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Fulham face Cardiff -- PL. Match Preview

last updated Friday 27th September 2013, 12:55 PM


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When Fulham beat QPR on 1 April, it virtually ensured their Premier League status and, with eight games still left to play, it seemed another top-ten finish was within their grasp.

However, they subsequently ended the campaign by claiming just four more points, losing six of those final matches and scoring just seven more goals in the process.

That stuttering form has again plagued them at the beginning of this season too. Fulham have earned just one point since the opening-day win at Sunderland, leaving them in the bottom three of the fledgling table. Only three goals scored indicates their most significant failure.

Fulham's April Fools Day success remains their last three-point haul at home. A heartening midweek victory in the Capital One Cup against Everton did at least bring some respite at Craven Cottage - the fact that the scorers were Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov was equally significant too.

The weekend visitors have also been disappointing of late; Cardiff are winless in the last three, having failed to capitalise on their stunning efforts in humbling Manchester City.

Like Fulham, Cardiff have also found goalscoring a problem - drawing a blank on three occasions already. Top scorer Frazier Campbell's brace against Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City side is his only successful day so far.

With such statistics, it's perhaps heartening to note that there's never been a goalless draw in the history of a fixture which dates back to the 1920s!

The football annals also offer a particularly good omen for the visiting supporters, as the last time Cardiff won an away game in the top division was back in 1961 at.Craven Cottage.

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  • The clubs last met 15 years ago, with Fulham winning 2-1 in each leg of their League Cup first-round tie.


  • Cardiff won the most recent league encounter 4-1 at Fulham in January 1997 when both clubs were in the Football League's lowest tier.


  • There has never been a goalless draw in 25 league and cup matches between the two clubs at Craven Cottage.



  • Fulham



  • Fulham are winless in their last six league matches at Craven Cottage. The draw with West Brom a fortnight ago ended a run of five straight home defeats.


  • That is their only point in four matches since winning at Sunderland on the opening day.


  • They have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 home matches in the Premier League (1-0 v Stoke on 23 February).


  • Martin Jol's side are the joint-lowest scorers in the division with three goals in five matches.


  • Last season's 15-goal top scorer Dimitar Berbatov has yet to score in four league appearances this campaign.



  • Cardiff



  • Cardiff's last top-flight away win came against Fulham in November 1961. They have since drawn four and lost 11 of their 15 away fixtures in the division.


  • The Bluebirds didn't manage a single attempt on target during last Sunday's defeat by Tottenham, who had 29 shots - the most by any team in a Premier League game this season.


  • They have only led a Premier League match for 11 minutes this season - in the 3-2 home win over Manchester City.


  • All four of their Premier League goals have come after half time.
























Source Alistair Mann at BBCSports
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