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Fulham vs. Man United

Craven Cottage

21/03/09

15:00

United (h) Preview

After that historic first away win of the season, up at the Reebok, last Saturday, Fulham face a tough test against Manchester United at Craven Cottage this weekend. Could Fulham spring a surprise?

Vital Quotes:

We know it`s going to be hard to get a result but can someone have a word with Dickson Etuhu, who seems to be ready to be too willing to sing the praises of United remarking,
"I think it will be different this time. At the end of the day you can`t take anything away from Manchester United as they are the best team in the world'
'It will be a tough game for us as they [United] want to prove a point after losing to Liverpool last week."

Fulham Team News:

As far as we know Roy Hodgson has no injury worries. Aaron Hughes overcame a rib injury to play last time out and Bobby Zamora had overcome a hip injury to play as well.

Therefore, with the formidable 'Red Army` in West London, we doubt whether Roy will make many changes.

Therefore, unless we`ve missed any suspensions, we expect Fulham to line up as follows,

Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson and Zamora.

Player to watch: Andrew Johnson

It`s time for AJ to show that he can score against the best teams in the Premier League and what better opposition to start against

Man United Team News:

Manchester United arrive in West London with a plethora of talent at Sir Alex Ferguson`s disposal. It`s probably fair to say that Sir Alex could select two teams to give us a run for our money out of his large squad.

However, if we`ve worked this out right, their centre-back, Vidic will be missing on Saturday, through suspension, after picking up a red card last Saturday.

Also missing, through injury, will be Gary Neville, Wes Brown and possibly John O`Shea.

Player to watch: Carlos Tevez

We understand there is every chance the Argentine striker will be looking for anew club come the summer, he`s a class act and if he fancies a trial at Craven Cottage we`re sure Roy can sort him out with one.

Match Facts & Stats

This is the third time we`ve faced United in only a matter of weeks. In the reciprocating fixture, up at Old Trafford, we were soundly beaten 3-0. Then, days later, when faced with a visit from United in the FA Cup, we were beaten 4-0. Let`s hope it`s not a sign of things to come.

But, if we look through the record books for games played between the two on home turf, the records show its Fulham 0 wins, Manchester United 4 wins and 3 draws, in Premier League fixtures.

Continuing on the same theme, if we look at all League games on our turf, it`s Fulham 8 wins, Manchester United 10 wins and 10 draws

Ref Watch:

Phil Dowd is the man looking to keep law and order.

Match Prediction:

Would they take me away to a secure location if I were to predict a Fulham win? Sadly, it`s hard, after United were turned over 4-1 by Liverpool, to envisage the current World, European and Domestic champions from suffering two defeats on the trot in their run in for the title. Therefore, I`ll still be brave and I`ll go for the spoils being shared in a 2-2 draw.

Next Fixtures:

Things don`t get that much easier. After a visit from Manchester United it`s a visit from their title rivals, Liverpool.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 19 2009

Time: 6:02PM

Your Comments

yet another easy tie with a guarenteed 3 points:D:D......but seriously.....i say 1-1 :D
KBFulham
just like lawro did apparently....
KBFulham
yet another easy tie with a guarenteed 3 points:D:D......but seriously.....i say 1-1 :D
KBFulham
just like lawro did apparently....
KBFulham
I know it's not right of us Liverpool fans to expect any more effort from you than normal when this game comes around, but I have to say I was mightily disappointed to see the defeatist attitude Hodgson had when talking about this game, basically saying that he expected Fulham to lose heavily. I reckon Craven Cottage is one of the most underratedly-difficult places to go in the league, and he should be talking that up to get the fans in a stir, not rolling over three days before the game!
Naoise
I know it's not right of us Liverpool fans to expect any more effort from you than normal when this game comes around, but I have to say I was mightily disappointed to see the defeatist attitude Hodgson had when talking about this game, basically saying that he expected Fulham to lose heavily. I reckon Craven Cottage is one of the most underratedly-difficult places to go in the league, and he should be talking that up to get the fans in a stir, not rolling over three days before the game!
Naoise
to be fair to roy, there is no point getting our hopes up. i am not saying we are going to lose, but last time roy was confident in a pre-match interview with man u, we lost 4-0. he is just being realistic and trying not to over -inflate the eagos. as a manager, i wouldn't want to come out and say, yes, we can win this, only to be embaressed. he is purely playing it safe i think. i would be surprised if he repeated those words to the players themselves.
KBFulham
to be fair to roy, there is no point getting our hopes up. i am not saying we are going to lose, but last time roy was confident in a pre-match interview with man u, we lost 4-0. he is just being realistic and trying not to over -inflate the eagos. as a manager, i wouldn't want to come out and say, yes, we can win this, only to be embaressed. he is purely playing it safe i think. i would be surprised if he repeated those words to the players themselves.
KBFulham
i have already resigned myself to an unhappy weekend :-)
Al Billy
they are just too good for us - sorry but I'm a realist!
Al Billy
i have already resigned myself to an unhappy weekend :-)
Al Billy
they are just too good for us - sorry but I'm a realist!
Al Billy
i think that is fair al billy, but i will be keeping my hopes up and watching closely!!
KBFulham
i think that is fair al billy, but i will be keeping my hopes up and watching closely!!
KBFulham
im sure what roy says in public and in house are two different things,its man u,the fans dont need anymore stirring up then that,i know for a fact that roy and the boys will go out there looking for a win,they will try their best dont worry bout that,if we lose so b it,they will do their best and us as fans cant ask for anymore than that,,COYW!!!
whiteaussie
im sure what roy says in public and in house are two different things,its man u,the fans dont need anymore stirring up then that,i know for a fact that roy and the boys will go out there looking for a win,they will try their best dont worry bout that,if we lose so b it,they will do their best and us as fans cant ask for anymore than that,,COYW!!!
whiteaussie
Pshh this will be easy, 3-0 to the whites..... But on a serious note 1-1 would be brill
Backslash2010
Pshh this will be easy, 3-0 to the whites..... But on a serious note 1-1 would be brill
Backslash2010
Vidic is out, so I'd like to see us score against them, though I'm not counting on much from this one.
Samboney
Vidic is out, so I'd like to see us score against them, though I'm not counting on much from this one.
Samboney
EVERY body as much as i want FULHAM to win or draw we have to think realisticly and i think we gonna lose by a heavy margin Unfortunetly but I hope we dont!!!
Carbz #13
EVERY body as much as i want FULHAM to win or draw we have to think realisticly and i think we gonna lose by a heavy margin Unfortunetly but I hope we dont!!!
Carbz #13
They have shown they are beatable and I am hoping you guys can show it....
Doody
They have shown they are beatable and I am hoping you guys can show it....
Doody
so do we doody!! :D:D
KBFulham
so do we doody!! :D:D
KBFulham
 

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