Posted on | March 17, 2012 | No Comments
Even though a lot of people tipped both of these sides to struggle this term, that has not been the case and both have more than held their own in the division. In fact, there is very little riding on this game, with Fulham positioned in 10th position and their opponents just one place lower. This means that neither relegation nor European qualification is within either team’s grasp.
With Fulham approaching this game following an accumulation of thirty six points, the only aim that Martin Jol’s side can conjure up is to finish in the top half. With so little of the campaign remaining, it appears impossible for the Cottagers to break into Europe although their supporters will still see this campaign as a resounding success. In terms of recent form, the Craven Cottage outfit have been highly impressive although they did fall to defeat in their last outing following a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa. However, up until then Jol’s side had been in excellent form having recorded three successive results, including a 5-0 thrashing of Wolves. Furthermore, their form at Craven Cottage has been very good in recent weeks as well, with the club currently on an unbeaten home run of six games.
If Fulham view their campaign as successful, Swansea supporters must be absolutely over the moon with their season. Despite being written off by many before the term even began, the Swans have proved to be a solid top flight outfit and could go as high as 8th should they get the three points this weekend. There is no doubt that the Liberty Stadium outfit will be buoyed following their last result as well, with Brendan Rodgers’ side recording an unbelievable 1-0 victory over Manchester City. That win proved to be their second in succession, while they have also won two of their last three games away from home.
As for team news, Fulham have a couple of problems ahead of this game with Steve Sidwell and Orlando Sa both set to miss out after being ruled out for the next few weeks through injuries. On a more positive note, Aaron Hughes is back in contention after missing Fulham’s last game through a calf injury. Swansea on the other hand are unlikely to risk playing Andrea Orlandi who has not yet recovered from a hamstring injury. Kemy Agustien is another absentee as he struggles with an ankle problem, while Nathan Dyer will also miss out as he serves a suspension.
In terms of a prediction, we think this game could end in a draw. Fulham have looked good at home in recent weeks, while Swansea have been promising on the road. Bearing this in mind, we’ll tip a 1-1 score line.