Our prediction for this Premier League match:
There will be fireworks when Fulham and West Ham United face each other at Craven Cottage in the local derby. The Cottagers failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Leicester City, with the team remaining in the relegation zone in the Premier League standings. Fulham are eager to keep their survival hopes alive, and they have no other option but to go all guns blazing at the Hammers. Both Kongolo and Cairney are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
David Moyes’ men, on the other hand, continue to impress in the 2020/21 season, with January signing Lingard scoring a brace in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa. Since Fulham are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s London derby, away win should be considered as the Hammers will have a number of opportunities to seal the victory on the break. Defender Masuaku should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Tom Cairney):
Tom Cairney is a professional footballer who plays for Fulham. His main position is central midfielder, but he plays as an attacking midfielder and a right midfielder as well. The left-footed player was born in Nottingham, England on 20 January, 1991 and he started his youth career at Leeds United.
In 2007 he moved to Hull City and he was named Hull’s Young Player of the Year for the 2008/2009 campaign. After making 70 league appearances for the Tigers he joined Blackburn Rovers on 1 August, 2013 on loan and on 2 January, 2014 he signed a permanent deal with the Riversiders. At the end of the 2014/2015 Championship campaign he joined Fulham.
Tom Cairney’s father is Scottish and, as a result, the Fulham footballer decided to represent Scotland on the international stage. Cairney has 2 caps for Scotland U-21 and he made 6 appearances for Scotland U-21 team. It has to be noted that he suffered a serious injury in August 2012. The injury forced him to be out of contention for over three months.
Highlighted Team (West Ham):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals.
A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.