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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.


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Available Squads
-David StockdaleGoalkeeper
18Aaron HughesDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
17Matthew BriggsDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
11Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
11Bryan RuizStriker
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
22Csaba SomogyiGoalkeeper
6Chris BairdDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
21Matthew Gilks Goalkeeper
15Alex BaptisteDefender
30Chris BashamDefender
21Kirk BroadfootDefender
5Neal EardleyDefender
-Robert (Bob) HarrisDefender
27Isaiah OsbourneMidfielder
14Ludovic SylvestreMidfielder
51Thomas InceStriker
9Kevin PhillipsStriker
14Nathan DelfounesoStriker
13Mark HalsteadGoalkeeper
20Craig CathcartDefender
3Stephen CraineyDefender
48Gerardo Alfredo Bruna BlancoMidfielder
24Tiago GomesMidfielder
39Nathan EcclestonStriker
Players to Watch
Georgios Karagounis
Georgios Karagounis
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
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.
Thomas Ince
Thomas Ince
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 51
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 2

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