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Fulham visit Bournemouth ~ Match Preview Prem MD 35

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Match Preview

AFC Bournemouth vrs Fulham

Premier League Match Day 35 at Vitality Stadium

Saturday 20th April 2018    KO: 15:00

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

Fulham Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Coach
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
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Bournemouth  manager Eddie Howe
Bournemouth manager
Eddie Howe
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Following their win against Everton last time out, Fulham are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since April 2014.

Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker believes now is the perfect time for the club to "get ahead of the game" in their preparations for a promotion push next season.

Parker has yet to learn whether he will be at the helm to try to tackle the challenges of an unrelenting Championship campaign head on next season.

The former Fulham midfielder, who replaced Claudio Ranieri in February, believes the rebuilding process needs to begin quickly to stay ahead of their promotion rivals.

Parker said: "I'll be beneficial for everyone to take this time to really focus, reassess and plan for next year [in the Championship].

It's going to be a big year, in a difficult league.

Now is an opportunity to get ahead of the game.

"The Everton win was a relief for everyone.

Performance-wise, at home, it was very, very pleasing.

"We're playing against a very good team [Bournemouth] with a first class manager.

It'll be a tough task for us, but we go into it with massive confidence after a strong performance."

Eddie Howe insists his Bournemouth players cannot afford to underestimate Fulham as they seek to make it back-to-back Premier League wins.

The south coast club banished any lingering fears of relegation by thrashing Brighton 5-0 last weekend.

The convincing win at the Amex Stadium moved the 12th-placed Cherries on to 41 points, five shy of their record Premier League points tally with four fixtures remaining.

"The target is to win the next game and we'll see from there what happens with the rest of the season," said Howe.

"We need to make sure we don't drop our levels.

"I would be very disappointed if we didn't see the same team in terms of endeavour, spirit and togetherness that we saw against Brighton. "

Head to head

  • Bournemouth's only defeat in the past 11 league meetings came at home in January 1994 when both sides were in the third tier (W7, D3).

  • Fulham have had a player sent off in each of their last two games against Bournemouth: Fernando Amorebieta in March 2015 and Kevin McDonald in last October's reverse fixture.

  • The 3-0 win for Bournemouth last autumn was the first top-flight match between the clubs.


  • Fulham's win over Everton last weekend ended a run of nine league defeats in a row.

  • They are vying to earn back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since

  • April 2014. However, they could equal the club Premier League record of eight consecutive away defeats, set from December 2005 to March 2006.

  • The Cottagers have only earned two points from their 17 league away matches this season. The lowest away tally for a Premier League season is three points, set by Derby in 2007-08.

  • Hull were the sixth and most recent side to go an entire Premier League season without an away victory, in 2009-10.

  • Ryan Babel has been directly involved in seven league goals since his debut for Fulham in January, four more than any team-mate during that period. He has four goals and three assists.


  • Bournemouth could go five Premier League home games without a win for the first time since February 2017.

  • Their nine home league defeats since November 2017 have come against the established top-six sides and Burnley (twice).

  • The Cherries are unbeaten in all 10 Premier League home matches against promoted opposition, winning seven and scoring 27 goals.

  • One more win in 2018-19 would establish a club record of 13 in a Premier League season.

  • Bournemouth's Premier League matches this season have produced an unrivalled 110 goals.

  • Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson have combined for 11 Premier League goals this season - a tally only surpassed by the 13 of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn during their 1994-95 title-winning campaign.

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