Writer: Ollie Sheehan
Date:Sunday March 19 2006
Sun, 19 March 2006
Fulham will take on Chelsea on their home turf at Craven Cottage.
Chris Coleman has been under immense pressure by the media to have Fulham give one of their best performances they desperately need. Coleman’s take on the matter of Fulham’s less than perfect game is partly to blame on the fact that rumors of boardroom managerial restructuring was to occur and the fact that Fulham has lost two directors on the board. “We’re already talking about what we want to do for next season, but the most important thing is to focus on the remaining results,” Coleman was quoted saying in a more positive tone for the team.
Fulham have three more injuries at Craven Cottage.
Brian McBride has a groin problem that will need surgery however, that will not stop Fulham's top scorer from playing against Chelsea. In addition to the teams injury list, Heidar Helguson has a knee injury that will need surgery but, in the face of adversity he will strive to bring Fulham's game up to their full potential! Zat Knight is suffering from a hamstring injury and is replaced by Philippe Christanval.
Philippe Christanval could prove to be a key ingredient that Fulham needs for winning against Chelsea and bringing the fans faith in the team ever strong in their abilities.
Jose Mourinho's take on the match against Fulham is all optimism, he hopes to maintain their record of one Carling Cup and three Premiership wins. Mourinho's optimism may be a little to carefree due to Makelele having muscle pain and Gudjohnsen having a fever and staying home from a practice. Arjen Robben is serving a suspension from the West Brom game and will not be in match on Sunday and could have proven vital to Chelsea's odds in winning against Fulham.
Shaun Wright-Phillips performance last week against Tottenham could replace Damien Duff and give Fulham an intense match at Craven Cottage.
Even though Fulham has only won four out of the twenty-six games at Craven Cottage against Chelsea they have a great chance to make it a fifth win with Helguson back in the game. Fulham's four successive defeats prove to be a negative aspect to the fans but, with Helguson and Christanval the game could prove to be the win Fulham needs to get out of the small slump.
All goals should point to Fulham, the team should be cautious but yet confident with their top scorer in the match. Fulham 2-1 Chelsea
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