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Fulham and Chelsea's Dream makers

last updated Saturday 29th September 2001, 5:35 PM
Many Fulham fans regard the local derby against Chelsea, on Sunday as the second most exciting game of their first season in the Premiership. As in all derby games both sets of fan will be dreaming of the win that will let them work with head held high but also secretly dreading the possibility of their team being defeated and the humiliation that that will bring.

In recent years the games between Fulham and Chelsea have been few and far between so the South London version of Arsenal v Tottenham or Liverpool v Everton has not caused much interest. That however is set to change because Fulham, with the financial muscle of Mohamed Al Fayed and the footballing genius of Jean Tigana Fulham, are back in the top flight looking to compete with the worlds best teams. Already in their first season in the Premiership Fulham are playing football that has the Pundits raving.

On Sunday the hopes and fears of both groups of fans will be depending on the dream makers Louis Saha and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and the Optastats below highlight the two players efforts so far this season.

Fulham fans looking forward to Louis Saha regaining his effectiveness in front of goal will none the less be happy with his work rate in terms of passing. They will also be hoping that the Ref's will give Louis more protection in light of the evidence that he is a marked man having bean fouled 25 times so far this season.

Saha   Hasselbaink
527 Minutes On Pitch 432
Goal Attempts
3 Goals 6
6 Shots On Target 9
12 Shots Off Target 4
33% Accuracy % 69%
17% Strike Rate 46%
0 Goal Assists 0
180 Total Passes 133
75% Pass Completion % 66%
5 Fouls Conceded 6
25 Fouls Won 11
1 Offside 3
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 1
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