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Premiership weekend game details 27:28.03.04

last updated Friday 26th March 2004, 12:34 PM

Fulham travel to The City of Manchester stadium, constructed out of your and my pocket, to play Man City, the current nightmare performance of Keven Keegan who is commonly known in Southwest London as Judas One.

Part of the pre-match build up is that Man City have one of the worst home records in the Premiership while Fulham has one of the worst away records! City have won only one in their last 9 homes and Fulham have won only one in their last 10 away games, oddly enough both victories were against Man Utd. Of course Man City do have the extra incentive of being just 16th in the Premiership and 4 points outside the relegation zone which should help against a 9th placed Fulham team that seems to be accepting of mid-table obscurity.

Fulham last won at Manchester City in an old Second Division fixture on 1 September 1984 and they haven't picked up a top flight victory at City since another 2-3 success on 29 March 1963. The Cottagers should be hoping to avoid a fourth successive away defeat against City, having lost consecutively in the Second Division, First Division and Premiership, conceding 11 goals and scoring one along the way.

Elsewhere .......
If Leeds win, away at Birmingham, it will take them out of the bottom three for the first time in around five months and the visitors are the only team without a Premiership clean sheet in 2004 after failing to keep a shut-out in their last 11 games. Portsmouth have scored only three goals before the break in their last 17 games but things could be different away at Blackburn. There have been nine goals in the opening five minutes of matches involving Blackburn this season - more than any other team.

Charlton have not lost in any of the 12 matches where they have opened the scoring this term but they may fear visiting Aston Villa's Dion Dublin - he has played more games against Charlton without scoring a goal than he has against any other opponent in Premiership history - perhaps a dangerous sign. A trend could be bucked on Saturday - Chelsea have not beaten Wolves at home in the league since 1971 - a run of seven games without a victory. The visitors have scored fewer goals than any other team in the first half of games and Claudio Ranieri's men must be considered hot favourites.

Visiting Middlesbrough's Szilard Nemeth has scored more goals when coming off the bench than any other Premiership player this term, four times including three in his last four substitute appearances. However Everton's Wayne Rooney is also in good form, netting four goals in his last four league matches, more than he managed in the previous 25 games. The first goal could be crucial - Southampton have won all seven home games where they have scored the first goal of the game and failed to win any of the matches where they did not open the scoring. Tottenham, meanwhile, have picked up more points with goals scored in the last 15 minutes than any other team.

Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has scored eight goals in eight games against Bolton in the league and, ominously, The Trotters have conceded more headed goals than any other team in the top flight this season. Bolton are in the worst form of any Premiership side, with only two points from their last six matches.Leicester have scored more headed goals (13) than any other team this season, while Liverpool have conceded the joint-fewest, only one. Liverpool have won only one of their last nine Premiership away games and that was against second-placed Chelsea.

Arsenal's Thierry Henry has grabbed five goals in his last three games against Man Utd at Highbury and Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last 106 Premiership games - but two of those were against The Red Devils. Graham Poll has refereed United versus Arsenal games in The Premiership twice and Sir Alex Ferguson's outfit won on both occasions.

If the results are good for Fulham they could go up to 7th however if everything conspires against Chris Coleman's Black and White Army they could slip to 12th.

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Saturday (27:03:2004)
Form Tables and Results - Barclaycard Premiership - All results Tables and Results
8/11 4/6 8/11 10/11 10/11 Birmingham 12/5 12/5 12/5 9/4 12/5 Leeds 3/1 10/3 3/1 5/2 12/5 12.30 sky2
4/5 4/6 4/5 4/5 8/11 Blackburn 11/5 23/10 9/4 12/5 9/4 Portsmouth 3/1 7/2 11/4 11/4 10/3 15.00 -
11/10 6/5 6/5 1/1 6/5 Charlton 11/5 21/10 11/5 9/4 9/4 Aston Villa 2/1 15/8 9/5 9/4 9/5 15.00 -
2/7 1/5 1/5 1/4 2/9 Chelsea 10/3 4/1 4/1 7/2 4/1 Wolves 15/2 10/1 10/1 10/1 9/1 15.00 -
6/5 11/10 6/5 6/5 1/1 Everton 9/4 21/10 11/5 11/5 9/4 Middlesbro 7/4 21/10 9/5 15/8 9/4 15.00 -
11/10 10/11 11/10 11/10 1/1 Man City 11/5 9/4 11/5 9/4 12/5 Fulham 2/1 12/5 2/1 2/1 21/10 15.00 -
5/4 6/5 11/10 5/4 13/10 Southampton 11/5 11/5 11/5 9/4 11/5 Tottenham 7/4 9/5 2/1 7/4 7/4 15.00 -
Sunday (28:03:2004)
Form Tables and Results - Barclaycard Premiership - All results Tables and Results
10/11 1/1 10/11 1/1 1/1 Arsenal 11/5 2/1 12/5 9/4 9/4 Man Utd 5/2 12/5 9/4 9/4 9/4 16.05 sky1
6/4 17/10 7/4 7/4 9/5 Bolton 9/4 2/1 9/4 2/1 11/5 Newcastle 11/8 11/8 6/5 11/8 5/4 14.00 ppv
11/5 21/10 11/4 9/4 2/1 Leicester 11/5 21/10 9/4 2/1 9/4 Liverpool 1/1 11/10 4/5 11/10 11/10 15.00 -
 
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