Villa Park is perfect place for Fulham to begin great escape

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Felix Magath has already stated that his Fulham side require four wins from their last six fixtures to prevent Premier League oblivion, which means they must grab all three points from at least one of their three remaining away games.

They won’t get a better chance than in their next fixture against Aston Villa.

Despite dire stats home and away this season, the bottom-placed side can be backed with some degree of confidence at 13/5 to kick-start what would be the most unlikely of revivals.

They were in exactly the same predicament in 2007/08, on the same amount of points and somehow clawed their way above water by taking the quartet of wins Magath has cited here.

The 1/1 being offered for Villa to grab the win is too skinny considering they have now been stripped of their top scorer Christian Benteke and only their visitors and second-from-bottom Sunderland harbour a worse home record this season.

After a brief rally which saw Paul Lambert’s side overcome Norwich and Chelsea, Villa arrive off the back of a pair of 4-1 drubbings, so that magical football word ‘confidence’ will be in scant supply.

Those who are not willing to put it on the line may prefer a safer bet on Fulham in the Draw No Bet market at 29/20.

One feature of Magath’s infant tenure which bodes well is their seeming resilience not to let the game get out of sight by the break, as in the six games he’s been in charge only twice have they been behind at the break and only by a single goal on both occasions.

Therefore a 7/1 punt on draw/away in the half-time-full-time market may be one to really swell the coffers on this match.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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