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Trends behind - Fulham v Bolton

last updated Friday 25th November 2005, 12:00 PM
Fulham are 14th with 12 points and their highest achievable position after Match Day 14 is 14th (there is a 6 point gap between Fulham and the next team Newcastle) while the lowest could be 18th (to go 18th the four teams below us would need to win including Portsmouth at home to Fulham Broadway).
  • FULHAM have made their worst ever start to a Premiership season, and face a Bolton side who've achieved their best ever return from the outset of a Premier League campaign. The Trotters are 11 points superior in the table with seven wins to their name, while Fulham have suffered seven defeats. The Cottagers have won three, drawn one and lost two at home, Wanderers won three, drawn one and two away.
  • The Thames-side club ended odd goal in five victims of Middlesbrough at the Riverside last Sunday when they twice surrendered the lead. They've not lost successively in five Premiership outings, and are looking for a 30th Premiership win in Chris Coleman's 90th top flight match in permanent charge.
  • The Cottagers hold a 100% home Premiership record over Bolton, four wins out of four. The most recent was 2-0, and a happy return to Craven Cottage for the Cottagers from the Loftus Road exile, when Andrew Cole bagged a brace.
  • Won one of the last four in all competitions.
  • Lost one of the last quartet of League and Cup matches.
  • Notched two victories in nine Premiership outings.
  • Kept one clean sheet in 11 in all competitions, and one in nine Premier League clashes (2-0, home to Liverpool on 22 October).
  • Failed to score in one of the last six Premiership matches (at Wigan on 29 October).
  • Completed 10 Premiership matches since losing by more than a single goal (1-4, away to Arsenal on 24 August).
  • Completed 12 top flight matches since a no score draw (home to Birmingham on the opening day, 13 August).
  • Won six of the last 21 League matches.
  • Fulham's lowest points total after the first 13 matches of a Premiership campaign prior to this season was 14, twelve months ago.
  • Aiming for a third consecutive home League win.
  • Opened the home programme with a goalless draw against Birmingham, but scored in each of the five League games at Craven Cottage since.
  • Netted two goals in each of the last three home Premiership encounters.
  • Kept clean sheets in three of six home League matches this season.
  • If he plays, Claus JENSEN will be facing a former club.
  • Steed MALBRANQUE will be hoping to add to his brace in Fulham's last home game.
  • Collins JOHN has netted four goals in six Premiership matches.
Fulham Draw Bolton
League 21 16 25
Premier 5 2 1
HEAD TO HEAD at Fulham
Fulham Draw Bolton
League 14 8 9
Premier 4 0 0
Bolton are 5th with 23 points and their highest achievable position after Match Day 14 is 2nd while the lowest could be 7th.
  • BOLTON WANDERERS rescued a point in a 1-1 draw with an immediate and late Vaz Te equaliser away to Guimaraes on Thursday, to stay in sight of the last 32 of the Uefa Cup. Now they head for the capital in pursuit of a third League maximum in succession over London opposition. They were fogged off at Birmingham last Monday and denied the chance to add another scalp to those of West Brom, Charlton and Spurs in their last three Premiership outings.
  • Sam Allardyce has not seen his side concede in 286 minutes (four hours 46 minutes) of Premiership football, since Eidur Gudjohnsen scored Chelsea's fifth against them at Stamford Bridge on 15 October. But Wanderers have lost two of their last three League games on the road, and another reverse here would be their 100th defeat in Premier League history (home and away).
  • Wanderers have only beaten Fulham once in eight Premiership exchanges - that being 3-1 at the Reebok in their most recent meeting on 9 April 2004. Bolton have not won an away League game over Fulham since their 1-4 triumph in Barclays Division Two (third level) on 21 November 1992, since when they've drawn twice and lost four times in their visits to the west London club. Their last top flight maximum at Fulham was 53 years ago - a 1-2 success on 11 April 1952.
  • Currently on their best winning sequence since stringing together five Premiership victories between 4 January and 5 February.
  • Won seven of the last 10 Premiership confrontations.
  • Scored in each of the last seven top flight matches.
  • Failed to score in one of the last 10 Premiership outings (0-0, home to Blackburn on 11 September).
  • Yet to go in at half time in arrears in a Premiership match (leading 1-0 in four, goalless in seven, and 2-2 in the other).
  • Completed 11 League matches since a score draw (2-2 at Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, 13 August).
  • Kept clean sheets in six of the last eight top tier encounters.
  • Opened the scoring in nine top division duels That's more than any other club, with the exception of Chelsea, who have taken the lead in nine.
  • Conceded the opening goal in three League games - drawing one, losing two.
  • Scored in each away Premiership match this season, and in the last nine since a 1-0 loss at Liverpool on 2 April.
  • Scored a goal a game in six of the last 8 away in the top tier, including the last four.
  • If he plays, Gary SPEED will be extending the Premiership appearance record to 464 (Leeds, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton), and will be making his 50th Premiership appearance for the Trotters.
  • Kevin NOLAN has scored in each of Bolton's last three Premiership outings.
  • If he participates, Martin DJETOU will be facing his former club.
Fulham 2-0 Bolton
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