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Sunday Fulham Stuff - 09/05/21...
« on: May 09, 2021, 08:15:05 AM »

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Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff - 09/05/21...
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2021, 08:19:31 AM »

Fulham vs Burnley preview, team news, stats, kick-off time, live on Sky Sports

Harrison Reed could be out for Fulham but Chris Wood is available for Burnley; follow Fulham vs Burnley live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 7pm; kick-off 8pm; watch free highlights shortly after full time on Sky Sports website and app

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Fulham vs Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday (kick-off 8pm).

Team news

Fulham could be without midfielder Harrison Reed for the visit of Burnley on Monday.

Reed, who has been likened to manager Scott Parker for his role in the team, took part in light training for the first time since a knock and will need to be assessed over the weekend before a decision is made over his inclusion.

Captain Tom Cairney, who has not featured since December, is edging closer to a return and has been training with the team, although the manager admitted he was "nervous" over rushing back the 30-year-old.

Chris Wood will be available for Burnley.

The Clarets' 11-goal top scorer was withdrawn late on in Monday night's 2-1 defeat against West Ham with a dead leg but Sean Dyche confirmed the New Zealand striker will be fit to start at Craven Cottage.

Midfielder Dale Stephens is expected to be in contention despite a knock that might need treatment at some stage going forwards but winger Robbie Brady and defender Kevin Long remain on the sidelines.

Relegation permutations

    West Brom will be relegated if they lose. Also down if they draw and Burnley avoid defeat. Also down with a win if Palace avoid defeat and Brighton, Southampton & Burnley all win.
    Fulham will be relegated if they do not win.

How to follow

Fulham vs Burnley will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 7pm; kick-off 8pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Jones Knows' prediction

These are matches that a Sean Dyche-managed team just don't lose. When a result is needed, Burnley deliver.

Fulham will play the prettier football, rack up the shots count and please Scott Parker with their attitude but ultimately Burnley will make the big moments in the match go in their favour.

There will be no risks taken in this one, especially against a team that could just haul Burnley back into the relegation melting pot. A point will do nicely for the visitors.

Fulham's potential route to goal could come down their left channel with the Antonee Robinson. He has been very unfortunate to be playing in a side who don't finish their chances as his build-up play from wide areas is impressive. From 26 chances created for his team-mates this season, he has yet to register an assist. Only two players (Luke Ayling and Ivan Cavalerio) have created more without producing an assist in the Premier League. One is due before the end of the season and it may come here against a Burnley side that do force teams to play wide and deliver into their box.


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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2021, 08:20:23 AM »

Scott Parker insists he is not mad for believing that Fulham can stay up
The Cottagers are nine points from safety with only 12 points available.

Scott Parker claims he is not “mad or deluded in any way” for insisting his belief in Fulham’s ability to remain in the top flight has not waned.

The Cottagers are nine points from safety with only 12 points available from the remaining four matches of the season.

Burnley sit one place above Fulham in the table, and a win for Sean Dyche’s men would secure their place in next season’s Premier League while confirming their opponents relegation.

Fulham host Burnley on Monday and Parker accepted his side’s fate was out of their hands.

“My own belief is not waning, at this present moment in time no definitely not because at this moment there’s four games left,” the Fulham manager said.

“Of course I do keep saying that, (but) I’m not mad or deluded in any way and I understand the predicament we’re in and I understand how difficult that challenge is, but at this moment, it’s still a challenge, it’s still there.

“Is it in our hands? No, but what is in our hands is the next four games and can we win four? That’s the aim. But in the real real short term we need to win on Monday night.

“After Monday, if we don’t win that then my belief or where I see it is going to be very very different. Of course it is.

“But over the course of the season I always looked at a team that have been competitive, I’ve always looked at a team indifferent at times and inconsistent and of course that’s why we are where we are but it’s certainly a team that can win games and that’s what we need to start on Monday night.

“That’s the main focus from me, I’m not willing to indulge or look at anything different other than that at this present moment in time and that may change in the future or in the near future but at the moment that’s not the case.”

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Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff - 09/05/21...
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2021, 08:22:33 AM »
Burnley Matchday Preview

Fulham v Burnley | Monday 10th May 2021 | 8pm | Craven Cottage | #FULBUR

The opposition

    A tough end to the season has left Burnley fans looking over their shoulder somewhat. Four defeats in their last five fixtures mean safety is not yet guaranteed, though they do sit nine points clear of Fulham.
    The one game in that run that they didn’t lose, though, was one of their performances of the season, when they secured an entirely deserved 4-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
    Chris Wood netted a hat-trick in that game, and in doing so became the first New Zealander to score three goals in a Premier League fixture. The Clarets striker is certainly ending the season well, finding the net seven times in as many outings.

Fulham team news

Harrison Reed returned to light training on Friday so Scott Parker and his staff will make a later decision on his potential involvement, as well as that of Tom Cairney.

Burnley team news

Wood picked up a dead leg in Burnley’s home defeat by West Ham United but will be fine for the Craven Cottage trip. Robbie Brady and Kevin Long will both miss out, though.

Virtual mascots

Rory, Hugo and Michael are our virtual mascots on Monday night. Enjoy the game, boys!

Player insight

Bobby De Cordova-Reid knows nothing is confirmed yet, and will endeavour to continue the fight.

“Everyone knows there’s still a job to do,” he told FFCtv. “Until all is said and done, we’re going to go for it and try and get as many wins as possible.

“We can’t give up. We’ve got to keep fighting, we’ve got to keep working on what we can do for the next game to try and win it, and hopefully it will all come together on Monday.”


Fulham: LLLDL

Burnley: LLLWL

Pre-match quotes

"My belief is not waning, definitely not, because at this moment there’s still four games left. I’m not deluded, I understand the predicament we’re in, I understand how difficult the challenge is, but the challenge is still there."

Scott Parker
Fulham Head Coach

"We have had lesser runs of form and had more points on the table. Our performance level is still high. We always go out with the intention of winning."

Sean Dyche
Burnley Manager

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2021, 08:24:36 AM »
Under-18s handed second half defeat by Fulham

Norwich City Under-18s took a 3-0 loss to Fulham in their last game at the Lotus Training Centre of the 2020-21 season on Saturday afternoon.

The Under-18s saw five changes to the side that lost 5-2 to Spurs on Tuesday afternoon, Jayden St. Paul, Ola Okeowo, Oscar Thorn, Kenny Coker and Alex Matos all coming into the starting XI.

It was a competitive game from the first whistle as the visitors needed a win to continue their title chase with Crystal Palace, but City started brighter as they found the first chance of the afternoon.

Thorn managed to find himself space on the outskirts of the 18-yard box, the winger showing no hesitation to shoot from distance, but the winger couldn’t catch the ball as sweet as he’d have liked as it rolled straight to Alex Borto.

Just minutes later up the other end, U18s skipper Brad Hills was called into action as he made an excellent block to deny Fulham a sight of goal.

In real end-to-end drama, Matos then stole the ball from the Cottagers high up the pitch as he began the City counter. However, the move wasn’t meant to be in the torrential weather as his pass to Duffy was too heavy for the forward to get a cross into the box in time.

The game’s first quiet period lasted just shy of 15-minutes until St. Paul leaped into action with his terrific one-handed save to deny Luke Harris from the centre of the box.

Rounding off the half with the last clear-cut chance, Thorn teed Matos up inside the box, the striker shooting just wide of the target with his first touch.

Going into half time goalless, it was due to be a big 45 minutes to come for the young Canaries in their penultimate game of the season.

Fulham came out swinging for the second half in hopes of keeping their title dreams alive, forcing St. Paul into yet another vital save in the 52nd minute.

Just before the 60th minute, the Cottagers found their opener. Another addition to St Paul’s series of saves kept Mika Biereth’s effort out, but Harris would not be denied as he finished from close-range for the lead.

Using that momentum, the visitors then doubled their advantage with Biereth’s finish to take the score to 2-0 with 30 minutes remaining.

City would have to wait until the 77th minute to have their first chance of the second half, when Matos’ shot was saved by Borto, as the ‘keepers catch barely kept the ball out of his goal.

The Cottagers then went on to score their third just minutes later as they charged up the other end, Biereth finding his second after another close-range second-chance shot found the back of the net.

Finishing quietly, Fulham held onto their lead and clean sheet to take all three points, leaving City with just one game left of their season.

Norwich City starting XI: St. Paul, Okeowo, Stewart, Hills, Shipley, Alidor-Hamilton (Reindorf, 77), Thorn, Khumbeni (Welch, 53), Coker, Matos, Duffy (Foyo, 68)
Subs not used: Trueman
Goals: N/A
Bookings: Matos (65)

Fulham starting XI: Borto, Parkes, Bowat, Odutayo, O’Neill (c), Dibley-Dias, Biereth, Pajaziti, Bowie, Harris, D’Auria-Henry
Subs not used: Roberts, Williams, Antonsson, Lanquedoc, Sanderson
Goals: Harris (57), Biereth (59, 80)
Bookings: N/A

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2021, 08:25:27 AM »
Report: Sheffield United ready to open talks with Slavisa Jokanovic

Sheffield United are ready to bite the bullet and open talks with former Fulham boss, Slavisa Jokanovic, according to local journalists.

United suffered another miserable defeat with Paul Heckingbottom and Jason Tindall in temporary charge. It was a performance and result of a team lacking direction and leadership.

And according to both James Shield of the Sheffield Star, and Alan Biggs, United are now ready to try and initiate talks with Jokanovic.

Jokanovic is one of the names mentioned who has United fans at least a bit excited. His teams at both Fulham and Watford played exciting, attacking football. He’s also won promotion from the Championship and is said to be keen on a return.

The Blades moving for Jokanovic is a change in tact. It was claimed a few weeks back that the Serbian was NOT on the shortlist of potential managers.

However, latest performances, coupled with work-permit issues for Alexander Blessin, seem to have jumped Jokanovic back up the queue.
Jokanovic to Sheffield United – Yes please, and quickly

This Sheffield United team is finishing the season with a whimper. It needs a new voice, new tactics, and in the summer, new players.

Jokanovic coming in is as good as we can hope for. He ticks more than one box and should get us playing good football. He’ll also know the European market well, and should sit nicely in Prince Abdullah’s planned structure at the club.

Unfortunately for Paul Heckingbottom, it’s just not worked. It’s only right, then, that the club actively pursues a new coach. And Jokanovic is as good as there is out there right now.

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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2021, 08:26:59 AM »
Everton eye Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa

Everton are weighing up a summer move for Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, according to the Mirror.

The report claims Carlo Ancelotti is a “big fan” of the 25-year-old with the belief that he could add some “dynamism and steel” to the Blues midfield, an area the Italian tactician is keen to improve.

Anguissa is expected to be a target for a host of clubs if and when Fulham are relegated, which could be soon with the Cottagers nine points away from safety with four games remaining.

Anguissa has been an impressive performer this season despite playing in the struggling London side, though he has started four of their last eight games on the substitutes bench.

He does, however, have three Premier League assists to his name during the 2020/21 campaign after spending last season on loan with La Liga side Villarreal.

European football expert Andy Brassell recently conducted an interview with Anguissa where he said his Spanish loan spell had “transformed the all-action midfielder”. [Guardian]

A tweet from stat gurus Squawka in March also highlighted his unbelievable progress, with Wolves speed merchant Adama Traore the only player who could top his 78 completed take-ons at the time.

Bar set too low?

Anguissa had a great start to the campaign for Fulham but he seems to have tailed off somewhat.

That’s not to disregard him completely as his current club have been up against it all season and the lack of confidence in that side has surely affected them all.

But the Cameroon international turns 26 in November so he should be in or starting to enter his prime years as a midfielder.

Can he really kick on and fulfil his promise at Everton?

We’d like the club to set our standards a bit higher and either make a blockbuster midfield signing, or go for a slightly younger option who can grow under Ancelotti.

Given his tally of just two league goals in the past six seasons, Anguissa certainly isn’t bringing goals to the party.

Neither is he a formidable guardian of the defence.

His abilities seem to be more in possession of the ball, with the ability to glide past players, but we have Abdoulaye Doucoure who can performer a similar function, albeit with a bit less grace than Anguissa.

We’re not completely sold on signing a player who is set for his second relegation in three seasons.

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2021, 08:29:36 AM »
Mills delivers withering verdict on Parker landing Tottenham job after ‘big’ reveal

Tottenham would be a “big step up” for Scott Parker and his knowledge of the club is “irrelevant”, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England full-back praised Parker for the job he’s done at Fulham but insisted that does not mean he would be a success at Spurs.

Football Insider revealed Tottenham have made a behind-the-scenes move to assess the 40-year-old’s interest in the job.

His cause is being championed by Daniel Levy who is said to “think the world of” Parker.

The ex-England international spent two years as a player with Tottenham and began his coaching career with the club’s academy.

Asked for his assessment of Parker as a candidate, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s a big step up. He’s done well but he’s up and coming.

“It’s almost a bit like Frank Lampard going to Chelsea. You’ve done well at a Championship club…

“Has he had a decent season in the Premier League? He’s started to maybe get it now but they’re going to get relegated. So, how good have you done with that team?

“There are bigger expectations, bigger egos at Spurs.

“It’s irrelevant whether or not he knows the football club or has ties to the football club.

“That’s a fan thing that lasts about 10 minutes because the moment you start losing games nobody cares. Equally, the moment you start winning games nobody cares where you’ve come from.”

Parker played 63 times across his two seasons at Tottenham and his performances in the 2011/12 campaign earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

He also captained the club on multiple occasions.

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Parker ignoring speculation over his future

Scott Parker has dismissed speculation about his future as Fulham boss.

Parker, whose side are on the verge of relegation back to the Championship, has been touted as a contender for the Tottenham manager’s job.

“You know what, I don’t take a lot of notice of what is said and written,” said Parker, who had spells at Spurs as a player and coach.

“If I listened to half of it, I would go crazy, and not just this speculation – but everything.

“Every week there will be a different story in the way we play, the way we don’t play, who’s going there, who’s leaving, who’s staying, who’s not happy.”

Fulham face Burnley – the team just above them and the relegation zone – at Craven Cottage on Monday.

They are nine points behind the Clarets and need to win to retain any hope of somehow staying up.

Parker said: “The one thing I can focus on is where we are – and that is Burnley, and then on to Southampton.

“At the end of the season, of course, we’ll (Parker and the board) sit around the table and we’ll have a discussion.

“Until that moment, I can’t become weaker and become less of a manager and let my energy levels drop because I’m focusing on an irrelevance at this time.”