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Fulham visit Bolton ~ Ch. Match Preview MD 22

last updated Saturday 19th December 2015, 9:27 AM

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Bolton Wanderers v Fulham

Championship Match Day 22 1516 at Macron Stadium

Saturday 19th December 2015    KO: 15:00

Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham)

Stuart Gray
Fulham Head Coach
Stuart Gray
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Bolton Wanderers Neil Lennon
Bolton Wanderers
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Bolton Wanderers are faced with a crucial game in their bid to survive relegation and avoid administration, when they face a languishing Fulham side, still in search of a new manager to guide them back to the Premier League.

Bolton are a side struggling to gain any momentum, and one in risk of dropping into Sky Bet League One, with players having gone without pay for a couple of months, and an out-of-form side lacking any real creative spark or attacking threat.

They are staring relegation down the barrel, and should they drop into League One, they could well follow the path of Portsmouth and Wimbledon FC, and in the worst case scenario, could collapse all together.

Stuart Gray's Fulham meanwhile are dropping ever closer towards the relegation zone, and the sparks of hope created by their 4-2 comeback win over Reading seem long gone.

Fulham strikers Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack have been struggling for goals recently but a strong performance against a Bolton defence lacking quality and confidence could boost their confidence in turn.

Dembele can be a real handful if he is in form, and has put in some excellent performances this year, attracting interest from some of the world's elite.

If he performs well, alongside McCormack, Bolton could be in for a long afternoon.


  • Bolton's win in February ended a run of 11 league games without a victory over Fulham.

  • Fulham have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six trips to Bolton (W2 D3 L1).

  • Fulham have won 4, drawn 5 and lost 5 of the last 14 stagings of this fixture, outscoring their opponents by 15 goals to 14.

  • Bolton Wanderers

    By scoring against Charlton, Emile Heskey became the oldest scorer in the Championship this season (37 years 338 days).

  • The Trotters' winless run now stands at 15 games. The last time they went longer without winning in the league was in 1979-80 (24 games), in which Bolton finished bottom of the top flight.

  • Bolton will have a bit of confidence going into the game, though, after they came from two down at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday to earn a 2-2 draw.

  • Bolton have just one win in all competitions to celebrate - a 2-1 victory at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers back in September.

  • Wanderers currently prop up the Sky Bet Championship table with 13 points from their 21 league matches played to date, and are six points adrift of safety. x

  • Bolton have won 20%, drawn 55% and lost 25% of their last 20 home games.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham are the Championship's top scorers (34) but have also conceded the most (37).

  • Fulham are on the second longest winless run in the division, having gone seven without a victory (D3 L4).

  • Fulham have won 20%, drawn 35% and lost 45% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham have conceded in 80% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham last kept a clean sheet away from home 5 games ago.

Source Harry Smith at FootballLeagueWorld/BBCSports/KickOff
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