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

19:45 Fr 19Oct SKY

Sheff Wed v Middlesbro

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Middlesbrough have won four of their last five meetings with Sheffield Wednesday
Expert verdict
No side has shipped fewer goals in the Championship than Middlesbrough this term and their defensive resolve can give them the edge against playoff hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday. Tony Pulis’s team have lost just once on the road this season and the Owls are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league.

 

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