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FA Cup

  • 5 January 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 14473

Fulham - Blackpool Preview: Tangerines face Premier League opposition in FA Cup third round

Fulham - Blackpool Preview: Tangerines face Premier League opposition in FA Cup third round


Tom Ince hopes to impress against a top-flight team as Michael Appleton's side head to west London amid a four game winless run to pit themselves against Martin Jol's team



Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs
Dejagah, Karagounis, Sidwell, Kacaniklic
Ruiz, Berbatov

Eardley, Broadfoot, Baptiste, Crainey
Basham, Osborne, Sylvestre
Ince, Delfouneso, Taylor-Fletcher

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (neck) and winger Damien Duff (calf) are both out, along with Mladen Petric (leg), midfielder Mahamadou Diarra (knee), John Arne Riise and Simon Davies (hip).

Martin Jol may rest players or give playing time to those who have had few opportunities, but with the Cottagers' next match coming a week later he could field a strong team similar to that which defeated West Brom on Tuesday.

Blackpool are without winger Matt Phillips (toe) and centre-back Ian Evatt (knee), while striker Wes Thomas has returned to Bournemouth after his loan spell expired. The Tangerines could otherwise field the same line-up from Tuesday’s draw against Hull.

Nathan Delfouneso is set to start in attack, while fellow forward Nouha Dicko was recalled from loan by parent club Wigan.

  • Fulham had won just one game in 12 before picking up a 2-1 away win over West Brom on New Years Day.

  • The Cottagers finished runners-up to West Ham in the 1975 FA Cup, and have got past the third round in each of the last four seasons.

  • Top-scorer Dimitar Berbatov has netted seven Premier League goals for the the west London club so far this season.
  • Blackpool won the FA Cup in 1953 after coming back to defeat Bolton 4-3 in a match that became known as the Matthews final. It was a memorable performance from Tangerines winger Stanley Matthews, in combination with fellow England international Stan Mortensen, who scored a hat-trick.

  • The two sides last met in the Premier League season 2010-11, where the Tangerines recorded a 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road but were defeated 3-0 at Craven Cottage later in the season.

  • The Tangerines were relegated on the final day of the season in 2011 and last year lost the Championship Play-Off final to West Ham.

  • The Lancashire side now lie 14th in the table, with new manager Michael Appleton beginning with a seven game unbeaten run following his appointment in place of Ian Holloway, before recording a four-match winless run going into Saturday's match.

  • Winger Tom Ince (pictured) has netted 13 goals so far this season.

Players to watch

G. Karagounis

Position: Midfielder

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The midfielder holds a record 122 international caps for Greece, and Martin Jol could look to his experience to break down their opponents' defence on Saturday.

The 35-year-old predicted on Thursday that their victory over West Brom could be a turning point in the Cottagers' season, and if given a chance in central midfield would look to impress, given the Cottagers are seeking reinforcements in that area.

T. Ince

Position: Midfielder

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The 20-year-old son of former England captain Paul Ince has played a dominant role in the Tangerines' season so far, scoring 13 goals in 24 league appearances with the next-highest scorer at the club netting just five.

The skilful winger has been heavily linked with a move back to Liverpool, whose academy he left, and he will look to take the opportunity to shine against Premier League opposition.

Editor's Prediction

Fulham have a week to recover before their next match after Saturday's encounter and could field a strong team, while they will have renewed confidence having ended their poor run of form with an away win on Tuesday.

The Cottagers could therefore have too much quality for their Championship opponents Blackpool, who are without a win in four games.

Last Five Matches

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Fulham FC FUL
Fulham FC Fulham
Blackpool FC BLA
Blackpool FC Blackpool

Top 3 Predictions

Fulham FC FUL
3 - 1
Blackpool FC BLA
Fulham FC FUL
2 - 0
Blackpool FC BLA
Fulham FC FUL
2 - 1
Blackpool FC BLA