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Fulham at home to West Brom -- Match Preview

last updated Friday 13th September 2013, 12:24 PM


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Even at this early stage, these two clubs will see this as a fixture for a potential welcome lift. This season is yet to ignite for either, after sluggish endings to the last campaign.

Fulham have only won twice in their last 11 league matches and West Brom just once in their previous 12.

Three of Fulham's next four matches are at Craven Cottage, with Cardiff and Stoke following West Brom's visit.

Those are the type of games Martin Jol will know he needs to get points from, to build a base to improve on last season's 12th place finish.

His team have lost their last five Premier League matches at home and that needs to be addressed.

He'll hope Dimitar Berbatov can recapture some of his finer moments from last season, where he scored three times in two matches against the Baggies, and that Darren Bent can build on his debut goal against Arsenal.

The Fulham manager comes up against the club he played for 79 times, having only lost once to them in 10 meetings as a manager.

His opposite number Steve Clarke returns to the ground where he suffered his first managerial defeat a year ago. His business on deadline day was necessary and he'll be quietly desperate for his new boys to hit the ground running to help them to a first goal and victory of the season.

New club record signing Stephane Sessegnon has the potential to really improve the team's goal threat. Victor Anichebe, like Scott Sinclair, will feel he has a point to prove while with Long still at the club, more to come from Anelka and the emerging talent of Berahino, they collectively have to replace the 17 league goals that Romelu Lukaku scored last season.

West Brom's last league win at Fulham came in 1967. An end to that run, would help them begin to look forward again.

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  • Fulham are unbeaten against West Brom in their past five matches, which have all been in the Premier League (W3, D2).


  • West Brom have never won at Fulham in the Premier League (in seven attempts).


  • The Baggies last won a league match at Craven Cottage in October 1967 (a 2-1 win).


  • However, they did beat Fulham in west London in the 2005 League Cup sixth round - 3-2 after extra time.



  • Fulham



  • The Cottagers have lost seven of their last nine Premier League matches.


  • They have the same record after three games as they did last season (won one, lost two) - but had scored seven last term, compared to just twice this time around.


  • Darren Bent is the eighth player to score for six different clubs in the Premier League. The others are Nick Barmby, Marcus Bent, Craig Bellamy, Andy Cole, Peter Crouch, Les Ferdinand and Robbie Keane.



  • West Brom


  • West Brom remain winless in seven Premier League matches and failed to score in their opening three top-flight matches of the season for the first time since 1972-73.


  • The Baggies claimed 33 of 49 points in the first half of the 2012-13 season, but since then have taken just 17 points from 22 games (including this season).


  • Steve Clarke's side have had just four shots on target in their opening three games.




















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