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Fulham Vs Swansea City Preview: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, Match Facts, Highlights and More

Liberty Stadium side take a trip to Craven Cottage.

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Fulham

Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz has been passed fit after making his return from a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw with Southampton, playing the second half on Boxing Day. Mahamadou Diarra and Mladen Petric are doubts, while Damien Duff could miss out again.

Fulham (from): Schwarzer, Stockdale, Riether, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Diarra, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Richardson, Kasami, Duff, Ruiz, Rodallega, Petric, Berbatov.

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup: “Fulham let you play and we have to try to take advantage of that.”

Top-scorer Michu will miss out due to the ankle injury he suffered in the Boxing Day draw at Reading. The 13-goal Spaniard has not recovered in time to face the Cottagers, with Danny Graham, Itay Shechter and Luke Moore all competing to start up front in his place. Winger Pablo Hernandez and full-back Angel Rangel are set to return from thigh and ankle problems respectively after missing the opening part of the festive period.

Swansea (from): Vorm, Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Lita, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.

Match officials

Referee: Andre Marriner; Assistants: R West; S Massey; Fourth official: N Swarbrick.

SOURCE: Official Premier League

LINE-UPS

Fulham

Schwarzer
Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise
Dejagah, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic
Ruiz
Berbatov

Swansea City

Vorm
Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies
Dyer, Britton, Ki, Routledge
Pablo Hernandez
Shechter

STAT-ATTACK

Head-to-head

Swansea won both of their matches against Fulham last season, scoring a total of five unanswered goals.

Their 3-0 win at Craven Cottage on St Patrick’s Day 2012 was their first win at Fulham since 1980.

Fulham

Fifteen of the 19 Premier League games involving Fulham this season have produced three or more goals scored.

Since their 3-0 defeat to Swansea in March, Martin Jol’s men have scored in 12 of 13 home league matches, with
Tottenham the only team to deny them.

They have only won one of their last five games on home turf (W1, D2, L2).
Dimitar Berbatov has scored 15 career goals in 12 Premier League games played between 26 and 31 December.

Swansea City

Swansea are the only Premier League side to have won every game so far in which they opened the scoring, which they have done six times.

The Swans have not kept back-to-back clean sheets in Premier League away games since March 2012, when they won 2-0 at Wigan and then 3-0 at Fulham.

They have only scored one first-half league goal away from home this season – Michu’s eighth-minute strike at QPR on the opening day.

Swansea have collected 11 away points this term – eight more than they had at this stage last season.

SOURCE: BBC Sport


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