Fulham - Sunderland v Fulham Preview
UK time is: 19:09:55
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Sunderland vs. Fulham

Stadium of light

19/11/11

15:00

Sunderland v Fulham Preview

The long trip to the land of the Mackems beckons this weekend when Fulham journey to the north-east to take on Sunderland. It`s a fixture that won`t capture the imagination of the media but one that could turn out to be surprisingly entertaining.

Vital Quotes:

In the build up to the clash Martin Jol has issued a hands off warning to one of the players, Moussa Dembele, that could playa pivotal role in getting all three points tomorrow, remarking,

'There is a lot of interest in good players and I've got a few.

'It's up to us to keep them here and that's what we're trying to do.

'I think Dembele could develop into one of the best. He's better on the ball than any other number 10s I know. The only step he has to take now is play more killer balls and finish.

'Dembele gives us an extra dimension. For me it's important I've got good players.

'If they are better than average players it's only good for the club.'


Yeah! Hands-off!

Sunderland Team News:

Steve Bruce has seen his squad change dramatically since we last visited the Stadium of Light. Asamoah Gyan has departed but there have been several notable arrivals, including John O`Shea and Wes Brown from Manchester United and Nicolas Bendtner from Arsenal.

On the injury front, Steve Bruce will be without both Simon Mignolet and Craig Gordon as both are injured. Keiren Westwood will deputize.

Also out are the injured striking duo of Conor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell. The defensive stalwart Titus Bramble will also be absent due to a knee injury.

Player to watch: Nicolas Bendtner

Keen to re-establish himself as a Premiership marksman after his move away from Arsenal. On his day he can be lethal but on other days simply awful lets hope it is the latter.

Fulham Team News:

Martin Jol takes his troops to the north-east without the injured Zdenek Grygera, who is out for six months, whilst Stephen Kelly will also be absent after picking up an injury whilst on international duty with the Republic of Ireland. Aaron Hughes is another who`ll be missed through injury but it`s expected that Steve Sidwell will be available again after shaking off his latest injury.

Player to watch: Bobby Zamora

Didn`t have the best of games for England, on his Wembley debut, so will be looking to get on the score-sheet to keep Fabio Capello`s attention as he contemplates his squad choice for the Euro Finals next summer.

Match Facts & Stats

Looking at the statistics, Sunderland have a poor scoring record against us, they`ve failed to score in five of the last six matches, including, strangely, the last four.

Last time out, Fulham won 3-0 at the Stadium of Light, a rare away day victory. In fact our away day form shows that in the last 100 Premier League games we`ve won a mere 12. Surely it is time for a major improvement.

Match Prediction:

Two Fulham Premier League away wins on the bounce, after such a barren run, is surely something that dreams are made of. But the opportunity is there to do just such a thing! Sunderland, for all their summer spending, are not in the greatest of form. The new players have yet to bed down into a solid unit and Martin Jol will be keen for Fulham to extend Steve Bruce`s misery. As optimistic as ever, I`m taking Fulham to spring another surprise, on the road, and nick this one 1-0!

Next Fixtures:

Our next fixture sees us welcome Arsenal to Craven Cottage next weekend.




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:Friday November 18 2011

Time: 4:38PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Fulham Articles

Fulham After Blackburn Midfielder (Thursday May 28 2015)

Is Time Running Out? (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Fulham Target Centre-Back! (Sunday May 24 2015)

Wallace Not Coming! (Friday May 22 2015)

Fulham Duo Make International Squad (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Stafylidis Returns to Germany (Monday May 18 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)

1. Lang3ffc 5
2. Oldwolf 3
3. dobox 3
4. Riverside Chanter 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Norwich 4 - 2 Fulham
Fulham 4 - 3 Middlesbrough
Blackpool 0 - 1 Fulham
Fulham 1 - 1 Rotherham
Fulham 2 - 2 Wigan
Charlton 1 - 1 Fulham

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Forest 46 15 14 17 2 59
15. Leeds Utd 46 15 11 20 -11 56
16. Huddersfield 46 13 16 17 -17 55
17. Fulham 46 14 10 22 -21 52
18. Bolton 46 13 12 21 -13 51
19. Reading 46 13 11 22 -21 50
20. Rotherham 46 11 16 19 -21 49

Breaking League News

LUFC Cellino is in a rush to do things at Leeds
Leeds Utd : 28/05/2015 19:00:01
LUFC Leeds off to Austria and Norway
Leeds Utd : 28/05/2015 19:00:01
LUFC Rosler looking to lay solid foundations
Leeds Utd : 28/05/2015 19:00:00
Howe: King versatility will be invaluable
Bournemouth : 28/05/2015 18:06:01
King: Premier League has always been the dream
Bournemouth : 28/05/2015 17:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

After Finishing 17th, Should Kit Symons Keep His Job?
Suggested By:  Putney
Yes! 27%
No! 56%
I bet the decision has already been made! 17%