Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Friday August 13 2010
Hardly the most attractive of fixtures for the opening game of our 2010/2011 Premier League campaign is it? But, on the other hand, it does give Mark Hughes the opportunity to return to the North-West and to also kick-start his Fulham managerial career with a win over a Bolton side that are hardly top notch doesn`t it! In fact Mark Hughes could go a long way to getting further adulation from the Fulham faithful by getting a rare victory on the road, something that has tended to elude us in the last two campaigns!
Our opposition boss, Owen Coyle, seems rather confident ahead of this fixture remarking,
"We`ve had a great pre-season and we can`t wait for Saturday to come around."
Well we`ve not had a bad one ourselves thanks Owen, sticking five past Werder Bremen last weekend!
May the best team, on the day, win!
(That`s if we can improve on a poor away record that has seen us only win seven times, on the road, in the last three seasons)
Owen Coyle goes into the opening fixture of the season without two key midfielders with Gavin McCann and Joey O`Brien both having knee problems.
Up front, Coyle will be looking to the Swedish player, Johan Elmander to play alongside the bullish Kevin Davies.
A battering ram of a centre forward, a tower of strength who bullies defenders, a brute who isn`t afraid to put his body on the line, a colossus to defend against and the sort of player the supporters love!
It`ll be interesting if Mark Hughes, for his first Premier League game of Fulham, sticks with the majority of those that Roy Hodgson used to start with. With Philippe Senderos and Andrew Johnson both long term injury victims, also absent will be Damien Duff with a knee ailment, and with Hughes yet to bring in any confirmed signings, it looks as if Mark might not have much choice than to go wit the tired and trusted.
We expect Fulham to line up something like this:-
Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Murphy, Etuhu, Gera, Greening, Zamora and Dempsey
Fresh from making his full England debut, the Fulham faithful will be keen to see if Bobby can carry on with the goals scoring exploits this season that made him such a star last season!
The statistics show that Bolton are the more likely team to emerge victorious on Saturday. Fulham`s record at the Reebok Stadium is poor with only one victory in the last six attempts.
Fulham also have the strange record of only having scored once in their last four opening day fixtures, which would seem to indicate we could be in trouble if Bolton get a brace!
The man in the middle is Stuart Atwell who will be ably assisted by his two assistants, Martin Yerby and Adam Watts with Scott Mathieson fulfilling the fourth official duties.
Our away form, especially in the Premier League, is usually considered to be woeful. But it`s the first match of a brand new season and optimism levels are inevitably high, those once a summer thoughts of finishing very high up the table are prevalent. Can Fulham grab all three points on offer at the Reebok Stadium? Of course they can and they will, you`ll see! 1-0 to Fulham with the winner coming in the second half!
Our second home match of the new season sees Fulham entertain Manchester united at Craven Cottage.
Date:Friday August 13 2010
Woodrow in Fine Form for England U21's (Tuesday May 24 2016)
Fulham After Blackburn Skipper (Monday May 23 2016)
Fulham - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16) (Monday May 23 2016)
Who Will Fulham Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16) (Sunday May 22 2016)
Madl Signs Two-Year Deal with Fulham (Saturday May 21 2016)
Wholescale League Changes For Fulham? (Saturday May 21 2016)
A New Season - New Rules For Fulham (Friday May 20 2016)
Fulham - McCormack Transfer Fall-Out (Wednesday May 18 2016)
Fulham in Tomlin Chase (Wednesday May 18 2016)
Stekelenburg to become a Saint permanently! (Wednesday May 18 2016)
|17. Bristol City||45||13||13||19||-13||52|
|Video - Recall Wednesday Vs Hull City in Season 15/16
» Sheff Wed : 25/05/2016 23:06:01
|RUFC - Former 'Keeper Joins Cod Army
» Rotherham : 25/05/2016 22:01:00
|LUFC Former keeper on the move
» Leeds Utd : 25/05/2016 20:52:00
|LUFC Midfielder set to leave Leeds
» Leeds Utd : 25/05/2016 20:40:01
|Three Managers Who Would Fit The Bill
» Forest : 25/05/2016 19:10:00