Fulham and Burnley set for tight FA Cup encounter

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    Fulham and Burnley set for tight FA Cup encounter

    Fresh from ending Liverpool’s lengthy unbeaten run at Anfield, Burnley travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

    Seven points separate the two sides in the Premier League table, with eighteenth-place Fulham trailing sixteenth-place Burnley.

    Fulham have only managed to win two of their 18 league games this term, although six draws have kept the club afloat.

    Scott Parker’s side may not have won a league game since November, but five straight draws across December and January have given them hope.

    Fulham edged past Championship team QPR in the previous round, with two goals in extra-time getting the job done.

    However, scoring goals has been Fulham’s biggest problem this season. In fact, only two sides in the Premier League have scored less.

    It goes without saying that if the Cottagers want to escape the relegation battle, they will need to start scoring more goals.

    Having said that, Burnley have struggled to hit the back of the net even more than Fulham have this season.

    Sean Dyche’s men have only score ten goals in 18 league matches, yet they have conceded just 22 in reply.

    Burnley needed penalties to edge past League One side MK Dons in the previous round, before suffering defeats to Man Utd and West Ham.

    However, they bounced back in style, ending Liverpool’s unbeaten home run with a spirited performance at Anfield on Thursday.

    Despite seeing just 28% possession and facing 27 shots, the Clarets secured a 1-0 victory, with Ashley Barnes scoring from the penalty spot on 83 minutes.

    Head-to-head: These two sides last face each other during the 2018/19 Premier League season. Fulham claimed a 4-2 home win, before Burnley won 2-1 at Turf Moor.

    It is also worth pointing out that Burnley have won three of their previous four league matches against the Cottagers.

    Team news: Fulham have two injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s clash, with Terence Kongolo and Tom Cairney unlikely to be fit.

    Burnley have no fresh injury worries heading into the fourth round, although we could see a much-changed side from the team that beat Liverpool.

    These two sides have produced a number of high-scoring encounters in recent years, so we could see plenty of goals on Sunday.

    Forebet predicts that both teams will score over 1.5 goals at Craven Cottage, with the game likely to go into extra-time.