raul Jimenez could be worth keeping an eye on. The striker is due a goal for the Cottagers and is priced at 9/5 by William Hill to find the net.
Anything else catch the eye?
Fulham have seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last four matches and could be set for a repeat at 11/10 with BoyleSports. They also played out a 0-0 draw in their Premier League fixture last Saturday and set to produce BTTS NO at 6/5 with BetVictor.
Having claimed a 2-0 victory in the last meeting with Norwich City, Fulham could also be tipped to earn a win to nil at 85/40 with BetVictor.
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