Sat lunchtime KO Live odds : Fulham v Stoke City up first for football fans as Berbatov proving popular in goalscorer markets

Its Fulham v Stoke up first in the Premiership with William releasing the latest both teams to score odds and a new free bets offer on the game, as the firm reports Berbatov is proving popular amongst customers to score first.

The Bulgarian looks the class apart coming into the game as Martin Jol looks for a vital three points as Stoke pay a visit to Craven Cottage in the early kickoff.

The Potters currently sit in tenth place in the top flight and Fulham are four points behind them in twelfth, but both need a result here as they haven’t been in the best form since the turn of the year.

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Fulham have won just one of their last five league matches and have failed to score in three of those, so a big performance is needed on home soil this weekend.

Martin Jol’s men are six points clear of the bottom three, with is a healthy, but far from unassailable lead. If they lose this one and the teams around them pick up points, they could move down to fifteenth place and start worrying about what the next few months might have in store.

On the flip side though, a win would have them to within touching of their opponents, who are currently in the top half and the Cottagers would move to 30 points, just ten away from the all important 40 mark. A win for Fulham gives you odds of 6/5.

Five of the seven wins that Jol’s team have managed this campaign have come at the Cottage, so it shows just how important their home form is. When taking on a team like Stoke on their own turf, Fulham know they have to get a result.

As ever, a lot will depend on the sort of form that Dimitar Berbatov is in. The Bulgarian has the tendency to go missing in games against teams at the top of the table, but matches such as this one are the ones he relishes. He is currently the 6/1 favourite to break the deadlock.

As for Stoke, they had a welcome return to form last time out as they were 2-1 winners at home to Reading at the Britannia Stadium, which was their first win in seven top flight matches.

Tony Pulis would not have been happy with the performances in 2013 so far, but now he will hope that win can spark a good run of form and lead the Potters to another top half finish.

They currently sit on 33 points and with their three games after this one being against West Ham United, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, Pulis is sure to see his men’s next four matches as a chance to get up to 40 points and possibly more.

Jonathon Walters and Peter Crouch are the top scorers for Stoke at the minute as they have five each in the league. The goals have been spread out all over the squad and that shows just how much the away side do rely on set-pieces.

Stoke do look like decent value for the win at 30/11 and they are sure to try and make this a tough afternoon for Fulham.

With two sides likely to play contrasting styles of football, it should be an interesting encounter that gets underway from 12.45PM.


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