Team against Liverpool 11/11

Over on the forum we’ve been discussing the team against Liverpool…


team against Liverpool

Subs: Betts, MLM, Schurrle, Ayite, Vietto, Anguissa 

I know that many would have both Vietto and Schurrle in their starting 11 however I’m not convinced that either provide enough, Vietto doesn’t want to shoot? and Schurrle needs 20+ chances and I think that they don’t help the overall shape of the team. 


team against Liverpool

The team has been very unbalanced recently as we have a Championship right back, and Sess doing a great job at LB when ideally he would be further forward.
It is clear therefore we need a RB and LB in January and the tide will change as it will have a knock on effect throughout the team.

Until then, we need Christie/Ayite and MLM/Sess covering our flanks as damage control…

I don’t expect this team to create many chances and Mitro will likely be isolated. However the reality is that we don’t have the players or the form to get a result at Anfield. We have to cover our weaknesses in defence as above, and use Mitro holding up the ball and counter attacks to give us a chance.


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Games for the Weekend 10/11

We travel to Liverpool for a Sunday game

Liverpool v Fulham

After two easily winnable matches, well they were on paper however the actual games turned out differently!, we now get to visit one of the leagues “in form” teams, I’m not expecting much from this weekend.

There’s lots of talk about this being one of Slaviša’s last games to save his job, I hope thats not true as I think given time he’ll be able to get us back to winning ways, so perhaps he’ll be concentrating on next weeks game against Southampton?

Games of Interest…

Saturday 10th
Cardiff v Brighton
Huddersfield v West Ham
Leicester v Burnley
Newcastle v Bournemouth

Sunday 11th
Liverpool v Fulham

Games for the Weekend 3/11

Our first Monday evening game sees us travelling to Huddersfield

Huddersfield v Fulham

Who decides on these idiotic fixtures where the opposing team has to travel so far for a non-weekend fixture? I can understand ‘local’ games being midweek however expecting fans to take time off work both before and after the game shows that its no longer about the supporter, by the time they get home it’ll be the early hours!

Anyhow, this must be an away game that Slaviša has penciled in as a possible win, after recent results we need to get some points and as the next away game at Liverpool I think we’ll be travelling more in hope than expectation?

Lets see if the team can provide the fireworks on the pitch

Games of Interest

Saturday 3rd
Cardiff v Leicester
Everton v Brighton
Newcastle v Watford

Sunday 4th
Chelsea v Palace

Monday 5th
Huddersfield v Fulham



Team against Bournemouth 27/10

over on the forum we’ve been discussing what team we would pick to try and stop leaking so many goals.

here are a couple of examples…


Fulham v Bournemouth

Subs: Betts, MLM, KMac, Odoi, Christie, AK47, Vietto

the back 4 is all dependant on who is fit.

Rico needs to be given his chance, Betts I’m sure will eventually regain his first place however, stating the bleedin’ obvious, we need to stop shipping goals and whilst I don’t think Betts was responsible for any(?) but we really need to try something/someone different.


Fulham v Bournemouth


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Games for the Weekend 27/10

This weekend we welcome Bournemouth to Craven Cottage

Fulham v Bournemouth

After a run of terrible defensive displays, hopefully Slaviša will have worked on something to stem the flow of goals against? Timothy Fosu-Mensah could be back, assuming his shoulder is better, we really need a stable, functioning back four.

We also need Tom back in midfield, KMac and SetfJo were great for us last season but I feel they’re not quite Premiership standard, certainly not 90 minutes worth anyway.

Bournemouth are comfortably in the top half of the table and must be relishing the chance to get a hat-full of goals, we really need to give them a surprise and get our season back on track COYW.

Games of Interest

Saturday 27th
Brighton v Wolves
Fulham v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Cardiff
Southampton v Newcastle
Watford v Huddersfield

Sunday 28th
Burnley v Chelsea
Palace v Arsenal


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Team against Cardiff 20/10

Over on the forum we’ve been discussing who would be in our team to play against Cardiff…


team against Cardiff

subs: Betts, Odoi, Bryan(if fit), Mawson, KMac, AK47, Vietto, 

we obviously need to do something at the back and with Fosu out for a while we have to stick with Christie, I don’t think he was as bad against Arsenal as some have made out.

Betts has had his chance but 8 goals in 2 games just isn’t good enough, so I think its time for Rico to be given a go, otherwise why did we bring him in?


team against Cardiff

If Anguissa struggles with pace of game like at the weekend then MacDonald comes on around 60 minutes. 


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Games for the Weekend 20/10

This weekend we travel to South Wales to take on fellow Premiership ‘new boys’ Cardiff

Cardiff v Fulham

Well the past couple of games didn’t go the way we’d hoped so this weekend we’ll be aiming to get a result against a Cardiff ream that haven’t won a game so far this season, so expect a Fulhamish result!?

I’m sure Slaviša will have spent the ‘international break’ working with the players on their defensive duties, something Colin will try to exploit.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is unlikely to be fit, so Cyrus Christie will hope for a better performance than against Arsenal, he wasn’t as bad as some have made out however he’ll want to answer some of his critics with a performance. At this point we don’t know if Tom Cairney, Alfie Mawson or Joe Bryan will be in the squad, their inclusion can only help shore up a too leaky defence.

If Slaviša’s style of football is better than Colin’s version then this game is the one to drive our point home, last season’s fixture resulted in a 4-2 defeat, time for revenge…

Games of Interest

Saturday 20th
Bournemouth v Southampton
Cardiff v Fulham
Newcastle v Brighton
West Ham v Spurs
Huddersfield v Liverpool

Sunday 21st
Everton v Palace



Team against Arsenal 07/10

over on the forum we’ve been discussing who will play against Everton


team against Arsenal


Team against Arsenal

subs: Rico, Mawson, KMac, Cisse, AK47, Vietto

if Cairney isn’t fit enough for the full 90 minutes then swap him for KMac later in the game, but I’d start Tom. Ryan’s pace and guile will give the Arse something to worry about, he’s better the further upfield he plays

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Games for the Weekend 06/10

This weekend we welcome Arsenal to the Cottage

Fulham v Arsenal

My very first Fulham game was against Arsenal, New Years Day 1966, we won 1-0 and I was hooked! …a repeat result would be more than welcome.

With Fosu-Mensah and Joe Bryan going off injured against Everton, and Alfie Mawson recovering from a back problem, it looks as if we’ll continue to struggle to play a consistent four at the back. At least Tim Ream got the full 90 minutes so he’ll be closer to full ‘match fitness’.

Tom Cairney also got some game time so at least he’ll be back in the squad, I always think we’re better when he’s on the pitch, he really has become our ‘talisman’.

Slaviša Jokanović will have worked the lads hard(er) this week following the 2nd half display against Everton, we’ll need to be fully focused for ALL of the match against an Arsenal side that Unai Emery is getting consistent results,  even when they play badly.

remember our game is the early kick-off 12:00 on Sunday

Games of interest…

Friday 5th
Brighton v West Ham

Saturday 6th
Burnley v Huddersfield
Palace v Wolves
Spurs v Cardiff

Sunday 7th
Fulham v Arsenal


Team against Everton 29/09

over on the forum we’ve been discussing who will play against Everton


Everton v Fulham

Subs: Rico, Chambers, MLM, de la Torre, Vietto, AK47

After Tuesday evenings game I think that both Christie and Anguissa have shown enough to start against Everton and de la Torre to be given a place on the bench.

I’m also assuming that Tom won’t be fit, if he is then he’ll replace KMac


The villagers will be brandishing pitchforks after leaving Odoi out the squad completely!

Everton v Fulham

Team starting to pick itself now – finally!

Christie and Fosu Mensah are both defensively frail, but Christie more consistently gets forward into the attacking positions Fredericks did last year. He will most likely fill right back for me now until we sign a much needed upgrade at RB in January. 

Odoi comes in after his potential man of the match display against Watford when brought on in the second half. We are thankfully yet to see the clangers that held him back last season e.g. v QPR.

Only 60 minutes for Ream this week but we are in dire need of rushing him back. Showed a faultless display against Celta Vigo before his injury who were easily Premiership mid table quality and I don’t see him struggling at this level.


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