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Newcastle v Fulham Betting Tips: 1 AH-0.25, 2017-03-11

Rafael Benitez


Saturday 11th March 2017 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Newcastle United extended their unbeaten record in the Championship to 11 matches during the week when they earned a point away at Reading in a 0-0 stalemate as The Magpies remain top of the division and a 9-point lead over third placed Huddersfield Town.

Newcastle return to their St James’ Park ground on Saturday afternoon to take on 7th placed Fulham who sit on the fringes of the play-off pack, but with a good home record of  11-2-4  37/17 under their belts, Newcastle look the favourites for the points here.

Throw in a run of six home games without defeat along with the firepower of Gayle (21 goals) and goalscoring midfielder Ritchie (9 goals), and you can see why they look well placed to add to their points tally this afternoon.

Visitors Fulham currently sit just outside the play-off pack five points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday, so they’ll be looking for at least a point when they make the long trip up to the north east on Saturday, particularly as they’re currently unbeaten in their last six in the Championship.

Recent wins over Wigan Athletic, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Preston North End have lifted The Cottagers within striking distance of the play-offs as they look to make a late bid for a top six finish.

Fulham have also performed pretty well away from home against teams situated in the top half of the division too as their record in such circumstances currently stands at  2-3-1 11/9, but they’ve lost their last three visits to St James’ Park in 1-0, 1-0 and 2-1 defeats respectively.

Pick: Newcastle United AH-0.25 @ 1.62 Bet Victor


Reading v Fulham Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals – 24 January 2017

Championship Tips

Tuesday 23rd January 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs Reading v Fulham Football – England – Championship The battle for the playoff spots is starting to really get going in the Championship with as many as 11 teams still very much with a live chance of finishing in one of those four spots. With Newcastle and Brighton seemingly well ahead of the rest in the league this term, it’s unlikely – barring a collapse from one of those – that anyone will break their hold on the automatic promotion spots meaning the only realistic route for two of those 11 teams, Reading and Fulham, is via the playoffs and the three points on offer on Tuesday are crucial in their efforts.

Reading have stuttered of late losing two consecutive games in the Championship for the first time since the middle of August. Defeats at home to QPR and away to Derby look to have put paid to any hopes of automatic promotion they may have had coming into 2017 as it means the Royals are now 11 points behind second place Brighton. There is obviously a long way to go and plenty of points to play for but Jaap Stam’s men simply have to get back to winning ways, not least because the teams behind them are queuing up for a place in the top six. Defeat to Derby on Saturday means they are now just two points ahead of that opponent but Reading do have this game in hand which could give them a bit more breathing space as a win would lift them back into third spot ahead of Huddersfield and Leeds. What Stam’s men cannot afford to do is extend this losing run, particularly as it comes against a team who are not awfully far away from them in the league table.

When previewing the Championship at the start of the season Fulham were one of the teams I felt would struggle to make an impact but they have proved me completely wrong. Slavia Jokanovic took over as head coach in the summer and he’s wasted little time in getting his message and philosophy across to his players. The Cottagers have been one of the most entertaining and visually impressing teams to watch in the division so far and it’s been successful as well. When you consider this club flirted with relegation for long spells last season the fact they are in with a realistic chance of finishing in the top six more than halfway through this campaign then it’s a pretty stunning turnaround in a little over six months. Since the middle of October, Fulham have lost just three of 15 and two of those defeats have come against second place Brighton. One major concern for Jokanovic is the size of his squad which may well be stretched if and when there are a number of injuries and suspensions kick in and he may well look to the last few days of this window as an opportunity to bring another couple of bodies in to help ease that pressure.

Reading v Fulham Betting Tips

This game was originally scheduled for the 30th of December but had to be abandoned in the first half due to heavy fog. As it is, they will try for a second time on Tuesday with both clubs hoping to make up some points on the teams around them. To illustrate just how competitive the battle for third to sixth is likely to be between now and May, a Brighton win at home on the same night then there will be fewer points between sixth and 13th as there will be between second and third.

QPR done a job on Reading a couple of weeks back but I’m not sure a backs to the wall type of performance is in Fulham’s DNA as they look to dominate possession and use their technically gifted footballers to make the difference. That may well suit Reading better and allow their own attackers some more freedom in the final third. They will be out for revenge having been thumped 5-0 at Craven Cottage in early December and whilst a repeat of that score line is pretty unrealistic for either side, I do expect there to be a few goals in this game.

Games involving Reading and Fulham in the Championship this year both average well over 2.5 goals and it’s a trend that I see continuing on Tuesday. Both teams are much better on the front foot and the nature of this game in hand should ensure a fast tempo from the outset.


Fulham v Rotherham Betting Tips: 1, 2016-12-13

Championship Tips


Tuesday 13th December 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

If other results go their way, Tuesday night’s hosts Fulham could move into one of the play-off positions in the Championship if they manage to take all three points against a beleaguered Rotherham United outfit at Craven Cottage.

Fulham currently sit in 10th place in the English second tier and hold an average looking home record of  3-4-3  18/13 but this record can take a step better towards improvement if they beat Rotherham on Tuesday night.

With The Cottagers currently enjoying a run of four matches without defeat on home turf, which includes heavy defeats inflicted upon Huddersfield Town 5-0 and the same scoreline dealt out to Reading, they’ll certainly fancy their chances of putting a few past Rotherham as well!

Onto Rotherham United and they still remain bottom of the Championship but now find themselves ten points adrift of safety already as we enter the busy Christmas and New Year schedule. Despite Rotherham recording their second win of the season on the weekend with a 1-0 home win over Ipswich Town, The Millermen have been cast adrift from the rest of the league and they face a mountain to climb if they’re to avoid relegation.

A woeful away record of  0-1-9 9/30 certainly hasn’t done them any favours in their bid to climb out of the bottom three (or to even lift themselves off the bottom of the league table), and in addition they’ve also failed to score on four occasions on their travels.

A failure to keep a single clean sheet away from home so far this season also adds to their misery and they could well come a cropper against a free-scoring Fulham outfit on Tuesday night.

Pick: Fulham to win @ 1.45 Unibet


Fulham v Newcastle United Betting Tips: 2 AH-0.25, 2016-08-05

Championship Tips


Friday 5th August 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Friday night marks the return of the long-awaited English domestic season, and the Championship kicks things off with an intriguing fixture between Fulham and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage with both teams looking to improve upon last season’s campaigns.

Fulham finished a very disappointing fifth from bottom at the end of last season but it could have been worse had current manager Slavia Jokanovic not steadied the ship; former manager Kit Symons was sacked back in November last year as he failed to build upon a promising start at the helm.

The Cottagers finished with a home record of  8-5-10  36/36 and will again be relying upon their leading goalscorer Ross McCormack who should get support from former Hull City marksman Sone Aluko.

Newcastle United start August back in the Championship following their disastrous Premier League campaign which ended in relegation at the end of last season. It’s been six years since The Magpies were in the English second tier and they’ll be desperate to bounce back up into the big-time at the first time of asking.

Rafa Benitez has stuck around to oversee promotion or bust, but if things don’t go their way early on, it’ll be interesting to see which comes first – Benitez leaves or gets sacked! Most of last season’s Premier League squad are still around, and former Coventry City striker Alan Armstrong (20 goals last season) has joined the club.

Striker Mitrovic is strong in the air and he should make more of an impression at this level, particularly against a fragile defence such as Fulham’s.

Pick: Newcastle United AH-0.25 @ 1.77 Bet Victor


Fulham v Ipswich Betting Tips: 2 AH0, 2015-12-15

Championship Tips


Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Fulham were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw at home by Brentford on Saturday afternoon but Stuart Gray’s side have now gone six matches without a win in the Championship as they’ve lost three and drawn three.

This recent spate of defeats and draws have resulted in Fulham dropping down the league table to 17th place and another defeat tonight could have the Cottagers starting to look nervously over their shoulders at the teams below them.

Fulham’s home record reads an ordinary  3-4-3  18/18 with just one home win from their last six at Craven Cottage which was a 4-2 win over Reading towards the end of October. Draws with Leeds United, Preston North End and Brentford have not been enough to lift Fulham into the top half of the Championship.

Visitors Ipswich Town bounced back from their recent defeat at home to Middlesbrough with a 1-0 win away at MK Dons which has lifted the Tractor Boys into sixth place and a play-off position as we head into the Christmas period.

Ipswich will now not only be keen to cement their current play-off position, but also to make up ground on the rest of the pack as they are four points adrift of Burnley ahead of tonight’s set of fixtures.

Ipswich’s away record stands at a reasonable  5-2-3  16/16 and they’ve also won their last there away matches on the trot with wins at Rotherham United, Charlton Athletic and of course MK Dons, while forwards Pitman, Sears and Murphy could cause a few problems here tonight.

I’ll back Ipswich with the draw no bet option here as they look the more likely to take the points.

Pick: Ipswich Town AH0 @ 1.88 Bet Victor


Burnley v Fulham Betting Tips: 1, 2015-11-02

Championship Tips


Tuesday 2nd November 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Burnley continued their pursuit of automatic promotion in the Championship on Saturday when they grabbed all three points in a 2-1 home win over Huddersfield Town to move within two points of league leaders Brighton.

Burnley now boast an impressive home record of  5-1-1 13/7 as a result and seem to be reaping the rewards of sticking with manager Sean Dyche despite relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season – a decision many bigger clubs would perhaps do well to follow instead of a knee-jerk reaction.

The Clarets are now unbeaten in their last five matches with earlier wins over Rotherham United, Bolton and Blackburn Rovers while forward Andre Gray (8 goals) has been a fine capture from Brentford and may notch again tonight.

Fulham have again been a little disappointing this campaign as they sit in 10th spot and some way off their expectations of challenging for a play-off spot. However, the Cottagers have put together a useful five-match unbeaten run recently which includes back-to-back wins over Reading and Bristol City.

Fulham remain inconsistent on their travels though as their overall away record of  2-3-2  13/10 indicates while their successes on the road so far have been limited to wins at Rotherham United and Bristol City who are both situated in the bottom four of the Championship.

To put it bluntly, I expect another Burnley win here, and until the Clarets let me down at Turf Moor, I’ll continue to back them as their momentum continues on home turf.

Pick: Burnley straight win @ 1.95 Bet Victor


Fulham v QPR Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals – 2015-09-25

Championship Tips

Fulham v QPR
Friday 25th September – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Football – England – Championship

This may not be the biggest or most glamorous of London derbies, but it will mean plenty to both sets of supporters. In terms of the Championship – and league placings – Fulham come into this game four points behind QPR, but they have played a game less, so a win for them on Friday would see them right on the heels of their rivals.

Kit Symons has been in charge of Fulham for just over a year, and has done a reasonable job – most notably guiding them to safety last season. The expectation was that the Cottagers would kick on and look to challenge for a play-off spot this time around. A slow start to the new campaign had people questioning whether or not Symons is the right man to take them forward, but the last few weeks have been a bit more encouraging. Back-to-back wins in the league against Rotherham and Blackburn followed on from a comfortable success in the League Cup against lower league opposition. Since then, they have lost away to Sheffield Wednesday, in the Championship, and at home to Stoke in the Cup. There were positives to take from both performances, however.

Having previewed QPR’s recent home game with Blackburn, not much has changed in terms of the inconsistencies that have plagued Rangers’ season. They drew that particular match 2-2, having gone behind twice. Their weekend fixture saw them draw again, but it will have been looked on more positively as it came away to Hull – a team who are currently fourth in the table. What may have frustrated manager Chris Ramsey is that his team failed to build on a winning position having taken the lead through another Charlie Austin goal. On a positive note, it is another game without defeat and means they have lost just once in their last seven league games. If they can start to turn some of those single points into three, they will certainly be capable of challenging for the play-offs – at they very least.

This has the makings of a very entertaining and open contest between two clubs whose strengths lie in attack. Fulham have yet to keep a clean sheet in any of the their seven championship games this season, but they have managed to score in every game, too. Their opponents on Friday have also been involved in games with plenty of goals, racking up 27 in the eight games they have played to date.

Fulham v QPR Betting Tips

Interestingly, this is the first time these two clubs have met each other at this level since 2001. The four meetings in-between have occurred in the top-flight which is an indication of the ambition and success that both Fulham and QPR have had in the last decade or so. If they are to be competing in the Premier League in 12 month time, these are the type of games they will be looking to win. I have alluded to the attacking nature of both teams and I think that’s the best place to look for a wager on Friday.

Charlie Austin is sitting tip of the top scorers list, and could have a terrific campaign if kept fit. He will be a massive threat for the home defence – one which I doubt they will be able to stop. At the other end, QPR have kept only one clean sheet in four away games, and have struggled for the majority of the season in defence. Both teams to score is a little on the skinny side for my liking, so opt for Over 2.5 goals instead – a bet that has been successful in five of QPR’s eight games, and five of Fulham’s seven.

Over 2.5 goals 4/5 @ Coral


Hull City v Fulham Betting Tips: 1, 2015-08-19

Championship Tips


Wednesday 19th August 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Hull City have started their new Championship campaign in promising fashion as they registered a first-day-of-the-season win at home over Huddersfield Town 2-0 which they then followed up with a valuable point away at Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

Hull’s point away at Molineux could prove to be a good result over the course of this season as Wolves are expected to be one of the challengers for at least a play-off place this term, while Hull now return to their KC Stadium to entertain Fulham this evening.

Hull are unbeaten in their last four on home turf at this level having registered a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough back in 2013 along with draws against Bristol City and Cardiff City. Look to striker Jelavic to perhaps score tonight as he latches onto the work done by Huddlestone and El Mohamady pulling the strings in midfield.

Visitors Fulham lost 2-1 at home to high-flying Brighton at the weekend which means the Cottagers have taken just one pont from the first two matches of the Championship season, following an opening day 1-1 draw away at Cardiff City.

But the pressure is now on manager Kit Symons this season following his appointment to replace former boss Felix Magath which saw an immediate improvement – at first. But just two away wins from their last 13 away matches is not the kind of form the fans are used to, and a few more disappointing results for the London club could see Symons’ position come under fire.

Fulham’s away record ended up on a disappointing  5-5-13  26/45 and they could find it difficult to match the better teams in the division on their travels again unless striker Ross McCormack starts firing.

Hull City with home advantage and a quality striker in Jelavic at this level should be too much for a Fulham outfit who are still trying to find more consistency under Symons. Hull to take this perhaps 1-0.

Pick: Hull City straight win @ 1.75 Ladbrokes


Wigan v Fulham Betting Pick 1 – Saturday 22 September 2012

Premier League Tips

Wigan have just the one win to their name thus far this season but they have performed admirably at some point of all four of their league games this season. The challenge for Roberto Martinez and his men is to inject a bit more consistency and concentration to their game from the beginning. They were 2-0 down in 10 minutes on the opening day of the season against Chelsea; led twice at home to Wigan before drawing 2-2 and were 0-0 at half time away from home against Manchester United before capitulating in the second period. Consistency is what separates side in the bottom half of the table to those in the top 10 and it’s a position which Martinez is striving for. One thing that is certain is that their defenders need to cut out the individual mistakes which have blighted their season at crucial times. Ivan Ramis and Gary Caldwell have both been at fault for goals and should it continue, Wigan and all concerned with them can expect another battle to avoid the drop.

Fulham enjoyed another home victory when brushing aside West Brom 3-0 last weekend but it’s their performances on the road which Martin Jol will be thinking most about. For as long as Fulham have been in the Premier League they have been strong at Craven Cottage and it’s a trait which has continued under the tutorship of Jol since he came into post last summer. As good as they have been at home they have been equally bad on the road. From their last 55 away games in the Premier League, the cottagers have won only seven. It is a deplorable record but it does highlight how well they have done at home as they are an established Premier League side who rarely flirt with relegation at the end of the season. Jol has slowly but surely been stamping his mark on the squad and has moved on several of the old guard. Two losses against West Ham and Man United suggest that it’s not quite had the effect he would have hoped.

There is little doubt that Wigan play an attractive brand of football and are very entertaining. You could argue that it is to their downfall at times as the overplaying – especially in the defence – has saw them be their own worst enemies. That being said, Martinez’ is unlikely to be deterred by the odd error even if it led to a goal because it’s his philosophy. As much as they will give teams plenty of chances, they will also create plenty of problems for them because of the way they play the game.

It will be interesting to see if Jol continues with the same set of players away from home as he does at home. So often when a side is playing on the road they tend to change either certain personnel or the system and tactics they are deployed in. Jol normally refrains from doing that and approaches away games as though they are home games. The 3-0 thrashing at the hands of West Ham could be the turning point, however, and he may well opt to go with one up and stiffen up the midfield.

Both sides play an expansive style and it’s likely they will produce an entertaining match with so many good football players. Wigan have been unlucky at home this season and I fancy them to get their first win against a side who have shown little improvement in away games against teams of similar ability.

Wigan 6/4 @ William Hill


Fulham V West Brom – Tip: Both Teams to Score – 15 September 2012

Premier League Tips

Fulham V West Brom – Saturday, 15 September 2012 (Kick-Off: 15:00)

Betting Selection: Both Teams to Score @ 8/11 (Bet365)


On the opening day of the season, Fulham looked awesome as they consummately swept aside the challenge from Norwich at Craven Cottage. Martin Jol’s men were given rave reviews in the national newspapers the following morning, all of which were justified following an emphatic 5-0 win. Since then, however, the Cottagers have been anything but impressive – which is the very word I would use to describe the start opponents West Brom have made to the new term. So it’s easy to find a case for the visitors here, who will appeal to some at 3/1.

On the back of their thumping opening day victory over the Canaries came a couple of away defeats for Fulham, at Manchester United and West Ham. Hardly surprising considering the West London club have never been particular positive on the road. The 3-2 reverse at Old Trafford was slightly harsh on them I felt, but they got precisely what they deserved for an abject display against West Ham in their final league game before the international break, with a comprehensive 3-0 loss occurring less than 24 hours after the club completed the sales of Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey to London rivals Tottenham. A coincidence? Certainly not.

I had predicted that Fulham would struggle to maintain the high standards they had previously set in the first two weeks of the season without arguably their two greatest assets. Both Dempsey and Dembele have been fantastic servants in recent seasons; Dempsey was Fulham’s leading marksmen last season, while Dembele possessed a real touch of class in the middle of the park. The team will recover, of that I am confident, but there are concerns that the Cottagers may fall back into their mould of being heavily reliant on results at home now – the 3-0 loss to West Ham, who were devoid of attacking threat in their first two matches, possibly an ominous indication of what might be to come away from home this season.

Perhaps it was a knee-jerk reaction to losing two influential figures, the poor performance at West Ham? I’m inclined to think it was, as there is a nice balance to this Fulham team. For me, the loss of Dempsey isn’t too detrimental. I mean, it isn’t as though the club are short of forwards. Bryan Ruiz, Hugo Rodellega, Mladen Petric and Dimitar Berbatov will all contribute this season. The loss of Dembele, however, will more than likely be felt for a long time.

There isn’t a ready-made replacement for the Belgian midfielder currently on the Fulham books, a player who was supremely confident on the ball; not only could he retain possession so well, his distribution was outstanding. Therefore without him, there is every chance Fulham will struggle to retain possession this season. And when you don’t have the ball, you’re vulnerable to attacks yourselves. Their defence is decent on paper though, without jumping out the page at you, so it could be a mixed campaign once again on the clean sheet front for Mark Schwarzer.

Inform West Brom will be the first team to put my theory to the test, and they are a team – as we’ve seen in their first three games under their new chief tactician – that can make full use of the ball. Manager Steve Clarke is already being lauded for the early work he has done at The Hawthorns, where both his team’s two victories have been earned so far – beating Merseyside duo Everton (2-0) and Liverpool (3-0) in impressive fashion – yet it was possibly the point registered at White Hart Lane which impressed me the most.

I thought the Baggies were exceptional against Tottenham. The home side bossed possession yet it was West Brom who created the better opportunities, ruthlessly counter-attacking their hosts only to be confronted by an inspired Brad Friedel in goal. The draw, which was earned via a stoppage-time equaliser from James Morrison, was the very least they deserved. We have every right to expect more of the same at another London ground, Craven Cottage, where they had lost on all five visits before a 1-1 draw there last season. I’m anticipating a few more goals this time around, although the final outcome may well be the same.

Prediction: Fulham 2-2 West Brom (16/1 with WilliamHill)

Match Odds: Fulham 21/20; Draw 5/2; West Brom 3/1 (Odds with BetVictor)