Games for the Weekend 26/09

Well we’re playing on Monday evening rather than the weekend but we welcome Aston Villa to the Cottage for a 17:45 kick-off.

Fulham v Aston Villa

It’s just as well that we’re not allowed to attend this game, first it was 3 o’clock Saturday, then 2 o’clock Sunday, then 6 o’clock Monday and finally 5:45 Monday to allow the later Monday evening game to be shown in pubs before the 10 o’clock curfew. How considerate of the League to look after pubs, when have they shown the same consideration for the fans who actually attend games?

Anyhow back to the game, it’s far too early to say that this is a 6 pointer however I think it’s a game that we really need to win. If we win then we’ll have 3 points from 3 games, if we kept that up we should have just enough to stay up?

Villa stayed up by the skin of their teeth last season but have strengthened their squad, notably with Brentford’s Watkins, Birmingham’s Hogan, Martinez and Traore.

I’m sure that Scotty Parker would have this down as a “probable win” game, our record against Villa is reasonable with 10 wins, 6 defeats and 8 draws.


Games of interest..

Saturday 26th
Brighton v Man Utd
Palace v Everton
West Brom v Chelsea
Burnley v Southampton

Sunday 27th
Sheff Utd v Leeds
Spurs v Newcastle
West Ham v Wolves

Monday 28th
Fulham v Villa
Liverpool v Arsenal

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Games for mid-week 23/09

Another Carabao Cup game, this time against Sheffield Wednesday at the Cottage

Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday

So we get to play Wednesday this Wednesday evening in the nest round of the Carabao Cup.

I think that this is a “must win” game, if only for team confidence, loosing both of our first league games needs to be countered, a cup run could be just the ticket!
Wednesday won’t be a push-over, Gary Monk’s team has a good record playing Fulham with 4 wins, 2 defeats and a draw.


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Games for the Weekend 19/09

Our first “away” game of the season see’s us travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United.

Leeds United v Fulham

This should be an interesting game. We both lost our opening games, both conceded 3 goals, fair enough Leeds scored 2 and we didn’t, both teams have added to their squads and I’m certain both teams will have marked this fixture as a winnable one.
Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game saw our new signings get a run out, all had good games but probably the stand out performance was Kenny Tete who could well get to play against Leeds.

Last season each team won their home games and recent games have been fairly even with 3 wins, 2 lost and 5 draws.


Games of Interest…

Saturday 19th
Everton v West Brom
Leeds v Fulham
Man Utd v Palace
Arsenal v West Ham

Sunday 20th
Southampton v Spurs
Newcastle v Brighton
Chelsea v Liverpool
Leicester v Burnley

Monday 21st
Villa v Sheff Utd

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Games for mid-week 16/09

We travel to Ipswich for a Carabao Cup game.

Ipswich v Fulham

Following on from our first game back in the Premiership we get the distraction of a League Cup game.

Perhaps we’ll get to see some of the “new” boys, Areola, Robinson, Lemina? could be useful as a competitive development game.

Ipswich will be looking for a Premier scalp, so it should be a good game.


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Games for the Weekend 12/09

We’re back in the Premiership!, and for our first game we welcome Arsenal to the Cottage for a 12:30 kick off.

Fulham v Arsenal

My very first Fulham game was against Arsenal, New Years Day 1966, we won that 1-0 and I was hooked!
Now we’re back in the Premiership, let’s hope that we’ve learned some of the lessons from last time?, and this season we prove to be more of a contest, 80+ goals against can’t be repeated.
So far we’ve not gone overboard with the spending, the “window” remains open until October so there’s still time?
It’ll be interesting to see if any of the “new” players will either start or even be on the team sheet, Antonee Robinson, Mario Lemina, Harrison Reed, so glad he signed, and who they’ll replace? I wonder if Anguissa will get a game now that he’s returned from loan?, there’s been no mention of Seri returning.
With little time “pre-season” I just hope that they’ll have had enough time to adapt to Fulham. If we do sign anyone else before the end of the week I can’t see them starting against Arsenal.

Our record against Arsenal isn’t too good, 8 wins, 10 draws and 39 losses, Arsenal have won the last 5 scoring 15 and conceding only 3…
time to put that right!


Games of Interest…

Saturday 12th
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Fulham v Arsenal
Liverpool v Leeds
Spurs v Everton
West Ham v Newcastle

Monday 14th
Brighton v Chelsea

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Championship Play-off Final.

Fulham face Brentford at Wembley on Tuesday evening to decide who gets to play in the Premiership next Season.

Fulham v Brentford 2020 play-off final

I’m guessing that it’s the final that most of us would have predicted from the four teams contesting the semi-finals? Swansea certainly gave Brentford a scare and Cardiff very nearly fought back against Fulham, but both of the London teams triumphed in the end.

Brentford appear to have the upper-hand, as far as playing Fulham is concerned, with 5 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws, they won both of this season’s league games 1-0 & 0-2, so I’m sure they’ll be going into this full of confidence.
However, both teams finished the season on 81 points, Brentford had a superior goal difference, also both teams won one and lost one of their semi-finals both going through 3-2 on aggregate. So I’m sure that it’ll be a tighter game despite what some “pundits” are predicting?
26 goals gave Mitro the golden boot for this season, Brentford’s Ollie Watkins wasn’t too far behind although he played 540 more minutes than Mitro, due to injuries and suspension, so I imagine that both of them will want to add to their tally for this season, lets just hope Mitro comes out on top and that he gets on the pitch after his recent injury.

Experience of the “big day” will definitely be in Fulham’s favour with most of our current squad taking part in the final a couple of seasons ago.
Fulham players who took part in the 2018 final include Bettinelli, Odoi, Christie, Ream, Cairney, McDonald, Johansen, Kamara(AK47) and Mitrovic, all of these can rightly say…

“been there, done that, WON IT!”

Beating us twice, being the “more attacking” team will probably make Brentford the favourites however with Fulham’s recent experience don’t write us off too soon.

Playing in an empty Wembley Stadium will be different for everyone, we can only provide a ‘virtual white-wall’ and listen to Gentleman Jim and Jamie with our fingers crossed and hope for revenge for the two games earlier in the season.

Whatever happens on Tuesday evening, whichever league we’re playing in next season, doesn’t matter all that much to me, we are FULHAM the oldest team in London and will be wearing the famous ‘black and white’ with pride whoever the opposition.


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GAME ON play-off semi-final 2nd leg.

So we now know that Brentford have made it through to the play-off final.

Fulham v Cardiff City

Going into the game with a 2-0 aggregate lead surely make us favourites to face Brentford in the final? apparently no team has ever overcome a 2 goal deficit in the 2nd leg, sounds far too Fulhamish to me.
There’s good news with both Mitro’ and Cavaleiro joining in training, decisions on if they’re in the match day squad will be made later today. If we play like we did in the first leg then it shouldn’t really matter if one or both of them are rested with a view to keeping them fully fit for a potential appearance in the final?
Another good omen is Neil Harris’ managerial record against us…

goals scored1
goals conceded15

…so on paper we’ve got this in the bag, however being Fulham…

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Play-off Semi-finals 2nd leg…

Who’ll get to the final? still all to play for.

Brentford v Swansea
(Agg 0-1)

So after Swansea’s win in the first round they must be looking forward to Wednesday’s game. Brentford will be encouraged with getting Rico Henry’s red card rescinded and being “at home” should give them some advantage?
Having lost 3 on the bounce Brentford will have something to prove and will be looking to recapture their form from after lock-down. They’ve not lost 3 in a row all season, the last time they lost 2 in a row was at the start of the season, both away games, to Leeds and Charlton.

Brentford’s form since restart WWWWWWWLLL
Swansea’s form, since restart WLDWWLDWWW

Fulham v Cardiff
(Agg 2-0)

Fulham played some of the best football they’ve played all season against Cardiff in the first leg.
There was a danger of Fulham being all out of sorts for the first leg after missing out on automatic promotion, although it was a ‘slim chance’ as we needed West Brom to loose (they didn’t), Brentford to loose or draw (they lost) and we needed to win, we drew. Then we got the news that Mitro’, winner of this season’s Golden Boot, had been injured in training and would miss the game however, he could be back for the game Thursday evening, or will he be rested/protected again? keeping him safe with a potential final in the offing.
Cardiff will surly be looking for revenge, they’ve been on a really good run since the re-start added to the possibility of a Wembley final against their South Wales rivals, I’m certain they’ll make a game of it Thursday.

Cardiff have only lost 2 in a row once this season in February against Stoke and Forest.

Fulham’s form since restart LLWWWWDWDW
Cardiff’s form since restart WWDWLWWWWL


Play-off Semi-finals 2nd leg…

Wednesday 29th
Brentford v Swansea

Thursday 30th
Fulham v Cardiff

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Form context of play-off teams.

by General

Fulham v Cardiff City

A lot has been mentioned about who has the better form going into the playoffs, it tends to go out the window as the playoffs start, but is also the only concrete thing people can try and base judgements on, rightly so. Brentford could be completely galvanised by their two recent losses, or they may feel like they let it slip and were found wanting, something which can deeply impact a clubs mentality.

That said, going into the final run of games, a lot was also said about how we had the hardest run in and in many ways, predictions for how the end of the season would go saw some having us down as 5th or 6th, or simply not having the results we’ve had.

Context therefore counts as everything.

So 9 game form since restart needs to be taken into account

Cardiff’s games were(position of opposition)(form position)
Leeds (2-0 win to Cardiff)(1st)(1st in previous six games)
Preston (3-1 win)(7th)(20th)
Charlton (0-0 draw)(18th)(16th)
Bristol City (1-0 win)(12th)(24th)
Blackburn Rovers (3-2 loss)(11th)(20th)
Fulham (2-0 loss)(4th)(6th)
Derby (2-1 win)(10th)(5th to Cardiff’s 4th at time)
Middlesbrough (3-1 win)(19th)(12th)
Hull City (3-0 win)(23rd)(23rd)

WWDWLLWWW (19 points) (median position of opposition 12th) (median form of teams faced – 14th)

16 goals for – 8 goals against. Leeds, Bristol, Charlton and Hull are the teams they kept clean sheets against.

44.6% possession on average over the season 65.5% passing accuracy over season.

A lot of Cardiff’s goals in their last six games have come early (around the 20 min mark), between 35 mins half time/just after or around the 80th minute.

Against Hull 3-0 = 19, 35, 83
Borough – 3-1 = 4,46 and 81
Derby – 17, 59
Blackburn – 14, 41
Bristol City – 85
PReston – 69, 82, 91
Leeds 35, 71

in first 10 minutes – 1 goal,
10 – 20 minutes – 3 goals,
20-30 mins – 0 goals,
30-40 mins – 2 goals,
40-50 mins – 4 goals,
50-60mins – 1 goal,
60 – 70 mins – 1 goal,
70-80 mins – 1 goal,
80- end of match – 5 goals

over half of their 16 goals come in two periods of the game, the final 10 minutes and the 10 minutes either side of half time.

On a half by half split 10 goals of their 16 are scored in the second half equalling 63% with 3/4 coming from 40 minutes onwards, which suggests they tend to go for it at the beginning, settle into the game based on that and then push on around the times that count most.

They played without two of their more dangerous players when we last played in Glatzel and Tomlin, who both have 8 goals apiece scored this season (joint top), although both players came off the bench. Seven of their players have 7-8 goals this season.

If they play with their usual format and strongest team it will be 4-2-3-1 and they’ll line up with (crosses denote players who played in the game against us 7-11 – indicating a strong squad and a manager who has been rotating his players a bit either due to demand of games or strategy.

Smithies in goal x

Jo Bennett x
Sean Morrison x
Aden Flint
Curtis Nelson x

Leandro Bacuna x
Marlon Pack

Junior Hoillet x
Lee Tomlin
Nathaniel Mendez Laing x

Robert Glatzel

That said, that’d leave out Josh Murphy (who’s on a similar number of games as Tomlin, Glatzel and Mendez-Laing). They also against us with Jo Ralls (a CM) in the middle of the 3 and will Vaulks a CB as one of the two DM’s.. which suggests Neil Harris feels we’re a strong attacking side that needs to have a more defensive-minded team play us. According to sky and google, they played with a defender up front against us too?

Just seen Callum Patterson (25 yr old), started career as a RB, normally plays in midfield but sometimes also plays as a striker. Impressive versatility.

Fulham results

Fulham’s games(position of opposition)(form position)
Brentford (2-0 loss)(4th)(10th – on previous six games)
Leeds (3-0 loss)(1st)(1st)
QPR (2-1 win)(13th)(9th)
Birmingham (1-0 win)(16th)(21st)
Nottingham Forest (1-0 win)(5th)(7th)
Cardiff city (2-0 win)(6th)(5th to our 6th at the
time of this game)
West Brom (0-0 draw)(2nd)(7th)
Sheffield Wednesday (5-3 win)(14th)(16th)
Wigan (1-1 draw)(13th)(wigan form 4th)

LLWWWWDWD (17 points) (Median position of opposition – 8th in league) – Median position in form table (9th)

12 goals for and 10 goals against. in our last six games we’ve kept 4 clean sheets against Cardiff, West Brom, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham.

Average Possession stats 58.3 passing accuracy 83.2

Hope that gives clarity to people in some ways… appreciate it’s not the most conclusive. Looks like we’re the stronger side, but it’ll be a close game with everyone at full strength. If we weather their storms and take our chances we could do well.

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Play-off semi-finals 1st leg…

Sunday and Monday see’s the first games of the play-off semi-finals.

Swansea v Cardiff

The first of the play-off semi’s is Swansea v Brentford, Swansea gatecrashed the top six replacing Forest on the final day so they’ve got to be full of confidence especially as Brentford lost their last game?

Cardiff v Fulham

Monday evening we get to travel to South Wales and take on Cardiff.
Our two previous games against Cardiff earlier this season were 1-1 at their place last August and a 2-0 win at the Cottage earlier this month.


Play-off Semi-finals 1st leg…

Sunday 26th
Swansea v Brentford

Monday 27th
Cardiff v Fulham

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