Games for the Weekend 22/01

We’re on our travel’s again, this time we’re off to play Stoke City at their place

Stoke City v Fulham

Well, 3 wins in a row with 19 goals scored and 4 conceded, thats just insane!
Over on the forum we’ve, naturally, been talking about this and a few interesting stats have been mentioned.
In 145 years Fulham have scored 6 or more goals, in league games, 9 times. 4 of those in the last 2 months, 3 of them in the last 7 days!
Fulham are the first English side in 88 years to score 6 or more in 3 consecutive games.
Fulham’s current goal difference (47) is now higher than anybody else in the Championship’s goals scored!
Mitro’, who didn’t score on Tuesday, has equal to or more goals than Millwall, Blackpool, Swansea, Birmingham City, Hull City, Cardiff City, Peterborough, Derby and Barnsley!

While its difficult not to get carried way, we are Fulham after all Fulhamish anyone, if we don’t get promoted this season something will have gone seriously wrong! (stating the bleeding obvious)

Stoke will be encouraged by their last two games, beating Leyton Orient (FA Cup) and comfortably at Hull last weekend. They have been busy in the transfer market with Phil Jagielka, Lewis Baker and Taylor Harwood-Bellis joining their ranks.
Like every game in the Championship, this will be another tough one.

Our record against Stoke is remarkably even with 8 wins and losses and 1 draw.

Current form:
Stoke City DLLWW
Fulham DLWWW

my team, I’m not going to change a winning line-up unless there are injuries…


Games of Interest…

Saturday 22nd
Blackpool v Millwall
Bournemouth v Hull
Coventry v QPR
Stoke v Fulham
West Brom v P’borough

Monday 24th
Blackburn v M’borough

come on over to the forum and join in the conversation…

Games for Mid-week 18/01

Another re-scheduled fixture, what should have been the Boxing Day game, now under the lights at Craven Cottage.

Fulham v Birmingham City

13 goals in 2 games, I think we’ve got over that run of draws before Christmas?
It was the second game this season where Mitro’ scored a hat-trick in the 1st half, someone on the forum, rusty shackleford, commented that he (Mitro) must have eaten his Weetabix, really made me chuckle.

We’re back in first place, 2 points ahead of Bournemouth, with a game “in hand”, this will be that game, and 23 goals ahead of them in goal difference, only West Brom have conceded less goals than us, West Brom 20, Fulham 21.

This game against Birmingham will be another tough one, Lee Bower’s teams are a hard working, well schooled outfits, we can’t be too complacent.

However our record against Birmingham is quite a good one with 9 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws.

Current form:
Fulham DDLWW
Birmingham DLLLD

my team, why change a winning setup?…


come on over to the forum and join in the discussion…

Games for the Weekend 15/01

Bristol City again, this time it’s a league game at the Cottage.

Fulham v Bristol City

So after our rescheduled game against Reading we now get to play Bristol City again for the second Saturday in a row.

So how do we follow a 0-7 away win? last time we scraped a 0-1 away against Peterborough, that was 6 wins on the bounce!
However as we saw from last weekend’s game Bristol are a good side, better than their 15th place in the league might suggest? bearing in mind that we still have a game in hand, I’d settle for another narrow win to help us chase down top spot.

Our record against Bristol City is not very good with 3 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws.

Current form
Fulham DDDLW
Bristol WDLLW

I thought that everyone had a good game on Tuesday but as we’ll be playing again next Tuesday my team would be…


Games of Interest…

Saturday 15th
Luton v Bournemouth
Cardiff v Blackpool
Fulham v Bristol City
Millwall v Forest
QPR v West Brom

come on over to the forum and join in the conversation…

Games for mid-week 11/01

We’re making the short trip to play Reading at the renamed “Madejski” now the “Select Car Leasing Stadium”

Reading v Fulham

It was a shame that we missed out on the game however, due to COVID (yeah right) and injuries to the Reading team, we’ve now got a chance to get our own back against Reading for the defeat earlier in the season.

@WalkAndTalkMMH had organised a walk from Craven Cottage to Reading, thankfully they weren’t affected by either COVID or injuries and walked through the night anyway, such a shame their efforts couldn’t be rewarded with a game to watch at the end of their walk!

After having 3 games cancelled we now find ourselves 4 points behind Bournemouth, hopefully this game will allow us to claw 3 points back.

After a rather lacklustre performance against Bristol City in the cup, still at least we won, we did look better once more of the “first” team came on in the 2nd half. Hopefully that return to winning ways will be just the spark we need to reignite our league campaign.

Our record against Reading is remarkably even with 7 wins and losses and 4 draws

Current league form:
Reading LWDLP
Fulham DDDLP

With Seri off this would be my team, once again assuming that everyone is fit…


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Games for the Weekend 08/01

It’s the FA Cup this weekend and we get to travel to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City

This is our first game in what seems like forever, Birmingham, Reading and Swansea fixtures all having been cancelled due to COVID.
Marco will have a decision to make about who plays in this game, will he select his “first” team, effectively giving them a warm-up game, or give some of the “2nd string” players a run out?
We need to get back into some sort of form, we were, by our standards, in quite a poor run before the cancelled games, this could be just the game to kick start our 2nd half of the season?

If I was in charge I’d play as close to a full strength squad as I could, my team would be…

Remember it’s a 12:30 kick-off.


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Games for the Weekend 26/12

Boxing Day at the Cottage where we welcome Birmingham City for a 3 o’clock kick off

Fulham v Birmingham City

Well the unbeaten run had to end at some time, shame it was with a bit of a whimper at the end.
The game against Birmingham will be a tough one, Lee Bower’s teams are a hard working, well schooled outfit.

However our record against Birmingham is quite a good one with 9 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws.

Current form
Fulham – DDDDL
Birmingham – DWLDL

my team, assuming all fit…


Games of Interest…

Sunday 26th
Cardiff v Coventry
Fulham v Birmingham City
Millwall v Swansea

Monday 27th
Derby v West Brom
QPR v Bournemouth

come on over to the forum and join in the discussion…

Games for the Weekend 18/12

We have to wait until Monday for our game against Sheffield Utd at the Cottage.

Fulham v Sheffield Utd

This should have been the game where we welcomed back Slavisa however the “powers that be” at Sheffield decided he wasn’t the man for them and replaced him with Paul Heckingbottom who was their caretaker manager last season.

It was good to see Mitro back scoring after a couple of barren games hopefully all of the squad will have recovered from the bout of sickness and be fully fit for this game.

Our record against Sheff Utd is quite good with 4 wines, 2 losses and 2 draws.

current form
Fulham: WDDDD
Sheff Utd: LDWWW

my team would be, assuming everyones available…


Games of Interest…

Friday 17th
Barnsley v West Brom

Saturday 18th
Cardiff v Derby
Middlesborough v Bournemouth
Millwall v Preston NE
QPR v Swansea

Monday 20th
Fulham v Sheff Utd

come on over to the forum and join in the discussion…

Games for the Weekend 11/12

We travel to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town for a 3 o’clock kick off

Luton Town v Fulham

Friday nights draw against Bournemouth was a little bit of a disappointment, yet again obvious penalty claims ignored and how Bournemouth kept 11 players on the pitch is a bit of a mystery? My favourite chant was when we replied “we’re top of the league” after Tosin’s goal, Bournemouth fans had vocalised the same message after their goal, schadenfreude can be a good thing?

Anyhow, on to Luton, I know our friend HatterDon will be looking forward to this game, and it’s good to see Luton still in the Championship after their difficult initial season. Luton will be encouraged by their 0-3 win away at Blackpool so we’ll have to be “on our game”, there are no easy games in the Championship.
Hopefully the sickness bug has run its course and most of the squad are back to something close to full fitness. Mitro will be disappointed that he’s not scored in the previous 3 and will be keen to rectify that this weekend.

Our record against Luton is only a couple of games, a draw and a win, so not enough to gauge? however current run of form is:
Luton: LLDLW
Fulham: WWDDD

Once again assuming that everyones fit, my team would be…


Games of Interest…

Saturday 11th
Birmingham City v Cardiff
Bournemouth v Rovers
Luton v Fulham
Peterborough v Millwall
West Brom v Reading

Monday 13th
Sheff Utd v West Brom

come on over to the forum and join in the discussion…

Games for the weekend 3/12

Is this the biggest game of the season so far? we welcome Bournemouth for a Friday evening game to the Cottage.

Fulham v Bournemouth

So a top of the table clash against a former manger who alienated some (most?) of the current squad, should be a good game.
Surprisingly since we leap-frogged Bournemouth to go top, both teams could only manage draws, the Baggies have also had a bit of a dip with QPR overtaking them in 3rd place.
Currently we’re still a point above Bournemouth however with a goal difference of +33 to their +20 a win on Friday would see us 4 points and (at least) 15 goals ahead of them.
Whilst it’s far too early in the season to say that this is “the” Championship decider, a victory would give a real boost to either team.

If it wasn’t for the illness effecting the Fulham squad, unconfirmed rumours are that its norovirus which, while unpleasant and highly contagious, usually only lasts a couple of days, there might a slight concern about our drop in form.
Bournemouth have recently suffered a couple of losses, after a long unbeaten run, and the last 2 games had 2 draws. In the last game against Coventry they were 2-0 up in the 85 minute only to finish 2-2 with the equalised coming on 90+5, Lerma’s sending off probably had a big part in that result? I think most of us can remember Scott Parker’s tactic of “holding on” once you’ve gone ahead, I’m guessing it backfired yet again?

Fulham WWWDD
Bournemouth LWLDD

One player who I’m certain will be “up for it” this game will be Mitro’, we’ve no idea of what happened between him and Parker last season but I think Mitro’ will want to show his former gaffer how much of a mistake Parker made?

Our record against Bournemouth isn’t very good with 3 losses and 1 win however I think Mitro and one or two other players may have a point to prove?

my team against Bournemouth, assuming all fit, would be…


Games of Interest…

Friday 3rd
Fulham v Bournemouth

Saturday 4th
Coventry v West Brom
Millwall v Birmingham City

Sunday 5th
QPR v Stoke

come on over to the forum and join in the discussion…

Games for the Weekend 27/11

This weekend we’re off to Deepdale to take on Preston North End for a 12:30 kick-off.

Preston North End v Fulham

A 0-0 draw against Derby might not appear to be a good result, I think most of us expected a win, after 7 on the bounce not unreasonably? however with Mitro and Tom both ill and several other (reportedly) playing although suffering the same illness, and Rodak having to self-isolate, it looks as if it was a reasonable result?
Seri, Carvalho and Muniz all came close and on a different day we could have won comfortably, on to Preston.

Preston will be buoyed by their away win at Middlesborough coming after a couple of losses against Cardiff and Forest.

Our record against Preston is very good with 5 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws.

I’m going to assume that both Mitro and Tom will be fit, Rodak should be available, so my team would be…


Games of Interest…

Friday 26th
West Brom v Forest

Saturday 27th
Preston NE v Fulham
Bournemouth v Coventry
Hull v Millwall

Sunday 28th
Sheff Utd v Reading

Monday 29th
Derby v QPR

come on over to the forum and join in the conversation…