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Portsmouth v Fulham preview

last updated Friday 10th November 2006, 2:36 PM
Team Portsmouth Fulham
Games Played 11 11
Goal Attempts
Goals 16 12
Ave Goals per game 1.45 1.09
Shots (excl blocked shots) 124 91
% Shots on Target 49% 42%
% Goals to Shots 13% 13%
Passing
Short Passes 3,141 2,765
Long Passes 817 729
Overall Pass Completion % 70% 68%
Crossing
Total Crosses 207 244
Cross Completion % 27% 27%
Defending
Goals Conceded 9 15
Ave goals conceded per game 0.82 1.36
Tackles 319 274
Tackles Won % 77% 70%
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 396 521
Discipline
Fouls 158 165
Yellow Cards 15 16
Red Cards 0 0

Portsmouth will be looking for home comforts against Fulham at Fratton Park.

Pompey were outclassed 3-0 at Manchester United last time out and have lost their last four away games in all competitions.

Fulham meanwhile have improved away from home this term and have gone four league games unbeaten following their opening weekend thrashing at Old Trafford.

The Cottagers arrive on the South Coast in buoyant mood following Claus Jensen's strike against Everton last weekend giving them a welcome three-point haul.

Portsmouth will be hoping to leapfrog Bolton back into third in the table, although a win for Fulham would move them level with Pompey in the standings.

Harry Redknapp will definitely be without defender Glen Johnson (thigh) and Linvoy Primus (hamstring) for the visit of the Londoners, although Gary O'Neil (hamstring) is hopeful of being fit.

Kanu or Tresor Lomana Lua Lua are likely to be recalled up front after played Benjani in a lone striker role against The Red Devils.

The game is likely to come too soon for Fulham's Philippe Christanval, although Mark Pembridge and Simon Elliott will play no part.

Michael Brown (ankle) and Jimmy Bullard are definitely out, but Papa Bouba Diop is expected to be fit after recovering from a thigh strain.

Fulham are likely to continue with their 4-5-1 formation with Brian McBride leading the line with Tomasz Radzinski and Wayne Routledge providing the width.

Source James Pearson at SkySport

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