The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

FUL­HAM were de­nied a place in the top six by Black­burn’s late lev­eller in mid­week – but the Cot­tagers re­main a great bet to win the play-offs.

Slav­isa Jokanovic’s side had lost just three of their last 20 games, a record no other side in the Cham­pi­onship could match.

Their goal dif­fer­ence – a re­li­able barom­e­ter of ul­ti­mate suc­cess – was trumped only by the top two. But the big­gest fac­tor? In 37 matches, Ful­ham had drawn a blank only six times.

Of course, they will have to hold their nerve. But deal with that and, over two legs, they will prove difficult to outscore.

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