UK time is: 16:11:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Swansea vs. Fulham

Liberty Stadium

10/12/11

15:00

Swansea v Fulham Preview

It`s off to Wales this weekend and a fixture against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. After beating Liverpool last time out, is this not a great opportunity to rattle off two wins on the bounce?

Swansea, newly promoted via the play-offs, are renowned for playing attractive football but culpable of not picking up enough points so far this season. Managed by Brendan Rodgers, they play football how it should be played and I`d like to think we`d match them on Saturday.

All in all, it promises to be a fascinating encounter.

Vital Quotes:

It`s kind of ironic that having missed so much of his career lately, through injury, that Simon Davies could be about to make his return to the squad, in his native Wales.

After seventy minutes of a midweek reserve match, this is what Martin Jol had to say about his possible inclusion in the squad,

"He gave himself seven out of ten fitness wise. If he`s fine tomorrow, I`ll put him in the squad."

Wouldn`t it be superb if he came on and scored the winner on his comeback game, or odes that sort of thing only happen in dreams?

Swansea Team News:

Brendan Rodgers will rue the fact that his influential midfielder, Joe Allen is suspended. A likely replacement could be the versatile Wayne Routledge.

Likely to return to the side, after missing the defeat up at Ewood Park last season with an Achilles problem is Danny Graham.

Player to watch: Scott Sinclair

After a great season last time out, Scott hasn`t exactly set the Premier League on fire. It`s fair to say that he`s been consistent rather than spectacular. But, his pace is enough to trouble any defence and if we`re foolish enough to concede a spot kick then Scott will put them away with nonchalant ease!

Fulham Team News:

Martin Jol, aside from his long term crocks, will be hoping that Danny Murphy recovers form the ankle knock that saw him limp off in the marvelous victory over Liverpool.

Also, as we`ve already speculated, Simon Davies may return to the squad for the first time in six months.

If Steve Sidwell is unavailable, we expect Dickson Etuhu to continue in midfield.

Player to watch: Moussa Dembele

Bigged up big-time before the match with Martin Jol declaring, when asked about a rumoured move for the Spanish legend, Raul,

"We have our own star in that position. Moussa Dembele is on his way to being a fantastic player."

Let`s hope he delivers this Saturday.

Match Facts & Stats

These two clubs have yet to meet in the Premier League but the last meeting between the two, back in the 1996/97 season, in the bottom tier, saw Fulham do the double over the Welsh side, winning 2-1 on both occasions.

Although we`re always harping on about our poor away form, it`s worth taking note that, currently, we are unbeaten in our last three!

Match Prediction:

Going to the Liberty Stadium will be hard. Swansea play attractive, passing football and if we can`t get to grips with them we could struggle. But we have shown we can live with decent teams away from home. Last time out we were unfortunate not to win at Arsenal. In fact we`ve taken four points from the last two games, a great result when you consider we were playing Arsenal and Liverpool. Can we continue that form in South Wales? Of course we can, Fulham to win 1-0.

Next Fixtures:

It`s back to Europa League action, this Wednesday, with a must win fixture against Odense SK.




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 December 9 2011

Time: 4:27PM

Your Comments

Swansea's home defense is very solid and we still can't finish with any consistency. I predict a 0-0 draw.
Teddy_KGB
Two very resolute defences can only point to a goalless draw or a 1-0. I'd love to say we could nick it 1-0, but I agree with Teddy, we just have no consistency in attack so I don't see it happening. 0-0.
Riverside Chanter
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Fulham Articles

That Man Bent? (Wednesday November 26 2014)

Fulham Youth to take on Crewe (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Burn Doesn`t Want Hammers Move! (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Young Defender Recalled! (Monday November 24 2014)

Symons Quashes Hammers Interest in Burn (Sunday November 23 2014)

Symons Rues Mistakes but Praises Brentford (Saturday November 22 2014)

Brentford 2 Fulham 1 (Saturday November 22 2014)

Stats: Brentford v Fulham (Saturday November 22 2014)

Brentford v Fulham Team-Sheets (Friday November 21 2014)

Same Again Please! (Friday November 21 2014)

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
Fulham 1 - 0 Norwich
Fulham 0 - 1 Millwall
Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff
Fulham 3 - 0 Charlton
Fulham 4 - 0 Bolton
Fulham 0 - 1 Blackburn

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Huddersfield 18 5 6 7 -6 21
15. Reading 18 6 3 9 -6 21
16. Leeds Utd 18 5 5 8 -5 20
17. Fulham 18 5 4 9 -5 19
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19
19. Birmingham 18 4 7 7 -14 19
20. Brighton 18 3 9 6 -3 18

Breaking League News

Forward extends loan
Middlesbrough : 26/11/2014 15:45:00
Defender relishes challenge
Middlesbrough : 26/11/2014 15:35:00
Charlton v Ipswich Head to Head.
Charlton : 26/11/2014 14:41:00
Football Aid 2015 - Play at the DW Stadium!
Wigan : 26/11/2014 14:30:00
That Man Bent?
Fulham : 26/11/2014 12:32:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Brentford?
Suggested By:  puteny
Bettinelli 51%
Zverotic 0%
Bodurov 0%
Burn 0%
Stafylidis 0%
Ruiz 0%
Christensen 0%
Parker 0%
Wilima 0%
Rodallega 0%
McCormack 33%
Eisfeld 16%