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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:57:10 AM »
 
Next one up – Watford (H)

The great thing about football is that there is always the next game. At City last week we spent the majority of the game chasing shadows, and while that will be the same story for may sides who visit the Etihad this season, it’s still a memory that I want to eradicate quite quickly! So we move on to Watford tomorrow, a match which both sides will feel that they can win and bounce back from their respected defeats last weekend.

Watford started the season unbelievably well, with the win over Spurs particularly impressive. They have scored ten goals already this season, bettered only by Liverpool and Manchester City. They will also count themselves very unlucky to have lost on Saturday evening against Manchester United, but their second half display just came too late having already been 2-0 down. They are a strong team, and one that shouldn’t be underestimated.

If there is one man who isn’t going to underestimate Watford, it’s got to be Slavisa Jokanovic. Having guided the Hornets to automatic promotion back in 2015, Jokanovic and Watford failed to agree on contract terms and the two parted ways in rather frustrating fashion for both parties. So maybe there will be an added sting (pardon the pun) to this game as Jokanovic faces his old side for the first time since leaving.

It’s fair to say that Jokanovic surprised us all with his team selection last weekend, and while none of Stefan Johansen, Ryan Sessegnon at left back and Denis Odoi played badly, I’m hoping to see some changes tomorrow morning. I have no idea what Joe Bryan has done to deserve to be put out of the team after his brilliant displays against Palace, Spurs and Burnley. Hopefully we see him back there tomorrow. In terms of centre backs, I’d like to see Maxime Le Marchand partner Mawson this week. MLM was my surprise package in the first few games, but it all fell apart a bit when he was moved to left back against Brighton. He is much better in the centre and until Ream is fit again, I think a Mawson-MLM partnership is the way to go.

With Cairney out again tomorrow, I’d have Anguissa alongside McDonald and Seri. I have no doubt that the midfield battle will be key tomorrow, so it’s important that Jokanovic makes the right call with his choices. Anguissa looked very impressive again against City last week when he came on and while Seri was at fault for the first goal, I have no doubt that he will bounce back from that against Watford.

I’m expecting a lot of chances for both sides tomorrow so it could come down to whose attackers are more on the ball. He was an isolated figure last weekend but I feel like this is the sort of game that Mitrovic absolutely thrives on, especially in front of a home crowd. His four goals this season have him joint second in the goal scoring charts, while his shot count is only bettered by Sergio Aguero. We have a player here who is hungry for goals and thankfully Fulham have given him the perfect platform to perform on. At the other side of the pitch our defender will have the difficult job of keeping Andre Gray and Troy Deeney quiet. Deeney reminds me a little bit of Mitrovic in terms of his tenacious attitude on the pitch, and he is a player who seems to always be in the middle of the action. While he only has two goals this season he is still a player to be wary of. Another player to watch out for is Jose Holebas. The defender has an impressive four assists and a goal already to his name this season so is without a doubt one of Watford’s danger men.


This won’t be an easy game but I think Fulham are due a performance tomorrow. Watford are dangerous, there is no doubt about it, but I think that we have the stronger midfield, and if we win that battle, then we will create more chances which Mitrovic is primed and ready to put away. I have a good feeling about this one.

#COYW



http://hammyend.com/index.php/2018/09/next-one-up-watford-h/
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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:55:34 AM »
 
PATIENCE Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon needs time to adjust to Premier League, says manager Slavisa Jokanovic

The 18-year-old starred in the Championship last season with 18 goals, but has endured a quiet start to the top flight campaign

Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon will be given time to adjust to the Premier League and ‘grow up’ as a footballer in his first ever top flight season, says manager Slavisa Jokanovic.

The 18-year-old sensation could pass 100 Fulham appearances this season, already his third full senior campaign for the Cottagers.

A host of top clubs are said to be tracking the England Under-21 ace after his brilliant breakthrough season in the Championship.

Sessegnon was wanted by some of the biggest clubs in England after impressing with 18 goals last season – moving from left-back to the left wing – but he opted to stay put at Craven Cottage.

He has endured a quiet start to his first Premier League campaign, but Jokanovic insist the club will be patient with the youngster as he acclimatises to top flight football.

“It is a new experience for him, he has come from one level to another: it’s not time to rest, it’s time to continue with this learning process,” the Fulham boss told Sky Sports.

“He must understand the difference between the Championship and the Premier League. It’s a huge experience for him, all the minutes he is getting.

“We must be calm with him and give him space to grow up.

“He’s a little bit more experienced now but there’s huge space for him to reach his best level.”

Fulham have bagged one win and one draw from their five encounters so far on their Premier League return.

The Londoners spent more than £100million recruiting a host of new talent following their Championship promotion, determined to become a top-flight fixture.

And Jokanovic freely admits he must deliver on the board’s investment, and quickly, to make a success of his Craven Cottage challenge.

Despite the pressure of fighting to fast-track Fulham’s progress, the 50-year-old went on to joke that the stresses of Premier League management are not yet wearing through on his face.

“You need time but how much? Some coaches talk about years, but we are a completely new team and we need an express process,” said Jokanovic, ahead of hosting former club Watford at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

“We need something fast because we don’t have that time.

“With some different coaches you can see changes to their face or their hair. At the moment I am safe! I am not affected so much.”



https://talksport.com/football/424822/fulham-ryan-sessegnon-premier-league-slavisa-jokanovic/
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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:53:57 AM »
 
Transfer Battle: Jean-Michael Seri vs Abdoulaye Doucoure


Fulham were one of the busier teams in the summer transfer window as they looked to shape a squad capable of staying in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship last season.

The west London club forked out to make Aleksandar Mitrovic’s temporary move a permanent one, while they were also able to bring in Germany international Andre Schurrle from Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan deal.

The pair have started the new campaign well and will continue to take all of the plaudits if they can keep up their goal-scoring exploits.

However, as well as Mitrovic and Schurrle, Jean-Michael Seri has also been impressive in Fulham’s opening five Premier League fixtures.

The Ivorian midfielder joined for big money from Nice back in July and will do battle with Abdoulaye Doucoure — another talented midfield man — on Saturday when Fulham take on Watford at Craven Cottage.

So how do the two midfield men match-up?

Jean-Michael Seri


Prior to joining Fulham, Seri had been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona (via Sky Sports).

And in these opening games, the 27-year-old has shown that he would have slotted nicely into any of the above teams.

Their loss is Fulham’s gain, of course, with the midfielder having brought much technical quality to Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.

Seri has both the vision and passing to create chances from anywhere on the pitch and, when he is not crafting out opportunities for his team-mates, he can often be seen testing the opposition goalkeeper from long distance with his deadly long-shot ability.
TT Grade: A


Doucoure has quickly become a fan favourite at Vicarage Road since joining Watford in the summer of 2016, and it is not hard to see why.

The 25-year-old is a driving force from midfield, often bossing things in the middle of the park or making marauding runs past other midfield players.

Doucoure has also started to add more goals to his game, finishing the last Premier League campaign with seven goals compared to just the one he managed the previous term.

The Frenchman has been linked with a host of big clubs since the new year including Arsenal and Tottenham (via Evening Standard), but now looks set to remain at Vicarage Road for the foreseeable future after putting pen to paper on a new five-year deal last month.
TT Grade: A-

TT Verdict:


Doucoure’s impact at Watford has been huge and his overall presence in midfield has made the Hornets such a tricky opponent to play against, especially at home.

Technically, however, Seri is just on another level. His passing and ability to strike the ball so well from outside the box — something he has already shown this season with his goal against Burnley — makes him one of the most gifted midfielders in the Premier League.

With the way Watford are playing, Doucoure may just come out on top when the Hornets and Fulham meet. But in this battle, the former Rennes man will have to settle for second place.



https://www.footballtransfertavern.com/features/transfer-battles/transfer-battle-jean-michael-seri-vs-abdoulaye-doucoure/
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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:51:04 AM »
 
Sessegnon needs time to ‘grow up’ in the Premier League

Fulham will give Ryan Sessegnon time to “grow up” and adapt to the Premier League, according to boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

The 18-year-old Craven Cottage sensation, who could pass 100 Fulham appearances this season, is already in his third full senior campaign.

The England Under-21 talent had a host of top clubs courting his services in the summer, but opted to stay put in west London.

Head coach Jokanovic has called for calm however, as the youngster starts to realise his rich potential.

“It is a new experience for him, he has come from one level to another: it’s not time to rest, it’s time to continue with this learning process,” Jokanovic said.

“He must understand the difference between the Championship and the Premier League. It’s a huge experience for him, all the minutes he is getting.

“We must be calm with him and give him space to grow up. He’s a little bit more experienced now but there’s huge space for him to reach his best level.”

Fulham have bagged one win and one draw from their five encounters so far on their Premier League return.

They spent more than £100million recruiting a host of new talent following their Championship promotion, determined to become a top-flight fixture.

And Jokanovic freely admits he must deliver on the board’s investment, and quickly.

“You need time but how much? Some coaches talk about years, but we are a completely new team and we need an express process,” said Jokanovic, ahead of hosting former club Watford at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

“We need something fast because we don’t have that time. With some different coaches you can see changes to their face or their hair. At the moment I am safe! I am not affected so much.”



https://www.westlondonsport.com/fulham/sessegnon-needs-time-to-grow-up-jokanovic
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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:48:51 AM »
 
Fulham's FIFA 19 ratings: How Slavisa Jokanovic's team rank up in the latest game

Here's how each and every member of the Fulham side rank in FIFA 19

Fulham's FIFA 19 ratings have been revealed ahead of the game's release - and Jean-Michael Seri takes the highest rank in Slavisa Jokanovic's side.

He's been rated as 82 in the latest game, meaning he's considered as the Cottagers' best player and after his early season performances in the white of Fulham, it's easy to see why.

Tom Cairney isn't too far behind him, ranking at 79, while former World Cup winner Andre Schurrle is next on 78, making the trio Fulham's best players in the game.

The side's wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon ranks at 75 - he started last season's version at just 66 so there's a marked improvement in his rating after his 16-goal season for the Cottagers last season.

Interestingly in goal, both Fabri and Sergio Rico are rated at 80, while current number one, Marcus Bettinelli, is only rated at 72.

Here's how every Fulham player rates in the latest game.

 Goalkeepers -

Fabri - 80

Sergio Rico - 80

Marcus Bettinelli - 72

Luca Ashby-Hammond - 55


(Image: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Defenders -

Maxime Le Marchand - 75

Joe Bryan - 75

Alfie Mawson - 75

Calum Chambers - 75

Timothy Fosu-Mensah - 74

Tim Ream - 73

Cyrus Christie - 72

Denis Odoi - 69

Aron Davies - 59

Steven Sessegnon - 57


(Image: Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Midfielders -

Jean-Michael Seri - 82

Tom Cairney - 79

Andre Schurrle - 78

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa - 75

Kevin McDonald - 75

Stefan Johansen - 75

Ibrahima Cisse - 67

Luca de la Torre - 63


(Image: Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Strikers -

Aleksandar Mitrovic - 76

Luciano Vietto - 76

Ryan Sessegnon - 75


(Image: Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Neeskens Kebano - 72

Rui Fonte - 71

Aboubakar Kamara - 71

Floyd Ayite - 70



https://www.football.london/fulham-fc/fulhams-fifa-19-ratings-how-15182320
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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:45:07 AM »
 
adidas Parley Pre Match Jersey

Introducing Fulham's new adidas Parley pre-match jersey, available to purchase now.

Making its debut when the players warm-up ahead of kick-off at tomorrow's Premier League game with Watford, the new jerseys are made from a 100% recycled polyester that incorporates Parley Ocean Plastic.

The adidas Parley initiative seeks to transform plastic intercepted from beaches and coastal communities into high performance sportswear. Spinning the problem into a solution. The threat into a thread.

Fans are able to purchase the new Fulham adidas Parley pre-match jersey now online at shop.fulhamfc.com or from the Stadium Store at Craven Cottage.

#FORTHEOCEANS



http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2018/september/21/adidas-parley-pre-match-jersey
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General Discussion / Re: Kent Whites
« Last post by Favershampaul on Today at 07:44:41 AM »
Clues in the name , welcome back .
Maybe bump into you in the Neptune
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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:43:39 AM »
 
Under the radar: Fulham midfielder Jean-Michael Seri ahead of Watford
Fulham v Watford live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11.30am on Saturday

We evaluate Fulham midfielder Jean-Michael Seri ahead of Watford's trip to Craven Cottage, live on Sky Sports this Saturday.

The Ivory Coast star completed a shock move to the newly-promoted club this summer, after almost signing for Barcelona just one year ago.

Seri showed his class with a thunderbolt goal-of-the-month winner during a 4-2 victory against Burnley in late August, and produced similar glimpses of brilliance in the 2-2 draw with Brighton.

But the 27-year-old was at fault in the 3-0 drubbing at Manchester City last Saturday, when Fernandinho intercepted his complacent pass on the half-way line and teed up Leroy Sane to score with just 90 seconds on the clock.

But in what areas does the former Nice star excel?

Compared with the average Premier League midfielder to have played 225 minutes or more this term, the stats reveal he is superior at distribution, involvement and defensive duties.

The radar graphic below shows how Seri's primary attribute at Fulham so far has been creating chances, conjuring two per 90 minutes on average - ranking 12th out of all Premier League midfielders.

The Ivorian ranks eighth in the Premier League for successful passes with an average of 66 per game - distributing both short and long.

In addition to recording above-average stats for passes in the attacking third, Seri also excels at regaining possession and in the challenge with 2.2 interceptions and 2.7 tackles per game - ranking seventh and 17th in the league, respectively.

Seri ranks 38th for distance covered this term with an average of 11.4km in each of the three games he has completed a full game - and positional data suggests he is productive across most areas of the pitch.

A true box-to-box midfielder, the graphic below shows how Seri makes passes, tackles and interceptions from his own box to the opposition's penalty area - with a clear concentration of touches in the centre circle.

So can Seri pull the strings for Fulham against a Watford side that sit fourth in the Premier League with four wins out of five?

Both teams suffered defeat against 'big six' opposition last week, but Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic will be looking for his main man to feed in-form Aleksander Mitrovic and record a second top-flight win.

Watch Fulham v Watford live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11.30am on Saturday



https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11096/11503917/under-the-radar-fulham-midfielder-jean-michael-seri-ahead-of-watford
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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:40:41 AM »
 
Fulham eager to show improvements from the training pitch against Watford, insists Jokanovic

Slavisa Jokanovic believes the side have improved over the past week and that they're ready to show those improvements on Saturday

Fulham are eager to show improvements from the training pitch when they take on Watford on Saturday lunchtime, insists Slavisa Jokanovic.

The head coach's side has been boosted by the return of last season's Player of the Year, Tim Ream, from injury and although he won't be fit to take part, his return will have had an impact on his team mates.

The Cottagers have shown improvements bit by bit as the weeks have rolled on and currently sit in 15th place in the Premier League, having won one game, drawn one and lost three.

Time was always going to be a key issue for the side after the brought in 12 new faces over the summer, including five on the final day of the transfer window, but now with over seven weeks since the closure of the window, Jokanovic is satisfied with his squad but admits he has missed Ream in the heart of defence.

That said, he has revealed he believes Fulham have had a good week in training and have made improvements - and believes his side are eager to show that when Watford come visiting on Saturday.

He said: "Ream is important for us - he's an important player in our defensive four and a guy who has a habit of working with us and he knows better than other players what is his position and style of the team.

"Okay, I miss him in different situations during the start of the Premier League but I must be satisfied with my squad and be working with my squad.


(Image: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire)

"I cannot blame my players after one month and a few days, I am talking about counting weeks, it's probably around seven and a half weeks having all the team.

"Behind of us is a good week, we are working in the right direction and I believe we are calm, focused and we believe we make some improvements.

"My feeling is that the team want to show this improvement on Saturday lunchtime against Watford - my sensation is positive."



https://www.football.london/fulham-fc/fulham-eager-show-improvements-training-15182115
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General Discussion / Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (22/09/18)...
« Last post by WhiteJC on Today at 07:38:57 AM »
 
Matchday Preview

Fulham v Watford - Craven Cottage - Saturday 22nd September 2018 - 12.30pm


Fulham doubts

Tim Ream, Tom Cairney, Neeskens Kebano
Watford doubts

Gerard Deulofeu
Tickets

Tickets are still on sale to supporters with a booking history. Any bought on the day will need to be purchased at the Ticket Office.

Access

We advise supporters that due to damage to the gates at the entrance to Bishop’s Park by All Saints Church, this entrance will be closed and we kindly ask fans to consider alternative routes when walking to and from the ground.
Weather

While it will be dry at kick-off, there is good chance of rain falling before the match concludes. Temperatures will be around 14 degrees.
Dafabet match odds

Fulham: 7/5

Draw: 12/5

Watford: 15/8
Live commentary

Tune into the App or the Match Centre for full live commentary of the game from Gentleman Jim and Jamie Reid.
He said...

“Fulham are a well-organised team. They try to play a passing game and they always have more possession than other teams. They have an average of 54, 55 per cent and we have to be ready to defend well when we don't have the possession.” – Watford head coach Javi Gracia.
Watford last five

L: Watford 1-2 Manchester United

W: Watford 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

W: Reading 0-2 Watford

W: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace

W: Burnley 1-3 Watford
Five who played for both

Stefano Okaka Chuka, Heidar Helguson, Hameur Bouazza, Matthew Briggs, Alexander Kačaniklić



http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2018/september/21/matchday-preview
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