Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Sunday May 8 2011
After two resounding 3-0 victories, one at home to Bolton Wanderers and the other away to Sunderland, we welcome Liverpool to Craven Cottage this Monday evening.
There are only three games to go of this season but three wins will see us reach our highest ever Premier League points total, something Mark Hughes is well aware of when he says,
"If we get maximum points out of every game we have left then I think that's the highest total ever that a Fulham team has reached in the Premier League.'
'So that's a challenge for us and that's something that we'll use as a motivation going into these last three games.'
'It could've been easy to switch off after the Bolton result, to be fair, because we were safe or near as damn it.'
'But I didn't see any inkling that that's what the players were feeling when we went up against Sunderland.'
'So it's more of the same for the games we have remaining."
Mark Hughes rested Dempsey and Hangeland last weekend, we suspect that both will make the starting eleven this week, as will, we hope, Aaron Hughes who is still on track to play in every Premier League game this season.
But there`s bad news for Damien Duff who is now set to miss the remainder of the season after having surgery on his Achilles problem. Also not rumoured to be available are Gera and Halliche.
Has hit a vein of goal scoring form on his return to the starting eleven, can he keep it going is the big question?
Since taking over from Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish has transformed the fortunes of Liverpool. Transfer deadline day saw Torres depart and Carroll and Suarez arrive, all in big money deals.
On Monday though Liverpool will be without the influential Gerrard who has had groin surgery, Also missing will be Agger and Kelly. Rated as doubtful are Aurelio and Jovanovic
Shown, in his few appearances since joining in January, that he`s going to be a real hit with the Anfield faithful.
Last time Liverpool came to Craven Cottage they were given a sound 3-1 beating, unfortunately that is our only victory over them in our last seven meetings and in six of them we`ve failed to score!
Our home form remains good though having won six of the last seven with Blackburn being the only team to get on the score-sheet.
Our officials are: Referee - Lee Mason Assistants - Stephen Child and Simon Long Fourth Official - Kevin Friend
Liverpool`s form has improved dramatically since Roy Hodgson was axed and Kenny Dalglish was given the managers role, albeit still on a temporary basis. But Fulham have nothing to fear from this Liverpool side, they are beatable and with us being on our own good run of form I reckon we can nail emerge winners, 2-1 sounds about right!
It`s our last away game, and our penultimate fixture, next weekend when we visit St Andrews to take on Birmingham City.
Date:Sunday May 8 2011
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