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Fulham welcome Bolton ~ Ch. Match Preview

last updated Wednesday 01st October 2014, 10:02 AM

U21's Manager Kit Symons
Fulham Caretaker Manager
Kit Symons
Kit Symons
It may still be very early in the Championship season, but both Fulham and Bolton Wanderers will know how important victory could be in Wednesday night's match at Craven Cottage.

The pair lie 23rd and 22nd respectively after poor starts to the campaign, with Fulham only registering their first win of the season at another struggler, Birmingham City, on Saturday.

Kit Symons remains in temporary charge of the Cottagers and another win over the Trotters in two days' time could further strengthen his chances of earning the top job on a full-time basis.

Like Fulham, the visitors have just one win to their name this season and Dougie Freedman will need to start picking up points soon otherwise he might be in danger of losing his job.

The Trotters' last away game was also in West London and Freedman will have enjoyed a lot of what he saw in the narrow League Cup defeat at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

After leaving out some of those who played well at Stamford Bridge, changes could be on the cards against Fulham, with Jermaine Beckford in line for a recall to lead the attack.

When the two sides last met, both were in the Premier League and Fulham have won their last three games against Bolton without conceding a goal.


  • Fulham won the last meeting 3-0 at the Macron Stadium in the Premier League in April 2012.

  • Bolton have won only one of the last 10 meetings in all competitions. Their only win since 2007 was 1-0 at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup in February 2011.

  • Fulham have won three of the last five meetings at Craven Cottage in all competitions, drawing one and losing one.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have won their last two games in all competitions, after winning only one of their first nine games this season.

  • Fulham have won only one of their five home games in all competitions this season. Their only win at Craven Cottage was 2-1 against Doncaster in the Capital One Cup last Tuesday.

  • Bolton Wanderers

  • Bolton have won only one of their last six games in all competitions, losing the last three. Their only win since 26 August was 3-2 against Rotherham at home in the league on 16 September.

  • Bolton have lost five of their six away games in all competitions this season, winning one. Their only win on the road was 3-2 at Crewe in the Capital One Cup on 26 August.

Source Pascal Lemesre at SportsMole/BBCSports
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