West Bromwich Albion will take on Fulham at The Hawthorns in the English Championship on Tuesday, 14 July 2020, when the Londoners will be keen to reduce the gap between both sides.
The Baggies will be looking to claim their first victory over Fulham since October 2010, as they have failed to beat the London side in their last eight meetings.
Four of the last six meetings between these two sides, with the majority of them in the Premier League, have ended in 1-1 draws, including the three most recent matches.
West Bromwich Albion Betting Preview
With only three games remaining in a fierce fight to earn Premier League promotion, West Brom still keep their fate in their own hands but things can quickly change and pressure could rise if they fail to beat or even lose against Fulham.
Indeed, Brentford could have a dream opportunity to leapfrog West Brom in second if the Baggies lose against Fulham and the Bees beat Preston North End on Wednesday.
Albion suffered a setback on their way to a Premier League return as Slaven Bilic's side failed to beat Blackburn on Saturday although Croatian midfielder Filip Krovinovic opened the score for them.
West Brom's failure to make it four wins in a row means they remain second in the Championship table, three points behind leaders Leeds United who have snatched a crucial victory at Swansea on Sunday.
Ahmed Hegazy returned to the matchday squad over the weekend but the Egyptian centre-back remained an unused substitution in the Blackburn game.
Grady Diangana, who scored in the back-to-back victories against Hull City and Derby County, passed a late fitness test to be included in the matchday squad as well and the 22-years-old winger could return in the starting side against Fulham.
Charlie Austin is favored to keep his starting spot up front, though Hal Robson-Kanu could also be an option, while WBA's standout performer Matheus Pereira, who has netted eight times and provided 20 assists in 39 Championship appearances this season, will start in attacking midfield.
Nathan Ferguson and Kierak Gibbs are both injured for the home side but there are some good news – Gibbs could possibly play role in the next games as his hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared.
Fulham Betting Preview
Scott Parker's side kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive with a 2-0 victory against Cardiff City on Friday.
Restarting their Championship campaign with back-to-back defeats to Brentford and Leeds, Fulham have turned their form around with four successive wins over Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City.
Fulham have gained momentum with their fourth consecutive victory in the Championship and The Cottagers will aim to claim another one on Tuesday, which could decrease the gap between them and their opponents to two points only.
Meanwhile, Fulham have kept three consecutive clean sheets and their defensive stability will be something to build on as they're aiming to return to the Premier League.
Moreover, Scott Parker's men had to pick up the first three of their four wins without suspended striker Aleksander Mitrovic, and the Serb could boost their chances in the closing weeks of the campaign.
The Championship top goal scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic returned on the field following suspension to score his 24th league goal of the season, netting for the first time since February.
Fulham were also able to recall Anthony Knockaert and the Frenchman, who scored against West Brom earlier in the season, should start again.
Scott Parker's side kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive with a 2-0 victory against Cardiff City on Friday. Given that the Championship has seen a skew towards away sides since the restart, they can continue that fine return in the Midlands in midweek.
Since suffering back-to-back away wins to Preston and Brentford in December, Fulham have lost only one of their last 10 Championship away games (winning four) – a 3-0 defeat at Leeds United two weeks ago.
Given that the Championship has seen a skew towards the visiting sides since the Restart, they can continue that fine return in the Midlands in midweek.
Possible Starting Lineups of West Bromwich Albion and Fulham
West Bromwich Albion: Sam Johnstone – Conor Townsend, Kyle Bartley, Ahmed Hegazy, Dara O'Shea – Rekeem Harper, Semi Ajayi – Kamil Grosicki, Matheus Pereira, Grady Diangana – Charlie Austin. (4-2-3-1)
Fulham: Marek Rodak – Denis Odoi, Michael Hector, Tim Ream, Joe Bryan – Harry Arter, Harrison Reed – Anthony Knockaert, Josh Onomah, Bobby De Cordova-Reid – Aleksandar Mitrovic. (4-2-3-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
West Bromwich Albion are +100 favorites to return to winning ways while Fulham are priced at +250 to win. Another draw between those two sides is available at +225 with Intertops.
The Baggies have failed to be victorious in more than the half of their home games this season, including all three matches with sides in the top five, so we think that Fulham have all reasons to believe they can get something from their visit at The Hawthorns and extend their unbeaten run against Albion.
With Fulham stepping up, The Cottagers can not only get more involved in the top-two race but they can spoil WBA's plans as third-placed Brentford will be watching carefully, as the Bees are within three points of the Baggies, so a defeat could cost them a lot.
Whereas a defeat could possibly have disastrous consequences on West Brom's morale, Fulham are most likely preparing themselves for the upcoming play-offs but they won't mind to disrupt their opponent's hopes.
We expect a tight game at the Hawthorns with both teams capable of scoring as it happened in their last four meetings, as well as in five of the last six.