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  • March 17, 2012
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  • • Craven Cottage, London
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Premier League Preview: Fulham - Swansea

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Swansea

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The home side will be looking to recover from last week's last gasp defeat at Villa Park, while the visiting side 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 is 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 as the West London outfit looks 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 has lost just one and won six of its last eight Premier League games at Craven Cottage.
  • Swansea’s last six away league games have seen the club alternate between wins and losses.
  • Fulham is the only team in the Premier League which has not earned a red card this season.
  • Swansea has committed the fewest fouls in the top flight this season (233).
  • Fulham has recovered the most points (8) from losing positions in home matches this season.
  • Fulham has conceded the highest proportion of goals in the last 15 minutes of games of any team in the top flight (41 percent).
  • 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
3J. 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
Scott Sinclair
Scott Sinclair
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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