Fulham vs Atletico Madrid: One more for the road

Fulham are once again rank outsiders to beat Europa League opposition, having won as underdogs in their last five pairings in the competition. Yet given their tenacity and will to win, 3.85 on Betfair seems a reasonable price.

Bobby Zamora

Zamora could seal glory for Fulham

Best scorer bet: Diego Forlan first @5.0 on Bet365

Best half time/full time bet: draw/Atletico win @5.8 on Betfair

Best long odds bet:
1-0 Atletico @7.0 on Bet365

Much has been made of the Cottagers’ run which has consistently defied odds and impressed pundits Europe-wide. Roy Hodgson has been lavished with praise (not least from Utd’s Sir Alex) for his role in transforming the team from Premier League strugglers to princes of continental football.

But can they do it one last time? Atletico Madrid don’t think so. They dumped Liverpool out of the competition with an extra-time heart-breaker by Diego Forlan; who would be only too happy extend that favour to Fulham too.

He’s in form, as are a number of attack-minded Atletico players including rumoured Chelsea target Sergio Aguero who would love to pour cold water on Fulham dreams.

Neither team enjoys home advantage, but Fulham have only recently visited the Nordbank Arena when they duelled Hamburg to a 0-0 draw just a few weeks ago.

When it comes to injuries, Fulham could be argued to have the biggest headache, with the possible absence (or at least lack of match fitness) of front man Bobby Zamora, who has had a central role in his team’s cup run and who is sorely missed when absent this season.

Damien Duff is also sidelined with injury for Fulham. Meanwhile the bad news for Atletico Madrid comes in the form of a cruciate ligament injury to goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, which will keep him out for up to six months.

In guessing a winner tonight, most people’s hearts will say Fulham and heads will say Atletico. But Roy Hodgson and co won’t mind that one bit and a cheeky fiver on his team could just see a return.

Best bet: Diego Forlan scores first @5.0 on Bet365

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