Blackpool have not played badly recently, but facing a Fulham playing too explosively. It is very difficult for coach Neil Critchley’s team to leave Craven Cottage with a positive result.
For Stoke to take the lead in the first minute of the match, however, Fulham still had a comeback later to win 3-2 on aggregate. This result also extended Fulham’s winning streak to 4, at the Championship playground alone. Even those were destructive victories, in which they crushed Birmingham and Bristol City with a score of 6-2 and Reading 7-0. After 27 matches played in the English First Division this season, Fulham won 17, drew 6 and lost 4.
Currently with 57 points, the Craven Cottage team is firmly at the top of the rankings with 5 points more than Blackburn ranked behind and has played 1 game less. If they continue to maintain their current form, it is likely that Fulham will be the first team to have tickets to return to the Premier League soon. Remember, Fulham is the team to lose the least in the Championship this season, they also have the strongest attack (73 goals) and the most solid defense with 25 conceded goals. Looking at the current form, Fulham promises to have an easy match when welcoming Blackpool at home.
Blackpool just had a gentle 1-0 victory when welcoming Millwall at home. This result helps them forget the sadness of being eliminated early in the third round of the FA Cup at the hands of Hartlepool. At the Championship playground, Blackpool is having 2 recent victories in a row. This team has won the last 3/5 rounds and lost 2 of them. Of course, it cannot be said that Blackpool is playing well, because the last 10 matches in all competitions they lost 6 and only won 3.
Especially away from home, Blackpool lost all 4 recent trips away from home. On the rankings at the moment, Blackpool is in 14th place after bringing back 36 points through 27 rounds. With this score, it must be admitted that Blackpool does not have too many goals to strive for in the remaining time. Blackpool beat Fulham in the first leg with a goal from striker Josh Bowler. However it was also the only time Blackpool beat Fulham after the last 10 clashes.