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  • 19 May 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 20365
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Swansea City - Fulham Preview: Visitors keen to avoid first six-game losing streak in 11 years

The Capital One Cup winners are guaranteed to end the season in the top half, while Martin Jol requires all three points in south Wales to avoid a first ever bottom-half finish

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA CITY

Tremmel
Tiendalli, Williams, Chico, Taylor
 Britton, De Guzman
Routledge, Hernandez, Dyer
Michu
FULHAM

Schwarzer
Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise
Duff, Karagounis, Enoh, Emanuelson
Ruiz
Berbatov

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is expected to stick with the side that were defeated at Manchester United last week for Sunday's season finale at the Liberty Stadium.

Other than goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who is recovering from a head injury suffered in the victory at Wigan 12 days ago and Ki Sung-Yeung (hamstring), the Swans head into the game with a clean bill of health.

Steve Sidwell remains unavailable to Fulham as he completes the final game of a four-match ban following his red card against Arsenal in April. Midfield trio Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Simon Davies (hip) are long-term absentees and will not feature until next season.

Cottagers chief Martin Jol could hand Urby Emanuelson a start in what will be his final game before returning to AC Milan at the conclusion of his loan spell at Craven Cottage.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea are one only two teams, along with Tottenham, not to be awarded a penalty in the Premier League this season.
  • Top scorer Michu (pictured right) accounts for 38% of his sides goals this season, which is only bettered by Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke (51%).
  • Without the Spaniard's goals Michael Laudrup's side would be 17th in the table with 35 points and a -19 goal difference.
  • Fulham have lost their last five league games in succession. They've never suffered six straight defeats in the top-flight since a winless run that stretched between February and March 2002.
  • Dimitar Berbatov has scored 11 of his 14 goals this term in the first half of games.
  • Swans winger Wayne Routledge spent the 2006-07 season on loan at Craven Cottage making 28 appearances and scoring once in all competitions for club.

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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
4ChicoDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
5MichuMidfielder
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
33Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
3Neil TaylorDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
25Roland LamahMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
11Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
6Eyong EnohMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
18Aaron HughesDefender
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
10Mladen PetricStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
Players to Watch
Wayne Routledge
Wayne Routledge
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
After turning out for seven clubs in six years, Routledge has finally settled down at one club. The 28-year-old has been in exceptional form in his second year at the Liberty Stadium, scoring five times and assisting four others after being deployed in an unorthodox central role by Michael Laudrup, rather than his usual berth on the right wing.
Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Berbatov has been a welcome constant in a season of collective inconsistency at Craven Cottage with no other player coming close to matching his tally of 14 goals. With the possibility of ending the season in 17th a real possibility should they lose in south Wales and results elsewhere conspire against them, the Cottagers need one final salvo from the 32-year-old to keep their league position respectable.
Prediction
Both sides have endured a poor end to the season with Swansea managing just one win in their previous nine since their Capital One Cup triumph, while Fulham have tasted defeat in six of their last seven games since beating QPR on April 1 to confirm their Premier League safety.

On current form the two teams are difficult to seperate, but with a home crowd roaring them on the Swans hold a significant advantage over their west London opponents, who've managed just three wins on the road all season, and should end a magnificent campaign on a high note.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 1

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