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Trends behind - Middlesbrough v Fulham

last updated Thursday 17th November 2005, 7:57 PM
Middlesbrough are 13th with 15 points and their highest achievable position after Match Day 13 is 10th while the lowest could be 14th.
  • MIDDLESBROUGH continue the roller coaster ride that has been their Premiership campaign, with a home match against Fulham - who are yet to notch an away victory. Boro's season is epitomised by the results of their last two domestic matches, winning 4-1 at home to top six Manchester United, then losing 1-0 at bottom three Everton. But they'll take comfort from the fact that they've gone 20 top flight matches since losing consecutively.
  • Steve McClaren's charges have been inconsistency personified at home. Their six League matches at the Riverside have ended in draw, loss, win, loss, draw, win.
  • These clubs have never met outside the League, and Middlesbrough are defending an unbeaten home Premiership record against the Cottagers. There was a share of the spoils in last season's corresponding fixture, when referee Rob Styles handed Middlesbrough a reprieve by controversially awarding a late penalty. The official pointed to the spot for keeper Edwin van der Sar's challenge on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, although the incident clearly took place outside the box, and Bolo Zenden fired home from the spot with a minute remaining, to equalise Brian McBride's opener seven minutes earlier.
  • Last lost two League games in a row on 5 and 20 March against Aston Villa (2-0 a) and Southampton (1-3 h).
  • Won three of the last four in all competitions.
  • Lost two and won one of the last three Premier League engagements.
  • Not managed a clean sheet in nine League games, and recorded just two so far this season.
  • Completed 11 Premiership encounters since a goalless draw (home to Liverpool on the opening day, 13 August).
  • Conceded more Premier League goals in stoppage time than any other club (four).
  • Failed to score in half of their six home Premier League encounters.
  • Won two, drawn two and lost two Premiership games in front of the home faithful so far this term.
  • Not managed a clean sheet at the Riverside since the goalless draw against Liverpool on the opening day, 13 August.
  • Jimmy Floyd HASSELBAINK is a two shy of scoring 150 goals for English clubs.
  • If involved, HASSELBAINK will be making his 250th appearance in English top flight football.
  • Szilard NEMETH has scored four goals in six Premiership appearances against Fulham.
HEAD TO HEAD RESULTS
Middlesbro Draw Fulham
League 22 7 19
Premier 3 2 3
HEAD TO HEAD at Middlesbro
Middlesbro Draw Fulham
League 13 4 7
Premier 2 2 0
Fulham are 14th with 12 points and their highest achievable position after Match Day 13 is 13th while the lowest could be 16th.
  • FULHAM make the long trip to Teesside on the back of a hard fought 2-1 triumph over Manchester City. It was the Londoners' third maximum of the season, and shows steady improvement from Chris Coleman's side. But they've not completed back-to-back victories in 12 Premiership outings.
  • Despite victory last time out, the Thames-side club have still made their worst start to a Premiership campaign, recording a point a game on average thus far.
  • Fulham last registered a League victory on Teesside on 24 March 1984, when they beat Middlesbrough 0-2 in the second League level. The Londoners' last top flight victory there was 56 years ago, when they travelled to what was then known as Cleveland and won 1-2 at Ayresome Park on 7 September 1949.
  • Won two of the last three Premiership matches.
  • Kept one clean sheet in eight Premier League outings (2-0, home to Liverpool on 22 October).
  • Failed to score in one of the last five Premiership matches (at Wigan on 29 October - their last away game).
  • Completed nine Premiership matches since losing by more than a single goal (1-4, away to Arsenal on 24 August).
  • Completed 11 top flight matches since a no score draw (home to Birmingham on the opening day, 13 August).
  • Won six of the last 20 League matches.
  • Fulham's lowest points total after the first 12 matches of a Premiership campaign prior to this season was 14, twelve months ago.
  • Without a victory away from home so far this term.
  • Scored one goal in each of four away League games this season, and failed to score in the other two.
  • Picked up two points from the 18 available so far this season away from Craven Cottage.
  • Won only one of the last 13 Premiership matches on the road.
  • Lost on their Premiership travels nine times in the last 13 trips.
  • Not kept a clean sheet in 17 away Premiership games since the 0-1 win at Norwich on 4 December.
  • The block-out at Carrow Road was Fulham's only clean sheet in 25 League games away from the Riverside.
  • Scored more than a single goal once in 13 away top tier contests (1-3 victory at Blackburn on 7 May).
  • The match gives veteran keeper Mark CROSSLEY the opportunity of an "old boys' reunion".
  • If he participates, Ricardo BATISTA will be playing two days after turning 19.
  • If he plays, Mark PEMBRIDGE will be making his 50th appearance for the Thames-side club.
LAST CORRESPONDING GAME - 19 April 2005
Middlesbrough 1-1 Fulham
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