After Fulham lost away to Derby the first semi-final match of the promotion play-off by 1-0 it must play in front of its fans to win if it wants to reach the final that will be played at the Wembley. Let’s add that Fulham ended the regular season with even 13 points more than Derby. Fulham won Derby away 2-1 and drew at home 1-1 in the regular season.
However, Fulham players failed to justify epithet of favourites in Derby three days ago, although we should say that team led by manager Jokanovic had an upper hand on the pitch in the 1st semi-final leg. Still, all what is counts are goals and Fulham players scored none on Friday evening, while on the other hand Derby’s striker Jerome had managed to use one moment of reduced focus of Fulham’s defenders to score a header.
Defeat by Derby was the second in a row for Fulham, as it lost the last match of the regular season to Birmingham away 3-1, with which Fulham dropped chance to gets directly promoted to the Premier League. True, it still has chance to earn promotion as Fulham will enjoy the home-field advantage in the 2nd leg. We should add that the only out of action is injured forward Ojo.
Unlike their rivals from London, Derby’s fans should be far more satisfied with result of the 1st semi-final leg as they won 1-0 at home thanks to goal scored by experienced forward Jerome. Of course, that was fulfilment of their main objective for the match in London, especially as they managed to preserve their goal intact, despite that Fulham’s strikers were several times very close to defeat goalkeeper Carson.
Right because of that everyone in Derby is very much aware that on Monday evening they have even more difficult task in defence, given that the home team has nothing to wait and must play even more aggressively than it did in the 1st leg, which will at the same time leave enough room for fast counter-attacks of the guests, in which they are true masters. Regarding the team, we believe that manager Rowett will send on the pitch the same 11 players like he did in London, especially as still out of action are injured midfielder Thorne and forward Winnall.
We have said earlier that despite defeat of 1-0 in Derby, Fulham was much better team in the bigger part of the match, which indicates that now when plays in front of its fans Fulham should finally capitalise the initiative with goals, and in that way should qualify for the final of the play-off that will take place at the Wembley stadium.
Bet Type: 3Way - result
Best Odds: 1.72 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 14-May-2018 20:45 CET
Event Result: 2:0(0:0)
Profit: +28.80 Units