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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2018, 07:59:57 AM »
 
Sheffield Wednesday: Owls are ‘not afraid’ of promotion-chasing Fulham


Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon

Sheffield Wednesday take on the most in-form team in the country tomorrow.

You have to go back to December 16 for the last time Fulham lost in the Championship.

The Cottagers, managed by Slavisa Jokanovic, are currently on a club-record 18-match unbeaten league run. Their 2-0 midweek victory over Leeds United maintained their automatic promotion charge, closing the gap to second-placed Cardiff City to five points having played a match more.

Owls chief Jos Luhukay said: “Fulham are one of the best teams. They have a lot of quality in every position. “They are a very good footballing team. They don’t play with long balls. They always play with a good plan.

“They have in every situation solutions. Fulham are a very good opponent so we must have a top performance.

“It is a very good challenge for us to play against this Fulham team. When we have played the top six (teams) in the last few months, we have played very good games and also got some results. It is also possible on Saturday. “We are not afraid. We have a lot of respect for Fulham but I believe in my team that we can give them a good game and hopefully at the end give our supporters a good result.” If Wednesday are to cause an upset and complete the league double over Fulham, keeping teenage starlet Ryan Sessegnon quiet could hold the key. The 17-year-old left-sided player has starred for the West London club, netting 14 goals in 40 league appearances. His stellar form has resulted in him being nominated for the Championship Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and Apprentice of the Year awards.

Sessegnon has also been named in the Championship Team of the Season.

“Ryan is one of the best players in this position I think in the league,” said Luhukay. “He has scored 14 goals as a left winger. It’s not normal. “He’s very high effecient. He has speed and is very good one against one. “He can give the final pass, cross and can score goals. “He has a lot of individual quality to give every defence a problem. We must not look alone to him but he is one of the dangerous players for Fulham.”

Despite their superb sequence of results, Jokanovic is refusing to take the Owls lightly. He has warned his players not to underestimate the threat Wednesday forwards Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu will pose. Between them, Joao and Nuhiu have found the back of the net seven times in their last three fixtures. Jokanovic said: “We’ve known Nuhiu many years. “Along with Joao, they play with two strong, tall strikers. It’s not easy for us to find a solution in this kind of situation. “We are going to try to find a way to cut out the crosses and not drop into our box and have to defend close to our goal. “Nuhiu is an experienced man who’s always scored the goals and has good momentum, too.

“In the last few games he scored an important number of goals and we must be careful about him, but in this team you also have Joao, [Barry] Bannan, [Fernando] Forestieri who is back. “They have many experienced players who have many battles behind them, and they can be really dangerous for us.” Describing the Owls as an “expensive team with quality players,” the Serbian added: “The last two years they were near the top of the Championship. It’s not easy to always be there, they found some kind of problem this season. “Now it’s a different situation for this team with a new coach. It’s only two months, they tried to change some players, they tried to change their shape. They have many experienced players who can adapt themselves in different plans. “They have great momentum from the last few games and Hillsborough is never an easy place to play or to win the game. “We expect a tough and complicated game, from our side we must be ready and push hard and fight for the points like we always do.”




Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/football/sheffield-wednesday/sheffield-wednesday-owls-are-not-afraid-of-promotion-chasing-fulham-1-9100644

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2018, 08:01:35 AM »
 
Leicester City Interested In This In Demand Fulham Ace: Do They Really Need Him?

Latest reports in the media are confirming that Fulham captain Tom Cairney could be on his way out of the club in the coming summer months. The 27-year-old Scottish midfielder has been one of the finer players in the Sky Bet Championship this season and reports are confirming that he could be headed for the exit.

He has played some excellent football and is on the shortlist to be the player of the season in the Sky Bet Championship. The midfielder naturally has been shown interest by a couple of English Premier League clubs.

He was already being chased by Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United who saw a bid for Cairney turned down last summer. Reports believed that the bid was in and around £20 million but it failed to budge Fulham to part ways with their captain.

It is now being reported that Newcastle are ready once again to turn their attention to Cairney. However, only this time they have a competitor in Leicester City who are also chasing the signature of the same player.

It is believed that the asking price is set to go significantly north of £20 million this time owing to Cairney’s great form and the player’s number of suitors in pursuit. This would mean that Leicester City would have to spend a healthy amount to get him into their side.

The Foxes already have Wilfred Ndidi, Vicente Iborra, Adrien Silva, Matty James and Hamza Choudhary in midfield. While Choudhary is young and talented, the other four are established first-team players capable of playing for Leicester day in day out.

James is perhaps the least favourable of them but he does have a mean tackle in him and can be expected to do the dirty work without much fuss. Adrien Silva is the most stylish of the lot and has the potential to be their best on a good day, once he settles into the team.

As for Iborra, the Spaniard is the coolest of the lot and has a calm head on him. His excellent range of passing and keen sense of positioning has earned him the spot of the first team regular and he will look to capitalize on it.

Wilfred Ndidi is the most exciting one to watch as he can run up and down and do everything for ninety minutes day in day out. This would mean that although Cairney is a talented player, Leicester are well stocked in midfield and do not need to spend lavishly to bring in a backup.



http://the4thofficial.net/2018/04/leicester-city-interested-fulham-captain-really-need/

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2018, 08:03:22 AM »
 
Fulham To Parry Chelsea Interest For Their Manager With A Long-term Contract: Astute Move By Them?

Fulham’s head coach, Slaviša Jokanović is tied to the Championship side for another season and the bosses at Craven Cottage would like to change that. Talks of an extension have been raised in recent weeks, which is only fair, given the work Jokanović has done with the club.

From saving the club from relegation to turning them into promotion contenders within a span 18 months is one of the biggest refurbishment stories in football and the 49-year-old has been at the heart of it all.

Jokanović took over the Lillywhites team back in December 2015, after spending 6 months with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and successfully saved the team from dropping down to the League One by 11 points. He had already done a marvellous job with Watford by helping them earn promotion to the Premier League in the 2014/15 season.

Unfortunately, his contract demands were not met by the Hornets board and Jokanović was replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores. And now, the Serbian is back in the promotion hunt with an in-form Fulham squad, hungry for the return back to England’s top-flight.

Jokanović started his managerial career with Partizan, 10 years back and successfully delivered the seasonal double(cup and league title). He has worked his way all over Europe and even in Asia at one point, earning major honours with almost every side. He even led the Maccabi side to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 11 years after beating FC Basel.

Fulham are enjoying a terrific run ever since the start of the year and have jumped up to the 3rd spot of the points table, just 5 points behind the automatic promotion spot which is currently occupied by Cardiff City and leaders Wolves.

With just 6 games left in the regular season, they still remain hopeful of bridging the gap and or on a 2-game winning streak. They overcame Leeds United and Norwich City by 2 goals in the last 2 league games.

Jokanović has achieved a lot in his managerial career but getting to oversee a team in one of the most prestigious leagues in Europe will definitely trump all. At one point, he was even considered for the Chelsea job and this extension will help laud off rivalling interest from plenty of other English outfits.

Read More: Forgotten Ace Dazzles For Fulham: Should Newcastle United Look To Bring Serbian Sharp-Shooter Back?

Taking over a side already established in the top division will certainly help him in his career but getting to do it with Fulham will be a different achievement altogether. The 49-year-old still has to see out the rest of the season and undergo a gruelling playoff battle.



http://the4thofficial.net/2018/04/fulham-parry-chelsea-interest-manager-long-term-contract-astute-move/


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2018, 08:05:56 AM »
 
Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon is being hailed as England’s Gareth Bale - but is he good enough to step up?

The 17-year-old has caught the eye of top clubs like Tottenham and Manchester United


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RYAN SESSEGNON was shortlisted for a remarkable FOUR awards by the EFL this week.

Fulham’s prodigious young talent is nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season, EA Sports Young Player of the Season, LFE Apprentice of the Year and Football Manager Team of the Season.

The 17-year-old has rightly earned some rave reviews and earned admiring glances from the Premier League’s top clubs like Tottenham and Manchester United.

But while his talent can be in no doubt, making the step up from being star in the Championship to making it in the Premier League has traditionally been a much harder task.

Norwich’s James Maddison, below, 21, is also named in the Championship Team of the Season and is nominated alongside Sessegnon as Young Player of the Year.

His club Norwich have put a hefty £25m price tag on his head which is designed to scare off potential Premier League suitors who have all looked at his impressive form as a goalscoring midfielder.

Where Maddison is slightly different is that he would be seen as more of a risk simply because of some of the players who have gone before him.

Recent stars of the Championship have struggled to make the step up to make an impact on the Premier League.

One case in point is Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert, below, who was the real star of their promotion winning season last year.

Recent stars of the Championship have struggled to make the step up to make an impact on the Premier League.

One case in point is Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert, below, who was the real star of their promotion winning season last year.

Sessegnon looks to be a class apart and is already earning comparisons to England’s answer to Gareth Bale because of his ability to get forward from the left back role and may even become a left sided player.

But Maddison may have more to do to prove himself in the top flight if he makes the jump this summer, particularly in terms of physique.

If you look at Raheem Sterling, he is in brilliant form this season, the best year of his career, and without question that is partly because he looks stronger and that is something Maddison may have to get to grips with to become a Premier League star.



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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2018, 08:07:16 AM »
 
Mitro Wins Player of the Month

Aleksandar Mitrović has been named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for March.

The striker ended February with his first two Fulham goals in as many outings, and he picked up where he left off when he opened the scoring in our 2-1 win at Derby County on March 3rd.

Three days later Mitrović scored a fine brace against Sheffield United. His first was smashed in off the underside of the crossbar from close range to conclude a slick team move, while he demonstrated his finesse with number two as he beautifully guided Stefan Johansen’s clipped pass inside the near post.

He repeated the trick that weekend as we faced a difficult test at Deepdale. After his opener was cancelled out and the game seemed destined to end in a draw, he showed his predatory intelligence to work space in stoppage time which allowed him to nod Tom Cairney’s lofted ball back across goal and into the corner.

Mitrović didn’t score again in March for his club – although he did net two for Serbia – but he played a key role in our opener at Norwich City. His powerful header wasn’t held by Canaries goalkeeper Angus Gunn, which presented Johansen with the opportunity to rifle in.

Fulham Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović said of his compatriot: “Aleksandar has shown strength, quality and perseverance to score important goals and assist his teammates too.

“I congratulate him for winning the award for March and I expect that he will continue to offer good performances to help the team in this crucial moment of the Championship season.”

Jokanović was in contention for Manager of the Month for the third time in a row, but he lost out to Cardiff City’s Neil Warnock.



http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2018/april/06/aleksandar-mitrovic-wins-player-of-the-month

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2018, 08:12:47 AM »
 
Newcastle loanee Aleksandar Mitrovic wins Championship Player of the Month after five in five

The Serbian was definitely on fire in March, banging in five goals in five games, but no success for Slavisa Jokanovic once again

Well, now everybody knows it. Aleksandar Mitrovic is on fire.

The football league have recognised his impressive March where he netted five goals in five appearances for Fulham and awarded the loan star Player of the Month.

Those performances helped the Cottagers to four wins and a single draw over the course of the month as the 23-year-old scored against Derby, Sheffield United and Preston.

The Serbian overcame competition from Oli McBurnie of Barnsley, Sean Maguire of Preston North End and Millwall defender Shaun Hutchinson to win the gong.


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His manager wasn't quite as fortunate, with Jokanovic missing out on the Manager of the Month award for the third consecutive month.

Despite acknowledging that Fulham made 'light work' of some awkward looking fixtures in 'swashbuckling style' the award went to Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock as the Bluebirds earned a 100% record for March.

His nomination said: "Pressure, what pressure? Promotion looms closer after a perfect month against teams beginning with ‘B’ – Barnsley, Birmingham, Brentford and Burton. Judging by their 11-5 goal differential in four games, he has his players enjoying themselves."



https://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/sport/newcastle-fulham-mitrovic-player-month-14492188


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2018, 08:14:49 AM »
 
Middlesbrough's January target Aleksandar Mitrovic beats Patrick Bamford to Championship award

Red hot Bamford rattled in six goals in five games in March - but it wasn't enough to clinch the player of the month prize

Middlesbrough hot-shot Patrick Bamford has missed out on the March Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award.

Instead the prestigious gong went to rival striker Aleksander Mitrovic of Fulham.

Bamford rattled in six goals in five games during an impressive March purple patch.

But Fulham forward Mitrovic - a Boro deadline day transfer target in January - took the accolade after an equally impressive month.

The on-loan Newcastle man banged in five goals but the judging panel thought his all round game was more important to the Fulham promotion push.

And his goals came in crunch games too. Mitrovic pounced at key times as Fulham beat rival play-off pretenders Preston, Sheffield United and derby.

“Aleksandar Mitrovic has provided the missing piece of the Fulham puzzle since joining on loan in January”, said the citation from a panel that includes Sky pundit Don Goodman.

“His strength and ability to hold the ball up, bringing teammates into play, have been matched by his finishing ability with five goals in as many games.”

Bamford can feel a little aggrieved. He not only outscored the Fulham man in March but his goal rush came as part of a hot streak of nine in seven games.

And that flourish came after he was returned to a central role after a long spell playing out of position on the wing.

The panel heaped praise on the prolific poacher though. “There were six goals in five games for the forward who has finally rediscovered his silky smooth touch in front of goal,” the citation said.

“At his confident best, he makes scoring look effortless - witness his hat-trick against Leeds and a sumptuous volley against Wolves.”

Millwall defender Shaun Hutchinson and Preston forward Sean Maguire also missed out to Mitrovic.

Neil Warnock was named the manager of the month for March after Cardiff reeled off four straight wins to heap the pressure on long time leaders Wolves.

In League One the boss gong went to Paul Cook of Wigan after his side won four games and fought out a draw with title rivals Blackburn. Athletic defender Chey Dunkley won the player award.

In League Two Accrington boss John Coleman won the manager award and the player prize went to Cheltenham striker Mohamed Eisa.



https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/middlesbroughs-january-target-aleksandar-mitrovic-14496091

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2018, 08:16:28 AM »
 
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic win Sky Bet Championship March awards

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic have won the Sky Bet Championship March awards.

Promotion looms closer for Cardiff after a perfect month with wins over Barnsley, Birmingham, Brentford and Burton.

Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month, Warnock, said: "We've just had a great season, haven't we? Whatever happens now, even if we didn't get another point, we've had a fabulous season and I couldn't fault the lads for the effort they're putting in. For us to be up there is a bit of a miracle really and I'm right proud of them. In every area, the togetherness is there, the camaraderie has come through in our results.

"I feel very proud because I don't think anyone will mind me saying the club was in a bit of disarray when we came in, both on and off the field. But putting it all together and getting bums back on the seats at the same time as a side that are winning games I think is very special.

"I think if you're a Cardiff fan now, you walk about in town and you're proud to be a Cardiff fan and you want to come and cheer your team on and I think that's great. As a manager, I want them to get behind us and the players as well."

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for March. His strength and ability to hold the ball up, bringing team-mates into play, have been matched by his finishing ability with five goals in as many games.

Mitrovic said: "I'm happy and proud, I'd like to thank my team-mates for helping me to achieve this and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. From the first minute here, I adapted really fast and my team-mates have helped me a lot. I feel good to play every game on the pitch so I hope that we'll be able to fight for automatic promotion for the rest of the season.

"I needed to leave Newcastle because I needed game time and needed games in my legs and I was desperate to play football, to be on the pitch, to score goals. It works perfectly for me, I really enjoy it here, my family enjoy it and I hope it continues. The manager, obviously being Serbian too, helped me a lot and the style they play, the players they have, I like a lot."



http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11315527/cardiff-boss-neil-warnock-and-fulham-striker-aleksandar-mitrovic-win-sky-bet-championship-march-awards

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2018, 08:17:43 AM »
 
We need a top performance

Fulham’s unbeaten league run stretches back to Saturday 16 December when Sunderland inflicted a 1-0 defeat at The Stadium of Light.

But 18 games later, the Cottagers are going strong with 14 wins during that period and sit third in the Championship.

With an outside chance of automatic promotion for Saturday’s visitors, Jos Luhukay says his side will have to bring their best to keep their winning run going – which now stands at three after overcoming Leeds, Preston and Sunderland.

“For me, we are facing one of the best teams and you only have to look at their position in the league to see that,” Luhukay said.

“They have a lot of quality in all areas. They have unbelievably high effective players who make a lot of goals, a lot of assists but when you look to what they have outside the first 11, they are very strong.

“They play always with a good plan and they have solutions for every situation so for us, this is a very, very good opponent.

Fulham’s unbeaten league run stretches back to Saturday 16 December when Sunderland inflicted a 1-0 defeat at The Stadium of Light.

But 18 games later, the Cottagers are going strong with 14 wins during that period and sit third in the Championship.

With an outside chance of automatic promotion for Saturday’s visitors, Jos Luhukay says his side will have to bring their best to keep their winning run going – which now stands at three after overcoming Leeds, Preston and Sunderland.

“For me, we are facing one of the best teams and you only have to look at their position in the league to see that,” Luhukay said.

“They have a lot of quality in all areas. They have unbelievably high effective players who make a lot of goals, a lot of assists but when you look to what they have outside the first 11, they are very strong.

“They play always with a good plan and they have solutions for every situation so for us, this is a very, very good opponent.



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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2018, 08:19:44 AM »
 
Bettinelli could make it at West Ham after impressive consistency for Fulham


As reported by The Sun, West Ham United are interested in signing Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

What’s the story?

With Joe Hart’s loan deal at the club set to expire at the end of the season and Adrian failing to convince between the sticks at the Hammers, West Ham will be seeking a deal for a goalkeeper this summer.

One man they could make a move for is Fulham shot-stopper Marcus Bettinelli.

That’s according to The Sun, who say David Moyes took in the Craven Cottage side’s mid-week clash against Leeds United to check out the goalkeeper.

Rated at £1.8m by Transfermarkt, he’s of course an achievable target for the Irons, but does he have what it takes to be number one at the London Stadium?

Who is he?

With close to 90 appearances in four seasons with Fulham, the former England youth internationalist has had to work hard for the number one spot at Craven cottage.

This season though he’s emerged as the top choice, making the position his own over David Button and starting almost every match since December.

He’s kept nine clean sheets in that half season, showing the kind of impressive consistency that could make him a hit at the Hammers next season.



https://www.footballfancast.com/premier-league/west-ham/bettinelli-could-make-it-at-west-ham-after-impressive-consistency-for-fulham

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2018, 08:21:44 AM »
 
Aleksandar Mitrovic after landing top award: “I really enjoy it here, my family enjoy it and I hope it continues”

Aleksandar Mitrovic thanks everyone at Fulham after picking up top award: "The style they play, the players they have, I like a lot."

Aleksandar Mitrovic has won the March Championship player of the month award.

The Newcastle loan striker was up against Patrick Bamford of Middlesbrough, Sean Maguire of Preston North End and Millwall defender Shaun Hutchinson.

Mitro has scored eight goals in his last eight Fulham appearances and these included five in five in March.

Overall, the 11 matches the Serbian striker has appeared in, have produced 27 points from a possible 33 – with eight wins and three draws.

This was the EFL Official website write-up when nominated:

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)

“Has provided the missing piece of the Fulham puzzle since joining on loan in January.

“His strength and ability to hold the ball up, bringing teammates into play, have been matched by his finishing ability with five goals in as many games.”

After picking up the award, Aleksandar Mitrovic:

“I am happy and proud.

“I would like to thank my team-mates for helping me to achieve this and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

“From the first minute here, I adapted really fast and my team-mates have helped me a lot.

“I feel good to play every game on the pitch so I hope that we’ll be able to fight for automatic promotion for the rest of the season.

“I needed to leave Newcastle because I needed game time and needed games in my legs and I was desperate to play football, to be on the pitch, to score goals.

“It works perfectly for me, I really enjoy it here, my family enjoy it and I hope it continues.

“The manager, obviously being Serbian too, helped me a lot and the style they play, the players they have, I like a lot.”



https://www.themag.co.uk/2018/04/aleksandar-mitrovic-landing-top-award-really-enjoy-family-enjoy-hope-continues-newcastle-united-fulham/

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2018, 08:23:00 AM »
 
Sheffield Wednesday In Focus

Have a read of the key matchday details as Fulham travel to in-form Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

Possible opposition absentees

Sam Hutchinson - ankle injury

Joost van Aken - ankle injury

Morgan Fox - hamstring injury

Gary Hooper - hip injury

Keiren Westwood - groin injury
Tickets

Fans can buy tickets in person or over the phone on 0203 871 0810 (Opt 3) until 3pm on Friday. Sheffield Wednesday will be selling tickets on the day – cash only on the turnstiles – but the under-5s age category will not be available.
Weather

There is a 50/50 chance of rain in Sheffield come kick-off on Saturday, at which point the temperature will be around 11 degrees.
Getting there

Official coach travel is available for just £5, departing Craven Cottage and Motspur Park at 8.45am. Trains to Sheffield take around two hours from St Pancras, with Hillsborough then a 15 minute taxi ride away at the other end.
Live stream

Overseas subscribers to fulhamfctv will be able to watch a live stream of this game. Follow this link for all available packages, and head to www.fulhamfc.com/live from 2.45pm (BST) to view.
He said

“We have said that we need to finish the season as best as we can. We are in a good way, and we need to keep fighting if we want to finish the season in a positive way. We have some hard games coming up but have some good momentum.” - Jos Luhukay, Sheffield Wednesday manager
Grosvenor Casinos match odds

Sheffield Wednesday: 29/10

Draw: 13/5

Fulham: 17/20
Previous five results

Sunderland 1-3 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)

Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 Preston North End (Championship)

Leeds United 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Bolton Wanderers (Championship)

Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich Town (Championship)



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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/04/18)...
« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2018, 08:24:30 AM »
 
Report: Sessegnon could leave Fulham for £25m - potentially a steal for Tottenham

Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon had been valued at £50m but could Spurs sign him for half that?

Tottenham Hotspur could have been given a significant boost in their pursuit of Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon in the shape of a recent price-tag.

The Telegraph are one of many publications to report Spurs' interest in Sessegnon and in February claimed the Premier League club were prepared to spend up to £35m on the 17-year-old.

They also add that the Cottagers are holding out for closer to £50m for a teenager who already has 65 first team appearances to his name and 19 goals - 14 of which have been scored this season.

Yet a new report from the Sun claims that Sessegnon is in fact only rated at £25m, which for Tottenham would represent an absolute steal for one of the most highly rated young players in the country.

Manchester United have also shown interest in the left-sided ace - who has played as a full-back and winger this term - but the North Londoners remain favourites to sign the England Under-21 international.

They did view Sessegnon as a replacement for Danny Rose, who has also been linked with an exit, although the youngster's tendency to play further up the pitch in recent times may see manager Mauricio Pochettino rethink that plan.


http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/04/05/sessegnon-could-leave-fulham-for-25m-potentially-a-steal-for-spu/

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« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2018, 08:25:47 AM »
 
Pundit fancies Fulham to keep rolling with win at Sheffield Wednesday

David Prutton is backing Fulham to maintain their hopes of automatic promotion from the Championship with a hard-fought victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Fulham head into the weekend five points behind second placed Cardiff City having played a game more, although the Welsh side host leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.

A 14-game unbeaten run has fired Fulham to within touching distance of the top two and Prutton has tipped them keep rolling with a 1-0 win at Hillsbrough (7/1 with Sky Bet).

“Fulham just keep on going and they’ll still have real belief of finishing in the top two,” he told Sky Sports.

“At the very least they’ll want to keep winning to carry this form into the play-offs.

“This could prove a stumbling block. Sheffield Wednesday have three wins on the spin now and finally look to have woken up, although it’s a bit late for them this season.

“It will be tough for them, but I think Fulham have the quality to see them through.”

Wednesday won 1-0 at Craven Cottage earlier this season, but Fulham have been the in-form side in the Championship over the last few months.

The home side can be backed at 16/5 to win the game, with Fulham on offer at 17/20 and the draw available at 13/5.



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« Reply #34 on: April 06, 2018, 08:27:24 AM »
 
Fredericks: Do Our Job

Ryan Fredericks is hoping for a Wolverhampton Wanderers win on Friday night, but his primary focus is on beating Sheffield Wednesday.

Fulham need Cardiff City to drop points if automatic promotion is to be achieved, with the Bluebirds hosting the league leaders in the weekend’s first fixture.


“We’ll be in our rooms in the hotel but we’ll have one eye on it,” Fredericks told fulhamfc.com. “There’s nothing more we can do other than keep winning our games and hope that a few other teams do us a favour.

“We’re on a great run at the moment. We set the record for the most unbeaten games for Fulham, so the lads are all buzzing, but we’re a confident bunch anyway.

“Even when games weren’t going for us at the start of the season, we were still confident that we were going to pick up, and that’s what’s happened.

“It’s frustrating when the boys in front of you keep picking up points as well. Normally a run like ours sees you to the top of the league, but hopefully it won’t count for nothing come the end of the season and we’ll be where we want to be.”

Wednesday have not had as prolific a season as they were hoping for in 2017/18, but have picked up some impressive results of late.

That’s largely down to the form of imposing strike duo Atdhe Nuhiu and Lucas Joao, but Fredericks believes his side are much better at coping with physical threats these days.


“I think that’s one of the reasons we are where we are now,” he explained. “We’re much more solid as a team, we’re doing our jobs at the back and letting the boys in front do what they do best.

“It will be another tough game, but they all are. I think they’ve had bad injuries this season which is probably the reason why they’re down there. If they’d kept the team they had back-end of last season then I expect they’d be higher up the table.

“We’re fighting for more important things than they are, so we’ve just got to do our job, go out there and approach it as we would any other game.”

Fulham will again be backed by a large away following this weekend, and Fredericks insisted that sort of thing genuinely does aid the players.

“We’re taking a lot of fans to every away match at the minute,” he said. “Hillsborough is a hostile place to go, so hopefully we’ll have as many fans there as possible singing their hearts out for 90 minutes.

“That level of support really helps us run those extra yards.”

Tickets for Saturday's game can be bought in person or over the phone until 3pm Friday, and Sheffield Wednesday will also be selling tickets on the gate.



http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2018/april/06/ryan-fredericks-do-our-job


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'I needed to leave Newcastle' - Aleksandar Mitrovic reveals why he made the right decision

Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been in the goals since joining Fulham on loan from Newcastle United, earning the award for March

Aleksandar Mitrovic says he made the right decision when opting to quit Newcastle United in January.

The Serbian international star has been named as the Sky Bet’s Championship player of the month after his goal rush in the second flight.

And the striker insists he has no regrets after swapping United for Fulham .

After picking up the player of the month award, Mitrovic said: “I’m happy and proud, I’d like to thank my team-mates for helping me to achieve this and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.


Aleksandar Mitrovic (Image: Getty Images Europe)

“From the first minute here, I adapted really fast and my team-mates have helped me a lot. I feel good to play every game on the pitch so I hope that we’ll be able to fight for automatic promotion for the rest of the season.

 “I needed to leave Newcastle because I needed game time and needed games in my legs and I was desperate to play football, to be on the pitch, to score goals.

“It works perfectly for me, I really enjoy it here, my family enjoy it and I hope it continues. The manager, obviously being Serbian too, helped me a lot and the style they play, the players they have, I like a lot.”



https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aleksandar-mitrovic-newcastle-united-fulham-14498040