Fulham - Fulham v Sunderland Preview
UK time is: 17:10:37
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Fulham vs. Sunderland

Craven Cottage

06/12/09

15:00

Fulham v Sunderland Preview

After the narrow victory over CSKA Sofia in the Europa League, its back to the Premier League with a home fixture against much improved Sunderland. After dropping two points to Bolton Wanderers last time out, Roy Hodgson will be looking for a maximum return on Sunday afternoon.

Vital Quotes:

After returning from injury in midweek (and missing a penalty) our club captain has spoken about the risks a certain Darren Bent carries when he`s an opposition player, remarking,

"I played alongside Darren and I`m a bog fan of his because he always gets goals."

"You might not see him for 80 minutes in a game but he will keep running and if he gets a chance he will put it away."


And as for that penalty miss in midweek,

"I apologised but the lads know most of the time I`m pretty reliable."

"Mentally I didn`t concentrate enough. Maybe I was guilty of strolling up to it thinking I would score and as soon as you do that, you start missing."


It`s okay Danno, you`re forgiven!

Fulham Team News:

After shuffling the starting eleven for the recent Europa clash with CSKA Sofia, Roy Hodgson will be looking to bring back Damien Duff, Clint Dempsey and Aaron Hughes.

But, Simon Davies, who recently made a comeback after a long absence, will require an assessment on the calf injury he sustained on Wednesday night.

Definitely out though are Andrew Johnson, Diomansy Kamara and Dickson Etuhu.

Player to watch: Danny Murphy

After being out injured since the Hull fixture, our captain will be looking to make up for lot time in the Premier League, no penalty misses please though Danny!

Sunderland Team News:

Steve Bruce brings his Sunderland team to Craven Cottage on the back of a poor performance at Wigan last weekend. His squad will have to make do without the injured duo of Craig Gordon and Lee Cattermole.

John Mensah is also out with a calf problem although Kenwyne Jones may return despite picking up a dead leg playing for the reserves in midweek.

Player to watch: Darren Bent

Many scoffed when Sunderland paid big money for him from Spurs but the striker has delivered the goods and could force his way into Fabio Capello`s World Cup plans.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season this would have had home win written all over it but this season Sunderland, with Steve Bruce in charge, are a much different proposition. Some astute buys have added a new dimension to their play and Fulham will have to work hard to get any reward. However, Roy Hodgson was very astute with his selection in midweek for the visit of CSKA Sofia and the return of Clint Dempsey and Damien Duff could just give us that impetus to carve out a narrow victory. I`m going for a 2-1 Fulham win.

Ref Watch:

Taking charge of this Premier League fixture is Mike Dean

Match Prediction:

Our last encounter with Sunderland saw us defeated 1-0 back in January, at the Stadium of Light, with Kenwyne Jones getting the only goal of the game. In all league fixtures between the two clubs, Sunderland have a healthy lead over us having won 20 times compared to our 13 times with a further 13 having been drawn. Incidentally, in our last five encounters with the Black Cats, we`ve not beaten Sunderland.

Next Fixtures:

After entertaining Sunderland we`re back on the road in the Premier League with what looks like a tricky away fixture at Burnley.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 5 2009

Time: 12:43PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
not too many away wins for the black cats let hope its another home win for fulham me thinks
truth sayer ffc
Report Abuse
05/12/2009 21:08:00

and 1 0 will do me fine
truth sayer ffc
Report Abuse
06/12/2009 17:45:00

truth sayer got it right - spot on mate!
Al Billy
Report Abuse
06/12/2009 18:30:00

well done truth sayer, and well done fulham! into 8th!
woodysweats
Report Abuse
09/12/2009 14:47:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Fulham Articles

A Choice of Two for You! (Friday July 31 2015)

Fulham Youngster Goes Off On Loan (Friday July 31 2015)

Fofana Returns to France on Loan (Thursday July 30 2015)

Rodallega Takes the Turkish Option (Thursday July 30 2015)

Berbatov`s Returning to England? (Wednesday July 29 2015)

Can You Keep a Secret? (Tuesday July 28 2015)

Barnsley Sign Fulham Youngster (Sunday July 26 2015)

Fulham Slip to Defeat in Austria (Sunday July 26 2015)

Fulham Sign Everton Defender on Loan (Saturday July 25 2015)

Chelsea Want Our Keeper! (Saturday July 25 2015)

Archived Fulham Articles

List All Vital Fulham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Charlton 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Huddersfield 0 0 0 0 0 0
14. Hull City 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Ipswich 0 0 0 0 0 0

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

LUFC Leeds finish pre-season with a win
Leeds Utd : 01/08/2015 16:46:00
LUFC Leeds United 0-0 Everton Half Time Report
Leeds Utd : 01/08/2015 15:45:00
LUFC Leeds United v Everton Teams
Leeds Utd : 01/08/2015 14:00:01
BWFC: Forgotten Midfield
Bolton : 01/08/2015 12:36:01
Tom Lees Comments After Signing Four-Year Owls Contract
Sheff Wed : 01/08/2015 10:21:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are You Happy With Our Pre-Season Signings?
Suggested By:  putney
Yes! 69%
No! 21%
Not Sure! 10%