Fulham vs Brentford preview: Two of the top six clash at Craven Cottage
A blank matchday  sign outside of Craven Cottage (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Fulham will look to extend their unbeaten run to five games when they host Brentford who are sat a place behind the Cottagers in fourth in both side's first game in the Championship since March.

Scott Parker's side are currently four points ahead of this weekend's opponents and they will hope to maintain the pressure on Leeds United who at the moment are positioned in the automatic promotion spots, six points ahead of Fulham.

On the other hand, with nine games remaining, Brentford have a good chance to seal a play-off spot come the end of the season as they are five points ahead of seventh placed Bristol City.

However, the prospect of automatic promotion does look unlikely due to them currently being ten points behind second placed Leeds.

Pre-lockdown form

Before the Championship season was postponed on the 13th March, Fulham were in pretty decent form having not suffered a defeat in four games, despite facing fellow play-off challengers. 

Their last loss came on the 15th February when they were beaten 3-0 by bottom of the table Barnsley at Craven Cottage, although this has been their only defeat in the last 11 league games.

It is not only their recent form that will give Fulham confidence going into the game but they also hold the best home record in the league so far this season as they have racked up an impressive 38 points from 19 games at Craven Cottage after picking up 12 victories, two draws and by only suffering five defeats.

Similarly, Brentford come into the fixture in decent form  themselves having only lost twice in the least eight games which came away to a struggling Luton Town and at home to  fifth placed Nottingham Forest.

Although, the Bees have not suffered a defeat in the last two games having drew away to Cardiff City and before putting five past Wednesday at Griffin Park last time out.

Team News

The hosts go into the game with only two players that are unavailable as on loan Huddersfield Town defender  Terence Kongolo is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury, whilst centre back Alfie Mawson  will not feature due to having a knee problem.

Whereas for Brentford, the 105 day break from football has allowed  defender Pontus Jansson and midfielders Mathias Jensen and Kamo  Mokotjo to get back  to full fitness, meaning that they are able to play in tomorrow's encounter which would not have been the case if the game had originally gone ahead.

Two of the top scorers on show

Even though it is a clash between two teams that could very well face each other in the play- offs, it is also a fixture that sees the two top goal scorers in the league face off against each other.

For Fulham, Aleksander Mitrovic has bagged 23 goals making him the top goalscorer in the league  and on average he has scored one goal every 133 minutes.

On the other hand, Brentford's Ollie Watkins is only one goal behind Mitrovic and he averages a goal every 155 minutes, therefore it will be interesting to see whether both strikers can add to their tally when the Championship returns  tomorrow at 12:30pm. 

 

 

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