Date: 10th March 2009 at 4:49pm
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After the disappointment of our FA Cup exit, at the hands of Manchester United, it`s a return to Premier League action this Wednesday with the visit of Blackburn Rovers. Can Fulham get back to winning ways at Craven Cottage or has the fortress tag been cast off for good?

Vital Quotes:

Sitting so high in the Premier League table it`s difficult to imagine us being drawn into a relegation battle, but the points difference between safety and disaster isn`t that much.

Therefore Roy Hodgson is probably right to discuss getting sufficient points to stave off the threat of relegation, permanently, in his pre-match press conference, when he remarked,

“We have 11 games to play and I’m hopeful that, in those 11 games, we’ll get enough points to stay up.”

‘The league will occupy our attention and we have to pick ourselves up after losing and get ourselves ready for Blackburn.’

Fulham Team News:

Roy Hodgson, after two losses at home in consecutive matches, may be tempted to ring the changes. Two players not in contention though are Giles Barnes and Chris Baird. Will Roy make changes? We doubt it very much.

We expect Roy to go with the majority of the eleven he trusts in these days with the starting eleven resembling the normal one of:-

Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Zamora, Johnson

Player to watch: Bobby Zamora

Recently the striker promised he wouldn`t get into another barren spell with regards to goal scoring, but after two games whereby the team hasn`t scored the focus is beginning to switch to who could provide the goals from the bench. Bobby, do your stuff.

Blackburn Team News:

Sam Allardyce stepped into the ill-fated shoes of Paul Ince and has struggled to drag the Ewood Park outfit of the relegation struggle. Matters are not helped by the fact that he`s struggling on the injury front with Paul Robinson, Jason Brown and possibly Roque Santa Cruz all out. But he`s likely to welcome back Morten Gamst Pedersen after serving a suspension.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Brown, Bunn, Ooijer, Khizanishvili, Nelsen, Samba, Simpson, Warnock, Givet, Olsson, Villanueva, Tugay, Andrews, Diouf, Treacy, Mokoena, Haworth, Santa Cruz, McCarthy, Roberts, Pedersen.

Player to watch: Jason Roberts

A rejuvenated striker this season, he`ll present a threat to us.

Match Facts & Stats

As far as the record books show, games between Fulham and Blackburn in the Premier League, on home turf, show that Fulham have won two, Blackburn three with two draws.

As far as all League games on our patch go, Fulham have won 14 times, Blackburn 8 times with 13 draws.

The corresponding fixture up at Ewood Park ended 1-0 to Blackburn with Matt Derbyshire scoring an 84th minute winner.

Ref Watch:

Rob Styles of Waterlooville, in Hampshire, will be the man in charge.

Match Prediction:

After two home defeats it`s time to get the season back on track. Blackburn, under Sam Allardyce, will be a tough challenge but one which I believe Roy Hodgson`s team will rise to and win by the odd goal.

Next Fixtures:

Fulham travel to the Reebok to take on a Gary Megson managed Bolton side this Saturday


8 Replies to “Blackburn Preview”

  • i just hope we get a goal before the end of the first half… i don’t want to lose another match in the last ten minutes.

  • definitely!! i remember watching the torino friendly…2-0 up til last 20 mins…drew 2-2. as soon as the season started we seemed to have eradicated last minute opposition goals….lets just hope they don’t return, they will be the death of us!!

  • Finishing! Finishing! Finishing! Dempsey, Davies and Murphy are providing tons of chances. It’s up to AJ and Zamora to finish. I’d like to see a goal each, and a Konchesky hammer for good measure. Of course, I’d be content with an own-goal and a 1-0 Fulham win. Desperate times!

  • Agree Samboney – dont really care so long as 3 points are on the board – a draw will feel like a loss tomorrow. Fancy a 2 nil though, dont know why but i have a feeling we’ll get a penalty so am tempted to put Murphy down as first or last goalscorer

  • we need this victory just as badly as they do….if we drop any points today, we will be dragged into yet another dogfight!!…..

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