Villa may have kicked off the season with three points hosting Sheffield Utd, but it’s worth noting they were rather fortunate on the day.
John Egan was sent off for the Blades after just 12 minutes, while Emiliano Martinez bailed out his new side with a second-half penalty save when the game was still goalless.
Dean Smith’s men relied heavily upon home form last season to stay up, going just W2-D5-L12 on their travels, with only relegated dup Norwich and Watford picking up fewer points on the road.
Dean Smith’s side actually conceded 67 times in total as only the rock-bottom Canaries shipped more, but they did however tighten up at the back during the final stretch.
21 of their first 30 games saw at least three goals, compared to just one of nine matches since then following their opening day win this season.
Even that exception came against a Man Utd side that put three past them in the midst of a run of 13 wins from 19 unbeaten matches in all competitions.
Fulham may have won to nil this season in League Cup encounters with Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday, but in the top flight they’ve conceded seven times across their defeats to Arsenal and Leeds so far. They’ll hope they can replicate performances from their home games last season, with only Marcelo Bielsa’s outfit registering more points on home turf in the Championship.
Half Time Draw
Scott Parker will undoubtedly be looking to improve at the back, but even in the second tier they were only able to throw back-to-back clean sheets on two occasions at Craven Cottage.
They were however level at the break in 13 of their final 19 Championship fixtures, including the play-offs, as well as an FA Cup clash with Villa themselves back in January.
Meanwhile, Villa’s games have been goalless at half-time in seven of their last 11 now, including all four road trips, as Man Utd were the only team they trailed to at that point over this entire spell.
Half Time/Full Time – Draw/Fulham
Although Villa have carried their end of season flourish into the new season, leaving them with five wins from seven unbeaten matches in all competitions now, their dreadful away record leaves us unconvinced of their prospects here.
Fulham hold a good record against Villa in recent times, winning four of five meetings since 2017, including all three meetings at this venue as well as their Championship play-off final at Wembley in May 2018.