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Fulham welcome Hull -- PL Match Preview

last updated Friday 25th April 2014, 11:12 AM


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Felix Magath has never wavered in his insistence that Fulham will stay up, but time is running short and there's little or no room for error now.

Magath has said all along that home games are key and, realistically, they need to win this one and beat Crystal Palace at the Cottage on the final day to stand any chance of staying up.

Fulham will feel optimistic after winning two of the last three at home, most recently beating Norwich 1-0, and given Hull's pretty awful record on the road this season.

Only Norwich (13) and Fulham themselves (12) have lost more league games on their travels than Steve Bruce's side, who've lost 11.

Talking of poor away form, the reverse fixture in late December was notable for the shambolic second-half collapse of Fulham that saw them concede six goals in the second half at the KC Stadium.

It was, and still is, Hull's biggest-ever win in the Premier League and remains Fulham's worst Premier League defeat. Hull couldn't stop scoring that afternoon but after hitting six in one day, they've struggled to scale those heights since.

Conceding goals has remained a problem for Fulham. Three conceded against Tottenham last week took them to 77 so far, which is already 17 more than they've ever let in before in a Premier League campaign.

Hull have 36 points and should be fine but they could do with another one or two between now and the end of the season just to make sure.

In 11 of the 18 seasons since the Premier League went to 20 teams, 36 points has not been enough to avoid the drop.

It was for Fulham in 2007-08, though, as they avoided falling through the trap door on goal difference ahead of Reading. They're currently six points short of that as they head into what appears to be a must-win game.

    Head-to-head

  • Hull have won the last two Premier League meetings, scoring eight goals without reply, including a 6-0 victory in the reverse fixture this season. That defeat was Fulham's heaviest in the Premier League.


  • Fulham have only beaten Hull once in the Premier League (W1, L4).


  • Fulham


  • Only Sunderland (12) have earned fewer points at home this season than Fulham (16). However, they have won two of their last three league games at Craven Cottage.


  • Fulham have the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season, conceding 77 goals. They have conceded a league-high 31 goals from set pieces this season.


  • The Whites have won three of their last six league matches.


  • Six of Fulham's nine league goals since Felix Magath took over have been scored in the second half.


  • Steve Sidwell's seven goals this season represents his best-ever Premier League return.


  • Hull City


  • Hull scored six second-half goals to beat Fulham 6-0 on 28 December. In the 15 Premier League games since then, they have only scored 12 times.


  • Only Cardiff (10) and Norwich (8) have earned fewer away points than Hull (11) this season.


  • If only the second half of games counted this season, Hull would be bottom of the league.


  • Only Crystal Palace (two) have earned fewer points from losing positions this season than Hull (three).
























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