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Posted Friday, September 24th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Fulham (H)

We take a closer look at our opponents from West London as we gear up for the weekend's action against Fulham.

🏡 Our opponents

It’s been an impressive start to the season for a team vying to return to the Premier League once more, and they can be proud of their recent top-flight history after a 13-season spell there between 2001-2014.

The Cottagers then spent four consecutive seasons in the Championship before recently jumping between the two divisions. Both of their recent promotions have come via the Play-offs, which they have secured three times since 2016/17.

They may have endured yo-yo years but new Fulham boss Marco Silva couldn’t have asked for a much better start after signing a three-year deal in the summer. The ex-Watford and Everton manager was appointed head coach following Scott Parker’s move to AFC Bournemouth, with Silva named EFL Championship Manager of the Month for August as his side dropped only two points, winning four of their first five league games.

They did suffered a somewhat shock 1-0 defeat to Blackpool earlier this month, and fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Reading last weekend, before Carabao Cup action against Leeds United on Tuesday night.

Silva fielded a strong side – Bobby Decordova Reid, Alfie Mawson, Joe Bryan and Ivan Cavaleiro all featured - as did United with Marcelo Bielsa’s men victorious 6-5 in the decisive penalty shootout with the scores goalless after 90 minutes.

Fulham now head to BS3 for the first time since March 2020, City’s final game to be played in front of supporters before the Covid-19 pandemic made its mark.

FULHAM PROFILE

Formed: 1879
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Nickname: The Cottagers, The Whites
Manager: Marco Silva
Finish last season: 19th, Premier League

Honours:

  • Second Tier winners (Championship equivalent) 1948/49, 2000/01
  • Runners-up 1958/59
  • Play-off winners 2017/18, 2019/20
  • Third Tier winners (League One equivalent) 1931/32, 1998/99
  • Runners-up 1970/71
  • Fourth tier (League Two) runners-up 1996/97
  • Southern League First Division winners 1905/06, 1906/07
  • FA Cup runners-up 1975
  • UEFA Europa League runners-up 2009/10
  • Anglo Scottish Cup runners-up 1975/1976

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Saturday, September 25th, 3pm
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 9

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant referee: Wade Smith
Assistant referee: Bhupinder Gill
Fourth official: Scott Tallis


⚽️ Our last game: Match action v QPR

Nahki Wells struck an injury-time winner to secure a dramatic victory in West London.

Chris Martin had scored just before half-time, but QPR battled back with wave after wave of attack after the break, forcing an equaliser through Sam McCallum.

But Wells latched on to Andi Weimann's through ball before firing low past Seny Dieng as the game entered its final stages.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

The striker has been ever-present in the league this season, finding the back of the net six times.

In fact, Fulham have not lost a match in which he has scored in the current campaign.

The Serbia international is a strong, physical presence, who can finish and link up the play well.

He has three assists to his name, as does former Robin Bobby Decordova-Reid.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Fulham 1-2 Bristol City
01.10.2019
Championship
Craven Cottage

A resilient display from City helped them secure a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage, with goals in either half from Josh Brownhill and Famara Diédhiou.

The Robins had not lost on Fulham turf since 1997, so certainly history was on their side, as they faced Scott Parker’s team who were on a four-game winning run.

However, that came crashing down when Brownhill headed home from Niclas Eliasson’s cross, the winger’s eighth assist of the campaign.

The Whites controlled much of the game in the second half, dominating the chances, but City were resolute.

There was a feeling that the next goal would decide the game it would give City some daylight with Diédhiou tucking in from close range to double the lead.

Fulham substitute Aboubakar Kamara halved the scores with five minutes to go before the woodwork denied them a late equaliser but the visitors would return to BS3 with all three points and go level on points with their opponents in the Sky Bet Championship.


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 63
Won: 22
Drew: 16
Lost: 25

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 12
Goals conceded: 11 

Championship position: 9th (12 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 14
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann 4
Most assists: Chris Martin, Weimann 2
Best average rating (Opta): Martin 7.14

Possession: 45.5%
Passing percentage: 67.9%
Tackle success percentage: 69.7%
Average aerial duels won: 29.6

CORRECT AS OF 23.09.2021

Fulham

Matches v opposition: 63
Won: 25
Drew: 16
Lost: 22

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 21
Goals conceded: 7

Championship position: 2nd (16 points)
Carabao Cup: Round Two
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 18
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Aleksandar Mitrovic 6
Most assists: Mitrovic, Decordova-Reid 3
Best average rating (Opta): Mitrovic 7.6

Possession:58.4%
Passing percentage: 82.9%
Tackle success percentage: 62.5%
Average aerial duels won: 17.1

CORRECT AS OF 23.09.2021


🎟 TICKET NEWS

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