Fulham v Cardiff City. Match preview

Cardiff cannot mathematically get relegated on Saturday if they lose and Brighton win but the goal difference would mean it was inevitable. But on the other hand a Cardiff win and a Brighton defeat would swing the odds around in Cardiff's favour.

City play at 3pm at Craven Cottage against already relegated Fuham. The Cottagers, with pressure lifted from them, have won their last two games and will not be an easy opponent for the Bluebirds.

Brighton are at home to Newcastle at 5:30pm.

Cardiff must gain four more points than Brighton in the final three matches.

Cardiiff are away at Fulham, home to Palace and away at Man Utd.

Brighton are at home to Newcastle, away at Arsenal and home to Man City on the final day.

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Team news:

Fulham could have defender Alfie Mawson back in contention following a long-term knee problem for the visit of relegation battlers Cardiff.

Midfielder Tom Cairney should be available again after missing last weekend's win at Bournemouth following the birth of his child. Andre Schurrle may sit out Saturday's game as his wife is due to have their baby.

On-loan Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah continues his recovery from a knee ligament problem, while goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli (knee) and midfielder Lazar Markovic (calf) are also in rehabilitation.

Cardiff midfielder Joe Ralls has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury while Harry Arter is facing a battle to recover from a calf strain.

Callum Paterson (ankle) and Sol Bamba (knee) remain long-term absentees.

Opta stats:

  • Fulham have lost just one of their last eight meetings with Cardiff in all competitions (W3 D4), though it was the reverse fixture back in October (2-4).
  • Cardiff have won all three of their Premier League meetings with Fulham, picking up a 2-1 victory in their only previous visit to Craven Cottage in the competition.
  • The home side haven't lost any of the last 23 Premier League meetings between two promoted clubs (W15 D8), since Leicester won 1-0 at Burnley in April 2015. The last seven sides to win away at a fellow promoted side have all avoided relegation.
  • Cardiff have lost nine of their 11 previous Premier League games in London (W1 D1 L9), with their only victory in the capital coming at Fulham in September 2013.
  • Fulham have won their last two Premier League games, last winning three in a row in the competition back in March 2012 under Martin Jol.
  • Fulham have kept a clean sheet in their last two Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 37 games in the competition.
  • Cardiff have lost seven of their last nine league games (W2), conceding at least twice in each loss while keeping a clean sheet in both wins.
  • Cardiff are looking to secure back-to-back top-flight away wins for the first time since February 1957, having won at Brighton in their last game on the road.
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored the winning goal in five of Fulham's six Premier League victories this season. The Serbian has scored the highest percentage of his side's winners among all players in the competition this season (83%).
  • Cardiff's Bobby Reid has scored in each of his four league starts against Fulham in the league, also providing an assist in the Bluebirds' 4-2 win in the reverse fixture in October. In fact, against no side has he scored more league goals than he has against Fulham (4).


Match officials:

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Marc Perry
Fourth official: Michael Oliver