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Premier League

  • 3 April 2011
  • • 13:30
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: S. Attwell
  • • Attendance: 25692

Fulham - Blackpool Preview: Cottagers seek to extend unbeaten 2011 home record at expense of struggling Seasiders

Fulham - Blackpool Preview: Cottagers seek to extend unbeaten 2011 home record at expense of struggling Seasiders

Ian Holloway's side will be desperate to stop the rot when they visit west London, as Mark Hughes looks to put daylight between his team and the relegation zone

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Fulham: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hangeland, Baird, Salcido; Murphy, Dempsey, Etuhu, Duff; Johnson, Dembele.

Blackpool: Kingson; Crainey, Baptiste, Evatt, Eardley; Puncheon, Adam, Vaughan; Reid, Taylor-Fletcher, Varney.


  • The game will be the 100th league meeting between Fulham and Blackpool.
  • The Seasiders have won just one of their last 10 league encounters.
  • Ian Holloway’s side haven’t fared so well with trips down to the capital this year, drawing one and losing two with an overall goal difference of minus 10.
  • The rather generous Blackpool defence have afforded their opponents 199 shots on target this season – a Premier League high.
  • Not to be outdone at the other end, they’ve netted 45 times themselves, making them the Premier League’s fourth highest scorers.
  • Blackpool are certainly giving their fans value for money, with the combined total of goals in their games this season now reaching 100.
  • Fulham, on the other hand, are slightly less schizophrenic, recording 14 Premier League draws this season – the highest in the division.
  • To further cement that reputation, they have a goal difference of zero - scoring 33 but letting the same amount in.
  • The Cottagers harbour an unbeaten home record at Craven Cottage in 2011, winning four and drawing one since the turn of the year.
  • If Fulham take the lead at half-time, they hold out – notching four wins and two draws from half-time leads so far this season.


August 28, 2010: Blackpool 2-2 Fulham

A late Dickson Etuhu equaliser at Bloomfield Road denied the Tangerines their first ever Premier League win.

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Players to watch

D. Duff

Position: Attacker

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The age-defying winger has been central to Fulham’s impressive start to 2011, netting four in his last six outings. If he were to score again today, he would become the third Irishman to reach the 50 Premier League goal milestone, alongside Niall Quinn and Robbie Keane.

Duff will be given licence to run at Blackpool’s notoriously leaky defence at will and if he can provide the attacking impetus that has characterised his game for years, it’s hard to see the Seasiders containing him.

C. Adam

Position: Midfielder

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Admittedly lacklustre and ineffectual in Scotland’s glamour friendly against Brazil, Adam is absolutely key to everything Blackpool do.

He sets the mood and tempo of the side, pulling the strings that invariably make Blackpool dance. It will take a colossal performance from the Scot to overturn his side's poor form of late, but if he can’t do it, it’s unlikely anybody can.

Editor's Prediction

Despite Blackpool’s nature as one of the Premier League’s great entertainers, I think they will find it hard to break down a Fulham side that have become very pragmatic home performers. I can see Charlie Adam being stifled, thrills and spills being at a premium and the hosts just edging it.

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

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