Fulham achieved promotion again to the Premier League on Tuesday with a 3-0 house win over Preston North Finish which assured the London aspect a top-two end within the second-tier Championship.
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League leaders Fulham — who have been relegated from the highest flight final yr — now have 86 factors from 42 video games with 4 matches left to play. Second-placed Bournemouth are 9 factors behind Fulham, who rode a first-half brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic and a Fabio Carvalho strike to victory.
Marco Silva’s aspect will be part of a cluster of groups primarily based in west London in subsequent season’s Premier League, with Chelsea and Brentford additionally primarily based there.
The highest two within the division are promoted to the Premier League whereas the groups that end third to sixth go into the playoffs to combat for the ultimate spot.
Solely Nottingham Forest may have denied Fulham promotion however they’re now 16 factors behind the Londoners and may get a most of 15 extra from their remaining 5 video games.
Fulham took the lead by way of Mitrovic within the ninth minute earlier than Carvalho grabbed one other and Mitrovic accomplished a first-half rout by ending off a slick group transfer within the forty first minute.
The free-scoring Serbia worldwide has been key to Fulham’s fortunes, averaging greater than a objective per sport with 40 strikes this season.
Fulham’s promotion had regarded inevitable for a while, however their celebrations have been placed on maintain final week after they misplaced at Derby County.
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Fulham have scored 98 targets this season in 42 video games whereas conceding solely 37.
Fulham’s subsequent problem is to win the Championship title. They’re 9 factors away from second-placed Bournemouth, who’ve 77 factors and a sport in hand on the leaders.
Huddersfield City are in third place on 73 forward of Luton City with 71, Forest on 70 and Sheffield United who at present occupy the ultimate playoff place with 66 factors.
Promotion is price as much as $240 million, in line with final yr’s Deloitte Annual Evaluate of Soccer Finance.