Friday, December 05, 2008

Fulham prediction

A lunchtime trip to perhaps the most scenic settings in the Premier League, and a ground that we have had a degree of success in recent seasons.

Roy Hodgson has built on last seasons relegation escape this campaign, and they look a useful side and certainly one that is difficult to beat, improving their defence this season and they currently reside in tenth place in the table.

Injuries are hitting us hard at the moment with the hope that key trio Robinho, Wright-Phillips and Richards will be fit to return after sitting out the PSG game in midweek. states that whilst Ball, Onouha and Wright-Phillips returned to training, Richards and Robinho are likely doubtful.

What was evident on Wednesday night against PSG was that without Robinho or Wright-Phillips we lacked the ability to really attack or penetrate an opposing defence, leaving a lot in Stephen Ireland's shoulders.

This is a game that I could see us struggling in - particularly if Robinho and/or Wright-Phillips miss out, but I'll tip us to come away with a 2-1 victory.

Game stats:

Team Fulham Manchester City
Games Played 14 15
Goal Attempts
Goals 12 29
Ave Goals per game 0.86 1.93
Shots (excl blocked shots) 142 175
% Shots on Target 42% 51%
% Goals to Shots 8% 17%
Short Passes 4,741 5,478
Long Passes 877 798
Overall Pass Completion % 75% 79%
Total Crosses 335 266
Cross Completion % 23% 27%
Goals Conceded 11 23
Ave goals conceded per game 0.79 1.53
Tackles 342 400
Tackles Won % 70% 73%
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 910 878
Fouls 179 230
Yellow Cards 13 19
Red Cards 1 3

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