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  • 17 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: M. Halsey
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Fulham - Swansea Preview: Clint Dempsey has scored nine goals in his last five Craven Cottage appearances

The hosts will be looking to recover from last week's last gasp defeat at Villa Park, whilst the visitors will hope to build up momentum after toppling Manchester City


PROBABLE LINEUPS


FULHAM



Schwarzer
Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, JA Riise
Murphy
Duff, Dembele, Dempsey

Johnson, Pogrebnyak
SWANSEA CITY


Vorm
Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor
Allen, Britton, Sigurdsson,
Routledge, Graham, Sinclair

Fulham are set to remain with the same side that lost out in the dying seconds to Aston Villa last weekend.

That would mean another start for Damien Duff, who excelled in the recent 5-0 victory over Wolverhampton. Right-back Zdenek Grygera confirmed this week that he hopes to return to action with the Cottagers next season after two knee operations ruled him out for the rest of the current campaign.

Fulham boss Martin Jol faces a slight selection dilemma as he must choose between Stephen Kelly, who started last weekend, or the returning Aaron Hughes from injury as the West London outfit look to get back to winning ways.

Swansea will be without the services of flying winger Nathan Dyer as he serves the second game of his three-match suspension.

Brendan Rodgers decided against appealing Dyer's ban as it could have resulted in the 24-year-old having another match added if the club's plea was rejected.

It means another chance for Wayne Routledge, who will look to impress in Dyer's absence.

Otherwise, Rodgers has no injury problems to contend with but he could draft in Luke Moore, who bagged the winner in last week's 1-0 success over Manchester City.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last time Fulham met Swansea in the league at Craven Cottage, both sides were in the fourth tier of English football; Fulham won 2-1.
  • Fulham have lost just one and won six of their last eight Premier League games at Craven Cottage.
  • Swansea’s last six away league games have seen them alternate between wins and losses.
  • Fulham are the only team in the Premier League who have not earned a red card this season.
  • Swansea have committed the fewest fouls in the top flight this season (233).
  • Fulham have recovered the most points (8) from losing positions in home matches this season.
  • Fulham have conceded the highest proportion of goals in the last 15 minutes of games of any team in the top flight (41%).
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak (pictured right) has scored five goals from just five shots on target in the Premier League for Fulham.
  • Clint Dempsey has scored 12 goals in his last 10 appearances at Craven Cottage in all competitions and nine in the last five.
  • Ashley Williams has blocked 35 opposition shots this season, more than any other player.

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Available Squads
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
19Mahamadou DiarraMidfielder
19Mousa DembeleStriker
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
-David StockdaleGoalkeeper
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
3Neil TaylorDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
9Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
5Alan TateDefender
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
27Mark GowerMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
18Leroy LitaStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
Players to Watch
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Russian arrived from Stuttgart on transfer deadline day having had a far from prolific season. Replacing the outgoing Bobby Zamora didn't seem an easy task, but the 28-year-old has been a revelation for the West Londoners since joining.

Indeed, he has scored five goals in just four appearances since his arrival. Three of those games have resulted in wins, and having drawn a blank last week in Fulham's first defeat for over a month, the tall centre-forward will hope to be back among the goals again.

Scott Sinclair
Scott Sinclair
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The English winger will be hoping to bounce back from his missed penalty last weekend at the Eithad Stadium. Joe Hart appeared to suggest that he would not fool for Sinclair's stuttered run-up just prior to the penalty being taken and sure enough, he wasn't, as he produced a stunning stop to deny the former Chelsea man.

Although the Swans claimed a famous scalp in City, Sinclair will be looking for personal, as well as team glory, this weekend.

Prediction

Fulham have had a brilliant month, but were brought back down to earth by Aston Villa's late show last weekend and now must recover quickly against the slick-passing Swans, who were very impressive in seeing off Manchester City.

Bredan Rodger’s men need to improve on their travels, though, where they have only picked up 12 points, exactly half of their tally at the Liberty Stadium.

I see it being a very tight game, with both sides playing good football at the moment it is hard to call a winner but the west London outfit have made Craven Cottage a fortress in recent seasons and I think they will sneak a win here.

Editor's Prediction
Fulham 2

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