Fulham’s recent 6-0 win over QPR had everyone raving, especially when it came to the hat-trick of Andy Johnson, although that victory is the only time that Martin Jol’s side have collected three points this season.
The eight other games have seen the Cottagers claim just four points and the team’s form on the road has been particularly poor, with Fulham losing matches at Wolves, Newcastle and Stoke City.
At least they don’t have the excuse of the Carling Cup or Europa League this coming weekend and they couldn’t pick an easier away game on paper, with Paddy Power (£100 free bets) offering a best price 6/4 that the visitors claim a maximum haul against a side that are struggling badly.
Even so, these odds look a little skinny considering that the west London side were beaten 3-1 by Everton on Sunday, the day after Wigan went to St James’ Park and really should have come away with at least a point in that match.
Roberto Martinez insists that his side are better than their results currently suggest with the Latics sitting 19th in the Premier League after five points from nine games played and the 21/10 available about a home win (bet365 – £200 free bets) looks too big.
The performance at Newcastle suggested that the defence is starting to tighten up and Martinez will now be looking for the likes of Hugo Rodallega and Conor Sammon to step up in attack.