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Fulham v Sheff Utd Preview

last updated Friday 25th August 2006, 3:01 PM
Team Fulham Sheff Utd
Games Played 2 2
Goal Attempts
Goals 2 1
Ave Goals per game 1.00 0.50
Shots (excl blocked shots) 23 8
% Shots on Target 39.13% 37.50%
% Goals to Shots 8.70% 12.50%
Passing
Short Passes 582 561
Long Passes 129 139
Overall Pass Completion % 73.42% 73.71%
Crossing
Total Crosses 45 30
Cross Completion % 28.89% 16.67%
Defending
Goals Conceded 6 3
Ave goals conceded per game 3.00 1.50
Tackles 55 50
Tackles Won % 70.91% 50.00%
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 95 132
Discipline
Fouls 33 22
Yellow Cards 1 2
Red Cards 0 0

A last-gasp penalty from Jimmy Bullard earned The Cottagers their first point of the campaign in a 1-1 draw with Bolton in midweek.

Bullard has been a lively presence during his first two games for the club and will again be looked upon as the driving force for the hosts.

Michael Brown overcame blisters on his foot to feature against Bolton and he will be keen to produce a performance against his former club.

After the 5-1 thrashing at Manchester United, Chris Coleman made only one change for the Bolton game, with Brian McBride coming in for Collins John.

With no major injury worries to report from that encounter, Coleman could stick with the same XI for the visit of the promoted Blades.

Sheffield United hope to welcome back Rob Hulse for Saturday's trip to Fulham.

The Blades return to the capital following the 2-0 midweek defeat at Tottenham Hotspur and are chasing their first win since returning to The Premiership.

The prospect of a three-point haul could be boosted by the availability of Hulse, who missed the Spurs game with a thigh strain.

Hulse - a summer signing from Leeds - scored in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Liverpool and could resume his partnership with Danny Webber, leaving Ade Akinbiyi to make way.

Another option for Blades boss Neil Warnock is young striker Christian Nade, who impressed as a substitute against Tottenham.

Warnock will also be back in the dugout after being banished to the stands for the opening two games of the season.

Back on the pitch and Warnock will still be without the services of Steve Kabba (groin) and Claude Davis (knee).

Paul Ifill (illness) and Derek Geary (groin) both missed out at White Hart Lane after starting against Liverpool, and may be able to return against Fulham.

 

Skysports.com Prediction: 2-1

Fulham to edge a hard-fought encounter.

Player to watch: Jimmy Bullard

Source Mark Buckingham at SkySport
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