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  • December 29, 2012
  • • 23:00
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 25700
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Fulham - Swansea Preview: Cottagers seeking only their second win in 12 games

Fulham - Swansea Preview: Cottagers seeking only their second win in 12 games

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Martin Jol's men have endured a miserable couple of months, but are boosted by the return from injury of Bryan Ruiz and the absence of Michu from the opposition line-up

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

Fulham

Schwarzer
Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise
Dejagah, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic
Ruiz
Berbatov
SWANSEA

Vorm
Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies
Dyer, Britton, Ki, Routledge
Pablo Hernandez
 Shechter

Phillipe Senderos was preferred to Aaron Hughes alongside Brede Hangeland in the 1-1 draw against Southampton on Boxing Day, and he may keep his place in the side against Swansea.

Bryan Ruiz made his comeback from the hamstring injury that kept him out for over a month as a half-time substitute in that game, and could now return to the starting line-up.

Leading scorer Michu is a serious doubt for the visitors, after suffering an ankle injury in the 0-0 draw against Reading, and may be replaced up front by Itay Shechter.

Pablo Hernandez (thigh) is in contention after spending a month on the sidelines, but this match may come too soon for Angel Rangel (calf).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fulham have only won one of their last 11 Premier League matches.
  • The Swans did the double over Martin Jol's men last season without conceding a goal, and the 3-0 win at Craven Cottage was the Londoners' second heaviest home defeat of the season (behind only Manchester United's 5-0 thrashing).
  • Michu may miss his first Premier League match for Swansea on Saturday - without his goals Swansea would be in 16th rather than ninth place.
  • Dimitar Berbatov's (pictured, right) goals, on the other hand, have only won the Cottagers three points this season.
  • Eight of Fulham's 29 goals this season have been scored by substitutes, the highest proportion in the Premier League
  • Swansea have scored 93 per cent of their goals this season from open play, the highest amount in the top-flight.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Fulham

Swansea City

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Fulham FC FUL
Fulham FC Fulham
Draw
Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
31%
25%
44%

Top 3 Predictions

Fulham FC FUL
1 - 2
Swansea City AFC SWA
Fulham FC FUL
1 - 1
Swansea City AFC SWA
Fulham FC FUL
2 - 1
Swansea City AFC SWA

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