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Fulham
vs.
Aston Villa

Craven Cottage

28/12/2005

19.45pm

Chris Coleman says the clash v Villa is a 'must win' game.

Vital Quotes:

Sorenson says: 'We have a big game against Fulham. It will be nice to take the win and performance against Everton into that game and we will be confident. If we can get another win there, then we can start looking the other way as regards the table rather than over our shoulder.'

Chris Coleman says: 'there's nice you are boyo' and adds (!) about the Chelsea 3-2 loss 'We've started on the right foot and although he we didn't get the result, we gave one hell of a performance.' + 'Now we have to beat Villa and approach it in the same way we did against Chelsea. The lads will be a little bit fatigued but it will be the same for Villa.'

Fulham Team News:

Pap Bouba Diop is out with an ankle injury, Jensen, Volz and Malbranque are also not fit. (from): Warner, Crossley, Rosenior, Bocanegra, Christanval, Knight, Goma, Pearce, Leacock, Elrich, Legwinski, Boa Morte, Radzinski, McBride, John, Helguson.

Player to watch: Boa Morte

Has run rings round Villa before, will run rings round Villa again!

Aston Villa Team News:

Milner may have to sit out the game with a hamstring problem, Hendrie has an Achilles injury, Mellberg is still sidelined with a hamstring, Phillips misses out as he recovers from ankle surgery and Luke Moore is a doubt having picked up a knock on Monday. (from): Sorensen, Hughes, Delaney, Ridgewell, Bouma, Milner, Bakke, Davis, McCann, Barry, Jumper Jumper, Angel, Moore, Baros, Taylor, De la Cruz, Gardner, Samuel.

Player to watch: Milan Baros

Scored one dubious and one great goal in their game against Everton.

Match Facts & Stats

Villa are 14th with 20 points.
Best case: 12th
Worst case: 16th
Current form league: 6th
Last six games: W W D D L W
Away form league: 12th, 2 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses

Fulham are 15th with 19 points.
Best case: 12th
Worst case: 17th
Current form league: 10th
Last six games: L W D L W L
Home form league: 10th, 5 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses.

Last season Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa (Clark 90) (Angel 55 )
Premiership record: Fulham 1 win, Villa 5 wins, 2 Draws.
Premiership record at Craven Cottage: Fulham 1 win, Villa 1 win, 2 Draws.

Ref Watch:

Richard Beeby. 2 matches, 0 reds, 3 yellows

Match Prediction:

Mr Lawrenson says a home 2-1 win adding: 'They're missing some of their bigger players but I still think they'll have too much for Villa. In fact, I've been trying to find a way to describe David O'Leary's side all season and the word that comes to mind is brittle. They didn't crack on Monday - they may well do this time.' The Vital Villa site says Fulham are too unpredictable: Click Here And I say a draw!

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday December 28 2005
Time: 3:33PM

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