FA CUP Saturday 28th January

We welcome Sunderland to the Cottage for the fourth round FA Cup tie..

Fulham v Sunderland FA Cup

This will be the first FA Cup meeting between Fulham and Sunderland since a previous fourth round tie in the 2014-15 campaign, Sunderland won 3-1 after a replay.
Our last game against Sunderland was in April 2018, we won that game 2-1 however, Sunderland have won three of their last four visits to the Cottage.
The fourth round is a “tricky” tie for Fulham having been eliminated from seven of our last eight fourth round ties, our only win was, at home, against Hull in 2016-17 when the result was 4-1.
This will be Sunderland’s first appearance in the fourth round since they beat us in 2014-15, interestingly Sunderland haven’t reached the fifth round since they’ve been outside the Premier League since 2003-04.
Tony Mowbray has faced Premier League teams in five FA Cup ties while he was the manager at West Brom, Middlesborough and Blackburn, he lost all five games.
Tony Mowbray has lost his last four games against Fulham with an aggregate score of 12-0.

Overall our recent record against Sunderland is remarkably even with 5 wins, 5 losses and 5 draws.

I would rest most of the first team and give other squad players some valuable game time, my team would be…

team to play Sunderland in the FA Cup 4th round

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Games for the Week-end 23/01

We welcome Spurs to the Cottage for an 8 o’clock Monday evening kick-off

Fulham v Spurs

Well I guess the winning streak had to end at some time, if only Mitro had kicked the ball correctly I’m sure we’d have, at least, come away with a draw? It was a far closer game than October’s, having 11 players on the pitch helped no end.
Considering we played Thursday night a Sunday early afternoon kick-off its hardly surprising we didn’t play at 100mph for the full game, not an excuse but it was painful to loose another game in the last five minutes.

I think this will be the first time that Ryan Sess’ will play at the Cottage since he left? I know that he’ll get a very good reception, I still think of him as “one of us”.

Spurs currently sit one place above us on 33 points and a goal difference of +10, if we beat them we’ll leapfrog them into 5th, giddy heights indeed!

Our record against them is much the same as against Chelsea with 2 wins, 14 losses and 3 draws.

Current Form:
Fulham: WWWWL
Spurs: DLWLL

Assuming no injuries my team would be…

team to play against Spurs

COYW’s

Games of Interest

Saturday 21st
Liverpool v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Forest
West Ham v Everton
Palace v Newcastle

Sunday 22nd
Leeds v Brentford
Arsenal v Man Utd

Monday 23rd
Fulham v Spurs


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Games for the Week-end 15/01

We travel up to St. James’ Park for a 14:00 Sunday kick-off

Newcastle Utd v Fulham

Wow, we’re up to 6th on 31 points, I know that’ll change over the weekend but we’re 6th!, above Liverpool and Chelsea, I wonder what odds the bookies would have given at the start of the season?
Winning against our nearest rivals, especially as it doesn’t happen too often, made Thursday evening very, very special.
I’m so pleased for Carlos Vinicius, it can’t be easy being Mitro’s understudy but hopefully scoring the winner against Chelsea will have brought him some “browny points”? Once again it was a “team” performance, every player appears to be playing for his team mates, this must be largely down to Marco, Boa and the rest of the backroom staff?, long may it continue!

Our opponents also are defying expectations this season? They’ve not really spent huge amounts, compared to the “normal” big 6, but Eddie Howe has got them playing really well. A draw against league leaders Arsenal last game, following 4 wins on the bounce shows the form we’ll be up against.
The only game this season that we were defiantly second best, was against Newcastle at home back at the beginning of October, however we were down to 10 men after Chalobah’s VAR awarded red card 8 minutes into the game, not the first and won’t be the last time “unusual” decisions go against us.
I truly believe this Sunday’s game will be a very different affair, bring it on!

Our recent record against Newcastle is quite even with 7 wins, 6 losses and 3 draws.

Current Form:
Newcastle: WWWWD
Fulham: LWWWW

With Robinson unavailable due to suspension, my team would be…

Fulham away to Newcastle 22/23 season

COYW’s

Games of Interest…

Saturday 14th
Forest v Leicester
Wolves v West Ham
Brentford v Bournemouth

Sunday 15th
Chelsea v Palace
Newcastle v Fulham
Spurs v Arsenal


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Games for Mid-week 12/01

This is our rescheduled game from the one that was cancelled when the Queen died

Fulham v Chelsea

After the weekend’s FA Cup win against Hull, we’ve now won the last 4 games, fingers crossed for 5 on the bounce! This game is the one I looked forward to once promotion was assured last season.
If Mitro had been available I’d have been far more confident, wouldn’t this be a great game for Vinicius to show us all that he’s a “top class” striker?, if he can step up he’d become an instant fan legend. I’m sure that Willian will have a point to prove against his former employers, hopefully Bobby and Harrison will be back to top form.
Our players must be full of confidence sitting 3 places above Chelsea and having scored 10 more goals than them, unfortunately we’ve conceded 8 more than them, thats a stat we need to improve.

By their standards, Chelsea are having a dreadful run in the league, L L L W D and of course loosing 0-4 to Man City on Sunday in the cup!, they’ll be looking for, if not expecting, all 3 points! However, they have a string of players unavailable through injury including Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Edouard Mendy.

Our record against Chelsea is truly dreadful, 1 win, 12 losses and 4 draws, it’s about time we increased that win column!

With Mitro unavailable my team would be…

COYW’s


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Games for the Week-end 07/01

We get to travel to Hull for a FA Cup game

Hull City v Fulham FA Cup

Marco Silver gets to revisit one of his previous clubs, didn’t Tom Cairney also spend some time at Hull? I’m sure we’ll see Seri who’ll have a point to prove?

For some of us “older” fans the FA Cup is still something special, is it for “younger” fans?, anyway I’m torn between wanting a “cup run” and cementing our position in the Premier League. We’re doing really well in the league however we don’t have the deepest squad I think we need to give some of the “squad” players game time to get them “match fit” so I can see quite a rotation for the match-day squad.

I think we’ll see a very different Fulham, my squad would be…

COYW’s


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Games for Mid-week 03/01

After so long without a game we now have our 3rd competitive game in just over a week, this time we travel up to Leicester for an evening game

Leicester v Fulham

So after 6 weeks without Fulham we get 3 games in quick succession!, so just three days after the Southampton game we face Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Saturday’s game was something of an off-day for us, the mark of a good team is getting something from a game even when we don’t play that well, so “in theory” we all should be happy? Booby and Harrison didn’t have their best game, and although Tom “hit the ground running” I didn’t think Dan James should have been picked over Harry Wilson, Marko obviously knows what injuries the players have so I’ll trust his judgement, I’d have chosen Wilson.
If Mitro had scored the penalty the scoreline would have flattered us, we obviously did enough to win the game but it was a lot closer that I’d hoped.

For their last game Leicester lost away to Liverpool on Friday evening, no shame or surprise there however, they’re currently in 17 place and will be looking to move up that table as soon as they can, they’ll be looking for all 3 points.

Our recent record against Leicester in quite even with 2 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw

Assuming no additional injuries my team would be…

COYW’s

Games of Interest…

Monday 2nd
Brentford v Liverpool

Tuesday 3rd
Arsenal v Newcastle
Leicester v Fulham
Man Utd v Bournemouth

Wednesday 4th
Southampton v Forest
Leeds v West Ham
Palace v Spurs


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Games for the Week-end 31/12

For the final game of 2022 we welcome Southampton to the Cottage for a 3 o’clock kick-off

Fulham v Southampton

The first competitive game back at the Cottage since the World Cup and last of 2022 see’s us take on Southampton.
It was a surprise to see both Mitro and Robinson start against Palace, after Marco said he wasn’t sure either would be available, and how about Reeeeeeeeem getting his first Premier League goal!
I thought the wearing of the No.2 tracksuit tops was a nice touch and the minutes applause appeared to be participated by just about everyone in the ground, I wonder what the club will do on Saturday?

Surprisingly?, Southampton are currently sitting at the bottom of the league and with their 1-3 home derby defeat against Brighton on Boxing Day they need to start winning some games if they’re to survive this season.

Our record against Southampton is quite a poor one with only 1 win, 6 losses and 3 draws.

Assuming no injuries, my team would be…

COYW’s

Games of Interest…

Friday 30th
West Ham v Brentford

Saturday 31st
Bournemouth v Palace
Fulham v Southampton
Brighton v Arsenal

Sunday 1st
Spurs v Villa
Forest v Chelsea

Monday 2nd
Brentford v Liverpool


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Games for Boxing Day 26/12

So we’re back after the break for the World Cup and our first game is against Palace at their place

Crystal Palace v Fulham

It looks as if all the players came back from the World Cup safe and sound and I’m sure they’ll all be raring to go? It’ll be interesting to see who settles into the game quickest?
Isn’t it strange re-starting the season at this time of year? I wonder if we’ll get used to it if a “winter break” is introduced?

Palace are on the same number of points as us, with a goal difference 1 less than ours, however they have played 1 game less.

Our recent record against Palace is 1 win, 3 losses and 3 draws.

Assuming no injuries and everyone available, this would be my team to face Palace.

team to play Palace away

COYW’s

Games of Interest…

Monday 26th
Brentford v Spurs
Palace v Fulham
Arsenal v West Ham

Tuesday 27th
Chelsea v Bournemouth
Man Utd v Forest


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Games for the Week-end 23/10

This weekend we get to travel up to Leeds for a 14:00 Sunday kick-off

Leeds v Fulham

The game against Villa was one of our best performances, it really reminded me of how we played last season, we looked totally in control with each player knowing what was expected of him and playing for each other.
Willian was exceptional, if he keeps up this, very high, standard then he’ll give Marco a headache deciding between him and Harry Wilson.
Leno will be happy with a clean sheet, a few more would be nice especially with a “make shift” back four, Bobby D’Reid played really well even though he’s not a defender.
Harrison Reed looks as if he’s got a taste for goal, long may that continue, and wasn’t it a peach of a strike, the way he celebrated with Marco shows the “team spirit”
Congratulations to our latest academy graduate Luke Harris for getting his Premier League debut.

Leeds are coming off the back of a 2-0 loss to Leicester however our results against them is slightly in Leeds’ favour with 3 wins, 5 losses and 5 draws.

My team to face Leeds would be…

COYW’s

Games of Interest…

Saturday 22nd
Forest v Liverpool
Everton v Palace
Chelsea v Man Utd

Sunday 23rd
Villa v Brentford
Leeds v Fulham
Southampton v Arsenal
Spurs v Newcastle

Monday 24th
West Ham v Bournemouth


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Games for the Week-end 12/11

We get to welcome the other Manchester team to the Cottage for a Sunday afternoon kick-off, the last game before the World Cup break

Fulham v Man Utd

Yet another dubious penalty given against us cost us a draw, would have been a very good result even if it was against 10 men!, in a game that I think “most” Fulham fans would have expected us to loose by more than a one goal margin?
Are City the best team in the world?, if they are, why do they have to cheat?, I’m sorry “be clever” (as Jemaine Jenas said).

Our record against Man Utd is nearly as bad as against City with 2 wins, 14 losses and 3 draws.

Harrison Reed and Tete will both be unavailable, they received their 5th yellow(s), and with the news that Kebano will be out for months?
Mitro will not be available, he may also miss the start of the World Cup, as an x-ray has revealed he has a couple of broken bones in his foot.
I can see a number of the “kids” being on the bench, perhaps one of them may get to be an “instant” fan favourite, I’m sure they’ll want to get some time against Utd.
So with suspensions and injuries my team would be…

team to play Man Utd

COYW’s

Games of Interest…

Saturday 12th
Man City v Brentford
Bournemouth v Everton
Forest v Palace
Spurs v Leeds
West Ham v Leicester
Newcastle v Chelsea
Wolves v Arsenal

Sunday 13th
Fulham v Man Utd


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