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Fulham at home to Norwich ~ Match Preview

last updated Friday 30th March 2012, 10:32 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
The mention of 'Fulham away' is enough to bring out the cold sweats in even the most level-headed Norwich fan.

Seven seasons back, Nigel Worthington's Canaries went to Craven Cottage with Premier League survival in their own hands. Win and they were safe. The 6-0 thumping that followed was as unexpected as it was expensive, as City tumbled back down into the Championship.

There are no such concerns at present for either club despite wobbly recent form. Fulham's Monday night blank at Old Trafford equalled a club-worst run of three goalless Premier League outings, but with an 11-point buffer over the relegation places, there's certainly plenty of breathing space for Martin Jol's team.

Though he's now three games without a goal, Pavel Pogrebnyak's influence has been rightly hailed by Jol. The big Russian battering ram will surely fancy adding to his five Fulham goals against a club with no clean sheet in a Premier League record 29 away matches. The absence of his Norwich equivalent, Grant Holt, is a big blow for the visitors, who have lost all three matches in various competitions that he has missed this season. Talismanic, indeed.

Both clubs are still chasing top-half finishes. Norwich last made the top 10 in a Premier League season in the inaugural 1992-93 campaign under Mike Walker, while Fulham will be keen to at least match last year's eighth-place finish.


  • The last time Norwich travelled to Craven Cottage they were thrashed 6-0 and were relegated from the Premier League in May 2005.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven league matches against Norwich.

  • Norwich's last win against the Cottagers was a 2-1 triumph at Carrow Road in the old second division in March 1986.

  • This will be only the fourth time the sides have met in top-flight football.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have recovered the most points (eight) from losing positions in home games of any team in the league this season.

  • Martin Jol's side have just one point more than Mark Hughes' Fulham did at the same stage last season.

  • The Cottagers have conceded 16 goals in the final 15 minutes of league games this season, more than any other team.

  • Norwich

  • The Canaries are 19 points better off than they were after 30 games in their last Premier League season in 2004-05, and have six more points (39) than they managed in the whole of that campaign (33).

  • Norwich's 15 headed league goals is the highest in the division.

  • They have now gained 13 points from losing positions this season. Without those points they would be in 17th position.

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