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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #40 on: May 13, 2017, 10:29:58 AM »
 
Home win required to justify Fulham’s ‘favourites’ tag

Promotion favourites Fulham really must record a home victory over Reading in their Sky Bet Championship Play Off First Leg match this evening if they are to have a good chance of reaching the Final.

The Cottagers have won five of their last six league matches and have drawn the other as they have finished the regular campaign with a bang.

The West London club have been paired with a Reading side who are pleasing on the eye in the Play Off Semi-Finals with the First Leg taking place at Craven Cottage this evening.

Fulham must aim to put down solid foundations on home soil this evening with Reading boasting a superb recent home record. The Royals are unbeaten in their last 10 home fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship and should Fulham not take advantage in the First Leg, a huge test of character awaits Slavisa Jokanovic’s men at The Madejski Stadium in the return match on Tuesday evening.

During Reading’s excellent home run, the club have defeated good sides such as Leeds United and Brentford while The Royals also beat Play Off opponents Fulham 1-0 back in January.

Play Off matches are not usually won in the First Leg however it is crucial that Fulham get a win on the board to take the pressure away from themselves ahead of what promises to be an intense Second Leg in Berkshire.




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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #41 on: May 13, 2017, 11:52:21 AM »
 
Play-Off Second Leg Sold Out

Supporters are advised that tickets for Fulham's second-leg Semi-Final match against Reading have now sold out.

The Club have taken the maximum allocation of tickets available for this fixture, and therefore no further tickets will be available for Fulham fans.
Thank you for your fantastic support!

Watch the game from Craven Cottage
Fulham fans without a ticket for the away leg still have a chance to come together and show their support for the Whites, with our live screening at Craven Cottage!

Open from 6:30pm, join us for our fans fest as we show the game on a giant screen, and also have past promotion legends Sean Davis, Barry Hayles and Rufus Brevett on hand to meet Fulham fans.

This event is ticketed, with places limited and sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

Tickets are £5 per person and include a free drink on arrival (beer, wine or soft drink)!

Fans can secure their screening tickets today online, by phone on 0843 208 1234 (opt. 2) or in person from the Fulham Ticket Office.



http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2017/may/13/reading-away-sold-out

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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #42 on: May 13, 2017, 11:53:52 AM »
 
Newcastle must fork out £20m if they want to sign this Championship star
NEWCASTLE will reportedly have to splash out £20million to sign Fulham star Tom Cairney.


Newcastle must pay £20million if they want to sign Fulham star Tom Cairney

Cairney, 26, has enjoyed an impressive season in the Championship, scoring 12 goals and providing 11 assists to help guide Fulham to a play-off spot.

And the Scotland international's fine displays have not gone unnoticed with Newcastle keen on securing his signature in the summer.

The Magpies sealed an immediate return to the Premier League and Rafa Benitez wants to recruit players who are capable of keeping the club afloat in the top flight.

It is claimed Newcastle were ready to launch a £10million bid to secure Cairney's services.

But the Mirror claim Fulham have doubled their asking price as they look to ward off interest from the newly-promoted side.

Fulham have the chance to secure a return to the Premier League themselves and begin their quest for promotion against Reading at Craven Cottage today (5.30pm).



http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/804060/Newcastle-20m-Championship-Tom-Cairney-Fulham-Reading-Premier-League-Transfer-News-Gossip


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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #43 on: May 13, 2017, 11:55:06 AM »
 
The Tilehurst End Prediction League: Play-Off Semi Final First Leg - Fulham (A)
Reading lost 5-0 at Craven Cottage in December, but which team do you think will come out on top this time around?

Reading ended the regular Championship season with a 4-2 win over Burton last weekend. Given that the Royals hadn't scored four in one game this season before that, it is hardly surprising that no one got the scoreline spot on in the Prediction League. There were however 18 correct guesses of a win for Jaap Stam's side as well as six correct guesses for Joseph Mendes to score the game's first goal. The updated leaderboard is below.

So now we enter the play-offs, with Reading's third place finish pitting them against sixth place Fulham for the semi-final, meaning a trip to Craven Cottage beckons today. All you have to do is predict the score of the game and say who you think will score the first goal in the comments below. A correct score earns two points, a correct result earns one point as does a correct first goalscorer.

I think the score will be 2-1 to Fulham, with Tom Cairney being the first goalscorer. This series is of course done alongside Reading FC Away Days, and by watching his video which will be out later you can find out what James will happen.

Good luck!



http://thetilehurstend.sbnation.com/2017/5/13/15630536/prediction-league-efl-championship-play-off-semi-final-first-leg-fulham-fc-vs-reading-fc

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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #44 on: May 13, 2017, 02:28:25 PM »
 
Tickets still available for Reading FC v Fulham play-off second leg at Madejski Stadium

Season and half season ticket holders and members can purchase tickets for the fixture

Reading FC supporters still have the chance to buy tickets for the second-leg play-off semi final clash with Fulham on Tuesday, May 16 (7.45pm kick-off).

Royals take on the Whites in the first leg at Craven Cottage on Saturday, hoping they'll be able to take a good result into the second leg when they host Slavsia Jokanovic's side at Madejski Stadium in a bid to get to Wembley.

Season ticket and half season ticket holders can purchase two tickets, while members with more than 25 points are able to buy one ticket. Tickets will not be going on general sale.

Adult tickets are priced at £20 and children £5, while those over 65 and between the ages of 18-34 can purchase a ticket for £10.

Part of the South Stand will also be open to home supporters for the fixture and there is limited availability in other areas.

Should any tickets still be available from three hours before kick-off on Tuesday, they will be available at the matchday price of an extra £3 per ticket.

Supporters can buy tickets online, in person at the ticket office or by phone.

Fulham announced on Saturday morning they have sold out their allocation.



http://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/reading-fc-fulham-tickets-madejski-13027386

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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #45 on: May 13, 2017, 02:30:25 PM »
 
Fulham v Reading FC: Stam issues rallying call to Royals squad ahead of play-off semi-final

The Dutchman calls on his players to seize the moment at Craven Cottage

 Jaap Stam has issued a rallying call to his Reading FC squad and urged them to seize the moment in the play-off semi-final .

Royals travel to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening (5.30pm kick-off) before hosting the Whites at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm ko).

The manager says his players are raring to go and wants them to give their all as they look to gain the upper hand going into the second leg.

"Everybody is very eager to do well and we'll give it our best shot," said Stam.

"Like in every game we play we will give everything and work hard.

"Then at the end if we don't make it, we can look in the mirror and say they are the better team. But you don't want to look in the mirror and say we didn't do anything.

"The quality and the mentality in the squad is to work very hard, to believe in ourselves and trust each other to get results. Then we'll see what we need to do on Tuesday night."

 Garath McCleary is set to be available for the game in west London after missing last weekend's win at Burton Albion.

That victory secured third place in the Championship table for Reading and a tie against a fellow in-form side in Fulham .

"Anything can happen"

Stam added: "When you're there in the top six everybody is focused on that and wants to do well.

"But anything can happen in the play-offs.

"You only have to look at the last few games where the smaller teams were beating the bigger teams. It's the same in the play-offs.

"Everybody is very sharp, very focused in doing well, that's what the other sides will be like.

"Now we are there, it's on television, people are talking and writing about it. It's an opportunity to show yourselves."



http://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/fulham-v-reading-fc-stam-13030203


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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #46 on: May 13, 2017, 02:32:32 PM »
 
Gary Rowett picks Championship playoff finalists

Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham, Reading and Huddersfield Town are the four teams in the Championship playoffs.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett has been quoted as saying by The Derby Telegraph that Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham will reach the final of the Championship playoffs this season.

Wednesday will face Huddersfield in the semi-finals of the playoffs, while in the other tie Fulham will lock horns with Reading.

"It's a really interesting one," The Derby Telegraph quotes Rowett as saying. "I don't think statistical evidence suggests the team with momentum gets promoted.

"(But) it'll be hard to look further than Fulham because they've been playing so well. People will say they're one of the hardest to play against.

"Huddersfield have done well but just dipped away right at the end and Sheffield Wednesday got the results to take them in (to the top six). I would have to tip Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham."

Fulham ended the ‘regular’ Championship season strongly, and the Cottagers will certainly fancy their chances of reaching the playoff final.

In fact, the Cottagers will consider themselves as strong favourites to win the playoff final and get promoted to the Premier League for the 2017-18 campaign.

Wednesday have been in this situation before. The Owls failed to get promoted via the playoffs last season, and Carlos Carvalhal’s side will be determined to get it right this time around.

Fulham ended the ‘regular’ Championship season strongly, and the Cottagers will certainly fancy their chances of reaching the playoff final.

In fact, the Cottagers will consider themselves as strong favourites to win the playoff final and get promoted to the Premier League for the 2017-18 campaign.

Wednesday have been in this situation before. The Owls failed to get promoted via the playoffs last season, and Carlos Carvalhal’s side will be determined to get it right this time around.



http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2017/05/13/gary-rowett-picks-championship-playoff-finalists/

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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #47 on: May 13, 2017, 02:33:59 PM »
 
Moore Not Worried About Reading Being Written Off

Liam Moore has said he doesn't mind if people are ready to 'write off' Reading's chances against Fulham, he's happy enough with the Royals being the underdogs.

Not that he was much involved, Moore was a member of the Leicester squad that proved everyone wrong when the Foxes won the Premier League title - that despite being 5,000-1 outsiders.

Odds don't much bother Moore, signed by Jaap Stam last summer.

He told BBC Radio Berkshire: 'I was around a 5,000-1 miracle last year, so I don't look too much into the odds.'

With the help of Moore, 24, Reading finished the season in third, ahead of Fulham, sixth, for what it's worth heading into the first of the two legs against the Whites at Craven Cottage this evening.

Moore knows we have exceeded the expectations of most but doesn't think Reading should be written off. Then again if that happens he's not that worried about it in any case.

Adding: 'Not many people thought we'd be where we are this season, but it's an enjoyable place to be and has been a fantastic season. If people want to write us off without a ball being kicked, then that's fine. We'll continue to work hard and see where it takes us.'

The defender went on to praise the contribution of former Manchester United defender Stam and the experience he's passed on, which Moore hopes can see the Royals through to do the boss proud.

'Hopefully we can do the gaffer proud as every piece of information he's passed on to us this season has been vitally important and stuff we can take on board. Every week I feel like I've learnt something new from him and started to create good habits in my game. It's only good for me to be playing under him.'



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Re: Saturday Fulham Stuff (13/05/17)...
« Reply #48 on: May 13, 2017, 04:29:46 PM »
 
Fulham v Reading FC: 'Play-offs are a toss of the coin' for former Liverpool defender

It is third versus sixth in the Championship play-off semi-final as Reading travel to face Fulham today (Saturday) – and it is the “toss of a coin” who will prevail, according to a former Liverpool defender.

Both sides have been in fine form of late in the league and go into the first leg clash at Craven Cottage full of confidence, with the return leg at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

But while BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson said he feels Fulham are the best equipped of the four sides competing in the end of season showdown, he says it is tough to call who will win and take their place in the Premier League next season.

Speaking on Football Focus, he said: “Fulham are the best I have seen and it is whether they can hold their nerve.

“Cairney has been outstanding for them, but it is the toss of the coin, you never know [in the play-offs].”



http://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/fulham-v-reading-fc-play-13030980