Fulham return to the Premier League

FULHAM are back in the Premier League and bookmakers expect them to stay in the top flight after they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Wembley to win the Sky Bet Championship playoff final.

Tom Cairney’s first-half goal proved to be the difference in a tight final as Fulham held on with ten men for the final 20 minutes following Denis Odoi’s red card.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s stylish side certainly look well equipped to deal with the demands of the Premier League and bet365 rate Fulham 8-15 to stay up.

Fulham are also 5-1 for a top-ten finish and 6-4 to be relegated but on paper there look to be three inferior sides than the Cottagers, who possess quality performers such as match-winner Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon.

It was Sessegnon who assisted Cairney for the golden goal as Fulham justified playoff favouritism to seal promotion.

Villa piled on the pressure after the break in an attempt to force an equaliser but it will be another season in the Championship for Steve Bruce’s side and Sky Bet rate them 8-1 for the title.

The sponsors also quote Villa at 7-2 to be promoted next season.

Match in Focus

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Iran v Spain

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Spain have conceded nine goals in their last six matches
Expert verdict
Spain brushed aside any concerns surrounding the managerial switch in their thrilling 3-3 draw with Iberian rivals Portugal and a reproduction of that should be good enough to sink surprise group leaders Iran. However, Iran showed how dangerous they can be on the counter attack in beating a talented Morocco outfit 1-0 and the price looks right for them to pinch a consolation against Spain, who have conceded in five of their last six matches.

 

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