Fulham up for the fight in Premier League relegation battle

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Four points from safety with 12 games remaining, for now the only relevant statistic for Fulham fans should be a tally of four goals and one point from their last two games away at Manchester United and at home to title outsiders Liverpool.

They were results that suggested there is plenty of fight left in the team, who many have already written off following a series of insipid displays in the league and FA Cup, with their limp 1-0 loss to Sheffield United in the latter proving particularly difficult viewing for fans and neutrals alike.

Ladbrokes currently has the London club priced as the 1/3 favourites to go down this term But were it not for the concession of a late penalty against the Merseysiders last time out, Fulham would have headed into their next game off the back of two games without defeat in the division.

That said the draw with United did see the Cottagers end a run of four consecutive defeats and one goal in the Premier League, with the four goals scored over their last two fixtures in the top flight proving a particular positive following their previous barren run.

And with the team seeming to hit goalscoring form at the perfect time, next up is a trip to West Brom to face a team Fulham will fancy their chances against.

The Baggies have yet to win under new manager Pepe Mel and a victory for the visitors would leave just one point separating the sides.

Meulensteen has reason to be confident given that Fulham are unbeaten in six against the Midlands outfit, with their previous visit to the Hawthorns resulting in a 2-1 win.

A win there could then act as a springboard for the Londoners’ season, with fixtures against Cardiff City and Newcastle United – two teams seriously lacking in confidence and consistency – to come.

And with new signings Lewis Holtby and Konstantinos Mitroglou boosting their attacking firepower during the January transfer window, the one statistic that should matter to punters is that Fulham are 9/4 to avoid the drop at Ladbrokes.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.