Dip in Fulham Form Opens Up Championship Title Race

Fulham’s sprint towards the Championship title has turned into somewhat of a laboured walk following a run of four straight draws.

With the Cottagers dropping points, the race for the Championship title has opened up and could be a battle that goes right down to the wire.

Fulham Trying to Rediscover that Killer Edge

With a run of seven straight wins over October and November, it looked like manager Marco Silva and his side would be coasting their way to the title. Fulham, who are still favourites in the EFL Championship betting odds to lift the trophy, were in imperious form as they kept five clean sheets in that seven-match spell. The Cottagers were earning plenty of backers in the Championship football tips and scored an astonishing 25 goals in that spell. However, what looked like a blip in a goalless draw at home to Derby County toward the end of November turned into something more.

Fulham went on to draw their following three games 1-1 against Preston North End, Bournemouth and Luton Town in a disappointing spell for the west London outfit. The dropped points meant the Cottagers lead at the top of the Championship standings was cut to just two points after the first 22 games of the campaign. It’s fortunate for Fulham that their title rivals have also struggled to hit full stride but a close battle for the title is back in the offing.

Cherries’ Form Turns Sour

A similar downturn in form has befallen Bournemouth as they too push for a return back to the Premier League this season. Again, it was an encounter with Wayne Rooney’s Derby that seemed to spark the poor run of form, as a 3-2 loss to the Rams was followed by three draws and a defeat. While it looked like at one stage Fulham and Bournemouth would run away with the automatic promotion places, a poor run of form has given the likes of West Brom and Blackburn Rovers hope of a top-two finish.

Much like Fulham, Bournemouth’s formerly solid defence started to spring leaks and manager Scott Parker is looking to plug the gaps. The Cherries went on a four-match winning streak in October without conceding a single goal. Those defensive displays dried up, as the south coast outfit went on a run of seven games with just one clean sheet to leave them just three points above West Brom after 22 matches. After back-to-back wins over Coventry City and Reading, the Baggies find themselves overcoming their own tricky patch after a four-game winless run.

It’s no secret that the English Championship is still one of the most competitive leagues in the world. The cliché continues to be proven right that anyone can beat anyone in this division, which is why this intriguing title race could go right down to the final days of the regular season.

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