Sunderland set for more West London delight?

Fulham may have put in a far stronger performance in against Arsenal last time out than has been the case over the last few weeks, however that Mark Hughes’ men are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference suggests just how important a home win will be this Saturday.

If Hughes wanted an indication of how a decent run of form can drive you up the league, he only need look across Craven Cottage to his opposite number, Steve Bruce, who has masterminded a dramatic improvement in Sunderland’s consistency over the last couple of months, leaving the Black Cats on the cusp of the European qualification slots.

Whilst Sunderland have financial backing that belies their Premier League achievements over the last few years, Fulham will start to look back on a year that very nearly brought them Europa League glory yet ends with them staring nervously at the Premier League trap door.

Prediction: 1-1

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