Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Friday March 16 2012
After the disappointment of last weekend, whereby we lost at Villa Park to a last gasp goal, Martin Jol will be hoping that his Fulham side can get back to showing the kind of form that had harvested three wins out of three against Stoke, QPR and Wolves when we welcome Swansea City to Craven Cottage this Saturday. With Swansea renowned for playing football the right way, under Brendan Rodgers, the fixture has all the hallmarks of being a classic encounter.
Apart from long term injury victim, Grygera, Martin Hol should be able to welcome back Aaron Hughes to his squad after the Northern Ireland defender missed the trip to Villa Park last time out. Hoping to make his first start will be new signing Mohamadou Diarra whilst Bryan Ruiz will also be hoping for a recall.
The vultures are circling and we may not have many more opportunities to witness Moussa play. On the evidence of his performances recently, we`re not surprised that the 'bigger boys` are casting an envious eye in our direction.
Brendan Rodgers brings his talented squad to West London without the influential Nathan Dyer with the wing wizard serving a suspension due to a red card picked up recently. Also absent for Swansea will be Kemy Agustien and Andrea Orlandi.
This tricky winger has the ability to seriously hurt defences. Sometimes erratic but often dynamic, our full backs will have to be at their best to contain him.
The last time we played Swansea was back in 1997, but we should point out that both teams were in the bottom tier of English football then, on that occasion Fulham triumphed 2-1.
In fact, on the last four occasions our paths have met, at Craven Cottage, whether it be in league or cup football, Fulham have won and scored 14 goals in the process.
The last time Swansea won at Craven Cottage was when both sides were in Division 2, back in 1980, with the Welsh side winning 2-1.
In what will be, I`m sure, an attractive game, I expect Fulham to get back to winning ways with a 2-0 win.
Ouch! A trip to Old Trafford beckons next weekend.
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Date:Friday March 16 2012
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