Martin Jol declared himself satisfied with Fulham’s 0-0 draw in Split last Thursday and the Dutchman will now demand more from the Cottagers as they look to make home advantage count this week.
Fulham are making steady progress in the Europa League after knocking out NSI Runavik and Crusaders in the first couple of rounds and they are strong favourites to claim victory at Craven Cottage, with a best price of 1/5 (bet365 – £200 free bets) available about the home side.
Jol said after the first leg: “I expect we will have more initiative in the second leg and we have to play better to score goals in their half.”
It is no surprise to see Bobby Zamora heading the First Goalscorer list at 3/1 (Ladbrokes – £30 free betting), with Clint Dempsey available at 7/1 with the same firm and Jol is likely to field a typically attacking line-up for a match in which Fulham are expected to seize the initiative.
Even so, RNK Split will go into this match knowing that an early goal will mean their opponents have to score twice and you can get 14/1 (bet365) that the Croatians win on the night and 5/1 (Ladbrokes) that they go through to the next round.
One would assume that Fulham have the class and a solid 2-0 victory (5/1 Ladbrokes) would seem to be about right, with the Cottagers then able to turn their attention to the start of the Premier League.