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Fulham at home to Swansea :- Match Preview

last updated Friday 28th December 2012, 5:14 PM


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Fulham boss Martin Jol described his mood as being like a thunderstorm following the 1-1 draw with Southampton the other day. It's something for me to bear in mind for the post-match interviews if this game doesn't go according to plan either!

His Boxing Day frustration was understandable as they failed to finish the job and conceded a late penalty for the equaliser. A daft early booking for Dimitar Berbatov - for removing his shirt when he scored to reveal the message 'Keep calm and pass me the ball' - didn't help the manager's state of mind either, particularly when the player came close to a second yellow later in the game.

I'd be tempted to pass him the ball if I was a Fulham player though, because Berbatov likes his festive football, scoring 15 goals in 12 Premier league matches played between the 26th and 31st of December in his career.

Fulham are still six points clear of the relegation zone but have had a rough couple of months results-wise, winning only one of the last 11 matches. They could do with a couple of wins to lift the mood.

I thought they were really poor at Loftus Road recently in losing to QPR, but they're usually a much better team at Craven Cottage, where they've won four times this season.

Swansea produced the best away performance I've seen all season at Arsenal last month when two late goals from Michu secured a memorable 2-0 win at The Emirates on a day when they outpassed and, for much of the time, outclassed their hosts.

Michu's 13 Premier League goals have been a major factor for The Swans as they sit comfortably in ninth place, so fingers crossed his ankle injury sustained against Reading the other day doesn't keep him out for long.

This is a fixture Swansea rather enjoyed last season, winning 3-0 away and 2-0 at home. They go into this one on the back of draws against the two sides who are top and bottom of the table in Manchester United and Reading, and arrive having collected 11 points on the road this season - eight more than at the same stage a year ago.

    Head-to-head


  • Swansea won both of their matches against Fulham last season, scoring a total of five unanswered goals.


  • Their 3-0 win at Craven Cottage on St Patrick's Day 2012 was their first win at Fulham since 1980.



  • Fulham


  • Fifteen of the 19 Premier League games involving Fulham this season have produced three or more goals scored.


  • Since their 3-0 defeat to Swansea in March, Martin Jol's men have scored in 12 of 13 home league matches, with Tottenham the only team to deny them.


  • They have only won one of their last five games on home turf (W1, D2, L2).


  • Dimitar Berbatov has scored 15 career goals in 12 Premier League games played between 26 and 31 December.



  • Swansea


  • Swansea are the only Premier League side to have won every game so far in which they opened the scoring, which they have done six times.


  • The Swans have not kept back-to-back clean sheets in Premier League away games since March 2012, when they won 2-0 at Wigan and then 3-0 at Fulham.


  • They have only scored one first-half league goal away from home this season - Michu's eighth-minute strike at QPR on the opening day.


  • Swansea have collected 11 away points this term - eight more than they had at this stage last season.
























Source Simon Brotherton at BBCSports
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