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MATCH PREVIEW ~ Fulham welcome Burnley ~ Prem MD 18 ~ 23/24

last updated Friday 22nd December 2023, 5:12 PM

Match Preview

Fulham vrs Burnley

Premier League Match Day 18 23/24 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 23rd December 2023    KO: 15:00

Referee: Rebecca Welch (Durham County)

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
Marco Silva
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Burnley coach Vincent Kompany
Burnley coach
Vincent Kompany
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History will be made on Saturday, with Rebecca Welch set to become the first woman to referee a Premier League match when she takes charge of Fulham against Burnley at Craven Cottage.

The hosts are currently 11th in the table, boasting 21 points from their opening 17 matches of the campaign, while Burnley are 19th, picking up eight points from their 17 league games in 2023-24.

Fulham booked their spot in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening courtesy of a penalty-shootout victory over Everton following a 1-1 draw, and Marco Silva's side have now been paired with Liverpool in the final four, with the first leg of the semi-final at Anfield on January 8.

The London club will also be in FA Cup action early next month against Rotherham United, but their main focus will be on the Premier League, with fixtures against Burnley, Bournemouth and Arsenal to come before the end of the year.

Fulham recorded back-to-back 5-0 wins over Nottingham Forest and West Ham United in the league earlier this month, but they were beaten 3-0 by Newcastle United at St James' Park last weekend.

Silva's side sit 11th in the table, with a record of six wins, three draws and eight defeats seeing them collect 21 points, and they are only one point behind 10th-placed Chelsea.

Fulham have won five and lost three of their eight home league games this term, and they will be welcoming a Burnley outfit with one of the poorer away records in the division, having only managed to claim five points from their eight matches on their travels.

Burnley have actually enjoyed the better of the recent meetings between these two sides, winning three of their last four match-ups, including a 2-0 success at Craven Cottage in the league in May 2021.

Fulham's last win over the Clarets was a 4-2 victory in August 2018, but they have only beaten Burnley twice since September 2000, with Burnley proving to be tough opposition for the capital outfit.

Vincent Kompany's side have found it difficult in the Premier League this season, though, only picking up eight points from their opening 17 matches courtesy of a record of two wins, two draws and 13 defeats, which has left them down in 19th position in the table.

Burnley are currently six points behind 17th-placed Nottingham Forest, and they will enter this match off the back of a 2-0 home loss to Everton on Saturday.

The Clarets have an away league win to their name this season, beating Luton Town 2-1 at the start of October, but they have picked up just a point from their last five on their travels, and it does appear that it will be a big battle for the team to stay in the top division for 2024-25.

Head to Head

  • Fulham have lost on three of the last four occasions they have hosted Burnley in all competitions.

  • The Clarets are aiming to win three consecutive matches at Fulham for the first time.
  • Fulham could win four consecutive home games in the same Premier League season for the first time since 2006.

  • They have scored 13 goals already in December, the most they have scored in a calendar month in the top flight since 1966.

  • The Cottagers are aiming to become just the third Premier League side (after Chelsea and Manchester City) to win three consecutive home matches by five or more goals.

  • Marco Silva's side have scored a total of 13 goals in their last three Premier League home games, having scored just four in their first five home games this season.

  • Willian has provided four goals and an assist in his last five Premier League home games.
  • Burnley have gone five league away matches without a win (D1, L4).

  • They have eight points after 17 matches - the fewest points a team has had at this stage of a Premier League season and avoided relegation is 10.

  • The Clarets have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League away matches.

  • They have conceded 36 Premier League goals in 2023-24, already more than they conceded in 46 league games when they won the Championship title last season.

  • Since beating Fulham 2-0 in May 2021, Burnley are winless in their last eight Premier League games in London (D4, L4), losing the last three.

  • Jay Rodriguez, whose next Premier League appearance will be his 250th, has recorded two goals and two assists in his last three Premier League starts against Fulham.


Source Matt Law at SportsMole/BBCSports
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