Fulham visit Cardiff ~ Ch. Match Preview

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Cardiff City and Fulham will meet in South Wales this Saturday having found life difficult back in the second tier of English football so far.

Both teams were relegated from the Premier League last season and expected to challenge for an immediate return but, just after the halfway stage of the campaign, they sit nine and 12 points respectively off the playoffs.

It is Cardiff who are the closer of the two sides, although their renewed push for the top six came to a juddering halt at the end of 2014 as they picked up just two points from a possible 15 in December.

There was no shortage of entertainment for the fans, with 21 goals in their last four league games, but their lack of victories saw them drop to 12th in the table.

They did return to winning ways in the FA Cup, however, becoming the first team to book their spot in the fourth round with a 3-1 victory over Colchester United last Friday night.

It is the league that Russell Slade will be most interested in, however, and they are currently closer to the bottom three than they are to the playoffs.

Following a 100% start at home, Slade has now seen his side fall to consecutive league defeats in South Wales, conceding seven goals in the process, and the fans have made their feelings known recently.

The Bluebirds have moved to tighten things up at the back with the signing of Scott Malone from Millwall, and he could well make his debut for the club this weekend.

It is understood that Rotherham United striker Alex Revell is also close to a move, although his transfer may not go through in time to face Fulham.

The Cottagers have not been as busy during the January transfer window, having undergone a huge overhaul of players in the summer.

That may well have contributed to their poor first half to the campaign, leaving them down in 17th place going into this weekend's match.

Things have improved slightly since Kit Symons was awarded the manager's job on a permanent basis, but they ended the year in disappointing fashion with back-to-back defeats.

They face a trip to Molineux on Tuesday for their FA Cup third-round replay against Wolverhampton Wanderers having only managed a goalless draw in the original tie last Saturday.

No team has conceded more goals away from home in the division than Fulham this season, but they have won two of their last three on the road to show signs of improvement.

Indeed, Fulham have now kept clean sheets in three of their last five outings, although they have also failed to score at the other end in their last three games.

Symons may not change his strikeforce despite that, though, with Hugo Rodallega and Ross McCormack expected to partner each other up front once again.

    Head-to-head

  • The earlier meeting this season ended as a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in August.


  • Cardiff are unbeaten in the last three meetings, winning two. Fulham's last win was 2-1 away in the League Cup in August 1998.


  • Cardiff won the last meeting at home 3-1 in the Premier League in March last season - their only win in the last four meetings in Wales.



  • Cardiff City


  • Cardiff have not won any of their last five games in the Championship, losing three.


  • Their last league win was 1-0 at Watford on 29 November.


  • City have lost their last two home games in the Championship, against Brentford and Watford.


  • Cardiff have won 45%, drawn 15% and lost 40% of their last 20 home games.


  • In their last 20 home matches, Cardiff have scored 1.6 goals per game and conceded 1.8 goals per game on average.


  • Cardiff have scored first in 55% of their last 20 home games.



  • Fulham


  • Fulham lost their last two games in the Championship, against Bournemouth and Brighton.


  • The Cottagers have won two of their last three away games, winning 2-1 at Brighton and 1-0 at Leeds.


  • Fulham have won 20%, drawn 20% and lost 60% of their last 20 away games.


  • In their last 20 away matches, Fulham have scored 1.2 goals per game and conceded 2.5 goals per game on average.


  • Fulham have scored first in 25% of their last 20 away games.
























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