Fulham Match Preview

Last updated : 02 April 2004 By Brian Cartlidge

History of the Fulham v Birmingham City fixture

Blues head to the Capital on Saturday afternoon to face Fulham at their temporary Loftus Road home.

The most recent encounter between these two sides on Fulham soil was just last season, in January 2003, with The Cottagers running out comfortable 3 - 1 winners in a F.A. Cup match .. view report

Last seasons Premiership game between the two sides at Loftus Road, in December 2002, saw Blues record a narrow 1-0 win against The Cottagers .. view report

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2003/2004Sun 14 SepBirmingham City2 - 2FulhamPREM
2002/2003Sun 05 JanFulham3 - 1Birmingham CityFAC
2002/2003Sun 15 DecFulham0 - 1Birmingham CityPREM
2002/2003Sun 17 NovBirmingham City0 - 0FulhamPREM
2000/2001Sat 27 JanFulham0 - 1Birmingham CityLD1
2000/2001Fri 18 AugBirmingham City1 - 3FulhamLD1
1999/2000Sat 04 DecFulham0 - 0Birmingham CityLD1

Recent respective form guides ..

Fulham have been playing quite well at home, winning 3, drawing 2, and losing just 1 of their last six games. A total of 8 goals have been scored by the Cottagers in those games, with 5 conceded.

The away form of Blues is pretty dire, collecting just 4 draws from the last six contests. While the Blues have hit 7 goals, 12 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Fulham's 40 points from 30 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 9th position. Blues find themselves in a respectable 6th position, courtesy of the 45 points they have accumulated from their 30 games.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFA
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Prediction ...

Blues have not done to well on their travels of late on their travels, though I can see them coming away from Loftus Road with at least a point. Score draw

Sequence statistics:
FulhamUnbeaten in the last 3 home games.
Not won in the 2 most recent games.
Birmingham CityNot won in previous 7 away matches.
Drawn 4 of the last six away games.

Blues Team News ..

No reports yet of any injuries amongst those players returning from  international duty so manager Steve Bruce is only without long-term injury casualties David Dunn and Darren Purse. The Blues boss will have Robbie Savage available for selection again, the Wales international midfelder having now completed his two match ban for ten bookings this season. Defender Jamie Clapham made a successful return to action with 120 minutes for the reserves this week though it remains to be seen if he will be included in the party that travel south.

London Transport To Loftus Road ...
White City (Central Line, 10 mins walk).
Shepherds Bush (Hammersmith and City Line, 10 mins walk).
Acton Central (20 mins walk)
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