Premier League Preview: Fulham - Swansea

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's lineup.


Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise
Dejagah, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic

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

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 lineup.

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).

  • Fulham has only won one of their last 11 Premier League matches.
  • Swansea has now gone four games without a win.
  • 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 has scored 93 percent of its goals this season from open play, the highest amount in the top-flight.