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Match Stats - Fulham v Man City 16.04.05

last updated Friday 15th April 2005, 2:07 PM
Big match facts from BBCSport FULHAM go into this home match against mid table Manchester City, two places and six points above the danger line, but with a game in hand on their rivals. The Cottagers still have to visit Chelsea and host Everton, as well as trips to Middlesbrough and Blackburn and a home game against Newcastle before finishing the season with a clash against Norwich at Craven Cottage.
  • Chris Coleman selects a Fulham Premiership side for the 75th time. The 3-1 victory over Portsmouth in their last home match was the Cottagers' only win in seven League outings. They are still on their lowest ever points return to this stage of a Premier League season.
  • Fulham are yet to beat Manchester City in the Premier League - their last three meetings have been drawn. Collins John cancelled out Robbie Fowler's overhead kick in the reverse fixture in August, which ended 1-1. The Cottagers last beat City on 14 August 1998, when they recorded a 3-0 triumph in the third tier at Craven Cottage. They've not enjoyed a top tier victory against them for 39 years, since a 4-1 success by the Thames on 26 November 1966
  • Won one of the last six in all competitions.
  • Not won in six of the last seven Premiership matches.
  • Drawn six Premiership matches this season. Only Liverpool have finished level less often (five games).
    Lost 16 games in the highest echelon. Only two clubs have lost more - Norwich (17) and Crystal Palace (18).
  • Conceded the opening goal 20 times in top flight matches this term - only Norwich (23) have allowed the opposition to score first more often.
  • Lost the lead only four times in top flight games this term. No club has surrendered the advantage less often.
  • Third bottom in the Premiership's "Last Six Current Form" table with four points from the 18 available.
  • Undefeated in seven home games in all competitions.

  • Won five and drawn two League and Cup matches at the Cottage since losing by the odd goal in five to Birmingham in the Premiership on 28 December.

  • Lost six home highest League duels. Only Crystal

  • Palace (eight) and Norwich (seven) have lost more.
    Scored 19 home goals in the top table. Only West Brom (14), Crystal Palace (15) and Manchester City (18) have netted on fewer occasions in front of the home faithful.

  • Conceded 22 top flight goals at Craven Cottage. Only Norwich (31) and Newcastle (24) have shipped more home goals in the highest division.

  • If he plays, Sylvain LEGWINSKI will be making his 150th appearance for Fulham.

  • Should he take part, LEGWINSKI will be making his 300th appearance across the European Leagues. He played 135 times for AS Monaco, 49 for Girondins Bordeaux and so far has made 115 League appearances for Fulham).

  • Should he figure, Brian McBRIDE will be making his 50th appearance for the Cottagers. .

MANCHESTER CITY are looking to record back to back victories for only the second time this season, having achieved their first maximum under caretaker Stuart Pearce last weekend in his third match in charge, and first at home. Kiki Musampa's spectacular 90th minute volley didn't only dent Liverpool's hopes of finishing fourth, it enhanced the chances of the fans favourite of being given job permanently.
  • There's little hinging on this match for City, save a possible place in the top half. They're scored just one more goal than Fulham, yet find themselves five places and seven points better off in the table. At the other end, the Citizens have conceded 15 fewer goals. Should this match finish level, it will be the Mancunains 1,000th League draw.
  • City were bidding to go top of the table when they last played away to Fulham. In the end they were fortunate to scrape a 2-2 draw on 20 September 2003, thanks to Paulo Wanchope's equaliser three minutes into injury time.
  • Won one of the last four - all Premiership.
  • Recorded two wins in nine top flight outings.
  • Gone 17 games since achieving back to back victories in the highest League.
  • Failed to win seven of the last eight away matches in all competitions.
  • If he plays, keeper David JAMES will be making his 50th Premiership appearance for Manchester City.
  • If involved from kick off, Paul BOSVELT will be making his 50th Premiership start for the Citizens.
OPTA Stats from Premiership games
  Fulham Man C +/-
Games Played 31 32 -1
Goal Attempts
Goals 37 38 -1
Ave Goals per game 1.19 1.19  
Shots (excl blocked shots) 299 346 -47
Ave Shots per game 10 11 -1
% Shots on Target 42% 40%  
% Goals to Shots 12% 11%  
Short Passes 7014 7712 -689
Long Passes 3203 3597 -394
Total Passes 10217 11309 -1092
Ave Passes per game 330 353 -24
Overall Pass Completion % 68% 72%  
Total Crosses 610 805 -195
Ave Crosses per game 20 25 -5
Cross Completion % 27% 26%  
Clean Sheets 6 8 -2
Goals Conceded 51 36 +15
Ave goals conceded per game 1.65 1.13  
Tackles 999 1014 -15
Ave Tackles per game 32 32  
Tackles Won % 75% 74%  
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 1454 1586 -132
Ave Blocks, etc., per game 47 50 -3
Fouls 442 430 +12
Yellow Cards 52 39 +13
Fouls per Yellow Card 8.5 11.0  
Red Cards 5 3 +2
SkySport by James Pearson
Top Opta Teams (after 32/33 games)
Aspect Top Team Fulham Man City
Goals Scored Arsenal 73 14th 37 11th 38
Shots onTarget Arsenal 199 13th 126 8th 139
Shots Attempted Chelsea 443 14th 299 7th 346
Passes Made Arsenal 15623 16th 10217 9th 11309
Crosses Man Utd 1038 19th 610 4th 805
Goals Conceded Norwich 63 4th 51 14th 36
Tackles Made Charlton 1149 12th 999 11th 1014
Tackles Won Charlton 821 9th 750 8th 753
Clean Sheets Chelsea 22 17th 6 10th 8
Fouls Conceded Blackburn 553 10th 442 15th 430
Yellow Cards Blackburn 62 2nd 52 14th 40
Fouls per yellow Norwich 17.0 20th 8.5 8th 10.8
Red Cards Fulham 5 1st 5 6th 3
  Fulham Draw Man C
League 11 9 19
Premier 0 3 2
HEAD TO HEAD at Fulham
  Fulham Draw Man C
League 8 5 6
Premier 0 1 1
Fulham year on year Opta Stats comparison
(after 30 games)
Aspect 04/05 03/04
Goals Scored 14th 37 7th 42
Shots onTarget 13th 126 4th 159
Shots Attempted 14th 299 9th 332
Passes Made 16th 10217 9th 11171
Crosses Attempted 19th 610 19th 597
Goals Conceded 4th 51 11th 40
Tackles Made 12th 999 1st 1063
Tackles Won 9th 750 1st 791
Clean Sheets 17th 6 7th 11
Fouls Conceded 10th 442 7th 463
Yellow Cards 2nd 52 16th 57
Fouls per yellow 20th 8.5 11th 8.1
Red Cards 1st 5 11th 3
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