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MATCH PREVIEW ~ Fulham welcome West Ham ~ Prem MD 16 ~ 23/24

last updated Saturday 09th December 2023, 10:29 AM

Match Preview

Fulham vrs West Ham

Premier League Match Day 16 23/24 at Craven Cottage

Sunday 10th December 2023    KO: 14:00

Paul Tierney (Lancashire)

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
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West Ham United coach David Moyes
West Ham United
David Moyes
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Fulham and West Ham United seek to prolong their respective feel-good factors in Sunday's clash at Craven Cottage having both marched to impressive victories in the midweek round of fixtures, .

The hosts put five past Nottingham Forest in an attacking masterclass on Wednesday, while the Irons came from a goal down to inflict a 2-1 defeat on Tottenham Hotspur a day later.

Fulham did not quite drive the final nail into Steve Cooper's Nottingham Forest coffin, but the Cottagers have seemingly put the under-fire Tricky Trees coach on the cusp of receiving his P45 thanks to a scintillating five-star showing at Craven Cottage in midweek.

Not since pre-COVID days in January 2020 had Raul Jimenez scored more than once in a Premier League game, but the Mexican marksman ended that barren run with a delightful double, while Alex Iwobi's own brace and a Tom Cairney fifth also contributed to the rout.

A consistent threat in the final third has often evaded Fulham since Aleksandar Mitrovic was seduced by Saudi Arabian riches over the summer, but with 11 goals from their last three fixtures - having also put three past Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers - the Cottagers may be about to establish themselves as a formidable attacking force once again.

Thanks to their second win from three Premier League contests - and their second on the spin at home - Marco Silva's men have shot up to 12th in the table and are comfortably nine points clear of the demotion zone, while also cutting the gap to local foes Brentford and Chelsea to just the one point.

Victory for Fulham this weekend would see the Cottagers prevail in three straight Premier League home games for the first time since 2012, but Silva's side have gone 11 London derbies without a win in the top flight, whereas West Ham thrived under the capital pressure on Thursday.

Before pitting his wits against Ange Postecoglou, David Moyes had previously tried and failed on 39 occasions to beat a traditional 'Big Six' team away from home, but the experienced Scotsman ended that hoodoo on Thursday thanks to yet another Tottenham capitulation.

For the fifth game running, Tottenham took the lead only to be pegged back, as Jarrod Bowen capitalised on a double deflection to cancel out a Cristian Romero header, before James Ward-Prowse also made the most of a Destiny Udogie-Guglielmo Vicario calamity to finish into an empty net at the second attempt.

It initially appeared that West Ham would deservedly walk away with zero points under their belt as Tottenham ran them off the park in the opening period, but Postecoglou's men were left to lament several wasted openings to steer further clear, and any choice words from Moyes during the break went down a treat.

Boasting five wins from their last six competitions during a terrific spell of festive form, the Irons are currently enjoying a ninth-placed ranking, and only four points separate them from fifth-placed Tottenham in the intense battle for a continental berth.

While Moyes's men are still waiting to keep their first Premier League clean sheet of the season away from home, the Hammers have scored in each of their last nine road contests in the division and have five wins to show from their last six meetings with Fulham, whose most recent victory in this fixture came on New Year's Day 2014.

Head to Head

  • Fulham have failed to score the last three times they have hosted the Hammers (D1, L2).

  • West Ham have won five of the past six meetings, with the other a 0-0 draw.
  • Fulham could win three consecutive home games in the Premier League for the first time since 2012.

  • They have scored three or more goals in their past three league matches; the last time they did it in four successive games was back in 1961.

  • Fulham's last three Premier League fixtures have produced 17 goals, with 11 for and six against.

  • Raul Jimenez has scored three goals in his in last four Premier League appearances, the same number he managed in his previous 47.

  • Jimenez has scored four goals in his last five league starts against the Hammers.

  • Fulham have lost 10 of their last 13 Premier League games played on a Sunday (W1, D2).
West Ham United
  • West Ham have won three of their last four Premier League matches.

  • They are aiming for a fourth consecutive away win in all competitions.

  • David Moyes is unbeaten in his last 13 Premier League meetings with Fulham (W9, D4).

  • Jarrod Bowen has scored in each of his last seven Premier League away appearances for West Ham.


Source Ben Knapton at SportsMole/BBCSports
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