Cardiff City - Fulham Betting Preview: Visitors look the value to claim victory in battle at the bottom

Both sides are desperate to secure maximum points from this weekend's clash but our tipster believes that it is the Cottagers who represent value for punters here
There is a crunch clash at the foot on the Premier League this weekend when Cardiff City play host to fellow strugglers Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

The Bluebirds are without a win in their last five matches and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to see his side halt that dismal run by claiming all three points against the bottom-of-the-table Cottagers in a game that could go a long way to deciding whether either or both of these teams are playing Championship football next term.

Felix Magath is still looking for his first win as Fulham boss, having taken over the reins from Rene Meulensteen in February, but, following a tough run of fixtures, the west London club will believe that this match represents a golden opportunity to claim their first league win since New Year's Day.

Cardiff are chalked up at 13/10 (2.30) with bet365 to pick up a vital victory on home soil this weekend while the Cottagers are rated as a 2/1 (3.0) chance with the same firm. Draw backers may be tempted by bet365's 12/5 (3.40) quote that Saturday's crunch clash ends all square.

Shot-shy Cardiff have scored just one goal in their last five matches and Solskjaer's men know that they must hugely improve upon that record if they are to stand any chance of Premier League survival this term.

Scoring goals has not been an issue for Fulham of late, with the Cottagers netting six times in their last four matches, but keeping them out has proven problematic.

Magath's men have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Premier League matches and, with that in mind, the hosts side will be confident of finding the net on Saturday.

Therefore the 8/11 (1.73) quote on offer from bet365 for both teams to find the net is a solid selection here while the 9/10 (1.90) on offer from the same firm for more than two goals to be scored this weekend also carries plenty of appeal.

Cardiff's lack of goals, though, is a huge worry for Solskjaer and, with Fulham likely to tighten up at the back under the stewardship of Magath, there is value in backing the Londoners here.

Thus it is the 2/1 (3.0) quote offered up by bet365 for a Fulham win that is the recommended play for punters this weekend.

Fulham to win at 2/1 (3.0) 2pts stake with bet365

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