After taking a 1-0 lead at Old Trafford last weekend, Paul Lambert’s men were believing they could beat Manchester United in an away game. But instead, the Villans were thrashed with the Red Devils putting four past Brad Guzan. However the ‘Claret and Blues’ are sitting above their opposition by 10 points, and a win against them at Villa Park would virtually guarantee them safety in the Premier League.
Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stockdale, Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Richardson, Dejagah, Sidwell, Diarra, Kacaniklic, Holtby, Woodrow
Sitting at the bottom of the Premier League table, Felix Magath is running out of time to turn around the club’s fortunes and keep them in the division. The Cottagers, in the last six games, weren’t able to register more than one goal per game, and better teams are just too easily scoring that. Kostas Mitroglou, transfer signing from this January window, has been injured during most of his time at Craven Cottage with Cauley Woodrow and Darren Bent vying for a place in the starting lineup.
As usual, the Aston Villa charity rolls in to town to help a team who desperately need a result, bet Fulham can’t wait #avfc
— Anthony Williams (@Holte139) March 29, 2014
As for benteke, he’s lost interest and should be sold. Gabby certainly doesn’t deserve a contract. I’d drop them both for Fulham
— Paul (@paulypaulvilla) March 29, 2014
Jon Harley of Fulham scores a belter of a volley against Aston Villa in 2003. Wham!
Christian Benteke is undoubtedly Aston Villa’s star man, even though he has had an underwhelming season compared to last year. But with 10 goals and a good run of fixtures, the Belgian will look to prove himself before the World Cup showpiece this summer.
Aston Villa vs. Fulham: An Alternative Preview
There have been just six goals scored in the last five Barclays Premier League meetings between Fulham and Aston Villa.
Fulham have won none of their last 14 away games in the league at Villa Park (L7 D7).
Fulham have exactly the same number of points after 32 matches as they did in 2007-08, which is their lowest haul in Premier League history. They won four of the last six matches to escape the drop on the final day on goal difference.
Aston Villa have only mustered fewer points after 31 Premier League games in one previous campaign (30 in 2012-13).
Aston Villa have conceded the highest percentage of first half goals in the Premier League this season (54%).
Fulham have conceded the highest percentage of second half goals in the top flight (70%).
The Whites have used more players than any other team in the Premier League this season (37).
Fulham have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games (W1 D2 L9).
The Whites have gone 15 away games with a clean sheet, the longest run of any team in the Premier League without a shutout this season.