UK time is: 04:51:28
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Fulham vs. Portsmouth

Craven Cottage

31/03/07

15:00

Fulham v Portsmouth

Premiership action resumes after the international break with Fulham playing host to Portsmouth.

The fixture gives Fulham the chance to emerge from a spell that has seen them not win in five Premiership games against a Portsmouth side that, after being in the top three at one stage, are steadily sliding down the table. In fact, with the fixture being the 150th Premiership game that Chris Coleman has overseen, a win would go someway to moving Fulham towards the supposedly safe mark of forty points.

Vital Quotes:

After sitting back and watching international football dominate the last couple of weeks, the return to Premiership action should go some to calming down Chris Coleman who recently spoke angrily about the ludicrous situation Fulham have faced with regard to a lack of fixtures in recent weeks. Here`s what he had to say, in case you forgot,
'The fixtures amaze me because at the start of the season you play three games in the first week.'

'Then towards the end of the season when the players are fighting fit, you have a two-week break and we've got just two games in a month.'

Fulham Team News:

The fixture sees several Fulham players reunited with a former club, Alexey Smertin played a season at Portsmouth whilst on the books of Chelsea whilst both Wayne Routledge and Michael Brown spent loan spells at Fratton Park whilst playing for Manchester City and Tottenham respectively. Fulham welcome back Vincenzo Montella after the Italian striker has completed a suspension received for a red card offence against Tottenham whilst Liam Rosenior will be hoping to continue his unique record of having played every minute of every Premiership game this season. Elsewhere in the squad, Matty Collins will be celebrating his twenty-first birthday, our congratulations go to him.

Player to watch: Vincenzo Montella

The Roma hit man, on loan at Fulham, will be keen to make up for lost time after having just finished a suspension picked up after his dismissal against Spurs in the recent FA Cup encounter. Indeed, it is a fact not lost on the striker who had this to say about being eligible for selection again - "The fans will see a lot of enthusiasm from me because I want to demonstrate how eager I am." - Hopefully Montella can bag a couple of goals to ease the frustration that is still simmering after the recent bore-draw at Wigan.

Portsmouth Team News:

David James Premiership stats mirror that of Liam Rosenior with James also having played every minute of every [Premiership game. Kanu, the subject of a contract debate, is Portsmouth`s top scorer with 12 in total and 10 in the Premiership. Fulham old boy, Sean Davis returns to his former stomping ground having made 198 appearances for Fulham and scoring 20 goals. With regard to absentees, Pedro Mendes will not play due to an ankle injury. Lauren (thigh) and Pamarot (back) have both recovered though and are part of the squad travelling to London.
Portsmouth (from): James, Johnson, Primus, Campbell, Stefanovic, O'Neil, Davis, Kranjcar, Hughes, Taylor, Kanu, Lauren, Mwaruwari, LuaLua, Traore, Pamarot, Mvuemba, O'Brien, Ashdown.

Player to watch: David James

The much maligned former England keeper is having an excellent season. Indeed, a clean sheet against the Cottagers will see the much travelled keeper overhaul David Seaman`s Premiership record of 141. If Fulham are to get those three points they need to claw their way towards safety then their finishing will need to be clinical to beat a keeper who, despite his age, remains at the top end of his profession.

Match Facts & Stats

With Fulham going through a lean spell and Portsmouth having scored only once in their last seven games, the prospects of a goal feast would appear to be slim. However, Portsmouth will point to the fact that the odds slightly favour them with the visitors having not lost to Fulham in their last three games with two wins and a draw. Overall, the historical statistics also favour Portsmouth with the south coast team having beaten Fulham twenty times compared to ten losses. In the corresponding fixture last season Portsmouth cruised to a 3-1 win after Fulham conceded as early as the first minute. In the reciprocal fixture this season, Fulham earned a creditable draw thanks to a strike from Zat Knight.

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley will take control after having been moved to this fixture after having originally been allocated the Watford v Chelsea clash. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. So far this season, Riley has officiated in seventeen matches issuing 6 red cards and 63 yellow cards.

Match Prediction:

Far from sitting on the fence, we here at Vital Fulham are predicting a home win with Portsmouth being put on the back foot from the very first whistle. There could be an avalanche of goals but we somehow doubt it, therefore we`ll settle for a 2-1 victory with Fulham edging towards safety and another season in the Premiership.

Next Fixtures:

With Easter coming up Fulham face a trip to Everton on Good Friday followed by a visit from Manchester City on Easter Monday.




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 March 30 2007

Time: 3:58PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Good luck from big brother up the Fulham Road :-)
merlin
Report Abuse
30/03/2007 16:37:00

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Fulham Articles

Fulham - Duo Loan News (Thursday January 29 2015)

Burn`s Staying! (Thursday January 29 2015)

Fulham Extend Smith Loan Spell (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Fulham Draw Bradford City In Round 5 (Monday January 26 2015)

Replay - Date and Ticket Details (Monday January 26 2015)

Fulham after Bolton Centre Back (Sunday January 25 2015)

2.5 Million Could Buy Ruiz (Sunday January 25 2015)

Fuham Youngster MK Dons Bound? (Sunday January 25 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)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Fulham 3 - 2 Forest
Fulham 2 - 1 Reading
Cardiff 1 - 0 Fulham
Fulham 0 - 2 Brighton
Bournemouth 2 - 0 Fulham
Fulham 4 - 0 Sheff Wed

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Birmingham 27 9 9 9 -8 36
12. Forest 27 8 10 9 -2 34
13. Cardiff 26 9 7 10 -3 34
14. Fulham 27 10 4 13 -7 34
15. Huddersfield 27 9 7 11 -10 34
16. Bolton 26 9 5 12 -6 32
17. Charlton 27 6 14 7 -10 32

Breaking League News

RUFC - Ref Watch v Charlton
Rotherham : 29/01/2015 22:44:00
Liverpool Youngster Ojo Linked WIth Latics Loan
Wigan : 29/01/2015 22:34:00
RUFC - Head-to-Head v Charlton Athletic
Rotherham : 29/01/2015 22:32:00
Boro retain focus
Middlesbrough : 29/01/2015 22:26:00
Redfearn - Grounded youngster is an immense talent
Leeds Utd : 29/01/2015 21:14:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Sunderland?
Suggested By:  putney
Bettinelli 68%
Grimmer 8%
Bodurov 0%
Hutchinson 8%
Staylidis 8%
Christensen 0%
Fofana 8%
Dembele 0%
Ruiz 0%
Woodrow 0%
Tunnicliffe 0%
McCormack 0%
Rodallega 0%
Kacaniklic 0%