ASTON VILLA VS FULHAM PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Aston Villa and Fulham meet at Wembley Stadium, in a match for the 0 th day of the Championship. The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 5 matches won 3 and lost 2. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 17-02-2018, ended with the victory of Fulham by (2-0).
The home team reaches this stage of the Championship (Promotion Play-offs – Final) after a home draw by (0-0) and a win by (0-1) with Middlesbrough. In the last 10 home league matches Aston Villa has a record of 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 21 points out of 30 possible. Defensive consistency has been one of their best features, as they have only conceded goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 48 matches in the competition, he suffered the first goal 17 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
The Aston Villa reached this grand final after beating Middlesbrough, by triumphing away from home by 0-1, in the first leg of the semifinal. In the second leg, playing at home, he controlled the advantage and achieved qualification for the final with a goalless draw. Without big surprises, coach Steve Bruce should opt for a strategy based on possession of ball and slow attacks, however, in some moments of the game should act only in the counterattack. Albert Adomah is the great highlight of this Aston Villa, with 14 goals and 5 assists. It is important to note that visitors present a defensive sector of great quality, as they suffered on average 0.5 goals per game in the last 10 games played. For this game the coach can count on all his players.
The visiting team reaches this phase of the Championship (Promotion Play-offs – Final) after having eliminated Derby County, with a victory by (2-0) at home and a defeat by (1-0) away in the previous round . In the last 10 away matches for the championship Fulham has 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 20 points out of 30 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 48 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 16 times and only managed 4 comebacks. In the last 24 away matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 14 of their 39 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Fulham reach this decisive final after beating Derby at home, 2-0, returning to the triumphs after two games without success. We remember that the visitors had a very positive final part of the championship, since they had 7 victories in the last 10 matches played. In this game against Aston Villa, coach Slavisa Jokanovic must bet on a more cautious style of play, with a medium or low block, since he possesses eximious players in the different moments of the game. Ryan Sessegnon is the best scorer and the great star of this team, with 15 goals scored. Everything indicates that there are no important absences for this game.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.55