Who wants it least ?
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s usually a case of who wants it more in football.
At Craven Cottage tonight it might be more a case of who wants it least.
The reality is an FA Cup replay is the last thing the respective managers need for their two teams who are very much relegation contenders – sitting just off the danger area in 15th (Norwich) and 16th (Fulham).
It finished 1-1 at Carrow Road as yet again Norwich failed to beat Fulham.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Max last 10 only)
Jan 2014 FA Cup Norwich 1-1 Fulham
Dec 2013 Premier Norwich 1-2 Fulham
Feb 2013 Premier Norwich 0-0 Fulham
Aug 2012 Premier Fulham 5-0 Norwich
Mar 2012 Premier Fulham 2-1 Norwich
Dec 2011 Premier Norwich 1-1 Fulham
May 2005 Premiership Fulham 6-0 Norwich
Dec 2004 Premiership Norwich 0-1 Fulham
Jan 2001 Div 1 Fulham 2-0 Norwich
Aug 2000 Div 1 Norwich 0-1 Fulham
Fulham have now lost five of their last seven home matches, including a 4-1 thrashing from Sunerland on Saturday so hardly come into this on the crest of a wave.
However Fulham coach Rene Meulensteen has said “nothing positive” would come of fielding a second-string team against Chris Hughton’s side.
Despite the talk it’s no surprises to see plenty of changes to the starting 11.
Hughton has made six changes to his team, with 18-year-old twins Josh and Jacob Murphy both named in the squad, with the former in the starting XI.
Fulham are boosted by the return from injury of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and defender Brede Hangeland, with the experienced centre-back partnered by former Darlington player Dan Burn. Scott Parker and Dimitar Berbatov are not involved this evening.
A trip to Sheffield United in the fourth round awaits the possible reluctant winners and we may have to wait quite a while to find out who that will be.
A draw on Star Sports looks the call at around 5/2.
RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)
5 points DRAW at around 5/2 with Star Sports