Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Man City v Fulham today!

Man City  v  Fulham today!



Fortunately for Fulham, life on the road has been much better this season. Going into Saturday's match with Manchester City, Chris Coleman's side have already matched last season's point total of seven on the road.

On top of that, Fulham have gone five matches unbeaten on the road since an opening day loss to Man U at Olf Trafford. Fulham supporters are hoping their return trip to Manchester will see the team come home with all three points and win to keep them in the top ten of the Premiership.

Last weekend Manchester City earned a point at home in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United. The defense continues to be fantastic in front of their home crowd at the City of Manchester Stadium. In six matches on their home ground, Manchester City have not conceded a goal.

In those same six matches, they have won three and drawn three. Of those three wins, one was a dramatic 1-0 win over Arsenal in late August. Stuart Pearce will be hoping his defense remains airtight on Saturday against a Fulham team that has proven tough to beat over the past five matches on the road.

While their defense has been rock solid at home, the attack has been lacking to say the least. In the aformentioned six home matches this season, they have only been able to score four goals. Two of those goals came in a 2-0 defeat of West Ham earlier this season.

Fulham enter Saturday's lunchtime kickoff in Manchester sitting 10th in the table on seventeen points. Chris Coleman's side four points clear of their opponents this weekend and would like nothing more than to put further distance between themselves and Manchester City in the table.

Last season the Cottagers pulled off the double against City and will look to continue their winning ways this weekend at the City of Manchester Stadium.

In last weekend's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth, Fulham was saved by the heroics of Antti Niemi. The Finnish keeper made one outstanding save after another to keep the Cottagers in a deadlock and ultimately earning the team a point at Fratton Park.

Week after week Fulham's opponents seem to dominate possession but are unable to score many goals. The Cottagers in turn have taken advantage of their scoring chances and given their opponents all they can handle and then some.

If Chris Coleman decides to stick with the same formation as he played last Saturday against Pompey, look for either Brian McBride or Heidar Helguson to be all alone up front in a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Neither McBride nor Helguson excel in the lone striker role, but Coleman seems to favour a more defensive approach, particularly on the road where he can move natural defender Carlos Bocanegra to a defensive midfield role to help not only the defense, but the midfield as well.

I think that Chris Coleman will sacrifice entertainment for a point on the road if that is what his team can get out of this match.

After appearing as a second half substitute, Papa Bouba Diop might be in contention for the starting eleven despite a tough start to the season for the Senegalese international.

Fulham supporters would love nothing more than to see Bouba Diop find his form of two seasons ago when he scored three goals in dramatic fashion against Chelsea, Manchester United and West Brom all in a matter of two months.

Luis Boa Morte might be able to find the back of the net for the first time this season. The Portuguese international, who returned from a fractured cheek bone two weeks ago against Everton, will be looking to open this season's goal scoring account and help his team get a big win on the road.

If Fulham can continue to play solid in defense, I do not see Manchester City having the attacking presence needed to score a goal. At the same time, the City defense, which has proven to be strong at home this season, will be equally as tough for Fulham to crack on Saturday.

Lets hope that we can grind out another good result! A win would be fan bloody tastic but a draw is a more likely outcome!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Saturday November 18 2006
Time: 9:00AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Brook Not on the Slide

Recent Fulham Articles

Medical & Science Shortlists Announced 2016/17

The Football Medical Association have now announced the shortlists for the Medical and Science Team of the Year for the season of 2016/17.

FA Boosts Cheating Powers for 2017/18

The Football Association announced earlier today that they have extended their powers when it comes to punishing retrospective simulation.

Newcastle Line-Up Raid for Cairney

The harsh realities of football mean that, come next season, Newcastle United will be playing in the Premier League whilst Fulham won`t.

For Fulham the Buzz Word Is Ambition

Bold is what is expected from the board.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Reading (a)?
Suggested By: putney
Bettinelli26%
Fredericks19%
Kalas0%
Ream0%
Malone0%
McDonald23%
Johansen0%
Cairney19%
Ayite0%
Kebano0%
Aluko0%
Martin0%
Sessegnon4%
Piazon9%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.truezebra1
Vital Football Comment