Wolves V Fulham | Review

Wolves V Fulham | Review

Wolves had been unable to keep a clean sheet in their last nine games, Martin Jol was unbeaten as Fulham manager and we’d come off the back of a solid performance in the Europa League last Thursday evening so we had every right to feel confident when we travelled to the Black Country to face Wolves. But it wouldn't be Fulham if we always did what was expected of us. Its very Fulhamish to do the unexpected, to balls things …
Creativity lacking on opening weekend

Creativity lacking on opening weekend

A wholly underwhelming opening weekend produced 14 goals from 8 matches, a poor advert for the self-proclaimed ‘world’s most entertaining league’. This was typified at St James’ Park, where Arsenal and Newcastle played out a 0-0 draw after sharing 8 goals only six months ago. In that 4-4 thriller, no fewer than 27 chances were created; on Saturday that figure was only 11. Indeed, the entire league suffered a creativity setback in terms of chances created, the table below shows …
Fulham V Villa | Preview

Fulham V Villa | Preview

At long, long last the fallow summer period is over and the Premier League season returns and what a way to start Fulham’s season with the return of our former boss Mark Hughes with his new...oh right, yeah that never really happened did it. But Fulham have a new gaffer in Martin Jol, and although our season is already some six competitive games old this will be the toughest test for him so far with his new squad. Some four …
Fulham Return To Ukraine

Fulham Return To Ukraine

Following Fulham’s confident 2-0 win over Croat side Split UEFA have made the draw throwing up our next opponents. Now just a two legged tie away from the Group stages the complicated seven potted, several bowled draw systems see’s us return to the Ukraine. Originally founded as a factory team in the old USSR era, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk finished fourth in their domestic league last season also making the semi final of the Ukrainian Cup. They're also currently managed by  …
Fulham 11/12 Fantasy Preview | Defenders

Fulham 11/12 Fantasy Preview | Defenders

Heading into the final weeks of the summer, many a fantasy football manager begin to prepare their teams for the upcoming season. Over the next few weeks, I'll be creating a guide for managers to use when making decisions regarding Fulham players. This will be a three-segment guide, with a section dedicated to defenders, midfielders and attackers. For analysis regarding FFC goalkeepers, refer to my previous article. Before we look at who some of the better options may be, let's look at what …
Baird | A Man For Every Position

Baird | A Man For Every Position

Having been Mr dependable and the man to call on whenever a whole is found in the starting 11, Chris Baird may well find himself as the first choice right sided defender at the club with John Pantsil having been released over the summer and Stephen Kelly being seen as, well, a last resort. Baird joined under Lawrie Sanchez as part of the Norn Iron invasion at the start of the 2007/08 season along with David Healy, Steve Davis and …
Battle Under the Bar at Fulham - goalkeepers

Battle Under the Bar at Fulham - goalkeepers

Heading into the 2011-2012 Barclays' Premier League season, Fulham will have a major dilemma on their hands in between the posts. The club recently acquired Csaba Somogyi from Hungarian side Rakospalotai EAC to provide extra depth in the scenario that David Stockdale is loaned out. The battle for the starter's job seems to have been already settled by new manager Martin Jol's intent to loan out the Englishman, but should it be? Thirty-eight year old veteran Mark Schwarzer didn't have …
Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Our statistical expert Ford Bohrmann analyses Premier League goal scoring patterns by looking at which areas of the goal teams score in. The article focuses on every Premier League side and then also covers their conversion percentages with the use of graphics. The original idea for this post came from a question from one of the readers of my blog. He was curious to know if there were any patterns to where clubs score in the plane of the goal. …
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