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Fulham are off the bottom of the Premier League table thanks to their first top flight success at Villa Park since 1966. Felix Magath earns his first away win as Cottagers manager after goals from Kieran Richardson and Hugo Rodallega's first league goal for 15 months. Grant Holt had levelled with his first Villa goal, but it the Cottagers who picked up three vital points to keep their hopes of survival alive.
WHAT A CHANCE! Grant Holt breaks free and with the goal at his mercy, he bends his right-foot curler wide of the far post.
Hugo Rodallega scores his first goal in 15 months to hand Fulham the lead at Villa Park with time running out. Lewis Holtby's inswinger is helped on by the Colombian to send the ball past Brad Guzan into the back of the net.
Sascha Riether looks to have blocked Grant Holt off the ball, but referee Michael Oliver gives Fulham a goal kick.
AMAZING BLOCK ON THE LINE! Ashkan Dejagah dummies the ball to Lewis Holtby who side steps Brad Guzan before sending his shot towards the empty net. Matt Lowton gets across to make the most amazing block on the line to deny him what looked like a certain goal! Goalline technology comes to Villa's rescue.
Villa have managed just one win in their last 7 Premier League meetings with Fulham, losing twice and drawing 4 times. That 1-0 win came in March 2012.
It's only Holt's second Aston Villa start and the striker scores at the Holte End. It was meant to be!
Grant Holt scores his first Premier League goal in Villa colours with a free header from Marc Albrighton's outswinging cross from the right. It was a textbook header into the far corner. It was his goal goal in 23 games - since last August!
A win for Fulham will help them climb off the foot of the Premier League table above Sunderland who play Tottenham on Monday night.
Aleksandar Tonev is on for Villa. He replaces Joe Bennett, who hasn't had the best of games this afternoon.
How big a goal could that prove to be for Fulham? They haven't won a Premier League away match since Boxing Day at Norwich.
What a goal! Ashkan Dejagah picks out Kieran Richardson just outside the area and the former West Brom man puts his foot through the ball and finds the top right-hand corner. That's this third goal of the season!
GOOD BLOCK! Sascha Riether makes an excellent covering block to deny Andreas Weimann from giving Villa the lead.
Joe Bennett catches Ashkan Dejagah with a high boot and is rightly carded by referee Michael Oliver.
There's been a renewed urgency from Fulham at the start of this half. Matt Lowton brings down Kieran Richardson.
Fulham have conceded the highest percentage of second half goals in the top flight (70 per cent). Villa came close to breaking the deadlock at the start of this half, but the Cottagers came through that spell.
OFF THE POST! Villa come close to breaking the deadlock. Leandro Bacuna breaks clear and although the angle is against him, he thunders his shot towards the near post. Goalkeeper David Stockdale gets an important touch to turn the ball onto the post!
Felix Magath must have had some strong words to say at the break. Hugo Rodallega comes close to picking out Steve Sidwell in the box.
The Cottagers are coming on strong at the start of this half. Lewis Holtby's shot is well blocked, but the pressure is being applied.
Fulham manager Felix Magath looks to have changed his system again. Woodrow didn't do a lot wrong and is unlucky to be replaced.
Fulham have made a double change for the start of this second half. Hugo Rodallega and Ashkan Dejagah have replaced Cauley Woodrow and Pajtim Kasami.
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Aston Villa are now 7/4 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Fulham 5/2 and the draw 5/4. The Londoners have conceded eight goals in their last two away games, while Villa have seen five or more goals in three of their last five at home. Grant Holt is 6/1 to score the first goal while Cauley Woodrow is 8/1 for the visitors. I went for Villa to win 2-1 this clash and that scoreline was priced at 15/2. It is now 12/1! Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.
VILLA 0 FULHAM 0: Stalemate at Villa Park! Fulham have had the best of the chances in the opening 45 minutes. Teenage striker Cauley Woodrow had the best opportunity when Joe Bennett's poor pass was picked up by the 19-year old. He nutmegged Nathan Baker but could not beat Brad Guzan from the angle. Lewis Holtby and Steve Sidwell have also come close. For Villa, Marc Albrighton has looked a danger while Andreas Weimann and Grant Holt have had half chances. The quality hasn't been the best though, so let's hope for a better second 45 minutes at Villa Park.
We're into added time at Villa Park. Guzan clears up field and referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle for half-time.
The hosts have looked nervy at the back and toothless in attack. Fulham will be encouraged as we approach half-time.
Nathan Baker makes a thunderous tackle and then Villa do their best to lose possession in the middle of the park.
Joe Bennett's low cross is easily taken by David Stockdale. Villa have worked some promising positions, but have been unable to deliver the killer ball.
Woodrow is not lacking in confidence as he has another go from range. The ball takes a deflection and falls kindly into the hands of Guzan.
It's been a pretty even contest at Villa Park. Both sides have had chances, although Woodrow has had the best of them.
FINE SAVE! Cauley Woodrow nutmegs Nathan Baker before racing clear. The angle is against him with Villa defenders racing back and his low drive is parried away by the diving Brad Guzan. Luckily for the hosts, there's nobody following in.
GOOD SAVE! Leandro Bacuna cuts inside Pajtim Kasami and Fernando Amorebieta and then hits his right-foot shot towards goal but David Stockdale gets his body behind it and holds on.
Weimann tries to find Ryan Bertrand, who made a lung-bursting run from full-back. David Stockdale comes out to claim the ball though.
CLOSE! Good move from Villa this time. Albrighton lifts the ball in the box for Andreas Weimann, but he can only direct his header up and over the crossbar.
Now Johnny Heitinga fouls Grant Holt out wide. Albrighton's delivery is too close to goalkeeper David Stockdale.
Joe Bennett is brushed off the ball by Mahamadou Diarra. it looked like a free-kick, but Michael Oliver waves play on.
Cauley Woodrow catches Nathan Baker from behind and referee Michael Oliver awards Villa the free-kick deep in their own half.
The flag is up. Nathan Baker hands possession to Cauley Woodrow and Villa are almost exposed after his pass to Pajtim Kasami is over hit and late.
The Whites have gone 15 away games with a clean sheet, the longest run of any team in the Premier League without a shutout this season. It's goalless at the moment though!
Marc Albrighton's free-kick so nearly falls to Grant Holt in the six-yard box. Pajtim Kasami is in the right position to clear the danger for Fulham.
Lewis Holtby's inswinging delivery is headed away by Ron Vlaar. Good defending by Villa as Fulham press.
Villa have conceded the highest percentage of first half goals in the Premier League this season (54 per cent). Fulham will heart from that stat as they look to create a chance.
Albrighton cuts the ball back, but Andreas Weimann takes a swing at thin air on the edge of the area.
Darren Bent is unavailable to play against his parent club today, which is why Cauley Woodrow is starting.
Andreas Weimann races away down the left and his cross looks to find Grant Holt, but the on loan Wigan striker is unable to stretch and reach the ball.
Grant Holt does well to hold the ball up and spreads the play. Leandro Bacuna's cross then falls to Marc Albrighton, but his shot is well blocked.
The Cottagers have used 38 players this season and that's one of the main reasons why they are where they are.
CLOSE! Fulham start well and Pajtim Kasami's left-footed cross is headed over the crossbar by 19-year-old Cauley Woodrow, who is leading the line this afternoon.
Brian A Cook emails in to say: 'I want Villa to win but I worry about the stat. Fulham have not won at Villa Park for 14 years. Everyone knows our poor home form!'
Paul Lambert is aware of Felix Magath from his time in Germany. They shake hands and it's Aston Villa who get the game underway.
Villa are in their traditional home kit, while Fulham are in their white shirts and socks with black shorts. The pitch is immaculate as usual. It's like a Cup tie atmosphere for this clash, which is a massive one for the visitors.
The teams come out and the atmospehere is pretty good at Villa Park. Looks like their are plenty of kids in the house to watch this.
Malcolm is going for a home win today. He says: 'I am a Villa Supporter and I want Villa to win maybe 3-1.'
Last season: Aston Villa 1 Fulham 1, Fulham 1 Aston Villa 0. Last five league matches: Aston Villa L W W L L; Fulham L L W L L. Top scorers (all competitions): Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 11; Steven Sidwell (Fulham) 7.
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Aston Villa are Evens to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Fulham 11/4 and the draw 5/2. The Cottagers have a dismal record at Villa Park having lost seven and drawn seven of their last 14 visits but are only 11/4 to take the points today. In Christian Benteke's absence Andreas Weimann is the 6/1 market leader to open the scoring, while Grant Holt is 13/2. Moussa Dembele is 9/1 for Fulham and Ashkan Dejagah is 12/1. The Londoners have conceded eight goals in their last two away games, while Villa have seen five or more goals in three of their last five at home so for the adventurous out there the over 4.5 at 9/2 may make some appeal. I'm going for Villa to win 2-1 this clash and that scoreline is priced at 15/2. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.
Cian Hughes emails in to say: 'Good afternoon! I think Villa will win 3-1 today.' As simple as that!
ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS: With Christian Benteke expected to be sidelined for up to six months after suffering a serious Achilles tendon injury in training on Friday, Paul Lambert has opted to go with the experienced Grant Holt in attack. Gabby Agbonlahor has failed to recover from a sickness bug so Marc Albrighton and Andreas Weimann provide the support. Nathan Baker has recovered from a foot injury to take his place alongside Ron Vlaar in central defence while Joe Bennett and Matthew Lowton get a start. Karim El Ahmadi (thigh) is out.
FULHAM TEAM NEWS: Teenage striker Cauley Woodrow leads the line as defender Fernando Amorebieta returns from suspension after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat by Manchester City. Mahamadou Diarra makes his first appearance in his second spell at the club. Scott Parker is out with a knee problem while striker Kostas Mitroglou continues to be sidelined by a knee problem.
ASTON VILLA TEAM (4-4-2): Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Bennett, Bacuna, Albrighton, Weimann, Holt.
FULHAM TEAM (4-2-3-1): Stockdale; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Amorebieta; Diarra, Sidwell; Kasami, Holtby, Richardson; Woodrow.
Fulham manager Felix Magath used to insist his side could claw their way out of relegation trouble by winning home matches but with time running out, the Londoners now also require points on the road if they are to have any chance of survival. They are in desperate need of a win to close the five point gap to safety. Meanwhile, the home side are coming off successive 4-1 defeats and the cruel blow of striker Christian Benteke's World Cup-ending Achilles tendon injury. Villa boss Paul Lambert insists back-to-back defeats have not diminished his desire to achieve a top-half finish in the Premier League. Successive 4-1 losses to Stoke and Manchester United have left some at the club casting nervous eyes over their shoulders towards the relegation battle.
EARLY ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS: Paul Lambert faces a striker crisis with Christian Benteke expected to be sidelined for up to six months after suffering a serious Achilles tendon injury in training on Friday, while Gabby Agbonlahor is battling to recover from a sickness bug. Nathan Baker has recovered from a foot injury while Karim El Ahmadi is also set to return to contention after a thigh strain.
EARLY FULHAM TEAM NEWS: Scott Parker could return from a knee problem but striker Kostas Mitroglou continues to be sidelined by a knee problem. Defender Fernando Amorebieta returns from suspension after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat by Manchester City.
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