Two teams with one eye on next season meet at Craven Cottage meet this weekend as Fulham and Norwich go head to head on Saturday afternoon.
Fulham are 13th going into this weekend, while Norwich are three points and two places above them in 11th. Both teams have a comfortable gap between themselves and the bottom three too, meaning they can enjoy their football in the remaining eight games.
Referring to Fulham to begin with, they have actually lost their last three games without conceding a goal and could do with getting back on track. They felt particularly hard done by during the defeat at Manchester United on Monday evening too, so there is some frustration to let out.
Martin Jol has built a good attacking team though and they will want to display this on Saturday. The focus may well be next season, but this doesn’t mean there can’t be a strong finish to the current campaign.
As for Norwich, their win over Wolves last time out was a very valuable one and has probably secured their Premier League status for another year. They are now 14 points clear of the bottom three and actually closer to Chelsea in 5th than QPR in 18th.
Like Fulham though, Norwich will want to finish strongly. They have had a season to remember and it would be a shame to finish poorly. A top ten finish is a realistic ambition and perhaps this is the aim for the remainder of the campaign.
They need to right some wrongs at Fulham too. The last time the two teams met at Craven Cottage, Norwich lost 6-0 on the final day of the 2004/2005 season and were relegated to the Premier League.
This should be an open game of football between two mid-table teams, but the value of three points shouldn’t be underestimated.
The draw – which would suit Norwich more than Fulham – is then available at 3.80 (14/5) with StanJames.
With both teams relatively relaxed in terms of their ambitions for the season, this game should bring goals. Who will get the first one though?
For Norwich, with Grant Holt suspended, Steve Morison is the favourite to open the scoring at 9.00 (8/1) with SkyBet. Jonny Howson is then a good outside bet at 17.00 (16/1) with Paddy Power.
Fulham to win 3-2 @ 25.00 (25/1) with BetFred
Jonny Howson to score first at 17.00 (16/1) with Paddy Power