Preview: Can Mourinho’s attackers break down Magath’s Fulham?
Felix Magath was only a few minutes away from seeing his side earn three points in the previous weekend. Nonetheless, he took a point from that match and he will perhaps be satisfied with the outcome. Magath has demanded at least six wins from his team in the remainder of the campaign. This is surely not one of the matches he looked at when he was trying to plot the wins he feels the side needs.
Fulham will be without the services of Kostas Mitroglu, Fernando Amorebieta and Damien Duff. Matthew Briggs’ availability is doubtful. Chelsea will be without Marco Van Ginkel. David Luiz is a slight doubt. Chelsea will be coming into this one on the back of a rather uninspiring (at least as far as the second half is concerned) performance against Galatasaray in midweek in the Champions League. Magath knows that Chelsea will be tired. He coached plenty of Champions League sides and he reminded the press of his experiences, according to Sky Sports:
Preview: Reds looking to close down gap between the top three
After a scintillating performance over the weekend which saw Liverpool record a highly impressive 5-1 victory over title favourites Arsenal, Brendan Rodger’s men will be hoping to continue their good form in order to close down the gap between themselves and the top three.
Liverpool’s powerful performance against the Gunners saw them dethroning Arsenal from the top of the league and considering the form they are currently in Liverpool will be fancying to have a go for the title and perhaps make it a four horse race for the title.
Preview: Bad moments for both sides
Fulham’s hunt to stay in the top flight now has to go on without ex-Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov. In the last moments of the January transfer window, the Bulgarian star left for AS Monaco to replace injured striker Radamel Falcao.
The Cottagers are rooted at the bottom of the English Premier League table but by the end of Matchday 24, only six points separated them from eleventh-placed Stoke City. In order words, things are tight in the second half of the standings and Fulham could easily find themselves in the safe zone – provided they hit a few right nails during the coming weeks.
The talk of relegation is not usually taken so seriously in February but the unpredictability of the Barclays Premier League this season has been miraculous, sparking up the most contested battle to beat the drop in the league's history.
From Aston Villa who currently sit in tenth spot down to the bottom it can be safely suggested that none of the teams are free from the drop. Only eight points separate the eleven clubs involved whilst the results in the league have been more than a little erratic.
Preview: Fulham are still looking for their first victory away against Arsenal
Arsenal continued their good form on Monday with a 1-2 victory over Aston Villa. Two quick goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud in the first half were enough to put the Gunners back on top of the Premier League.
They will now turn their attention to a home match against Fulham, who have never defeated Arsenal away from home. From their last six meetings at the Emirates, Fulham have lost three, and drawn three, while conceding 12 and scoring only six.
Seeing how things have been going this year, Fulham could be in for another tough match. The Cottagers are currently 16th in the league standings, with only six victories in 21 matches.
Preview: Pellegrini hoping for a strong away performance
A 6-3 mauling of league leaders Arsenal ensured City maintain their perfect home record in the league. But it is their stuttering away form which has deprived them of the top spot and the sky blues will be hoping to give a dominant performance in order to better their position in the table.
Man City announced themselves as serious title contenders as they ran riot at the Etihad last week. After scoring six goals against Tottenham, City were now to torment their North London rivals Arsenal who before then match had the best defensive record in the league but ended up conceding six to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Preview: Two London sides desperate for a win
Fulham and Tottenham will both be looking to put an end to their winless streaks when they meet each other at the Craven Cottage on Wednesday. The Cottagers have lost all of their last four matches in the league and five in all competitions, their antics have resulted in Fulham dropping down into the relegation zone. The inevitable sacking of Martin Jol resulted in former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen appointed as the manager of Fulham and the Dutchman is set to take charge of an English team for the first time in the match against Tottenham.
Even though the manager might have changed, the players are the same and Meulensteen will have some task at hand to motivate players who have tasted defeat in five consecutive matches. But the former Man United coach has insisted that his experience with his former club has allowed him to gain the necessary attributes to deal with such challenges.
Preview: Liverpool to take advantage of struggling Fulham
The Cottagers have been more inconsistent than any other team in the Premier League and will surely have to make amends soon enough if they are to remain in England’s top flight league ahead of this season.
Martin Jol’s men began the new campaign on a five game winless streak, which was followed by three victories in four games. However their good run was very short lived as the Londoners lost all of their three subsequent matches.
In their last outing against Manchester United, Fulham gave the impression of a team which did not come out to win maximum points. Lack of concentration and some lazy defending allowed Man United to cruise to a 3-1 victory.
After a dismal start to life at new club, Moyes has seemed to stabilise things now unbeaten in the last seven games. After a horrid month of September which saw the defending champions lose…
Preview: Mourinho’s Blues hoping to rise above pressure
Jose Mourinho is already under scrutiny whereas the 2013/14 club football season is only in its early stages. The Portuguese left Real Madrid on a low, having failed to win a trophy with Los Blancos in 2013. After putting an end to last season’s turbulent and miserable spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, the two-time treble champion made a sensational and long-awaited return to Stamford Bridge.
The news was widely applauded by confident Chelsea supporters all summer but the pre-season defeat to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in the ICC 2013 final seemed to signal that the Blues would not enjoy the great 2013/14 start they were dreaming about.
Preview: Arsenal in need of a victory over Fulham
The Gunners opened up their campaign with a match at home against Aston Villa, which to be fair, many believed would be tough, but not many believed it would have ended that way. A 1-3 defeat, a number of injuries, and a questionable red card for Laurent Koscielny has Arsene Wenger under pressure once again.
As the fans grew impatient at the Emirates, signs asking Arsene Wenger to spend some money were held high. Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, the spending spree they have all been waiting for has yet to happen, but they can at least be happy for their mid-week performance.
Arsenal has four victories and one draw from their last five matches, which should have Gunners fans happy. Their mid-week draw against Everton at the Emirates will not be the worst of results, but Arsene Wenger's side knows they can not afford to drop more points at Craven Cottage.
Meetings against Fulham tend to offer up a lot of goals, making Saturday's match likely to be a very entertaining match. Both sides have earned two victories in this fixture from the last five matches, with a draw in between.
Staying on track against Martin Jol's side, which does not have much to play for will not be easy, as we all saw in their first meeting this season.
Ashkan Dejagah, Damien Duff and Mahamadou Diarra are all out for Fulham. Steve Sidwell is suspended. Oriol Romeu, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill are all out for Chelsea.
Fulham’s form has slightly dipped recently. They drew against Villa in their last match and lost to Newcastle prior to that. They are a respectable tenth in the table. Fulham, capable of scaring any side, will relish the challenge called Chelsea. Chelsea will come into this one slightly disheartened following the loss against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals. The Blues will be desperate to tie up a spot in the top four in the table to secure Champions League football for next season. Overall, this encounter should be a highly exciting one.
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Arsenal exited this year’s UEFA Champions League in a glorious way. Their 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena was not enough to reach the Last 8 of the competition. However, this result could give enough confidence for the Gunners to finish the EPL campaign strongly. This Saturday, Arsenal play Swansea City at 11:00 a.m. EST, hoping to take advantage of Spurs’ slip away to Liverpool last weekend.
Villa was unhappy at Barcelona while Arsenal needed a great striker. All in all, Villa and Arsenal would be a match made in Heaven. However, Barcelona decided to step in. The Catalan club decided that they needed Villa to stay on for squad depth. The price tag for Villa was high too and Arsene Wenger, as we all…
Mahamadou Diarra, Kerim Frei and Neil Etheridge are all out of this game for Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov has a hamstring problem and is rated doubtful. Kieran Richardson is also rated doubtful for the London side. Darren Fletcher is out for United. Ashley Young, Nick Powell and Jonny Evans are all doubtful for…
In the last few years, there is no player who managed to delight and frustrate the Manchester United fans in equal measure than Dimitar Berbatov. While his supporters swear by his obvious talent and great footballing intelligence, his critics point to his lackadaisical attitude and languid style and declare him as a misfit into the Man United setup.
In his four seasons at Old Trafford, Berbatov managed to rack up 56 goals in 149 appearances. Those statistics do not indicate Berbatov's Old Trafford tenure as a flop, whatever might his critics say.
His performances in the 3-2 win against traditional rivals Liverpool and 5 goals against 7-1 win against their Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers outline the splendid skill and abundance of talent that Berbatov possesses.
For United, Darren Fletcher is suffering from a chronic bowel condition. Ashley Young has a knee problem. Jonny Evans should be back for this one after recovering from a hamstring problem. Kerim Frei currently has a groin problem while Mahamadou Diarra has a knee problem for Fulham. Kieran Richardson has a calf…
Maicon and Micah Richards are out of this one for City due to injuries. Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razzak are all currently on international duty. Jack Rodwell is doubtful for Roberto Mancini’s side. Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany is available as his red card against Arsenal has been rescinded. Mahamadou Diarra and Kerim Frei are both…