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Fulham face Swansea -- PL. Match Preview

last updated Friday 22nd November 2013, 1:46 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Fulham will be hoping the appointment of Rene Meulensteen as head coach during the international break will help galvanise their misfiring squad and halt what has become an increasingly alarming slide down the table.

The former Manchester United coach has been brought in to work alongside manager Martin Jol, who's under pressure following a poor start to the season in which they've lost seven of their 11 Premier league fixtures.

Fulham last won a game just over a month ago, 4-1 at Crystal Palace, and have lost the last four in all competitions - reaching a new low last time out with an insipid display in a 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool.

The move to bring in fresh thinking on the coaching side takes some of the heat off the manager for the time being, but if things don't improve in the near future, Jol's position will be centre stage again.

The visit of Swansea is the first of four at home for Fulham in the next six league games. Tottenham, Aston Villa and Manchester City will all visit Craven Cottage before Christmas, with trips to West Ham and Everton also to come in that time.

Fulham's home form has been pretty awful so far though, with just one win and a total of four points from a possible 15. Along with Crystal Palace and West Ham, it's the worst home return in the division.

Swansea travel to London only two points better off than their hosts and also without a win in just over a month. They've drawn four of the last five, two of them in the Europa League, since a 4-0 win over Sunderland in Gus Poyet's first match in charge in mid-October.

Their away form has been a mixed bag thus far with impressive 2-0 wins at West Brom and Crystal Palace mixed in with defeats at Tottenham, Southampton and Cardiff in which they failed to score a single goal.


  • Fulham ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats by Swansea with a 3-0 away triumph on the final day of last season.

  • Fulham's last league home win in this fixture was in the fourth tier in February 1997.

  • Fulham

  • Martin Jol's side have suffered three straight league defeats, conceding nine goals and scoring just once.

  • Fulham have only earned four points at home this season, the joint worst record in the division along with Crystal Palace and West Ham.

  • Only Aston Villa (9) have lost more Premier League home matches in 2013 than Fulham (8). They have conceded the opening goal in eight of their 11 league matches this season, more than any other side.

  • Dimitar Berbatov has scored one Premier League goal in 855 minutes this season. In 2012-13, he averaged a goal every 190 minutes (15 in 2,847 minutes).

  • Swansea

  • Twelve points from 11 games represents Swansea's worst start to a top-flight season. They are winless in three games.

  • However, they are only one point worse off than at the same stage last year.

  • They have only scored three first-half goals - only Cardiff (2) and Norwich (1) have fared worse.

  • The Swans have an average ball possession of 58.5% in the Premier League this season, second only to Manchester City (59.5%) according to football statisticians Infostrada.

Source Simon Brotherton at BBCSports
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